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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Expect this film, with its relentless brutality and aching sense of wonder, to seep into your very marrow.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
88% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) Enjoyable and charming.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
57% Ramen Heads (2018) It combines the ramen obsession of Tampopo with Jiro Dreams of Sushi's strategy of celebrating a Japanese master chef who lives and dies for his restaurant.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow isn't great in any way, but, at two hours and twenty minutes, we do get our money's worth of old-school genre entertainment, and with action that jumps nicely about the globe from Washington to Moscow to Budapest to London.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Still, the film is a lesser one as it becomes a made-for-TV trial melodrama, with actors delivering oratorical speeches and the plot spinning several times with contrived, made-to-shock revelations. ‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
92% A Woman, A Part (2017) Credit director Subrin for being resourceful in incorporating her cast's real-life situations into her storytelling.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) ... potent documentary...‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
100% Six By Sondheim (2013) This program is Lapine's heartfelt gift to his great musical theatre collaborator.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
82% Brad's Status (2017) Brad's Status, a downer comedy written and directed by the subversively talented Mike White, is a triumphant entry into the botched, washout male category of cinema.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
100% In Transit (2015) Yet as we the audience settle in for the long journey, as the hours seem to go by, the mostly normal-looking, slightly square-looking people start to open up to the cameras, to tell their life stories.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) I'm not as fond of The Wedding Plan, which substitutes the palpable fervency of Fill the Void with so-so comedy.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) Cynthia Nixon is a great Emily, so deeply angry, so heartbreaking in her fool's life of stoic suffering. The other splendid performance is a triumph of unorthodox casting: 1970s hippy actor Keith Carradine as Emily's stern patriarchal father.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) My thought as I watched Colossal: how could such an improbable, often messy story, which feels concocted in Screenwriting 1 by a geeky undergrad, end up being bought and made on a $15 million dollar budget?‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle is beautifully, brilliantly rendered and storyboarded by Dudok de Wit the old-fashioned way.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
83% The Founder (2017) Michael Keaton takes it easy through much of the movie, not doing that much with his part, which is OK. But you can feel him get revved up when Kroc goes really bad. ‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
82% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) Classic scenes from Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo are shown, but many of Kurosawa's finest with Mifune are skipped over entirely, including two majestic noirs, Stray Dog and High and Low.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
46% Irrational Man (2015) This Rhode Island-shot film has its pleasures: interesting actors, philosophical chitchat, an appealing academic setting. ‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
77% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) It's a fantastic narrative. Too bad it's told so badly in The Lovers & the Despot.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
90% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Miss Sharon Jones! is just a good film, not a great one.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Café Society, starting with Allen's own lazily written and tiredly performed voiceover, is the retro movie of a filmmaker enmeshed in cobwebs.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
100% The Fallen Idol (1949) The Fallen Idol is one of the best achieved examples in cinema of seeing the world through the eyes of a child.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
96% Dark Horse (2016) Dark Horse is all cliché and yet it's OK. It's sincere. It has a heart. It's cheery and unpretentious and the cast of characters are ingenuous and appealing.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) Drunk Stoned Brilliant did convince me that the Lampoon has a colorful, even important, journalistic history, and that some extraordinary talents were involved, however often they were drugged out.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) I'm sad to report that at a mere 1 hour and 34 minutes Magician is rushed and sometimes choppy, leaping through Welles's bountiful life.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
85% The Wolfpack (2015) [A] moving, troubling saga.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) Fortunately, the Zellners have better plans for their heroine in Kumiko's delirious, wonderfully improbable, and probably surrealistic, ending.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) It's really hard to fathom that Denmark's Thomas Vinterberg, co-founder of the radical Dogme 95 Movement with Lars Van Trier, could direct a picture so straight-laced and traditional, so bland and dull.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
80% Fidelio, Alice's Journey (2015) The last act of Fidelio is sad, and profound.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
96% Heart of a Dog (2015) Anderson's abstract drawings, 8mm documentary, found footage, scratched-on celluloid, brief dramatizations, [are] combined in a frequently mesmerizing way.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
81% Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman) (1964) I appreciate the effort to bring back this rarely seen early Godard. But there are reasons this movie hasn't been previously revived‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) I was finally won over in the last act, when Everybody Wants Some! turns a little emotional, a little "girly."‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
91% City Of Gold (2016) The really unforgivable thing about City of Gold: the dull, flat way in which the food is shown.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, provide an on-target parody in Hail, Caesar!, their funny period comedy set in Hollywood of the 1950s.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
81% Southbound (2016) There's 120 minutes of this lazy, unmotivated stuff.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) The sequences go from lightly absurd and funny to troubling and political, from Panahi's enjoyment of the rich fabric of secular life in Tehran to his anxiety of residing in a society controlled by the thought-police of Iran's religious oligarchy.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
86% Meet The Patels (2015) [Patel's parents] are the real personalities of the movie, so good-humored and spirited, and so wonderful in sticking to their old-fashioned view of family life.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) If you know a lot about the two filmmakers, what's on screen is so elementary, PBS boring, not helped by Bob Balaban's schoolmarm narration.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
34% By The Sea (2015) I couldn't warm to it, yet there's some admiration for Jolie Pitt, obstinately attempting an intimate art movie in the jaws of commercial Hollywood.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
78% Felix & Meira (2015) You can't get better than Israeli actress Yaron, who already triumphed as a married Hasidim in the heralded Israeli film, Fill the Void.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
99% Timbuktu (2015) Timbuktu, the thoughtful, Oscar-nominated foreign-language feature from Mauritania's superb filmmaker, Abderrahmane Sissako, is set in a confined, austere, sub-Saharan desert town with little resemblance to the metropolis of myth.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
56% Wedding Director (Il Regista di Matrimoni) (2008) Unfortunately, The Wedding Director itself is a major comedown from Bellocchio's miraculous classic movies (Fist in His Pocket, The Eyes, the Mouth, etc.).‐ Boston Phoenix
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2014
91% Brand Upon the Brain! (2006) Pretty darned good.‐ Boston Phoenix
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
3 stars 87% Exhibition (2014) Seeing Exhibition is like spying through a window on our most glamorous neighbors moving about their flat: it's kind of kinky, kind of fun.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2014
3 stars 92% Frank (2014) If Van Gogh had picked up an acoustic car, he'd be Frank, the eponymous rocker in this idiosyncratic Irish film from the talented Gaelic filmmaker, Lenny Abrahamson.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2014
3 stars 90% Closed Curtain (2014) Under house arrest,Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely concedes that, at times during his incarceration, he's worn down, tempted to end it all.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2014
3 stars 73% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) A slight slacker comedy derivative of American indies but made by a youth-friendly German director of talent.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
3 stars 80% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) Filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall takes viewers on a brisk, amusing promenade through Vidal's enviable life: wealthy, globe-hopping, pals of the talented and famous.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2014
3 stars 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) The Grand Seduction has mawkish moments, and it's way long. But it's still a very sweet movie, skillfully made and charmingly told.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014
98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) [This historic footage -- from newsreels, TV stations once-live coverage, from several investigating commissions -- has been edited, brilliantly into a coherent, important political film.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2014
3 stars 94% The Normal Heart (2014) A pretty decent adaptation of the 1985 stage script, with some good things added, including an effective pre-credit section set on Fire Island in 1982.‐ Arts Fuse
Read More | Posted May 26, 2014