Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet DAU. Natasha (2020) It's atmospherically vivid and emotionally agitating, and much of the suffering on screen feels duly lived rather than merely performed - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
60% Siberia (2020) A beautiful, unhinged, sometimes hilarious trek into geographical and psychological wilderness that will delight some and mystify many others. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet My Little Sister (Schwesterlein) (2020) This is bright, unaffected naturalism with a fluidly roving camera, but also a generous regard for its ensemble, as befits a film affectionately embedded in the Berlin theater scene. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet High Ground (2020) This may be fictionalized narrative, but it honors its ugly patch of history by refusing to treat it with much in the way of twisting sensationalism. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
70% The Salt of Tears (Le sel des larmes) (2020) A would-be modern Don Juan story, marked thoughout by sloppy quick-sketch characterization, stilted dialogue and risibly dated gender politics, it's an exercise only for the most forgiving of Garrel acolytes... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
100% Mogul Mowgli (2020) Ahmed affirms his standing as one of Britain's most vital, risky actors, even in a role we thought we'd already seen him play. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
83% Wildland (Kød & Blod) (2020) Rather like the actors, David Gallego's handsomely muted lensing seeks sinister notes in placid veneers. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
71% Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020) The result, though intermittently stirring and often luminously shot, represents something of a chore for all but the most ardent Jia completists - and even some of them may be left adrift... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
No Score Yet The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (2020) A documentary in which the roles of filmmaker, viewer and subject are as inextricably fused as life and art. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
83% Exile (Exil) (2020) Slicing into its protagonist's psyche with surgical finesse and discomfort, this queasy-comic character study pulls off a subtly perilous balancing act... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2020) This arresting third feature from Lesotho-born writer-director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is as classical in theme as it is adventurous in presentation. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
No Score Yet Influence (2020) "Influence" is diverting, aggravating, even suitably damning in its portrait of a high-end huckster brought down to size only after he'd wrought years of damage in multiple countries. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
40% Surge (2020) As an experiment in steering a potentially tight thriller entirely by one character's irrational whims, it's abrasively compelling, even if the go-go-go plotting doesn't withstand closest scrutiny. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Urgently lifts the lid on one of the most horrifying humanitarian crises of present times: the state-sanctioned purge of LGBTQ people in the eponymous southern Russian republic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) At once a celebration and a lament, simultaneously jubilant and ineffably sad, it's a film worth sticking around to see. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
88% Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) In his first feature since 2015's Oscar victor "Spotlight," the quiet humanity of McCarthy's filmmaking meshes oddly with the material's zanier demands, finally reaching an anodyne middle ground. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
No Score Yet Vivos (2020) A study of grief both in unresolved limbo and in determined action - thwarted either way by a national scourge of institutional corruption that the public is forced to take as given. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
100% A Bump Along the Way (2019) [Petticrew's] flinty chemistry with reliable pro Gallagher keeps things on track even when proceedings veer into more predictable hugging and learning. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
No Score Yet House of Cardin (2019) Lively as an overview of Cardin's creative and commercial achievements, "House of Cardin" is considerably vaguer when it comes to his personal life and legacy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
No Score Yet The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson (2020) It's a cheap, unloving death march of a movie - scarcely made more intriguing by the half-cooked theory it posits as to who (or how many) did the deed. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
53% The Informer (2020) For all "The Informer" lacks in surface style - shot and scored as it is in functional, straight-to-VOD fashion - it remains a surprisingly well-oiled genre machine. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2020
100% Advocate (2020) [A] tough-minded, clear-eyed film... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
74% The Gentlemen (2020) A knockabout all-star return to the underworld that feigns to remind us who its director really is, but feels, in most respects, like a hedging of bets. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
No Score Yet Chez Jolie Coiffure (2018) [A] stark, straightforward but subtly potent documentary... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
4/5 93% High Flying Bird (2019) Soderbergh's liveliest, most big-thinking work since Magic Mike, this is a quick, zingy, all-business sports drama that plays like Jerry Maguire with twin degrees in economics and sociology. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
No Score Yet In a Whisper (A media voz) (2019) The epistolary format, tricky to pull off without seeming precious or affected, works beautifully here as a way to knit together two narrating voices... whose contrasting creative sensibilities reflect their different trajectories away from home. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
69% My Friend the Polish Girl (2019) From its cramped, off-the-cuff shooting style (mostly in washed-out monochrome) to its persuasive ensemble, "My Friend the Polish Girl" mostly pulls off the documentary pretense with wily skill. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
100% Love Child (2019) Documentaries can be as narratively driven as any fiction feature, as "Love Child" proves in entirely engrossing fashion. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
No Score Yet I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die (2019) It examines the socioeconomic environment of middle-American poverty with a gaze both critical and impressionistic, without passing judgment on the individuals tangled up in it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
No Score Yet La Mami (2019) "La Mami" is rife with sharp, tacit socioeconomic criticism of an unequal, patriarchal society in which making joyless business out of pleasure is the best hope many women have. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet The Letter (2019) An effective, emotionally immediate debut feature... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet Faith (2019) "Faith" is as disciplined and intriguingly opaque as the men and women it studies, attempting to unlock the nature of the group through mesmeric observation of routine and ritual. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet Sunless Shadows (2019) "Sunless Shadows" never gives off the impression of extracting feelings from its subjects: Rather, it receptively gives them a platform they've hitherto been denied. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
93% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) Jon Kasbe's diamond-hard but humane documentary is most impressive in its equally divided sympathies between hunter, hunted and guardian. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) Surprises are in short supply here, but Tinnell's film is more concerned with cultivating a general, slightly tipsy air of good feeling. In this it largely succeeds... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
50% Angelfish (2019) Destiny Frasqueri (better known to her Generation Z fans as Nuyorican rapper Princess Nokia) makes a winning, delicate screen debut in "Angelfish," a low-key Bronx romance that proves a surprisingly muted vehicle for her outsize performing charisma. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Suffice it to say that even on a smaller screen, attributing anthropomorphic qualities to photoreal fauna remains a Disney stumbling block. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
60% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Both Spall and Redgrave feel stifled and stiff-jointed, hemmed in by a thin, shallow-focus script that betrays its origins as a radio play all too easily. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
77% Serendipity (2019) Per its title, "Serendipity" may allude to the ultimate casting vote of fate, but it also shows the young artist taking what control she can in directing her life, and her potential earthly afterlife too. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
97% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) The great pleasure of these films' bright, largely wordless slapstick is that it plays universally whilst accommodating all manner of obsessive, idiosyncratic detailing at the edges. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
92% Leap of Faith (2019) These are not astonishing anecdotes, but they are, by and large, entertaining ones: Friedkin is as deft a storyteller on camera as he is behind it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
60% Some Beasts (Algunas Bestias) (2019) [A] queasily accomplished film. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
No Score Yet Lynn + Lucy (2019) It accrues real mouth-drying power as its narrative keeps twisting the knife, thanks in no small part to a superbly matched pair of lead performances by Nichola Burley and newcomer Roxanne Scrimshaw. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
80% The Audition (Das vorspiel) (2019) Weisse's gripping, cool-blooded drama upends all manner of inspirational-educator clichés. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
No Score Yet 45 Seconds of Laughter (2019) It's hard not to feel gladdened by the sight of men who have spent their lives cornered into hard, unyielding modes of masculinity give in to the sheer, sprightly silliness of performance. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
100% La Llorona (2019) A nervy alternative horror film in which political ghosts of the past mingle with more uncanny phantoms, it ought to be the filmmaker's most widely distributed work to date. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
85% The Weekend (2019) Notwithstanding any comparisons, there's more assured personality here than there was in her last feature, the bright, proficient but somewhat synthetic big-studio teen romance "Everything, Everything." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
91% Saint Maud (2020) Maud is like Carrie White and her mother Margaret rolled into one unholy holy terror; as played with brilliant, blood-freezing intensity by Morfydd Clark, she's a genre anti-heroine to cherish, protect and recoil from, sometimes all at once. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
45% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Halfway through... the air goes out of the shaggy-dog plotting: a climactic pileup of unfortunate events is both rushed and unsurprising, leaving the actors with little room to dart and play. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
57% Strange But True (2019) Can't quite decide what kind of weird it wants to be: a loopy B-movie corkscrew ride, or an American Beauty-style suburban burlesque with Something To Say. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019