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T-Meter Title | Year
98% The Lighthouse (2019) The interplay between the two men plays out teasingly, with an Oedipal tension between tyro and patriarch that plays out at times like a maritime, rum-soaked version of Steptoe and Son. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
No Score Yet Bacarau (2019) There's lots to admire here, in the performances and the visuals, and the way that widescreen makes the vast, cactus-rich landscapes a perfect backdrop for the bizarre mix of genres... But Bacurau ultimately wasn't to my taste. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is a cannily honed machine, absolutely sure of its purpose, so you rather feel you've been sold a complete deluxe package... at times, consumer satisfaction is taken care of a little too aggressively for you to really feel involved. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
52% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, Une Lumière) (2019) Oh Mercy is clearly the film where writer/director Arnaud Desplechin explicitly comes to terms with the world, and he does so in a very personal way. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
83% The Halt (Ang hupa) (2019) Devoted Diaz fans will find it a satisfying venture into somewhat new territory. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
17% Summer of Changsha (Liu yu tian) (2019) A disappointingly lacklustre affair whose procedural thrills get increasingly bogged down in a morass of tepid psychodrama, with transcendental trimmings. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet Chicuarotes (2019) Chicuarotes has energy to spare, but shaky dramatic strategy, skipping awkwardly between goofy comedy, hard-nosed violence and wildly overplayed melodrama. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A vigorous and tightly controlled comedy that sees [Bong] back on top form, with a story that's both rigorously achieved and very specifically Korean. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
64% Frankie (2019) Sachs doesn't exactly come a cropper here, but this melancholic drama is markedly less distinctive and piquant than recent titles of his such as Love Is Strange and Little Men. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
No Score Yet You Deserve a Love (Tu Mérites Un Amour) (2019) Herzi proves extremely good at getting relaxed, spontaneous performances from her cast, and from herself. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
95% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui) (2019) Laces slow-burn atmospherics with abrupt outbursts of staccato action, and boils down characterisation to the leanest of bare bones, making for minimalist existentialism in the style of Jean-Pierre Melville. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
50% Joan of Arc (Jeanne) (2019) Even with a subject as eternally popular as Joan, it's hard to imagine the film making waves with a mainstream audience or bringing new revelations to Dumont's long-term followers. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
33% Heroes Don't Die (2019) This film doesn't entirely persuade us that it knows where it's going or why. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
100% The Climb (2019) This inventive, accomplished piece is certain to be a festival crowd-pleaser, and is likely to score with international audiences who like their indie comedy with a harsh, somewhat Seinfeld-ian edge. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
90% Zombi Child (2019) An unashamedly cerebral study of multiple themes - colonialism, revolution, liberalism, racial difference and female desire - with its unconventional narrative structure taking us a journey that's as intellectually demanding as it is compelling. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
100% Beanpole (Dylda) (2019) The film displays intense emotional seriousness and is finely performed and directed; but further shaping could have revealed the more focused work that's begging to emerge. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
73% Les Misérables (2019) For all its familiarity, Ly's film is executed with enormous confidence and energy, building up to an apocalyptic ending that delivers on a gradual build-up of nervous tension. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) What makes the film, which clocks in at 159 minutes, seem less calculating and cynical is the way that slow buildup is steeped in a melancholy that never lets up even through the subsequent violence. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
93% Diane (2019) We usually expect that a film named after its protagonist will sooner or later reveal everything about that person, give us the whole woman; Diane, by contrast, comes in pieces - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
80% The Wind (2019) In its quieter, sparer moments, however, The Wind begins to live up to the unstated obliqueness of its title. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) ...[It] is an all-enveloping experience that genuinely approaches the condition of hallucination: one steeped both in anxiety and in rapturous eroticism. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
100% Erased, Ascent of the Invisible (Tirss, rihlat alsoo'oud ila almar'i) (2018) Erased... offers some fascinating thoughts on the question of memorialization and of the official function of forgetting, when that serves a regime better than true remembering. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) A little soft soap is perhaps necessary in some cases to soften politicians up and get them on side, but it's rather too apparent here - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
75% Pasolini (2019) Ferrara's Pasolini is sincere, even scholarly; as a film, it feels too stilted and reverent to capture much of that sense of danger. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
100% For Sama (2019) Hardcore current affairs reporting and intimate personal testimony merge to compelling effect in For Sama, a documentary about one family's experience of the Syrian conflict. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Mesmerisingly played by Jia's regular star Zhao Tao, Qiao is not just one woman, but passes through multiple guises. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
56% Marie Antoinette (2006) ...an ambitious, affecting, truly distinctive piece of work, albeit one that will tell you more about 1780s footwear than about the causes and effects of the French Revolution. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Orson Welles said a film studio was the best train-set a boy could have, but The Life Aquatic is something else: Anderson uses the sound stages of Cinecittá like a kid playing with toy boats in the bath. He makes one hell of a splash. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
37% Glass (2019) You have to admire the nerve of Shyamalan for attempting something like this-and indeed, for choosing Glass as the title for a film so unashamedly non-transparent. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
44% Jessica Forever (2018) Jessica Forever isn't primarily about effects or action-it's largely about feelings, and surprisingly delicate feelings at that. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
100% Los Reyes (2018) Like the best films about the everyday, Los Reyes makes us reassess our ideas of what is and isn't interesting in the world. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
90% Between the Lines (1977) Between the Lines is barely about a newspaper at all, more about a bunch of youngish people whose energies are running out, as American counterculture itself had run their course, with the '80s and its hard-nosed principles about to kick in. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
95% Transit (2019) Ironically, a film with this title is about people locked in stasis: people are always too early or too late for the boats that would transport them. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
95% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) One thing that you shouldn't expect from An Elephant Sitting Still is some artless, ragged cry of rage: despite its bleakness and its visual and tonal austerity, this is a film of extraordinary beauty, invention, and grace. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
100% Combat Obscura (2019) This remarkable film comes across as war's backstage story-it's about the stuff they leave out of the official coverage. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
No Score Yet O Beautiful Night (2019) Böhm's film is steeped in after-hours low-life chic, yet comes across as laboriously gauche, a ghost train ride that quickly wears out the passenger's patience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Garver's film is above all a celebration of the pleasure of intellectual and emotional response to art... and a picture of a style of thinking that might be seen as distinctively but non-stereotypically female. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
83% Marighella (2019) Marighella is an urgent film in its commitment and cinematic intensity, and it could hardly be more timely. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) A formidable and, for the most part, involving work of novelistic scope. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
67% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Taken as a whole, the whole 'kosher Candide' routine surrounding not-quite-innocent-abroad Yoav proves repetitive and wearing. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
40% Farewell to the Night (L'Adieu a la nuit) (2019) A well-meaning but awkward response to a theme that is inescapably vital at the moment... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet Stitches (Savovi) (2019) The film is... impressive as a platform for Bogdanović, whose Ana isn't in any conventional sense the indomitable heroine she might have been in a mainstream version of this story. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019) While Tsoumerkas doesn't pull off the miracle you hope, the acting fairly crackles. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
81% Mr. Jones (2019) Academically staid as the film sometimes feels, the central story packs enough weight, both narratively and emotionally, to make this essential for outlets on the cusp of art-house and quality mainstream. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
100% Öndög (2019) A hugely engaging, disgressively structured piece that combines a cosmic sense of landscape with intimate character drama... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
90% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Superbly acted and highly controlled, the film doesn't afford easy entertainment... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
90% Cold Case Hammarskjold (2019) If this latest work by Danish documentarist Mads Brügger often strikes a wilfully eccentric register, it's because the information he unearths is so disturbing in its repercussions that grim laughter might seem the only sane response. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) [A] psychologically acute portrait of a relationship that is solid and tender but that has been in a rut for too long... - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
92% Nico, 1988 (2018) Overall, this kind of compassionate dismantling of Nico the myth is done with insight, tenderness, and clear-eyed realism. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
71% All Is True (2019) A tender, intelligent imagining of the playwright in retirement. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018