Peg Aloi

Peg Aloi
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T-Meter Title | Year
83% High Life (2019) Denis provides a pensive invitation to those inclined to muse on death, infinity, and the meaning of life. The film's naturalistic aura balances its conceptual enormity. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
80% The Wind (2019) The Wind explores the fears that beset even strong, capable women stuck struggling for survival without a supportive community or social contact. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) Here's hoping that these scrappy, articulate, and impassioned underdogs - well-versed in the language and tactics of revolution and resistance - will continue to be a shining beacon of all that is good. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) I envision that Horror Noire will become a canonical work for film history buffs and horror aficionados alike. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) Arctic avoids existential symbolism for the sake of expressing authentic emotions, most of them thanks to Mads Mikkelsen's performance, a quiet tour de force. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Filled with music from many genres, from folk to jazz to rock and roll, Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War is a sumptuous, sad, and often thrilling story of love set mostly in post-war Poland. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer is a gripping story about the acid of regret: it eats away at our hearts until we're hollow - and have nothing left to lose. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) This blistering new documentary by Alexis Bloom manages to offer a fairly balanced portrait of a man who, at the end of his life was widely demonized. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
96% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) Director and co-writer Pernille Fischer Christensen has crafted a powerful coming of age story that is also a story of how society slowly transforms. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 66% Suspiria (2018) I loved it. But I did not love all of it. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) I Am Not a Witch is subtly satirical, taking care to underline the performative nature of the witchcraft accusations and banishings. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Indie filmmaker Josephine Decker has come up with a brilliant showcase for Helena Howard, whose performance is electrifying. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) The filmmaker adds enriching context and historical depth to the titillating details of this man's extraordinary life. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
92% Nico, 1988 (2018) Nico, 1988 lays bare the ravaged body and brooding soul of a woman who may yet be remembered as among the most iconic musicians of the twentieth century. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Legrand's debut is not easy to watch; but the powerful performances, suspenseful story, and exquisitely calibrated direction make it a must-see. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Thomasin McKenzie's Tom is an affecting and multi-faceted character. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary has top notch acting, a gorgeous look, and some genuinely terrifying moments that linger. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
69% Damsel (2018) Some may believe that the western-genre-turned-arthouse gimmick was played out long ago, but Damsel's fresh energy and pioneering spirit offers redemption on many levels, for characters and viewers alike. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Summer 1993 is provocative, both for the raw depth of the emotions it evokes and the directness of its storytelling. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
85% Nancy (2018) I don't think I have seen a better performance yet this year than Andrea Riseborough as this strange, unknowable woman. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
91% Beast (2018) Self-assured and finely-wrought...along with its atmospherics, the film's strength comes from its excellent casting. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
75% Little Pink House (2018) Little Pink House is a fairly textbook rendition of a true story adapted for film, complete with authentic locations and local extras. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
5/5 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) In You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay's status as an artist of uncompromising originality and skill is stronger than ever. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Despite some storytelling flaws, Unsane is ultimately suspenseful, terrifying, and rather haunting. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
88% David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) For those who are fascinated by the enigmas posed by these videos' unusual imagery (such as the face bandages with small buttons for eyes, a haunting visual from "Lazarus"), this documentary will not disappoint. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
98% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) The best way to experience Leaning into the Wind would seem to be in much the same way Goldsworthy experiences the nature that inspires him. Be an attentive watcher and listener - devoid of expectation. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
37% The Leisure Seeker (2018) We're not in European art film territory here. Oh, but if we had been, I think [Helen] Mirren and [Donald] Sutherland, whose chemistry is unmistakable, would have been so much more memorable than they are. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Just about every aspect of Loveless is executed perfectly. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
86% Midnighters (2018) But the film's real strength is in its direction and Julius Ramsay's skill at visual storytelling. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) This sympathetic, enthralling film is a tribute to her talent and courage, the gifts behind the alluring impact of her unforgettable face. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) The plot is straightforward, but the film's tone and style supply an artful mix of sensations. The lighting is colorful and heady...The film's rhythms gracefully accompany her endeavor, rising and falling with every setback or tiny, incremental victory. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
92% The Silent Child (2017) Realistic and moving, with beautiful cinematography, this is a stirring call for awareness of the plight of deaf schoolchildren. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
100% The Eleven O'Clock (2016) Predictable but very well acted fare. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
100% Watu Wote (All of Us) (2017) A young woman moves through the mayhem with almost serene courage. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
90% My Nephew Emmett (2017) This is a lyrical, powerful piece by Kevin Wilson, Jr. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
92% DeKalb Elementary (2017) A truly devastating piece, given the recent mass murder in Parkland, Florida, but it unfolds with an almost eerie calm. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
85% Revolting Rhymes (2016) It's a dark twist on several familiar Roald Dahl fairy tales, with some slightly adult themes and very funny action, all narrated by a rather sage old wolf. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
100% Garden Party (2017) Garden Party is a dynamic, brilliant short that catalogs the leftover detritus of a fancy party. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
82% Lou (2017) Lou is a sweet, funny, and kinesthetic Disney piece. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
100% Negative Space (2018) The voiceover is simple, taken from a poem, and the animation's colorful surreal treatment of claymation is whimsical, inventive, and deeply affecting. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
75% Dear Basketball (2017) It features breathtakingly beautiful colored pencil drawings. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The result is a well acted film that conjures up a Golden Age of Hollywood vibe, enlivened by references to a halcyon era gone by. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) This film's tensive beauty and white-hot performances, not to mention its brilliant score and letter-perfect direction, may well distract the average filmgoer from the profound messages lurking in the screenplay. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
100% 42 Grams (2017) The film's stunning final images suggest that there will be no end to this passionately creative endeavor, driven by the hunger to satisfy. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
100% Unrest (2017) With Unrest, Brea has crafted film that will no doubt improve awareness, outreach, and support for many people whose visibility and voices have been too dim for too long. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
92% Thelma (2017) With this effort, Trier is digging deeper into what looks like his customary theme: when self-acceptance becomes a form of empowerment it can lead to redemption -- if one can muster the will to survive. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
88% The Post (2018) Spielberg's timing is nearly perfect, and so is his film. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
80% Blame (2018) I love the way Blame captures the kaleidoscopic emotional experience of being a teenage girl, one moment ecstatic and exuberant, the next dreamy and dark, the next angry and despairing. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Could this film be any better? The cinematography beguiles. The dialogue is natural yet artful. The cast is first rate in every way - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) Director Craig Gillespie deftly creates a story full of humor, suspense, and revelatory events, the latter involving such high stakes some viewers may find themselves gasping, cheering, and applauding as if they're, well, attending a sporting event. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017