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Jonathan Rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0% Wagons East! (1994) A stridently unfunny western comedy that is equally lame in its writing and direction.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
38% Young Einstein (1988) It has the charm and advantage of a genuine visual style of its own, both laconic and witty, as well as a likably dopey plot and cast of characters.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 21, 2013
31% Taking Care of Business (1990) This is a pretty stupid comedy in spots, with holes wide enough to drive trucks through, and director Arthur Hiller is as clunky as ever, but the cast is so funny and likable that they almost bring it off in spite of itself.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 21, 2013
5% Cocktail (1988) Very, very stupid.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 21, 2013
31% For Queen and Country (1989) Effective radical agitprop, relentless in its anger, this film is more outspoken about contemporary racism in England than any other feature that comes to mind.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 21, 2013
39% Newsies (1992) A Disney musical with an undistinguished score, fair to middling choreography, and clunky direction that still manages to be entertaining in spots because of its story.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 20, 2013
22% Color of Night (1994) The plot gets so convoluted and farfetched that you still may be scratching your head after the denouement, but you probably won't be bored.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 17, 2013
83% What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) Arguably Woody Allen's funniest movie.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 10, 2013
29% Hurry Sundown (1967) The last of Preminger's overblown adaptations of best-sellers, this may have a lot more juice than sustenance, but at least Preminger keeps the juices flowing. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
98% One False Move (1992) There's plenty to be impressed by while watching this 1992 noirish thriller, cowritten by Tom Epperson and directed by Carl Franklin, but not a great deal of aftertaste.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 6, 2013
95% The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) (2003) Beautifully structured and emotionally wrenching.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2013
93% Matewan: A Luta Final (1987) If Sayles's bite were as lethal as his bark, he might have given this a harder edge and a stronger conclusion. But the performances are uniformly fine.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2013
100% Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) (The Iron Gate) (1958) The adroit interweaving of various miniplots around the station is matched by a heady mix of moods and genres: at various junctures this movie becomes a musical, a slasher film, a neorealist drama, a comedy, and a horror film.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2013
83% The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977) Not a masterwork perhaps, but certainly the work of a master, and, judging from the work of many of his young French disciples (including Leos Carax), one of his most influential features.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2013
100% Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) (1957) The best of all prison-escape movies, it reconstructs the very notion of freedom through offscreen sounds and defines salvation in terms of painstakingly patient and meticulous effort.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2013
78% Lonesome (1928) Lonesome, Paul Fejos's exquisite, poetic 1928 masterpiece about love and estrangement in the big city, deserves to be ranked with The Crowd as well as Sunrise, though it's not nearly as well-known as either.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2013
54% Secret Beyond the Door (1948) Probably the most psychoanalytically oriented of his features, and because it's Lang, the murkiness is mainly a strength.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2013
3/4 No Score Yet Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (2001) Quote not available.‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 22, 2013
98% Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) (1949) The work of screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, director Vittorio De Sica, the nonprofessional actors, and many others is so charged with a common purpose that there's no point in even trying to separate their achievements.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2013
80% The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995) The emotions seem almost as manufactured as the sets.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2012
87% A Midnight Clear (1992) This fable about the futility of the war benefits not only from fine performances but an intelligent and literate offscreen narration that enhances the movie's conceptual integrity.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2012
0% All I Want for Christmas (1991) This 1991 feature is not for diabetics or connoisseurs of real people, but everyone else should have a ball.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2012
100% The Witches (1990) A minor but very enjoyable Nicolas Roeg fairy tale.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2012
51% The World Is Not Enough (1999) This keeps one reasonably amused, titillated, and brain-dead for a little over two hours.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2012
81% A Dry White Season (1989) The relentless plot is effectively set up and expertly pursued, and Hugh Masekela makes some striking contributions to Dave Grusin's musical score.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2012
94% Lorenzo's Oil (1992) If any movie of recent years deserves to be called "inspirational"--a much-abused term that one hesitates to revive apart from exceptional circumstances--this one certainly does.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2012
75% Daisies (2012) My favorite Czech film, and surely one of the most exhilarating stylistic and psychedelic eruptions of the 60s, this madcap and aggressive feminist farce by Vera Chytilova explodes in any number of directions.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2012
94% 35 Up (1991) There's certainly plenty of food for thought here, but most of it is served raw rather than cooked -- most of the significance of the development of faces, physiques, aspirations, and attitudes over three decades is left to the subjects themselves.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2012
90% In the Mood for Love (2001) Director Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong's most romantic filmmaker, is known for his excesses, and in that sense the film's spareness represents a bold departure.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2012
80% Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) (1987) Berri also remains a boringly uninteresting director, dotting every i and crossing every t with nothing much on his mind but platitude.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2012
2/4 90% Three Colors: White (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994) he love that figures centrally in White appears more as a postulate than as a realized fact. To achieve something more durable and persuasive, real characters are required, not allegorical stick figures.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2012
100% Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994) The third and best feature of Krzysztof Kieslowski's highly ambitious Three Colors trilogy.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2012
96% Flirting (1992) Not only worthy of its fine predecessor, this tender, perceptive, and gorgeously acted memory piece may even surpass it in subtlety, feeling, and depth of characterization.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2012
76% Someone to Watch over Me (1987) Even though the movie doesn't leave much of a residue, it looks terrific while you're watching it: Manhattan has seldom appeared as glitzy or as glamorous.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2012
92% La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (2004) This 2004 French feature seems concerned not so much with the psychopathology of everyday life as with psychopaths who lurk behind the everyday.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 17, 2012
79% Fight Club (1999) This is American self-absorption at its finest.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 11, 2012
73% Tombstone (1993) A lot of care and attention were obviously devoted to selecting locations, designing sets, and grooming handlebar mustaches. Much less attention went to making one believe that any of the events took place circa 1879.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 10, 2012
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) It's certainly distinctive, looking at times like Richard Lester put through a postmodernist blender.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 2, 2012
81% The General (1998) I can no longer stomach the premise in so many Anglo-American crime pictures that mavericks are admirable simply because they're mavericks‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 1, 2012
90% Guys and Dolls (1955) Conceivably the best picture Sam Goldwyn ever produced.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2012
38% Road House (1989) Eventually it mutates into a paranoid revenge plot that might be called Walking Short.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2012
45% Holy Smoke (2000) All sorts of questions go unanswered, and there's little of the density found in Campion's early work; this is mainly smoke, not fire.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2012
85% Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat) (1999) As with some of Fellini's late works, the energy and inventiveness, not to mention the juicy vulgarity, are so consistent in Black Cat, White Cat that you feel you can slice into the material at almost any point.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2012
78% Muriel's Wedding (1995) This movie only shows true tact and understanding when it comes to flattering the audience; everyone on-screen is strictly up for grabs.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2012
88% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) A profoundly sexist and eminently hummable 1954 CinemaScope musical with some terrific athletic Michael Kidd choreography and some better-than-average direction by Stanley Donen.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2012
96% The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) (1993) A very adroit and entertaining social comedy.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2012
100% Wagon Master (1950) This may be the closest Ford ever got to making a musical.‐ DVD Beaver
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2012
25% Max My Love (Max Mon Amour) (1996) Max Mon Amour isn't as good as [Nagisa Oshima's other] movies, but then what else is?‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2012
89% Ornette: Made in America (2012) This ambitious and affectionate effort to capture an elusive subject is undoubtedly worth a look.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2012
100% The Cool World (1964) It certainly had a visceral impact when it first appeared, helped enormously by Baird Bryant's cinematography and Dizzy Gillespie's score.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2012