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Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) [A] lucid, empathic 1984 documentary ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
93% Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge) (1971) Throughout, the director, Kon Ichikawa, succeeds in making all the world a stage, mixing theatrical and cinematic devices with earthquake intensity.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
71% Suture (1993) It pivots on questions of what constitutes identity-the internal stuff of life or the external components of race, wealth, and status.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Mastering a movie equivalent of a detached first-person point of view, Mungiu unearths hidden depths in the supporting characters while creating a three-dimensional portrait of Romeo as a man who no longer lives in quiet desperation. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) What's fatal to this movie is that it lacks visionary gusto.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Bill Condon's live-action remake of Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise's Beauty and the Beast (1991), the high point of Disney's animation renaissance, is as bloated, awkward, and aggressive as the cartoon feature is fleet and graceful.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
93% Obit (2017) Vanessa Gould's brisk, affectionate documentary Obit suggests that obituary writing as practiced by the ace team at The New York Times could be the most imaginative and organic form of journalism in contemporary newspapers. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Why should every manner of director hanker to make movies that are "character-driven"? What a terrible phrase that is! It makes drama feel like heavy labor.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
87% One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom) (2017) The result of all these deft, small touches is equally traditional and original -- an observational tragi-farce built more like an episode of Seinfeld than Curb Your Enthusiasm. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) What's fun about My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea can't be separated from its swiftness and casualness: it never asks you to take it all that seriously. But it's got a fluky sensibility all its own.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
93% The Saragossa Manuscript (1999) This three-hour swirl of Polish phantasmagoria, from 1965, is an epic piece of japery; it celebrates visions and magic by means of labyrinthine storytelling.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
48% Undisputed (2002) Drawing on torn-from-the-headlines events and B-movie history, Hill and his co-writer, David Giler, fill out their premise with hardboiled irony and gusto.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
69% Demon Seed (1977) Christie's passionate, vulnerable performance keeps pulling the entire movie into her point of view.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
87% A Taste of Honey (1961) A near-classic of postadolescent confusion and longing.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
92% The Hired Hand (1971) Fonda, touching as an actor, proves astonishing as a director, using a fluid, tactile style to conjure a life lived close to the elements and to sudden death.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
71% Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1967) Martin Scorsese's début feature has just the slightest bit of story line, but the movie is a fascinating portfolio piece: a black-and-white blueprint for "Mean Streets."‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
87% A Monster Calls (2017) Bayona's actors connect and disconnect with heartfelt veracity and unexpected sophistication. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
93% Hidden Figures (2017) Melfi never loses sight of his heroines' dual struggle, as women and as black people. He encourages his actors to play on that duality with wisdom, anger, and a nuanced sort of farce.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
93% La La Land (2016) [Chazelle's] filmmaking exuberance and the energy and sweetness of his two stars give this thin soup considerable tang.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Tudyk's K-2S0 has in miniature what Edwards's movie lacks overall: the soul of a new machine.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
86% Lion (2016) The film ends with that contemporary movie rarity-an authentic and overwhelming display of gratitude.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
78% Bells Are Ringing (1960) Vincente Minnelli makes use of the wide screen with graceful, fluid movement, and he helps Martin anchor his usual breeziness with just the right amount of anxiety.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) The second effort by fashion designer turned writer-director Tom Ford (A Single Man) is a roadside horror film wrapped inside a chichi relationship movie.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Loving is a dogged work, not a great or inspired one, but it gets to you nonetheless.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
88% Christine (2016) The movie conveys her rage, rejection, and isolation, but unfortunately doubles down on the confusion.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
100% Tampopo (1985) Tampopo creates a culinary empire of the senses while entertaining an audience like crazy.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
83% Denial (2016) Denial deftly establishes how the moral relativism of contemporary academics and the journalistic belief in giving all viewpoints equal time lead to intellectual bankruptcy. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) The ensemble is seamless.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Sully may be just want the mass audience wants in the 21st century: a disaster film with a happy ending.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone's own presence as a director is oppressive. It's as if he's phoning it in from O'Brian's video-call system, with big, obvious touches that might be confused with mastery.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Cianfrance is so committed to Thomas and Isabel's perspectives that his movie becomes claustrophobic without ever being particularly revealing (or convincing).‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
82% Jerry Maguire (1996) Some amusing stuff about sports agentry drowns in the emotional shallows of Jerry Maguire.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
98% The Conversation (1974) Thanks to Walter Murch's keen, intuitive sound montage and Hackman's clammy, subtle performance, the movie captures [an] elusive and universal fear-that of losing the power to respond, emotionally and morally, to the evidence of one's own senses.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
87% Pete's Dragon (2016) To borrow the tagline of Superman I, you'll believe a dragon can fly. You'll even believe he can feel.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
25% Suicide Squad (2016) Even the most garish escapism requires a director who has the mental discipline to hold out for a fecund idea and the inventive power to build on it. In Suicide Squad, as in Sabotage, the only time brains enter the picture is when heads explode.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) The blinding, brain-smacking mayhem can't wipe out the movie's core of good feeling. Even after the action goes bust, the film's gifted stars continue to radiate their own nuclear-powered, Amazonian brand of bonhomie.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
94% Life, Animated (2016) Though Owen's achievements are extraordinary, the film demonstrates that there are things Disney cartoons can't teach: full self-sufficiency and satisfying adult sexual relationships.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
74% The BFG (2016) Generally, Spielberg packs the frame with so much amusing clutter that he detracts from Rylance's witty, emotional line readings.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
91% Zero Days (2016) Gibney is surely right in calling for open and informed debate about cyber warfare, but his own movie lacks transparency and persuasiveness. What a terrible moment for this director to go unclear.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) We know we're in good hands from the opening moments, when the New Zealand greenery undulates across the screen while an otherworldly choral chant fills the soundtrack.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Stanton is a born comic-fantasy director.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
87% The President (2016) In the best moments of Kandahar, Makhmalbaf conveyed every twist of irony in these savage juxtapositions. In The President, the weight of his preaching tends to flatten out the ironies and the epiphanies.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
95% De Palma (2016) De Palma has the best kind of ending for a director documentary: it leaves us wondering what's yet to come from this protean and multifaceted filmmaker.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Bobin, who can do low-key, as in TV's Flight of the Conchords, and keyed-up, as in Muppets Most Wanted, goes no-key in Alice Through the Looking Glass. He directs so anonymously, it's as if he's imitating Burton on a bad day.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) It wants to be a responsible topical thriller, but the change in focus from the fed-up prole to the battle-hardened broadcast virtuosos is so misjudged that the movie comes off as socially unconscious.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The "civil war" that erupts among Avengers foments filmmaking invention, not anarchy. It harks back to a comic-book tradition that predates the Avengers.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) In A Bigger Splash, Fiennes uses all his showmanship, imagination, and empathy to vitalize a character who is both the life of the party-and, in one uncanny twist, the death of it.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
97% The Dark Horse (2016) The Dark Horse is a rough beauty of a picture.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) Garrone makes you feel as if you've stepped into a world where fickle gods play crack-the-whip with man's-and woman's-fate.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
77% Viktoria (2016) But defects and all, navels or not, Viktoria remains a distinctive, trenchant social-political mock epic about a little big girl.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016