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Jon Frosch

Jon Frosch
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
42% Little White Lies (2012) More than two hours and thirty minutes of bland images and platitude-heavy breakthroughs. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 11, 2012
55% Beloved (2012) Honoré's heartbreaking, gloriously directed and performed musical suggests that this most hipsterish and Parisian of French filmmakers is best when he sets his stories to song. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 11, 2012
76% Unforgivable (2012) A fascinating, satisfyingly complex romantic thriller. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 11, 2012
83% In Another Country (2013) Hong has fun zooming, panning, and toying with structure and narrative repetition, though the film doesn't have the powerful undercurrent of regret typical of his best work. ‐ France24
Posted May 30, 2012
98% Mud (2013) Warm and moderately engaging, though it has little of the shivery visual power or narrative risk-taking that made Take Shelter such a discovery. ‐ France24
Posted May 30, 2012
64% Cosmopolis (2012) Not even Cronenberg's trademark high- and low-angle shots, as well as one glorious moment of erotically charged Cronenbergian body horror, can stir the film from its stylish torpor. ‐ France24
Posted May 30, 2012
73% Paradise: Love (2013) Formally rigorous, but it tosses around the same few ideas about mutual exploitation, racism, and sex for two hours without getting anywhere deeper or more revealing. ‐ France24
Posted May 30, 2012
80% Reality (2013) Overlong and obvious, with a whimsical score by Alexandre Desplat, as well as a few Fellini-esque flourishes, failing to liven things up. ‐ France24
Posted May 30, 2012
23% Baad el Mawkeaa (After the Battle) (2012) A heavy-handed, visually insipid take on the Arab Spring and its impact on various segments of Egyptian society. ‐ France24
Posted May 30, 2012
90% Beyond The Hills (2013) Mungiu loses himself in broader questions of religion and love, and after a gripping hour, he started to lose me too. ‐ France24
Posted May 30, 2012
67% Lawless (2012) The film's breezy, brutal mix of violence, romance, and redemption feels like nothing new, and Hillcoat never slows down to ponder what any of it means. ‐ France24
Posted May 30, 2012
82% Like Someone in Love (2013) It lacks the dark streak of unpredictability that made Certified Copy a slightly richer viewing experience. Still, the film is never less than pleasing to watch. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 30, 2012
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) The movie takes a contrived-sounding romance and turns it into a visceral, idiosyncratic exploration of battered bodies in search of souls. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 30, 2012
74% Killing Them Softly (2012) Dominik's frontal critique of US-style capitalism may be facile, but it gives the movie a bristling anger and a more lasting burn than other recent offerings in the same genre. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 30, 2012
93% Amour (2012) A sober, gorgeously directed portrait of an elderly couple facing terrifying questions of life and death. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 30, 2012
43% The Paperboy (2012) Lurid, touching, and not quite like anything I've ever seen. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 30, 2012
91% Holy Motors (2012) Experimental, funny, deliriously original and occasionally maddening. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 30, 2012
43% On the Road (2012) Salles brings evocative images, fresh faces, and some fine emotional shadings to the famous tale of friendship, love, sex, drugs, jazz, literature, and the American landscape. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 30, 2012
83% Laurence Anyways (2013) Wildly ambitious both in form and in the ideas about gender, identity, society, and love that it digs into with infectious gusto. ‐ France24
Posted May 30, 2012
94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Its moments of transporting beauty and visual brilliance overcame my growing aversion to Wes Anderson's brand of ultra-stylized archness. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 30, 2012
99% A Separation (2011) Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, the film has the density and moral prickliness of a good novel. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
80% Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love) (2012) The film is seriously tarnished by three blandly conceived main characters and some sulky, wooden acting. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
77% Outrage (2011) How can anyone can get excited over something so grim and redundant? ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
97% The Artist (2011) The movie ever fully shakes off its air of skillfully executed experiment, but it's spirited and charming nonetheless. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
97% Tomboy (2011) Brisk, precisely observed, and bracingly non-preachy in its examination of a very tricky subject. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
74% The Conquest (2011) The dialogue is punchy, but the film lacks visual personality, and the insights into Sarkozy and France as a whole don't cut very deep. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
81% House of Pleasures (2011) What gives the film its haunting pull, as well as its feminist undercurrent, is the filmmaker's palpable compassion for these women. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
70% Sidewalls (2011) With its themes of alienation in the Internet age and cutesy indie-ish trimmings, the film will feel familiar to anyone who's seen a bittersweet romantic comedy from Sundance. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
99% Le Havre (2011) Endearingly quirky, just this side of precious, but so warm and deftly executed that you go along with it. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
74% The Intouchables (2012) It's hard to muster much enthusiasm for a movie that leans so heavily on regressive culture-clash shtick and unimaginative stereotypes. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
21% Elles (2012) Director Malgorzata Szumowska seems intent on drowning her film and her leading lady in campy erotic imagery. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
63% We Have a Pope (2012) Nimble and pleasant to watch without being particularly inspired or inspiring. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
93% Turn Me On, Dammit! (2012) A minor, feather-light film, but a vivid and often funny one. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
90% Footnote (2012) The film pulls off an impressive balancing act: It's bitter though not cruel, satirical without veering toward obviousness, deeply moving but never maudlin. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2012
96% The Kid with a Bike (2012) Less visceral and tense than the Dardennes' best work, but a beautifully wrought story of a troubled boy and the stranger who saves him, told with the filmmakers' customary skill and lack of sentimentality. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 6, 2012
79% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) A consistently engaging documentary that's paced like a thriller and spiced up by a few colourful characters worthy of fiction. ‐ France24
Posted Jan 18, 2012
67% The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2012) An engaging, dynamic study of mutual inspiration and unconditional love. ‐ France24
Posted Jan 18, 2012
67% Norman (2011) Coming-of-age tales have been done and done again, but Jonathan Segal's Norman delivers a bracing twist on the genre. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 29, 2011
73% The Tree (2011) Despite its eccentric, boldly obvious central metaphor, the film feels bland and oddly inconsequential. ‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Aug 14, 2011
97% Rapt (2011) Belgian filmmaker Lucas Belvaux offers a thoughtful and unsettling take on the kidnapping thriller genre, anchored by an excellent performance from French actor Yvan Attal. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 5, 2011
79% Melancholia (2011) "Melancholia" is aesthetically ravishing, but dramatically pretty dull. ‐ France24
Posted May 23, 2011
84% The Tree of Life (2011) An almost outrageously ambitious, shatteringly beautiful meditation on memory, childhood, loss, and figuring out one's place in the world. ‐ France24
Posted May 23, 2011
93% Midnight in Paris (2011) Fresh and fast-moving, light but deeply-felt, a work of charm, imagination, and even surprise. ‐ France24
Posted May 11, 2011
84% La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) (2011) Veteran French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier tackles a period drama about passion with dismayingly flat and detached results. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 14, 2011
98% Inside Job (2010) A forceful argument about the dangers of unchecked greed and brazen lack of accountability. ‐ France24
Posted Apr 13, 2011
17% Miral (2011) Julian Schnabel's stylistic effects can't save this plodding, earnest historical epic that chronicles 50 years of Palestinian struggle through the stories of four different women. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 24, 2011
100% Poetry (2011) A graceful melodrama with the feel and texture of an absorbing novel. ‐ France24
Posted Feb 16, 2011
17% Twelve Thirty (2011) Wrongheaded, off-putting portrait of Midwestern family dysfunction. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2011
71% Somewhere (2010) Tender, dryly witty, and shot with Coppola's typically exquisite eye for colour and detail. ‐ France24
Posted Jan 3, 2011
88% The Strange Case Of Angelica (2010) A distinctive, touchingly old-fashioned piece of work, and unmistakably one made by a director whose life has spanned eras. ‐ France24
Posted Dec 29, 2010