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Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Crumb (1995) The movie isn't a testimonial or a valentine. It's unpredictable and galvanizing: an empathetic portrait of the artist that also unveils a trenchant view of an American family's dashed illusions.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The partnership between Zemeckis and Carell is ... what keeps Welcome to Marwen from falling off its own high wire-and finally brings the movie home.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
77% Buffalo Boys (2019) Set in 1860, it's ... a good-looking, erratic, cartoonish, and ultimately rousing ultraviolent Indonesian Western.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
93% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) It is by far the best trip the recent cinema has taken 'into the woods.'‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) For all its melodramatic tension and visceral force, the movie lacks the sturdy vision or conviction that would connect the audience to it emotionally.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) Colvin once summarized the ultimate challenge of her missions this way: "The real difficulty is having enough faith in humanity that someone will care." A Private War is such a testament of faith.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
88% First Man (2018) Chazelle and Singer have created a grueling, prosaic, state-of-the-art docudrama (no imagination allowed) with the heart of a male weepie.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) The film has a sketchbook quality, but Hill does something very difficult: he sustains the alternation of intense claustrophobia and release.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) I stayed to the final credit, in case there was a clever tag, but I didn't feel cheated when there wasn't one. I needed the time to catch my breath.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) Although it lacks the sustained, crazy logic of a first-rate flight of imagination, it's still witty and affecting.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Overloaded with physical peril and over-strategized to convey the jitters of a strung-out junkie, the movie runs a deficit on emotional intelligence and journalistic information.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A binge-able series might have been a better way to go, since the script squeezes a sprawling supporting cast into boisterous caricatures and transforms an intricate flow chart of status among Singapore's superrich into a flood of affectations.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) The film fictionalizes setups and collapses factual details while trying to make Eichmann's extraction play out with conventional suspense; it ends up a poor cousin to Argo.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
91% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) This movie is a complex portrait of the athlete as a young artist in what proved to be his dominant period.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) As a novel, The Sisters Brothers was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. This is not the kind of movie that typically wins awards, but for me it is even better than the book.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) I come to praise Redford, not to bury him. I want to celebrate the groundbreaking performer forgotten in the wake of the ultra-handsome superstar.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
60% White Boy Rick (2018) It gives the audience a seriocomic rush. The filmmakers never figure out a full and satisfying ending for a real-life story that culminates in a paralyzing injustice. But if the climactic shocks are just sketched in, the others are vivid and alive. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
44% Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins (1985) You can get carried along by the exuberance and likability of Remo: The Adventure Begins, only to have the despair of the pop mythology underneath it catch up with you the morning after.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Taps into viewers' paranoia over a decrepit, vulnerable infrastructure and then provides bitter laughs and a harrowing catharsis.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
85% Tully (2018) Reitman does succeed at showcasing the sympathetic imagination and flesh impact of his two stars in authentic scenes of domestic mess and cleanup. And Cody attains new legitimacy and veracity as a writer. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 spins like a pop-art pinwheel because [Brad] Bird boasts a coherent and scintillating vision. He turns an action comedy about superhumans into a jamboree of human possibilities.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The complicated feelings Isabel arouses in Alejandro bring this film some unexpected human dimensions.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
74% Too Big to Fail (2011) You feel all the anguish, desperation, humor, and, yes, gallantry of the moment.‐ Baltimore Sun
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Pearce's debut as a writer-director is not merely a lemon. It's a lemon mélange pie of contemporary action, futuristic 'world-building,' and high and low cultural references.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Why is Deadpool 2 so bloody winning? Chalk it up to Reynolds's/Deadpool's adherence to his own waggish sensibility.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) The film is well-groomed and self-contained and limited. It leaves you not with a howl, but with a piercing cri de coeur that fades away a little too soon.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
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
90% 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
89% 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
73% 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
51% 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
42% 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
82% 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
80% 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
75% 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
84% 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
30% 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
95% 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