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T-Meter Title | Year
81% Enfant Terrible (2021) At a time when there's an entire genre of tortured (and torturing) geniuses, Roehler's film wants to constantly play up such an approach and subvert it at every turn. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
93% The Fever (A febre) (2019) With its recursive structure mirroring Justino's own monotonous days, "The Fever" languidly creates a portrait of a man immobilized by his own inaction. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
97% Wojnarowicz (2021) Taken straight from a well-known 1984 piece, McKim's title feels like an affront and an invitation. In that, he's keeping the spirit of Wojnarowicz intact. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2021
85% Fauna (2020) Slowly reveals itself as a clever study in performance and identity that mines its cringe comedy to poke fun at contemporary narconovelas and their grip on that country's cultural imagination. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
94% Sin (Il Peccato) (2021) "Sin" works hard to make you smell the stench of its surroundings - making Michelangelo and his artistry feel all the more like a balm. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
60% Joy (2015) Joy pursues a number of ill-fitting narrative detours that detract from the fascinating story that should be at the core of the movie. While I was rooting for the film-and for Joy herself - ultimately it felt like the film missed a key opportunity. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
75% Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) The film more than lives up to its title, finding beauty in the messiness of growing up and growing apart. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
82% Wild Indian (2021) Like the Cain and Abel story a priest shares early in the film, Wild Indian weaves a narrative around resentment of twinned and intertwined destinies. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
100% The Pink Cloud (2021) As an inadvertent pandemic fable, The Pink Cloud is entrancing even as it demands too much of a suspension of disbelief to truly deliver. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
100% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Pérez Riera's documentary is a portrait of a trailblazing performer that truly aims to shower Moreno with the flowers her long-spanning career deserves. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
95% In the Same Breath (2021) As a chronicle of the early days of the pandemic, Wang's film is a sobering watch. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Malcolm & Marie feels, like its central male protagonist, much too self-conscious of itself to really be as probing as it hopes to be. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) Identifying Features is a masterclass in filmmaking from a director whose vision feels very much driven by righteous anger and hardened sadness. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
88% Monsoon (2020) Privileging slow pans and still shots that linger on Golding's face, Khaou's film is sparse and intent on setting a melancholy mood that never feels overbearing. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
77% Uncle Frank (2020) At times too broad and at others too maudlin-which is to say, quintessentially Alan Ball-Uncle Frank is a welcome twist on the coming out film - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
82% La leyenda negra (2020) La Leyenda Negra is a searing twist on the coming of age (and coming out) tale that feels like a new classic of U.S. Latino cinema. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Howard's Hillbilly Elegy feels rather toothless, too melodramatic without the requisite pathos its characters so achingly demand. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) The entire ensemble... runs like a well-oiled machine, a result, no doubt, of having played these characters on stage for months. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
97% Shiva Baby (2021) This may be a train wreck in slow motion, but it's delivered with such warm humor ... that you're never compelled to look away. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
98% The Father (2021) The Father plays like a horror film in slow motion, where the terror comes from our inability to grab hold of anything. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
100% Dry Wind (2020) Vento Seco is an erotic fever dream that's also a wistful character portrait - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
96% Breaking Fast (2020) Breaking Fast feel[s] wholly fresh even as it is so obviously playing with as well-worn a genre as you can think of. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
100% Tahara (2020) Peace's film emerges as a keen-eyed examination of contemporary teenage intimacy. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
92% P.S. Burn This Letter Please (2021) A love letter to a generation of pioneers that's witty and pretty (and plenty gay), this deserves to become an instant classic. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
65% Sister Aimee (2019) As a fascinating curio attempt at borrowing the stylings of turn of the century radio plays, Sister Aimee is an admirable miss. - Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
82% This is not Berlin (2019) This is not Berlin, much like its title suggests, is a potent love letter to a Mexico at a crossroads. - Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
81% Judy (2019) In an attempt to shower Garland with the empathy and compassion she so clearly lacked (and deserved) while alive, the film ends up over-protecting her. - Electric Literature EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
97% Knives Out (2019) This modern twist on an old classic understands that the genre's formulas are fertile ground on which to hang strident critiques of privilege and class. - Electric Literature EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
92% The Garden Left Behind (2020) Flavio Alves' The Garden Left Behind is an unassuming and heartfelt New York City-set drama about a young undocumented trans woman. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
95% The Mole Agent (2020) As likely to induce a hearty laugh as a good cry, Alberdi's doc is a joy to watch. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) Just as Cinema Verite will show how the reality TV sausage is made, the film never forgets that is in itself a fictional recreation, one which plays with its own representational limits. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
100% Bixa Travesty ('Tranny Fag') (2018) This documentary is uninterested in making you feel comfortable with the images and ideas they're presenting, and confronts you head on about current issues. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
100% Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1990) Much like the quilt itself, the film is at once a personal and intimate memorial as well as a broader cultural symbol of the lives lost to the epidemic. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
100% Be Like Others: Transsexuals in Iran (2008) It's an eye-opening documentary on a very buzzy topic (with a decidedly dour ending) and one which tackles very tricky territory... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
58% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) Every anecdote is colorfully animated so you get to experience what they're all describing in clearer detail. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
87% The Infiltrators (2020) As both document and chronicle of radical activism, Rivera and Ibarra's project is a call to action. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
96% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) Eerie and shot with a lurid formalism that makes it all the scarier (São Paulo's nights have looked more frightening), Good Manners delivers on its chills and thrills. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
100% Signature Move (2017) This multicultural film's exploration of relationships, cultural exchanges, and the mother-daughter dynamic will enthrall. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
88% LA Originals (2020) Giving a firsthand account of how that rose bloomed out of the concrete, Oriol's crackling (if oftentimes meandering) documentary feels deeply personal, a snapshot of a subculture that's since gone mainstream. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
86% Diamantino (2019) This dazzlingly original feature from longtime collaborators Daniel Schmidt and Gabriel Abrantes skewers its subjects with loving cinematic gusto. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet The Year of the Plague (El año de la plaga) (2019) The Year of the Plague keeps patients off screen, mere numbers to be displayed in televised graphs. This is a movie about what a lack of empathy can look like, both at the level of its plot as well as its form. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
93% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) A thrilling social parable for contemporary politics - in Brazil specifically but with enough universality to have it feel familiar enough abroad - Bacurau is the kind of non-English language film primed to find a devout audience in the United States - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
50% Everything Else (Todo lo demás) (2016) Almada shows deep empathy for her main character, etching an unforgettable poetic portrait of one women finding herself anew. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
89% Nobody's Watching (Nadie nos mira) (2017) In a moving depiction of this vibrant city, director Julia Solomonoff's touching feature presents a portrait of immigrant solitude. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
100% Bellas de Noche (2016) Shot over eight years, María José Cuevas's documentary is a thrilling look at these exotic dancers who continue to search for the love and adoration they got on stage all those years ago. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
96% Zama (2018) Zama is that rarest of creative feats: a perfect coupling of literary source material and cinematic sensibility. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
No Score Yet The Last Rafter (El último balsero) (2020) Mining rich detail from their own experiences finding a footing in the United States... filmmakers Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega have crafted a powerful film that is at once personal and strikingly timely. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
20% Beneath Us (2020) Neither as thought-provoking as it thinks it is, nor as powerful a conversation-starter as it should be, Pachman's modern-day parable is not likely to change anyone's mind. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
100% Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) This feature debut from writer-director David Zonana progresses like a quietly humming thriller, with each scene contributing to the film's gathering power. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) Mucho Mucho Amor isn't merely a biographical doc. It is also a character study that aims to go beyond the capes, beyond the memes, beyond the flair. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020