Glenn Heath Jr.

Glenn Heath Jr.
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T-Meter Title | Year
60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) [Director Denys] Arcand deserves some credit for going outside of his comfort zone. But he also has little clue how to make more salacious material equally scathing politically. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Directed by newcomer Joe Talbot, the film uses slow motion and stylized zooms to create surreal moments contrasting with an on-the-ground immediacy. Impressive as they are, mixing these tones sometimes distracts from the sublime lead performances. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) [Presents] a false vision of equality, and Kaling and Ganatra's hapless film takes too many critical narrative short cuts to get there. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
52% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Deeply self-aware, The Dead Don't Die utilizes absurdity to amplify the lumbering details of a slow-motion apocalypse. Chuckles will be had, especially if audiences are familiar with Jarmusch's patented filmmaking style. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
89% Non-Fiction (2019) Assayas' critique of bourgeois semantics and digital addiction ultimately lacks bite, and instead dwells on the obvious emotional contradictions that have populated much of French cinema for decades. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
32% Domino (2019) Domino might be the epitome of a mixed bag, something plucked from the archives of Cinemax circa 1992. But the moments that sting with uneasy truth remind us why De Palma remains such a potent artist. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
91% Sauvage / Wild (2019) It ends up feeling like a cop-out. What's not is Maritaud's moving performance as a young man trying to find his place in a world made up of different prisons. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
100% The Silence of Others (2019) Dictators like Franco try to preserve their own power by creating rules and regulations that repress any of the nuances human life brings to the table... The Silence of Other brings the complexity of history and humanity back into the equation. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Archival footage and additional talking heads interviews complement the intimate sit down conversation, helping express why Mikhail Gorbachev was such a pivotal figure in 20th century global relations. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) If Kaili Blues hints at noir elements hiding beneath the surface, Bi's brilliant follow-up, Long Day's Journey Into Night, splashes them across the screen in cavernous interiors and vivid neon hues, ceaselessly dripping water. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) Trial by Fire is an egregiously simplistic critique of capital punishment that wastes two immensely talented screen actors. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) Almost immediately the film proves disinterested in dissecting the complexities or nuances of their shift to rustic living... Maybe it was all that simple, but as a result, neither subject has much agency. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
98% 3 Faces (2019) Until now, Panahi has used [digital technology] to reveal the contradictory policies and ignorance that led to his own state-sanctioned creative stranglehold. Here, he gleefully passes the torch to a new generation of female artists. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
93% Rafiki (2019) Hardly flawless, Rafiki is nevertheless a humane portrait of personal vulnerability under attack by the collective. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) What saves Little Woods from becoming just another social realist downer are the performances (Thompson's is especially nuanced) and DaCosta's sharp attention to emotional detail. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
84% Her Smell (2019) Her Smell recognizes that the root causes of pain never really go away. But staring them down in the spotlight helps ease their stranglehold. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
83% High Life (2019) This erotic, savage hallucination of a film is Denis' most hopeful in years. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
64% Peterloo (2019) Dry and plodding at times, this carefully detailed historical epic is nevertheless perceptive to how small, pivotal decisions by everyday people inform the momentum of grand historical events. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
82% The Brink (2019) The Brink doesn't end up illuminating anything new about Bannon's style or persona. It just traps the viewer in small rooms with a man who has convinced himself he's larger than life. Hard pass. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
80% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Sorry Angel honestly portrays the difficulty of connecting with another person when basically all facets of mainstream society have closed their doors on your humanity. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) With Sunset, Nemes has created an effectively brutal allegory about the local origins of national destruction. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
93% Diane (2019) If Diane were just another small town exploration of grief and guilt, it wouldn't resonate nearly as much. Jones' film is interested more in the suffocating weariness that stems from trying to remain hopeful against all odds... - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Simplistic threads of heroism and humanization are invariably presented on a silver platter, because in a situation this awful there has to be something positive to embrace, even if it doesn't ring true. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Since Jia and Zhao are not just collaborators, but life partners as well, could Ash is Purest White be a sly plea for her forgiveness? If so, the film is a masterful, epic portrait of humbling self-critique. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) The Hummingbird Project tries for high-energy farce a la The Wolf of Wall Street, exposing the dark side of post-recession entrepreneurship. But it doesn't have that film's guts or gusto. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Just like styles in genre filmmaking, the characters seem to be caught in a perpetual cycle of reinvention. These kinds of dualities give Dragged Across Concrete a nuanced, long form texture. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
95% Transit (2019) Petzold creates unwavering tension from this nightmare scenario, deftly weaving together references to 21st century social issues with sly variations on tropes from the classic wartime thriller. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Birds of Passage clocks in at just over two hours yet feels rushed and incomplete. All of the gangster film tropes and archetypes are present, but the characters themselves are simply defined by redundant motivations. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) This is a stand alone film that actually stands alone. Captain Marvel may not be subtle or stylistically innovative -- or even particularly great for that matter -- but I'll still be excited to show it to my daughter once she's old enough. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Fables have a way of revealing the nightmarish implications of utopian façades, and Greta does exactly that. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Considering its energy and ambition, Krstić's film doesn't always make linear sense; cohesion is not the aim here. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird never forgets that these players are people first, and not merely X's and O's on a dry erase board. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) This isn't Farhadi's tightest script; messy subplots and redundant dialogue exchanges make Everybody Knows feel bloated at times. Much more interesting are the ways in which it reveals issues of class through both passive and overt aggressions. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
No Score Yet Lifeboat (2019) While well-meaning, the film pales in comparison to Gianfranco Rosi's superior Fire at Sea. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% End Game (2018) It's as emotionally devastating as it sounds. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Period. End of Sentence. (2018) Rousing and brave. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% Black Sheep (2018) Told through a stirring first-person interview with the main subject, it makes for an apt companion piece to Yance Ford's Strong Island. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet A Night at the Garden (2019) Worthy of your attention... This is pure hate on open display. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Marguerite (2019) It's easy to lose track of the delicate, sincere Marguerite, the story of an elderly woman's friendship with her home nurse. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Fauve (2018) With bleak, dystopic locales reminiscent of Tarkovsky, this elemental study of power and regret is a stunner. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Skin (2018) Simplifies a ripped-from-the-headlines tragedy, but at least has a sense of it's own ridiculousness. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
83% Detainment (2018) A brutally trite, slow-motion-obsessed portrait of banal evil. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Late Afternoon (2017) Louise Bagnall's film is modest by design and somewhat simplistic, but its heart is in the right place. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Animal Behaviour (2018) Written, directed and animated by Alison Snowden and David Fine, this comedy of unbridled rage and ego unfortunately relies far too heavily on cliché for laughs. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Weekends (2017) Its minimalist 2-D sketches are sobering and surreal, a shape-shifting monument to the protagonist's growing anxiety. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet One Small Step (2018) Directors Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas trace victories and tragedies without the crutch of dialogue, but still manage to paint in broad, sentimental strokes. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% Bao (2018) Despite its Pixar polish, the film remains a moving testament to how quickly life can pass us by. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
79% Never Look Away (2019) The film is many things at once; political critique, love story, tragedy and artist origin story. Yet, it fails to conjure any momentum with any of these specific identities. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A lumbering blockbuster with more spectacle than soul. One wonders what will it take for both Rodriguez and Cameron to rediscover the proficiency and economy of spirit that made their first works so impactful. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Like all of Jackson's best work, They Shall Not Grow Old is a humbling experience about the loss of innocence. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019