Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
81% After Yang (2021) Managing Editor Jason Gorber reviews Kogonada's new film After Yang - starring Colin Ferrell and Jodie Turner-Smith. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
94% Titane (2021) The incredibly dark version of YENTL: Jason Gorber here with our Cannes 2021 review of Julia Ducournau's wild body horror film TITANE! - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
77% Bergman Island (2021) Jason Gorber reporting from the 2021 Cannes Film Festival with a review of Mia Hansen-Løve's BERGMAN ISLAND - starring Tim Roth, Vicky Krieps, and Mia Wasikowska. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
86% The French Dispatch (2021) That Shelf Managing Editor Jason Gorber is here with a French dispatch of his own: a review of Wes Anderson's star-studded new film The French Dispatch: - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
92% Val (2021) Jason Gorber coming at you from the 2021 Cannes Film Festival with a review VAL - the new documentary about the life and career of actor Val Kilmer. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
83% Jane by Charlotte (2021) While Jane par Charlotte does little to provide an overview of Birkin's life, it in many ways provides deeper insight than any biopic could have every possibly achieved. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
88% Annette (2021) That Shelf Managing Editor Jason Gorber is LIVE from Cannes 2021 with a review of Leos Carax's latest film ANNETTE - starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Does it live up to the iconoclastic filmmaker's previous efforts? - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2021
100% The Velvet Underground (2021) Our Cannes 2021 review of Todd Haynes' extraordinary new documentary about the legendary band The Velvet Underground. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2021
84% Benedetta (2021) We're live from the 2021 Cannes Film Festival with our reaction to Paul Verhoeven's highly anticipated new film Benedetta: - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
81% Cow (2021) [Cow] could have accomplished much of the same without requiring such a numbingly redundant structure and tedious running time. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
92% Val (2021) An intimate, moving, and genuinely fabulous examination of the life and career of a Hollywood star. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
100% The Return: Life After ISIS (2021) The Return speaks to generations affected by these conflicts and leaves us both informed and no less certain about what the just solution to the situation of these survivors should be. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
B+ 88% Clerk (2021) The doc invites genuine admiration for the Smith and his work without descending into mere fanboyism. It's a fine line, but one that Ingram's Clerk manages to toe deftly. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
8.5/10 91% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) The Wild Goose Lake is a hoot, a Chinese crime thriller that proves Diao Yinan is a new master of dark, thrilling noir. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
A- 97% Playing with Sharks (2021) Thanks to Aitken's film, generations will get to gaze in wonder at what in Taylor's lifetime has diminished, and will be drawn to follow her into the depths to explore and gaze in wonder at the majesty of what lies beneath. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
C- 67% Searchers (2021) While for some this may play as a revelation about modern relationships, it's a dull look at what's already quite quotidian for others, as banal as staring over someone's shoulders while they errantly text or click on Instagram photos. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
B+ 95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) The lessons learned in the making of this show resonate in numerous ways, and Street Gang does wonders at reminding us how we all got to Sesame Street in the first place. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
A 89% President (2021) Its refusal to provide simplistic catharsis to appease audiences makes this film not only vital to our understanding of the region, but also a cautionary tale about illiberal democracies in all their insidious forms. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
C+ 83% Bring Your Own Brigade (2021) The resultant work is at once vital and engaging while too often veering into the maudlin and repetitive. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
B- 93% Captains of Za'atari (2021) Uplifting and sobering - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
B- 96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Thanks to her infectious laugh and caustic sense of humour, as well as her honesty about what she's witnessed, we are treated to a welcome portrait of an artist who continues to radiate us with her talent. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
B 85% Misha and the Wolves (2021) Those open to this kind of hybridization will find plenty to admire, and plenty more questions and complexities that are raised beyond the overt storyline. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
A- 92% All Light, Everywhere (2021) Anthony once again tackles extremely complex ideas and reflections while presenting these elements in a means that completely engrosses a viewer. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
B- 95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) With Wright's first foray into non-fiction filmmaking the director has crafted a lengthy yet loving portrait of the duo. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
A- 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) This true life tragic tale fluctuates between operatic & intimate, avoiding zealotry and made all the more powerful for it - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
A+ 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Summer of Soul is an absolute triumph. It uncovers a holy grail of soul, Latin, and jazz music that quite literally reshapes the story of what took place musically in the summer of 1969. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
96% The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart is a specific yet universal tale that excels amid a sea of formulaic contemporaries, delivering a poignant, profound examination of some of the most enduring songs from the era. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
F 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Frustrating, at times feeling amateur, a waste of a terrific cast. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
A 96% Zappa (2020) A challenging story of a challenging man told sympathetically and with frankness. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
B+ 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Go beyond the headlines and dive into what's sure to be another caustic comedy classic with a strong political bite. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
C+ 69% Ammonite (2020) Like the fossils encrusted in rock there's a core aspect of this film that's certainly worth digging out, it's just not entirely excavated through its execution, still trapped in its austere and distanced style. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
A 100% 76 Days (2020) A unique, vital, must-see look into the earliest days of this deadly disease. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
B+ 98% One Night in Miami (2020) As momentum builds its nuance, boldness and intelligence shines - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
A+ 98% The Father (2021) Breathtaking. Shattering. Sublime. Jaw-dropping performances led by Anthony Hopkins with all star rotating cast. Zeller's beautiful translation of his play triumphs by using montage and set decoration to elevate story in cinematic terms. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
A 94% Nomadland (2021) Elegiac journey through a broken America, anchored by yet another subtle and specific performance by Frances McDormand. Gently political, effortlessly poetic, its ambling, rambling nature will please many. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
A 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) The end result is an ecstatic documentation of Byrne's vision, captured with elegance and efficiency by Lee and his team. The film joins a rarefied pantheon of great musical performance films - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
B 73% Mulan (2020) With its CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN JEDI meets YENTL shtick, is a really great riff in what came before while unafraid to do things in new way. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
C+ 35% The New Mutants (2020) In a world where normal seems very abnormal indeed, to experience something middling feels surprisingly refreshing. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
B 70% Tenet (2020) Say what you will about the tenets of TENET, at least it has an ethos. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
A 100% Two Gods (2021) We are blessed with both the craft and the documentation of sublime empathy that Ali brings to the film - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
B+ 90% Blood Quantum (2020) A unique voice, something truly special - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
B 100% James VS His Future Self (2020) An intelligent and well-drawn character piece, with an engaging lead performance that dances comfortably between the cerebral and the silly. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
A- 91% Miss Americana (2020) y Miss Americana shines a bright light on the music star that's a perfect celebration for fans - and may well generate more than a few new ones. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
A 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Unabashedly toying with the conventions of obituary, the documentation of the infirm, and the memorialization of a parent, the end result is a triumph. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
A- 99% The Fight (2020) A powerful, necessary, and illuminating look at the ACLU as it tries to navigate the age of Trump's presidency - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
A 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) A warm, moving, and often astonishing look at these two remarkable yet deeply flawed individuals. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ 94% The Mole Agent (2020) Alberdi's film is truly playful, occasionally riffing on James Bond-like subterfuge, but in the end the schtick doesn't get in the way of the impact of the emotions at play. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
A- 95% Feels Good Man (2020) Arthur Jones makes a blistering debut with this look at the man behind a meme. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
100% On the President's Orders (2019) With its remarkable access and precise tone On The President's Orders draws us in, making us aware of our own inadequacies to elicit change. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
A- 87% Sea Fever (2019) Sea Fever is quite the catch, a film that easily could have sank under narrative portentiousness and instead floats above many films of its ilk. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019