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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% The Founder (2017) A sly delight, a superbly crafted satire of mercantile, opportunist entrepreneurship, and with it, how the flow of commerce in the United States was compromised in service to scale since the 1950s. Michael Keaton is fully invested in his dynamic star turn ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 18, 2017
86% A Monster Calls (2017) Wildness and comfort alternate to touching effect. ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 13, 2017
41% 100 Streets (2017) Can we speak of an "art-house programmer" in 2017 and not be entirely dismissive about it? Something that looks good, moves well across a large screen, rather than coming to your awareness as a "Recommended For You" icon? ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 13, 2017
78% Patriots Day (2017) A superhero in his ability to be in every single location that matters... A teenage boy's savior fantasy: if only I am always in the right place at the right time, I will be the greatest hero my friends and family and my town has ever known! ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 13, 2017
90% Ma (2017) Celia Rowlson-Hall makes her minimalist widescreen feature debut with the limber, challenging delirium of Ma. ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 13, 2017
34% Live By Night (2017) Bugsy Malone... but without the bubble guns... Affleck tippy-toes to reach the top shelf where classic movie epics are kept but comes up with only "Once Upon A Time in Hahvad Yahd." (Or just maybe, "The Hatman.") ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 11, 2017
83% Silence (2017) The few visual flourishes startle: most of the style is stripped, simplified, distilled in the contents of frames, in the duration of shots. ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 4, 2017
97% The Fits (2016) The dreamy, joyous The Fits is elegance and simplicity supreme. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 29, 2016
96% Neruda (2016) Larraín's play with time and performance is largely hypnotic, down to an exemplary ending within mythic landscape. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 26, 2016
No Score Yet In Her Name (Au nom de ma fille) (2016) With fleet features and darting eyes, Auteuil always excels at indicating fear, at capturing the quicksilver of thought. He applies those skills to wide-ranging use as events, and years, flicker past. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 19, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The triangle that ensues is voraciously sexual, unabashedly fetishistic. And the crosses, and the double-crosses, and the twists-within-twists are almost as carnal in their voluptuousness. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 13, 2016
100% National Bird (2016) In punchy journalistic fashion and through elegant, combustible aerial imagery, Kennebeck captures a range of collateral damage in other countries and back home. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 13, 2016
98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) A grand adventure told on an intimate scale, with an exemplary heroine, illustrated in slabs and slashes of color with dynamic simplicity, Chayé's feature debut is a memorable journey. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 13, 2016
83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) Nutty gags-a couple Terry Gilliam-worthy-and crisp comic timing allow the boisterous tone to rise above the machinations of a busy plot. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 11, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Dazed yet undaunted, grief-stricken but determined, genteel yet steely, Jackie is the role Natalie Portman was born to embody, swaddled in a brilliant skin of a score by Mica Levi. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 7, 2016
80% The Academy of Muses (La academia de las musas) (2016) This romance of language is hyper-heightened intellectual discourse... but also supple and seductive. Often static, the images nonetheless glow from within, lustrous, in love with the speaker, more in love with the listener, face turned this way or that. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 7, 2016
93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) Rosi moves in and out of stories. The pastoral life of the island is apart from the humanity crashing to the shore. The images he finds are bold, from the gentle to the dire. [H]ope is in limited supply,contrasting with the seawater that seems limitless. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 6, 2016
79% Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma) (2016) Nothing in Don't Call Me Son is everyday, and yet everything is presented as such: that's the beauty of Muylaert's contemplation, her embrace of the power of suggestion. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 6, 2016
81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Thought in action, ideas in motion and also the portrayal of a slippery, frightening slide down a rabbit hole of hurt... The story is what is true and what is false, and it's all true and it's all false... Ghosts. Ghosts everywhere. ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 6, 2016
50% Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016) The casually bravura action scenes, generous with vehicle-on-vehicle action, are punchy and kinetic, far more engrossing than the thriller plotting. Lam's knack for filling the widescreen frame with eye candy is as sturdy as ever. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 30, 2016
91% Always Shine (2016) The unraveling of sparring personalities comes quickly, but there are other games left for Takal to exact, with cool precision and blessed confidence as things go formally berserk. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 29, 2016
93% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) There's a screwball complication that draws out the class differences between the boys, but their hate-love bonding comes from beating each other up, a two-boy fight club... The brute mix of emotion and sensation suits the confusion of their age. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 29, 2016
95% Spa Night (2016) Ahn and cinematographer Ki Jin Kim work with levels of color and quiet stylization that gently nudge the film into sweet moments of cinematic subjectivity. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 29, 2016
95% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) An approach that once seemed like contrived creature wrangling and anthropomorphizing voyeurism looks sleek, sometimes majestic, smack in the center of the age of "cute overload" Twitter and "Bodega Cats Of Instagram." ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 27, 2016
100% Tampopo (1985) Brightly colored, boldly played, serves up inspired gags at the most unexpected moments alongside course after course of exquisite culinary joy. And even more toothsomely, food and ----ing are intricately aligned. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 26, 2016
95% The Love Witch (2016) Anna Biller's blissfully strange widescreen appropriation of the trappings of sexploitation, horror and high art, is a rubicund marvel, and a deadpan madhouse comedy... Biller's movie isn't beholden to influence, it's its own wild creature. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 22, 2016
71% Coming Through The Rye (2016) A well-meant if tender-headed morsel of a young man's road trip from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire in search of the elusive J. D. Salinger in a sketchily realized 1969. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 21, 2016
71% The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016) Naturalistic and deadpan, Burman's comedy always takes a viewer by surprise. Cinematographer Daniel Ortega's camerawork wonderfully establishes place and a sense of the vitality of Argentine street life. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 16, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) A jittery delight, an anxious, hyper-verbal, edge-of-panic coming-of-age comedy about small social fissures that abruptly erupt into emotional struggle... Steinfeld's poised intelligence is matched by a gift for comic alarm. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 16, 2016
88% Elle (2016) [A]ssured, savage comedy and it is shocking and thrilling and oh so funny... The reversals, the revelations of character, the implications of behavior, and yes, the level of behavioral authenticity, surprise again and again. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 15, 2016
86% Christine (2016) Rebecca Hall plays the twenty-nine-year-old career woman, and her performance is akin to what Campos does as a filmmaker, filled with fierce concentration, ambitious and scatty, present yet plainly preoccupied. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 15, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) A piercing, panoramic look at the federal government's purposeful yet potentially cataclysmic militarization of local police departments. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 10, 2016
100% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) Powerful accomplishment, capturing in under two hours a comprehensive sense of the work the poet, author and activist made, and the life she lived fully in her eighty-six years. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 10, 2016
94% Gimme Danger (2016) "I don't wanna belong to the glam people. I don't wanna belong to the hip-hop people, I don't wanna belong to any of it, I don't wanna belong to the TV people, alternative people, none of it, I don't wanna be a punk, I just wanna be." ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 10, 2016
94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) [The] most inspired moments earn respect as well as genuine dread, working in ordinary settings with extraordinary creepiness. And the climatic cruelty is sweetly punishing payoff. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 10, 2016
93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Cinematographer Simon Niblett captures vital beauty with exceptional vigor, not limited to a rash of scenes captured through drone technology. ‐ Newcity
Posted Nov 10, 2016
100% Tower (2016) Elemental yet expressionistic, Tower is an admirable attainment, a broadside from the solar plexus, and the powerhouse ending, partially narrated by Walter Cronkite commenting in the day, is magnificent. So much tenderness! So much humanity. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 31, 2016
73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) Alarmingly sensuous thriller. Her attention to sound is gripping, nailing the narrative to Vincent's point-of-view, the audience sharing his hyper-attentive subjectivity. The surfaces are chaotic and subterfuges compound. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 29, 2016
29% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête) (2016) At times, Beauty and the Beast seems more like a demented Asian movie than a French one, to its merit. A quantifiably bad movie, but also certifiably grandiose. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 26, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Consider the thin and thick wallops of blue... Blue, blue, electric blue. Lazy blue. Electrified blue. Wash of water. Ice-blue buzz of fluorescence. Azul, azure, lapis lazuli, teal, turquoise, sea, seafoam, sky, cerulean, cobalt... ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 25, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) Yes, there is quiet, but there is calm within moments of stress and strain and trying just to keep it together through the day in a rural world where you still have to deal with other people... It all flows like cool, clear water. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 20, 2016
94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) We watch the visions of her imagination, from dragons in the sky, on down, transformed into art. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 20, 2016
100% Cameraperson (2016) singularly lived-in and reflected-upon essay film draws upon her 25-year career as one of the major forces in American documentary. From shot to shot... one of the most engrossing and inventive movies of the year, if not one of the year's greatest. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 20, 2016
60% Desierto (2016) As in the best genre films, larger truths and topical awareness are introduced as primal fears are stoked in Cuarón's admirably harsh, bloody, unsentimental exploitation thriller. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 14, 2016
89% Tharlo (2016) The lovely, loving craft extends to gentle, haunting sound design: these worlds are both concrete and dreamy in Tseden's eye, geometrically exquisite yet filled with implications of wandering and wonder. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet The Last Film Festival (2016) The Last Film Festival runs ninety minutes. I wish I had run in the opposite direction with unseemly haste. (It bears no relationship to Hopper's fascinating excursion into the jungle, The Last Movie.) ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 12, 2016
94% Command and Control (2016) Morbid, apocalyptic yet enthralling. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 12, 2016
53% Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (Jheronimus Bosch, Touched By The Devil) (2016) Often less than compelling, lumbering even... In the small details, the huge determination, the teeming world of the canvases, the machinations of "CSI: Den Bosch" melt away, all the tidy journalism is immaterial, the up-close examination... transfixes. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 12, 2016
75% Paraiso perdido (2016) Sturdy, pleasingly unpleasant horror thriller. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet Made in France (2016) Shocking but straightforward chiller. ‐ Newcity
Posted Oct 12, 2016