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Joshua Rothkopf

Joshua Rothkopf
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Here's a summer movie starring a girl squad proud of its big brains and tacky jumpsuits. You could call that a supernatural event in itself. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 10, 2016
3/5 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Captures something brainy and bullheaded about Mortensen that feels true. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/5 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) You never quite believe these women belong with Devine and Efron's Hollywood-generic douche bags -- it feels like a failure of the script, if not the entire industry. If you don't think about it too hard, you won't hate it. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) It certainly looks and sounds right, and probably smells right too -- these gunky Mississippi battles and unwashed soldiers feel authentic. The problem, as with McConaughey's performance, is that you always do feel it. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 29, 2016
4/5 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) En route to the harshest, most unremittingly bleak film of his career, Solondz unleashes some of his sharpest commentary on human mortality and regret. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) His rock music gets a decent airing, but you wish more of the man's perversity came through: his intimidating ego, the way he could exhaust his bandmates.‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2016
1/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Back on planet Earth, we're still talking about a ridiculously infantile film, one that flatters itself by intimating a deeper comment about suppressed masculinity and romantic passivity. Nope. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2016
4/5 78% The Shallows (2016) You're gonna need a bigger Blake (and you're going to get one) in Lively's enjoyably trashy shark-survival movie, the definition of summer fun. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2016
5/5 91% Heaven Can Wait (1943) Count German expat Ernst Lubitsch among the directors whose films require a darkened theater and a willing audience to even work -- you just won't get him at home on your flatscreen. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 16, 2016
5/5 96% De Palma (2016) It all adds up to an exposure that goes well beyond appraisal, entering into rare realms of frustration, dysfunction, euphoria and cynicism. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/5 97% Weiner (2016) The narcissism is all up there onscreen, but shame will have to wait for the sequel. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 20, 2016
3/5 61% High-Rise (2016) Fitted three-piece suits, shagadelic furnishings and a Moog-saturated score by Clint Mansell make the whole film feel like a Pink Floyd album cover come to life.‐ Time Out
Posted May 10, 2016
4/5 80% The Family Fang (2016) The Family Fang goes deep into dysfunction, but even more impressively, it smuggles in the daredevilish art theories of the late Chris Burden and his ilk.‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 25, 2016
4/5 75% Sworn Virgin (Vergine giurata) (2016) Even though Rohrwacher never quite passes -- she looks too much like Barbra Streisand's Yentl -- the movie is on to a larger point, namely about the fluidity of sexual identity and our universal penchant for self-reinvention ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/5 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) A sharper movie would have pushed this bizarre incident into psychological rawness, revealing a shared sense of paranoia. Breezy, comic and disposable, Elvis & Nixon is not that film. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 22, 2016
4/5 96% Sing Street (2016) Built out of crowd-pleasing elements as durable as a lacquered, sky-high '80s hairdo, writer-director John Carney's coming-of-age musical is a synth-drenched joy: a tuneful, deeply personal ode to the impulse that forges a high school rock band. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Miles Ahead consciously imitates the blaxploitation era of Shaft and Super Fly, a strange strategy that you can't help but smile at. Sometimes it feels hallucinatory, elsewhere it feels silly. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3/5 90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) It's refreshing to encounter a sequel that leans deeper into sociopolitical realities, not further away. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/5 22% The Boss (2016) Even though The Boss is co-written by McCarthy and her husband, director Ben Falcone (who should know his wife's strengths better), the film often strands its title character in shrill one-note caricature, mostly unchallenged. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 52% Demolition (2016) Director Jean-Marc Vallée doesn't seem to mind when his movies become sun-dappled insta-redemption stories so long as there's a bravura central turn holding it all down. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 8, 2016
5/5 49% Hardcore Henry (2016) If action movies are meant to be stunning, Hardcore Henry can proudly take its place among the giants. Even better, it lets you stand with them. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 8, 2016
5/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) It's Linklater in a nostalgic mood-but also his most deeply felt piece of growing up. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 1, 2016
2/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) If there's any justice, dawning or otherwise, at the multiplex, audiences will reject Zack Snyder's lumbering, dead-on-arrival superhero mélange, a $250 million tombstone for a genre in dire need of a break. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 22, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) Little here feels like science or fiction but sci-fi is exactly what this is, from the heart and out of this world. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Producer J.J. Abrams, a brilliant marketer, has to eventually open his "mystery box," and the intelligence plummets. Never mind that. Go anyway and watch the arrival of the mighty Winstead, who'd do fine in a Room of her own. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/5 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) By the time Fey is able to say the words, "This is not about you," the comedy owns the feminism it always had. The war scenes are only so-so, but it wins a bigger battle. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 1, 2016
2/5 61% Race (2016) Race is the most timid, lackadaisical movie that could have been made out of potentially classic material. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3/5 51% Risen (2016) It's not often that faith-based films, competing in the same marketplace that rewards action, embrace the deeper, more difficult idea of meeting hate with love, but Risen tries. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 19, 2016
4/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! weds the backstage Hollywood shenanigans of Barton Fink to a more manic pace. It doesn't seem new for them, yet as super polished, mannered, slightly surreal comedies go, the movie feels as rare as a unicorn. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 3, 2016
4/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) Finally, a Jane Austen movie that's fresh and deliciously rotten at the same time.‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3/5 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) The final word on this incident will require a more thoughtful filmmaker. But hopefully, that artist will possess at least half of Bay's punishing, peerless craft. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 20, 2016
2/5 14% Ride Along 2 (2016) Eddie Murphy, please come back and show these clowns how it's done. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/5 94% In The Shadow of Women (2016) The sturdy elements of '60s-era French romantic drama -- crummy (yet charming) apartments, horrible breakup scenes and a relaxed sense of time -- come together in this beautifully realized black-and-white throwback. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 13, 2016
4/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) The people and policies he comes to know will shock all viewers, not just the Moore faithful, who have come to settle for less. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/5 60% Concussion (2015) Even though the NFL is shown as being uncaring, there's a deeper story here about racism and post-9/11 America clinging to its Sunday traditions that's barely explored. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 22, 2015
4/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Composer Ennio Morricone's seesawing score sometimes brings to mind Tarantino fave Sergio Leone, but the real ancestor here is John Carpenter's 1982 The Thing, another thriller percolating with close-quarters paranoia and Hawksian gab. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 18, 2015
5/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The rollicking, space-opera spirit of George Lucas's original trilogy (you can safely forget the second trio of cynical, tricked-up prequels) emanates from every frame of J.J. Abrams euphoric sequel. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 16, 2015
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) McKay's zaniness has a precedent: Like Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, The Big Short is a gleeful tumble toward the apocalypse, except in this case, it actually happened. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 8, 2015
3/5 11% Dixieland (2015) Striding right up to the unkempt front lawn of white-trashploitation (and occasionally trespassing), Hank Bedford's indie feature debut marshals a pungent Mississippi stink at the expense of a deeper dimension.‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 8, 2015
4/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) For all his bankability, Hitch was underappreciated until this study came along. Jones vibes off that idea, turning Truffaut's enthusiasm into an honorable act of reclamation. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) Sun-dappled streams, swaying trees and an almost palpable sense of weather shock with their photorealism-if this is what animation has become, the computers have won. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 24, 2015
4/5 93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Amy Berg's deeply sympathetic documentary on Janis Joplin -- a singer whose shredded wail tapped reservoirs of pain -- gets so much right, it feels like a major act of cultural excavation. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 24, 2015
4/5 95% Creed (2015) Stallone has not only taken a risk on Coogler but submitted to a personal sea change. And when those trumpets do blare, a new actor emerges. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3/5 66% The Night Before (2015) While The Night Before sometimes strains to be bad -- some of the lesser gags deploy dick picks and the ever-grinning James Franco -- the movie scores when it savors its fully-baked camaraderie ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2015
88% Very Semi-Serious (2015) Warm and frequently hilarious. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2015
5/5 100% Democrats (2015) It's a scrappy, absorbing tribute to the pragmatic value of compromise, carefully proffered in pursuit of a greater good. America's candidates would do well to take a page out of this doc's book.‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2015
2/5 45% The 33 (2015) If we could unearth these guys from their living tomb, how hard is it to find nonwhite actors to play real people? ... Miner story, major fail. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2015
5/5 97% Johnny Guitar (1954) It's not just Joan's campiness -- her line readings take on an almost incantatory quality -- but the way the whole thing feels like a stealth therapy session for smart actors trapped in horse-opera stereotypes. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2015
4/5 91% James White (2015) Built out of strongly acted moments of unflinching honesty, Josh Mond's UWS-set feature debut redeems the indie grief movie -- take that as an endorsement and a warning. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3/5 33% By The Sea (2015) Until more A-listers start directing psychodramas featuring ample French dialogue, By the Sea is a welcome, if half-successful, tide change. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2015