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Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Narco Cultura (2013) However you come at it, it seems that the perpetual slaughter south of the border is an American export product, paid for and fine-tuned by American self-indulgence. ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
93% American Hustle (2013) There's not a lot of takeaway from American Hustle, but that's Russell's personality-he's got a great appetite for verve and foolhardy spectacle, rather than reverb and real-life substance. ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) The Wolf of Wall Street may implicitly feign moral indignation, but it also suffers from its own Belfortian tunnel vision. ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
96% The Last of the Unjust (2014) To some degree, the force of The Last of the Unjust is delivered in spite of Lanzmann's laxness as a filmmaker. ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) I can no longer tolerate Lars von Trier. ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) I can no longer tolerate Lars von Trier. ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
100% Burning Bush (2014) It's a massive story of secret heroism, perfect for pop cinema-and with Holland's film, the time for movies to explore it may be nigh. ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
70% The Decent One (2014) How could a man so ordinary and even typical have wreaked so much malevolent destruction? ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
96% The Act Of Killing (2013) It's graceful and eloquent, and it has as its subject a lierotten culture-not merely in the official cant, but in the hearts and minds of even the poorest people. ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
96% We Come as Friends (2015) Terrific iceberg media-honing in on the tip of a human crisis but evoking the vast global and historical freight beneath. ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
No Score Yet Her Man (1930) Garnett's camera never stops trolling, swooping and pivoting, even throwing some on-location Havana shots onto back projection.‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2016
97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) A poetic tissue of tropical moments, haunted by the irrepressible past. ‐ In These Times
Posted Mar 30, 2016
85% Francofonia (2016) Francofonia is a ruminative essay about the Louvre, which to Sokurov isn't merely the center of Paris but the center of the world. ‐ In These Times
Posted Mar 30, 2016
86% Afternoon (Na Ri Xia Wu) (2015) This is not a movie, really, but a back-rub and a cup of tea for Tsai purists, for whom the filmmaker's company, behind or in front of the camera, is all that's required. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 29, 2016
43% Tricked (Steekspel) (2016) As with an unseasoned sausage, the circumstances surrounding how Paul Verhoeven's new "movie" was made are, frankly, more intriguing than the final product. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 23, 2016
90% I Knew Her Well (Io la conoscevo bene) (1965) Pietrangeli's neglected autopsy of modern showbiz culture would be a satire if it were funny - instead, and despite the bouncy vigor of its star, the movie's narrative goes down like gelato and then slowly clots in your throat. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 2, 2016
98% Aferim! (2016) Aferim! plays like a sleight of hand, amusing us at a distance with vulgarisms and entrancing us with countryside while the bloody work of civilization grinds on out of the corner of our eye. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 19, 2016
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Nobody does what Tarantino does, and that alone, in a world of copycats and sequels and rip-offs, makes him priceless. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 8, 2016
93% The Treasure (2016) In a manner so sly you could overlook it, Porumboiu invests this tissue-thin premise with the shadows of Romanian history ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 5, 2016
97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) Its interconnecting tendrils do not reach out to you in an obvious way; repeat viewings, as one film interrupted by time, like Scheherazade's stories, may be necessary. The thing's sense of life energy, however, is unmistakable. ‐ In These Times
Posted Dec 21, 2015
41% Love (2015) Once you strip away the flashy conceptual gimmickry, Love earns a real sadness. You just have to overlook the protruding genitalia to see it. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence can restore your faith in the heterogeneity of global cinema. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
88% The Tribe (2015) It's a movie Samuel Beckett would have loved, exploding with language but existentially acknowledging both how little is communicated and how much humanity we share regardless. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
96% The Look of Silence (2015) The Look of Silence is [The Act of Killing's] straight injustice-doc brother. It's graceful and eloquent, and it has as its subject a lierotten culture-not merely in the official cant, but in the hearts and minds of even the poorest people. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
98% Welcome To Leith (2015) The people of Leith went ballistic, and the almost biblical conflict that resulted is chronicled carefully in Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker's film. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
100% Democrats (2015) Democrats boils the very essence of politics down to its fundamental moral conflict: doing what's right vs. doing what you want. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
72% American Sniper (2015) Hindsight will, I think, bruise American Sniper badly; consider how a patriotic film about a voluminously homicidal American soldier in Vietnam would play today. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) At its center is Marion Cotillard, intensely inhabiting a besieged working-class Everygirl who occupies a vortex of stress the Dardennes have down to a science. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
99% About Elly (2015) The film is both riveting and resonant in overwhelming measures, and will remain one of the best released this year. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
88% Jauja (2015) As a micro-critique of colonialism, the film resonates alongside Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) and Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975), among others, all road movies leading nowhere. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako's new, Oscar-nominated film, Timbuktu, is a gorgeously simple take on a madly complex subject: the 2012 descent of Islamist militants upon Mali. ‐ In These Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
100% Out 1, Noli Me Tangere (1971) Out 1's length is a strategy against progression, drama, or detail - there are no brilliant, memorable moments, just a brainwashing, an accretion of time that fashions its own rules for watching. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2015
88% Experimenter (2015) The movie is itself a rat-maze of one-sided mirrors, windows upon windows, anonymous hallways, compartmentalized instances of watching, being watched, seeing and not-seeing. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2015
No Score Yet Short Skin (2015) The film's slow boil makes it fairly unconvincing, and Creatini is one of modern European movies' least palatable, and least animated, protagonists. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2015
90% Die Marquise von O... (The Marquise of O) (1976) Marquise is almost ironically uninflected, like a tense game of chess. But soon the no-nonsense two-shots and scarlet-satin self-consciousness let the story build to genuine fireworks. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 25, 2015
85% The Wolfpack (2015) The film remains a testament to movie love, and how acculturated, against all odds, you could become on a steady diet of Hollywood product. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Aug 21, 2015
84% Listen Up Philip (2014) Happily stuck in a literary era from before he was born, Perry never seems starry-eyed -- Listen Up Philip may be the most lucid film ever made about the modern fiction publishing industry, not that it has much competition. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 4, 2015
40% L'intrepido (2015) If fuzzy thematic thrust doesn't bug you ... the essence of Albanese as a shrugging everyman for post-debt-crisis Europe may be its own reward. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 5, 2015
3/4 95% The Wonders (2015) The social commentary is subtle but touches on disappearing craft production and the rise of consumerism, and the modern world's increasingly tenuous connection to the land ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 27, 2015
No Score Yet From Mayerling To Sarajevo (1940) Ophüls finds crazy lavishness and poetry in the Empire trappings, and excels in detailing the dreary, humiliating absurdity of court life. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 24, 2015
85% A Canterbury Tale (1949) Is this the strangest film produced by (and about) an Allied nation during WWII? ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015
96% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) William Wyler's heartbreaking postwar ballad seems even more radical today than it did in its Oscar-thick heyday. It's as non-propagandistic as an unemployment line. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 22, 2015
79% Queen and Country (2015) Boorman's movie oozes fond memories but doesn't quite know how to make them relevant. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 17, 2015
95% National Gallery (2014) We're used to documentaries having a pedagogical or activist itinerary, but Wiseman's have become fastidiously unpedantic -- his simple Terence-like interest in what other human beings do and how they do it is more than enough. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 4, 2015
94% Hard to be a God (2015) An epic lurch through the circle of the Inferno Dante left out, where we are buried chin-deep in wet manure. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 27, 2015
29% The Captive (2014) When it isn't TV-movie familiar, Egoyan's film is bughouse crazy, mixing in campy pulp elements that bleed pressure away from the story. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2014
100% Maidan (2014) Easily the most rigorous, vital, and powerful movie of 2014, Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan may be a perfect Bazinian cinema-machine - reality is captured, crystallized, honored for its organic complexity, and delivered unpoisoned by exposition or emphasis. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2014
95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Ana Lily Amirpour's feature debut could become a totem for a hipster world mad for jukebox funkiness, vampires, and gender-politics righteousness. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2014
No Score Yet Stones In The Sun (2014) Good intentions can be deadly: Benoit runs into the common tripwire of caring more about pitching her cause than she does about movies. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2014
82% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) The film's blast of self-mocking overkill can be charming. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2014