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Jonathan Rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 6% Son of the Pink Panther (1993) [Benigni's] cheerful physicality and soul -- combined with Edwards's continuing feel for slapstick -- give the tired routines of Son of the Pink Panther whatever life they have. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 23, 2014
25% Fathers' Day (1997) Ivan Reitman directs Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel's adaptation like standard-issue sitcom, inviting Williams to pursue his usual overacting shtick. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2014
12% Striptease (1996) The Fort Lauderdale setting imparts little flavor or atmosphere, and the same goes for the flagrantly unerotic dances. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 18, 2014
20% I Love Trouble (1994) Roberts and Nolte seem to go together like oil and water, and the convoluted conspiracy-crime plot keeps them a lot more occupied than us. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 17, 2014
39% Armageddon (1998) It's strictly a side issue whether mankind will survive colliding with an asteroid the size of Texas; the real question is whether Liv Tyler, who plays Bruce Willis's daughter, gets to keep her boyfriend. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 6, 2014
88% Wild Boys of the Road (Dangerous Days) (1933) The underrated William A. Wellman made many neglected classics during the Depression, and this 1933 feature is one of the very best. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 5, 2014
91% Cluny Brown (1946) This late, delicious comedy of manners by Ernst Lubitsch is a notch below his best, but the character acting is so good one hardly notices. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 5, 2014
34% She's Having a Baby (1988) McGovern manages to fare better with the cliches thrown at her than Bacon does; but neither has a prayer of scoring at a game whose rules and players might have been dreamed up by a computer. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 4, 2014
82% My Own Private Idaho (1991) A simultaneously heartbreaking and exhilarating road movie. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 2, 2014
90% Chungking Express (1996) Wong's singular frenetic visual style and his special feeling for lonely romantics may remind you of certain French New Wave directors, but this movie isn't a trip down memory lane; it's a vibrant commentary on young love today, packed with punch. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 28, 2014
25% Pearl Harbor (2001) Three hours and three minutes of guff and goo about the nobility of killing and/or being killed for arbitrary reasons. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 27, 2014
79% Gertrud (1964) It's exquisite, unbearable, and unforgettable. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 22, 2014
63% Shakedown (1988) The problem with routine crime and law enforcement fantasies of this kind is that their vague stabs at authenticity are completely subverted by action sequences that belong in Road Runner cartoons. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 21, 2014
89% A Moment of Innocence (1999) This is one of the best features of the prolific and unpredictable Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 20, 2014
48% Bad News Bears (2005) Fortunately almost everyone acquits himself coolly and admirably. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 13, 2014
67% Same Old Song (1999) A comedy about real estate and class differences, this was the biggest hit of Resnais' career in France, superbly capturing Paris in the 90s. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 8, 2014
21% Magic in the Water (1995) A singularly unconvincing parable, ultimately hamstrung by awkward, choppy storytelling. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 5, 2014
23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) There's apparently something about Hasidic Jews that makes normally talented and reasonable filmmakers turn otherwise straightforward thrillers into harebrained hootfests. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 3, 2014
81% A Few Good Men (1992) I'm usually a sucker for courtroom dramas, but Rob Reiner's highly mechanical 1992 feature... kept putting me to sleep. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2014
86% Heat (1995) There's nothing really new in this lengthy 1995 thriller by writer-director Michael Mann about cops and robbers in Los Angeles, but it has craft, pacing, and an overall sense of proportion, three pretty rare classic virtues nowadays. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 29, 2014
No Score Yet Mélo (1986) Resnais invests the original meaning of "melodrama" (drama with music) with exceptional beauty and power, cutting and moving his camera with impeccable dramatic logic to give their performances maximum voltage. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 24, 2014
94% Belle Epoque (The Age of Beauty) (1992) It's fairly inoffensive and intermittently charming. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 3, 2014
75% Ice (1970) The mood is terrorized and often brutal, but the behavioral observations and some of the tenderness periodically call to mind early Cassavetes. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 20, 2014
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Noah Baumbach collaborated on the arch script, whose bittersweet weirdness leaves a residue even as the narrative disintegrates. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 17, 2014
85% Bottle Rocket (1996) Wes Anderson's 1996 first feature (before Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums) is fresh, character driven, often funny, and unfashionably upbeat (as well as offbeat). ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 4, 2014
94% Dark Days (2000) The lives of these people inside their shacks are full of surprises as well as grim confirmations, but the things we don't know about them also significantly shape our experience of the film. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 3, 2014
77% 4 (Chetyre) (2006) This 2004 debut feature by Russian director Ilya Khrzanovsky is puzzling, intriguing, and often compelling, apparently set in the present but magical and futuristic in tone. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 5, 2013
91% Nobody's Fool (1994) For better and for worse, it's still a Hollywood movie (and a white boys' movie to boot), but one with a more alert eye and feeling for American life than most of its competitors. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 29, 2013
89% Russian Ark (2002) Part pageant and museum tour, part theme-park ride and historical meditation. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 24, 2013
47% My Fellow Americans (1996) An appalling piece of junk. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 22, 2013
87% 28 Days Later (2003) Danny Boyle's purposeful direction and Mark Tildesley's imaginative and resourceful production design keep this fresh and edgy; the images of a wasted London and the details of a paramilitary organization in the countryside are both creepy and persuasive. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 6, 2013
57% Thunderbolt (1929) Probably the most underrated of Josef von Sternberg's sound pictures. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 3, 2013
No Score Yet Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer One of the best essay films ever made on a cinematic subject. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 26, 2013
85% Yaaba (1989) The locations are attractive, the performances are natural, and the details about local folkways are interesting, but the plot is a bit dull in spots. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 12, 2013
67% Floundering (1994) This first feature by independent producer Peter McCarthy is fairly lightweight, but the cast and low-rent production credits have a certain charm. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 26, 2013
100% Abraham Lincoln (1930) Working with the sort of mythic material later associated with John Ford, Griffith gives us a primordial Lincoln, perfectly incarnated by Walter Huston, and a dreamlike sense of destiny that his camera fully articulates. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 19, 2013
93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) Alfred Molina makes a more baroque supervillain than Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, but the other stars seem happy to be giving us more of the same. Sam Raimi's direction, on the other hand, is even more fluent and well paced. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 5, 2013
69% Cliffhanger (1993) It's hard to think of a movie my feelings have been more divided on. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 2, 2013
85% The Secret Garden (1993) Screenwriter Caroline Thompson and director Agnieszka Holland have turned Frances Hodgson Burnett's rather gothic 1911 children's book into an evocative, beautifully realized picture. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 1, 2013
86% Presumed Innocent (1990) A top-notch courtroom drama that will keep you guessing if you haven't read the book; even if you have, it is still a very well crafted story. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 31, 2013
92% Parenthood (1989) This movie has its share of laughs, but it's also Ron Howard's most personal film, and clearly his most ambitious. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 31, 2013
89% The Bridges of Madison County (1995) Despite all his craft and sincerity, [Eastwood] and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese can't quite turn Robert James Waller's cardboard best-seller into flesh and bone. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 31, 2013
93% Speed (1994) The deft arabesques of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak juice up the suspense, and if you're not too put off by the sheer ridiculousness of the story you won't be bored. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 30, 2013
95% In the Line of Fire (1993) If you don't care about such motivations, this is a pretty good thriller, though not one you're likely to remember for very long. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 30, 2013
96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) As a powerhouse showcase for the acting talents of Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne and as a potent portrayal of wife beating and the emotions that surround it, it's quite a show. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 29, 2013
17% För Att Inte Tala Om Alla Dessa Kvinnor (All These Women) (Now About These Women) (1964) One of the rarest things in contemporary cinema -- an underrated Ingmar Bergman film. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 22, 2013
64% A Rage in Harlem (1991) A delightful rendering of a Chester Himes novel with a 50s setting. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 1, 2013
74% Ghost (1990) There's something offensive about the movie's chintzy view of death and the way it periodically flirts with promising conceits only to back away from them in as cowardly a manner as possible. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 25, 2013
No Score Yet Passing Through (1977) Original and thoughtful, this is a very special first feature, with a feeling for the music that's boldly translated into film style. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 6, 2013
0% Wagons East! (1994) A stridently unfunny western comedy that is equally lame in its writing and direction. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 22, 2013