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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
B 100% Strong Island (2017) What's valuable here, in addition to Ford's visual mastery, is the wealth of context that he provides.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
B- 82% Brad's Status (2017) White altogether avoids the sourness that marred his directorial debut, 2007's Year Of The Dog, and he's made a real find in Abrams, who counters Stiller's raw neediness with hilarious disaffection.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
B- 100% Trophy (2017) What's abundantly clear is that every other species on Earth is at our mercy, and that there are no easy answers when it comes to determining the most compassionate form of our so-called dominion.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
D+ 31% Rebel in the Rye (2017) There's a special cruelty ... in consigning Salinger-an author whose most famous character incessantly rails against phoniness-to the superficial cliché factory that is Rebel In The Rye.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
C+ 24% Unlocked (2017) The movie becomes a relentless series of fake-outs and reversals, as if half a season of 24 had been compressed into under two hours.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
C 43% Bushwick (2017) Nobody involved in this project seems to have considered the absurdity of another U.S. civil war taking citizens completely by surprise, as if such an extreme national rupture could occur with zero preamble.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
B 87% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) [Touré's] superb, deeply internalized performance manages to suggest wellsprings of longing concealed by a scrim of perpetual wariness.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
C- 0% Naked (2017) Let's place the blame where it squarely belongs: on the moronic premise. Groundhog Day but he's naked? Why?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
C 14% Planetarium (2017) Numerous potentially interesting ideas orbit one another in Planetarium, but none boasts sufficient gravity to merit a landing, it seems.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B+ 88% 4 Days in France (Jours de France) (2017) What makes 4 Days In France special, though, is that it's far more expansive than its basic premise would suggest.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
B+ 90% Kékszakállú (2017) Kékszakállú works best as pure cinema, mostly divorced from narrative; some of its most memorable moments don't even really contribute to the vague theme that gradually emerges.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
C+ 74% Amnesia (2017) [The] script ... saddles the cast with blunt dialogue, laying out ideas at the expense of credibly evasive and self-protective human behavior (to say nothing of realistic conversational rhythms).‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
B 100% Chasing Coral (2017) Chasing Coral has a cogent, timely argument to make-and, crucially, it's an argument that demands visual presentation.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
B 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Even at only 76 minutes, The B-Side feels a tad overextended-but it's a pleasure to see a warm, creative, and not even remotely evasive individual in front of [Morris'] signature Interrotron camera for a change.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
B 100% In Transit (2015) A vivid cross-section of regular folks who all happen to be aboard the Empire Builder, an Amtrak train that makes a three-day journey between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
C+ 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) The movie's third act takes an abrupt swerve in a less plausible, more heightened direction, serving up the conventional heroics that acts one and two had studiously avoided.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
C+ 77% The Hero (2017) A film that generously gives Elliott one of the few lead roles of his lengthy career, but mostly asks him to embody clichés, without providing any sense of how he might improve upon them.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
C+ 63% Dean (2017) Dean turns out to be quite touching, in retrospect. If only it were funny, clever, or in any other way particularly inspired from moment to moment.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
C+ 64% Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017) Adios just feels inessential-more of a bloated DVD supplement (it would have been perfect, in shorter form, for the recent Criterion release of Wenders' film) than a proper movie in its own right.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
C+ 71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) Rather than portray a turbulent group dynamic, the film focuses on the marital woes of one particular couple, squandering its novel milieu on a banal conflict that would play out similarly in just about any context.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
C 55% Lowriders (2017) Far more creativity went into the various cars' hood murals than into the screenplay.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
C 76% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) A Woman's Life frustrates because it's neither entertaining nor illuminating to watch a character passively absorb constant misery.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
B- 58% Small Crimes (2017) If the film came across as jaded and cynical, it might well be hard to take. Instead, it seems weary and defeated, as if some people are simply born to fail.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
C- 40% Phoenix Forgotten (2017) Most found-footage horror films owe a sizable debt to The Blair Witch Project, but few have aped the genre's touchstone quite as shamelessly as does Phoenix Forgotten.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
C+ 75% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) It's a film of nearly pure sensation: woozy, intoxicating, visually gorgeous... and maddeningly repetitive.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
B- 89% Win It All (2017) There's enough disreputable behavior bookending the righteousness, and enough solid jokes along the way, to make the effort moderately entertaining.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
C 61% Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (2017) When Zola tells Cézanne "I can't remember why I loved you so much," one can only nod in agreement.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
B- 80% Dig Two Graves (2017) Frustrating though Dig Two Graves generally is from a storytelling standpoint, it's consistently a visual pleasure.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
B- 90% Frantz (2017) Beer and Niney do solid work, but their sensitive efforts can't quite breathe life into a story that no longer seems terribly relevant.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
C+ 74% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) It takes a while to recognize that The Sense Of An Ending is essentially a portrait of a jerk.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B- 93% Donald Cried (2017) Deserves credit for making an effort to do something marginally different with its central doofus.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
B- 99% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) The movie is a pleasure to look at, and often genuinely sweet, but it's also akin to scaring the crap out of a little kid for 30 seconds and then smothering her with cotton candy for an hour.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
B+ 92% From Nowhere (2017) Even at its most mechanistic ... From Nowhere largely avoids preachiness and sanctimony, preferring to wrestle with the real world in all its stubborn complexity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
B 98% Kedi (2017) When it uses cats as a stealthy means to investigate the human heart ... it unsheathes its claws.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
C+ 57% War on Everyone (2017) One day, perhaps, murderously corrupt police officers will once again be a viable source of comedy. At this particular historical moment, however, a movie like War On Everyone has its work cut out for it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
C+ 95% Oklahoma City (2017) It's useful mostly to people who know little or nothing about the subject matter, and as proof that slamming the door on Muslims can't magically solve terrorism.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
B+ 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Farhadi ... remains peerless at orchestrating fearsomely complex moral dilemmas from what seem like innocuous circumstances and continues to grow as a low-key visual stylist, with a sharp eye for both cluttered and spare environments.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
C 59% Alone in Berlin (2017) A lump in the throat inspired by real-life heroism is all that this dour, monotonous drama has to offer.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
B- 91% Ma (2017) The result is decidedly uneven, but the film's sheer creative ambition is invigorating.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
C+ 52% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) First-time director Robin Pront serves up plenty of brooding atmosphere, but the screenplay, adapted from a stage play by Pront and Jeroen Perceval ... never succeeds in eluding genre cliché.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
B+ 94% Neruda (2016) The more Neruda departs from historical fact, the more trenchant it becomes. Take note, other filmmakers.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
C+ 86% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) "I can talk to bears," Roman explains, and that's that, basically.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
B- 60% Burn Country (2016) More of an interesting thesis than a compelling drama, but it's anchored by Rains' sturdy performance as a man whose open-minded curiosity about his new home disengages his natural wariness, for both better and worse.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
86% H. (2014) Its unusual amalgam of low-key, keenly observed naturalism and WTF inexplicability is potent enough to keep viewers enraptured.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet The Birth of Saké (2016) One needn't be a drinker, or particularly interested in Japanese culture, to be fascinated by this documentary portrait of the Tedorigawa Brewery, which was founded nearly 150 years ago and is one of the last remaining breweries that makes saké by hand. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
C- 11% Run the Tide (2016) This is bargain-basement schmaltz, too blandly folksy even for Sundance. Sheer toothiness can't elevate drab material.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
C+ 95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) Ma seems to recognize that watching a poor schlub pay a comatose patient's bills isn't the stuff of high drama. Unfortunately, his efforts to give Lao Shi something active to do only serve to undermine the movie's critique of Chinese compensation law.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
B+ 79% Evolution (2016) To watch Hadzihalilovic's films is to be reminded that life itself is a deeply perplexing mystery-that we're all born into rigidly stratified societies, laden with inexplicable rules and run by people whose minds we can't access.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
B 89% Always Shine (2016) Always Shine shines brightest when it lets these women be themselves, and the filmmaking provides the dissonance.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
B+ 86% Divines (2016) A portrait of combustible banlieue femininity, emanating raw energy and scrappy good humor even as it builds to an unexpectedly tragic and horrifying finale.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016