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Karina Longworth

Karina Longworth
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% Killing Them Softly (2012) It's a movie that shows, and then tells, tells, and tells again, its vibrant conjuring of contemporary cynicism felled by Dominik's lack of faith in his audience's ability to connect thematic dots. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 27, 2012
62% Hitchcock (2012) Hitchcock is a movie about bygone Hollywood that's distinctly a product of Hollywood circa now. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 20, 2012
92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Manic as it might be stylistically, emotionally Silver Linings Playbook maintains too even of a keel. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 13, 2012
73% Generation P (2012) Generation P is long and incredibly dense, but it's never boring-it's too wild and unhinged. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 13, 2012
93% Skyfall (2012) Skyfall's fatal misstep is its slavish hewing to event-movie trends. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2012
45% The Comedy (2012) There's not a false note in the film, but maybe there's a difference between accuracy and truth. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2012
77% The Bay (2012) You have to distance yourself from the spot-on simulation of kitsch in order admire it, and that process precludes engagement with it as drama. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2012
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) One man's ambitious, iconoclastic, like-nothing-ever-before-seen passion project is another man's Battlefield Earth. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 25, 2012
71% The Loneliest Planet (2012) Within a scantily plotted, novella-style narrative (the movie is an adaptation of a short story by Tom Bissell), single shots become story events that mere mention would spoil. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 24, 2012
25% Fun Size (2012) A smart and emotionally satisfying slice of wish fulfillment, tracing how a threatened family finds harmony. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 23, 2012
96% Argo (2012) It's an embodiment of the kind of quality adult film that really shouldn't be an endangered species, and a love letter from Affleck to the industry that made him, shunned him, and loves nothing more than to be loved. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 11, 2012
87% Middle of Nowhere (2012) Remarkably self-assured ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 9, 2012
100% Wake in Fright (2012) A road movie using undeveloped land as a blank screen on which to project a dark deconstruction of masculinity and manifest destiny. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 2, 2012
55% V/H/S (2012) In too many of the shorts, bad acting quickly undermines the "authenticity" the aesthetics labor to achieve. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 2, 2012
94% Knuckleball! (2012) I could watch Phil Niekro reminisce about being owned by Bill Buckner for days. If you know what that means, you probably could, too. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 18, 2012
86% The Master (2012) It's a film of breathtaking cinematic romanticism and near-complete denial of conventional catharsis. You might wish it gave you more in terms of comfort food pleasure, but that's not Anderson's problem. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 11, 2012
86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Chbosky plays this CW serial stuff for maximum earnestness, stressing the teenage tendency to assume that every new thing they're feeling is unprecedented in human history, keeping the tone just-moist-eyed throughout.‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 4, 2012
85% Detropia (2012) Beautifully composed and purposefully edited to a haunting electronic score ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 4, 2012
75% The Ambassador (2012) You watch both fearing that something spectacularly tragic could happen, and knowing that if this film exists, it probably didn't. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 28, 2012
84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) [Rides] a weird tonal line, maybe aiming to split the difference between comedy and terror but coming off as afraid to really go for it on either. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 21, 2012
64% Cosmopolis (2012) We're supposed to be feeling . . . something. That we don't might be Cronenberg's own endgame. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 14, 2012
64% The Campaign (2012) Most of the movie's big laughs are in the first half; like so many high-concept/low-character comedies, it runs out of steam early and then wheezes to an anticlimax. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 7, 2012
70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) A notably lo-fi entry into the recent trend of romantic comedies that think acknowledging the genre's clichés is as good as subverting them. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 31, 2012
94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) The film hardly feels hastily pasted together: Greenfield filmed long enough to document physical changes in her subjects. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 17, 2012
66% Trishna (2012) The film's exploration of extremes coexisting uneasily is especially palpable in a subplot involving Mumbai's film industry. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 10, 2012
63% Union Square (2012) Often feels like an acting exercise documented on video for teaching purposes-lots of unnecessary histrionics and ostentatious zooms, with both the story and the improv-like dialogue predicated on contrivances and glaring improbabilities. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 10, 2012
51% Savages (2012) More than two hours long -- and building to two endings, one romantic-tragic and one quasi-ironic and romantic-ludicrous -- Savages is bloated with plot and exposition... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 3, 2012
75% Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) You never get the sense that the camera was ever allowed to see anything that Perry didn't want it to see. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 3, 2012
80% Magic Mike (2012) The few moments wherein Magic Mike calls American institutions into question are undercut and overshadowed by the film's dated insistence on the dream of legitimacy. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 26, 2012
35% Lola Versus (2012) Narratively, it's not a huge shock where the film ultimately goes, but there are a number of fun surprises along the way. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 5, 2012
90% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) As indie-film nerd-mances go, this one is genuinely sweet. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 5, 2012
94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Its portrait of young love is both mature and defiantly utopian. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 22, 2012
90% Beyond The Hills (2013) A omething of a disappointment. The initially fascinating, ambiguous relationship between the two young women is overwhelmed by the hysteria spawned by her unflaggingly intense presence at the monastery ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 22, 2012
83% In Another Country (2013) The presence of Huppert in this one suggests an interest in branching out beyond the cult faithful. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 22, 2012
82% Like Someone in Love (2013) I was pleasantly disoriented throughout, and I thought the film's final moment was thrilling. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 22, 2012
83% Laurence Anyways (2013) If anything, it's a bold manifesto aimed at critics like me who have slagged the filmmaker off as all style and no substance. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 21, 2012
67% Lawless (2012) Never-not-fun junk food enlivened by good actors and a thin ghosting of Hollywood-style "relevancy", but only barely enough actual substance to keep the shoot-em-ups interesting. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 20, 2012
93% Amour (2012) Haneke is the first Competition film director at Cannes this year to both succeed totally on the terms he sets out for himself, and truly challenge the audience to bear witness to something they've never seen on screen before. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 20, 2012
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) If Audiard's mastery of plastic aesthetics makes this all go down a little too easy, that's maybe the point: perception is deceiving. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 18, 2012
73% Paradise: Love (2013) It would be fitting with Seidl's apparent project if Paradise (Love) was, in some sense, a documentary of its own making. But that doesn't make its facile ironies about still-pervasive, post-colonial exploitation and dehumanization any more enlightening ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 18, 2012
87% Polisse (2012) The strange, unsettling juxtapositions, even when mashing up the mawkish and mockery, are full of life. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 15, 2012
57% The Dictator (2012) Even in its manufactured boundary-pushing-a flash of full-frontal Baron Cohen, another scene set partially inside a birth canal-The Dictator never really risks anything. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 15, 2012
40% Tonight You're Mine (2012) The aggressive hipness of the film is queasily dated-it's the cinematic equivalent of the clearance corner at Urban Outfitters. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 8, 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) Really, who cares about another battle? We know how this is going to end. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 1, 2012
75% Sound of My Voice (2012) The bland, jittery visual "realism" can't counteract overheated performances of tin-eared dialogue, which strain for pulp but often land at soap. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 24, 2012
80% Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love) (2012) Goodbye First Love loosely fictionalizes lived experience in order to capture the ineffable-in this case, emotional maturation or, as Sullivan phrases it, "becom[ing] a real person." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 17, 2012
71% Here (2012) The dreamy, feverish beauty of these sequences just barely balances out the pretension of the exposition. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 10, 2012
70% Keyhole (2012) The film is infectiously somnambulant, so convincingly and unrelentingly dreamlike that its sudden end mimics the sensation of snapping awake from deep sleep. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2012
28% We the Party (2012) Van Peebles's heart is probably in the right place, but his attempt to wed his kids' generational moment to a classic coming-of-age template falters in its message-obsessed execution. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2012
50% 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2012) It's both chamber drama and experimental found-footage film, relying heavily on appropriated media to provide context and subtext to its disaster fiction. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 20, 2012