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Lisa Schwarzbaum

Lisa Schwarzbaum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) [Steen] brings a thrilling emotional nakedness and an astringent, unsentimental honesty to the part. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 7, 2016
78% Where to Invade Next (2016) In the more than 25 years since the bracing brashness of Roger & Me, why are Moore's documentary-making skills and aesthetic interests stuck with such an exasperating case of arrested development? ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 24, 2015
91% James White (2015) With the camera close on his expressive face, Abbott finds power in explosions of self-destruction and glimpses of vulnerable soul within the character. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
84% Victoria (2015) A mad, handheld feat of propulsive movie bravado. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2015
93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) A movie of (increasingly rare) truly indie sensibility, made by women who are confident about healthy feminine resilience. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
85% The Wolfpack (2015) Everything about The Wolfpack is extraordinary, beginning with the subjects of Crystal Moselle's mesmerizing documentary. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2015
94% Spy (2015) Feig keeps his Spy machinery cranking so smoothly that nothing said or done feels as outrageous as, in fact, it is. The truth serum Spy drops into our fizzy drinks makes us feel so good that we don't even realize we've been schooled. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) In the way of most Apatow films, Trainwreck is a little too long, a little too shaggy and a little too conservative in insisting that all's square in love and war. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
B- 69% Brothers in Arms (2003) The vets tell the truth, by any reasonable measure, and then the filmmaker stirs the elements as filmmakers always do, whether partisan or neutral. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 5, 2015
B- 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) The movie Fifty Shades of Grey is considerably better written than the book. It is also sort of classy-looking, in a generic, TV-ad-for-bath-oil way. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 10, 2015
A 98% 56 Up (2013) We're now at 56 Up,, and with each passing calendar leap, the experience of watching has only become more soul-stirring. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 1, 2014
75% Kill Your Darlings (2013) Radcliffe - hair permed into Ginsbergy college curls, full of vitality - holds the emotional center as a young artist in art and in life. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 14, 2013
A- 77% The Eel (Unagi) (1998) Quote not available. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 23, 2013
B+ 94% Lore (2013) This striking, slow-building drama ... uses fractured, impressionistic imagery as a mirror of moral dislocation as the children make their way through an unfamiliar landscape. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2013
C 15% A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013) The execution ... is perilously self-absorbed ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2013
C 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) Die Hard 5 leaves room for McClane to make a few jokes about his thinning hair and to rue that he wasn't a better father when his kids were growing up. Oh, boo-hoo. Now go kill some more scumbags. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2013
A 93% No (2013) Explores the power of popular dissent, and the coordinated persuasions of media, marketing, and targeted advertising in shaping the word no to invigorate a populace pessimistically conditioned to think that nothing will ever change for the good. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2013
A 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) A feat - of access and of passionate and appropriately unsettling political commentary. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 6, 2013
B- 19% Identity Thief (2013) Of the many qualities I adore about Melissa McCarthy as a comedian and as a dramatic actor, the best is how fully she gives herself to every character she plays. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 6, 2013
B 80% Warm Bodies (2013) Warm Bodies is a funnier and pleasantly cheaper-grade movie than Twilight that aims to draw in both Bella & Edward lovers and haters. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 3, 2013
C- 41% Parker (2013) The movie is a morals-free procession of bang bang bang! and blood blood blood!, and men slamming each other with blunt objects and slicing each other with blades. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 25, 2013
B+ 94% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) Quote not available. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2013
C No Score Yet Monumental: In Search Of America's National Treasure (2012) Quote not available. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2013
B+ 50% Fairhaven (2013) Personal tenderness combines with a good sense of composition and a naturalistic storytelling style to give a small, familiar premise a nice lilt. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 16, 2013
B+ 78% Hors Satan (Outside Satan) (2013) Dumont's rigorous, serious attention to the mysteries of good, evil, and faith rewards those willing to be confounded. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 16, 2013
B- 27% Struck by Lightning (2013) Some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 9, 2013
B 79% Quartet (2013) Quartet knows just the tune to soothe its mature target audience ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 9, 2013
A 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2013
B+ 81% The Impossible (2012) Say a prayer that The Impossible is the closest that you or I or anyone anywhere will get to the kind of catastrophe that makes this movie so harrowing, riveting -- and uneasily "uplifting." ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 3, 2013
B 70% Not Fade Away (2012) Rock & roll is here to stay. And David Chase gets some well-deserved satisfaction. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 2, 2013
B- 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) Streisand is her own once-in-a-lifetime trip, looking gawjuss with that divine voice and those killer fingernails. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 17, 2012
C+ 62% Jack Reacher (2012) Jack Reacher stumbles around looking for a unifying narrative tone, while the star soldiers on, offering up his generic action-hero stance of calm, opaque concentration. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 14, 2012
C 69% Les Misérables (2012) This fake-opulent Les Miz made me long for guillotines ...‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 12, 2012
B+ 42% Heleno (2012) José Henrique Fonseca's handsome black-and-white, impressionistic bio-drama goes very Raging Bull-ish, to tell a piece of the story of Heleno de Freitas, a Brazilian soccer star with matinee-idol charisma. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 5, 2012
C 45% Save The Date (2012) A basically plotless, made-for-millennials rom-com ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 5, 2012
B 67% California Solo (2012) There's a lovely gravity and specificity to the story that transcends instances of bumpy filmmaking. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 28, 2012
A- 84% The Flat (2012) I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 28, 2012
D 27% Addicted To Fame (2012) [A] hapless, clueless, necrophiliac documentary ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 28, 2012
C 13% Red Dawn (2012) Take that, screaming North Koreans with no agenda! ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 21, 2012
B+ 87% Life of Pi (2012) Everything looks beautiful in Life of Pi. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 21, 2012
B+ 93% The Central Park Five (2012) [A] patient, righteous documentary ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 20, 2012
B 71% Barrymore (2012) Plummer is marvelous, flitting between reminiscence and Shakespearean recitation as a gifted artist aware of his own wretchedness. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 20, 2012
A- 88% Starlet (2012) A strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 20, 2012
B- 63% Anna Karenina (2012) In making the radical artistic choice to tell the story as if it were being enacted by players on a stage, Wright falls passionately in love with his own fanciful artifices. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 15, 2012
B 89% A Royal Affair (2012) The storytelling ... is kind of amazing. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 14, 2012
B- 12% Jack and Diane (2012) Bradley Rust Gray's over-Freuded exercise in semi-horror/gender studies ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2012
B 46% The Details (2012) [A] provocatively acrid adult comedy of lies, deceits, and a touch of murder. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2012
B 78% A Late Quartet (2012) Although the crises are too precious, the performances are treasures, led by Christopher Walken in a surprisingly gentle, soulful key as the group's senior member. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2012
A- 77% The Bay (2012) One hell of a creepy little eco-horror pic. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2012
A 93% Skyfall (2012) Conveys the melancholy of loss, mortality, and future-shock anxiety, while at the same time leaving us plenty of space to enjoy one of the most complexly unhinged villains in Bond history. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 31, 2012