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Mike D'Angelo

Mike D'Angelo
Mike D'Angelo's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice, AV Club, Time Out, The Dissolve

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 94% Blood Simple (1984) It's a trailblazing masterpiece in any form. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 29, 2016
A 92% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) The very best film released in 2016 so far. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 23, 2016
B 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) An enjoyably goofy adventure that manages to bring some freshness to the moldy "cantankerous adult reluctantly bonds with adorable kid" subgenre. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 23, 2016
B 95% Tickled (2016) Begins as a lighthearted look at the alleged sport of "competitive endurance tickling" and gradually turns into something much more disturbing. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 16, 2016
B 90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) Yes, these guys are in their 40s now, working with an actual effects crew, but they're still essentially the same ardent idealists, determined to make the impossible happen. Spielberg would surely still approve. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 16, 2016
B- 94% King Jack (2016) First-time writer-director Felix Thompson demonstrates good instincts for two of King Jack's standard three acts. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 9, 2016
C+ 78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) Almost aggressively unconvincing ... ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 9, 2016
C+ 71% The Final Master (2016) Between action sequences, confusion tends to reign. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 2, 2016
D No Score Yet Hitler's Folly (2016) Might as well be called Plympton's Folly. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 1, 2016
C 72% The Ones Below (2016) A thriller that exasperates more than it thrills. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 26, 2016
C+ 79% Unlocking the Cage (2016) This is yet another doc that would make a first-rate book or lengthy article, gaining almost nothing from its chosen medium apart from (maybe) greater exposure. There's no legitimate taxonomic reason for this material to be designated a film. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 25, 2016
C+ 86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) There's a fascinating story here, but the movie never gets out of its own way long enough to tell it. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 23, 2016
B 100% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2016) Echoes 2008's Still Walking in its gentle, wry wisdom. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
C+ 43% Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016) Bérénice Bejo, who shows up late in the going as the protagonist's lover, makes the lead actor look even less charismatic by comparison. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
D 12% The Last Face (2016) By the time [Wren] wraps things up with a sententious speech about how dreams are more important than oxygen, both have been completely sucked out of the theater. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
C+ 57% The Neon Demon (2016) The movie ultimately doesn't have a narrative so much as it has a Message, and while Winding Refn doesn't actually go so far as to spell that Message out in big neon letters, he might as well have. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
B- 94% Sieranevada (2016) For better and worse, the film itself, which was inspired by the 40-day wake for Puiu's own father, feels similarly random and personal. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
B- 70% Café Society (2016) Watching this film feels like listening to a formerly great pianist whose fingers are now gnarled with arthritis. The notes are right, and played in the correct order, but the tempo is way, way off. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
B- 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) Loach and Laverty's hearts are in the right place, as ever. It's their spleens, which definitely do not work a dream, that they need to monitor. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
C 58% Ma loute (2016) Dumont's direction for the movie stars appears to have been, "start with an absurd caricature of inbred foppishness, then quintuple it, then quintuple that, okay you're halfway there, now bigger please." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
A- 68% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) Bonnard is a wonderfully quizzical presence in the lead, expertly creating the impression of a person who has no idea what he wants but is nonetheless determined to get it. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
A 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Ade begins with a fairly simple dynamic and then proceeds to tease out every possible facet, taking her characters to truly unexpected places and ending on a note of disarming irresolution. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
B- 75% The BFG (2016) Rylance, whose fine features have been expertly distorted, makes an endearingly gentle giant, and the movie finally comes alive toward the end, when the BFG pays a visit to Buckingham Palace and has to interact with the Queen and her retinue. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Starts out looking as if it'll be a deeply serious (and seriously depressing) tale of a Korean "comfort woman" forced to service the occupying Japanese military. After about five minutes of grandiose solemnity, Park drops the charade. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
D+ 14% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2016) Embarrassing enough to stay lodged in one's memory forever, like a popcorn kernel stuck between your teeth. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
B- 79% American Honey (2016) It works best as a rowdy ensemble piece-sort of a co-ed, mobile, present-day version of Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some, examining the frayed bonds created among newly formed adults with few responsibilities. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
A- 96% Paterson (2016) Paterson himself is deathly allergic to pretension, and the film inhabits his sensibility. It's A Portrait Of The Artist As A Working-Class Stiff, arguing for the mundane beauty of all our lives. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
C+ 89% Loving (2016) Loving just asks, over and over, "Isn't it wrong that two people who love each other this much are being persecuted for no reason?" Indeed it is, but I knew that before the movie started and had been hoping, quixotically, for something more. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell Or High Water plays out in unexpected ways, culminating in a tense final showdown that's somehow simultaneously an epilogue, the story having already concluded. (Neat trick, that.) ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2016
B 82% Julieta (2016) Almodóvar has directed what's basically a melodrama as if it were a thriller-a fascinating experiment that doesn't always work as intended, but creates a useful dissonance en route to a powerfully open-ended conclusion. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2016
B- 67% Personal Shopper (2017) Assayas serves up a couple of genuinely frightening effects set pieces. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2016
C 80% Ma' Rosa (2016) Even Tangerine, the movie famously shot on an iPhone 5s, looks better. Not that a sharper image would much improve this chaotic portrait of police corruption. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2016
B+ 97% Aquarius (2016) Sonia Braga gives the performance of her long, storied career in Aquarius. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2016
B- 61% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) An admirably humanistic outlook, to be sure, but the Dardennes usually demonstrate a lighter touch with their grace. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2016
C 42% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) This is one of those dysfunctional-family angstfests that one finds either powerfully cathartic or nigh-well intolerable. I fall into the latter camp. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2016
B 94% Gimme Danger (2016) Jarmusch clearly adores Iggy and wants to ensure that The Stooges receive their due as one of the most influential forces in music history. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2016
B 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2016) An expertly calibrated portrait of what happens when someone starts down a slippery slope of well-intentioned malfeasance. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2016
B 98% Love & Friendship (2016) Beckinsale is the main attraction, delivering hilariously cutting lines with the casual cheeriness of someone who can't even conceive of caring what others might think of her. But she's ably supported by the entire ensemble ... ‐ AV Club
Posted May 12, 2016
B+ 91% A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas) (2016) The movie's title is metaphorical, but its multiple viewpoints -- many of which represent one of those thousand heads, even if only for a minute or two -- ensure that it never feels like a bombastic lecture. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 11, 2016
B- 24% Being Charlie (2016) The movie has a core of rueful sincerity that's frequently affecting, and a spiky sense of humor that's been missing from Reiner's movies for ages. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 5, 2016
B- 82% Viva (2016) Perugorría is such a terrific, soulful actor that he makes Viva's predictable dramatic trajectory ... seem a bit less moldy. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 28, 2016
C+ 70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) What should be the movie's emotional core gets frittered away in mind games. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 28, 2016
C 82% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) The film is grotesque and bizarre without ever really being funny, and while the sight of Mikkelsen as a nebbishy loser is initially bracing, the novelty wears off fast, leaving little else. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 21, 2016
D+ 3% Nina (2016) Nina has been so thoroughly misconceived, on virtually every level, that the only less interesting portrait imaginable would be one that takes place entirely when Nina Simone was in utero. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 21, 2016
B 91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) The Measure Of A Man's beating heart is Lindon's performance ... ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 14, 2016
C- 21% An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) (2014) Beautiful people living in beautiful houses surrounded by stunningly beautiful Canadian landscapes dominate the aptly titled An Eye For Beauty, which unfortunately also demands a stomach for tedium. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 14, 2016
B- 89% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) There's considerable talent on view here, even if it's mostly expended on local color, incidental moments, and random weirdness. Maybe Mascaro should try grabbing the horns next time, rather than the tail. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 7, 2016
F 67% 11 Minutes (11 Minut) (2016) An extravagantly pointless exercise in protracting the buildup to some meaningless carnage, garnished with metaphysical pretension so cutesy and vague that it feels actively insulting. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 7, 2016
B- 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Cheadle demonstrates some talent behind the camera ... He's also predictably charismatic as Davis, capturing the man's raspy voice, hard stare, and infinite swagger. ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 31, 2016
C+ 82% Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) (2016) Everything feels realistic and acutely observed, but there's not a lot of variation involved. ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 31, 2016