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Jonathan Rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Cold Fever (1996) Strange, often funny, and occasionally beautiful. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 10, 2017
30% Full Moon in Blue Water (1988) Funny and appealing, this is the kind of quiet and assured Hollywood movie that used to be more common in the 50s; the local flavor is caught perfectly, and every member of the cast shines. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 1, 2016
70% Empire of the Sun (1987) The pseudomystical vagueness that seems to be Spielberg's stock-in-trade stifles most of the particularity of the source. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 26, 2016
88% Dead Alive (1993) Ordinarily I don't care for this kind of thing at all, but something must be said for Jackson's endless reserves of giddy energy, which are clearly meant to be silly. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 19, 2016
100% The Phantom Carriage (1921) Multiple superimpositions and double exposures create ghostly effects in Victor Sjostrom's 1920 masterpiece. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 17, 2016
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) As in A Separation, Farhadi privileges a woman's viewpoint without either sharing or exploring it. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 13, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) Like many of Jarmusch's best films, this keeps surprising us with its minimal, witty inflections, at once epic and small-scale. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 13, 2016
69% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) I didn't much take to this humorless, Oscar-winning 1995 feminist fable. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 4, 2016
92% Howards End (1992) This is the apotheosis of Classics Illustrated filmmaking, aiming at nothing more than tasteful reduction, and the fact that it's done so well here doesn't mean that it's necessarily worth doing. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 24, 2016
86% Shirin (2009) One of Abbas Kiarostami's trickiest and most radical experimental works. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 12, 2016
85% Sign o' the Times (1987) Deftly and seamlessly integrating live performances in Antwerp and Rotterdam with thematically related interludes shot in his Minneapolis studio, Prince's 1987 concert film starts fairly effectively and builds steadily from there. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 25, 2016
29% The Struggle (1931) One of his most powerful and intensely felt works -- not merely a heartbreaking story and a portrait of the Depression at its grimmest, but a poignant summary of everything that Griffith could do with a camera. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 8, 2016
100% Paris Is Burning (1991) One emerges from this film not only with a new vocabulary and a fresh way of viewing the straight world but with a bracing object lesson in understanding what society "role models" are all about. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 31, 2016
91% The Big Picture (1989) [A] hilariously canny 1989 satire about contemporary filmmaking in Hollywood. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 2, 2016
96% Son of Saul (2015) Easily the most exciting new film I've seen over the past year. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 28, 2016
100% Cry, the Beloved Country (1952) Check it out. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 23, 2015
62% Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993) What's exciting about this movie is a lot of loose details: frank girl talk about AIDS and birth control, glancing observations about welfare lines and the advantages of a boy with a car over one with subway tokens. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 28, 2015
100% Housekeeping (1987) The most impressive thing about this haunting fable is Forsyth's fluidity and grace as a storyteller. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 7, 2015
91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) Striking and ambitious. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 27, 2015
73% The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) This is more skillful than inspired, with an image of the early west that seems largely borrowed from McCabe and Mrs. Miller. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 7, 2015
15% Another 48 Hrs. (1990) It's a minor pleasure to see Murphy slightly subdued. What seems more problematic is the virtual exaltation of Dirty Harry vigilantism, the storm trooper mentality and behavior on Nolte's part that the film breezily takes for granted ... ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 24, 2015
98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Though marred by Spielberg's usual carelessness with narrative points, the film alternates sweetness and sarcasm with enough rhetorical sophistication to be fairly irresistible. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2015
89% Fresh (1994) This is kept alive largely through its first-rate performances, beginning with Sean Nelson's as the boy; Giancarlo Esposito is also a standout. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 21, 2015
No Score Yet Welfare (1975) One of Frederick Wiseman's strongest documentaries. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 9, 2015
73% The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) [Its] main raison d'etre is some first-rate "Dynamation" special effects from Ray Harryhausen. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 24, 2015
83% Orlando (1992) Compared with Potter's bold, beautiful, original, and witty first feature, The Gold Diggers, this is safe, crowd-flattering stuff, the Driving Miss Daisy of art pictures -- a film with practically no ideas at all, but lots of fancy trimmings. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2015
92% Hype! (1996) Doug Pray's 1996 documentary about the manufacturing of the Seattle sound is an informative and well-made collection of sound bites, music bites, and thought bites put together over several years. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2015
88% La Signora Senza Camelie (1953) Perhaps the most unjustly neglected of Michelangelo Antonioni's early features. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 16, 2015
82% Talk Radio (1988) The overall effect is disturbing yet mesmerizing; most of the movie takes place in the radio studio while the hero is on the air, and the moral questions raised by his incendiary brand of broadcasting are left provocatively open. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/4 100% Tampopo (1985) Itami's humor and invention is such that we never have a chance to feel deprived. His stylistic palette and sense of fun are so wide-ranging that he can oscillate between brightness and darkness to articulate one gag. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 13, 2015
0% Crackers (1984) This was planned for John Belushi, who died before it could get off the ground and might have made the whole thing worth doing. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 11, 2015
3/4 88% Naked (1993) Sorting out the intelligence from the hysteria is no easy matter, and the picture rubs our noses in this uncertainty so remorselessly that we sometimes forget that what we're watching is largely a comedy. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 4, 2015
100% Whispering Pages (1993) It's the only film I've seen by this lugubrious Tarkovsky disciple that profits from second viewing, thanks to its kaleidoscopic, painterly pleasures. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 3, 2015
86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) The film mechanically uses the crosscutting technique made famous by Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove without any of its wit or focused energy. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 11, 2015
54% Valmont (1989) The results are too pretty and well acted to be a total washout, but the fascination with evil and power that gives the novel intensity is virtually absent; what remains is mainly petty malice and mild cynicism. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 9, 2015
No Score Yet Leben - BRD (How to Live in the German Federal Republic) (1990) No offscreen commentary is needed to convey Farocki's eerie message; the brilliant rhymes and contrasts of his montage say everything. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 5, 2015
73% American Heart (1992) It's a pity that the plot culminates in a slew of melodramatic contrivances that leave a lot of strands hanging. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 31, 2015
73% Cry-Baby (1990) Waters's feeling for the mid-50s doesn't really match his sense of the early 60s, and his plot moves seem increasingly formulaic. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 21, 2015
95% Conte d'hiver (A Tale of Winter) (1992) Rohmer has become such a master of his chosen classic genre -- the crystalline philosophical tale of character and romantic choice -- that this is a nearly perfect work, in performance as well as execution. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 15, 2014
85% Bugsy (1991) Warren Beatty delivers some of his best acting in years as Bugsy Siegel, the gangster responsible for the inception of Las Vegas as we now know it. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 29, 2014
81% Let Him Have It (1991) The sober, relatively uninspired account of a real-life crime that shook postwar London. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 28, 2014
92% Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) (2001) This well-made and entertaining romantic comedy drama provides ample proof that German writer-director Sandra Nettelbeck can turn out a classier commercial feature than most of her Hollywood contemporaries. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 16, 2014
93% Spione (Spies) (The Spy) (1928) Erotic, mysterious, abstract, full of uncanny images and ideas, and rich with multiple identities and intrigue, this is essential viewing for anyone interested in the great director's work. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2014
92% Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White) (1967) If you've never encountered Jancso's work, you shouldn't miss this. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 24, 2014
81% Underground (1995) A triumph of mise en scene mated to a comic vision that keeps topping its own hyperbole. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 23, 2014
85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) What one misses most of all are some glimpses of the earlier Chuck Berry, when the intensity of his music and his jackrabbit moves had more satanic majesty; too much of this film shows him at half-throttle. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 10, 2014
89% Light Sleeper (1992) Susan Sarandon is so good as Dafoe's boss, and the dialogue is so literate for such a familiar story, that there's a lot to admire -- it's Schrader's best film -- as long as one can get past the transcendental claptrap. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2014
No Score Yet By The Bluest of Seas (1936) One of the very best features of the neglected Russian filmmaker Boris Barnet. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2014
75% Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000) A procession of long virtuoso takes that typically begin and end in the middle of actions or sentences, constituting not only an interactive jigsaw puzzle but a thrilling narrative experiment. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2014
67% Monanieba (Repentance) (1984) Tengiz Abuladze's dreamlike allegorical fantasy about Stalinism, as well as despotism in general, is probably the best known and almost certainly one of the best Soviet films to have surfaced as a result of glasnost. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 26, 2014