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Joshua Rothkopf

Joshua Rothkopf
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Those brief bits of digitally inserted spookiness are the only glints of interest in a plot that otherwise makes more Mexican border crossings (it's where the game starts) than an alarmist Trump speech.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 92% Zama (2018) The material comes from a celebrated 1956 novel of the same name by Antonio di Benedetto, but Martel's close-ups of her red-faced leading man -- scored to a plummeting synth straight out of Scarface -- edge the film into comic territory.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/5 34% The Leisure Seeker (2018) There are quieter moments during which the glances between Sutherland and Mirren -- containing memories better left unvoiced -- suggest something worthier than the dreck they're trapped in.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 82% Blockers (2018) Mining uptightness for all its comic potential, Blockers comes down, proudly, on the side of the unblocked.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 78% Gemini (2018) What does it mean when a movie's setting is so rapturously rendered that its characters, its plot and even the merest whiff of suspense evaporates into a haze? In the case of Gemini, that's not entirely a bad thing.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 49% Tomb Raider (2018) There's no way to hate a movie that has spiked poles, booby-trapped caves and zombies, but you can fault it for not trying as hard as it should.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
3/5 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) No Hollywood film can ever solve the central problem of adapting this book, in that it inevitably does too much of the imagining for you. DuVernay makes a big-hearted go of it, even if she seems slightly dazzled by her own magical mystery tour.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
4/5 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Thoroughbreds plunges you into an ice-cold bath of amorality, but debuting writer-director Cory Finley has such a command of details that you'll laugh your way through the shivers.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 87% Annihilation (2018) Garland's creeping pace lulls you on an almost molecular level; he's made something akin to an end-of-the-world film, but one in which the changes afoot might not be wholly bad, title be damned.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/5 96% Black Panther (2018) For all their global dominance, everybody wants these superhero movies to be better: funnier, smarter, more inclusive, more super. A huge step in the right direction, Black Panther is that dream come true.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/5 69% Golden Exits (2018) While you'll salute Golden Exits for never going full-on Fatal Attraction, it ends up feeling cagey, trapped in the realm of the theoretical and too hip to raise its tensions above a simmer.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The profanity-free squareness is close to excruciating: You won't believe how boring it is partying with real-life heroes.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 100% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade is lovely work, lifted up by a timeless piece of indie wisdom: Keep it real, as cringe-inducing as that can be.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
4/5 77% Tyrel (2018) Like paranoid Tyler himself, we go to that worst-case scenario and Silva has a blast emphasizing every bit of microaggressive whiteness on display, from their constant flow of spiked Irish coffees to a hit parade of whiny R.E.M. songs.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
5/5 100% Hereditary (2018) A harrowing story of unthinkable family tragedy that veers into the realm of the supernatural, Hereditary takes its place as a new generation's The Exorcist -- for some, it will spin heads even more savagely.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
4/5 94% Private Life (2018) This is a story you'll want to watch to its exquisitely compassionate ending: a wordless final-credits aria that, as with Michael Clayton and Call Me by Your Name, speaks volumes about the nature of minute-to-minute emotional survival.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
3/5 54% 12 Strong (2018) If you want to feel good about a war with no end, this one's for you.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/5 94% The Green Fog (2018) The experience of watching it is disconcerting and suitably dreamy.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/5 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) You get a whiff of the film that might have been, one closer in spirit to domestic tragedy. But there are creepy monsters with keys for fingers to bring into the plot. Hard-core fans get the loud noises they came for, but true fear vaporizes.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The movie is best when it's focused on the music (prepare to hear the dorkiest version of "Toxic" more times than is healthy), not the silly subplots that have a way of sprouting up around third chapters.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Even though the tone here is impeccable as a Max Ophüls classic or high-period Bertolucci, you really have to go to something subversive like The War of the Roses to get a hint of the comic blackness.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3/5 87% The Post (2018) Thank God for the owners, it ultimately says, who sometimes do the right thing. That's a perfectly fine idea, but our times could use something sharper.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
4/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) The film reminds us that, onscreen and off, bumps along the road of life can often be surmounted by money carefully applied, but a tenacious mother (or director) is what ultimately makes the difference.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rolling up with the kind of intergalactic swagger that gives us a cosmically infuriating phone prank within the first five minutes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a work of supreme confidence: witty, wild and free to roam unexplored territory.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
5/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) Destroyed yet defiant, Robbie walks the emotional tightrope of the most fabulously, tragically American film of the year.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) It pushes its hero off his pedestal but delivers him -- like Tom Hulce's Mozart in Amadeus -- to a much better place, the earthy company of fellow citizens who dream of being inspired.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
3/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Like that giant metaphorical carousel looming over them, it's a movie that's spinning its wheels.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Know that you're in for a movie that flogs its fan service so vigorously (forget about a wink -- this is a squint), it barely remembers to be anything more than a mildly weird story of friendship and betrayal. Maybe that's all it needs to be.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
4/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) The performance is a marvel, not merely leaping over what could have been a stunt, but deepening into a soulful portrayal of wartime leadership, tinged with ego, doubt and the demands of a terrible moment.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
2/5 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) The movie can't bring itself to push its central iceberg of a character into hotter water -- which is too bad, because that's exactly where Washington thrives.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
4/5 85% Wonder (2017) Bullies and frenemies don't get served so much as given quiet moments to confront their own mistakes. ‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/5 40% Justice League (2017) Even Justice League's jaunty, cavorting orchestral score, supplied by Tim Burton's old foil Danny Elfman, harks back to a better time, when "Why so serious?" wasn't the rule. The pendulum swings.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
4/5 83% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Writer-director Marc Meyers turns Backderf's celebrated book into an absorbing, dramatized portrait of casual cruelty and teenage desperation, equal parts The Virgin Suicides and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
5/5 76% Last Flag Flying (2017) It's a major film pitched just above a whisper.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
4/5 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) These anguished performances go a long way, as does the film's peripheral vision of a banal, depressed America that threatens to forget its warriors.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 83% Marshall (2017) ...balances clichés against the far-more interesting subject of unlikely camaraderie that blooms out of mutual persecution.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/5 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) Alexandre O. Philippe's close reading of the Psycho shower scene is as refreshingly fun and perceptive as his documentary's name (referring to Alfred Hitchcock's 78 camera setups and 52 edits over three violent minutes) is eggheaded and clinical.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Wonder Woman's genesis in bondage play and a willfully naughty attempt to subvert the mainstream deserves a more courageous film than this one, gauzy and overscored.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/5 92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) ...the kind of vicious, no-nonsense prison drama that dads dream about when the TV is finally theirs to command.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Willem Dafoe knows from tortured roles (Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ), but this creation -- a delicate blend of protector, fusspot and secret survivor -- is his richest, most lovable piece of work.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2017
4/5 98% Lucky (2017) A movie that simply wouldn't work without the mystical, almost elemental presence of its leading man, Harry Dean Stanton (who died two weeks ago at age 91), Lucky now feels like the last will and testament of a ghost.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Immersing you in a complete wow, Blade Runner 2049 is the thinking person's sci-fi event of the year.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 92% Stronger (2017) This isn't the positive movie many will want, but it's something better: a window into post-traumatic stress and exploded identity.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon is so inoffensive in its competently mounted quirk that you won't mourn the film that might have been.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
5/5 96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) A film about the importance of cultural history and truth (two things deeply under siege these days), Wiseman's epic Ex Libris might make you cry with happiness; it's the good fight being fought.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
3/5 85% It (2017) Predictably, Andrés Muschietti's lush-looking adaptation, while a marked improvement on the tedious 1990 TV miniseries, has the same shortcomings as King's original material.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
5/5 69% mother! (2017) Grappling with this climax -- steeped in gore, religious symbolism, hundreds of marauding strangers (including Kristen Wiig) and sheer chutzpah -- is the moviegoing gauntlet of the year.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
3/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) If you can imagine an aggressively adorable -- and somewhat effortful -- version of Amélie in which our hero f---s the Creature from the Black Lagoon, you're totally feeling this.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
2/5 51% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing is a self-satisfied sci-fi nothingburger that shies away from its early suggestiveness and goes as deep as your average Black Mirror episode.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
1/5 44% Bushwick (2017) A satirist might have spun this into something pointed and fun, with surreal stops along the way for Roberta's pizza, used vinyl or artisanal pickles. Nope. This is all downbeat and somber, with an ending that seems especially pretentious.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017