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Robert Levin

Robert Levin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 36% The Great Wall (2017) What the movie offers in scale it lacks in substance, and it is so much, so relentlessly, that the initial escapist thrills become increasingly deadened.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/4 37% A Cure For Wellness (2017) One shouldn't underestimate the sheer pleasure of encountering a project that's willing to deviate from the typical obsession with plot and hitting storytelling beats in an attempt at something grander.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/4 83% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) The loneliness and regret permeating the movie illustrate eternal truths about the lingering consequences of such massive destruction on the everyday individuals tasked with carrying it out.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/4 82% The Founder (2017) A story worth reflecting upon, perhaps now more than ever.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2.5/4 75% Split (2017) The movie as a whole is not serious enough to work as a drama and not entertaining enough to qualify as escapism.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/4 100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) [Bright Lights] deepens our understanding of who these people were, why they mattered and what their oft-examined and perhaps misunderstood bond might have been really all about.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/4 89% 20th Century Women (2017) The movie doesn't have a plot, and it doesn't really need one. The stars, all superb, say all that needs to be said in their characters' quiet yearning and desperate search for meaning in a world finally allowing them to find it.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) Here is an unexpected emotional powerhouse, a movie that defies the odds in serious ways, even with the imprimatur of writer-director Jim Jarmusch.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/4 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Don't Think Twice depicts the travails of a longstanding improv troupe in New York City and it does so with the sort of exacting specificity only possible from a filmmaker who understands that world intimately.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) As a reminder of what can happen when Americans pull together behind a collective and ambitious cause, it's welcome, a rejoinder to the great strife and division that permeates the national mood today.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Under the skillful eye of director Maren Ade, the movie is certainly unafraid of embracing the weird, but it is an inherently sweet and oftentimes moving picture about the lengths to which a parent can go to help a child in distress.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 84% Silence (2017) Martin Scorsese's Silence is a movie about the nature of faith itself and so it's rife with contradictions. ‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 93% I, Daniel Blake (2016) Some nightmares play out in ornate and stylized fashion, while others are categorized by a slow drip of disasters and frustrations. I, Daniel Blake, the new movie from Ken Loach, locates itself squarely within the latter category.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Even the most hardened of hearts will be transformed into a blubbering, quaking mess by the time the lights come up.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 95% Neruda (2016) Bathed in expressive natural light and bestowed with a sense of constant movement, the movie also pulls even further back from the specifics of Neruda's story to depict a battle for the essence of a nation at war with itself.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/4 93% Fences (2016) Washington's approach gives Wilson's extraordinary words and rich metaphorical story the platform they deserve.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/4 93% La La Land (2016) It's a picture filmmakers have propagated since time immemorial, a valentine to show business itself, and yet filmmaker Damien Chazelle renders it anew in La La Land, an original musical that pays tribute to the city and all it represents.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/4 89% Jackie (2016) [Larraín's] film deepens the general understanding of this person at this terrible time, while also keeping her truest and deepest thoughts exactly where they must be - out of our reach.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
1.5/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) What was once charmingly weird now plays as creepy, mirroring the movie itself.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 61% Allied (2016) Here's an old-fashioned adventure that could have been made at the height of the classical Hollywood period with almost no modifications, a throwback in the truest sense.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
2/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals dives so far through the proverbial looking glass that it lands nowhere in particular.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2.5/4 71% Bleed For This (2016) Teller totally immerses himself in the physically taxing role and the movie distinguishes itself thanks to its painstaking depiction of the real-life Paz's grueling comeback.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) It's a magisterial achievement, a piece that captures the deepest recesses of the soul as they're found within the sort of ordinary man that's typically invisible on the big screen.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig pitches the movie in a state of heightened panic, capturing the pain and frustration that engulfs Nadine after a revelation that only serves to enhance her already dominant sense that she's alone in the world.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
1.5/4 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) [It's] a spectacular mess - thoroughly uneven in its plotting, filled with character touches that aggressively strain credulity and performances that sacrifice naturalism and authenticity in favor of an abiding artifice.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
2.5/4 89% Elle (2016) It consistently defies expectations in terms of how a narrative in this vein typically plays out.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3.5/4 94% Arrival (2016) [Villeneuve creates] a mood of lingering unease, crafting a series of immense images set to the orchestral dread of Jóhann Jóhannsson's score that powerfully suggest the mystery at hand without indulging in obvious instincts.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) "The Eagle Huntress" exemplifies the best and most noble function of documentary cinema: taking a world that's far removed from our own and presenting it in a relatable fashion while retaining some of its mysteries.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
3.5/4 89% Loving (2016) Edgerton and Negga seamlessly create that strong bond, sharing small moments of aching tenderness and subdued joy while expertly conveying the fear and uncertainty that accompanies this grueling ordeal.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Mel Gibson is such a polarizing figure that it's easy to forget or underestimate his considerable filmmaking talents.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) This is a movie set in an on-screen world that feels familiar, the American inner city, in this case one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods. But it meticulously defies the conventions typically associated with movies about that milieu.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) This is a movie of glossy mid-20th century New Jersey surfaces and Vietnam era America-in-turmoil clichés.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The level of craft is so consistently high that it's impossible to be anything less than entertained.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) It's acted with great passion and helmed with steadfast commitment to a glossy psychologized aesthetic.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
3/4 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) It's the usual, rote "meet the players" tactic that movies in this vein incorporate to provide you with just the right touch of character details so that the coming destruction resonates as more than an effects reel.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3.5/4 88% Christine (2016) The movie offers a portrait of a woman in full, played by Hall with the sort of fervent conviction that earns awards attention.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/4 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The agony and desperation of slavery, the sheer magnitude of the total dehumanization that defines it, has been captured in The Birth of a Nation by director, star and writer Nate Parker with stunning force.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) The details of Kim's cinematic obsession are vividly spelled out by filmmakers Ross Adam and Robert Cannan, illustrated with clips of Shin's North Korean movies and ample footage of the familiar, coordinated mass displays of patriotism.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Things couldn't possibly seem more wheezy and tired than they do when played out in a narrative framework that had already run its course by the time Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen took it on in 1960.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
2.5/4 61% Snowden (2016) The film would have been better served by a healthy degree of Oliver Stone's characteristic urgency and outrage.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
2/4 85% Sully (2016) Sullenberger is, fundamentally, not that interesting of a protagonist. He's so heroic, so evidently in the right in terms of his actions, that his struggles don't resonate.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
3/4 35% Max Rose (2016) Jerry Lewis is, of course, the reason to see writer-director Daniel Noah's movie, which otherwise hits its beats with an obviousness that borders on heavy-handedness.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
2/4 43% The Hollars (2016) The movie so eagerly touches on all the quadrants we've become accustomed to expect from Sundance-lite pictures that it starts to seem ridiculous.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
2.5/4 71% White Girl (2016) After awhile, scenes depicting Leah's ceaseless pursuit of pleasure... start to feel less like important character details and more like punishment.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/4 25% Ben-Hur (2016) To pull that off in an affecting way requires more than the dramatic ploy of Jesus popping up to offer teachings about peace and co-existence. It demands characters with substantial depth and performances that inspire the audience's investment.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
2.5/4 61% The Lost Arcade (2016) Takes an important place in the cultural firmament even if it fails to make a persuasive case that the Mott Street institution was a place truly worth mourning.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) There's a real sense of desperation embedded in the core of the picture.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) These guys couldn't make a boring movie if they tried. But it's time to move on from Bourne.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
2/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) Cranston is the best possible actor for the story, of course, having navigated the same terrain in a far more engaging fashion in "Bad," but even his quality work plays like a second-rate leftover.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
2/4 70% Café Society (2016) Woody Allen's latest movie, Café Society, plays less like an organic motion picture about characters and a story worth investing in than it does a self-parody.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016