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Joe Bendel

Joe Bendel
Joe Bendel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Epoch Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 94% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) There is a good deal of grit in The Guardians, but it is also elegant in a hauntingly old-fashioned way. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
4/5 84% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Frankly, "Sgt. Stubby" is a refreshing film [...]. It has none of the motor-mouthed hipster sarcasm found in recent studio animation.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
90% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2018) This is a sprawling but strangely hardscrabble epic that has a very digital look. Nevertheless, Hu and cinematographer Fan Chao use the whole screen, capturing some strikingly scarred urban vistas and playing games with depth of focus for effect.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3.5/5 68% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) It all looks magnifique, thanks to [Cédric] Klapisch's stylish élan and Alexis Kavyrchine's sun-dappled cinematography, which just revels in the Burgundy landscape. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
4/5 88% White Fang (Croc-Blanc) (2018) For the English dub, the voice of Paul Giamatti is perfectly cast as the scheming Smith. Nick Offerman and Rashida Jones are fine as Weedon and Maggie Scott, but probably the most distinctive vocal turn comes from Eddie Spears as Grey Beaver.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4.5/5 100% Dead Pigs (2018) It is bitingly satirical, trenchantly observant, and features a cast of characters that runs the entire social gamut. It is also deeply rooted in actual, documented events.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4.5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) "The Death of Stalin" is a wickedly funny, pointedly scathing satire of corrupt power run amok.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3.5/5 80% Bitter Money (Ku Qian) (2016) There is a lot of life going on in Bitter Money, as everyone tries to get by as best they can. Recommended for admirers of Wang's intense examination of the human condition in contemporary China.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/5 59% Django (2018) It sounds as fresh today as it did in the 1930s.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
4/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) "I, Tonya" inspires a singularly unique emotional response. Viewers will laugh heartily at the decidedly dark humor, but they will also experience pangs of guilt for uncritically accepting the media's demonization of Harding. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
4/5 100% Destination Unknown (2017) In some ways, it acts as a corrective to more simplistic films that present Holocaust narratives as a triumph over adversity. Some of survivors steadfastly embrace life as a means of countering the darkness, but others have never truly escaped the terror.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3.5/5 92% Intent to Destroy (2017) There is quite a bit of fascinating history and timely exposures of human rights violations.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4/5 97% 1945 (2017) "1945" is very highly recommended, but it probably requires sophisticated viewers.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
4.5/5 91% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) It is a razor-sharp film that is almost unbearably gripping.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 100% The Farthest (2017) Very highly recommended.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
4/5 85% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) Throughout the film, Härö vividly captures a sense of the late Stalinist-era paranoia, as well as the drabness of Soviet life in general. It is also engaging on a human level. These are reserved people, but when they make a connection, it is meaningful.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/5 75% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) Highly recommended for patrons of historical dramas and tragic fact-based thrillers.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
4.5/5 No Score Yet Waiting for the Sun (2017) The result is riveting, soul-crushing human drama. It is a film that will stagger you, but it also makes you feel keenly.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
4/5 85% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) When Abel and Gordon perform, it is like watching a top-flight dance troupe, except funnier.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
4/5 93% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) This is a critically important film.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
5/5 96% Solaris (1976) Easily one of the most important science fiction films of all time.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
4/5 96% Karl Marx City (2017) Regardless, Karl Marx City offers an absolutely fascinating look into lives of relatively average German Democratic Republic citizens and documents how the communist system continues to generate karma for everyone it touched.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 91% Frantz (2017) Like the best films, Frantz satisfies while it surprises.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4.0 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Another unobtrusive minor miracle of a film that will leave you profoundly sad and deeply satisfied.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3.5 14% Bitter Harvest (2017) Vividly shines a light on a criminally under-reported and often deliberately misunderstood case of systematic mass murder, while the family saga picks up speed and power as it develops.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Plastic China (2016) Recommended for its human drama and the genuine outrage it inspires.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 100% Free and Easy (2017) Smart and archly funny.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 60% Alone in Berlin (2017) It is a fine film worthy of your attention.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
4/5 93% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) It is just an exquisitely lovely, emotionally mature film that is deeply satisfying precisely because of the sadness in its soul.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
4/5 33% Operation Chromite (2016) Loaded with adrenaline, it is a ripping good war film that keeps faith with the South Koreans, Americans and Allied forces who served in the conflict.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/5 86% Citizen Soldier (2016) Very highly recommended.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5/5 55% Can We Take a Joke? (2016) Timely but hopefully not too late, it also features a good deal of laughs (albeit often bitter ones).‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3.5/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Although it is a bit repetitive as a whole, the individual performances and in-the-moment flashes of truth more than carry the film.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 93% Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014) A source of inspiration and outrage, Fake Case is highly recommended for all viewers who value free expression.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 100% Short Peace (2014) Arguably, the constituent films of Short Peace proceed from best to worst, but the decline is remarkably gradual. Frankly, there is no clunker in the lot. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 93% Gojira (1956) Sixty years later, Godzilla is still one of the baddest cats to grace a movie screen. ‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 93% Under The Sun (2016) There is an unvarnished, unspun integrity to the film.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 83% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) Sweet Bean could well be Kawase's best and most accessible film to date. There is still the hushed vibe, but the drama is acutely human.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 94% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) The pleasures of Kore-eda's film comes in meeting these characters-and they are considerable.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 88% Phantom Boy (2016) Frankly, this film packs an emotional wallop, but it also takes care of its noir crime-fighting business with considerable panache.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
3.5/5 94% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) The Innocents is not likely to get much distribution in Putin's Russia, but that attests to its honesty and artistic integrity.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
3.5/5 70% Argentina (Zonda: folclore argentino) (2016) Saura proves once again, he is the best in the business capturing dance on film. In this case he has the added advantage of two wildly cinematic show-stopping numbers.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
4/5 58% Flamenco (2014) One of the best filmmakers in the world when it comes to capturing dance on film, Saura has an intuitive sense of how to best use the inherent tension of flamenco percussion.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
4/5 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) A rich feast for eyes and ears, it is completely unlike any other vampire movie you have previously seen.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
4.5/5 100% The King and the Mockingbird (2014) Decades after it was completed for the final time, it still feels oddly contemporary, while evoking the joys of old-school animation.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
3/5 87% Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014) Technically, it is far superior to an average installment of PBS's Nature, but it has the same general niceness and similar tacked-on messages.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
3.5/5 92% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2014) A fitting coda to a great career.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
4.5/5 90% Uzumasa Limelight (2014) Fukumoto would be a far worthier choice than most of the recognized best-actor contenders. One of the best films of the year, very highly recommended for all movie lovers.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2016
3/5 87% Zero Motivation (2014) Tonally, Zero is constantly shifting all over the place. You can never get too comfortable with the film, but that is what makes it distinctive.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2016
3/5 50% Miss Julie (2014) Altogether, it is a classy production, but it rarely gets past the outward forms and down to the inner truths.‐ Epoch Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2016