Ray Pride

Ray Pride
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T-Meter Title | Year
10/10 80% Mickey One (1965) Cold and strange and alien, yet its absurdism, which fits no era except whatever moment you're watching it in, is a compelling phantasm Chicago that presumes you're guilty until presuming you're ready to die. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
9/10 87% Non-Fiction (2019) The comedy here is both playful and forcefully sophisticated, that convey the story in more than frames and words, as both physical presence and time itself. Dizzying yet with its feet on the ground, Non-Fiction captivates. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
9/10 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Generous hallucination... Tossed, torn, noosed, dragged, stabbed, shot, shot, crotch-bit, machine-gunned, hand-axed, saber-sliced, face-crushed, shot, burnt, bullied, horse-kicked, catapulted, subjected to sustained knife fracas and shot. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
10/10 92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) [G]listening, concrete imagery, fashioned into a time-shattered mosaic of regret... Poetry, bliss, abandon[, an] indelible, narcotic masterpiece where a 28-year-old's talent matches his imagination. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
7/10 85% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Two men in the midst of history. Ideals upheld, mistakes admitted. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
9/10 94% Shadow (2019) While the contours of history that Zhang Yimou pledges to honor in all his period pieces may be obscure to the neophyte to Chinese film or history, the inspired filmmaking is never less than precise dream: motion is emotion. It's big-screen bliss. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
8/10 97% Hail Satan? (2019) [R]ollicking comedic politi-doc... from Penny Lane shadows the Temple of Satan... during public actions that militate for religious freedom for all and essential First Amendment rights, and mocks reactionary churls. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
7/10 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ryan White's sweetly adroit slice of a life glides genially on the charm of diminutive nonagenarian sex therapist Ruth Westheimer. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
6/10 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) A key virtue of Berlinger's compartmentalization of Bundy's crimes is the tactile, near-prurient use of bold color, a low-key luxuriance that places the movie outside its period, into no moment. It's a seduction all its own. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
9/10 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Brisk, bountiful, bracing two-years-in-the-following... chronicle of four progressive women, from the Bronx, West Virginia, Nevada and Missouri, running against entrenched, often self-serving incumbents in the House of Representatives - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
5/10 88% The Last (2019) The machinations and contortions and straight-up barefacedness of Lipsky's screenplay... make once more for eye-popping performances even when there are eye-rolling details. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
8/10 77% Mad Dog and Glory (1993) Tonally, it's not the film that got Scorsese's attention, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, but set alongside any of McNaughton's pictures, [all] are formally of a piece: rhythmic, economical and quietly urgent. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/10 76% Never Look Away (2019) I hadn't seen a whale in a while... a perverse psychological thriller, an art-history leviathan and a pastel lullaby of touchable things and thieved portfolios, a languorous three hours and eight minutes that peruses high art for the sake of hot ham. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Proud postures alternate with callbacks and climaxes and sniffly tear-tugs and lots of that wacky, weightless Marvel verbal humor... telegraphic jolts of joy for those who [ingested] the prior 2,299 minutes of the "Universe" entire. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
9/10 56% Under the Silver Lake (2019) "Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood, and you will find the real tinsel underneath." - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
8/10 85% Her Smell (2019) The vigor of cinematographer Sean Price Williams' widescreen compositions, their intent curiosity, matches the swirl of lashing, livid acting across a career, careening. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
9/10 83% High Life (2019) Tactile, tensile, terrifying: knowing of fluids, fearless about intimacy. The ominous breadth of the story is constructed through immersion: its prison-scaled spaceship is like a mind buzzing with the great mortal fears. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
6/10 33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Welcome to Marwen is something else, but what is it? "The calamity of movie history is not the follies that get made but the follies that don't get made," Pauline Kael wrote. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
10/10 65% Peterloo (2019) Underestimate the fury of the intelligence and craft of Mike Leigh at your danger... his most lavish canvas, his most politically charged, his most electric epic... an uncompromising, uncompromised masterpiece: in ravishing moment after ravaging moment, - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
9/10 93% Diane (2019) Mary Kay Place offers a performance of modest yet immodest grandeur, one that is measured yet oh-so-effortless, at the heart of Diane. Her emotional breadth in the narrative directorial debut of Kent Jones is essential. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
9/10 86% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Delirious, delicious, neon comic-horror wellspring is slasher send-up and apotheosis, more than a brilliant tribute to the perfumed poison-candy excesses of an era's exploitation films: it levitates above them in its own extravagant liminal space. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
8/10 89% Between the Lines (1977) There's still sweet tang, a rising waft of authenticity. The fictional Main Line is losing its counterculture cred-the 1960s had been over for a while-but life, and loving, goes on. Like Jeff Goldblum. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
10/10 83% The Brink (2019) An avatar of cinema-vérité observation, arrives in a hush and escalates with precision... Klayman's Bannon is practically a Dashiell Hammett character, embraced by the quieter, darker forces of a frontier town... Essential. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
9/10 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Lelio's song choices provide Gloria another, insurgent level of inner life, the movie a jukebox musical of the energy of her imagination. The color and light of Gloria Bell is also assertively alive. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
9/10 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Halldóra Geirhasdóttir is fierce and soft, warm and hard, merely great. She's alert, alive, even titanic in this quietly thrilling three-ring circus. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
8/10 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) its grace is in locating a single character, a woman, moving through all manner of urban tumult, endlessly suggestive, restlessly sensual in texture and motion, an impressionistic canvas both alluring and alarming. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/10 54% The Beach Bum (2019) Trashy, tender and in swoony love with its central character, a hangdog hedonist poet-novelist called Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) who has gone to wrack, ruin and rot... coasts on cockeyed charm. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
36% Burlesque (2010) It hits all its marks splendidly: it's kitsch that never turns Quatsch. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
9/10 94% Us (2019) His horror hullabaloo, his succession of knowing campfire stories, the madly metaphorical, darkly funny, insidious dream-logic nightmare... is described by co-producer Sean McKittrick as "an R-rated Amblin film," - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
7/10 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) There is architecture of plain ice to the methodical unraveling... Zahler's films, stuffed with brute action and bold words by characters that do detestable things, are not apolitical. The interpretation of said politics? Another matter. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
8/10 71% Climax (2019) Rude, refined, gyroscopic, hurtling mash-up... of heaven and hell [with] a bravura dance number with a ravishing range of bodies in orchestrations of sensual motion and the camera brandishing its lavish mobility for moments on end. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
8/10 100% Combat Obscura (2019) An unfiltered tour-de-force of witness to things that cannot remain unseen... His sense of dynamic montage is a fragmentation of consciousness unto itself: you cannot predict whether kindness will follow confusion or terror comes after raucous laughter. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
10/10 96% Transit (2019) Petzold pitches a dream: looser-limbed than his customary narrative geometry, a glassy succession of turns and revelations that keep questions of identity and motivation in flux, daring an audience to pin Petzold's characters down. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Heroes can ascend into the galaxy in a Heart t-shirt, too, a star-child in a fitted leather jacket. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
10/10 100% My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) The tightest 65 minutes of epic gaslighting likely ever put to film... bristling mystery of a woman forced to shed her identity reflects on both women's roles in post-war society and Lewis' own chameleonic talents within B-level filmmaking. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
9/10 No Score Yet So Dark the Night (1946) Hitchcockian perfect-crime thriller... elevated attention to characters moving within space, his blocking as psychologically indicative as the vital performances he elicits. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
10/10 96% Fireworks (Hana-bi) (1997) The maverick Japanese master filmmaker's haunting, gorgeous pluperfectly balanced elegy to art and conjugal love is also a brilliant action painting of the wages of extravagant violence. (And absurdly, brutally funny, as well.) - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
8/10 92% High Flying Bird (2019) Moves like winter wind in a clear noontime sky. It demonstrates the trappings of wealth while advocating nothing less than revolution. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
8/10 100% Rendezvous in Chicago (2018) The ambition of Rendezvous in Chicago falls somewhere between the squirrelly hush and face-level modesty of Éric Rohmer and the spiky, quietly antic trickery of Arnaud Desplechin... ambling forward. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
8/10 94% Wildlife (2018) Dano is 34, his partner and screenwriter Zoe Kazan is 35, and they have adapted a novel by Ford, who is 74. [ Mulligan] the tremulous center of it all, is 33. I cite the ages with certain wonderment at the seeming authenticity of Dano's work in every way. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
10/10 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) A gorgeous depiction of reckless, headlong, decades-long love... The gorgeous, sweeping story isn't so much elliptical as a succession of sensations, of emotional fragrance told in songs... and shimmering black-and-white images. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
70% The Great Pretender (2018) The offhanded, piercing quality of the comedy within the viper's nest of romantic roundelays suggests a cruel Alan Rudolph, and that's more than enough for me. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
9/10 93% The Favourite (2018) Lushly furnished yet gleefully grotesque, all involved, especially leads Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz thrive on the malice within the eighteenth-century royal setting. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 67% Vice (2018) What a nasty piece of work! Adam McKay's Vice is glorious: a thrilling, frightening, jagged black comedy. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
10/10 95% Andrei Rublev (1973) Among the most startling movie scenes of them all, a climax that is visual, emotional, and the patient result of depicting process-craft and narrative alike-as tactile poetics of detail, gesture, mud, rain, fear and hope. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
10/10 98% Wings of Desire (1987) Some of the finest of writer Peter Handke's work, influenced by Rainer Maria Rilke, is on generous offer. Henri Alekan's camerawork, poetry upon poetry, is particularly fine. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
10/10 96% Roma (2018) Dogs everywhere. Human cannonballs... The occasional earthquake. A street massacre... There is blood and birth and gunfire and the eternal pull of the ocean itself, the great, sweeping, amniotic yet deadly sea. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
10/10 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Lee's film is true to the elusive character of his source material... but all such description of the movie fades in the face of its generous welter of poetry, of onrushing light and shadow and confusion and stark, staring beauty. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
9/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Their shared air of bristling odium and the vaudeville of dipsomania supply two of the most memorable malcontents in an age. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
10/10 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Schnabel's work speaks passionately for itself. The ecstatic bests the tragic. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018