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Marcy Dermansky

Marcy Dermansky
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 44% The Toe Tactic (2009) Mona's concerns and pleasures - from the regular avoidance of phone calls from her mother to the joy of a fresh hundred dollar bill - are as real and immediate as the floating dogs are fanciful and poetic. ‐
Posted Jan 28, 2009
4/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) Mickey Rourke is heart-breakingly good. ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2009
4/5 72% Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story) (2007) A creepy, yet genuine love story ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2009
3/5 94% Milk (2008) A traditional bio-pic about historic figure Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in this country. Sean Penn gives a wonderful, inviting performance as the easy-to-smile Milk. ‐
Posted Nov 26, 2008
4/5 86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) Depslachin's film is not brimming over with good cheer, hardly, but it is warm and sometimes funny and refreshingly honest, illustrating the complicated beast that often is family. ‐
Posted Nov 19, 2008
2/5 92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) A conceit that grows horribly stale. ‐
Posted Nov 12, 2008
3.5/5 33% The Guitar (2008) I was seduced by Melody's story. Sucked in, enjoying Amy Redford's film despite myself. ‐
Posted Nov 7, 2008
4.5/5 93% Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) As Poppy likes to say, it's lovely. ‐
Posted Oct 16, 2008
2/5 84% Rachel Getting Married (2008) A veritable orgy of family angst. ‐
Posted Oct 4, 2008
2.5/5 85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) It's easy to admire to Williams' performance, without ever feeling compelled to cry. ‐
Posted Sep 30, 2008
3/5 80% Un Secret (A Secret) (2008) French filmmaker Claude Miller has crafted a traditional, engrossing narrative in A Secret, the story of a Jewish family in France in the aftermath of the Holocaust. ‐
Posted Sep 5, 2008
3.5/5 62% Hamlet 2 (2008) The lowbrow humor in Hamlet 2 works consistently well, but much more intelligent jokes are launched from the wry lips of Catherine Keener. ‐
Posted Sep 3, 2008
4/5 96% Trouble the Water (2008) The co-directors of Touble the Water make the wise choice of narrowing their focus, a strategy that breaks down the almost incomprehensible suffering of the thousands of Americans and makes it intensely real. ‐
Posted Aug 22, 2008
2/5 81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) If you like watching privileged beautiful people flitting from expensive homes to fancy restaurants to dazzling tourist attractions to plush hotel rooms and gala gallery openings, you're likely to find something to enjoy in this movie. ‐
Posted Aug 15, 2008
2.5/5 79% Baghead (2008) For the Duplass' film about these talentless slackers to work - both as a drama and then as a horror film -- it's essential that we care about the characters. I couldn't do it. ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2008
3/5 47% Eight Miles High! (2008) Natalia Avelon is great to look at - either naked or in see-through clothes - and that's enough to merit 8 Miles High! a three-star-rating. ‐
Posted Jul 17, 2008
1/5 11% Garden Party (2008) Willa Holland is the one good thing about Garden Party -- not because of her performance (which is neither good or bad) but for that nostalgia she evoked in me for young Fairuza [Balk]. ‐
Posted Jul 10, 2008
3/5 69% The Wackness (2008) A surprisingly tender coming of age film about a white teenage drug dealer. ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2008
4.5/5 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) [T]he best movie I've seen this year. ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2008
2/5 77% Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007) There are far too many ludicrous, overwrought sex scenes. [...] The Last Mistress is nothing but pure, laughable melodrama.‐
Posted Jun 24, 2008
4/5 79% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) A fine film: for children and adults. ‐
Posted Jun 21, 2008
2.5/5 66% Brick Lane (2008) No new ground is explored, however, in this handsomely constructed film. Nazneen's story seems familiar every step of the way. ‐
Posted Jun 17, 2008
2/5 94% Encounters at the End of the World (2007) Herzog appears to have no serious intent in his new documentary Encounters at the End of the World. Instead, the film seems only one more step on Herzog's path to living oddity. ‐
Posted Jun 12, 2008
3/5 38% Savage Grace (2007) an oddly compelling film about contemptible people doing contemptible things to each other. ‐
Posted May 31, 2008
4/5 89% Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) (2007) With The Edge of Heaven, the marvelously talented Fatih Akin, a German filmmaker of Turkish origin, continues to explore questions posed in Head On. ‐
Posted May 27, 2008
3/5 68% Redbelt (2008) If you try to piece the story together, the logic won't hold. But trademark Mamet magic happens: requisite razor sharp dialogue, a complicated turn of events, and terrific cast of characters whose performances pop. ‐
Posted May 9, 2008
3.5/5 59% The Fall (2006) My initial cynicism was steadily broken down, completely undone by a five-year-old Romanian actress named Catinca Untaru. ‐
Posted May 9, 2008
3.5/5 30% War, Inc. (2008) The story fairly zings along in War, Inc. as Hauser struggles to complete the mission he does not believe in, woo the reporter who despises him, and watch over the vile teenage singer (Duff) he feels an unexplainable fondness for. ‐
Posted May 1, 2008
3/5 50% Then She Found Me (2007) It's a romantic comedy, it's a mother-daughter drama, and most importantly, it's an unpretentious, gentle, moving film. ‐
Posted Apr 27, 2008
4/5 89% The Visitor (2008) Not a polemic, but a character-driven work, made all the more riveting by sensitive performances not only by Jenkins in his first leading role, but the entire cast. ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2008
2/5 77% Water Lilies (2008) Marie can stare longingly at Floriane only so many times before my more than ample patience for watching pretty, tormented girls becomes altogether spent. ‐
Posted Mar 31, 2008
3.5/5 81% Priceless (2006) It's not high art, but Pierre Salvadori's sunny romantic comedy Priceless is certainly funny. ‐
Posted Mar 28, 2008
4/5 88% Frozen River (2008) Hunt creates two remarkable roles and a fascinating situation. ‐
Posted Mar 25, 2008
2.5/5 73% Under the Same Moon (2008) The actual storytelling is so filled with sunshine and resilient good cheer that true pathos of the situation never rings true. ‐
Posted Mar 19, 2008
4/5 96% Chop Shop (2008) The boy is fueled by a manic energy, moving so fast and furious, so ridiculously and affectingly hopeful, that it's hard to find time to reflect on what he's missing. ‐
Posted Feb 26, 2008
4.5/5 66% Be Kind Rewind (2008) Michel Gondry has taken a stunning leap forward with Be Kind Rewind. It's his most successful film. ‐
Posted Feb 16, 2008
4/5 88% The Witnesses (2007) This film need not be approached with dread or trepidation; life, as witnessed by this small group of flawed but always empathetic characters, is a messy, ugly, and unfair business, but sometimes still surprisingly wonderful. ‐
Posted Feb 3, 2008
3.5/5 92% Caramel (2008) While formulaic in structure, the film is actually quite lovely. ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2008
2.5/5 74% Summer Palace (2006) Ye's back-and-forth storytelling insinuates that the lives of Yu Hong and Zhou Wei are incomplete without each other, but because their young love was never convincing in the first place, the bittersweet conclusion rings hollow. ‐
Posted Jan 11, 2008
4.5/5 83% Atonement (2007) The film wholly transports you into the lives of fictional characters, making their pain, passion, and regret more real than anything else. All of the elements come together to create a near perfect film. ‐
Posted Dec 12, 2007
2.5/5 62% Grace Is Gone (2007) A syrupy-sweet, cloying score by Clint Eastwood overwhelms the otherwise elegant simplicity of Strouse's storytelling. ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/5 94% Juno (2007) Though too precocious and polished, Juno manages to charm, with many lovely moments. ‐
Posted Dec 4, 2007
4/5 94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) After I recovered from my initial horror, I was almost able to enjoy the experience of watching this discomfiting, entirely unique narrative.‐
Posted Dec 2, 2007
2.5/5 89% The Savages (2007) This is not a Sam Shepherd play; it feels more like HBO. ‐
Posted Nov 27, 2007
4.5/5 96% Persepolis (2007) Extraordinarily moving and wildly informative. ‐
Posted Nov 16, 2007
4/5 57% What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) Rob Van Alkemade's hilarious, eye-opening documentary What Would Jesus Buy provides a simple and surprisingly powerful directive to the American people: Stop Shopping. ‐
Posted Nov 16, 2007
3/5 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) While No Country For Old Men is compelling from beginning to end, the film lacks soul. ‐
Posted Nov 6, 2007
3/5 87% Starting Out in the Evening (2007) The early scenes are electric with sexual tension, smart dialogue, and terrific performances - especially Ambrose's. ‐
Posted Nov 3, 2007
3/5 67% Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007) Seven years after Almost Famous, Patrick Fugit still sports that winning, dorky haircut, bangs flopping over his eyes. He is impossible not to like. ‐
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2.5/5 52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) The opening scenes of Margot at the Wedding are so sharp and funny and good that it's upsetting to report that the film cannot maintain its momentum, but flails and flounders, before finally giving way to a deluge of histrionics. ‐
Posted Oct 9, 2007