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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0/10 23% The Book of Henry (2017) An overstuffed, genre-leaping monstrosity that has great ambition and very little taste, most of it p----poor. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
4/10 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) There's careening genius in the antic too-muchness with it onslaught of zoom and crash, of non sequitur and nonsense under the graphomanic hand of Michael Bay: if he could only use his gifts for good! ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
9/10 90% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) James excels at drawing out the dynamics of extended families under stress and Abacus is no exception.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
9/10 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Most political in its insistence that the smallest "I" matters, but as at his best, like his 1990s work... Loach's film is about empathy, a portrait of ordinary people, blunt, bracing yet loving and far, far from mere polemic.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) I've got no subtweet with Wonder Woman, ninety percent of its running time being nothing less than sharp moviemaking. Yet the true and lasting fun will be to witness its eddying cultural influence upon younger generation‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
10/10 100% Stalker (1979) Yet another incarnation, yet another murmuring of a movie that once seen, will be dreamt again and again. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
9/10 93% A Quiet Passion (2017) Exquisitely measured portrait of the waning days of the prolific poet Emily Dickinson, unrecognized in her time, bearing afflictions, immersing herself in family... a muted yet wry portrait of a very shy person making the most of her 19th-century life.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
7/10 69% The Wall (2017) Beyond the narrative's inexorably destructive unfolding, the brilliant, thrilling ending of The Wall has brute conviction and chilly logic that befits a reported $3 million budget. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/10 66% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) Multiple passages stitched from a succession of still photographs with readings of Coltrane's words in Denzel Washington's recognizable voice make for deadly viewing.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
7/10 85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Chockful with the fall and rise of prototypical high-schooler conflicts and catastrophes, John Hughes on a variety of hallucinogens and pharma, but the tastily strange filmmaking is about handmade apocalyptic velocity and explosive score-settling. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
7/10 51% The Dinner (2017) Gere's genial sleekness placed against Coogan's consternation and growing agitation... Coogan trembles with... resentment, a barely-stemmed incendiary force. These are terrible people; Moverman hopes to demonstrate why. Coogan and Gere deliver.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
8/10 84% Risk (2017) [F]igures onscreen seem already swept away by history, seemingly acting with agency but already lost to the bone-weary fug of fallen hope. The true believers may well be facile dupes, the devotees of a greater "truth" may be lost in the darkness.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
6/10 90% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) A near-infinitude of cigarettes coiling smoke counterclockwise to his tall, white quiff of bristling hair which he quite enjoys running his hands through before once again squinting past the camera and toward thoughts he'd rather entertain.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
8/10 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Part meditation on modern means of contact, part elusive ghost story... the signification of class and fashion and the fate of effortless style, a girlish clumsiness transformed in each awkward action and tensile interaction as elemental fierce presence. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
8/10 88% The Lost City of Z (2017) Dreamy, elusive, even spectral spectacle of lives haunted by what jungle exploration could reveal about man and civilization. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
9/10 86% Donnie Darko (2001) The theatrical version is some kind of compacted masterpiece, hormonal, vital, dazed, blissfully unhinged... I'm too attached to Donnie Darko to worry over its wanton weirdness, its mix of concreteness and intangibility.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
6/10 81% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Tenaglia keeps pretension largely at bay, with reenactments of Tower's childhood the only annoying element. Interviews with Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck, Ruth Reichl and Martha Stewart are spunky, and archival footage from kitchens past is intoxicating.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
9/10 87% The Student ((M)uchenik) (2017) As parables about fundamentalism go, The Student is bold and compelling... Tall, with the brooding, intent looks of a teen Michael Shannon, Petr Skvortsov is a superb incarnation of both zealot and charlatan,‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
7/10 86% Nise: The Heart of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura) (2017) Classically well-shaped and captivating in its small, well-observed gestures of behavior and of color and shape which pour from her patients' subconscious.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
9/10 80% Colossal (2017) It all so sounds dead serious and yet Colossal is bristling, deliriously serious, explosively funny, and rich with wicked suggestiveness at every burn.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
4/10 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Gravity, logic, physics, the deaths of major characters, their ready resurrection, nothing can stop the middling geniality of the "family" of characters led by Dom Toretto in "Mission: Implausible"-style adventures around the planet. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
7/10 74% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) The range of physical acting that Léaud accomplishes beneath teeming, toppling royal perukes-powdered wigs-is both minimal and maximal, body laid out, papery eyelids aflutter... the dead weight of our memories of Léaud's long onscreen life-on-the-run...‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
8/10 93% All This Panic (2017) We witness these girls, offhanded, in the moment of becoming women, in an alienated yet hyper-connected culture, stubborn against a succession of sensations in a sea of Instagrams, of societal expectations. [A] brief but compelling dispatch.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
8/10 85% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) [B]odies are bent, not broken. The results are resilient, ravishing, resounding.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
6/10 50% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) Starting in Argentina, ranging to Mozambique and the Philippines, The Human Surge picks figures from the blur of the modern world and depicts them in shadowed motion, language an indistinct gesture, too. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
6/10 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Bland runner: Crime and passion play out in dank, close backstreets redolent of rust, verdant with verdigris, with chains clanking and hoists at the ready around most corners, still black water underfoot, kindly stray dogs on the loose.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
9/10 100% Uncertain (2017) The images come quickly if not furiously, the camera mesmerized by imagery high and low, a succession of jagged-around-the-edges Terrence Malick-type tableaux. The men's stories sear with the force of troubled lives lived rough.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
90% Raw (2017) Raw's errant psychology is apt, acts and reactions escalate with finely-stitched logic, and, as in the best work of David Cronenberg, we simultaneously witness ruin and flowering transformation.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
7/10 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kaiju a-go-go: Hyper-scaled B movie set in 1973, in the waning days of U. S. days in the Vietnam War, that appropriates the DNA of dozens of other movies for a crisp burst of grandiosely-scaled goofiness.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
10/10 100% Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017) Zhao's images are freighted with beauty as well as the weight of ravaging, of man and landscape: the cumulative effect is harshly political, rising to the spoiled grandeur of the earth surfaces of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
8/10 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) More than a plot's complications, his characters are complex, almost as if the result of inspired anthropological study. Telling details... add to Barras' assured telling in his brief, lovely film. Families, sometimes, form themselves. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
2/10 20% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Turkish B-movie The Ottoman Lieutenant, veteran director Joseph Ruben's third directorial credit this century, is impure bunkum, a jumbled gloss of romance-novel grade set at the onset of the Turkish Armenian genocide.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
9/10 93% Logan (2017) Logan's superb depiction of sorrow, of deadening dejection, of the awareness of mortality on multiple planes, rises far above Mangold's ready embrace of influence.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
7/10 73% Catfight (2017) Onur Tukel's proudly ragged, black-and-black comedies lean gleefully toward interpersonal savageries, and the compelling fisticuffs of the presciently Trumpian Catfight ... is no exception‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
10/10 99% Get Out (2017) A refined suspense thriller, consummate film critique, savage satire, inspired horror and fierce, profane comedy. It's archetypal, prodigious American moviemaking, smart and sly... a succession of shocking, often thrilling satisfactions. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
8/10 65% Dark Night (2017) The abstracted events transpire, occur, invoke, weighted neither by plot nor a psychological accounting: an atmospheric dream of everyday things, a dark dream of all our todays, lustrous dread. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
10/10 97% Kedi (2017) Imagine your favorite online cat video, multiply by hundreds... a ravishing beauty. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
9/10 No Score Yet 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds With Abbas Kiarostami (2016) Samadian also shows the funny side of his friend, and.... inspiration from the most modest gestures or objects or configurations. Samadian... confidently captur[es] each moment with Kiarostami with precision and poetry, in rain, in snow, in shadow. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
9/10 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The violence escalates: alongside the filmmakers' insistent world building, every splay of limb and brandish of weapon is acrobatic and emblematic, "gun-fu," as the makers jokingly dubbed their masterful centripetal urgency.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
8/10 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Dialogue-free, "The Red Turtle" begins at simplicity, then accumulates the most delicate of emotions in one compelling scene after another... superlative visual storytelling. The existential allegories? They'll take care of themselves.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
7/10 100% Saving Banksy (2017) The interviews with street artists about the ethics of making art and taking art become the true subject... and a small, spirited conversation with graffiti artists and other passionate voices. The museum curators on view, not so much. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
9/10 83% Julieta (2016) The 1980s passages are the brightest and boldest (shot by Isabel Coixet's cinematographer Jean-Claude Larrieu) filled with gentle hope and boundless potential. But secrets, as always, sear. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
9/10 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Scene by scene, décor by décor, indignity by indignity, [it] fascinates, arriving at its perverse distillation of concerted hatred, of blunt force trauma: I will be an artist. A good one. Better than you. I will hurt you with my art. And you will cry.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
9/10 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The stuff of melodrama, but in the case of Farhadi, the stuff of heartbeats and whispers and shouts, and always reserve: the forces of Iranian society that we do not see feel more present, more weighty, by their precise absence. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
9/10 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) The language is magnificent. As delivered by Samuel L. Jackson, it's one of that great voice's greatest performances. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
9/10 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Maren Ade's third feature... is bittersweet and berserk, realist yet surrealist, which, once you've absorbed the particulars of the premise, has as many indelible laughs as any movie released in recent months.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
43% Gold (2017) Matthew McConaughey Matthew-McConaugheys the ---- out in Stephen Gaghan's strange but still insufficiently weird satire of the American fantasy of having a great fortune land in your lap.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
87% A Monster Calls (2017) Wildness and comfort alternate to touching effect. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
40% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017