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Michelle Orange

Michelle Orange
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 90% Certain Women (2016) Reichardt operates as usual a specific sort of advocate for her characters, applying close, sustained, and considered attention to their predicaments, and in the process evening the balance of the individual with her surroundings. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins has an extraordinary eye for ordinary spaces, the contexts within which his characters must define themselves. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 75% Frantz (2017) Reconciliation is the metaphor at the heart of this tender, involving love story. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 88% Lion (2016) Richly produced but somewhat inert. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/5 67% Rats (2016) Rats has little of interest to say about its subject, little to provoke thought or argument, beyond which mode of death one finds more vile, or more unjustifiable as viewing material. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) In their few scenes together, Hawke and Washington, so vital in Fuqua's Training Day, hold the screen with sheer chemistry, and perhaps a bit of history. If only this film had known what to do with the richness of its raw material. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 22, 2016
4/5 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) A genuine delight and a true surprise. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 22, 2016
94% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) With Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt, Israeli filmmaker Ada Ushpiz makes an earnest, impressively researched attempt to distill her subject. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 7, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) Heavy with pop allusions and references to other crime underworld movies, including The Godfather and Chinatown, Zootopia is impressive in its visual conception and scope: At once straightforward and densely layered with wit and incident ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 1, 2016
3/5 43% Looking for Grace (2015) Thoughtful, odd and sometimes frustrating. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) Beyond the thicket of sentiment, cherry-picking, and statistic-mongering, much of the information Moore presents is engrossing and even worthwhile. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 69% The Danish Girl (2015) Redmayne's translucence of skin and of expression serves his performance well. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/5 45% About Ray (2015) Equal parts earnest public service announcement and screwball family drama, About Ray has more issues with identity than its titular character. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/5 74% Black Mass (2015) The steady flow of sour deals, minor slights avenged, and prostitutes that require beating to death (poor Juno Temple) begin to wear on one's attention. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3.5/5 75% Last Days In The Desert (2016) Garcia strips the New Testament versions of Christ's wandering to their mythic bones, and from them grows a slender fable of fathers and sons, mystery and grace. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3.5/5 94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Going Clear delivers on its promise to make your eyes pop, and then some.‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/5 55% Ten Thousand Saints (2015) Although Hawke gives a truly delightful, comic performance as Les the Mess, his active encouragement of Jude's habit is one of many elements that go unexamined, which makes the film's larger themes feel only half-conceived. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 5, 2015
4/5 93% Slow West (2015) Slow West is defined by a kind of loving ambivalence -- about its hero, its genre, and perhaps most of all about a landscape so harsh and so beautiful it almost makes a man hope to die. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 3, 2015
3/5 40% Strangerland (2015) [The] film sits rather awkwardly, and frustratingly, between here and there, sure of what it doesn't want to do and say, but not quite settled on what it does. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 3, 2015
3.5/5 96% Argo (2012) The staging of the actual airport getaway is flawless and thrilling; in recreating it Affleck is blunt in depicting the hatred fueling the hunt for remaining Americans on Iranian soil. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3.5/5 96% Appropriate Behavior (2015) In its a-linear presentation of the story of Maxine and Shirin's relationship, the film takes after Annie Hall, though we spend a fair portion of the film observing Shirin in the aftermath of that relationship's demise. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 12, 2015
3.5/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) Under the Skin manages to fulfill the promise of its prologue, burrowing under the viewer's skin without pretense, or the benefit of Laura's bedside manner. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 95% Love Is Strange (2014) It's the tender performances of Lithgow and Molina that carry the film. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 98% The Babadook (2014) The direction is plain and demonstrative, emphasising the isolation and confinement of the characters in a world (and specifically a home) that seems to have turned against them. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 3, 2015
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) What anchors Two Days, One Night, and eases its gaps, is Cotillard's extraordinary performance. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 23, 2014
70% The Immortalists (2014) Should you find the prospect of immortality terrifying, as I do, the film has a vast philosophical hole at its center, and passes with only occasional spikes of interest. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 25, 2014
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014) [Plays] more like a distended awards show package than a proper documentary ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2014
86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) The experience of being eluded by Jean-Luc Godard has its consolations, foremost among them the 83-year-old director's prerogative to elude. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2014
3/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) The tone and pacing are all over the place, and Gone Girl struggles to build a world with its own, immersive logic, sense of incident, and robust sources of energy. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/5 90% Wild (2014) For the most part, though, what we understand about Cheryl is communicated with great care, in a dreamy, frequently witty layering of sound and images, past and present that lingers well beyond the film's stirring final moments. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/5 77% Rosewater (2014) The result suggests the education of a committed satirist in the art of storytelling. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2/5 14% Kill Me Three Times (2015) Cue 90 minutes of dutiful twisting and turning, crossing and bloody double-crossing, but not one moment of actual surprise. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3.5/5 84% While We're Young (2015) Brooklyn-oriented social satire has already worn quite thin... and While We're Young is in danger of thinning out as well. But the Baumbach touch... goes a long way to smoothing out the film's more canned moments. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) Marsh's constant, reverent attention to the small things saves this film from its tendency toward convention and foreground its astonishing lead performance. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 11, 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) Nymphomaniac is a jigsaw opus, an extended and generally exquisitely crafted riff. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4/5 97% Life Itself (2014) The documentary is both a personal history and a tribute to one of the movies' loudest and most prolific modern champions. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 21, 2014
89% Happy Valley (2014) Those familiar with the story will find nothing new for large stretches of Happy Valley, and as presented some of the confusions unleashed by the scandal lack the context necessary to extract their significance. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3.5/5 82% The Double (2014) In his second film, Ayoade's risks (and a wonderfully game cast) suggest a gratifyingly unique sensibility, as playful as it is unsettling. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/5 91% Dear White People (2014) One of the most vibrant, engaging debuts at this year's Sundance Film Festival. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/5 89% Calvary (2014) Calvary demonstrates in its shocking, anti-cathartic conclusion that modern faithlessness, whether proud or despairing, amounts to the same thing. ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 21, 2014
61% Generation War (2014) Viewers require more from the plight of these characters ... than the film is equipped to give. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
96% The Last of the Unjust (2014) A discursive, essential Shoah postscript centered on as fascinating and inconvenient a figure as may have survived Hitler's annihilation. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 10, 2013
59% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Elba ... inhabits a role that was designed to be worn. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 26, 2013
78% Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013) A look back at the husband-and-wife team whose surreal, mimetic installations reinvented the landscape of Soviet and post-Soviet art. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 12, 2013
100% The Square (2013) The Square moves quickly, its reams of raw footage complemented by fleet and skillful editing. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 22, 2013
91% Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013) Though nobody's citizen, the artist, as this engrossing if somewhat oblique career portrait confirms, is still present. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013
74% The Source Family (2013) With some focus and critical perspective, The Source Family might have documented more than a spectacle of its time. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013
0% Silver Circle (2013) A crude valentine to Ron Paul and his extended family. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 19, 2013
100% The Revolutionary Optimists (2013) Change may be elusive, Optimists confirms, but the will to make it blazes. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 12, 2013
68% The We and the I (2013) At its finest and most affecting, The We and the I is a window onto youth's forever moments ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 5, 2013