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
82% 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
96% 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
75% 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
89% 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
19% 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
74% 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
93% 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
81% 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
100% 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
75% 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
59% 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
87% 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
91% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) You're likely to be surprised at how much of a factor it has been in shaping our popular music, from blues and jazz through rock and roll and up to hip-hop. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
80% Chasing the Blues (2018) A moderately pleasant movie that you keep wishing had a bigger budget and one more script re-write to develop more of its potential. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
87% Colette (2018) The film is less about Colette in particular than it is about this unusual relationship of a dozen years, during which the traditional understandings of marriage were sundered on all sides. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
66% Lizzie (2018) While [Sevigny's] performance is subtle, the story is anything but, hewing for the most part to known facts but filling them in with speculative details that make Lizzie a heroine for the modern era. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
86% The Wife (2018) What's left is an uninvolving movie about characters that, despite the considerable abilities of the two stars, I found it impossible to care about. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
93% Wanda (1971) It's not without it's rough edges, but it's well worth seeing, and wondering what might have been had Barbara Loden made more films. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
98% Pick of the Litter (2018) Aside from more music than is necessary, Pick of the Litter eschews the schmaltzy, trusting the material to speak for itself. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
61% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) Thierry's stoic performance and Finkiel's evocation of atmosphere envelop the viewer in a fever dream of dread. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Juliet, Naked doesn't have much of value to say about contemporary relationships, at least nothing that Hornby hasn't already worked to death, but it's generally good-humored. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
56% The Bookshop (2018) No film that stars Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and Patricia Clarkson could be counted as unwatchable, but this one has to go down as a dreary disappointment. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) Part ghost story (or maybe not), part dissection of the British class system, The Little Stranger envelops you in gloom in the model of great Gothic tales - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
83% Puzzle (2018) That Puzzle comes across as sincere but overdetermined may be the fault of its director, Marc Turtletaub...Puzzle certainly isn't a bad movie. It's mostly disappointing because it seems that it should be better than it is. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman shows that entertainment and education do not have to part company in the hands of a skilled filmmaker. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's great that commercial films are being made to appeal directly to groups that have previously been relegated to Hollywood's sidelines, but I can't get excited that they're being marketed the same generic crap as the rest of us. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) The nexus between [McQueen's] work and the personal demons that led him to commit suicide at the age of 40 aren't always clear, but they make for consistently vivid cinema. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
98% The Cakemaker (2018) The Cakemaker is a movie of subtle, melancholy pleasures. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) This is clearly one of van Sant's mainstream projects, though not without a certain amount of directorial flair. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) With an eye on what brings audiences in to see a documentary these days, director Tim Wardle has carefully fashioned his material with the structure of a thriller-at least, as best he could. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) The movie's steady pacing and first-rate acting keep us interested through a running time of close to two hours... - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
97% Yellow Submarine (1968) It's hard not to overstate the role of Yellow Submarine in the growth of animated film, even if it took many of those whom it influenced a few decades to start producing their own work. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Nick Offerman brings his bearish charm to a leading role...It's not a great film, but it's pretty irresistible. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) Most poignant for me was the fact that what troubles them the most is an incident of violence that would barely even be noticed in a fictional movie about such a "heist." - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) [It] includes both concert footage and an examination of the private woman behind the flamboyant stage performer. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
70% Adrift (2018) The way the story plays out is not inaccurate, but it is misleading, and hampers the effect you would think a story like this would most want to provide. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
67% On Chesil Beach (2018) That this likeable young couple won't be able to get past their problem will not come as a surprise to fans of McEwan, though the way that he and director Dominic Cooke present it evokes our empathy. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is undeniably scary and unusually well-crafted, but eventually less than the sum of its parts. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
92% Beast (2018) [Jessie Buckley's] increasingly unhinged performance is reason enough to see the film, as is the assured direction of newcomer Michael Pearce, even if his skills as a writer are less obvious. - The Public (Buffalo) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018