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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) See me for myself; see me as I see myself. See me as I shall become. (The bold, bright flights of fancy are splendid and necessary.)‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
8/10 72% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Katja meets obstacle after obstacle, which forces the story onto her leather-clad shoulders, her wrought features. Blood and tears and ink and unspoken, perhaps unspeakable fear and anger: this is a fantastically physicalized performance. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
7/10 83% Vazante (2018) Every composition, each image of her epic endeavor, especially in close-ups, comprise sensual, atmospheric marvels.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
9/10 82% Underground (1995) Furiously inventive, overlong, overwrought, battering, mesmerizing, magical. From an outsider's perspective, the massive project of Kusturica's convulsive carnivalesque celebrates the vivacity of the survivor. (His countrymen may know better.) ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
10/10 93% 24 Frames (2018) Kiarostami's elemental evanescence is a precise but also aleatory stroll through the field of his vision, and all twenty-four of these fragments. The final shot is a glorious, frame-filled eternity.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Politically incendiary, emotionally incandescent.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
50% Porto (2017) The coruscating critique of the pathetic male is thick with predecessors... Jake possesses not a shred of discernible talent, poetry, wit or virtue. Simply, it's an apt, savage take on the fugly American. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
10/10 91% Phantom Thread (2018) From A-line to eyeline, Anderson's serenely sensual sub-dom stare-down rom-com set in another, ostensibly more romantic era, is generous, wicked and tailored with surprise after surprise.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
10/10 100% The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange) (1936) Renoir's happy, goofy, giddy, and, yes, awe-inspiring [comedy] is a timeless marvel. The only good reason this warm, rollicking, political and politically sophisticated comedy is [lesser-known] is that it's been out of circulation for years.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
8/10 69% Happy End (2017) Since encountering "Code Unknown" blind around the turn of the century, I've always admired the finery of Haneke's work, which in other hands could doodle into curdled misanthropy or haphazard hauteur, but instead pulses with his serene disapproval. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
9/10 88% The Post (2018) Inquisitive press pitted against an overreaching executive branch with present-day concerns... banter and grown-up turns akin to the best of the late Nora Ephron. The details of a 1970s newsroom and pressroom are elemental tactile poetry.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
7/10 80% Tom of Finland (2017) Karukoski's scenes often have a smoky, sweaty reek that would have amused the late Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a titan of tang himself... The tensile central performance by Pekka Strang is adroit at capturing the complicated man.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
7/10 73% Hostiles (2018) Christian Bale, repeating for Cooper, plays a ruthless Indian hunter, his flint moving beyond stoicism into a steely hatred toward Natives. Max Richter's score is a stealthy accomplice to the unrepentant brooding and terrible violence.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
9/10 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird hits the mark of the American teen movie while quietly reaching toward literary effect [including] a set of sequences of driving in Sacramento [that] fall into place with the weight of a two-story house.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
7/10 77% All the Money in the World (2017) The most pungent result of Scott's redrafting.... the summoning of a magnificent performance by Christopher Plummer, central in its sour power. From ham to brine: Plummer gives a performance hailed from failing flesh and eternal brimstone.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
8/10 90% I, Tonya (2018) Another manic mother comes forward in Allison Janney's charismatically assured, unsentimentally sewer-mouthed mom to Margot Robbie's gloriously vivid Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie's brutal, funny, biting, cutting, kicking, snarling I, Tonya.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
96% For Ahkeem (2017) Unadorned, urgent, [and] troublingly intimate.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
No Score Yet Tormenting the Hen (2017) There's not so much story, but there's so much dread. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
9/10 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Hope for generational change, the power of any single, small, nameless dreamer, who may yet know a world not manipulated by gunrunners, moneychangers, the venal and power-mad. Forces against The Force. The sky is filled with more stars than we know.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
9/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Allegory for the politics of the modern moment careen beneath nearly every complication, and yet del Toro keeps to the business of his lovingly designed sea of surfaces and... a single, singular theme throughout: loneliness.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
9/10 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Nimble Brit director Joe Wright arrives again; it seems like he's always arriving every couple of years, every other film announcing himself as a bold maker of thumping entertainments, who alternates precise, startling work with fancies that fail. ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
8/10 65% Streets of Fire (1984) A grandiloquent compatriot to their later masterpiece, Geronimo... More exuberantly stylized than The Warriors, it seemingly stands in stark relief to the carborundum asperity of movies like Hard Times and The Driver... ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
8/10 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Jokes. So many jokes. Attitude. So much attitude. Snark? Bring on the Goldblum! Sexual ambiguity? Yes, oh my. Action scenes? ... Action scenes? Jokes! More jokes! ‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
2/10 54% LBJ (2017) Texan Woody Harrelson of the fleet, trickster countenance is mudbound by his layers of facial appliances, nearly as dense, certainly as confining, as the cheeks of the Lady in the Radiator in Eraserhead .‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
10/10 100% Le samouraï (1967) Working with and against genre conventions, Melville's movies are hushed, deadpan abstractions of space and gesture, restrained, refined, a palette reduced to essential colors and compositions.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
10/10 96% The Florida Project (2017) Sean Baker's effortlessly headlong dive into a child's imagination is a tender thunderclap... generous, grand, gorgeous... ground-level magic.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
9/10 98% Lucky (2017) A small, lovely treasure, a biographical love letter to the great American actor Harry Dean Stanton... It's also a documentary of Harry Dean's haunted eyes and lived-in face and elder body... funny and philosophical, punchily short.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
10/10 83% Fox and His Friends (1975) Brute beauty... quietly savage 1975 x-ray of the exploitation of a simple man... startles with its dense, concrete tapestry of trashy fairgrounds and garishly tasteless apartments and bolthole gay bars and swimming pools and horrifying exploitation.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
6/10 63% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) Glimpses of the self-described "cobbler" to the world of fashion and hundred-thousandaires everywhere, Manolo Blahnik, working at designs at home or on the factory floor are the liveliest moments of the diverting process-and-praise documentary.‐ Newcity
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
9/10 69% 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 34% 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 87% 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 98% 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 85% 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 92% 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 92% 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 97% 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 89% 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 81% 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 84% 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 77% 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 92% 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 91% 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 78% 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