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Manohla Dargis

Manohla Dargis
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) A lot of shenanigans, detours and filler, some bad, some good and all of it disposable.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
94% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) A sometimes illuminating, often slapdash and frustrating affair ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" certainly has its attractions, but most of them are visual rather than narrative.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
80% Casting JonBenét (2017) This is somewhat interesting for 30 or so minutes but grows grindingly obvious as we're reminded again and again that people have feelings and opinions, some dubious.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" deepens quietly. This is Mr. Kuosmanen's first feature (he has directed a few shorts), and if he had any rookie jitters you wouldn't know it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
88% The Lost City of Z (2017) As Fawcett presses on, walking and sailing through dense shadow, streaming light and canopies of variegated green, the natural world comes fantastically alive with strange animal cries, stirring trees, roiling fog and frighteningly violent eddies.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Zoom, crash, repeat with squealing, burning and flaming tires - it's all predictably absurd and self-mocking, and often a giggle when not a total yawn.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
87% Their Finest (2017) Love and laughter flow so naturally in "Their Finest" that it is almost (almost) easy to forget there's a war on.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) It's thoroughly charming and gently comic and, if Mr. Shinkai finally plays it safe about what it means for an adolescent boy and girl to trade bodies and lightly toy with gender, he complicates the story in other ways.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) [A] visually cluttered yet often disappointingly drab movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
45% Song to Song (2017) "Song to Song" continually flits - like the butterfly seen in one fleeting shot - from theme to theme, from love (always love) to fidelity, betrayal, identity, art, freedom, captivity, forgiveness and mercy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
37% Brimstone (2017) The carnage pushes you away (and wears you down), even as the genre, industrious cast, beautiful landscapes and stark, often striking visuals pull you in.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) "Skull Island" is adept at goosing you; it deploys action-movie feints and horror-film frights capably amid its clichés and deaths. Every so often it also pauses and allows Kong and Mason to move you.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
34% The Last Word (2017) There's some scathing satirical potential in this setup - the privileged white doyenne exploiting black poverty - but that would require backbone, edge and honesty, none of which this movie finally has.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
92% Logan (2017) "Logan" is good enough that you might forget it's a comic-book movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Part of what makes "Get Out" both exciting and genuinely unsettling is how real life keeps asserting itself, scene after scene.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
No Score Yet Les Hautes Solitudes (1974) Few films elicit as many satisfyingly divergent responses as "Les Hautes Solitudes."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
69% American Fable (2017) A movie that spirals into nonsense.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) The whole thing plays out as if it had been thought up by someone who, while watching "Game of Thrones" and smoking a bowl, started riffing on walls, China and production money.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The all-media screening of "Fifty Shades Darker" I attended had scarcely begun before it turned into a live edition of the TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) As far as commercials go, "The Lego Batman Movie" is just swell.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
57% War on Everyone (2017) Mr. McDonagh's palette and spleen remain mostly intact, but here he's neglected to include a story or point.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
25% The Comedian (2017) Is it too much to want someone to bring the funny in a movie about a comic?‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
100% The Sunshine Makers (2017) Even if you never shake the feeling that there's more to this story, more darkness and scares, there's no question that hanging out with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn on acid has its appeal.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
84% The Founder (2017) Ray remains an unanswered, not especially compelling, question, but Mr. Keaton comes close to making you believe there's soul to go with the fries and freneticism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
57% Claire in Motion (2017) Ms. Robinson and Ms. Howell have kitted out their movie handsomely, but there's not enough story here or enough anything else, namely a persuasive psychological portrait of Claire, to make up for that lack.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
No Score Yet German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (Memory of the Camps) (2017) At once a document and a denunciation, the film builds its case rapidly and unblinkingly.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) Love and loss go hand in hand in "20th Century Women," a funny, emotionally piercing story about a teenager and the women who raise him.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
95% Paterson (2016) Mr. Jarmusch creates that rarest portrait of the artist: the one who's happy being hard at work.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
34% Live By Night (2017) Mr. Affleck handles the busy narrative without finding its hook, but his biggest problem is that he's fallen for his leading man.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
85% Silence (2017) There's a crushing lack of urgency to this story and its telling, perhaps because it took Mr. Scorsese, who wrote the script with Jay Cocks, so long to make "Silence."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
80% Barry (2016) A satisfying slice of neo-Americana ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The five stages of grief sometimes seem applicable to movie reviewing, except that I usually skip denial, rarely get around to acceptance and generally just settle into anger, which is where I am with "Collateral Beauty."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
66% Frank & Lola (2016) The story Mr. Ross has come up with suggests that he wants to say something about desire and jealousy, but he hasn't given Frank enough of an inner life to make the character's transformation from a besotted lover into a distrustful one plausible.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) In some roles, Ms. Portman stiffens up and never seems to get out of her head; in "Jackie" this works as a character trait.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) For the most part, Mr. Ma just pulls you along, keeping you close to Lao Shi with focused storytelling and agitated camerawork, creating a sense of intimacy that can border on the claustrophobic.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) There's much to admire in "Nocturnal Animals," including Mr. Ford's ambition, but too often it feels like the work of an observant student.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Yates ... has brought some of his old Potter crew with him and gives this new machine a steady, smooth hand.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
93% Arrival (2016) By turns inviting and opaque, Ms. Adams turns softness and quiet into heroic qualities, keeping her voice low, modulated, and using stillness to draw you near.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
78% The Monster (2016) Mr. Bertino, who also wrote the undercooked script, sets the scene effectively, using his leads to give the story a sense of normalcy that he dismantles trick by genre trick.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Mr. Nichols's most distinct aesthetic choice is the movie's quietness and the hush that envelops its first scene and that eventually defines the Lovings as much as their accents, gestures, manners and battles.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) So visually transfixing, so beautiful and nimble that you may even briefly forget the brand.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) The story may not make any sense, but they're going to throw so much at you - so many jumpy moves, so many tangled threads - that you might not notice (or care).‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
80% By Sidney Lumet (2016) Mr. Lumet comes across as a mensch, but he was also a complex artist whose often literally dark films were filled with shadows, rage and spit, not just nobility.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
90% Into the Inferno (2016) It's an exhilarating trip, filled with strange stories, fascinating rituals and ethereally beautiful images of bubbling magma and flowing lava, some of which were captured using drones.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" is the second movie that Tom Cruise has starred in as this title character. Let's hope it's the last.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The art of the tease is rarely as refined as in "The Handmaiden."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) The movie is thoroughly and utterly creepy, partly because Mr. Kurosawa knows how to slither under your skin, but also because his movies transcend the classifications (and limits) valued by critics and content providers.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
88% Christine (2016) Ms. Hall's performance makes you believe that something profound is at stake, the movie noncommittally nibbles at the edge of larger meaning, nodding at current events.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
100% Tower (2016) The animation gives Mr. Maitland a lot of creative freedom, allowing him to take Expressionistic leaps.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016