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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 68% mother! (2017) Once more, with feeling: "God? It's me, Darren." Each strand of madness is there to be relished, even if it will make some viewers seethe.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
1/10 35% American Assassin (2017) What an obscenity. Call it "The Bourne Abortion."‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
10/10 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) The auteur excavates, and the connections made are blissful in their rangy strangeness... washes over the brain like cool, cool history: an intricate singularity and a cinematic gold rush... Miss this cockamamie bliss, this onrushing marvel, at your risk.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
9/10 83% Nocturama (2017) Exquisite cinema. A sly siren, Nocturama is narcotic phase, slow-burn haze, a shifty, shifting thriller inspecting terrorism and youth. A bombing plot, a dance of death... Another distracted, neglected, maligned generation. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
8/10 97% Columbus (2017) Emotion swells, and the landscape, the frames and the utopian architecture inextricably fuse to entrancing effect... It's a dreamy all-American clash, the beautiful of form made strange placed up against the visual iconography of the placid Midwest. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
9/10 83% Beach Rats (2017) Sound and image: Hittman understands the swim that can drown the best of us in our most driven instants, trembling in crisis. Hélène Louvart's 16mm cinematography is richly precise yet impressionistic.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
6/10 67% Footnotes (Sur quel pied danser) (2017) Modest tonic, a bright and agreeable musical drawing on the boldly colored palette of countryman Jacques Demy and American filmmakers like Stanley Donen.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
9/10 88% Good Time (2017) Narcotically propulsive... a 1970s New York City motion picture in style and energy... Action is character. Energy is unstable. Chronic energy confined is a dangerous force.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2017
9/10 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Clever, wildly entertaining West Virginia-set heist comedy-a terrific entertainment described as an "Ocean's 7-Eleven" inside the movie itself...warmly empathetic embrace of its economically dismissed characters... wears its kindly politics on its sleeve‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2017
8/10 99% Whose Streets? (2017) You are there? We are here... Narration-free, told with acute heed to location, atmosphere and the human face... abounds with smartphone video composed by those behind the lines. Its fabric is rich with ragged beauty, raw and ready, attentive, relentless.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
6/10 88% Pop Aye (2017) Ambling amiably, the duo are on a road trip back to the farm where they met as they were small... The elephant is the elephant, and an elephant, among other things, is always an elephant... most compelling when dwelling on pachyderm presence.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
1/10 78% Brigsby Bear (2017) At its most unbearable [it] comes across as almost the platonic ideal of a Sundance "indie," toppling with riffs and notions that don't wholly play out, with central characters whose actions manage to be at once grotesque and milquetoast.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
7/10 82% Detroit (2017) Detroit turns inward, toward sustained assault, devolving to that single location [and] an hours-long, night-long siege, drenched in threat and threatened, rage-filled masculinity and whiteness... a bleak realization of irresolvable horror.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
7/10 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Theron is perennially present, sullen sculpture. No need for backstory, no need for maudlin sentiment. There are a couple of love scenes with a French spy that impress... understated and discomfortingly erotic. Present; tense.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
9/10 93% Dunkirk (2017) Elegance of nightmare, essence of terror. We are catapulted to war, in three interleaving but sometimes indistinct timeframes: a week, a day, an hour. Time collapses. There is the presence of fright, the adrenalized now. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
9/10 92% A Ghost Story (2017) A wounded, wondrous poem of a picture about many things, not limited to the needfulness of coupledom, loss, lingering, the parsing of love, the passing of language. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
6/10 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Hints at cultural relevance-a madman must build at wall at all costs to keep other humans out-however well-intentioned as commentary blurt like sound cannons.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
8/10 78% The Beguiled (2017) It's a Sofia Coppola film through and through, hushed, decorous, communicating through the placement of furnishings and the rustle of costumes and exchanged glances as much as by the minimal complications of plot.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
5/10 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Surfaces shimmer: Paris Can Wait is foodie porn. Bistro porn. Landscape porn. Auguste and Louis Lumière museum porn. Ozu cutting-pattern porn... Oh, and long shots and medium shots and close-ups of Diane Lane. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
7/10 98% The Big Sick (2017) The all-American The Big Sick is one of the best-edited comedies in memory... Michael Showalter's [movie] that could have sputtered or confounded without the amazing scene-to-scene, shot-to-shot timing of its jokes and sobs. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
4/10 77% The Little Hours (2017) The result isn't like the fake documentaries of Christopher Guest (Mascots) but one's appreciation of the largely pleasingly filthy humor will depend on an equal tolerance for non-sequitir and anachronism."‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
9/10 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Compact and so vast, so bittersweet and so kind and giving, a brilliantly casual portrait of Morris' cheery friend and Cambridge neighbor. [A] deceptively simple gem.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
7 87% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) dua. Rodrigues' modest but bristling movies... are jagged if fragrant accumulations of narrative and pictorial bric-a-brac, always holding on for dear life to some sort of journey narrative. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
9/10 93% Baby Driver (2017) Boisterous, crackerjack, bubblegum power-pop, adrenaline-stoking coolly-choreographed manic action, fragrant with delight in its own substantial craft, Edgar Wright's zooming genre riff Baby Driver is an epic car-chase confabulation. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
0/10 22% 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 15% 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 92% 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 91% 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 67% 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 70% 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 84% 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 81% 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 89% 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 86% 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 83% 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 84% 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 47% 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 44% 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