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Philip Martin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90/100 99% Selma (2015) ...in many ways remarkable, one of the best conventional Hollywood movies to ever engage the seemingly intractable American problem of racial injustice. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 25, 2015
89/100 88% Foxcatcher (2014) ...about the ways men without women accommodate one another -- the way they literally lean on one another and the way alliances shift and dissipate as favors are proffered and withheld. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 16, 2015
88/100 72% American Sniper (2015) Eastwood takes on the story in a straightforward, apparently conventional Hollywood fashion that camouflages his deeper intention -- the exploration, if not explosion, of masculine myth. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 16, 2015
78/100 No Score Yet The Skin (La Pelle) (1981) ...not entirely successful at depicting Malaparte's infernal Naples... and while the book leaves you with a sense of the... the unkillable commercial opportunism of mankind, the film comes across as shrill and obvious. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2015
85/100 46% The Gambler (2014) It's better than it has to be, and director Rupert Wyatt ...handles the story with economy and intelligence. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2015
90/100 74% Inherent Vice (2015) ...a dreamy movie that's all about the textures, the flat valley light glancing off the David Hockney planes. It's a movie that revels in its moviedom even as it replicates, in a very naturalistic way, a particular time and place. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2015
92/100 97% The Long Goodbye (1973) ... one of those movies that always flits through my mind when someone asks me to name my favorite movies of all time. I usually don't mention it, but it's always there, on the periphery. It's at least one of my two or three favorite Altmans.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 4, 2015
79/100 79% The Missouri Breaks (1976) ... worth seeing if only for the madness of Marlon Brando ... it's not hard to see why some charge him with sabotaging the film with a genuinely bizarre performance‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 4, 2015
95/100 99% The Godfather (1972) ... its amber antique look, its misty-eyed, soft-hearted vision of honorable men battling for their shot at the American main chance as much a part of our collective iconography as ... Citizen Kane or ... The Great Gatsby. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 4, 2015
86/100 77% Fury (2014) ...what's best about the film are the incidentals - the details that seem both off-hand and drawn from life. The bride int he wedding dress among the refugees, the flattened bodies the tanks roll mindlessly over. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 4, 2015
98% Boyhood (2014) It's an honorable and obviously artistically successful project, my personal quibbles notwithstanding. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 2, 2015
87/100 91% Birdman (2014) ... precisely the sort of movie Farber would have called White Elephant Art, with its aspirations for Oscar glory and high-minded talk about the nature of art .... I do not presume to tell you what Iñárritu is trying to say with it. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
90/100 95% Love Is Strange (2014) If making the audience care about the made-up people and situations depicted onscreen is the ultimate measure of a film's success, no 2014 film has succeeded so well ... ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
83/100 56% #Stuck (2014) ...there's a germ of a good idea here, and the two leads have more than sufficient chemistry. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
90/100 100% Stray Dog (2015) ...offers us a glimpse of some truer sort of America than the brand generally promulgated via mass media, but maybe it's more honest to acknowledge that there are lots of "true Americas" and that most of us live in several of them. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
90/100 78% St. Vincent (2014) sometimes superb execution overcomes all ... perhaps the most entertaining and genuinely uplifting movie I've seen this year. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
89/100 100% Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) ...heartbreaking, surprisingly entertaining ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
83/100 41% Horns (2014) An uncomfortable hybrid of fantasy, horror and romance genres (with elements of black comedy and religious allegory generously drizzled in) ... ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
79/100 67% Laggies (2014) Shallow, smug and bizarrely myopic ... ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
89/100 88% The Blue Room (2014) Bracing, brisk and technically dazzling, Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room is the rare movie you might wish was a bit longer... ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
90/100 94% Whiplash (2014) A simple plot synopsis might make Whiplash seem ordinary -- there's even a little romantic subplot -- but that sort of reductive reporting misses the point of this beautifully crafted, nuanced and wonderfully energetic film. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
89/100 97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) [an]ongoing conversation between these two remarkable artists whose superficial differences are dissolved by a genuinely encouraging love. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
82/100 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) No matter how much of this story is true, the movie is a pretty lie. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
87/100 46% The Sleepwalker (2014) ...an assured first feature that seems to announce the arrival of impressive cinematic sensibility. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
88/100 96% Citizenfour (2014) ... the systematic mining of communications from people the government has no reason to suspect of terrorism is indeed a thing. And, thanks to Poitras, we are there at the moment it became impossibly naive to believe otherwise. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
87/100 71% Interstellar (2014) There's a certain clumsiness to Nolan's longest and most personal film, a kind of earnest self-seriousness that opens it to parody and snark. But at its center beats a human heart. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
90/100 81% The Homesman (2014) ... for 90 minutes or so, The Homesman is a completely hypnotic, powerful experience. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
89/100 98% The Babadook (2014) An elegant little horror film reminiscent of Roman Polanski's "apartment trilogy" ... albeit minus Polanski's kinky male gaze. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
75/100 51% Unbroken (2014) "the ultimate effect is like the rich lady who hires the high-priced decorator to furnish her house and arrange for art on the walls. It's pretty, but it's not art, and it's not even all that comfortable." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 31, 2014
43% Comet (2014) This little movie punches above its weight. It's really enjoyable. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 19, 2014
83/100 24% Third Person (2014) As taken as I was with the first three quarters of the movie, by the end I felt like throwing something at the screen. Or rather, at the tiny man behind the screen: Haggis, the great and terrible. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 2, 2014
87/100 59% Bird People (2014) ...a strange and sometimes discomfiting movie that occasionally gets a little heavy-handed as it traces the trajectories of two disrupted souls through the depressingly neutral territory of an airport hotel. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 2, 2014
87/100 80% The One I Love (2014) ...a sparkling little bagatelle of a romantic mystery that owes more to Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling than the standard-issue Hollywood rom-com. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 28, 2014
86/100 44% Life After Beth (2014) ...leaving aside the disappointing inevitability of the script, a gore-stained Plaza supplies us with some wonderful physical comedy, and an underused Anna Kendrick sparkles adorably. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 28, 2014
86/100 73% Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times (2004) ... best received as an idealized portrait of a time, and of the strange characters that time created. It looks gorgeous, like a feature-length fashion ad -- it shows us an impossible world, beyond our aspirations. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 28, 2014
85/100 81% Land Ho! (2014) ...no huge emotional payoff here (the film's shambling nature reminds me of the Dutch documentary Ne me quite pas, about two aging working-class alcoholics), just an hour and a half of pleasant company. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 28, 2014
84/100 30% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) ...an exculpatory fairy tale ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 28, 2014
87/100 41% Tusk (2014) ...an unholy insane mess of a movie. Yes, it is self-referential and self-aggrandizing in that peculiar self-deprecating way the writer-director has perfected. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 28, 2014
83/100 29% The Song (2014) ...ultimately fails as a crossover evangelism tool in that it's hard to imagine it even grazing the heathen consciousness. But the choir will no doubt enjoy parts of it. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 28, 2014
88/100 97% Life Itself (2014) ...a warm and winning portrait of an infinitely interesting man ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 29, 2014
89/100 80% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) ...a smart and entertaining movie that can fairly be described as fun. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 11, 2014
89/100 83% Begin Again (2014) It's a movie that is painfully sincere and free of guile, with as close to a happy ending as these characters could ever get. If you like musicals, well, here's a good one.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 11, 2014
88/100 89% Obvious Child (2014) ...doesn't run away from the subject of abortion like most movies (and some movie reviews) do. If you go into it looking for a hammer with which to batter writer-director Gillian Robespierre, well, she has left plenty lying around. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 7, 2014
88/100 95% Snowpiercer (2014) ...has about it a gorgeous incoherency that overwhelms any logical objections to its absurd premise. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 7, 2014
91/100 96% Ida (2014) The often high cost of discovering the truth guides the journey, shot in emphatic black and white and employing scenes so artfully framed in chilling light that they could fill a gallery with breathtaking photographs. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 20, 2014
71/100 23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) ...lazy and uninspired and, worst of all, displays a certain contempt for [the] audience ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 20, 2014
87/100 66% The Rover (2014) Anyone who lived through the past 40 years, with its cycles of economic crashes and fuel crises, might see this as a plausible horror scenario. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 20, 2014
86/100 55% Fading Gigolo (2014) In synopsis, Fading Gigolo might sound a little trashy; in its execution, it's gentle and sweet. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 13, 2014
87/100 73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) ...echoes Luis Bunuel's 1967 classic Belle de Jour in some obvious ways ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 13, 2014
88/100 86% Cold in July (2014) ...the sort of naturalistic, nuanced thriller you don't see much in this age of overt, high concept star-driven cinema. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 6, 2014