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Michael Nordine

Michael Nordine
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) A cut above most horror flicks, especially the jump-scare-heavy fare that tends to be dumped into multiplexes this time of year. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 5, 2017
5% Arsenal (2017) Miller has more affinity for buckets of blood and slo-mo violence than compelling reasons to care about the people actually bleeding, killing, and dying ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 4, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) While Rogue One isn't as grand or consequential as The Force Awakens, it finds space in the margins to leave a mark all its own. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Dec 19, 2016
84% Silence (2017) You can sense [Scorsese] working the material over in his mind, as though 25 years of mental pre-production wasn't enough to reach any concrete answers, and the film is better for its uncertainty. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 12, 2016
88% On the Map (2016) While it won't come as much surprise to learn that On the Map ... is a feel-good Cinderella story, the real-life details are at least apropos of this kind of athletic fairy tale. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 7, 2016
88% On the Map (2016) On the Map, a documentary about Maccabi Tel Aviv's improbable success in the 1977 edition of the tourney, is a feel-good Cinderella story, the real-life details are at least apropo of this kind of athletic fairy tale. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 30, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) There's a gulf between Hughes as we know him and Hughes as Beatty portrays him, and once you get past the sugarcoating, the rest of this film is more bitter than sweet. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 22, 2016
88% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) It's like an odd storybook you'd find in the attic and have trouble putting down - the more quixotic Lian's journey becomes, the more you want her to see it through to the bitter end. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2016
100% Peter and the Farm (2016) Peter and the Farm is all about the coexistence of beautiful environs and grim realities. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2016
50% 31 (2016) Rob Zombie can do better than 31. For proof, just watch any other Rob Zombie movie. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016
79% We Are X (2016) Nothing you haven't seen before as a music documentary, but it succeeds as an examination of why we turn to escapist art, and what we do when it's no longer there. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 19, 2016
29% The Whole Truth (2016) Marked by the legalese and narrative pivots demanded by the genre, but lacking enough verve to offset its familiarity, Courtney Hunt's film returns a verdict of Not Bad. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 17, 2016
97% Aquarius (2016) Aquarius is something special. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016
57% Ordinary World (2016) Like your average three-chord rock song, Ordinary World is easy enough to get into - even if it doesn't get stuck in your head. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016
92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Rarely has an argument for the interconnectedness of all things been so fleet of foot and ambitious all at once. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Oct 6, 2016
64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) Hosking knows how to grab our attention, but not hold it in a meaningful way. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) [Taylor] has, along with screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, brought the page-turner to screen with all the unexciting competency of a commuter-rail dispatcher. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2016
86% Indivisible (Indivisibili) (2016) A mood piece humming with energy and marked by wondrous moments ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 16, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) Blair Witch's comparatively maximalist approach shows too much and scares too little. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2016
62% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Like a feature-length artist's rendition of the known universe. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2016
88% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) The more quixotic Lian's journey becomes, the more you want her to see it through to the bitter end. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2016
B 80% The Rehearsal (2016) "The Rehearsal" can't help but follow its characters as their actions become more irrational and occasionally overwrought, but like them it's redeemed by a simple yet bravura closing sequence ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 12, 2016
40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) Works as both a children's movie for adults and a grownup movie for kids, a rare balancing act most young-adult fare can't pull off. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 2, 2016
64% Antibirth (2016) The further Antibirth drifts from [Sevigny's] crude magnetism and toward a Cronenberg-lite vision of Lou's rapid, worryingly transformative pregnancy, the less compelling it becomes. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2016
87% Don't Breathe (2016) So inventive for its first hour, Don't Breathe strains credulity the longer this goes on. By the time the credits roll, you might find yourself breathing a sigh of relief for all the wrong reasons. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 25, 2016
92% The Seventh Fire (2016) There are no teary-eyed breakdowns or moments of grand revelation in The Seventh Fire, just an utter lack of hope for a better future. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Aug 18, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) It ... stands as one of the season's better studio releases. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2016
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) An admiring documentary that wisely lets Linklater do most of the talking in his plainspoken, unpretentious manner. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2016
84% Tallulah (2016) A maternal character study that loses its way as it tries, like several key characters, to be something it isn't. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2016
96% Gleason (2016) Tweel's approach is no-frills, with much of the footage having been shot by Gleason and his wife Michel. This is wise: The story itself is so wrenching that any attempt to gussy it up would run the risk of feeling overwrought, even manipulative. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 26, 2016
87% The President (2016) Makhmalbaf makes you feel the enormity of the President's loss of self even if you don't actually feel for him. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2016
67% Lucha Mexico (2016) The film's most worthy detour is into the history and personal significance of masks. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 12, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) Doesn't hold us to the same exacting standards De Palma would. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jul 6, 2016
78% The Shallows (2016) The shark movie we never knew we needed. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jul 6, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) The Neon Demon is about as deep as a puddle, but the image it reflects back is so mesmeric you may stare so long you fall in. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jul 6, 2016
91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) Gondry has always worn his heart on his sleeve, which remains endearing - especially when he shows that he still has a few more tricks left up it. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 29, 2016
82% Les Cowboys (2016) The strange, ever-changing result is, at times, as original as loose remakes come, with Bidegain using his hallowed source material as a springboard for something rare: a "writer's movie" that loses nothing in the jump from script to screen. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2016
100% Breaking A Monster (2016) You keep waiting for these kids to be exploited, of course, and what's made it onscreen confirms the impression you'll probably already have - that they signed a major deal not expecting to be subject to executives' whims with little agency of their own. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 21, 2016
95% Tickled (2016) Inspires many laughs throughout but, true to its subject, more and more of them are born of discomfort as it goes on -- part of you wants it all to stop even as you're amused. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 15, 2016
93% Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) (2016) You might not want to live here, but the imagery makes for a nice postcard. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 15, 2016
40% Traded (2016) Traded quickly becomes a "dad saves his daughter from villainous exploiters" tale, complete with saloon shootouts, decades-old vendettas, and a lack of any real agency for the missing girl herself. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 8, 2016
No Score Yet Szindbád (Sinbad) (1971) The greatest pleasures here are sensory, with arresting cutaways to flora, fauna, and worn photographs giving the impression of a surreal forerunner to the likes of Terrence Malick and Werner Herzog. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 8, 2016
38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) The Turtles' place in today's superhero landscape is an odd one, operating somewhere ibetween Marvel's streamlined efficiency and DC's foreboding inconsistency. Out of the Shadows tries to incorporate elements of both and ends up a soupy mess. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 2, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) Both a high-minded zombie flick and a visceral lament for broken family bonds. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 1, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) The rare comic-book film that, like its antagonist, absorbs the knowledge of its lesser peers and inspires a few moments of genuine awe. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted May 25, 2016
94% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015) Like Kafka by way of Apichatpong Weerasethakul ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 18, 2016
98% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) Almost Holy has the feel of following an embedded journalist on one of those raw, ground-level views of a problem you'd never considered before but now, by virtue of good reporting, feels urgent and alive. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 18, 2016
90% The Lobster (2016) The Lobster is Lanthimos's first English-language film - Kinetta, Dogtooth, and Alps were all in his native Greek - but no aspect of his sensibility has been lost in translation. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2016
22% Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016) Co-directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist stick to the playbook throughout, from typical moments of uplift to a Pelé cameo only slightly less fan-serving than Stan Lee's Marvel spots. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2016
70% Sin Alas (2015) Sin Alas matches the half-awake feeling evoked by Luis's ruminations - on love, on Cuba's history, and on himself - well enough to feel authentic even when it meanders too far from what makes it most compelling. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2016