Peg Aloi

Peg Aloi
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T-Meter Title | Year
87% The Nest (2020) The Nest is a deeply personal story -- unsettling, beautiful, moving, and haunting -- about that most public of sins: greed. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
47% The Craft: Legacy (2020) The new film dangles its intersectional feminism without flaunting it, and suggests a potent link between witchcraft and activism that young viewers may find inspiring. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
40% Rebecca (2020) The characters and story seem to want to break free of the well-upholstered constraints, but can't quite do so. Wheatley's determination to pay homage to the grand ghosts of Hitchcock and Olivier is too strong. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
87% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) The film's portrayal of adolescent girls is spot on. The young performers perfectly capture the nastiness as well as the fickle changeability of girls whose identity depends on fleeting moments of approval and praise. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) This is a historical drama that scrolls across the years, arriving again and again at points where lives and choices intersect, crucial moments that explode with possibility, or finality. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
47% Unhinged (2020) Crowe is brutal and menacing and utterly believable as a man with nothing left to lose who thinks he needs to punish those around him. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) I'm Thinking of Ending Things is nothing if not enigmatic. It is easy to read too much or too little into it. But coming up with an answer is besides the point: the film is deeply affecting. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
51% The Pale Door (2020) Call it the horror virus, one that is afflicting more and more films: overkill overshadows restraint. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
100% Host (2020) It's entertainment genius to turn our new normal into something topical and terrifying. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
69% Amulet (2020) This debut film from Romola Garai is to be commended on all levels: its technical proficiency, its aesthetic beauty, its affecting and unusual story, and its stand out performances. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
77% Summerland (2020) The emphasis on supplying feel-good outcomes for challenging problems weakens what might have been a powerful exploration of the obstacles that women faced surviving in a Britain that had sent the majority of its young men off to war. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
91% Relic (2020) Relic draws on the debilitations of both time and space: the inevitable aging of the body and the places we call home, the inescapable repositories of memories, regrets, and the unknown. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
94% Babyteeth (2020) Babyteeth is a lovely film, an unusually mature coming-of-age story that juggles restraint and abandon with astonishing ease. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
84% Mr. Jones (2020) Gareth Jones' story, of an unknown and mostly unsung journalist hero trying to do the right thing amid overwhelming resistance, should inspire all of us who feel helpless and inadequate now. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Paul [is] is a complex study, played with gut-wrenching emotion and intense physicality by Lindo. It's an incandescent performance, and sure to be one of the most talked-about of the year. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) Shirley tempers that pain and ugliness with morsels of pleasure and beauty: this film is hard to watch, hard to resist, and deeply, deliciously haunting. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
35% Seberg (2020) Stewart is very fine as Seberg: not because she gives us a believable facsimile of the actress (there's no real effort at mimicry here), but because she's convincing as a woman slowly unraveling... - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
44% Robert the Bruce (2019) The use of traditional music lends additional authenticity; Mel Elias's score is excellent. Writers Macfadyen and Eric Belgau have done Robert the Bruce's epic struggle for independence cinematic justice... - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
87% Deerskin (2020) Deerskin is a mordantly funny commentary on the fragility of identity, livelihood, and masculinity. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
81% To the Stars (2020) To the Stars is a somewhat formulaic Middle America melodrama, enlivened by inspired and well-directed performances that infuse some radiant life into small-town struggles. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
69% We Summon the Darkness (2020) The young actors are more than up to the task here, especially Daddario, whose 1970s-era Ivory Girl looks and pitch-perfect timing and facial expressions make her character a compelling ringleader for this fun and original slasher/romp - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
A 72% Vivarium (2020) Vivarium is an incisive and heart-wrenching commentary on the nature of modern life, and our inability to see the bigger picture. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
88% Swallow (2020) Swallow is a closely observed study of a woman trying to break free of a prison within herself. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) Bagalov's directorial vision and voice are bold and compelling. Beanpole is infused with a profoundly tender intimacy, interspersed with stark portrayals of pain, cruelty, and sacrifice. And yet these hard-to-watch moments never feel lurid or gratuitous. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
B 96% Blood on Her Name (2020) Lind is such a skillful actress that the occasional implausibility and moral ambiguity of Leigh's situation becomes compelling and rather suspenseful. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
74% The Lodge (2020) The most powerful moments in The Lodge are supplied by the fine performances from the trio of actors with the most screen time. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
86% Zombi Child (2020) For all of its anthropological power, Zombi Child presents an absorbing kaleidoscopic landscape of imagery that beguiles and confounds; at times we don't know where we are, or even if we're awake or dreaming. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The mind-bending color, creative urban details, stunning costumes, and frenetic energy create a dizzying spectacle -- and there's a heart-pounding soundtrack to boot. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
83% After We Leave (2020) I was blown away by how good After We Leave looks, its subtlety and plausibility and confident simplicity. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
No Score Yet The Field (2019) This is not Bunker's first feature, but it's a strong indicator that his talent is considerable. His trajectory will be well worth watching. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Color Out of Space has its flaws, but its quirky energy, excellent performances, and strangely mesmerizing visuals combine to make the whole compensate for its occasionally ill-fitting parts. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
88% Les Misérables (2020) [A] powerful feature debut. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
84% Just Mercy (2020) Destin Daniel Cretton's story of Death Row prisoners in Alabama is not flawless, but it is decidedly worthwhile, mainly because of the powerful efforts of its stellar cast. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) The film's modulated softness, its moments of quiet heartfelt sorrow, are testaments to a feminism that rejects political anger in order to embrace sisterly compassion. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
92% In Fabric (2019) I found it wildly original. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) The performers lend nuance and complexity to their characters in ways that transcend the writing and directing. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
94% Transit (2019) These two actors mesh well together, effortlessly generating a compelling chemistry borne of a shared sense of unease and immediacy. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) Dark Waters may not be Haynes's most beautiful film, but it may yet prove to be among his most important. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
68% Knives and Skin (2019) Knives and Skin delivers beguiling, intense vignettes of movie magic. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) There are few films these days that feel like such a familiar and sorely-needed balm for stressful times. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Ronstadt's impressive skills as a song stylist make her more enduring than others who wrote and performed tunes they'd written. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) A frenetic, hilarious, and super-savvy exercise in exploring the possibilities for inventiveness and creativity in the world of low budget filmmaking. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
62% Satanic Panic (2019) It's a crazy ride, managing along the way to poke fun at the lifestyles of the rich and bored, reminding us that decadence among the upper classes is very scary indeed. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) Kent has crafted a harrowingly moving film about compassion, and how it may be the one impulse that can save us all. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
72% Gwen (2019) Set during the First World War, Gwen is a sort of folk horror chamber piece filmed amid the sweeping valleys and majestic hills of north Wales. Writer-director William McGregor... has crafted a remarkable debut feature. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
59% Them That Follow (2019) Them That Follow feels both cautionary and elegiac, and clearly relevant in these times of extremism and the rise of small town tyrannies. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
87% Luz (2019) Luz, the debut feature from German filmmaker Tilman Singer, is minimalistic, and somewhat devoid of narrative context. But it has a spare, mysterious vibe that keeps the viewer guessing. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) Ophelia is moving, intoxicating, haunting: the most visually pleasurable film I've seen so far this year. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Horrific it is. And also thrillingly weird and beautiful. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
82% 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