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Ray Pride
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 93% 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
67% 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 94% 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 66% 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
5/10 92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Werner Herzog: "Buster Keaton is the essence of movies. He is one of the inventors of cinema." - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
10/10 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Buster Scruggs is full-blooded bliss splashed across an American frontier as mad and savage as decades of storied nightmarish incivility. It's bleak. It's bloody. It's bounteous. Probably great! - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
9/10 91% Widows (2018) All the actresses are powerful, but Debicki's transformation as her character gains confidence is at the top of performances I've seen this year (including Viola Davis'). - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
8/10 90% Maria By Callas (2018) Volf's passion for research pays off in every compelling minute. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
6/10 64% Suspiria (2018) Sincere, personal and impacted like a bullet lodged in a wall, Luca Guadagnino's passion project... is many things, including difficult to write about. A proper consideration would be a mad, scrabbling hypertext object and it still wouldn't satisfy. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
8/10 92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) A brisk, irreverent complement to Welles' brawling caravanserai, offering the man himself ample time to purr, coo and rue over the project and its setbacks. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
9/10 98% Border (Gräns) (2018) An odd-looking man named Vore enters her life, who slowly, steadily and with certainty, confuses her, her sense of scent, her sense of herself. Strange meets strange.... stories that bloom around them like so much madness come to dark life. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
8/10 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) With actors like Redford, Sissy Spacek and Tom Waits (Tom Waits, actor!), banality is not on the bill of fare. (A side of corn, sure.) - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
6/10 88% What They Had (2018) A 2018 Sundance entry, the shredded gentility is anchored by the innate strengths of Danner, illuminating from within a woman with Alzheimer's who is leaving her family as much as awareness is leaving her. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
9/10 98% Free Solo (2018) The fraught, taut action movie of the year. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
10/10 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) John Huston's incarnation of Jake Hannaford, a filmmaking legend debuting bits of his would-be with-it widescreen movie, is honeyed malice, an inebriate howl of terrified, wounded masculinity. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
8/10 75% The Fog (1980) The rich color cinematography by Dean Cundey gleams with shadow-drenched goodness in its new digital life, heightening the crisp confidence of Carpenter's Val Lewton-like atmosphere. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
7/10 79% Halloween (2018) What it doesn't have: the adrenaline rush of total and complete surprise. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
9/10 98% Science Fair (2018) The discreet charm of the nerdoisie. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
6/10 79% 22 July (2018) Greengrass reveals his recurrent theme: the community banding against an oppressor or aggressor. "22 July" is no exception to the lineage of "Bloody Sunday," "Captain Phillips" and "United 93." - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
10/10 88% First Man (2018) Mourning, grief, solitude... Gosling goes deeper into his incarnation of the charismatic mask: the Gary Cooper face that is still, sometimes stock-still, yet always a fraction of a hair from bleakest melancholy. Gosling's expression in a word: bereft. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
7/10 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) Good movie. Here you go. Good movie! - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
10/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Germanotta is not Falconetti, but oh, that face in close-up, it is canvas, flesh, odalisque: Matthew Libatique's nimble camera rightfully worships Lady Gaga. She is nothing less than a marvel. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
9/10 95% Blaze (2018) Ethan Hawke doesn't come right out and say what he's up to in Blaze, but it's snaky goodness: time and space, all in mind and out of whack. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
10/10 96% The Atomic Cafe (1982) Compilation essay film of the propaganda celebration of the nuclear age, both in cartoonish and apocalyptic form... So long as there are unstable madmen with nuclear codes clutched in their fists, fear rightfully abides. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
7/10 65% Lizzie (2018) Gentility, be gone. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
0/10 18% A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2018) Cue tonal misfires and a wealth of bumptious music. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
9/10 86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Nicole Holofcener's moodstruck, slow-burn, Chekhov-to-Cheever sixth feature... is a quiet marvel. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
5/10 56% Slice (2018) Brash color, bold compositions, and outrageous bursts of horror pop. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
10/10 91% Mandy (2018) A revenge movie of demolishing beauty and sustained rapture that I cannot help but love... Easily the most sustained mosaic of visceral action and consummate world-building I've seen since Mad Max: Fury Road. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
9/10 91% Searching (2018) A stinging thriller, with a residue of paranoia about one's own footsteps caught in digital amber. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
8/10 91% We the Animals (2018) "Both familiar and strange, a newly-dreamt vision of archetypal passage... gentle fugue [of] pain and joy. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
6/10 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) A modest but pleasing slice of whimsy and contrivance, glides on the charm of its actors-Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne, Chris O'Dowd-but feels caught in a tangle of eras. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
10/10 93% Support the Girls (2018) What a great movie! AUDIENCE, WHERE ARE YOU? Andrew Bujalski's masterly comedy "Support the Girls," told across a single day, teems with empathy, wry humor and an uncommon awareness of the lives much of America lead despite jobs they hate. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
8/10 85% The Wife (2018) As a Swedish film, there is a calm in settings and décor you would expect, and Close and Pryce take care not to destroy the scenery in their compelling exertions. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
10/10 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) A kaleidoscopic, bite-sized variation on the acreage of theater-company rehearsals in Rivette's Out 1...The hall of mirrors refracts; the world turns, the world burns, and the results are obtuse, open-faced, freeing, thrilling, so damnably lovely. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) Coursing through the aftereffects of juvenile detention, family trauma and even the possibility of murder, Spiro paces her story and its emotions with great control and deliberation. There's not a wasted breath, a less-than-freighted glance. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
10/10 100% Minding the Gap (2018) This is not a puzzle made plain, but a narrative carved from passing instants: refracted, shaped, revealed, reflecting... Issues of class, race and masculinity disperse across the landscape... coolly observed in footage that can appear deceptively raw. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
8/10 86% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Each hostile gesture, each harsh act suggests not just timelessness but cruel timeliness. The cold precision of Schwentke's filmmaking is augmented by the brute malice of Martin Todsharow's score. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
9/10 85% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Themes bristle; ambiguity is a form of play; understated visual notions accrue in nourishing widescreen compositions; behavior is inexplicable; lyricism lies in a serene command of detail. This is a loving, lovely work by a master filmmaker. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
9/10 99% McQueen (2018) The filmmakers see the art, the hand that made the art, the joker, the trickster, the savant of beauty, sage of shock. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018