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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Black Sea (2015) Worker rage and rebel impulses collide in this tense political thriller, as economic crisis cinema sails into 2015. Placing the fury of the jobless front and center, and international class connections crossing cultural lines.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2015
No Score Yet It's Hard Being Loved by Jerks (2015) Free speech or hate speech, daring activists or danger junkies? Among the issues this doc does not pursue, seemingly living outside history along with the gleeful Charlie Hebdo cartoonists it celebrates. Whose demise yes, could be connected to the CIA.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2015
17% Serena (2015) A Southern Gothic wilderness weepie with proletarian occult leanings, a masculinzed femme fatale selfie, workingclass wallpaper, and weirdly anachronistic back to future ecological activism. While filming in a Czech forest, to access cheap nonunion labor.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
79% Bluebird (2014) Remarkable slice of life regional economic crisis cinema. And class fate as a microcosm in one emotionally and financially drained town. In other words, more than just the story of a tragic accident - but about everything not accidental in class society.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2015
No Score Yet Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (2015) A decidedly daffy, rather ridiculously resplendent reptilian elder romance, don't ask. And in which Dustin Hoffman pulls off a highly peculiar Peeping Tom with enormous heart, even if on the weirdly borderline unhinged side. ‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2014
No Score Yet Eyes Of A Thief (2014) A Palestinian guerrilla underground dramatic feature and true story. And managing both defiant and self-critical sensibilities, while filming under a state of siege. With a little help from a refugee camp, the local Freedom Theater, and a Turkish bath.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) No matter the theme, movies lately nearly always touch on workplace brutality or the lack of work at all. But for a change Foxcatcher names names, connecting chilling capitalist noir multi-millionaire murder at home, to US crimes against humanity abroad. ‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2014
51% The Interview (2014) A State Dept consulted presidential assassination comedy, exploiting bellicose twists and turns. And related to false flags, corporation terrorism, inside jobs, a covert assault on net neutrality, and the evolving, disturbing Military Hollywood Complex. ‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2014
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos (2014) Undercover Brits and Yanks toe to toe in the tropics. As a thieves' den of sinister capitalist slackers sip post-colonial cocktails, while plotting further takeovers around the planet. Though MI5 tends to get a pass while fuming over secret CIA torture.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2014
72% Big Eyes (2014) The business of art and the female Stuck-Home Syndrome? As Burton crafts a canvas of his own pitting stifled rebellion against embarrassing expediency. And if he's also taking on the movie industry that shoves art aside for profit too, all power to him.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) A well crafted, relentlessly discomforting and disturbing, psychologically dense thriller. But would you trust say, the NSA to police itself? Namely, a hit list here of small screen competition and annoying paparazzi. Omission Alert, just sayin' is all. ‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2014
50% The Beat Beneath My Feet (2016) Perry burrows into his emotionally fractured character with a fierce intensity, conjuring the life and inner turmoil of a conflicted rock musician as mass media fugitive. And not unlike say, Perry's perpetual flight from his Beverly Hills 90210 persona.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Many films probe the tragic lives scarred by joblessness or underemployment during this economic crisis, but few delve into going about somehow confronting those issues . And in the case of this film, the triumph of the human spirit despite everything.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2014
81% The Homesman (2014) Not exactly a feminist western, but powerfully evoking the lives of these scarred and thwarted women - and men - afflicted with Prairie Fever madness. As Tommy Lee Jones remarkably illuminates that red state of mind with an astonishing poetic eloquence.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2014
61% Maps to the Stars (2015) A rude and raucous LA cesspool reality check especially for star struck audience obsessives, the film walks an exceedingly fine line between exposing Hollywood self-dehumanization, and crossing it. Along with retaliatory menstruation, and other delights. ‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2014
75% Camp X-Ray (2014) Kristen Stewart kicks ass, taking on with raw and real gusto, what's going down in the world today. And opting for the opposite of most movie stars in their quest for fame and fortune, intent on mining her talent for meaningful hardcore drama instead.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2014
83% Alumbrones (2014) A vividly conceived journey into the creative imagination and passion of artists in Cuba. And what miracle happens when art purely as a socially subsidized and esteemed professional pursuit, is liberated with a luminescent light from money.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
0% The Prince (2014) Macho mayhem as the male version of maternal instinct. While Willis rather delicately negotiates his darker side, in a shaky balance between a slightly humanized professional psychopath seeking closure for a major grievance, and just a really rotten dude.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2014
80% The One I Love (2014) The One I Love, or rather The Ones I Love. And the sort of challenging review where saying anything at all, may be already saying too much. So enough said about the mysterious meanderings of this crabby when not cosmic, identity theft small talk romance. ‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2014
No Score Yet Mercenaries (2014) While the US energy corporations conspire to invade Euro markets by demonizing Russia and marginalizing their gas industry, American movies seem to be getting in on the financially lucrative propaganda frenzy too. Charlie's Devils meets The Sexpendables. ‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2014
52% Frontera (2014) Desperate housewife in hell Eva Longoria, in this Arizona brewing border wars bromance eloquently engulfing Harris and Pena. And vigilantism once again an enduring theme in US movies, no surprise there. Spurred on by a corrupt when not broken system. ‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
74% Alive Inside (2014) Uncovers the power of music to heal mentally and emotionally, while the drug corporations and nursing home industry oppose these efforts. Neither of which is in the business of curing patients, but rather perpetuating profits by treating symptoms instead.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2014
10% Good People (2014) Kate Hudson wears the pants in this family, perfecting ballsy moves against bad guys. In a nuclear family noir faceoff against gangster thriller gore, channeling guerrilla imagination in a bleak, apocalyptic end stage capitalism, recession stricken world.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2014
51% The Calling (2014) Unlike the doomed man of the cloth comedic crime thriller Calvary, Susan Sarandon switches up sacraments, maniacs and mysticism here. As a felonious religious fanatic possibly in league against lapsed Catholicism, pursues homicidal redemption, don't ask.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2014
87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) Le Carre flips the script and reinvents himself too, from the Cold War to the War on Terror in this coincidentally ripped from the headlines Euro-spy thriller. In this cat and mouse CIA and now NSA by implication face-off, redefining heroes and villains. ‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2014
63% Around The Block (2014) Hamlet In The Hood. Petite Christina Ricci displays a big heart, as a teacher in touch with her inner maternal instinct. And disaffected Aboriginee teens dramatizing in a culturally conscious production, the alienation at the heart of Hamlet, who knew. ‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) Satire and surrealism upstage sacrament in this somewhat mixed metaphor screwball religious comedy noir. Or in other words, if Jesus returned to earth, specifically Ireland, in the midst of this chaotic and devilishly lunatic moment in human history. ‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2014
50% War Story (2014) Exemplary actress Keener, through no fault of her own, is stuck in this sulky melodrama as a photographer scarred in war torn Libya. As for that conflict, forget about it. This could just as well be about deep depression brought on by a bad hair day. ‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2014
80% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015) Within the colorful layers of humor and heartbreak summoned in equal measure by Jeunet's magical powers of visual storytelling, are stinging perceptions pertaining to difference intolerance and oppressive cultural tendencies playing out in this country. ‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2014
93% Bound By Flesh (2014) Zemeckis explores the tragic lives of the Hilton Sisters, conjoined twins paraded and exploited financially as so-called freaks in the heyday of carnival sideshows. Intimating as well twisted notions of fame, and the freak show roots of reality TV today.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
82% Tracks (2014) Mia's intensely grueling performance distills abundant muted fury from the relatively minimalist material. Not unlike say, Kevin Costner's similar weighty existential pilgrimage, here conveyed in her own Dances With Camels in the Australian wilderness.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
19% Very Good Girls (2014) Though Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are just too old to pull off playing graduating high schoolers, they're more than entitled to a pass here for the extraordinary depth, passion and complexity they bring to their coming of age female characters.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2014
9% Heatstroke (2014) Taking the bratty teen genre out of the sitcom and into the African wilds minus Africans, doesn't do either much good in this Euro-safari female action hero thriller. Touching on surviving a surly stepchild as much as assorted villains along the way.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2014
90% Siddharth (2014) A disturbing and devastating descent into Third world poverty, exploitation and desperation, more often than not mere backdrop to the social insularity of most other movies. Yet weighing in provocative ways, struggle and exploitation as inevitably bound.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
33% Drones (2014) When horror movies and history meet. And with a disturbing and discomforting persistent dread, Drones is in no way standard entertainment, nor should it be. Or as Dirty Wars doc director Jeremy Scahill solemnly observed, 'You can't surrender to a drone.'‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2014
80% Fed Up (2014) Fed Up makes a convincing case for how profiteering factory food corporations conspire to hook people on addictive ingredients they pack into their products. Along with weirdly coopting Michelle Obama to deceptively promote exercise as the obesity cure.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2014
No Score Yet Smetto quando voglio (2014) Ironically titled I Can Quit Whenever I Want, this raucous class revenge satire tracks impoverished academic eggheads collaborating in crime to survive. A dark parody of Italian bourgeois rage, in the web of the downwardly mobile EU economic disaster.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2014
100% Cement Suitcase (2014) A bittersweet when not refreshingly ballsy comedy that isn't especially about cement or suitcases, the film seems inevitably yet another spotlight on the economic plight of youth today. A smartly scripted concoction of sobering and weirdly kooky charm.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2014
76% Lucky Them (2014) A zany collection of colorful characters while concurrently probing scarred emotions and existential angst, nicely blending the daffy and dark sides of life. Along with the ambiguity of fame, and the essentials of existence that get lost in the process.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
40% L'intrepido (2015) A stinging and sobering portrait of the struggle for subsistence and dignity in the face of economic despair, while laced with muted comedic charm. And a cautionary triumph steeped in magical realism, melding political reality and personal human pain.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
80% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) A compact but cautiously reverential film portrait of the late, brutally eloquent social commentator. While delving into whatever happened to the phenomenon of the literary celebrity, of which Vidal counted himself the last of that breed - and why.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2014
45% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) On rare occasions a movie says more about a time and place by just displaying that world rather than dissecting or divulging it, and this lavish male-centric biopic seemingly unintentionally, does just that. Yves Saint Laurent: A man and his 'man'equins.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
50% Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2014) Medieval mumblecore. And social conflict as secondary to the scenery in this dramatic momentum-free travelogue, a treat solely for arty snobs and couch potato political dilettantes. Poverty porn as high art, and most memorable, a pregnant horse in labor.‐ Critical Women
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
82% Redwood Highway (2014) Knight shines in this contemplative, unrushed road movie on foot, with a rare, respectful focus on the existential despair of an older woman. And a solitary journey that is a female take on voyaging through those woods that are lovely, dark and deep.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted May 26, 2014
31% The Girl and Death (2014) With far too much focus on form and feeling rather than a coherent story and character depth, the filmmaker diminishes what the meaning of cinema is all about. And opts instead for the silent imagery and still gaze more suited to the medium of fine art.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted May 17, 2014
51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) Half of a truth. A generic take on the plight of the wealthy in war just about anywhere. And as a contrived cover for the real issues - how colonialist instigated chaos is always about oil and religion, and how Neo-Crusades in league with NGOs, kick in.‐ WBAI Radio
Read More | Posted May 15, 2014
No Score Yet Clutter (2014) Carol Kane infuses this eccentric scarred woman with vividly captivating charm. In a story delicately deciphering with patient clarity and sensitivity, raw human feeling linked to the many layers dwelling beneath the emotional meaning of material things.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted May 13, 2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) A boisterous anger mismanagement road movie of sorts - if you count chasing all around Brooklyn back streets in part by hijacked taxi. With Robin Williams lending depth to a furiously flaky role, while Kunis plays doctor as guilt tripping femme fatale.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted May 11, 2014
12% Walk Of Shame (2014) Banks telegraphs a sassy strut in this mean streets LA underbelly romp. A satirically served up slice of life flaky fugitive satire, bent on pegging the really shameful party here - a commercial media whose narrow focus ranges from dishonest to shallow.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted May 6, 2014
24% Devil's Knot (2014) Devil's Knot or Devils Not? Egoyan deciphers difference intolerance. And though criticism has been about skimming over facts, that may be a bid for something new and different, beyond the overly visited details. And delving not into so much how, as why.‐ NewsBlaze
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014