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Philip Martin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85/100 33% The Last Word (2017) While it's tempting to dismiss the project as a cutesy cookie-cutter showcase designed to capitalize on the good will of a grand star, MacLaine is brilliant, even when the material isn't quite worthy of her. Or her director.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
87/100 88% My Scientology Movie (2017) Despite the disingenuous premise, the movie stands as an entertaining and alarming companion to Gibney's more comprehensive Going Clear (which was in production about the same time).‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
85/100 72% XX (2017) All these films are glued together by creepy stop-motion animation interstitial sequences by Mexican stop-motion animator Sofia Carrillo, which might be the element most likely to induce nightmares.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
90/100 99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Fascinating and revelatory, I Am Not Your Negro serves as a vital introduction to one of the most important essayists and a prescient critique of our ongoing condition.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
88% 20th Century Women (2017) It's a sweet memory of a movie. It's just a little too pretty.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
89/100 89% Jackie (2016) Working from a nuanced script by Noah Oppenheim, Larrain has fashioned a solemn film that mourns what never came to be more than what was lost.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
88/100 87% A Monster Calls (2017) It's sentimental but informed by a surprisingly adult sensibility: There is no magic that can save us, there is sometimes catharsis in destruction, sometimes the guilty go unpunished.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
83/100 93% Hidden Figures (2017) It's a good family film in the sense that it probably won't upset anyone, but it's hard to escape the suspicion the real people on whose stories it is based deserve a more nuanced treatment.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
88/100 93% Fences (2016) This is remarkable, powerful stuff that's only somewhat diluted by the necessary compromises movies demand of plays.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
91/100 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Delicately acted [and] superbly realized.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
87/100 92% The Eagle Huntress (2016) British documentarian Otto Bell misses no opportunity to remind of the life lessons and girl power politics implicit in his feel-good documentary The Eagle Huntress.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
78/100 75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Never has a 76-minute movie seemed so slow. And rarely has a promising young director seemed so compromised by a dull, smug script.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) There's not a false performance or detail in it.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
90/100 89% Loving (2016) ...[a] tender film about ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary moment of our revolving, repeating history.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
90/100 92% Certain Women (2016) ...a different kind of modern Western; one where confrontations are deflected and firearms feel impotent. What is most important about these stories is the Beckettian persistence of these women. They can't go on. They go on.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
88/100 94% Command and Control (2016) The film uses a minute-by-minute account to the Damascus incident as the backbone of a story about what can happen when human beings are expected to perform even simple tasks perfectly 100 percent of the time.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
86/100 83% Denial (2016) ...a serious and well-intentioned movie that takes great pains to present things as they could have been.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
87/100 81% Equity (2016) ...a smart and stylish corporate thriller driven by a really terrific performance by Anna Gunn‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
90/100 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) ...a lyrical, plain-sung movie about people who are obliged to love one another. And do.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
86/100 91% City Of Gold (2016) While the documentary occasionally verges on hagiography... it doesn't irritate... It's just a nice movie about a nice man ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
85/100 18% The Adderall Diaries (2016) ... feels a little self-impressed and student-filmy, yet it allows its cast a few highlight reel moments.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 73% Miles Ahead (2016) ...Cheadle hasn't made the definitive cinematic portrait of Davis, he has ...made a very entertaining, outrageous movie.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 90% Green Room (2016) Tense, taut and brutal ...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) What Eggers took chapters to establish, Tykwer manages to subliminally install.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 98% Love & Friendship (2016) ...has about it something of the feel of a screwball comedy. There's a bit of Preston Sturges in the film, and while the dialogue is set in period vocabulary, it's delivered in a way that feels quite modern.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
90/100 89% The Lobster (2016) Lanthimos is obviously after bigger game than a black relationship comedy, every detail (even the most horrifying) in the movie contributes to what is becoming Lanthimos' signature tone of heartbreaking hilarity.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
89/100 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) ...a wonderfully heartfelt meditation on what it means to become human and how we ought to cherish our sentient moments. It becomes a movie about what it means to have free will. It becomes beautiful.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
82/100 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) ... a formulaic Merchant-Ivory style soap opera that plays up the dramatic aspects of the subject's life while assuring us of his brilliance by having others marvel at theorems a mainstream audience couldn't be expected to understand.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
88/100 98% Zootopia (2016) ...an Animal Farm-type fable about racism and sexism -- a shrewd and timely critique of fear-based politics set in a remarkably detailed, endlessly fascinating alternate universe.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
66/100 4% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) If you don't like Hillary Clinton, you'll find a lot here to give you comfort, but there's no way any intellectually honest critic could make the case that it's a good movie.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 90% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) ...well stitched together, giving us the flavor of Zappa's times as well as his life. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
82/100 70% Café Society (2016) highly representative Allen -- if you're playing Woodman bingo, you can immediate cross off "older man/younger woman romance," "Los Angeles depicted as a vacuous cultural wasteland" and "nostalgia for Hollywood's Golden Age" off your card. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 91% Southside With You (2016) A sweet and minor bit of hagiography ...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
86/100 64% Greater (2016) ... not a movie for people who look to movies for something more than uplift or assurance, but that's all right. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
82/100 20% I Saw the Light (2016) ... like a movie about the life of Christ that elides the miracles.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
90/100 83% Midnight Special (2016) Like that vintage Chevelle, it's a modest-looking machine, with a monster beneath its hood.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
78/100 9% God's Not Dead 2 (2016) God's Not Dead 2 isn't a debate, it's a pep rally. Nobody rooting for the other team need pay attention.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
90/100 93% Anomalisa (2015) ...a fascinating and moving piece of cinema. It's funny and sad and scarier than any of those movies where demons or monsters pop out at you.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
91/100 97% 45 Years (2015) Haigh has overseen a minor miracle of a film. Watch it while squeezing the hand of someone you love.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
79/100 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) There's nothing really wrong with it that a prayerful examination of conscience wouldn't cure.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
88/100 98% Mustang (2015) ...the best part is how Erguven watches these creatures, these lithe little animals who lounge and roughhouse with one another.... as they mourn the lost world beyond the gates, and real steel in their determination to get themselves free.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
86/100 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) ...there's also a lot of Michael Moore, which a lot of people are going to count as a liability. But he's an effective storyteller and not a bad comedian. In many ways, this is his most optimistic and gentle film.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
89/100 96% Son of Saul (2015) ...if the human brain is fooled by dreams, then surely making a movie like this one changes those involved. Nemes cannot take us to Auschwitz, but he has tapped into something powerfully frightening.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
85/100 51% Risen (2016) ...isn't the worst movie former Kevin Costner collaborator Kevin Reynolds has ever made. And I guarantee that Hollywood would love for you to see it.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
89/100 91% The Witch (2016) It has a pace and an atmosphere and a sense of seriousness as it drags you into its world of shadows and faith. I‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
79/100 69% The Danish Girl (2015) ...something one can cite to advertise one's taste.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
85/100 74% Youth (2015) ... little like thumbing through the pages of a high-end lifestyle magazine, perhaps something with Aficionado in its name. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
83/100 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) As a one-off, the movie might seem like a little miracle - a fresh take on nostalgia not too different in tone from last year's delightful Turbo Kid. But stretched out... a hard crust of cynicism is apparent just beneath the sugar-dusted surface.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2016
85/100 77% Jimmy's Hall (2015) ... a soft-focus, minor film. It's not bad, but it could have been better. Hence the heartbreak.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2016
82/100 65% Learning To Drive (2015) ...there is a sense of worn-out familiarity that attaches to this well-intended but ultimately featherweight indie drama about a privileged Manhattan lady and her relationship with her exotic, and presumably wise, driving instructor.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2016