James Lattimer

James Lattimer
James Lattimer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound Slant Magazine Cinema Scope

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Inheritance (2020) A playful, erudite, and boundary-blurring examination of what performing Black theory, literature, music, and testimony in a contemporary Philadelphia commune might set in motion. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
100% Just Don't Think I'll Scream (Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle) (2020) Essay film, documentary and collage; solitude, helplessness and anxiety: the personal and the collective; cinema itself-all are taken up, refracted, and bent back by the merciless flickering of the screen. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
100% 143 Sahara Street (143, rue du Désert) (2019) Hassen Ferhani's crowd-pleasing second feature is an example of a familiar format being executed with such intelligence and clarity that you wonder why it happens so rarely. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% Endless Night (Longa noite) (2019) Enciso's unique contribution is the incorporation of landscape, across which history reverberates without leaving obvious traces. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) With its messy clamour of contradictory voices, influences, and virtues that still somehow hold together, Bacurau's very composition seems to be echoing the feel of Brazil today. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4 No Score Yet Alice T. (2018) While Alice is obviously meant to be inscrutable, the film itself has trouble keeping up with all the myriad changes to her stories and moods, with the doggedly external perspective on her actions increasingly hindering empathy and engagement. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
96% Ray & Liz (2019) By turns brutal, tender and bleakly funny, this is an off-kilter, obliquely topical portrait of how grinding poverty begets dysfunction. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
86% The Most Beautiful Couple (2018) Without the joys of coincidence and bad decision-making, The Most Beautiful Couple would barely have a plot, even if the film fails to commit to them sufficiently to go all-out trashy. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
60% Screwdriver (Mafak) (2018) With Zid presumably meant as an exemplar of sorts, the story exudes a righteous anger which frequently curdles into over-directness. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
100% The Black Book of Father Dinis (O Caderno Negro) (2018) [It] certainly offers enough pleasures for those looking to luxuriate in period trappings... [but] no single element of either form or content stands out sufficiently or forges the sort of link to now that might confer a greater urgency on the whole. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
98% Working Woman (2019) Much like its protagonist, Michal Aviad's Working Woman appears to be in control until things get more complicated. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet L. Cohen (2018) Yet the all-pervasive stillness doesn't mean that nothing happens in L. Cohen. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
94% Transit (2019) Christian Petzold's progressive drift away from realism gathers pace in Transit, another melodrama of impossibility and despair that unfolds in a hyper-constructed amalgam of past and present as unstable as it is seamless. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
89% Winter Flies (Vsechno bude) (2018) Its competent, strangely listless blend of genres fails to extract much urgency or specificity from any of them. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Yet for all the different moods and registers that feed into the film, Jia's skill at modulating tone is such that all this heterogeneity still produces one single flow. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
78% Scarred Hearts (2018) Nonetheless, the filmmaker's skill for the visual and the corporeal can't mask the sense of slight clumsiness that mars the opening half of this nearly two-and-half hour film. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
No Score Yet Marija (2016) Any sense of being immersed in real life is quickly dispelled by the artificiality of the dialogue and its often overemphatic delivery. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
87% The Road to Mandalay (2016) [Road to Mandalay] ends up instead as the oddly frustrating work of a director who clearly knows what he's doing but not what he actually wants to do. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
89% Soul on a String (2017) When you're given so much time to look at the scenery, it helps when it's worth looking at. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet Godless (Bezbog) (2016) There's nothing unusual about a debut feature suffering from formal hesitancy or thematic bluntness...But then that's the downside of the spotlight: it also highlights every single imperfection. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
60% Home (2016) Growing up can indeed be murder, but rendering this experience as literally and as stridently as it is here is both obvious and implausible. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
85% Apprentice (2017) Given its complete lack of non-essential components, there's nothing to anchor Apprentice in the mind once the plot has run its course. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
96% Western (2018) The heart of Western ultimately resides in a wonderfully open question: when a set of interrelated concepts are strung together to form a phrase, is that the same thing as a statement? - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
83% Scaffolding (2018) Scaffolding shuns moments of easy drama, but the film is still incapable of crafting more complicated ones to replace them, as Yair remains too beholden to the script's muted twists and turns to devote much attention to ambiguity or atmosphere. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
88% Makala (2018) The quest narrative and the predictable setbacks it contains ultimately tighten their grip on the film, to such an extent that Kabwita's individual fate soon feels like just another vehicle for the same eminently valid point made countless times before. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
60% The Motive (El autor) (2018) Watching The Motive is akin to hearing an artist expound at length on the tedious specifics of their process, a feeling made all the more wearying by the blinkered nature of said approach. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) As in many of Sean Baker's films, The Florida Project's final destination doesn't quite captivate as much as the journey taken to get there. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
67% The Garden (Sommerhäuser) (2017) The only element of The Garden worth marvelling at is the amount of money seemingly lavished on its production design. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
58% Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde) (2018) It's hard to keep up with all the competing elements that Mrs. Hyde throws into the mix. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
70% Mrs. Fang (2017) As always in Wang's work, Mrs. Fang evinces an unobtrusive structuralism and ability to distill insight from seemingly innocuous occurrences. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
2/4 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) The stock character types that Hirokazu Kore-eda employs across the board are pretty much open books from the start. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
2.5/4 71% Who's Crazy? (2017) Thomas White's is a bizarre, undisciplined romp through snowbound Belgian vistas and '60s signifiers alike. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
1/4 17% The Sea of Trees (2016) There's little here to suggest that the film is anything more than a hastily cobbled-together studio star vehicle. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
1/4 28% Warcraft (2016) The first major misfire of the summer blockbuster season lumbers into view in the form of Warcraft. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2016
2.5/4 82% Chevalier (2016) Athina Rachel Tsangari's obvious skill can't hide the fact that her concept is one-note. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2016
2.5/4 81% Sunset Song (2016) Terence Davies's sheer talent for creating sensuous images conveniently masks how little of this feeling actually emerges from the plot these images illustrate. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet The Blue Hour (Onthakan) (2015) An initially intriguing attempt to splice together a gay romance and a horror film that ultimately shows little flair for either genre. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
3/4 94% Notfilm (2015) Ross Lipman's gloriously egalitarian approach to culture means that his complex argumentation never becomes inaccessible. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2016
2/4 95% Krisha (2016) It rams home the main character's relentless downward spiral though an incessant parade of grandstanding stylistic flourishes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
3/4 95% River of Grass (1995) Kelly Reichardt's film is a wry, appealingly raggedy look at the impossibility of conjuring up excitement from boredom. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
96% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) Weerasethakul's films have always been marked by their great tenderness, unobtrusive rigor, and desire to splice the straightforward with the cryptic, with Cemetery of Splendor one of the purest, most focused expressions of these concerns. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
2/4 97% Mustang (2015) The film punctuates the sisters' confinement with various episodes united by their contrivance. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
2/4 92% Breathe (2015) Aside from the innate understanding of female friendship dynamics, it's hard to see exactly what else Mélanie Laurent brings to this overly familiar story. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2015
4/4 98% Phoenix (2015) Christian Petzold never luxuriates in all this film history, but rather channels the artifice and affect it embodies into new insights. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2015
2/4 96% The Look of Silence (2015) If The Look of Silence still remains a gripping, vital, consequential documentary, it's in spite of its approach rather than because of it. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
2/4 85% 10,000 Km (2015) It ends up feeling like an unsatisfying cautionary tale on how much detachment is too much detachment. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2015
92% Sicario (2015) The one saving grace of Sicario is the considerable talent of cinematographer Roger Deakins, who continually finds new, striking images to couch all the action in. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
3.5/4 88% Amour Fou (2015) Jessica Hausner is less interested in historical revisionism than mining this real-life tragedy for its existential thrust. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Mercuriales (2014) By the time the film has started explicitly referencing its own dreamlike, fairy-tale atmosphere, the air has well and truly gone out of this meticulously prepared soufflé. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Los Hongos (2014) It crafts its meandering, unobtrusively utopian worldview in such all-enveloping fashion that it feels almost incongruous once actual violence does rear its head. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2015