Movie Reviews Only
|Rating||T-Meter||Title | Year||Review|
|No Score Yet||The Slippers (2016)||Despite the stylistic and formal misfires, The Slippers' subject does remain compelling for any lover of film, and one does get a glimpse into a niche group for whom the The Wizard of Oz holds a powerful meaning.‐ POV Magazine|
|96%||Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016)||It's a testament to the quality of filmmaking that Bobby Sands: 66 Days comes across neither as a piece of propaganda, a screed, or a dry piece of journalism.‐ POV Magazine|
|95%||De Palma (2016)||The film may live as little more than a supplement on a future box set, but Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow do well enough to give a sense of the breadth De Palma's career while letting the iconoclastic director write his history in his own way.‐ POV Magazine|
|98%||Hoop Dreams (1994)||Hoop Dreams was declared a masterpiece early on, and decades later its prestige hasn't diminished one bit. ‐ POV Magazine|
|99%||The Interrupters (2011)||Moving, heartbreaking yet intensely hopeful, The Interrupters is a world-class feat of journalism and documentary craft.‐ POV Magazine|
|94%||American Movie (1999)||. . .American Movie remains a peerless feature doc. 17 years after its initial release, it remains a vital part of the non-fiction canon, a warm look at artistic folly that speaks to the delusional dreamer in all of us.‐ POV Magazine|
|94%||Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)||It's a reverie indeed- part dream, part nightmare-and yet again Herzog's way of looking proves to be both illuminating and entertaining.‐ POV Magazine|
|81%||Unlocking the Cage (2016)||As a documentation of these early stages, combined with a charismatic subject on the hunt for what he feels to be a matter of fundamental justice, Unlocking the Cage is sure to be a film that many audiences will find captivating.‐ POV Magazine|
|72%||Holy Hell (2016)||The subject matter is so intoxicating, the footage unique and powerful, that even the flaws in this documentary can't erode the power of the stories and fascinating characters presented in Holy Hell.‐ POV Magazine|
|85%||Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)||The film showcases Lear's talent without eulogizing him, presenting a warts-and-all take that still manages to highlight the remarkable vitality that this iconic TV man still exudes.‐ POV Magazine|
|No Score Yet||Diving Into the Unknown (Takaisin pintaan) (2016)||You're unlikely to find a more harrowing documentary this year than Diving Into The Unknown.‐ POV Magazine|
|75%||Ants on a Shrimp (2016)||As a film it may be flawed and a little uneven, but as food porn, Ants on a Shrimp has got enough chewable money shots to make even the most jaded of foodies salivate.‐ POV Magazine|
|100%||The Last Laugh (2017)||Ferne Pearlstein does well to keep the questions coming and the conversation a rich one, presenting to a wide audience the kind of kibitzing that has characterized Jewish comics.‐ POV Magazine|
|94%||Life, Animated (2016)||Life, Animated tells the extraordinary tale of Owen Suskind who found that through classic animated Disney films like The Lion King and The Jungle Book, he could develop communication skills to make sense of the world.‐ POV Magazine|
|100%||The War Show (2016)||As both testimony and memorial, The War Show provides a voice for those no longer with us, showcasing that spark of optimism that's still fostering in Syria while darker forces move in to co-opt the movement.‐ POV Magazine|
|85%||I Am Bolt (2016)||What saves the film from being a mere commercial for Bolt's global entourage to enjoy are the tiny moments of unguarded intimacy: the snap of a coach at his laziness, or the sight of Bolt wheeling about in an empty hotel room looking out of sorts.‐ POV Magazine|
|89%||Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017)||A fine film about a complex and delicate subject, Nobody Speak stands out as an exceptional work with big ideas about democracy and free speech.‐ POV Magazine|
|95%||78/52 (2017)||. . .the film still feels more general than it needs to be. Still, 78/52 remains a welcome rumination, encouraging viewers to cherish this part of cinema history and more closely examine films with this type of passion and acumen.‐ POV Magazine|
|50%||PACmen (2017)||Ultimately, PACmen lacks focus and bite, neither skewering its subjects nor really giving insight as to what makes them tick.‐ POV Magazine|
|90%||RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017)||. . .the power and spirit of these Indigenous musicians continues to play a vital role at the heart of this form of expression, and Rumble is laudable for calling attention to this oft overlooked aspect of our collective history.‐ POV Magazine|
|100%||Quest (2017)||Quest may be one of the most important films about the American experience ever filmed.‐ POV Magazine|
|90%||The Force (2017)||As a look at contemporary law enforcement reform, The Force is a precise and focussed work that surveys the much maligned Oakland Police department as it undergoes much needed reconstitution.‐ POV Magazine|
|100%||Chasing Coral (2017)||
Jeff Orlowski's work transcends any of its filmmaking shortcomings by serving its primary intent: rallying the troops, informing the public, and bringing to light the very real challenges the Earth's oceans are facing.‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
|78%||Brigsby Bear (2017)||
A gentle and surprisingly light story touching on the nature of fandom. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
|88%||The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)||
While this feels like familiar territory for Baumbach, he manages to deliver something that feels at least a little fresh, thanks in part to the capabilities of the extraordinary ensemble.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
|61%||April's Daughter (Las hijas de Abril) (2017)||Almost despite itself April's Daughter manages to work on the whole. It's hardly revelatory stuff, but it generates enough emotional suspense to keep things rolling along.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|80%||You Were Never Really Here (2017)||This is a work where you sit back and let a master storyteller guide you - you may not always know where you're at, but are constantly rewarded for your patience. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|57%||Redoubtable (Le redoutable) (2017)||With its playful use of multi-layers, its provocative stance and its nonconformist streak that borders on the obnoxious Redoubtable may be, depending on your proclivities, an egregious abomination or the best film Godardian film of the last few decades.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|74%||The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)||
As a creepy, comical film with a baroque ending The Killing of a Sacred Deer does what it sets out to do, but that might not be enough to truly gain fans for this quirky yet likely forgettable piece from Lanthimos.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
Wonderstruck tries to strike a balance between sweetness and drama, yet feels very much like a film that fails at living up to its name.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
|96%||The Florida Project (2017)||
Sean Baker's follow-up to TANGERINE is a triumph on many levels.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
|28%||How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2016)||
John Cameron Mitchell's tackling of this Neil Gaiman Story falters yet occasionally fascinates.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
Bong Joon-ho's latest will enchant some, disappoint others. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
|100%||Rat Film (2017)||
One of the non-fiction events of the year.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
|99%||City of Ghosts (2017)||
Mathew Heineman follows up his Oscar-nominated Cartel Land with this piercing, effective look at these brave truth tellers.‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
|No Score Yet||Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape (2016)||
Zack Taylor's documentary looks at tape culture and a format that refuses to die.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
A dramedy about love, death and everything in between, and a fine feature debut by comedian Demitri Martin.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
|95%||Karl Marx City (2017)||
The film manages to create a wonderful mix of sophistication and nuance while remaining accessible.‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
|B-||92%||SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017)||Easy to simply embrace Score as a jukebox of some of the greatest musical moments in film history, enjoying the sweeping musical moments as they play out against dozens of classic films.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|A||92%||Finding Oscar (2017)||A beautifully told version of a tale that's both harrowing and intensely human, Finding Oscar is a remarkable feat of non-fiction that should not be missed. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|B-||80%||Future '38 (2016)||A fantastical fever dream of a film, a psychotropic time travel tale told in almost violently colorful tones.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|100%||The Last Laugh (2017)||
The Last Laugh adds to a vital conversation about humour in general and the remarkable spirit of the Jewish people in particular.‐ Dork Shelf
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
|B+||90%||John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)||
John Wick 2 may not be as wickedly fun as the first iteration, but what it lacks in freshness is made up for in an increase in scope, all without losing its moxie.‐ Dork Shelf
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
|A-||86%||The Incredible Jessica James (2017)||
From the opening title sequence where Jessica's dancing abandon creates a more intimate version of La La Land's highway number, through to the closing culmination of the romantic arc, The Incredible Jessica James is a true delight‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
|B||No Score Yet||Bushwick provides an interesting, effective take on the idea of urban invasion, providing a particularly bleak glimpse into an apocalyptic struggle even more chilling given recent political developments.‐ ScreenAnarchy|
|B||44%||Bushwick (2017)||Bushwick provides an interesting, effective take on the idea of urban invasion, providing a particularly bleak glimpse into an apocalyptic struggle even more chilling given recent political developments.‐ ScreenAnarchy|
|A-||95%||Step (2017)||You get a strong sense both of community and commitment, an intimate look at their lives as well as the thrill and excitement of their dance.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|A-||93%||Icarus (2017)||That rare doc that uncovers a truth so powerful (and dangerous) that it itself becomes part of the news.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|C||46%||Wilson (2017)||While it might please fans of Clowes' prose or for those on the festival circuit looking for a breather from something heavier, Wilson isn't a film that's likely to appeal to many.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|A||100%||Call Me by Your Name (2017)||Feels both fresh and vintage, and watching it, you can almost feel the warm Italian sun and smell the fresh breeze billowing through the orchards. A trip to a bucolic place of young love and intellectual rigour, it's an intoxicating work.‐ ScreenAnarchy|