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Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) "The first "Maze Runner" film was a wilderness saga refitted with robotic monsters. "The Scorch Trials" is a "Mad Max" film on foot. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
100% Peace Officer (2015) "The engrossing documentary "Peace Officer" looks at the militarization of police work from a fresh, provocative angle. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
45% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "[W]ith a richer comic vision of two weathered American males testing themselves against the primordial forest, the movie...might have made it to the finish line. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2015
78% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "Moverman's experiments are wearying-they deplete your emotions rather than rouse your empathy. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2015
64% The Visit (2015) "The honorable tradition of American moviemakers wringing laughs and gasps from bucolic lunatics dates back to "Murder, He Says" (1945). Unfortunately, "The Visit" isn't part of it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) "In an unpretentious stroke of brilliance, Muylaert uses haute-bourgeois architecture and rituals to provide visual structure for her comedy and drama. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2015
65% Learning To Drive (2015) "What's astonishing about Isabel Coixet's Learning to Drive, a fictional rendering of Katha Pollitt's personal essay of the same name, is the way the film turns Pollitt's wry, feminist take on the breakup of a seven-year relationship into a victim fable. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2015
92% Grandma (2015) "Weitz's film moves from clunky domestic dramedy to genuine feminist odyssey. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
55% Ten Thousand Saints (2015) ""Ten Thousand Saints" pulsates with full-blooded supporting characters who create a tragic-absurd tapestry of decay and rebellion in the Ronald Reagan years, from depressed New England to volatile New York. It's too bad the center cannot hold. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "Like a hipster version of a bromance, The End of the Tour wrings humor and pathos from a macho-intellectual pas de deux. But it ultimately taps a rare and delicate strain of fellow feeling. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
79% Cop Car (2015) "Bacon is both sardonically funny and a force of nature in this film. He transforms himself physically through an act of imagination, not via some feat of training or doctor-monitored weight change. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
100% Black Narcissus (1947) "This is a landmark of Hollywood-on-Thames trompe-l'oeil. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Aug 3, 2015
61% Southpaw (2015) "When Billy's smart, ardent wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) warns him that he'll be "punch-drunk in two years," she seems off by at least 18 months. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2015
No Score Yet Lucky Luciano (1973) "Francesco Rosi's brilliantly staged and photographed portrait of the infamous Mob boss, played with brass-knuckles ingratiation by Gian-Maria Volonte. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jul 20, 2015
88% Mr. Holmes (2015) "No one has embodied the presence of an absence better than McKellen as the nonagenarian Holmes, who racks his brain for details of a professional downfall-and instead discovers the missing ingredients of his life. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
1/4 57% Blade II (2002) "Basically, the sequel replays the original movie's set pieces with even more gore and less coherence. " ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 14, 2015
56% Minions (2015) "In its own helter-skelter way, Minions achieves a loony symmetry. It starts with evolution and ends with revolution. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2015
49% Manglehorn (2015) "The movie manages to be arresting when Green just lets his star rip with actors playing characters who try to lift Manglehorn up or tear him down. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) "Even when the film is being tart and lowdown, you question how deep MacFarlane's own vulgar roots really go. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Terminator Genisys fails to provide what this series has needed for a full quarter-century: the soul of a new machine. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "This breakthrough cartoon attacks enforced happiness and optimism-the white bread and butter of American family movies. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4/4 98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) "The movie is emotionally tumultuous and evenhanded and serene. " ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 19, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "If the action is a throwback to cheesy late-night creature features, complete with a Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla climax, the "relationships" provide a reactionary response to contemporary women "leaning in." " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2015
1/5 7% Hot Pursuit (2015) "Why Reese Witherspoon would choose to play an obsessive, hyper-focused cop in Anne Fletcher's action comedy Hot Pursuit is even more puzzling than why she would decide to produce the movie. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2015
94% Spy (2015) "Spy is one of the most genial and affectionate spoofs since the Star Trek satire Galaxy Quest, yet it generates belly laughs that are closer to Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein or Stan Dragoti's Love at First Bite. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "In Aloha, Crowe's fabled generosity toward his characters and actors becomes special pleading. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
77% Red Beard (1965) "Kurosawa somehow manages to imbue every moment of this three-hour-plus movie with the transcendent vitality and intelligence of a great Victorian novel. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 1, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "For a movie that celebrates dreams, Tomorrowland is too mechanically plotted and replete with robot-on-robot and human-on-robot violence. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 24, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Movement, images, and some plucky actors carry all the emotion and humor a movie of this scale needs, and its kinetic force delivers an adrenaline boost to your system. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 14, 2015
100% Samurai Rebellion (1967) "No one could seethe better than Mifune, but what gives the movie equal shares of exhilaration and heartbreak is the feeling that pours out of him ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 11, 2015
86% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "This adaptation of Thomas Hardy's towering 1874 novel is triply smart. It uses dramatic concision, snappy country-life couture, and bold, graphic-novel colors to bring a contemporary tang to a capacious Victorian classic. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
78% The Brood (1979) "A cinematic bad dream that generates recurring nightmares. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 4, 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "At 141 minutes, it's a miracle the movie is never merely mechanical, but like JARVIS or Ultron, it's not fully human, either. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 1, 2015
93% Ex Machina (2015) "Ex Machina is the best kind of speculative fiction: its action is brisk, its characters startling, and its meanings multifarious. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2015
75% Bell, Book and Candle (1958) "Stewart, playing the foil, deserves better material, and the movie's midsection is perfunctory. But the fun quotient is high ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 20, 2015
87% Tangerines (2015) "As a writer-director, Urushadze has the vision to come up with lingering images-like Ivo's long, sensitive hands guiding pieces of wood to a buzzing saw-and the taste and the film sense to pick them up again only when needed. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Stewart is here as marvelous as only a natural movie star can be: she's "real" yet heightened, and there's nothing narcissistic about her intensity. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2015
76% To Sleep With Anger (1990) "Burnett and his cast tap depths of mystery, soulfulness, and glee. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 6, 2015
79% Furious 7 (2015) "There's so much destruction at the climax that it's like an apocalypse with a happy ending. Furious 7 is the demon love child of Fast & Furious 6 and a Mad Max movie. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2015
89% White God (2015) "White God wants audiences to be moved because stray dogs are persecuted like homeless people. But viewers are prodded to despise the one actual street person in the movie for taking advantage of a dog. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2015
80% Carlito's Way (1993) "Penn, in curled hair and wire-rims, makes a brilliant, slippery high-end shyster; his modulated hysteria is amazing. So is Brian De Palma's direction. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 23, 2015
17% The Gunman (2015) "Penn conjures no special aura in The Gunman. When it comes to the lunatic game of macho heroics, he's only a super-respectable contender. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2015
87% Memories of Underdevelopment (1973) "This audacious, sensual portrait of an alienated intellectual in the early days of Castro's Cuba, released in 1968, is one of the great movies of its era. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 15, 2015
83% Cinderella (2015) "Without resorting to post-Wicked good-girl/bad-girl reversals in the manner of Maleficent and (dare I say it?) Frozen, Branagh and Weitz see the fairy tale afresh. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2015
100% The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) "Commodus, played here by the flamboyant Christopher Plummer, forsakes the Pax Romana and turns Rome into an empire of camp. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 9, 2015
63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Douglas's halting evolution as a reborn man and Nighy's engaging reenactment of his stammers, ardor, and honesty, are prime examples of what's right in this erratic follow-up. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015
84% The English Patient (1996) "Anthony Minghella believes in ghosts -- and, at his best, makes believers out of viewers, too. " ‐ New Times
Posted Feb 22, 2015
78% Queen and Country (2015) "The strength of Boorman's film is that it reminds us of what a service comedy is-the spectacle of cogs rising up against their machine. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
96% Island of Lost Souls (1933) "A tight, gruesome shocker, featuring Karl Struss's spooky cinematography and Charles Laughton's creepy portrayal of the mad vivisector Dr. Moreau ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Feb 16, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "The main reason Kingsman: The Secret Service leaves you feeling rooked is that it wastes a once-in-an-actor's-lifetime opportunity. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2015
38% Beyond Rangoon (1995) "Arquette gives the kind of mighty physical performance usually delivered by men in existential action classics like "The Wages of Fear," but she suffuses it with something all her own-she's bulletproof yet vulnerable. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Feb 9, 2015
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