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Michelle Orange

Michelle Orange
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% Take This Waltz (2012) Polley is a detail-oriented director who can get a little lost dazzling us with the little things.‐ Capital New York
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
79% Ruby Sparks (2012) It doesn't not work-there's too much genuinely great stuff going on.‐ Capital New York
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) ... even good stories don't tell themselves, especially not if they aim to be great.‐ Capital New York
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
64% Cosmopolis (2012) ... Cronenberg's Cosmopolis expresses something new and necessary about the book, which is to say about limits, the gaps in what can be known, both within and between us.‐ Capital New York
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) The limits placed on Immordino Vreeland by a presumed family obligation and her subject's superstructure persona create a fascinating narrative tension in an otherwise admirably executed but boilerplate personality piece.‐ Capital New York
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
87% Django Unchained (2012) Where other movie histories might seek to teach, rewrite, or gild the stories of our collective past, Tarantino prefers to demonstrate how the movies can help us detonate history's legacies... ‐ Capital New York
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
98% 56 Up (2013) Here as always [Director Michael] Apted jumps between his subjects' variously aged selves with hypnotic, occasionally ruthless dexterity, mapping new narrative sequences and creating damning or salubrious conversations.‐ Capital New York
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
98% Heart of a Dog (2015) Nonlinear and exploratory, Heart of a Dog is elusive by design.‐ Virginia Quarterly Review
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
90% No Home Movie (2016) ... the director's need for her subject carries an almost physical throb. Natalia is so richly anticipated in every patiently wrought, exquisitely framed tableau that her actual arrival within each one is almost beside the point.‐ Virginia Quarterly Review
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
79% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) ... the film's lack of a critical, considered perspective on the madness, some persuasive idea of [Laura] Albert and her coup, leaves the viewer feeling had.‐ Virginia Quarterly Review
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
97% Weiner (2016) ... an otherwise riveting film, precisely because it engages in a form of documentary politics, wherein the identification and accounting for a subject's pathology constitutes drama, and drama's resolution.‐ Virginia Quarterly Review
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
91% Elle (2016) ... Elle's success on the narrative high wire between daring psychodrama and rape-mongering is bound quite strictly to Huppert's performance as an act of repossession.‐ Virginia Quarterly Review
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Writer-director Maren Ade (Everyone Else) complicates her career woman, allowing her both cold-eyed pragmatism and very real potential for injury, blood that spurts red.‐ Virginia Quarterly Review
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) It is this film's unfortunate paradox that a story with so much at stake, rendered in what could only be good faith, should translate to so little.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
4/5 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 90% Frantz (2017) Reconciliation is the metaphor at the heart of this tender, involving love story.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 85% Lion (2016) Richly produced but somewhat inert.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
4/5 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) A genuine delight and a true surprise.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2016
3/5 43% Looking for Grace (2015) Thoughtful, odd and sometimes frustrating.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/5 79% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 68% The Danish Girl (2015) Redmayne's translucence of skin and of expression serves his performance well.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/5 33% 3 Generations (2017) Equal parts earnest public service announcement and screwball family drama, About Ray has more issues with identity than its titular character.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/5 73% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3.5/5 76% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2015
3/5 39% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2015
3.5/5 84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 93% Love Is Strange (2014) It's the tender performances of Lithgow and Molina that carry the film.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2014
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014) [Plays] more like a distended awards show package than a proper documentary ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/5 78% Rosewater (2014) The result suggests the education of a committed satirist in the art of storytelling.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) Nymphomaniac is a jigsaw opus, an extended and generally exquisitely crafted riff.‐ Village Voice
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014