M. Faust

M. Faust
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
M. Faust has reviewed movies for the books Video Movie Guide, The Motion Picture Guide, Movies on TV and Videocassette, The Complete Guide to Videocasette Movies, The Movie Guide, and the Virgin Film Guide; for the magazines Video Digest and Video; online for FamilyWonder.com, and for the Buffalo News and Niagara Falls Gazette. He is presently the film critic for ArtVoice in Buffalo NY.
Location: Buffalo, NY

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 89% Love & Debt (2019) That the script by first-timer Dylan Otto seeks as much sympathy for a debt collector as for the family facing being crushed by that debt is the key to this slice-of-life tale. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3/5 76% In Bright Axiom (2019) This documentary about a faux secret society examines a fascinating subject with an uncertain approach. Director Spencer McCall succeeds in capturing our interest, but leaves us wanting more than he delivers - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
6/10 100% Chameleon (2019) Marcus Mizelle's independent crime drama is a masterpiece of concision that eventually cuts a little too close to the bone. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
7/10 100% The Third Strike (2020) The passion of attorney MiAngel Cody and her team is inspiring, and tearful scenes of reunited families bring a positive note to what could otherwise have been a depressing viewing experience. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
5.5/10 68% Human Capital (2020) [Though] it doesn't strike the nerve it should have, Human Capital features strong work from an exceptional cast, especially Schreiber, Tomei and Sarsgaard. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
6/10 48% Greed (2020) An "eat the rich" comedy and a docudrama about the fast fashion industry is a lot to cram into one movie, and you can't help but feel that Michael Winterbottom might have found a better vehicle to express his anger (but give it credit for trying). - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
6/10 100% The Island of Cats (2019) If you're a viewer who needs dramatic resolution, you're not going to get much from this gentle story. It's as contemplative as an Ozu movie, albeit one which takes regular breaks to watch cats doing whatever it is they do with their time. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
6/10 56% Love is Not Love (2020) As often compelling as it is exasperating, the directorial debut of Stephen Keep Mills is a bit less than the sum of its parts. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
8/10 79% Buffaloed (2020) It's a blue collar movie that isn't going to make anyone want to move here, but I'm fine with that: take us as we are or leave us alone. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
6/10 46% Night Sweats (2019) Debuting director Andrew Lyman-Clarke and his co-writer Seth Panman hit a lot of the right marks with their Cronenberg-ish venereal horror thriller. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
72% The Aeronauts (2019) There is visual panache that made me feel at all times as if I was in this gas-powered balloon floating miles above the ground. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) Veracity aside, The Irishman is Scorsese at the peak of his powers. It's not a minute too long at three hours and 20 minutes... - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) The acting and the cinematic panache are enough to repay your ticket cost, but I was left thinking I would have learned more from a good New Yorker article on the same topic. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
93% Anya (2019) Science fiction with an emphasis on the science - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
82% Official Secrets (2019) Even though the story ends somewhat anticlimactically, it maintains a slow burn of outrage right to the very end. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
98% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) A Miracle of Miracles examines both the development of the much loved "dark musical" and its enduring popularity for audiences all around the world. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
60% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) Piranhas plays more like a teen drama in which organized crime is a backdrop. Director Claudio Giovannesi uses a fluid camera to track this mini-gang, holding us to their perspective. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
45% After the Wedding (2019) It would have gone down better, had the film been honest about what it was up to right from the beginning rather than trying to hide its intentions behind a veneer of social responsibility. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale treated me like a moral cretin who could only learn through the harshest distillation of human misery. I have better ways to spend my time. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) It's not big on belly laughs, but its genial illustration of the belief that all of these people are more similar than they are different makes it a most pleasant way to spend 100 minutes. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
84% Dogman (2019) Garrone originally wanted Roberto Benigni for this role, for his ability to combine humor with pathos; the unschooled Fonte is able to provide those same qualities without the hysterical mugging Benigni often slips into. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) Wang does solid work in providing a range of characters to embody different aspects of the emigrant experience, and looks at the differences between those who left and those who stayed behind in unexpected ways. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Hopefully the flashy result will encourage at least some young cineastes to look at more of Guy-Blaché's work. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
90% Echo In the Canyon (2019) As infectiously fun as it is to watch musicians talking about music they love by other bands, you can't help but wish that they would explore that love in a little more depth. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) What would the world be like today if The Beatles had never existed? Spend a few moments musing on that. If you do, I guarantee that you'll come up with something more interesting than anything in [Yesterday]. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) An entertaining and informative look at what it takes to build and maintain a successful small farm, giving ample evidence that small farms are the only truly sustainable ones. And it does so without any lectures on what you should and shouldn't eat. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) It's a powerful enough viewing experience, but it doesn't leave you with much hope for what to do about injustice. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
88% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) The name of Gordon Ramsey is invoked at least once, and you know he would approve of the movie's attitude toward cross-pollination of cuisines. You will learn more about Singaporean street food than ramen... - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) I was left wondering why this engaging character's life had to be understood only in the context of the man who is unworthy of her. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
94% Transit (2019) Rarely does a film engage both head and heart as fervently as Transit - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
No Score Yet Meme (2019) A fascinating independent feature. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) For what it is, it's flawless. But that's not to say that I'm recommending that you go to see it. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) [Steve] Young is a genial enough guide, and [Dava] Whisenant illustrates the history of his quest with rare clips - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
90% Arctic (2019) The ending is a disappointment, so arbitrary that it seems to come simply because the film has gone on for as long as [director Joe] Penna cared for it to last. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
77% Never Look Away (2019) Abstract as some of its themes are, Never Look Away is an absorbing story that seldom drags despite its length. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) Unfortunately, that destination was a disappointment. But that's not to say that I didn't largely enjoy the ride provided by writer-director Steven Knight. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) While the plot, in which the old case is brought back to life by the re-emergence of a villain involved in it, has a nice twist at the end, that doesn't make up for the fact that the story otherwise doesn't make a whole lot of sense. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) [Director Pawel] Pawlikowski movies history along with great economy and visual panache. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda elicits poignant performances from everyone in his ensemble, chose to accentuate the positive rather than dwell on the hardships. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
92% Stan & Ollie (2019) As well as bringing their individual characters to life, Coogan and Reilly lovingly recreate Laurel and Hardy's signature routines. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
82% Ben is Back (2018) The pacing is the key element here by which the film engages our sympathies for these characters without sinking into melodrama - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) It is a film about soldiers, and one of the best ever made on the subject. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) It's not a great movie, not by a long shot, but there's great stuff in it from an American filmmaker who is still full of ambition and surprises. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
56% Swimming with Men (2018) The film manages to send you off smiling after an endearing post script... - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
91% Maria By Callas (2018) If you're not already a fan, though, you won't find much here to draw you in... - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
74% The Mercy (2018) If you're tempted to see this well-acted but dour drama, you might best be advised to read up on Crowhurst first: you still may not like it, but at least you'll better be able to appreciate the kind of movie that director James Marsh has made. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is a film that will be admired more than loved, but there's nothing at all wrong with that. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
60% The Front Runner (2018) [Jackman] captures the self-confidence bordering on arrogance that blinded Hart to the precariousness of his position... - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
86% What They Had (2018) It's heartfelt, and generally thoughtful, but nonetheless awfully familiar. But that hardly matters when you have a cast like this. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The moment that will be McCarthy's Oscar clip (there's no doubt she'll get a nomination) comes when she stands before a judge and manages to be both contrite and yet triumphant... - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018