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Jeannette Catsoulis

Jeannette Catsoulis
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Life, Animated (2016) Mr. Williams's decision to prioritize his subject's point of view feels frustratingly restrictive. Belaboring the cartoon connection, the director leaves the family struggles that enrich Mr. Suskind's 2014 book of the same title stubbornly veiled. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
82% Les Cowboys (2016) Reaching across 15 years and multiple countries, "Les Cowboys" repurposes the narrative codes of the classic western to explore the complexities of a disrupted world. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
100% Breaking A Monster (2016) Patchily revelatory ... ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Impossible to categorize, this stunningly original mix of the macabre and the magical combines comedy, tragedy, fantasy and love story into an utterly singular package that's beholden to no rules but its own. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) An odd-couple caper of staggering dopeyness that makes you long for the snap and sizzle of the buddy movies of the 1980s, "Central Intelligence" is a clean-out-the-fridge soup of celebrity cameos and C.I.A. confusion. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
79% Seoul Searching (2016) A buoyant, if undisciplined comedy about foreign-raised South Korean teenagers getting in touch with their ethnic roots. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The film is an emotional black hole, its insufferably smug tricksters augmented by Mr. Harrelson ... as his character's identical twin. They never let us forget that their chief superpowers are glibness and ego. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
80% The Thoughts That Once We Had (2016) Even if you don't recognize the majority of the unidentified clips assembled here, or the quotations that divide and guide them, the fascination they exert is all their own. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
88% Princess (2014) Observing an unspeakable crime through a dreamy haze of adolescent confusion, the Israeli drama "Princess" turns a loving family home into an incubator of sexual curiosity. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 26, 2016
No Score Yet Phantom Detective (Tamjung Hong Gil-dong: Sarajin Ma-eul) (2016) Our hero's quest ... never ignites, mostly because of Mr. Lee's acting deficits. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 19, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Unexpectedly, Mr. Efron has developed a sweet gift for highlighting the poignancy that undergirds his studmuffin persona; the women may lust after Teddy's body, but the movie relies mostly on his heart. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 19, 2016
71% What We Become (Sorgenfri) (2016) Muting the usual cacophony of manipulative musical cues and assaultive sound effects - for long stretches, the movie is almost hushed - Mr. Mikkelsen stirs claustrophobia into panic. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 12, 2016
97% Dark Horse (2016) Unfolding with a sincerity that dares you to roll your eyes, this warmhearted documentary by Louise Osmond wallows in its working-class roots like a horse in clover. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 5, 2016
No Score Yet Bourek (2016) Viewers ... are unlikely to be more than marginally amused by its fair-to-middling acting, enervated plot and forcibly diverse group of drifting souls gathered on the fictional Greek island of Khronos. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) Matteo Garrone's colorful and kinky exploration of what women want. And what men will do to give it to them. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
18% The Adderall Diaries (2016) All affect and no personality. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
75% High Strung (2016) The story strings pearls of performance on the flimsiest of plots. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
15% The Girl In The Photographs (2016) "The Girl in the Photographs" is an unfortunate example of the expanse that can open between a movie's ambitions and its execution. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Even those who have spent the last 14 years pining for a sequel to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" - by most accounts, the highest-grossing American romantic comedy - will rue that longing when they experience "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2." ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
100% Everything Is Copy (2016) Bursting with so many fond and famous faces that you can imagine its subject swooning with delight - and then criticizing their makeup. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) A story that kicked off two years ago at a reasonable gallop has now slowed to barely a limp. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
62% Creative Control (2016) Depressing in the extreme, "Creative Control" surfs its subject as if unaware of the possibilities. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) A master class on narrative pacing and carefully managed jolts. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
100% They Will Have to Kill Us First (2016) Delivers a vibrant testimony of resilience under oppression. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
64% Ava's Possessions (2016) A goofy horror movie with little to say and not a lot to see, "Ava's Possessions" sacrifices scares in favor of a rambling addiction metaphor that never finds an emotional rhythm. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
51% Risen (2016) If you drink every time you're reminded of Monty Python's 1979 Judean jaunt, "Life of Brian," you might just make it through to the end. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
98% The Hurt Locker (2009) More than anything, The Hurt Locker is a high-wire study of men at work, its lack of overt politics replaced by a revelatory central performance. ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Feb 16, 2016
12% The Choice (2016) Directed by Ross Katz and filmed like an ad for erectile-dysfunction medication, The Choice is almost repellently synthetic. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
6% Martyrs (2016) Shatteringly stupid and repulsively misogynistic, "Martyrs" mashes revenge, torture and the supernatural into one solid, quasi-religious lump. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 21, 2016
45% Intruders (2016) "Intruders," a distasteful thriller with a bludgeoning sensibility and little common sense, turns a cozy family home into a clockwork house of horrors. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
88% Sweaty Betty (2016) Defiantly amateurish yet never less than engaging, "Sweaty Betty" is a true oddity. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
17% Other People's Children (2015) "Other People's Children" desperately wants to take a deep dive into a young woman's pain and the solace of artistic expression. For that to happen, though, would require much better actors and a much smarter script. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 31, 2015
100% The Winding Stream (2015) Rhythmically blending vintage recordings and live performances, "The Winding Stream" exudes a quirky warmth that counters its PBS-pledge-drive aura. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 15, 2015
80% Sunday Ball (2015) A happy marriage of rudimentary conditions and highly sophisticated filmmaking, Eryk Rocha's passionate documentary "Sunday Ball" dives into an amateur soccer game in the Brazilian slums and barely comes up for air. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
60% My Friend Victoria (Mon amie Victoria) (2015) As drifting and dreamy as its searching heroine, "My Friend Victoria" takes a graceful but unsatisfying stroll through the life and longings of a young black woman in contemporary Paris. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) Mr. Jones fashions an unfaltering encomium that's entirely free of the highfalutin monologues that might deter noncinephiles. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 1, 2015
89% Stink! (2015) A heartfelt documentary about the chemical industry's aggressive efforts to conceal the thousands of potentially toxic ingredients contained in everyday products. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 26, 2015
71% The Summer Of Sangaile (2015) Dreamy and delicate, trite and oh so earnest, "The Summer of Sangaile" presents a soft-core frolic in teenage Sapphic bliss with the solemnity of a world-shattering event. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
50% #Horror (2015) For all its bursts of violence and descending-guillotine sound effects, "#Horror" feels driven more by social commentary than by outright terror. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
26% Heist (2015) Whatever its flaws, "Heist" is to be commended for repeatedly finding ways to distract us from them. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
81% Entertainment (2015) I left this barbed portrait of a cracking-up comic with more than a little respect for its fearless director, Rick Alverson, and his trusting star, Gregg Turkington. You can't deny that they're a match made in heaven. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
100% Of Men And War (2015) Filmed almost entirely inside the Pathway Home in California, a residential therapy center for veterans, this devastatingly raw documentary shows that for some the fighting may stop, but the suffering continues. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 6, 2015
71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) John Nolan's old-school effects are wicked good, and Martijn van Broekhuizen's mossy photography is pleasingly sinister. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
41% Love (2015) As if all its artistic energy had been gobbled up by the fornication, "Love" has nothing left with which to build its characters or set them in motion. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
52% I Smile Back (2015) A wearying loop of slug-snort-crash that leaves Ms. Silverman out on a ledge and the audience with no way to reach her. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
90% Bone Tomahawk (2015) A witty fusion of western, horror and comedy that gallops to its own beat. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
61% Extraordinary Tales (2015) The best sections reverberate with the power of Poe's words. As such, they serve as apt tributes to yarns that will always be more formidable on the page than on the screen. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
92% In My Father's House (2015) Watching Mr. Tillman as he cheerfully embraces sobriety to please his son, and is rebuffed by his former street pals for doing so, we see a poignant meditation on how our expectations of loved ones can become a burden that not everyone can carry. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
No Score Yet A Woman Like Me (2015) The rambling, uncertain tone engendered by Ms. Sichel's striving to align her Buddhist beliefs with the harsh realities of terminal illness also weakens her story's gravitational pull. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
79% Northern Soul (2015) Funny and feisty, gritty and sometimes grim, this first feature from the photographer Elaine Constantine delivers a sweaty snapshot of a very specific time and place. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015