Keva York

Keva York
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T-Meter Title | Year
96% First Cow (2020) First Cow is a characteristically soft-spoken, closely observed story of male friendship found in the Oregonian wilderness of 1820 -- a friendship fed on the milk of the titular beast, pilfered in the name of a small business scheme. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) What Shaka King offers is instead a timely reminder, written in the slick, bold font of a major studio production, that racism is systemic, and it goes all the way to the top -- and, crucially, that it feeds on the underdeveloped political consciousness. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
48% The Witches (2020) This Witches tinkers with the mythology of the book to little effect. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
83% Mank (2020) Part of Kane's magic, however, is its fractured perspective... In Mank, the only vision we're offered is its namesake's own. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) What Hittman lays bare in Never Rarely, however, is a system that's nonetheless terribly difficult, and often demeaning, to navigate; one marked by dead ends and blind corners -- and how many of those might harbour a grossly entitled man? - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) If the results this time around are less dazzling than Being John Malkovich, less poignant than Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there's still plenty to unpack. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
88% The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul) (2019) Despite the film's strong -- some would say heavy-handed -- emphasis on those injustices that are particular to women, its messaging proves somewhat mixed. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
93% Babyteeth (2020) A beautifully observed little film flush with messy humanity. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Peppered with zany touches that irk more often than they delight, the film lacks the wily spark that infuses Linklater's best work. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The Personal History of David Copperfield is a sprightly and theatrical adaptation that serves up an ensemble of kooky characters better equipped to entertain... - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) A reassuring statement only in the cruellest sense. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) With overseas jaunts tipped to remain verboten for some time to come, the fourth and purportedly final instalment of Michael Winterbottom's tragi-comic culinary travelogue series comes with an extra helping of poignance. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
100% Honeyland (2019) Poignant and beautifully observed. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
94% Honey Boy (2019) Coming from a star often labelled as surly and inscrutable, the film is a surprisingly heartfelt enterprise, rendered with the kind of knowing, patient care LaBeouf wishes his father had been able to show him in his youth. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
88% Les Misérables (2020) Without holding one of these filmmakers over the other, what distinguishes Al-Kateab's film from those of Fayyad is a matter of form: For Sama is in essence a diary, a series of home movies... - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
91% Uncut Gems (2019) Equal parts infuriating and exhilarating, Uncut Gems is an accomplished piece of high-anxiety cinema from a pair of filmmakers with a clear knack for the form, a sense of their own, deeply felt excitement emanating from the frame. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The end result is nothing short of a therapeutic experience, and I will happily admit that it caused tears to well in the eyes of even this oft-cynical writer. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell's conceit is admirable, to be sure, though unfortunately the finished product too often feels like a big-budget corporate training video. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) A near-incoherent ensemble piece that squanders an enviable cast, it's the latest in a long line of films to take aim at Ned Kelly, only to glance off his armour, barely leaving a mark. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
19% Cats (2019) If I should stoop to suggesting that the film is indeed a cat-astrophe, you can be assured that that's a better cat pun than any of those actually in the darn thing (and there are a bunch). - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) Rather than uncritically promoting some string theory of "girl power", Hustlers asks to be understood as the complement of Wolf of Wall Street and other such tales of corporate corruption. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
87% Animals (2019) Buoyed by Unsworth's often-snappy dialogue, it's a film that exudes genuine warmth, even as it grapples with the realities of growing up and growing apart, and the ugly anxieties that come with being a modern, middle-class woman no longer in her twenties. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) If The Nightingale falls short of its lofty ideals, that doesn't stymie its significance as an affecting cinematic reckoning with the unremitting ugliness of Australia's colonial history. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino seems more interested in showing off his lead actors -- who take clear delight in hamming it up for him -- and his loving recreation of Los Angeles landmarks (like Musso & Frank's and El Coyote) than he is in building dramatic tension. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) That screenwriters Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah crafted a female lead with presidential goals seems like an unsubtle attempt to make the film girl boss-friendly. But hey, for the most part, it works. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
65% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) More than just a cinematic joyride, however, Gilliam is offering a commentary on the exploitative nature of filmmaking; a critique of Hollywood as colonising force. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
No Score Yet Alvin's Harmonious World Of Opposites (2015) The debut feature from Sydney independent filmmaker Platon Theodoris is a precisely executed character study with a comic and darkly fantastical bent. - RealTime EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
81% The Founder (2017) With Donald Trump the President-elect of the United States, The Founder acquires new and tragic relevance as a parable for these uncertain times. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
79% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) The Lovers and the Despot is undoubtedly a gripping and moving piece, its story of the bizarre love triangle between the dictator, the famous couple, and the cinema an astounding chapter in North Korean lore. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
81% Cosmos (2016) Cosmos is a masterful, if at times exasperating, exploration of the concomitant fertility and futility in textual worlds. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
84% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) If you're looking for insight into this fiercely uncompromising artist, maybe train your unblinking eyes on his art instead. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
83% Kiki (2017) There is a bittersweet quality to Kiki, with the strength and beauty of those in the scene always offset by the ignorance or fear of those outside it. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) The resultant film is an exhilarating, fascinating, and somewhat terrifying meditation on the consequences of connection. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
78% The Challenge (2017) The film is meditative rather than informative; it is an aesthetic rather than explicitly critical exercise. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
90% Rat Film (2017) Zigzagging between historical, scientific and philosophical modes, between archival materials, clunky computer-game imagery and interviews with locals, Rat Film shows Baltimore to be a city divided along racial and economic lines. - The Monthly (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
89% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Tonal ups and downs aside, Buster Scruggs is an unsettling film, not least because the characters in it are themselves unsettled... all of them are caught up in some kind of relentless, repetitive journey. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) [Director Desiree] Akhavan has delivered another smart, sensitive film about a queer protagonist - although one best suited to a slightly younger audience than Appropriate Behaviour. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Although it's not without laughs, and not without thrills, The Spy Who Dumped Me is, in the end, an uneven and underwhelming Euro-trip. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
93% RBG (2018) Affectionate but respectful in tone, West and Cohen's documentary is timely as a celebration of Justice Ginsburg's accomplishments. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
39% Mary Shelley (2018) Mary Shelley wants for a proper injection of Gothicism - a little less Jane Austen, a little more Ken Russell, if you will. As it stands, the sensational source material fails to scintillate as it should. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It's a shame that Bohemian Rhapsody evinces a formal and moral conservatism so at odds with its gender-bending, boundary-pushing, larger-than-life subject. Even without the sex and drugs, however, at least there's still plenty of rock'n'roll. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite may be his first period piece, but the royal court of early 18th century Britain proves suitable stomping ground for Lanthimos. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
99% Eighth Grade (2018) A recent graduate of eighth grade herself, [Elsie] Fisher gives a performance that is bracing in its honesty. - ABC News (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
96% The Green Fog (2018) The directors of The Green Fog offer a deliberately sketchy impression of Hitchcock's film; playful and expressionistic rather than strictly mimetic. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
Recommended 91% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) Lynch's elliptical story-telling mode lends the film a hypnotic quality, his measured voiceover complemented by a liberal use of slow-motion. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
Strongly Not Recommended 30% Passengers (2016) A dumb, poorly written piece of CGI spectacle, the eye candy on display sullied by the sexism that riddles its minimal plot. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
Recommended 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One slots satisfyingly into the canon, pushing the franchise in a slightly more edgy, contemporary direction without causing a disturbance in the Force. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016