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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Silence of Others (2018) Imagine going to Germany and seeing that there were still statues of Hitler. That was what Spaniards faced after the death of Franco. The film documents the need to bring his torturers to justice.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
No Score Yet The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018) A pacifist film urgently needed in light of the ongoing and senseless war in Ukraine. It is also a film about childhood as moving as "The Florida Project".‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
100% Naila and the Uprising (2017) In light of Israel's depraved indifference to Palestinian life in the border with Gaza recently, this film is not only timely but powerful cinema.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
40% The Last Witness (2018) A reminder of how England helped to suppress reports about Stalin's murder of 22,000 Poles in 1940 when it was politically expedient.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
96% First Reformed (2018) A visionary film about the most urgent question facing humanity: ecological ruin. Schrader has made the greatest American film of the decade.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
91% Angels Wear White (2018) A striking resemblance to "The Florida Project" for its motel locale, its class consciousness and above all its cinematic mastery.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
No Score Yet American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs (2018) A timely documentary for the period we are living in now: a new gilded age.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
No Score Yet Stranger Fruit (2017) A documentary that proves that Michael Brown was the victim of a lynching but by someone in a blue uniform rather than a hood.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
100% The Judge (2018) A valuable insight into Palestinian society and a great antidote to Islamophobic hysteria over sharia law.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
95% Sweet Country (2018) A visually striking film undone by its obsequious indigenous characters. Australia needs a film about native resistance. This, unfortunately, is not one.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
100% The Heart of Nuba (2018) A most down-to-earth saint presented in the most refreshingly candid manner.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
86% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) Emotionally draining tale of two Jewish boys forced to hide their identity in Vichy France. Although conventional in cinematic terms, its succeeds through its story-telling.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
87% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) Brilliant work from a director who makes great political films. "The Workshop" features a character who has an affinity with Camus's Meursault, the murderous anti-hero of "The Stranger", and a disturbing similarity to most French youth today. ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
92% Journey's End (2018) A necessary antidote to the patriotic gore of "Dunkirk".‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
58% Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free (2018) Supremely intelligent biopic about the iconic feminist who held Nietzsche at arm's length but finally took to Rilke, 15 years her junior.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
80% Our Blood Is Wine (2018) A great introduction to Georgian culture that is as rich and a beautiful as the country itself. Notwithstanding Stalinism and post-Stalinist economic malaise, the nation lives.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
97% Life Itself (2014) A celebration of the life of the most important film critic of the past 50 years, a man of the people as well as a film connoisseur. ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
No Score Yet Garbage in the Garden of Eden (Müll im Garten Eden) (2013) Like fellow German Werner Herzog, Fatih Akin is as adept in documentary film as narrative. Also, like Herzog, he a humanist. This film pits the salt of the earth against a bureaucratic environmental nightmare in a small town where his ancestors lived. ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
No Score Yet A Sniper's War (2018) The young director of this documentary did not allow her politics to color her altogether stunning portrait of a Serb who volunteered his lethal skills for the problematic Donetsk Republic.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
57% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) If you are a political person concerned about economic inequality and ecological ruin, this film is a must. Forget about the bumbling critics who panned this film. They deserve Adam Sandler.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
95% Tehran Taboo (2018) Brilliant use of animation to put the spotlight on Iran's social contradictions using film noir conventions adroitly. Not to be missed.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
No Score Yet Gurumbe. Afro-Andalusian Memories (Gurumbé. Canciones de tu memoria neg (2016) This is a brilliant combination of ethnomusicology and history enhanced by superlative performances. ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
100% Pow Wow (2016) A critical look at Palm Springs. Beneath the glitz is a cautionary tale about environmental despoliation and genocide against native peoples.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
80% Bitter Money (Ku Qian) (2016) The latest in a series of documentaries taking up the cause of Chinese workers that incorporates the socialist outlook that the state has abandoned even as it continues to pay lip-service to Karl Marx.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
92% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) An elegiac look back at 1968 when students challenged the status quo across the planet and a reminder of how much we have lost since the return to bourgeois normalcy.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
100% Act & Punishment (2018) Deeply informed documentary that puts Pussy Riot into the context of the Russian avant-garde that is rooted in "Actionism".‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
77% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) In a period where nuclear holocaust is threatened over North Korea, a nuanced film such as this is essential.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
82% Entertainment (2015) Rick Alverson's breakthrough film about a bitter, aging stand-up comedian who is a character that Nathaniel West might have conceived.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
47% The Comedy (2012) A searing study of an aging hipster who encapsulates the misanthropy popular culture's notion of what it means to be funny.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
50% New Jerusalem (2012) Deep insights into what Marx called "the opiate of the people" from America's most interesting indie director.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
No Score Yet The Builder (2010) Debut film of America's most interesting indie filmmaker that zeroes in on the dashed hopes of an Irish immigrant.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
69% Beuys (2018) Arguably the most politically engaged artist of the post-WWII period, Beuys is well-served by this documentary.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
90% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Rotten much more for the politics than for the narrative skill. I'd advise waiting for it to show up on HBO, especially if you understand civil war in terms of social conflict rather than as a Hatfield-McCoy feud.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
97% Félicité (2017) A neo-realist tale with a soupcon of magical realism that is totally irresistible.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
98% In Between (2018) A beautiful and inspiring film that shows how the struggle against patriarchy is taking place everywhere.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
No Score Yet Trumping Democracy (2017) Forget about Russian interference. The real culprit was a reclusive rightwing billionaire named Robert Mercer who is to Donald Trump that Howard Hughes was to Nixon.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
84% The Square (2017) Brilliant satire on the art world focused on the pretentious, Whitney Museum milieu in Sweden. A morality tale mixed with sketches that put SNL to shame. ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2017
93% The Squid and the Whale (2005) Noah Baumbach's spleen is directed at the second-rate pretending that they are first-rate. This is called "punching down" and in line with America's degraded values.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Noah Baumbach's spleen is directed at the second-rate pretending that they are first-rate. This is called "punching down" and in line with America's degraded values.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
73% Hostiles (2018) A film ignorant of Indian history and filled with laughably improbable reconciliations.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) A ponderous policier that posits white saviors of native peoples for the umpteenth time. Except for the landscape photography, utterly forgettable.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
87% The Post (2018) Surprisingly willing to confront the incestuous ties between the Washington Post's executives and the national security state.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
75% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Film has an urgent mission given the rise of the neo-Nazi AfD in Germany. It is also dramatically compelling and deserving of a much higher rating here.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) Except for the make-up job on Oldman, not much to write home about--least of all the idea that Churchill was defending "Western Civilization" against the brutes. Tell that to the Indians and Kenyans.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) Artistically disjointed and historically unfactual, just the latest in a series of vastly overrated Christopher Nolan films.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
No Score Yet Sins of the Flesh (2016) Outstanding both as neo-film noir and as penetrating examination of class relations in Egypt that help explain the continuation of capitalist oligarchic rule.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
68% Happy End (2017) A penetrating study of the dry rot at the heart of capitalist society. Haneke at his best.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Kaurismaki continues to make the case for immigrants using his characteristically deadpan humor. Superb.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
No Score Yet The Mighty Atom (2017) Mesmerizing tale of a professional strongman as well as a fascinating examination of the powers of the mind as well as the body.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) Ms. Wells is 10 times funnier and smarter than Louis CK. Her film is a reminder of what a crime sexism is. It not only harms women, it prevents the real cream from rising to the surface.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017