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R. Kurt Osenlund

R. Kurt Osenlund
R. Kurt Osenlund's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 70% Miss You Already (2015) It winningly reflects how to utilize quiet understandings and, yes, very loud laughter. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2015
2/4 92% Grandma (2015) Writer-director Paul Weitz's proudly boisterous star vehicle for Lily Tomlin has about as many ambitions as it does delusions. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2015
2.5/4 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) Magic Mike XXL plays like the party bus whose road was charitably paved. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3.5/4 48% The D Train (2015) The film uses its male-on-male boundary-leaping to give the shopworn man-boy narrative a refresh. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 6, 2015
3/4 43% Bare (2015) Director Natalia Leite, with the aid of cinematographer Tobias Datum's handheld camera, dutifully follows her on her id-driven journey. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2015
2/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Jamie Dornan somehow manages to render his sculpted beauty moot, which throws a major wrench in the gears for a film dependent on eroticism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2015
2.5/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) This PG-rated romp is, refreshingly, less notable for its happily-ever-afters than its oh-no-they-didn'ts. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2014
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) The film's chief misstep is taking its title too literally, and ultimately depicting Louie as an indestructible, and thus largely inhuman, superhero. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2014
2/4 91% Birdman (2014) It places regurgitated ideas into the mouths of gifted actors, then drops them amid a kooky story that plays like an elaborate distraction from what little the film actually has to say. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2014
2.5/4 62% One Chance (2014) David Frankel crams his story with predictable developments, yet he matches his subject in spirit, pushing something into the spotlight that, however unlikely, elicits irresistible glee. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/4 58% Saint Laurent (2015) No matter how much Bertrand Bonello varies his split screens, triptychs, and geometric screen divisions, he forgets that one of the most fashionable virtues is knowing when to leave. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2014
3.5/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) Of Bennett Miller's many directorial feats, his canniest is his depiction of the precariousness of bonds, and how those bonds can shift, drastically yet almost imperceptibly. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2014
3/4 91% Frank (2014) The film boldly raises the unanswerable question of whether it's better for an artist to safely isolate his work or tweak it a bit so as to share it with the world. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
1.5/4 50% Maleficent (2014) We may have all wanted to know the story behind those famed horns, but the mystery was far preferable to having Maleficent defanged and declawed in the process. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 29, 2014
4/4 91% Dear White People (2014) The film doesn't aim to condemn the fools who believe racism in America has ended, but rather open a vast discussion of how the subject of race--and merely identity--in our country has evolved. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3/4 100% Of Horses and Men (2015) On one hand, the film is surely a celebration of a land's distinct creatures and the people who live among them, but on the other, it's a culture's biting auto-critique. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) The latest collaboration between director Jaume Collet-Serra and star Liam Neeson is made with far more care and visual detail than you might expect. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2014
1/4 27% Pompeii (2014) Shockingly, the violent release of smoke, fire, and meteoric debris is positioned more as a climactic afterthought than as the main attraction. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 15% Endless Love (2014) Shana Feste's film seems blissfully unaware that great fights require truly substantial conflicts. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2.5/4 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) Appreciation of the film lies, perhaps aptly, in the pieces built on a pillaged foundation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2014
1.5/4 23% That Awkward Moment (2014) Its obsession with male genitalia, or, more specifically, penis receptacles, is emblematic of its overall aura of male entitlement and its consideration of women as prizes to be lanced. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2014
0/4 23% Gimme Shelter (2014) Writer-director Ron Krauss's Gimme Shelter is wretched long before its odious ulterior motives come to light. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) In keeping his actors on his sober-yet-buoyant plane, Kenneth Branagh presents a convincing romance that doesn't stall the film's brisk clip. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2014
2/4 23% The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2014) The film gradually reveals a lot of unsavory motives, which ultimately deflate the buoyant virtues on which the film had blithely coasted. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2.5/4 34% Labor Day (2014) A better film would have had the gumption to maintain the poetic bleakness, rather than steer toward what ultimately feels like safe compromise. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 23, 2013
2/5 62% Hours (2013) There's something vexing about the use of a baby as narrative device, and the movie leans too heavily on her inborn potential for heart-tuggery. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 11, 2013
2/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) A once-precious franchise's weakest installment, which forgets these adventures' magic was never conjured by bells and whistles. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2013
3/4 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) What this movie finally boils down to is a deceptively simple tale of two brothers, and of being one's brother's keeper, and of seeking justice on the crudest of fronts. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2013
1/5 20% Cold Turkey (2013) Writer-director Will Slocombe preaches the values of laying resentments on the table, but with no true wisdom or novelty to offer, he's merely served an instantly forgettable slice of cinema de dysfunction. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 67% Detroit Unleaded (2013) A quasi-fairy-tale ending suggests the director and cowriter was content with shrugging her shoulders when it came to tying things up, but the knee-jerky close can't spoil the film's vibrant cultural and environmental specificity. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) The film's empowering themes of feminine strengths and bonds eventually flourish in novel fashion. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
3/4 46% The Book Thief (2013) Books themselves become the story's key symbol, representing the past and future, loss and possibility, of a place that's ground zero for some of history's darkest days. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3/4 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) Superhero movies aren't going anywhere, nor is their standard, on-to-the-next-fight structure, so it's heartening to see a gem that grandly and amusingly fills in the blanks. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2013
3/5 71% Man of Tai Chi (2013) [Establishes Reeves] as a deft helmer of cinematic combat ... ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 29, 2013
4/5 82% Aftermath (2013) With its slow-burn pacing and horrifying reveals, Aftermath remains a deeply compelling puzzle. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 29, 2013
.5/4 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) A choppy, feature-length progression of crude, predictable gags, the film plays like a variety show, and yet its main attraction is barely funny enough to warrant his own brief sketch. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2013
1.5/4 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) The filmn is guilty of some of the same quick judgment it clearly doesn't endorse, exploiting Julian Assange's unmistakable appearance to help give itself a boogeyman. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2013
2/4 21% Romeo and Juliet (2013) Not even when the doomed Juliet reaches for Romeo's dagger do you feel a single vicarious pain in your gut. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/4 91% Nebraska (2013) In the film, Alexander Payne's overview of America is extraordinarily, multifariously profound. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/4 8% Runner Runner (2013) The ultimately forgettable Runner Runner is, for a gambling film, markedly risk-averse. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/4 74% Concussion (2013) The near-imperceptible finesse of Abby's characterization reflects writer-director Stacie Passon's effortless, interesting mix of richness and economy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2013
2.5/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) It works too hard to keep matters on an even, we're-all-more-alike-than-different keel, which is just one part of its chief problem of forcefully conveying information and intent. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
1/4 14% Baggage Claim (2013) Writer-director David E. Talbert adapts his own 2003 novel into something as useless as it is implosive. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2013
3/4 89% Le Week-End (2014) Both keenly calculated and flowing with offbeat, naturalistic detail, Hanif Kureishi's jewel of a script reflects his sensibilities as a playwright. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2013
2/4 41% Child Of God (2014) To really appreciate the film, one needs to look past James Franco's lack of formal poetry and focus on Scott Haze's performance and Cormac McCarthy's themes, which, given the great might of both, isn't exactly hard to do. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2013
1/5 6% Battle of the Year (2013) The raison d'être of popping-and-locking scenes is trumped by tired team-building bathos, whose flagrancy is anything but conducive to spreading the film's hug-it-out bro-love. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 19, 2013
.5/4 16% The Colony (2013) Greedily tries to cram every dystopian curse into one misbegotten plot, resulting in something wildly disjointed, even if its pieces arguably connect. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3.5/4 93% Mother Of George (2013) Beautiful, poetic, and hard-hitting without the use of excessive force and deeply layered with evolving and regional nuances of feminine experience. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2/5 50% Mademoiselle C (2013) You never learn why, exactly, she deserves a feature-length portrait. "Maybe people will get sick of me," Roitfeld muses. A little more than 90 minutes should do the trick. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2013
2/4 99% Wadjda (2013) It doesn't play like reality, but like boilerplate filmic fantasy, and its novel setting and inception struggles seem positioned as a beard--or veil, if you will--to mask its mediocrity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2013