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Joshua Rothkopf

Joshua Rothkopf
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 84% 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 90% 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 95% 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 97% 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 88% 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 96% 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 42% 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 95% 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 97% 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
3/5 65% Downsizing (2017) Lost up its own minuscule navel, Downsizing is a film that gets around to a toothless variation on "size doesn't matter," but Payne ought to know that's the most boring idea imaginable, big or small.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
1/5 43% 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
3/5 83% Beach Rats (2017) Will Frankie let his first steps into a new identity get hijacked for mean-spirited shakedowns? Beach Rats could have explored that ethical quandary with more depth; instead it settles for something blocked, oblique and fascinating.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
4/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) When the plot stops cold for a beauty-pageant performance of exquisite purity, you'll feel like you're watching the most American film of the year.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
4/5 91% Marjorie Prime (2017) Though visually spare and undistinguished, the movie gets revelatory mileage out of Geena Davis -- just as brainy and bruised as she was in her heyday -- as Marjorie's bitter adult daughter, in need of some postmortem therapy of her own.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) As exposed as the actors allow themselves to be, their mostly improvised script never takes them anywhere, and the rough edge of their banter seems to acknowledge as much. At least they get to eat.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Instagram stalking deserves a meaner satire than this well-acted but ultimately harmless pretender.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) You learn to look for tracks and clues; it's a film that makes you a better viewer.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
4/5 91% Icarus (2017) Imagine a version of Morgan Sperlock's Super Size Me in which, instead of merely bloating up, Sperlock entered into an uneasy friendship with an evil clown version of Ronald McDonald, and you'll get a sense of this doc's unexpected depth.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
4/5 96% Menashe (2017) The plot is a touch obvious, but Menashe still plays like a more culturally specific Kramer vs. Kramer, setting up a testy, fascinating dynamic between micromanaging rabbis and a naturally warm dad with wisdom of his own.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
5/5 82% Detroit (2017) The standoff at the Algiers Motel has entered legend (if not widely known history) as a notorious incident of interrogatory injustice. Bigelow makes it the centerpiece of Detroit and, simply put, has crafted her most harrowing piece of filmmaking.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/5 89% Girls Trip (2017) For some reason with this film, the wildness feels wilder, the vulnerability rawer and the sisterhood stronger.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) If we're going to have space operas, let them sing in the strangest accents possible.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Apart from pulling off the unique trick of having us root for human extinction, War foregrounds a beautiful tension between the savage instinct for retribution and higher restraint -- ironically fought within the heart of an animal.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4/5 78% The Reagan Show (2017) An oblique history of '80s disarmament laden with revealing off-camera asides, The Reagan Show makes the glossy surface profound.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is sweet fantasy, unlike more violent and existential vehicular visions such as Drive or Bullitt. That means its two-bit thieves and criminal masterminds (Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey) are enjoyably cartoonish.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Regardless of our opinions, we all know what a Michael Bay film is. This one's his most Baysome.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
3/5 46% Rough Night (2017) Orchestrating a gender reversal on this concept isn't especially liberating; you might actually get more laughs out of the cutaways to the lame bachelor party of Jess's fiancé, where sensitive men get "wild" at their private wine tasting.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
4/5 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Together, screenwriter Mike White and his Enlightened director Miguel Arteta have an almost magical way with light-touch verbal sparring, an art that's become lost in today's broad, banter-filled comedies. ‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
5/5 89% It Comes At Night (2017) Trey Edward Shults's nerve-shredding domestic thriller joins the rarified company of Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel The Road and the handful of intimate post-apocalyptic scenarios that puncture through to our deepest fears.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
4/5 19% 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 89% 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 17% 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 66% 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 94% 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 89% 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 44% 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 87% 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 26% 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 98% 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 79% 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