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Jan Lisa Huttner

Jan Lisa Huttner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 81%

Denial (2016)

"One could dismiss Denial as 'just another film about the Holocaust', but I sincerely believe that would totally miss the point ... What is actually on trial is nothing less than truth, human reason, and the very meaning of the word 'fact.'" FF2 Media
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4.5/5 90%

Certain Women (2016)

"Kelly Reichardt's new film braids together the lives of three women living in and around atown in central Montana. Scene-after-scene of almost wordless intimacy come together to create a haunting peekinto real American lives so often ignored." FF2 Media
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 19%

American Pastoral (2016)

"Ewan McGregor's new adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novelAmerican Pastoralis a noble failure...The only actor able totranscend this mess isDakota Fanning who plays Swede's daughter Meredith." FF2 Media
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4.5/5 No Score Yet

The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith (2016)

"Fishko has it all. In fact, the miracle is how she ever managed to take Smith's enormous legacy of images, sounds, and words, and distill all of theminto a film so lucid and compelling. I honestly don't know how she did it, I'm just thrilled she did!" FF2 Media
Posted Sep 25, 2016
5/5 92%

Howards End (1992)

"I am delighted to report that Howards End is not just glorious, it's actually better than ever -- the pinnacle of anextraordinary cinematic collaboration." FF2 Media
Posted Sep 25, 2016
3/5 82%

Indignation (2016)

"I left my screening of Indignation with, yes, indignation. I felt that the filmmaker had wasted his cast and crew, while I had wasted my time. I could go on and on but why bother? [It's] just same old/same old from Philip Roth. " FF2 Media
Posted Aug 21, 2016
4.5/5 71%

The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016)

"When his father expressly requests a visit, a Jewish man from Buenos Aires returns home after decades abroad. Burman has created a highly-esteemed body of work and [now] you have the opportunity to see one of the best films of the year in The Tenth Man! " FF2 Media
Posted Aug 4, 2016
4/5 92%

Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016)

"All of the characters are three dimensional, none of their predicaments are simplified, & the denouement is almost unbearably poignant. Actresses Cécile De France & Izïa Higelin are both superlative. Their love story is intense, passionate, & revelatory." FF2 Media
Posted Jul 26, 2016
4/5 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"In one of the biggest gambles in the history of the multiplex, the fun lies in the interactions--the little quips and asides that make each one of the main characters unique and endearing. Is it manna from heaven? No. Is it fun? Yes. Mission Accomplished!" FF2 Media
Posted Jul 18, 2016
2.5/5 94%

Tikkun (2016)

"It felt like a test. A filmmaker lusting for fame had chosen ... his theme, then dared the audience to walk out midway, already disgusted but still thinking they had 'missed something.' I am a good student. I stayed in my seat, but I did not applaud." FF2 Media
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/5 66%

Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016)

"Benoît Jacquot's new adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel is likely the most faithful to date, but that doesn't make it much fun to watch and none of the details are sufficiently coherent. By failing its audience, Jacquot & Zimmer have failed Mirbeau too." FF2 Media
Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 81%

Eva Hesse (2016)

"On paper, artist Eva Hesse's biography reads like a 20th century nightmare. And yet, on screen, filmmaker Marcie Begleiter has turned this bleak life into something luminous, [showing] Eva Hesse as an indefatigable woman with unforgettable incandescence. " FF2 Media
Posted Jun 15, 2016
5/5 76%

Viktoria (2016)

"Viktoria is a stunning film from Bulgaria which begins as a political parody and ends as a feminist parable. Every scene is filled with metaphor and nuance. Kudos to filmmaker Maya Vitkova for her extraordinary vision and execution. " FF2 Media
Posted Jun 9, 2016
5/5 97%

The Fits (2016)

"Anna Rose Holmer, already well-known as a documentary film director, hits a home run with this outstanding feature film debut. And in her first screen performance, Royalty Hightower carries the whole film on her slim but agile shoulders." FF2 Media
Posted Jun 2, 2016
4.5/5 96%

Weiner (2016)

"Weiner is back. This time he has no independent ability to shape the story. He is an object of scrutiny rather than an agent of change, and his public demise-brilliantly captured in the award-winning new documentary Weiner-is a tawdry tale of our times." FF2 Media
Posted Jun 1, 2016
4.5/5 90%

A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas) (2016)

"A Monster with a Thousand Heads is not only brilliant in itself, but a riveting metaphor for our times. From the moment Sonia decides to chase the doctor down to the parking lot, the film lunges forward with relentless speed and intense narrative drive. " FF2 Media
Posted May 19, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet

1920 London (2016)

"This giddy comedy/horror mash-up from India has all the familiar Bollywood elements--gorgeous people dancing around sumptuous sets--so expect it to be what it is... and enjoy." FF2 Media
Posted May 16, 2016
4.5/5 94%

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016)

"Ada Ushpiz's brilliant new documentary is an audacious attempt to completely reframe the legacy of Hannah Arendt... Ushpiz certainly convinced me, thereby making my own emotional investment in this difficult subject matter well worth the effort." FF2 Media
Posted Apr 29, 2016
4/5 53%

Lolo (2016)

"Delpy has created another perfect role for herself as a dog being wagged by its own tail. She is adorable in her befuddlement as the stakes get ever higher. And Dany Boon as Jean-René and Vincent Lacoste as Lolo make great comic partners." FF2 Media
Posted Apr 4, 2016
4/5 29%

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

"Ditzy, delightful new sequel to Nia Vardalos' 2002 surprise hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. If you loved MBFGW #1--as I surely did--then by all means treat yourself to a second helping of flaming spanakopita: Opa!" FF2 Media
Posted Mar 30, 2016
4.5/5 94%

Colliding Dreams (2016)

"A new documentary about the history of the Arab/Israeli Conflict from the Jewish-American point of view, comes to us from two filmmakers with superlative credentials. Together they have taken a leap of faith, crafting an epic drama worthy of its subject." FF2 Media
Posted Mar 28, 2016
3/5 89%

My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016)

"Bracket off the first two 'memories,' and My Golden Days is a slog ... [I was] bored to tears by yet another beautifully mounted but totally phallocentric 'coming of age' story that I've basically seen a million times already." FF2 Media
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3.5/5 40%

About Scout (2016)

"Three accomplished, engaging actresses quickly capture our hearts, and filmmaker Laurie Weltz-collaborating on this screenplay with her with daughter/lead actress India Ennenga-has us in the palm of her hand. But Weltz doesn't quite know what to do next." FF2 Media
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 25%

Marguerite & Julien (Marguerite et Julien) (2016)

"Valérie Donzelli's new costume drama is set in multiple time frames. Gorgeous and passionate, I wanted to love it. But the meta-exercise has no follow-through, so ultimately it becomes more confusing than engaging." FF2 Media
Posted Mar 2, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet

Carvalho's Journey (2015)

"This wonderful new documentary interweaves three powerful stories. I am here to tell you that Carvalho's Journey, in addition to all its other virtues, may well be one of the greatest love stories in Jewish American history. " FF2 Media
Posted Feb 17, 2016
4.5/5 93%

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)

"In her superlative new documentary 'Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict,' filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland introduces her subject with quotes from talking heads who are often quite snide and yet 95 minutes later, her heroine has triumphed." FF2 Media
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/5 77%

Yosemite (2016)

"By the third story, I was out of patience. Already thwarted twice, I had no energy left to invest in a third set of characters even when I saw the possibility of some overlap. OK, I get it: Boys will be boys ... But me? I was bored to death." FF2 Media
Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/5 17%

Other People's Children (2015)

"This is director Liz Hinlein's first feature film, and screenwriter Adrienne Harris's second. So I wish I could say positive things to encourage them. But the film has only one thing going for it: a charismatic performance by Chad Michael Murray as P.K." FF2 Media
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 60%

Sisters (2015)

"Fey and Poehler fit together like two halves of a whole. Screenwriter Paula Pell knows her stars perfectly, and director Jason Moore knows how the keep the whole dizzy, ditzy ensemble from going over the edge. Sisters is a big, broad, bawdy delight." FF2 Media
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4/5 100%

The Winding Stream (2015)

"Beth Harrington has directed with skill and smarts and Mike Olson contributes terrific photoanimations to make the pre-Selfie Era come alive on screen. Once Johnny starts singing--alone, with June, and/or with anyone else--the soundtrack is pure pleasure." FF2 Media
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4.5/5 73%

Suffragette (2015)

"Superb film directed by Sarah Gavron with a screenplay by Abi Morgan. This is my team--the 50% of humanity born female--and seeing our history told so eloquently from our POV is a rare and thrilling experience!" FF2 Media
Posted Dec 21, 2015
4/5 91%

The Girl in the Book (2015)

"Filmmaker Marya Cohn--directing a terrific cast-- deftly manages the flashback sequences [and] adds unexpected depth and empathy to some situations which are unfortunately already all too familiar. Brava! " FF2 Media
Posted Dec 21, 2015
5/5 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"The best film of 2015. I say 'the best' with confidence because I have now seen almost all of 2016's Oscar contenders. Steve Carell [delivers] a transformative performance that raises him to the rank of one of the greatest actors of his generation." FF2 Media
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3/5 94%

Carol (2015)

"Carol left me icy cold. Great performances by name actors, [but] director Todd Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy have made a new film that is all parts but no whole ... Predictable plot. Perfunctory character development. THE END" FF2 Media
Posted Nov 20, 2015
4.5/5 74%

The Keeping Room (2015)

"A spare, intense drama set at the tail end of the Civil War in which three young women learn to cope with lives very different than the ones they were raised to expect ... In the end, the commanding presence in The Keeping Room belongs to Brit Marling." FF2 Media
Posted Oct 23, 2015
2.5/5 77%

Felix & Meira (2015)

"Two sad-sacks meet one day in the middle of a slushy Montreal winter and begin a life-altering relationship ... but with no backstory and minimal character development, it's hard to care. Sorry to say, I couldn't get a handle on this moody mess. " FF2 Media
Posted Oct 11, 2015
4.5/5 83%

The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

"This was a highly compelling reenactment--so much so that I began feeling like one of the prisoners who was desperate to flee--but director Kyle Patrick Alvarez and screenwriter Tim Talbott should have included a few moments of context. " FF2 Media
Posted Oct 11, 2015
5/5 94%

Rosenwald (2015)

"Award-winning documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner's triumphant new BioDoc Rosenwald introduces us to a Jewish-American philanthropist who used his fortune to make a permanent impact on African-American life for generations past and generations to come." FF2 Media
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/5 40%

Strangerland (2015)

"Excellent performances from Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, and Hugo Weaving are undone by a weak screenplay which totally collapses in the third act. Director Kim Farrant shows great promise, but Strangerland promises more than it can deliver." FF2 Media
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 17%

Zipper (2015)

"Nothing makes my day like walking into a film with relatively low expectations, but then coming out saying: WOW! Mora Stephens and her co-writer Joel Viertel do an excellent job of revealing the truth behind the illusion. ... A tense, riveting film." FF2 Media
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4.5/5 65%

Learning To Drive (2015)

"This is director Isabel Coixet's second film with Kingsley. Once again, Coixet's casting is impeccable. Grace Gummer is lovely as 'Tasha,' as is Sarita Choudhury as 'Jasleen.' For me, Coixet definitely did 'hit it out of the park.'" FF2 Media
Posted Aug 31, 2015
3/5 55%

Ten Thousand Saints (2015)

"An excellent cast stranded in a plot-heavy drama that is dull and predictable. [The filmmakers] have done a marvelous job of capturing a certain look that oozes with nostalgia. I just wish the tableau had included people who feel as real as their milieu." FF2 Media
Posted Aug 21, 2015
4/5 74%

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015)

"Delightful documentary about Sophie Tucker, another whip-smart Jewish girl who made good in Die Goldene Medina--the golden country--of 20th Century America. The Outrageous Sophie Tucker is pure delight!" FF2 Media
Posted Jul 31, 2015
2/5 98%

Phoenix (2015)

"All style and no substance. Phoenix doesn't just trivialize the trauma of Holocaust survivors, it insults Jews who tried to do good by making Aliyah after World War II. To say I hated Phoenix-a film as subtle as its title-would be an understatement." FF2 Media
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3.5/5 88%

A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015)

"Filmmaker Sophie Deraspe has made a stunning docudrama about a French woman caught up in an online scam during the early days of The Arab Spring. I literally left the theatre shaking. Insofar as Deraspe set out to 'hook me' she certainly succeeded." FF2 Media
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3.5/5 85%

Trainwreck (2015)

"Trainwreck has its laugh-out-loud moments, Shumer is feisty and adorable in her first starring role, [and] the first half is very promising. But the runtime--125 minutes--is a give away: there is a whole lot of dead air in Trainwreck. " FF2 Media
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2.5/5 100%

Stray Dog (2015)

"So dull I could barely stay awake ... I am baffled by the big buzz and notable nominations for Stray Dog. While Ron Hall seems to have lived a paradigmatic Middle American life, Granik's 'fly on the wall' approach fails to illuminate any of it." FF2 Media
Posted Jul 19, 2015
5/5 89%

A Borrowed Identity (2015)

"Riklis and Kashua make a terrific team, seamlessly melding the particular and the universal to create a powerful, unforgettable 20th Century narrative." FF2 Media
Posted Jul 4, 2015
5/5 79%

Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

"First-time filmmaker Maya Forbes has written and directed a beautiful tribute to her extraordinary parents. If I ruled the world, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, and Maya Forbes would all receive Oscar nominations [for their work]. " FF2 Media
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4.5/5 75%

Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2015)

"A beautifully-crafted multidimensional drama that touches on many important contemporary topics. Terrific performances by Vincent Lacoste and Reda Kateb. Excellent, low-key direction by Thomas Lilti [and] screenwriting team." FF2 Media
Posted Jun 24, 2015
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