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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
80% 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
No Score Yet 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
76% 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
71% 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
89% 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
82% 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
92% 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
88% 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
72% 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
86% 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
69% 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
90% 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
38% I Love You, Daddy (2017) Comparable to "Manhattan" in its use of black-and-white and the bad character of the men who made the films, "I Love You, Daddy" is an inferior film. But then again, so everything Allen made after "Manhattan".‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
100% Requiem for a Running Back (2017) The film both makes a compelling case for abolishing football as well as explaining why it was so beloved by the players whose brains it was destroying. First-rate.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
100% A Gray State (2017) A story similar to "The Shining" but much scarier because it is true.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
93% Human Flow (2017) A film so necessary when Muslims and other non-Ayran peoples are being demonized by white supremacists like Donald Trump for the crime of trying to flee war and economic disaster.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) A typically mind-boggling tour de force from Miike that echoes both "True Grit" and "The Wolfman". ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
99% Jane (2017) Visually stunning and thought-provoking documentary about Jane Goodall despite questionable attempts to link chimpanzee violence to the warfare of organized capitalist society.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
95% One of Us (2017) Deeply involving story of 3 Hasidic Jews who break away from a sect that provided both support and frustration. My choice for best documentary of 2017.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) A ponderous film that contains the Michael Bay esthetic beneath a thin veneer of faux feminism.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Consistent with the latest generation of these Boulle-based films that started in 2011, it examines the question of who is bestial. Man or ape? It answers the question with an intelligence not often found in Hollywood blockbusters.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
78% Thy Father's Chair (2017) A vivid portrait of the archetypical New York hoarder as well as a glimpse into Brooklyn's insular orthodox community, all the more remarkable given the gentile identity of the directors.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
55% Elizabeth Blue (2017) Unlike "Psycho" or "Shutter Island", a realistic and moving depiction of the life of a schizophrenic. It not only succeeds as drama but as a social statement badly needed to educate a public so used to stigmatizing those who are ill.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
56% Red Trees (2017) Not just a story of survival, it is a statement about the values of a family that were not only considered anathema to the Nazis but to the alt-right of today. In many ways, this is the most powerful anti-fascist film you will see this or any other year.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
100% Company Town (2017) Convincing evidence that the Koch brothers should be put in prison for the rest of their sorry lives. What is the difference between putting arsenic in someone's food or toxins in their water? Not much, actually.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
98% Trophy (2017) Penetrating and complex study of the relationship between trophy hunters, the game they pursue, and a pact with the devil that might protect Africa's endangered species.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
100% The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis) (2017) Existential drama about a one-time radical now settled into a middle-class life-style being summoned to carry out a selfless task that might destroy everything he treasures, including his life.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
75% Mama Africa (2018) Worth watching as a compilation of the great singer's songs but even more worth watching as social history from the heyday of the civil rights movement to Black Power to the end of apartheid.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
No Score Yet The Shopkeeper (2016) This loving tribute to a saintly Austin recording studio owner is also a searing examination of the dubious benefits of streaming services like Spotify. ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
100% California Typewriter (2017) A fantastically entertaining movie even if you--unlike me--never had the pleasure (and frustration) of using a manual typewriter. ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
97% Whose Streets? (2017) Sensitive study of the activists in Ferguson who helped launch an urgently needed new civil rights movement, especially with a racist President determined to permit cops to kill with impunity.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
81% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) Brilliant synthesis of film noir and political analysis of the fetid core of Egyptian bourgeois society.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017