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Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% The Little Hours (2017) Goofy as it is, Baena's film has a lovable humility to it. It doesn't try to be the definitive anything, even as it stands as arguably the savviest Decameron adaptation ever made. ‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Just as in the best old-school, Cain-style noir, Fukada's film is eloquent about the fragile privileges of modern urban life and the hidden lies it can be built upon.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) As the sisters' lives slide into an autumnal dark age, Davies' artificiality gives way to emotional nakedness that's at times hard to watch.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
86% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) You could be forgiven for thinking that while all this is going on, nothing at all seems to happen - it's a film, a rather gorgeous one, of glances and ephemera and delicate metaphors.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
90% Raw (2017) Some people like their movie meals straight up, steak and potatoes and no funny business. But from where I'm sitting, there's nothing quite as tasty and chewable as a film with layers and secrets.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
86% Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) (1988) Pelle itself, rather surprisingly, is a natural, organic epic, and one that opens a window on a meticulously detailed bygone world that, by film's end, you might feel as though you've visited.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) It's clear by now the Iranian director is something of a master, from whom every narrative filmmaker should take a crash course in complex and resonant storytelling.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Movies this inventively generous and organically unpredictable should be, in a proper world, produced dozens of times a year, as a matter of routine.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
94% Neruda (2016) The past is hardly past: Neruda is a vintage figure, but his story is made fresh by both the filmmakers' imaginative will and by the oppression-stalked century we find ourselves in.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
No Score Yet Kong bu fen zi (The Terrorizer) (The Terrorist) (1986) Yang keeps all of the balls in the air, resisting definitive answers and conjuring a lean-in sense of intimate dread.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
76% The Apostate (El Apóstata) (2016) Like Gonzalo, The Apostate is so dry and calm and reflective you can practically hear the director thinking, not too much, that's enough.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
86% The Academy of Muses (La academia de las musas) (2016) [Director José Luis Guerín is] a meta-narrative, semi-doc mad scientist, and his new film is not only both fish and fowl, but a rarefied gender provocation of a kind that could make fourth-wave feminists' heads spin.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
100% Ixcanul (2016) Touching on multiple feminist issues as it goes, and even venturing, gallingly, into the matter of baby trafficking, Ixcanul can suffer from predictability... But the film's rhythms, details and visuals, particularly that volcano, are vivid and unique.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
83% In Order of Disappearance (2016) Skarsgård mopes around throughout, largely ceding the film to the zoo of supporting actors, all of whom are TV-type crooks in the familiar post-Coen/Tarantino style and do not help the story's lack of conviction.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) The idea of witnessing a killing spree from the p.o.v. of a town's funeral home is full of rich discomfort. It's the stuff of the sub-subgenre itself that gives you a boregasm.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
80% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Greene's strategy is to be ironically inept: His nonfiction wanderings with Sheil feel halfhearted, but the attempts at scenes dramatizing Chubbuck are intentionally awful, staged like amateur soap opera and written in cheap clichés.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) [Herzog's] new film, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, is a new order of business, an awed tour of human life shaped by the internet, from a filmmaker whose passions have always sought out the primordial and pre-technological.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
82% Les Cowboys (2016) The terrain traversed by Thomas Bidegain's Les Cowboys is so familiar in European movies it could be cliché by now. That is, if it weren't also the undeniable, postmodern State of Things, the new global normal.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
80% The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016) Minervini's movie is a reality show, but one busy challenging our presumptions, not validating our isolation.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
No Score Yet Call Her Applebroog (2016) Amid the familiar pack-up-and-set-up gallery installation scenes, the film is a vehicle for Applebroog-appreciation, daughterly and otherwise.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
100% Feng ai ('Til Madness Do Us Part) (2013) Heavy on routine and light on context (how each man arrived to where he is usually remains a mystery), Wang's film certainly makes you feel the time and place, with a vengeance.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
89% Dheepan (2016) The performances are more than just immaculately convincing; this is a movie structured by the hidden fury and fear behind wide-open gazes.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
No Score Yet Pearls of the Deep (1966) Generally anarchist and scaldingly farcical, the films look totalitarian life square in the eye, but they're also living testaments to the era's lovable, grungy Euro-slacker esprit. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2016
96% No End in Sight (2007) Ferguson's film is intelligence-report methodical, providing a primer on how we got into Iraq and what screw-ups have made the situation spiral out of control.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
78% Standard Operating Procedure (2008) Morris' manic devotion to detail ultimately does the film in.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
28% Slacker Uprising (2008) Slacker Uprising is empty as protest satire goes, and it lends a cudgel to those who think Moore does what he does for the sheer sake of ego and power.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
96% Waltz with Bashir (2008) Waltz with Bashir brilliantly echoes its cultural investigations with its formal contradictions.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
69% Life During Wartime (2010) There's a creepy torque to Life During Wartime that is uniquely Solondz, and the high probability of viewers' unease is part of his program.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
88% Budrus (2010) Morrar is the kind of man who pursues collective social progress rather than headlines or offices. He is the governor or congressman we wish we all had but never do.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
96% The Social Network (2010) A zesty advertisement for the further meaningless Facebookization of our daily routines, and the further squandering of our free time.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
72% Monsters (2010) The best American film about our political reality of 2010.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
88% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) Uncle Boonmee is art that embraces, rather than reorders, life's chaos.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
100% Nostalgia for the Light (2011) Often stark and ravishing, Nostalgia for the Light is most moving as a manifestation of the filmmaker's stubborn righteousness.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
90% Armadillo (2011) The scenes of camaraderie and trial pile up, unmitigated by the sufferings of the Afghans being bombed and shot in the process.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
92% City of Life and Death (2011) Lu's movie is authentic as only a war film made in a country scarred by the experience can be ...‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
59% Film socialisme (2011) Like all of his films, Film Socialisme is a conversation Godard has with us: inconclusive, bristling with half-thoughts, jokes and sudden revelations.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
60% Wrong Move (Falsche Bewegung) (1975) A bitter, deadpan parody of all things Romantic, Wenders's film is also so ironic about its own emptiness that it ends up being something pure: a pop dirge about how never sitting still may be the only answer to meaninglessness.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
75% The Help (2011) The racism inherent in its diversions and elisions is not only the filmmakers', but ours, too.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
84% The Ides of March (2011) Only an innocent high-schooler could be scandalized by the film's depiction of backroom cynicism.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
43% J. Edgar (2011) A large, self-important, incident-by-incident biopic crammed with luxuriant period detail, laden with old-age make-up and powered by meticulous but riskless acting.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
99% A Separation (2011) It's ferociously wise, gripping, unsettling and acted with unerring conviction.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
57% Kumaré (2012) The more he communes with them and hears their very real troubles and genuine hopes, the more Gandhi's clever façade seems, to him and us, unsustainable.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
89% Tears of Gaza (2012) Løkkeberg steers clear of the politics of the Gaza War, correctly seeing them as beside the point.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
69% Wuthering Heights (2012) Arnold's coup turns the old story around, from a wicked love-lost tragedy into a crisis of a society suffering the guilt and ghosts of slavery.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) As polished as a gun barrel, and about as complicated.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
95% 5 Broken Cameras (2012) Here you get a rare glimpse of exactly what the interface between a West Bank resident and the Israeli army has been like ...‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
93% The Gatekeepers (2013) The history is fascinating enough to overcome the film's intrusive digital transitions.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
90% Beyond The Hills (2013) Cristian Mungiu's film Beyond the Hills is the best Romanian film ever imported to American screens and that's saying a good deal.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
85% Upstream Color (2013) Carruth's film feels like a subconscious flow of fears and anxieties. But the clarity of this anxiety is bruising and stunning.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
54% The Company You Keep (2013) Redford wimps out.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016