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Jon Frosch

Jon Frosch
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
58% Capital (2013) A tacky corporate noir that makes you long for the leanness of Margin Call, or even the clumsy theatrics of Arbitrage ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013
8% Diana (2013) A visually glossy, dramatically limp big-screen puff piece, fashioned with bland professionalism and utterly lacking in texture or insight. ‐ France24
Posted Sep 30, 2013
41% Child Of God (2014) Child of God is shot with rough, raw energy and steeped in a suitably barren Southern atmosphere. It's also a chore to sit through. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 13, 2013
78% Moebius (2014) Moebius is sordid, yet-need I say it?-never dull. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 8, 2013
72% Palo Alto (2014) An example of how to turn been-there-done-that material into something luminous. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 6, 2013
83% The Unknown Known (2014) Though it doesn't go very far or deep, Morris has crafted "The Unknown Known" expertly. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 4, 2013
83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) Gibney's own conflicted feelings toward Armstrong -- awe and admiration mingled with a true fan's fury at being duped -- make for a compellingly nuanced depiction. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 4, 2013
85% Under the Skin (2014) A sometimes hypnotically beautiful, sometimes monotonous sci-fi experiment. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 4, 2013
75% Populaire (2013) Roinsard's feature-length debut is visually sharp, with period design that's eye-catching without being fussy or fetishistic. Too bad there's not much going on beneath the surface. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 3, 2013
50% Parkland (2013) Once Kennedy is pronounced dead, "Parkland" goes downhill fast, with a tone of TV-movie solemnity, epitomized by James Newton Howard's heavy-handed score, taking over. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 3, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) Frears gives the story a slick makeover, blending melodrama and comedy with brisk professionalism and a hearty helping of schmaltz. But Dench and Coogan sell it well. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 3, 2013
86% Night Moves (2014) A disquietingly beautiful, deeply intelligent thriller about radical activism and its consequences - both material and moral - in 21st century America. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 3, 2013
81% Tracks (2014) The film is lovely to look at, with cleanly framed, golden-hued widescreen images of desert scenery so evocative you practically taste the dust. It's also a bit dull. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 30, 2013
96% Gravity (2013) A master class in fluid camerawork, bold, unfussy imagery and special effects that put most recent Hollywood blockbusters to shame. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 28, 2013
66% Bastards (2013) A mesmerising, deeply disturbing thriller. ‐ France24
Posted Jul 26, 2013
94% The Hunt (2013) There's nothing worthy of love or hate in this capably made but underwhelming movie. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 10, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) More than a meticulously detailed, convincing re-staging of a crisis, the film is also the portrait of two men doing their best amid dire circumstances. ‐ France24
Posted Jun 19, 2013
93% Stranger by the Lake (2014) A slow-building, meticulously crafted, engrossing thriller as provocative for its ideas about desire, transgression and narcissism as for its scenes of man-on-man coupling. ‐ France24
Posted Jun 11, 2013
90% Omar (2014) Despite a conventional narrative arc and lulls in the rhythm, the film is a powerfully directed look at hopes and relationships ravaged by the world's most intractable conflict. ‐ France24
Posted May 29, 2013
96% Blue Ruin (2014) A taut, atmospheric and darkly comic revenge thriller. ‐ France24
Posted May 29, 2013
52% Jimmy P. (2014) Rather than suggesting a director trying something new, Desplechin's first outing in the US seems to have robbed him of his personality. ‐ France24
Posted May 29, 2013
87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) How dismaying to see the man who made "Still Walking" rely on tear-jerking narrative arcs and trite clash-of-the-classes schtick. ‐ France24
Posted May 29, 2013
93% A Touch of Sin (2013) A bitter, brutal, often brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 29, 2013
93% Le passé (The Past) (2013) The pile-up of twists and red herrings is slightly arbitrary, but Farhadi's sense of pacing is superb, and he has a genuine feel for the way our personal histories entangle us. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 29, 2013
48% The Great Gatsby (2013) Luhrmann's "Gatsby" is made with enough passion and vision to liberate it from its revered source material - no small feat. ‐ France24
Posted May 28, 2013
91% The Great Beauty (2013) A vivid glimpse, both funny and deeply unsettling, of a Berlusconi-era Italy rotting below its luscious-looking surface. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
87% The Immigrant (2014) An old-fashioned but subdued melodrama, with a pleasingly ripe musical score and scenes full of big emotions performed at a hushed pitch. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) A shattering masterpiece about sexual awakening, heartbreak, and self-discovery. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
62% Grigris (2013) The movie loses its way with too much plot (including an unconvincing love story), weak dialogue, amateurish acting, and a frustratingly recessive main character. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
41% Only God Forgives (2013) The film succeeds to some extent as a pure stylistic exercise, with a few fine Lynchian moments blurring reality with erotic and violent fantasies. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
57% Un château en Italie (A Castle in Italy) (2013) A capably directed autobiographical chronicle by turns enlivened and bogged down by the kind of furious narcissism that is a trademark of French family/relationship dramas. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) Witty, briskly paced and consistently entertaining. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) The Coen brothers' new movie ranks with their very best in its nearly pitch-perfect balance of biting satirical humour and deep reserves of feeling. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
61% Heli (2014) One of those skillfully crafted, unflinching works that nevertheless leaves you questioning what the point of all the queasiness might be. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) Eschewing the languorous rhythms and visual lyricism of her previous work, Coppola has crafted a fast-paced caper about vapid youth obsessed with wealth and notoriety. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) A tender, slyly funny and splendidly shot portrait of an adolescent prostitute that is easily the director's best work since "Swimming Pool". ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 28, 2013
65% Starbuck (2013) An ostensibly feel-good French-Canadian comedy about artificial insemination gone awry, Ken Scott's Starbuck mainly makes you feel like taking a shower. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 19, 2013
46% To The Wonder (2013) A ravishing visual poem about uncertainty in love and faith, and an insightful portrait of a flame between two incompatible people igniting, dimming, and flickering out. ‐ France24
Posted Mar 16, 2013
93% The Gatekeepers (2013) Lean and riveting, a model of clarity, economy and seamless editing, with a slow-building despair that leaves a sting. ‐ France24
Posted Feb 18, 2013
95% 5 Broken Cameras (2012) Burnat and Davidi give us access to one slice of the conflict, packaging it into a sturdily constructed work that bristles with barely contained fury. ‐ France24
Posted Feb 18, 2013
29% Let My People Go! (2013) There are lots of cutesy stylistic touches (iris shots, deadpan framing), but few insights into how the protagonist's various identities (queer, Jewish, French) clash and come together. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 9, 2013
69% A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2013) Although smoothly directed, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea has little visual personality or dramatic urgency. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 2, 2013
94% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) A nimble and engaging documentary, less about a man than about a myth -- and about the experience of loving an under-loved artist. ‐ France24
Posted Dec 28, 2012
92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) A riveting spy procedural, crafted with journalistic rigor and great visual confidence. ‐ France24
Posted Dec 17, 2012
26% La nouvelle guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons) (2012) Corny ... a revisionist fantasy of French heroism. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 9, 2012
90% The Well-Digger's Daughter (2012) Even as you wish the material had been reshaped into something riskier, you may find yourself appreciating the sincerity and unshowy workmanship that went into the movie. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 20, 2012
87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Furiously paced, full of powerfully staged action and emotional nuance, and performed with great heart by a cast featuring faces both familiar and new. ‐ France24
Posted Jul 19, 2012
85% Snabba cash (Easy Money) (2012) Bleaker, quieter, and more despairing than its American equivalents, the film nevertheless plays like a smarter-than-average spin on any number of Hollywood thrillers. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 11, 2012
44% To Rome with Love (2012) Rarely has one of Allen's movies been so overstuffed with tired subplots and bland characters, and never have his beloved themes felt so superficially explored. ‐ France24
Posted Jun 23, 2012
92% Farewell, My Queen (2012) Jacquot injects a welcome shot of immediacy into the costume drama proceedings with an off-center vantage point and dynamic camerawork. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 11, 2012