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Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
51% 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
82% 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
94% 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
88% Maudie (2017) Walsh shapes Hawkins and Hawke's interplay so that the film registers as a bizarre-couple love story... These actors conjure a deep nonverbal bond that defies explanation.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
96% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) What's audacious and subtly seductive about Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe is Schrader's attempt to trace its hero's pacific charm through highly charged public and private moments. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
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
96% 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
91% 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
82% 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
88% 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
88% 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
92% 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
92% 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
85% 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