Ren Jender

Ren Jender
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Queer, feminist writer-performer/producer making a film, freelances for Voice Media (which syndicates to LA Weekly, Miami New Times etc.) Slate, INTO, SYFY and the late lamented The Toast.

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
64% By Hook or by Crook (2002) [By Hook or by Crook] has a topical resonance rare even in recent releases. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
83% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) Reckless love, life and death, and a talking polar bear (voiced by Gordon Pinsent) are all given equal time but not a trajectory we can follow. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
63% The Public Image is Rotten (2018) [The Public Image is Rotten] makes one wonder: Does anyone still care? - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
92% Thelma (2017) Trier (and his co-writer Eskil Vogt) thoroughly and skillfully align supernatural powers with queer discovery (particularly that of a young woman) in unexpected ways and do so without ruining the film with male-gaze shots. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Scotty offers more than just salaciousness. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) I couldn't help, in spite of the sometimes very clunky script, breaking into a smile every time Sam and Rose have a scene together, even a corny bike-riding one. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
88% Every Act of Life (2017) McNally's life has the sweep of an epic novel, except that the novel's inevitable movie version could never have as much star power as his life did. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
No Score Yet It's a Hard Truth Ain't It (2018) A film-within-a-film is a well-worn narrative conceit, but one that seems more complicated in the context of a documentary. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The repressive setting would be, in a less nuanced film, a site of unadulterated horror. But Cameron, Jane, and Adam, like queer people through the ages, find ways to bond, joke, and help each other through the circumstances. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
80% Walk With Me (2017) Becomes a moving examination of mortality and life choices. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
100% Elián (2017) We see the resilience of the adult Elián when he takes a swim near a Cuban beach: After all he's endured, he's not afraid of the water. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
86% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) Although it offers an astute analysis of how Clive Davis tailored Houston's sound and image to appeal to a white audience ... the film doesn't use enough of Houston's music. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
100% Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray (2017) Zea's sharp eye for detail is evident ... - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
20% The Wasted Times (Luomandike Xiaowang Shi) (2016) The majority of the characters murder or are murdered in short order, so finding someone to root for or a storyline to follow in this strangely empty Shanghai (even the train station looks abandoned) is difficult. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
81% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) Testament is full of bad jokes (like a man repeatedly throwing himself from great heights to prove he won't die) and, in spite of Groyne's grave, determined presence as Ea, is borderline offensive. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016