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Joshua Rothkopf

Joshua Rothkopf
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 18% Baywatch (2017) The generous -- radical? -- thing about Hollywood's version of the tush-ogling '90s TV phenomenon is that, pretty quickly, it makes you feel in on the joke.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
5/5 97% The Survivalist (2017) You'll leave completely rapt.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
5/5 80% Casting JonBenét (2017) Desperately, these people all want the truth -- as well as the gig -- and that tension is what makes Casting JonBenet provocative.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
4/5 92% Hounds of Love (2017) What is it about Australian filmmakers and down-and-dirty, no-holds-barred crime dramas? Let's not figure out why they're so good at them and simply enjoy.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
5/5 97% Burden (2017) An epic, often funny testament to creative fearlessness.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
2/5 15% The Circle (2017) Movies about the dangers of rampant interconnectivity are welcome in this day and age, but let's please make them a little more courageous.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/5 67% Free Fire (2017) Ben Wheatley shouldn't settle for becoming the next Guy Ritchie. For some reason, he'd like to.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 92% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Citizen Jane takes on an invigorating richness as it delves into issues of sexism (Jacobs, a respected journalist, was often painted by her foes as an angry mother), economic despair and the complex idea of the "master builder."‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 87% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere, his Cheshire-cat smile only improving with age, has found his most essential role, one that pushes his smooth operator's desperation to the limit.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
4/5 92% The Devil's Candy (2017) Sean Byrne's assured second feature is so in on the satanic joke, it sometimes feels like a comedy. In its final turn, it brings the pain; it's definitely a horror movie but a wonderfully witty one, not for gentle souls.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3/5 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Jessica Chastain is relaxed with some actual lion cubs, and there's a bunny that should win an Oscar. But when the film pivots to the scared human beings down below, you get a hint of the weirder, tougher drama it might have been.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) When stone-faced Japanese actor "Beat" Takeshi Kitano is the most human element in your movie, something's wildly wrong.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
5/5 88% The Lost City of Z (2017) The grandeur of this movie is off the charts. For a certain kind of old-school film fan, someone who believes in shapely, classical proportions and an epic yarn told over time, it will be the revelation of the year.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts with a gleeful, look-at-me-ma garishness that speaks to his background in TV comedy, the movie feels wonderfully close to self-parody.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2/5 28% Fist Fight (2017) By one way of looking at it, Fist Fight might be seen as a timely nightmare -- not about bullying but being downsized. For that reason alone, it's not a complete waste of time. Also it features a rampaging horse on meth.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
4/5 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) The main reason to commit to this movie's tough story of orphan loneliness is the screenplay by Céline Sciamma, herself a major French talent devoted to tales of youthful resilience (Girlhood).‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 76% Lovesong (2017) Kim's latest -- like Carol made on an indie budget -- is split in two exquisite halves.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 99% Get Out (2017) A horror film with the power to put a rascally grin on the face of that great genre subverter John Carpenter ( They Live ), Get Out has more fun playing with half-buried racial tensions than with scaring us to death. ‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Dank with greenish tiled interiors and an unshakable sense of dread, this lovably icky horror film mounts a sumptuous, immersive universe, the kind that big-budgeted Hollywood rarely seems imaginative enough to try.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 97% Kedi (2017) We're down on the ground with these animals, whose day-to-day impulsiveness finds a sinuous expression in some of the most elegant camerawork to ever 
grace a nature doc.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/5 75% Where Is Kyra? (2017) Pfeiffer is nothing short of heartbreaking in a part that requires her to be completely unvarnished.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
5/5 100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) In attaching sinuous style and casual sexiness to a universal ache, [Luca] Guadagnino has come away with real wisdom. Sweet and salty, his movie burns like a suntan.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 92% A Ghost Story (2017) The collision of aesthetics -- a cartoonish, Halloween-costume-grade specter haunting a quiet indie -- is the point where A Ghost Story asks the most of us. But how thrilling it is to be jostled.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
5/5 90% Walking Out (2017) A father and son are faced with a harrowing test of endurance in this snowy thriller with a burning heart.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
5/5 97% The Big Sick (2017) Already, The Big Sick is scoring points on familiar rom-com territory, so when it suddenly morphs into a completely different film -- a bracingly sophisticated one -- you'll want to cry with happiness. (The real tears will come soon enough.)‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/5 72% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The serious issue of global warming won't be minimized by a mediocre documentary, but it has yet to find a filmmaker inflamed with rage and visual passion.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 90% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) It would be easy to look at the title of this stellar oddball indie -- a film buckling with distinctly American rage, splattery violence and plenty of dark laughs -- and find a certain timeliness.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
5/5 95% Oklahoma City (2017) You must see Oklahoma City, if only to know the enemy. They're not stuck at the airport.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/5 35% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) While the franchise has slackened into dependably dumb post-apocalyptic thrills, star Milla Jovovich has only gotten better, seasoning her long-legged athleticism with a commanding stare.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
3/5 75% Split (2017) There's a tiny shiver of something in the final few seconds that doesn't exactly change what we've watched so much as say, "I'm still M. Night Shyamalan, and I'm still crazy!" He's become his own twist ending.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 95% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Dudok de Wit modulates our emotions in sophisticated ways, first accessing the awe of The Black Stallion, then straight-up guilt and, finally, an evolution that can't be explained by anything other than hope.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 71% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) Reset could use a lot more discipline itself; it feels too flabby for the company it keeps.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
1/5 18% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Whatever's vibrating on your phone is more interesting than what's onscreen.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/5 93% Fences (2016) Washington's performance -- as big as it gets -- is all wrong for the movies, where even a self-aggrandizing character like Troy Maxson, a former Negro Leagues star ballplayer turned '50s Pittsburgh garbageman, needs to be scaled back to feel realistic.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) The film aims for the stars but might have gone stratospheric if it cooled its jets ever so slightly.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
5/5 85% Silence (2017) Scorsese has hit the rare heights of Ingmar Bergman and Carl Theodor Dreyer, artists who found in religion a battleground that often left the strongest in tatters. It's a movie desperately needed at a moment when bluster must yield to self-reflection.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
5/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Bringing a sense of gravitas to Baldwin's words is Samuel L. Jackson, whose decidedly nonfurious narration is his finest performance to date, bar none.‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 8, 2016
5/5 75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) It already feels, unwittingly, like a timely expression of backwardness straight from the heartland, tinged with revenge, sex and saintly suffering. If you can stomach the fear, go. Confident hands created this film. Its nightmare lingers for weeks.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Bad Santa 2 has to make do with director Mark Waters (Mean Girls), who is both more sentimental and more accepting of broad, panicky comedy.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
4/5 89% Always Shine (2016) Every casual exchange becomes a lunge for dominance, and the movie keeps you flinching.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Like everything this star-director has done, the film is deceptively smart. It's just a little too late to the game.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) An emotional powerhouse with the weave of great literature.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
5/5 97% The Love Witch (2016) It's cloaked in a retro wardrobe and soundtrack (much of the music, by Italy's Ennio Morricone, is sourced from '60s thrillers) but loaded with irony and a fluid sense of identity.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 49% Almost Christmas (2016) The movie takes a few calamitous turns at its climax, dangerously approaching broad slapstick and villainizing a character we've come to love. But mainly, it's a fun and boisterous countdown to the big meal.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/5 95% Gimme Danger (2016) An important addition to our understanding of early '70s anarchy.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
2/5 46% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) This strategy is wrong at every level. It renders the images nauseating, it constantly rejects you emotionally from the performances, and it's showy and distracting. Worst, it turns the real issue of post-traumatic stress into a technological gimmick.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
3/5 23% American Pastoral (2016) It's a remarkably committed effort that takes a few seriously misguided turns along the way, even as its actors lunge at psychological depth with every scene.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
3/5 96% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) Less effectively, the movie has some rather obvious social comeuppances in mind and you'll groan at the contrivances. Just wait a few minutes and you'll get to the next action sequence, in which Yeon is more confident.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
3/5 55% Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016) Moore walks right up to the edge of the stage and asks people why they hate Hillary. It's a ballsy, direct confrontation, one that brings out the best of Moore's blue-collar, guy-from-Flint-Michigan straightforwardness.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016
1/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Structured with the kind of obviousness that makes you outwit the screenwriter and then hate movies in general, Greg Mottola's painfully generic suburban spy comedy wastes everybody's time, onscreen and off.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2016