Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Martin Eden (2020) A movie that arrives like a bolt out of the blue, bursting with ideas, not unlike its hero. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
71% Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) Ripe... a guilty pleasure of mine... - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) ...an atmospheric, tropical film noir... - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
No Score Yet Venom and Eternity (1951) Consider it a recalcitrant chunk of twentieth-century cultural history. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
94% Le Joli Mai (1963) ...a pioneering work of free-associational "direct cinema" by Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme... - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
96% Viridiana (1961) Made in Franco's Spain, Luis Buñuel's blasphemous comedy Viridiana (1961) poked a finger in the dictator's eye... - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
95% Kuroneko (1968) The movie's implacable sense of poetic justice is only equaled by its graphic smarts. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
92% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) Balagov's beautifully acted second feature... - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
93% Pauline At The Beach (1983) French bedroom farce stripped down to its essentials. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
100% Tôkyô orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad) (1965) Ichikawa's movie is not only exciting but excited in documenting... - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
100% Jazz on a Summer's Day (2020) Jackson provides a suitably formidable closer with "The Lord's Prayer," but the movie peaks early with O'Day's stoned version of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and rapid-fire scatting on "Tea for Two." - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
72% An American Pickle (2020) An American Pickle derives most of its tang from the Herschel and Ben scenes. (In one superfluous but charming bit of business, Ben puts on an oldies station and shows Herschel how to dance to the 1960 chestnut "Stay.") - Tablet EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) However overwrought, Tyrnauer's movie forcefully illustrates Cohn's once cozy relationship with New York's rich, powerful, and privileged, many of them liberals and/or members of the media... - Tablet EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Raw, personal and compassionate... - Tablet EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
100% Losing Ground (1982) Given its self-contained milieu, arty references and cerebral humor, "Losing Ground" is far closer to Eric Rohmer's or Woody Allen's contemporary brand of haute bourgeois comedy than to Spike Lee's confrontational social satire. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
90% State Funeral (2019) As presented, State Funeral conjures a vision of gaslighting on an unimaginable scale-impossible to consign to history's dustbin. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
82% The Whistlers (2020) Heralded by a blast of Iggy Pop's insouciant anthem and nearly three times as expensive as any previous Porumboiu film, The Whistlers suggests an updated, if still scaled down, version of glitzy mid-1960s international caper films... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
68% Joker (2019) Not only an intelligent throwback to the feel-bad shock cinema of the 1970s, Joker is all but unique in its social realism... - Tablet EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
94% Transit (2019) Inhabiting a realm between the past and present, Europe and America, and also cinema and literature, [Petzold's characters] are, in Hannah Arendt's phrase, "living ghosts among the ruins of our times." - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
88% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) ...at once an ambivalent love letter to Paris and a startling act of cinematic aggression. The camera moves are brusque. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [Tarantino's] most personal film, it is also the one he has hinted may be his last. If so, he will have quit while he's ahead. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Sunset is suspenseful and absorbing, if also repetitive and, at 140 minutes, a bit overlong. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
92% Pickup on South Street (1953) Insanely slangy, deliriously hard-boiled noir... - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
67% Spring Breakers (2013) Spring Breakers is a crowd-pleaser, although given its confounding creepiness, the crowd it pleases most is surely the forty-year-old filmmaker's intellectual fan base. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
74% Existenz (1999) It's striking that eXistenZ, a send-up of computer games that parodied The Matrix avant la lettre, and one of the great underappreciated movies of the late 1990s, yields the richest trove of relics. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
72% American Sniper (2015) For many, I suspect, American Sniper may be weirdly liberating-gratifying a perhaps hitherto unsuspected desire to see their pessimism, hopeless and unchanging, projected on the screen. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Anderson makes movies that may refuse to explain themselves but nevertheless manage to engage the viewer, in part because he tends to cut from confined spaces to open ones as if inviting us to enter them. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
78% The Long Day Closes (1992) The Long Day Closes is essentially Davies's distilled recollection of himself at 11, a seemingly friendless child in a dismal working-class Liverpool, transfixed by his experience of the cinema. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
95% The Connection (1961) The Connection is not a great movie but it is a singular and multi-faceted historical artifact. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
26% 2016: Obama's America (2012) D'Souza is loath to give offense to what he seemingly regards as America's dominant culture. Indeed, one might just as easily interpret the entirety of 2016 as evidence of D'Souza over-compensation with regards to his feeling of post-colonial... - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
84% The Hunger Games (2012) The Hunger Games is undeniably progressive in making its protagonist so plucky, independent, and self-actualizing a young woman. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
84% Bonsái (2012) Chilean director Cristián Jiménez's "Bonsái" is the essence of cosmopolitan provincialism. A superbly grounded, programmatically small, meta-literary tragicomedy of student-boho life. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
75% Damsels in Distress (2012) [Damsels in Distress] is genteel lowbrow farce, with musical comedy aspirations. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) The Dark Knight Rises not only celebrates a caped Übermensch but is itself, as a commercial enterprise, something beyond good and evil. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
52% John Carter (2012) For the most part, the first "live action" feature by Andrew Stanton, is graphically splendiferous and enjoyably nonsensical. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
88% Post Mortem (2012) Building in intensity, this is a movie that's both elusive and visceral in its metaphors. The perverse anti-virtuosity of the filmmaking heightens the sense of pervasive shabbiness and ineptitude. It's a new and original vision of political terror. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
80% Artificial Paradises (2012) Paraisos Artificiales is an exemplary situation documentary that employs one professional actor, Luisa Pardo, and a single location, Playa Jicacal, as the basis for an 83-minute movie that's as much reverie as narrative. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
90% Keep the Lights On (2012) The movie's elaborately failed closure only makes sense once you understand that the filmmaker's all-too-human desire for self-justification apparently trumped the ruthless self-control required to make a work of art. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) I wouldn't call The Cloud Atlas pure cinema, but... the mix and mash trumps the balderdash. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
84% The Master (2012) The main thing is that The Master is so unlike anything else in its seriousness and so admirable in its vitality that one has to support it. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) The violent clash between constitutional freedoms and social society, not to mention the racial conflict, make for a very American story. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
88% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) The sub working-class, Latino milieu shades more exotic than authentic, but the cast is terrific, the movie is extremely well-shot up close and personal. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
78% The Grandmaster (2013) The Grandmaster strikes me as Wong's strongest film since In the Mood for Love and surprisingly credible as an exercise in kung fu stylistics as well as temps perdu. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
96% Burning Bush (2014) The opening is sensational and, as if the narrative weren't compelling enough, [Agnieszka] Holland keeps trying to top it for the rest of the movie with a hectic, hyper dramatic camera style. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
94% Le Joli Mai (1963) What is astonishing about the movie, even today, is the joie de vivre, cinematic and otherwise, with which it levels its critique. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
No Score Yet La Beauté du Diable (Beauty and the Devil) (1950) However fusty and old-fashioned, La Beauté du Diable burnished my appreciation for Michel Simon's comic gifts. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
No Score Yet Four Bags Full (La Traversée de Paris) (1957) In essence, A Pig Across Paris plays the German occupation for slapstick comedy. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
96% Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating) (1974) Celine and Julie is verdant, airy, and playful. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
35% Dark Shadows (2012) Sad to report, the [Tim] Burton opus is an unnecessarily complicated tale involving too many characters, not to mention an unresolved moral conundrum that has us happily rooting for an unapologetic mass serial killer. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
94% Elena (2012) Andrey Zvyagintsev is the most internationally-acclaimed Russian filmmaker to emerge during the Putin era, and his expertly directed third feature Elena is, albeit oblique, the most vivid evocation I've seen of Moscow's contemporary society. - ARTINFO.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019