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Richard von Busack

Richard von Busack
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% 20th Century Women (2017) It may not be the movie about the cusp of the '70s and the '80s, but it gets so much so right that it's immersive: a bittersweet reminder of a lost world. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 20, 2017
83% Silence (2017) Martin Scorese's dream project, Silence, is done at last, and it's one large, dry hunk of crisis of faith. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 12, 2017
83% Julieta (2016) Julieta's color is phenomenal. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 12, 2017
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Things to Come has a philosopher's precision and a poet's sensitivity. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 5, 2017
92% Hidden Figures (2017) It's clear that Hidden Figures is a story that demands to be told, and it's a pity it wasn't told better. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 5, 2017
83% Lamb (2016) The movie is a kind of feat for Partridge as director, but it's Laurence who consistently surprises the viewer with an understanding that goes far beyond her years. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
93% Anomalisa (2015) Touching but transitory. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
98% Mustang (2015) Erguven's is a limber, vigorous style of filmmaking. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
89% Jackie (2016) A movie like this stands or falls by its lead performance. Fall it does. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
89% Loving (2016) Nichols returns to images of Loving bricklaying at work: appropriate for the brick by brick quality of how justice is sought, built upon and finally delivered. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) On the whole, it's a worthwhile film, often sage, sometimes sweet, and you'd have to be half-way drunk to consider it a dumb flag-waver, though that's how it looks in the previews. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
90% Certain Women (2016) The third tale tops it all, thanks to a sweet, tough performance by Lily Gladstone. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) For its weaknesses, Birth of a Nation is an important corrective, necessary since such serious nonsense is still talked about slavery more than 150 years since it ended. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
35% Max Rose (2016) [Max Rose] gives [Lewis] a chance to dwell in a favorite realm, the world of hurt, betrayal and rancor. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
82% Indignation (2016) Despite occasional (brief) flashes of resistance, when a personality threatens to surface, Marcus is so passive, he's practically inert. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
40% Morgan (2016) In essence, Morgan is a heinously overproduced student film, complete with a scad of actors who are too good for it. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
94% Gimme Danger (2016) Gimme Danger demonstrates reverence for a one-of-a-kind collective of musicians. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Jan 1, 2017
19% Inferno (2016) Inferno is more interesting than its predecessors, though it's just as preposterous. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
97% Aquarius (2016) Aquarius is a tribute to Braga. It's a Brazilian vacation with a civics lesson on the side. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It's all action, hopping from planet to planet and blasting all the way. That makes it faster and more serious than anything in the series. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
81% Denial (2016) Middling yet entertaining. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) People are praising Casey Affleck's acting in Manchester By the Sea, and he'll probably get the Oscar for it-it's a solid, often surprising, sometimes monotonously drilling performance. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) The movie is very much Harry Potter for adults. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
95% Fences (2016) His Troy Maxon breaks away from this commercial work. It's the performance of the year, and maybe the performance of Washington's career. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) Chunks of the narrative seem to have disappeared; in their place are rhetorical questions meant to bridge the gaps. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Before declining into standard uplifting moments of waving flags, prayer and action movie super-feats, Deepwater Horizon is a thrilling procedural about the worst oil rig disaster in history. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Clint Eastwood's often-pretty-good Sully is highlighted by the self-effacing underacting of Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone explains Snowden with ease: he turned whistleblower because The Man went after the woman he loved. The problem, as in Citizenfour, is that Snowden is telling a story that isn't finished yet. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) Trying to court Mia, Sebastian sings "What a waste of lovely light." Unfortunately, that's about the size of it. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) The violence has speed, impact and follow-through -- it's a magnificent rebuke to all the hundreds of cute killings on screen in summer movies. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) This is an often hilarious film, but it flattens out. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) Sausage Party has a crowded composition that'll look better on the smaller screen, and the background jokes aren't worth much. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Our genial German director-flaneur comments on what he sees -- in a famous voice that is as even-tempered under pressure as a Western movie sheriff. It's a calm under which compassion is barely audible yet easy to sense. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Laika Studios' independence is rare in feature-length animation today -- rather than topping a franchise, they seek emphasis on character, background, and the sharp wounding edge of a story. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
97% Intolerance (1916) If Intolerance is sometimes quaint, it reminds one of what cinema might do at its most ideal. Griffith's hopes for the movies are still stirring ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) We hear a CIA agent claiming "We're still trying to put together a narrative to explain what happened." Good luck with that. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) The Trek series is now like any other superhero series, with a wobbly range between the realistic and the ridiculous. The movie is sworn to fun. And it delivers amusement. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Narratively speaking, Café Society is the film version of a Grandpa Abe Simpson anecdote. Famous names are dropped, pointlessly. Trivial matters about the past are flaunted without much context. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) The movie stalls at times, and the heroines never seem properly introduced to the villain. But there's a special tang to the film. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Under the Sundance-ian stylings -- "Little Miss Sunshine Goes prepper!" -- there's a whiff of mold to this script. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Green screen seems to have been used whenever possible, and Tarzan keeps plunging into a verdant half-visible mess that looks like pea soup. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
43% Gurukulam (2016) Ultimately besotted with the subject, the camera grows passive, encouraging the hierarchal approach to enlightenment, and the kind of wishful thinking that tries to pray away elephants. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) The movie is the puzzle of a hardworking and even morose figure, drawn irresistibly to silliness. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
81% Sunset Song (2016) Terence Davies is a clear-eyed nostalgia artist specializing in the retrieval of the mood and the color of the past. Sunset Song... seems like the culmination of his work. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Finally the film loses its tension. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) What makes Pixar great is the way it always casts shadows behind its polychrome colors, contrasting a child's conflicted urges for safety and adventure. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) This movie takes the curiosities of Wonderland and turns them into a plasticized theme park. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) You can see what The Lobster is trying to say so clearly that there's never that refreshing possibility of misunderstanding or ambiguity, essential for a real work of genius. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
61% High-Rise (2016) It's one of those works of futurism that seems simultaneously very prescient in its time, and slightly dated in ours. It underscores its points with a yellow highlighter. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016
76% Keanu (2016) Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele make a sublime comedy team in their new film, Keanu. ‐ MetroActive
Posted Dec 31, 2016