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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Helmut Berger, Actor (2015) If anything, Helmut Berger, Actor emerges as a testament to Berger's indomitability, his improbable imperviousness to such a treatment, for even when he looks awful in front of Horvath's camera, he looks magnificently awful.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
85% The Master (2012) Towering standalone moments all, they are certainly impressive when first encountered, though they wobble perilously the longer one looks at them...It isn't a great film - but it has a great film rattling around inside it.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) It is not the novel, no, but happy to report, the madly embattled result is a real movie.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
78% Unsane (2018) Narrative improbabilities abound in Unsane, but these mostly work in the interest of the is-she-or-isn't-she game the movie plays with its harried, suspected-mad main character.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) His movies have never been quite so piquantly quotable since he lost Owen Wilson as co-writer and collaborator, but Isle of Dogs contains some of the most finely-calibrated sight gags that he's ever set into motion. ‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) Depardon's approach is patient, observant, unobtrusive ... but beneath this calm one feels the faint tremble of an anger held in check, a bottled-up scream.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
89% Werewolf (2018) Scene by scene, what McKenzie is after is capturing the process of a young woman walling herself off from sentimental appeal in order to save her own life, steeling herself for the long walk away from the wreck of her man.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
7 99% Lady Bird (2017) While there is an acute authorial intelligence informing the transitions between scenes, the steady trot of clipped vignettes comes to seem monotonous and somewhat evasive, a way to move along before anything too hard and hurtful happens.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) Moral and muscular, it's the action-movie illustration of Howard Zinn's proverb, "You can't be neutral on a moving train."‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
92% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) Jia and Yu have, unsurprisingly, made a movie of taciturn eloquence, always sure-footed in negotiating its discursive narrative construction, even as it sometimes wobbles at the level of performance.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
51% Downsizing (2017) [Alexander] Payne and his collaborators have not shrunk from any challenge.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ... while McDonagh's film doesn't lack for gallows humor and pitch-dark stuff, it's in the department of truth that it comes up short.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) It isn't a suspense movie, it isn't a dissection of race relations in the Civil War South, it isn't a bask in the dying light of the agrarian gentry, it isn't even particularly sexed-up and bodice-ripping lascivious.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
94% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) The movie seem to turn away from the very idea that there is anything to build toward, in either life and in art: things happen and then more things happen.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Ex Libris is nothing short of emancipatory.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
5 69% mother! (2017) With this brash, ludicrous, bludgeoning film Aronofsky has made a work that embodies the pervasive feeling that no domestic fortifications can hold the day against what's on the horizon.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) No one involved in The Dark Tower seems to have given a damn about what they turned out, so why should anybody else?‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky feels like the work of a filmmaker with nothing to prove, neither sententious seriousness of purpose nor technical knowhow.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
87% Mutual Appreciation (2006) If much of what I dislike in Bujalski's filmmaking must be accounted for by my objection to the milieu his films travel in, this shouldn't suggest that the filmmaking itself is anything close to competent.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) Detroit succumbs to problems endemic to "Based on Real Events" prestige properties, films that too often are preoccupied with the truth while not feeling entirely honest-the latter being what we should demand of art.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
100% Mister Universo (2016) [A] warm and worthy film ...‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) A Ghost Story fairly pulses with a tender regard for the precious fragility of any domestic shelter, from the frontier to the high-rise.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) A magisterial piece of cinema criticism: three hours out of the day, though offering months of viewing fodder.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
30% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Ritchie's movie is handicapped by its obedience to the rules of modern franchising, putting aside much of the most potent Arthurian lore to instead tell a protracted Round Table origin story.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
80% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) Defined by a blind obeisance to its own template of stylistic choices-one generation's liberated cinema now degraded to a stereotyped, pre-chewed naturalism.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
65% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) For all the talk of Dumont's rebirth, Slack Bay is of a piece with a larger oeuvre that feels at once grandly uncompromised and absent of any passionate belief to compromise ...‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
89% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) Suwichakornpong achingly recognizes the gulf between pseudo-knowledge and lived wisdom, and it is in this liminal zone that she has chosen to work.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) Gray's cinema is intractable in its devotion to direct petition of the emotions through classical storytelling, and a belief in the powers of collective intoxication and, yes, beauty.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
70% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) A movie which consists of a Dionysian revel slowly devolving into a desperation-tinged dance of death.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
68% Free Fire (2017) "I forget whose side I'm on," one of the cringing combatants hollers at one point, as if to reassure the viewer that they're not alone in their disorientation.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
50% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) It makes for an exhilarating, boldly paradoxical experience-a headlong dive into the rich, knotty, sticky undergrowth amid a proliferation of tidy, well-lit paths.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) It plays and it creates an effective admixture of comedy and intrigue, and it takes dead aim at the zeitgeist in a way that's sure to garner attention ...‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) With an outstandingly icy Casey Affleck as a mournful loner drawn back into his old fold, Kenneth Lonergan's New England community study is a masterful, darkly American account of a heart in the dead of January.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
No Score Yet Journey, The - V. 1 (1991) The Journey isn't made to be seen by the greatest number of people, but to be really seen by those who do brave it.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Lacking anything to disturb its basic binary or to put a complacent viewer momentarily on their back foot, there's little here that lifts the ongoing game of farcical imposture and father-daughter sparring above briskly repetitive actor's exercises.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
35% Live By Night (2017) An outright catastrophe as historical drama, it gets halfway to redeeming itself as camp.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
92% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) What a pleasure it is to step into the light.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
88% Jackie (2016) Though Larraín sometimes fails entirely to convince on that emotional level... his talent and intelligence have never really been in question. And then there was Jackie.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Hansen-Løve's film is operating outside the schematic categories of fulfillment and frustration, while her heroine is beyond the illusion of eternal renewal.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) Davies has honored the enormous gravity with which she viewed the events and personages that made up her domestic sphere-"I can't imagine myself beyond my family," as she puts it.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
78% American Honey (2016) Maybe this movie is a mess because America is too? Maybe there are better ways to spend your time?‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
86% Sully (2016) It is a professional's tribute to professionalism, and as with any job well done, there's love in it.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
100% Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015) Happy Hour commands respect through the audacity of its conception and scale, and it earns affection through its humane attentiveness.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Café Society is a movie of plush period trappings, generously spritzed with wistful, bittersweet mistiness.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) There is a great deal to be said for simple dishes, prepared well.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
91% No Home Movie (2016) It's not hard to imagine having a hostile reaction to this piece of work, so convincing is it in giving the impression of being tossed off that anyone not paying attention might overlook its calm control and the deep core of pain hidden in plain sight.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
58% The Neon Demon (2016) The Neon Demon is as lethargic as it is elegant.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
100% Feng ai ('Til Madness Do Us Part) (2013) It is almost imperative to see [Wang's] latest in a cinema setting; in the comfort of home, the temptation to hit the release valve would be too great.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
87% Django Unchained (2012) The horror that Django Unchained expresses isn't of slavery, finally, but of a filmmaker attempting historical tragedy while shackled by his own supercilious persona.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
91% Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) For better or for worse, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is unique, an important movie, a multiplex comedy that doubles as a conceptual art epic.‐ Stop Smiling
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016