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Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia
Maria Garcia's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Journal International

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts (2012) Pixar's La Luna and the New York-set A Morning Stroll are the standouts in this program of Oscar-nominated animated shorts.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2012
92% Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012) Turkish writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's sixth feature film is about a murder investigation in which the lives of each of the men assigned to the methodical task of meting out justice are also under scrutiny-by their colleagues and by the filmmaker.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2012
100% Daguerréotypes (1976) Daguerreotypes, one of Agnès Varda's early yet accomplished feature-length documentaries, presages the themes and visual style she would explore in her subsequent work.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2011
93% You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo (2011) Audiences will not "like the truth" that this newly declassified footage of a Guantanamo detainee reveals, although the title actually refers to the interrogators of 15-year-old Omar Khadr who deny the obvious truth of their prisoner's predicament.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2011
74% La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty) (2011) Instead of the romantic claptrap of other adaptations, this is a road movie, and its star is a girl. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2011
61% The First Grader (2011) Based on the true story of a Kenyan hero, this is a textbook case of what happens to a good story when it's poorly directed.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 12, 2011
89% A Screaming Man (2011) A beautifully photographed tale of betrayal, A Screaming Man nevertheless turns on an improbable transformation by the main character, a father in war-torn Chad.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2011
89% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) Abbas Kiarostami deconstructs the cinematic art form in this cerebral but dialogue-heavy film featuring a luminous Juliette Binoche.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2011
77% Zero Bridge (2011) This excellent debut film provides an insider's view of life in Kashmir.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2011
78% Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2012) Na Wewe from Belgium and Wish 143 from the U.K. are the standouts in an otherwise lackluster group of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2011
75% Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (2013) This year's Oscar-nominated documentary short films (shown theatrically in two separate programs) lack the journalistic integrity one would expect in this category.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2011
100% The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation (2011) Those of us who began our romance with the movies when double features were preceded by cartoons will revel in some of the outstanding animated shorts nominated this year by the Motion Picture Academy.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2011
100% The Sky Turns (2011) A documentary about the demise of the filmmaker's village in Spain, The Sky Turns is poorly conceived but pleasing to look at.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2011
87% Carancho (2011) Talented young director Pablo Trapero is undermined by a weak screenplay for this story of organized crime in Argentina.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2011
74% When We Leave (2011) Writer-director Feo Aladag's powerful debut film about a Turkish woman fleeing her husband evokes a modern-day Greek tragedy.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2011
79% Tiny Furniture (2010) Rambling indie tale of a young New York City woman who moves in with her mother and sister after graduating from college.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2010
50% Jolene (2008) Based on an E.L. Doctorow short story, Jolene is an apt example of how stories about women who are in abusive relationships can be turned into sexual exploitation.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2010
93% Boxing Gym (2010) Another unusual and thoughtful portrait of ritualized violence from one of America's master filmmakers.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2010
97% Mugabe and the White African (2010) This portrait of a strident white farmer and his family in Zimbabwe is interesting for its close-up view of life there, but it skips too many details and ends up being morally ambiguous.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2010
91% Alamar (To the Sea) (2010) Outstanding second feature about an unusual summer in the life of a five-year-old boy and his father in the indigenous lands of the Mexican Maya. Mexican director Pedro González-Rubio received the New Directors Award at the San Francisco International Fil‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2010
91% The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010) This drama about a French film producer and his family is entertaining despite a flawed script, and notable for its excellent direction by newcomer Mia Hansen-Løve.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 24, 2010
91% Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009) This poetic documentary about the Japanese fascination for smaller worlds and their arthropod inhabitants is also an introduction to all things Japanese.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 11, 2010
81% Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010) Kosashvili's film accomplishes precisely what Chekhov's short story achieves: It draws us into the lives of characters who do nothing momentous or meaningful.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 4, 2010
89% Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin (2010) This documentary about the innovative dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin is an excellent introduction to post-modern dance and to an iconic American artist whose work is now little-known outside of dance circles.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2010
47% The Cartel (2010) One man's rant for privatizing public education, uncomplicated by the thorny issues of curriculum reform or classroom practices‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2010
95% No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010) In this entertaining mix of documentary and narrative film, Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi turns his camera on the Iranian underground music scene.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2010
10% Harlem Aria (1999) Entertaining debut film about a Harlem laundry worker who dreams of becoming a famous tenor.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2010
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) The eponymous "girl" is the only reason to see this dull, misconceived drama that centers on a defamed male journalist who takes a job with a rich industrialist.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2010
92% Old Partner (2009) South Korean documentary-narrative hybrid centers on an aging couple and their ox.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2010
85% The Art Of The Steal (2010) A well-researched story about the most recent art-world fleecing, this "documentary" will appeal to those interested in what the cultural elite do to amuse themselves.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2010
97% Sweetgrass (2009) An excellent introduction to the rigors of ranching life, this documentary nevertheless exploits Americans' romantic views of the West.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2010
81% Before Tomorrow (Le Jour avant le lendemain) (2009) The third in a cinematic trilogy of pre-Christian Inuit life that began with Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner, Before Tomorrow is an outstanding film which presents a distinctly feminine view of the history of the Inuit.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2009
90% Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008) Compelling German drama about a 67-year-old seamstress who is not content to wait out the final part of her life "aging gracefully."‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2009
88% Yasukuni (2007) A fascinating portrait of the dark side of Japanese society, Ying Li's film is not so much about Japan's shrine to its war dead as it is an indictment of Japan's wartime aggression.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2009
59% Mutluluk (Bliss) (2009) The director knows how to exploit beautiful scenery, but he fails at the most basic task of a filmmaker, which is to communicate emotion.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2009
75% Julie & Julia (2009) This entertaining new comedy from Nora Ephron, about famed chef Julia Child and author Julie Powell, is a homage to every woman's unique talent for reinvention.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2009
96% Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008) A lifeless autobiography, a shadow of the director's genius, The Beaches of Agnès is strictly for the film historian.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2009
81% Unmistaken Child (2009) This documentary about the arcane rituals involved in identifying a child who is a reincarnated lama will leave audiences%u2014except perhaps Buddhists%u2014with far too many unanswered questions.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2009
90% 24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008) Celebrated filmmaker Jia Zhangke melds fiction and non-fiction filmmaking to portray the new betrayals in store for the Chinese as they shift to capitalism--ones not very different from the old betrayals of a paternalistic society.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2009
95% Food, Inc. (2009) If you're an omnivore, Food, Inc. is your "must-see" documentary this year.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 20, 2009
89% Séraphine (2009) Yolande Moreau captures both the purposeful, single-minded woman who does other people's laundry to support her painting, and Séraphine de Senlis, whose secret life of fervid creativity drove her to madness.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 20, 2009
81% Objectified (2009) Compilation of filmed interviews with industrial designers who talk about the philosophy of design, rather than the objects they designed.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 7, 2009
92% La Ventana (The Window) (2008) Sorin's nihilism is a matter of taste, but his claim that this movie bears any resemblance to Wild Strawberries is frankly disingenuous.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 6, 2009
78% Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008) ike Bresson's movies, Three Monkeys is an archetype of the cinematic form in which the elements are stripped to their essences so that what remains is immaterial--as insubstantial as cinema can be.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2009
93% Oblivion (2009) Like all of Heddy Honigmann's films, Oblivion, set in her native Lima, Peru, obliterates any previously held notions we might have had about the subjects she confronts, which, in this case, are intentional forgetfulness and the forgotten of Lima.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2009
96% Tulpan (2009) Story of a young man's efforts to reconcile his imagined paradise with the harsh landscape he hopes will sustain him offers a romantic vision of nomad life on the steppes of Kazakhstan.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2009
98% Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows) (2009) People of faith will see divinity in The Song of Sparrows, and the rest of us the presence of something greater than ourselves, a perfection that can only be understood in observation of another person's life.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2009
70% Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008) This skillfully made documentary by a spurned lover of the wildly successful photographer Cindy Sherman carries the deadening taint of exploitation and self-promotion.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2009
96% Fados (2009) Carlos Saura's valentine to fado, Portugal's blues music, is exciting despite the director's imposition of dance production numbers which add a note of dissonance.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2009
94% Katyn (2009) An example of how a master filmmaker can make the past--in this case a World War II-era massacre--possess a bracing immediacy. Polish director Andrzej Wajda's film earned an Oscar nomination last year despite its departure from every Hollywood con‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2009