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Manohla Dargis

Manohla Dargis
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Sliding into theaters on a river of slime and an endless supply of good vibes, the new, cheerfully silly "Ghostbusters" is that rarest of big-studio offerings - a movie that is a lot of enjoyable, disposable fun.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Two idiots need dates; they get them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
83% Captain Fantastic (2016) Mr. Mortensen, whose intensity has the sting of possession, has a way of making you believe his characters can do whatever they set their minds to: fly, leap over buildings, save the world.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Has loads of twists and all the ritualistic pessimism you expect, but none of the political and moral outrage that might have elevated this genre story into a le Carré one.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) What makes it more enjoyable than other recycled stories of this type is that the filmmakers have given Tarzan a thoughtful, imperfect makeover.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) The results are predictably predictable if rarely entertainingly risible, with swaths of exposition and dialogue that sounds like ads ("one people, one world").‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
22% The Duel (2016) "The Duel" has a few ideas and a glint of politics but is largely characterized by its perplexing shifts in tone and unpersuasive story turns.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" takes a troika of familiar story types - the plucky kid, the crusty geezer, the nurturing bosom - and strips them of cliché.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
95% Tickled (2016) A terrifically entertaining documentary about a strange, murky corner of the adult tickling world.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) It soon starts to feel like self-promotion.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
65% Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) (2016) It has little bite and not nearly enough laughs or thought.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) Jones ... against the odds, has mined a watchable movie out of an entertainment franchise that started with a video game and now includes novels, comics and assorted schlock (toys, costumes, a mah-jongg set).‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
98% The Fits (2016) A singular first feature from the young director Anna Rose Holmer, who's made a movie that can feel like a memory.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Mr. Guadagnino excels at creating lifestyle pornography of an especially rarefied kind, although in classic European style, he gilds the pleasure with some political guilt.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
70% Sin Alas (2015) Mr. Chace does his finest work with Mr. Padrón, and together director and actor create a portrayal of a man who, even as he's stirred to action, seems increasingly burdened by his sentimental education.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
79% The Family Fang (2016) Mr. Bateman's direction of the actors is especially sensitive in this and other tricky scenes, showing a delicacy with emotional textures that isn't always matched by the story.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
100% Los Sures (2016) White Adidas kicks, boomboxes, break dancing - the 1984 documentary Los Sures is an eye-popping New York time capsule.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
76% Keanu (2016) As the genre machinery chugs along, the bang-bang begins to overwhelm the movie, and the underlying critique gives way to a what-me-worry shrug.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
84% The Meddler (2016) "The Meddler" is agreeably (unusually) optimistic about human relationships, despite the melancholy edging its comedy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) Despite Mr. Shannon and Mr. Spacey, who appear to be having a fine time working off each other, the meeting is anticlimactic. It's also too short and straight.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) Mr. Brizé transforms one individual's story into a social tragedy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) Studios are in the recycling business, and while this "The Jungle Book" is lightly diverting, it is also disappointing, partly because it feels like a pumped-up version of Disney's 1967 animated film, with more action and less sweetness.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
89% The Invitation (2016) If the movie works as well as it does, it's because Ms. Kusama can coax scares from shadows, silences and ricocheting looks.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) Sometimes it's pleasurable enough just watching the most unlikely American comedy star since Bill Murray slip into a groove.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) There's no real fight in Applause, though there is indisputably a great deal of acting.‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) Purists may howl, but they'll also miss the pleasure and point of this playfully impressionistic movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
89% No Home Movie (2016) If you let it, "No Home Movie" invites you in first with its intimacy and then its deep feeling.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
20% I Saw the Light (2016) An old-fashioned, hand-tinted postcard that's as inert as it is pretty.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
72% Valley Of Love (2016) This movie is finally only about Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, and that's enough.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) The story is straightforward; the telling, less so.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
97% Krisha (2016) Few movies bore into a character's head as deeply as "Krisha," and with such uncompromising ferocity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) While there may be comedy gold in an elephant's vagina, Mr. Cohen fails to find it here.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "Hello, My Name Is Doris" ... uses this funny, outwardly ridiculous character to tell a simple story about a love that rarely speaks its name, including in movies: that of an older woman for a much younger man.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) The filmmakers (the script is by John Kare Raake and Harald Rosenlow Eeg) cook up the sort of unpleasantness that turns the better disaster pictures, like this one, into nail-biters.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
90% Emelie (2016) Mr. Thelin plays with genre clichés without upending them, and the results are more creepy than scary, with shivers that are primarily generated by the sight of threatened children ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
53% Triple 9 (2016) One of those productions in which much of the creative energy has been funneled into gaudily inventive displays of violence.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) I enjoyed "Gods of Egypt" despite the lazily generic non-story, the dubious Eurocentric casting and (intentionally?) unconvincing effects that make you wonder (another imponderable) why they didn't just make this an animated picture.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) With a gentle rap-rapping, Mr. Eggers intensifies the shivers with art-film moves, genre shocks and an excellent cast that includes a progressively rowdy menagerie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
89% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) Few filmmakers working today look as deeply at the changing world as Mr. Jia does, or make the human stakes as vivid.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) The filmmakers do a lot of winking and rib poking; they sell "Deadpool" so hard that you might wonder if Marvel has started to pay on commission.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Both pride and prejudice still play their parts, but now in service to one tediously repeated joke: the sight of a gentleman or a lady, together or alone, playing cards or ballroom dancing, fatally swarmed by devouring zombies.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) If this were anyone other than the Coens you might think that success and a couple of Oscars had mellowed them. Not likely. "Hail, Caesar!" is one of those diversions that they turn out in between masterworks and duds.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
32% Mojave (2016) Does it add up? Not really, but it passes the time nicely, working best when Mr. Monahan keeps it vague and off-kilter as his characters roam among the Hollywood ghosts.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
44% Synchronicity (2016) "Synchronicity," a low-budget misfire about time and love, could use some exploding heads, dialogue and ideas.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
72% A Perfect Day (2016) There's not much of a story, which wouldn't be bad if there was something other than blasts of music filling the longueurs.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) The movie is a pummeling slog - 45 minutes of setup and an eternity of relentless combat.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
83% Lamb (2016) In the novel, Lamb is a fantasist who uses Tommie as a blank (pure) slate on which to write a new life story. Mr. Partridge never figures out how to complicate his version and its voices, or maybe doesn't want to.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
93% Anomalisa (2015) While "Anomalisa" is filled with uncomfortably, at times sourly humorous moments, it's also a horror movie about the agonizing, banal surrealism of everyday life.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
60% Concussion (2015) While "Concussion" has some fine things going for it, notably science and Will Smith, it lacks the exciting, committed filmmaking that rises to the level of its outrageous topic.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2015
81% The Revenant (2015) It features a battalion of very fine, hardworking actors, none more diligently committed than Mr. DiCaprio, and some of the most beautiful natural tableaus you're likely to see in a movie this year.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015