Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Film About a Father Who (2020) It's a deeply personal work of biography (via autobiography), of course. One that may perhaps mystify some viewers... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
B- 97% Gunda (2020) ...the entire enterprise often feels like the punchline of an extended arthouse joke about what people perceive documentaries and international cinema to be. That isn't to say it isn't impressive. It is, frequently. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
90% Television Event (2020) Television Event gives appropriate reverence to its place in history and offers today's audiences a reminder of what mass-culture is capable of. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
96% The Dissident (2020) ...if Fogel had just used a tripod and cut half as often he'd have an infinitely better picture. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
100% Deep in Vogue (2020) The film is full of beautifully shot sequences of dancing both on stage to rapturous crowds and in artistic stand-alone moments. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
100% Queer Japan (2020) Queer Japan justifies its name in the old fashioned sense, but makes the argument that it wouldn't be 'queer' if society wasn't so rigid in its ideas about sexuality... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
100% I Hate New York (2018) It's crudely filmed on home video cameras, but that lack of polish gives I Hate New York the exact kind of grungy aesthetic that a film about this scene calls for. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
B+ 100% Mayor (2020) Those keen for a bone-dry office comedy as much as a fraught political observational documentary should heed Mayor. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
B 91% Leap of Faith (2019) This is not necessarily new or unique, but following Memory: The Origins of Alien, it comes across as ... a refreshing relief. I didn't expect Leap of Faith to surprise me, least of all in its simplicity, and for that I have to give it credit. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
D+ 83% Happiest Season (2020) With caricatures written in broad strokes by DuVall and Holland, they prefer flat slapstick and half-arsed, unfunny attempts at irreverent humour... In many ways it wishes it were Schitt's Creek - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
100% Finding Yingying (2020) It's this focus on the victim rather than the killer and his crimes that elevates Finding Yingying. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
No Score Yet A Cops and Robbers Story (2020) His narrative of a second chance is compelling even if it takes its time to get to what I feel was the crux of its message. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
60% Women in Blue (2020) I questioned the repeated featuring of black violence. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
B No Score Yet Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie's Dead Aunt) (2020) ...an Australian film refreshingly aimed squarely at a teen audience, and it should also appeal to parents. ... beneath its paranormal fluffiness, there lies something stirring in its fusing of queer generations. - ScreenHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
B+ No Score Yet Children (2020) Children is confronting in the way these young girls (and their male friends) are given early educations about the reality of life in Palestine. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
A No Score Yet The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant (2020) I found it an entrancing and divine work of experimental historical documentary. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
No Score Yet From the East (D'Est) (1993) Chantal Akerman's masterpiece of slow postcard cinema... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
100% Dark Circle (1982) (2020) Through rigorous investigative filmmaking and sly shifts in tone, this 1982 Emmy-winner is another great addition to '80s atomic cinema. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
100% Nationtime (1972) ...what's here was already breathtaking, full of explosive passion from speakers and cheering crowds who were beginning to understand their political worth to themselves and to the wider Democrat party. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
No Score Yet Down and Out in America (1986) A deeply empathetic feature that presents the socio-economic disparity of America in simple and unadorned fashion. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
No Score Yet Bloodsisters (1995) Made with a whole bag of low-budget indie documentary trends from the era (those tints and goofy edits; this is Hi-8 video after all), this is nonetheless a compelling watch. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
No Score Yet Black Is... Black Ain't (1995) Riggs' Black Is... Black Ain't completed and released in 1995 after his death, a film that once again aches with the memories of queer, black and femme individuals. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
100% Tongues Untied (1989) A film of jagged frictions, a free-flowing sense of form mixing essay with language, poetry and visual art that even today feels revolutionary. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
No Score Yet Where Are We: Our Trip Through America (1993) Interspersed between modestly comical sidebars to a model Graceland and a patriotic Vegas casino are poignant discussions with locals about happiness, regret, and hopes for the future of America. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
94% Paragraph 175 (2000) ...casts further tragic light on the experience of LGBTIQ people across history and does so with stark candor. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
B 99% Totally Under Control (2020) ...the film's most overtly political statement is right there in its release date: go vote! - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
88% Kingdom of Silence (2020) But the movie is made in such a way that it renders what should be even the quiet and plaintive moments into a frenetic dog's breakfast of filmmaking tricks and gimmicks. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
C+ 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) There is no reflection; no revision. It is as if 50 years have gone by without a single original thought about how to tell this story beyond including flashes of penis. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
A- 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) For a film about death and grief, Dick Johnson is Dead is also probably one of the funniest movies of the year. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
100% City Hall (2020) But here Wiseman captures the daily grind and ticking realities of what goes into making a city-in this case Boston-keep moving with steely realism and refinement. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020
D+ 84% The Way I See It (2020) If Porter's film, as subtle as a sledgehammer, attempts to immortalize this myth of democratic optimism and goodness then she needn't have bothered. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
B+ 100% In My Blood It Runs (2019) I feel like I can easily say it's one of the best documentaries this country has produced in recent years. A work of emphatic poignancy... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
B- 83% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) Real, completely fiction, or some sort of elaborate half-breed hoax like Joaquin Phoenix in I'm Not There, the experience of watching You Cannot Kill David Arquette is an entirely perplexing one. - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
B 90% Desert One (2020) Kopple finds a way to make Desert One a rousing film that ultimately works as a symbol for American imperialism. It makes patriotism out of the rubble of abject failure. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
A 90% State Funeral (2019) Sergei Loznitsa's 135-minute triumph is a beast of a film and one with its roots firmly in Soviet documentary... a herculean effort of archival dumpster diving - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
B+ 94% Boys State (2020) The film is actually at its best when it does remind us that these are just boys. The lack of confidence in some as they step up the mic; the weird over-confidence of others as if they've been preparing for this their entire lives. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
B 82% Girls Lost (Pojkarna) (2015) The use of the fantastical could have easily verged on twee, but instead offers its characters and the audience the sort of movie magic that can open minds. - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
A- 100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) It's an ever shrinking and claustrophobic box of political corruption and democratic destruction that is so confident in itself that it leaves arguably it's biggest and most damning moment to the end credits. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
B+ 88% Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018) A very modern glimpse into what it takes to be a musician, an artist and a performer that thankfully strips away much of the unnecessary frou frou that usually comes along with these early career dives. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
B No Score Yet Sisters with Transistors (2020) It's something of a wonder to behold and to finally see their stories brought to the screen. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
B 98% The Go-Go's (2020) ...the impact of Jane, Belinda, Charlotte, Gina and Kathy is undeniably huge and the film is at its best when its treating them and their success with the sort of reverence that is all too ignored in other rock and punk documentaries. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
B 92% Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau) (2017) Already notorious for a lengthy gay sex club orgy sequence that opens the film, Paris 05:59 proves to be much more than just a titillating night out for the boys (the characters and the audience)... - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
B+ 82% Kiki (2017) Kiki is a film that celebrates some of the bravest members of the LGTBQ universe and in many ways the film demands that we absolutely must continue to be as bold and brave as them. - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
B+ 75% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Berlin Syndrome posits actual answers for the terrible questions people ask of sexual-violence survivors. And, significantly, it addresses them through a riveting piece of art cinema made not-so-coincidentally with women in key production roles. - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
C+ 33% Adore (2013) Its Australian title, 'Adoration', sounds as flat on the tongue and unsure of itself as the actual film. Anne Fontaine never finds the right voice for her film's message and ends up with this disappointing, albeit handsomely made, effort. - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
A 92% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a towering achievement that we will be talking about for decades to come. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
B+ 91% Relic (2020) But while there may be haunted doorway portals and creepy things that go bump in the night, there's more at play than just a ghost in the shadows... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
B+ 94% Babyteeth (2020) A suburban drama of a seemingly typical family whose sick teenage daughter craves desperately to escape a suffocating if well-intentioned life of normality in the face of cancer. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
B+ 100% Sidney & Friends (2018) Sidney & Friends is immediately quite arresting, using black and white photography with appropriately amplified grey tones... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
A 92% The Assistant (2020) But in [Kitty Green's] treatment of Garner's Jane, a woman who is told to not worry about being sexually confronted by her boss because she's "not his type", she has clearly tapped into a well of stark reality that is rarely portrayed on screen. - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020