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Nicholas Bell

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Les Parents Terribles (The Storm Within) (1948) By today's standards, the potential salaciousness of Les Parents Terribles may seem rather diminished, but it retains a unique energy thanks to its portrait of hopelessly enmeshed post-WWII bourgeois family ties. ‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3.5/5 91% Trilogy of Terror (1975) for fans of Black, Matheson, or Curtis, there's no topping the weirdness of Terror, which ends in a fantastically strange crescendo.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2/5 28% Rodin (2018) While it warms up a bit in the second half, Doillon only manages a rather obscure, even myopic depiction of Rodin's considerable cultural iconography.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/5 94% Andrei Rublev (1973) May be one of the most impressive portraits of an artist ever committed to film, if mostly because it also transcends its subject as a masterful examination of medieval Russia.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4.5/5 99% Selma (2015) Selma is the kind of expert filmmaking that's long been absent from an American tradition of historical reenactment-it manages the forgotten art of depicting the graceful human beings that made it history in the first place.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/5 100% L'eau froide (Cold Water) (1994) Cold Water is a sterling example of the teen movie genre as art cinema.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/5 63% The Oath (2018) Although The Oath ultimately doesn't live up to its convictions about our contemporary political dystopia, it's at least attempting to grapple with a nightmarish but potential worst case scenario.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
92% The Baby (1973) The discomfort of The Baby is what makes it seem surprisingly subversive, thanks mostly to the rigorous physicality of David Mooney's (here credited as David Manzey) performance as a developmentally disabled adult.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
3/5 100% The Farmer's Daughter (1947) It is a hopeful romantic melodrama which hits all the right notes of an optimistic post-WWII America obsessed with its own virtuousness. ‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
3/5 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) More charming and sweetly calibrated than one might expect... It's a welcome change of pace from Roth, who shows a dimensionality previously undetected.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 59% Bel Canto (2018) Oddly assembled and never quite convincing either as a human interest drama, a love story, or a thriller, Bel Canto tries to be a lamentation when it might have been better served to scream.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 74% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) [Director Michael] Matthews clearly has a lot of love for the elements inspiring Five Fingers for Marseilles, but it ultimately falls apart during the exact moments it should be most compelling.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3.5/5 64% Lizzie (2018) Turns a lurid melodrama into a compelling testament of the dangers of suppression.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/5 86% Colette (2018) Knightley excels as the titular author, the costume drama period piece clearly evoking her most impassioned emotional plateaus as a woman who finds her voice and reclaims her name.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/5 100% Gloria Bell (2018) For lovers of the first film, the remake has the tendency to feel a bit less refreshing... On the other hand, Moore's lithesome interpretation of a middle-aged woman finally learning how to live out loud still manages to be poignant and enjoyable.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2/5 67% Maya (2018) In comparison to Hansen-Love's formidable body of work... There's an absence in rich texture otherwise seen in her strongest works. But even on its own merits, free of the clutter of expectations, Maya is rather a meandering trudge.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 84% Destroyer (2018) Kusama comes out swinging with one of the best Los Angeles neo noirs in recent memory. Featuring a captivating performance from Nicole Kidman, who somehow juggles sinister and sympathetic in equal measure.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/5 20% Retrospekt (2018) Interesting, but lacking the sort of payoff it's purposefully frustrating structure would seem to promise.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Saf (2018) Bleak without falling into a pit of miserabilism, and meaningful without being preachy, Saf should be classified as a moral fable of our times and yet there's nothing fablelike about it.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 93% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Newcomer KiKi Layne is a fitting choice as the naive protagonist of Baldwin's prose, which is kept wonderfully intact.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 86% High Life (2018) Denis isn't interested in answering any questions, or even posing them, really. Which makes High Life even more compelling, mysterious, uncompromising, strangely fetishistic, and enjoyable.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 60% Angel (Un ange) (2018) The prurient humor is underscored by the racial, economic, and political ramifications of such an illicit fraternization, here re-designed in all its sobering, formal probability.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 46% Where Hands Touch (2018) This is perhaps Asante's most immediate and potent effort to date despite its period setting. ‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/5 81% Halloween (2018) Wisely abstaining from answering any questions about the mythos of Michael Myers, Green's Halloween is the best iteration of the franchise since Carpenter laid down the gauntlet.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 71% Greta (2018) Less gothic romance than it is YA thriller (think early Willow Davis Roberts), Huppert gets to purr her way from something like Euro-style Mrs. Voorhees to full-fledged insane harridan.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 83% Sew the Winter to My Skin (2018) Meaningful and often a tad restrained, Qubeka presents Kepe as the subject of a meditative western, a fitting package for a man pursued through a wild frontier by white colonialists.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Vice of Hope (Il vizio della speranza) (2018) Meaningful without ever transcending into something extraordinary, The Vice of Hope favors victims of circumstance. ‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3.5/4 83% Angelo (2018) Schleinzer evokes levels of toxicity which are both effective and memorable in the final frame of Angelo. ‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3.5/5 56% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2018) If his rendition feels repetitive, its because the situation itself is, for while love may be one of life's sublime experiences, the fluctuating joy and desire between two people can also transform into Sisyphean hellaciousness . ‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 100% In Fabric (2018) [A] delightfully bizarre new entry from Strickland.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
2.5/5 71% One Last Deal (2018) Increasingly, the film takes on a lighter, rosy glow as Olavi's redemption pulls up in the rear, tending to enhance the artificiality of its resolution.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
100% The River (2018) A searing, precise portrayal of the dangers of not only luddism, but the dysfunctional possibilities in the absence of love and affection.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 84% Non-Fiction (2018) Non-Fiction goes down like a sweet blast of bubbly, fading into a rosy glow by its end credits.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 54% In the Mouth of Madness (1995) In the Mouth of Madness features some notable special effects and maintains some of its unsettling atmosphere thanks to its subversive, cerebral ideas.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) Olmos is devastating as the titular Gregorio Cortez.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 100% Country (1984) While Lange's performance alone elevates something like Country... There's something a bit stagnant about the melodrama of William D. Witliff's screenplay, which takes a compelling predicament but can't rightly fashion the familial characteristics.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2.5/5 22% A Thousand Acres (1997) This is the type of perverse material which would have made a fine high-profile spectacle from the late 1950s or 60s, when its issues could ride the line between sacred and profane, obvious and subtle.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/5 100% Smithereens (1982) If Smithereens feels like a first labor of love, it's even more endearing for it, stylistically akin to early titles by John Waters.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) Those hungry for the spirit of a cinematic tradition long dead can find it joyfully resurrected once more by Cattet and Forzani.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 47% Touch Me Not (2018) It's a frank, sometimes cathartic portrayal of intimacy and desire.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 92% Hotel by the River (2018) Hotel by the River may end up being strewn amongst [Hong Sangsoo's] extensive B-side items but it ends up being one of the director's more serene, introspective efforts to date.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is performed with all the same tenor as a Shakespearean tragedy, issues of familial obligation, fate, and impossible rifts creating the dramatic vortex underneath a greenscreen veneer which creates moments of fleckless beauty.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 96% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2018) Brun's performance exists mostly in between her sparse bits of dialogue - her facial expressions direct the emotional core of any given scene, while her eyes seem to change color with particular moods.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 17% Eva (2018) As many auteurs have similarly molded Huppert throughout her extensive filmography, Eva is another exotic testament to her abilities.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 91% Transit (2019) A return to the bleakness of Petzold's work in the early 2000s, gone is the emotional heartbeat of his previous two films. This is a new, dubious world redefined through another wave of a rising terror...‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 83% Dovlatov (2018) More a portrait of a period of increasing conservative ideologies than a justifiable biopic of a determined writer, Dovlatov proves German Jr.'s ability to present something more digestible and straightforward.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 83% Mug (Twarz) (2018) A potent slice of sacrilegious daring, which allows a true sense of humanity to bleed into focus. ‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 17% Death Wish (2018) Death Wish is at least an example of the kind of adult cinema now rarely served to the masses - it's just too bad Roth and Carnahan didn't set a course for something more subversive or compelling.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Interesting for some extreme choices but more often than not a bit turgid, Red Sparrow plays like a missed opportunity at something more malicious and subversive than it ends up being.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 91% Hannah (2018) Achingly morose, Hannah is an arrhythmic piece of beautifully composed, carefully deliberated miserabilism.‐ IONCINEMA.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018