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Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Jaws (1975) Jaws is what The French Connection and The Exorcist only posed as -- a horrific action story redeemed by inspired filmmaking. Jaws aims for the gut, but it doesn't insult the intelligence on the few occasions when it is required.‐ Boston Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
86% Big Fish & Begonia (2018) Spinning their own variations on ancient Chinese myths, these directors make a poetic plea to protect actual species-while delighting audiences with transcendent make-believe.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
91% Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) One of the most gorgeous and sophisticated portraits of an artist ever put on film.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
78% Gemini (2018) It starts suggestively and enigmatically, then straightens-and flattens-everything out, including the emotional and moral landscape of its characters.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) With equal splashes of wit and gore, this cool, nasty little thriller fearlessly exploits up-to-date strains of social and sexual paranoia.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) But there's little [Roar Uthaug] can do with Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons's script (derived largely from the "third era" of the video game), which functions like a treasure map without resonance or mystery.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Unable or unwilling to find unconventional means to tell a very odd story, the filmmakers hack up the book's narrative into slick and simple building blocks, then mortar them together piece by piece.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
42% Gold (2017) Gaghan never catches you up in Wells's gold-fever dream, so the movie, like his plan, falls apart. His attempt to impose a mock-heroic template on the material, doesn't fit. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The Lego Batman Movie mostly proves that this franchise has already descended into a disappointing formula. These movies flash a subversive hook, then straighten it out as they streak along.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
60% Dark Night (2017) Dark Night is an extraordinarily accomplished mood piece saddled with a shallow condemnation of middle-American culture. The whole movie is like an extended art-house PSA.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) My Life as a Zucchini has grace and charm, but what breaks your heart is its mental toughness.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
81% Lovesong (2017) ...by staying faithful to its characters-women who make, break, and alter an intimate connection-it expresses a refreshing freedom from sexual-identity dogma and narrative formula.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) You don't have to be gloating over a wasted generation to embrace T2 Trainspotting, a confident, quirky comedy-drama that skillfully alternates bangs and whimpers.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
87% Wind River (2017) Wind River ultimately aims to be an existential survival movie, but that aim is rarely true.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
69% mother! (2017) [Darren] Aronofsky wants mother! to have the intensity and inner logic of a sweaty nightmare. But it's a fake cinematic fever dream-the kind made by a director so self-conscious that he's always checking his own temperature.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
76% Una (2017) The two actors' timing is marvelous. They salvage the force of the play's splintered dialogue. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
85% Darkest Hour (2017) In Darkest Hour, Wright's charged, blustery framework pulls the audience into a distant political landscape. But his approach here is also limiting and nearly wearying. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
31% Wonder Wheel (2017) The plot and the structure undercut the affection Allen has for his salt-of-the-seaside characters. The writer-director falls in love with a tidy narrative arc that ends up more like a vicious circle.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) Foxtrot comes together as a complex plea for honesty, openness, frankness, and forgiveness. The movie is also, incidentally, a spectacularly effective antiwar film...‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Star Wars: The Last Jedi may not be perfect, but the need to accept imperfection and keep going becomes one of the movie's themes...It's about mentorship that's invigorating rather than smothering.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% The Passion of Anna (En Passion) (1970) The performances and the staging have a risky, improvisatory edge; Bergman even cuts away to interviews with his four lead actors.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
78% All the Money in the World (2017) The suspense squeezes us like a clamp.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
58% The Strange Ones (2018) With these performers milking every moment for "feeling" and "meaning," the emotional dynamics become stunningly obvious.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) Is anything as improbable as a "feel-good" movie that actually leaves us feeling terrific? How about two of them in the same series?‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) [Director Wes Ball] wisely bookends that introductory sequence with a bittersweet, meditative coda that allows Thomas, and the audience, to measure his losses.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Here as in Ex Machina (2015), Garland's creative élan comes from his merging of sleek conceptual art and messy, juicy drama.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) By homing in on her character, the filmmakers stay true to her part of the book, but they cut away too much of what gives this kind of entertainment its charm and variety.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 to Paris takes a taut, engrossing, and surprising nonfiction book-the most complete and genuine account of an act of real-life heroism that enthralled the whole free world-and turns it into a flaccid, bewildering docudrama.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther gives off a contemporary crackle while staying true to its roots, both African and Marvel.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
No Score Yet The Mascot (Fétiche) (1933) So ingeniously acted out by its puppet cast that it tickles you even when it makes you squirm.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) [Denzel] Washington tops himself as the title character. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) This film devolves into single-minded scare tactics and reduces its actors to mannequins or torture toys. It drains all personality away. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Chris Hemsworth releases a comic daredevil spirit comparable to that other dashing Australian swashbuckler, Errol Flynn. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
94% 1945 (2017) The movie's denouement is indelible.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
66% Breathe (2017) Andrew Garfield gives his most spirited, expansive performance to date.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
80% Night Catches Us (2010) The result is a personal work of art rather than a docudrama, and it was a stirring début for Hamilton ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) Mere days after his death, we can't help but feel how sweet it is that Stanton ends his big-screen career with this jazzy benediction.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
74% The Limehouse Golem (2017) The moviemakers have more on their minds than mounting a Ripper-like Sherlockian detective case with an unusual blend of grit and lushness.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
93% On the Ropes (1999) The filmmakers convey Harry and his fighters' victories and defeats with a soul-rocking combination of intimacy and intricacy.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) At the close of In This Corner of the World, old feelings mellow with new resolve that the work of humanity must go on.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, based on the French graphic novel series Valérian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, is a travesty of storytelling.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) Detroit is angry, lucid, bludgeoning, subtle, and at times surprisingly moving.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
95% Léon Morin, Prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) (The Forgiven Sinner) (1961) It's Riva's emotional vitality that powers the story, suffuses it with an oscillating vibrancy, and inspires Melville's most inventive, fluid moviemaking.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
90% Hounds of Love (2017) With its harrowing peekaboo mayhem-Johnson turns the Whites' house into a cunningly compartmentalized stage set-and its ruthless psychological manipulation, Hounds of Love is a relentless exercise in terror. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
75% Wakefield (2017) Swicord's movie is about the angst of a rigorously constructed and airtight suburban life...she arrives at an intricate mosaic style that accommodates both eloquent portraiture and deft tableaux.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Until the battering finale, production designer Aline Bonetto and Jenkins focus the action so that even in the ravages of no-man's-land, the sound and fury signify something. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
88% It Comes At Night (2017) Shults wants to ask his viewers, "How far would you go to protect the people you love?" But his work is so clinical and devoid of revelation that it's neither persuasive nor involving.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) At its best, it affects us like adrenaline mixed with laughing gas. But when Baby Driver, like the Energizer bunny, keeps going and going and going (as with half of Wright's other films, it's 20 minutes too long), it manages to run on fumes.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The chorus of advance raves has declared that Watts has hit the sweet spot. I'd call it sweet-and-sour.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The movie's bold, irreverent use of movie mythology, from The Bridge on the River Kwai to Apocalypse Now, adds to the stirring, immersive entertainment. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017