Peter Labuza

Peter Labuza
Peter Labuza's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety The Film Stage
Publications: Variety, The Film Stage

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A 96% Manakamana (2014) It's hard to describe the passions and joys that Manakamana manages to cohere while celebrating its world. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
B+ 78% The Strange Little Cat (2014) A feature that will require multiple viewings, but ones which will pass by briskly and pleasurably so. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
B 92% After Tiller (2013) Engaging and thoughtful, After Tiller's examination of its main subjects forms a documentary that wisely treats its subject with more curiosity than dogma. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
C- 11% Grace Of Monaco (2014) A mostly harmless and occasionally offensive affair that purports a "fictional account" of a true story. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B+ 98% Timbuktu (2015) Abderrahmane Sissako can no longer be called one of the greatest African directors of our time; he has become, simply, one of the greatest directors of our time. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B 97% Mr. Turner (2014) Leigh's camera searches this world through slow and ponderous movements, every gesture by an actor as carefully calculated as the forceful actions Turner throws onto his canvases. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
D+ 30% The Captive (2014) Aggressively stupid when it's not downright illogical, it is hard to imagine a film less deserving for a competition slot at this year's Cannes than The Captive, a subpar Law & Order episode at best. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B+ 87% Winter Sleep (2014) Winter Sleep progresses Ceylan's ever-evolving narrative and aesthetic strategy into what proves his most emotional and dramatic work. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
C 81% The Homesman (2014) If Jones wants to become a great director of a dying genre, he cannot simply hope to mimic what the masters did. He must instead explore the meaning of each image he creates. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B+ 76% Welcome To New York (2015) Welcome to New York is a bold, sometimes absurdly funny, and often-horrifying look into the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B 95% National Gallery (2014) As National Gallery/ will show, paintings can communicate many things to many different people, and this latest institution makes for a unique look at the role of art in public life. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
C+ 60% Saint Laurent (2015) A flashy and intermittently unique biopic. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B+ 88% Foxcatcher (2014) There is an unspoken emptiness that hangs boldly over Foxcatcher, which is sure to be one of the subtly darkest films made by a major Hollywood studio this year. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B- 62% Maps to the Stars (2015) Something of a fascinating misfire, still shot and edited with the precise authority that has defined Cronenberg's recent period, but jumbled in the search for narrative control and originality. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B 88% Jauja (2015) [A] strange, beguiling, and excitedly didactic film. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
A 88% Amour Fou (2015) The Austrian director's sixth film is ecstatically original: a work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
A- 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) What separates Two Days, One Night from just another tale of a poor woman in desperate need is that the Dardennes have also, rather subtly, rendered a stunning portrait of marriage on the brink. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
D 31% Lost River (2015) Lost River is little more than "cool shots, bro." - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
C- 22% The Search (2015) The Search has a lot of passion behind it, but little in terms of craft. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
88% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) Language is gone. The new cinema has arrived. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
A- 95% Hard to be a God (2015) Hard to Be a God is the perfection of the director's long-take approach, likely to remain unmatched for years to come. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B- 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) In an era where anime films seem to blend into each other aesthetically, Takahata's impressions seems marvelously alive - its modesty in images makes them feel as if they're being created before our very eyes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B- 90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Clouds of Sils Maria shows how it is not the movies that change, but how perception of art itself changes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B 98% Leviathan (2014) Zvyagintsev has craftedLeviathan with the most sublimated of directing, letting each scene play out with a quiet, methodic use of pace and performance. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
C- 89% Mommy (2015) In Mommy, Dolan has essentially stunted his work, speaking both figuratively and literally. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
A- 98% A Summer's Tale (2014) A piercingly funny work of indecision. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2016
B+ 69% The Princess Of France (2015) While The Princess of France is a comedy, it, like the Shakespeare play foregrounded within, is ultimately a dark and bittersweet tragedy. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2016
B 100% Songs From The North (2015) Yoo's film is a necessary correction of how we should view or think about what life is really like in North Korea, even if the work feels somewhat limited by its own necessity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2016
B- 88% The Iron Ministry (2015) The Iron Ministry is a rather odd work for many reasons, even if its depiction of class and ethnicity on various trains across modern China captures an essential moment. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
C 72% Interstellar (2014) When the essential property of film forces us to believe in an illusion, [Nolan] has become the least-spiritual director in contemporary cinema. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
A- 87% Buzzard (2015) One of the most exciting pictures in contemporary American cinema. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
C 50% Over Your Dead Body (Kuime) (2014) Over Your Dead Body will certainly appeal to Miike's hardcore fan base, for his technical mastery of blood is on display throughout. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
B 100% Tu Dors Nicole (2015) Under the direction of Stéphane Lafleur, this Québécois comedy takes on an air of wondrous restlessness in its minor ambitions. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
C 9% Dying of the Light (2014) It's a film full of Cage at his wide-eyed, extreme intensity, but many of the scenes seem to lose the process that made them. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
B+ No Score Yet Here's to the Future! (2014) The result truly embodies the idea of every film being a documentary of its production, but what's more unique here is that this isn't a toiled, labored experience, but simply more of a hangout. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
B+ 92% Something, Anything (2014) Don't let the generic title fool you. Paul Harrill's Something, Anything gently tells its story through detailed specificity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
77% St. Vincent (2014) Soderbergh's style isn't just a grab-bag of showy devices -- his craft adds dimensions to the characters that are absent from the writing. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
56% Lucky Bastard (2014) None of the murders is particularly well staged (the sound effects feel distinctly off), yielding little in the way of suspense. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
69% About Last Night (2014) It balances any sentimentalism with an over-the-top vulgarity and a more open sexual energy than its predecessor. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2014
41% Haunt (2014) A classical haunted-house thriller with perhaps little that's out of the ordinary for the genre, but occasionally inventive execution. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2014
33% Freezer (2014) A mediocre work built on a flimsy, nonsensical premise that squanders its modest potential with a cornucopia of bad plot twists. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2014