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Robert Levin

Robert Levin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 34% American Assassin (2017) American Assassin jarringly interposes scenes of hyper-realistic violence with the sort of half-hearted storytelling one expects out of a movie of the genre with minimal ambitions.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 85% Brad's Status (2017) With Brad's Status, writer-director Mike White finds a smart way to evoke a central feature of contemporary life, in a movie best understood as an extended riff on the way social media has exacerbated one of the more confounding aspects of human nature.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
.5/4 11% 9/11 (2017) Spectacularly misconceived, in which the optics of a substandard disaster movie are discomfortingly applied to this unfathomable tragedy.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
3/4 81% Beach Rats (2017) [Harris] Dickinson, in his debut, achieves an almost unfathomably rich reservoir of feeling.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) This is a perfect part for [Aubrey] Plaza's particular brand of intensity and the star, along with director/co-writer Matt Spicer, navigates difficult terrain in crafting a tone that's both comic and deeply unsettling.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
1.5/4 30% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) Here is yet another movie about an angst-ridden, 20-something scion of a notable Manhattan family who just can't get out of his own head long enough to realize that things are, on balance, going pretty well.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/4 86% Wind River (2017) Wind River is a gritty murder mystery layered with a social conscience.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
4/4 96% Menashe (2017) Small, naturalistic moments like a scene of father and son scrambling to quickly eat breakfast and leave the apartment collectively give the Yiddish-language movie its quiet but unmistakable power.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
2/4 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) From the endless and endlessly obvious music cues to the painstakingly rendered neon settings and punk rock accouterments decorating the Communist underground -- this is a movie about nothing beyond that setting.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4/4 93% Dunkirk (2017) [Dunkirk] captures this struggle for survival with visceral intensity. It offers an immersion into this harrowing moment that is vast in its ambition and comprehensive in the degree to which it fulfills it.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) It's painstakingly authentic in its evocation of what sometimes feels like the entire conceivable range of emotions. That's because Nanjiani... and Gordon are sharp writers with a knack for underpinning deadpan dialogue with understated emotions.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) It's consistently engaging, and it's assembled with an expert hand, even if it's a more serious approach than the story deserves.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 89% It Comes At Night (2017) It's a genre picture bathed in overwhelming darkness and torment.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2/4 16% The Mummy (2017) It doesn't really know what it is. In trying to offer a little bit of everything, it instead amounts to a lot of nothing.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
1.5/4 63% Dean (2017) It all plays out in painstakingly milquetoast fashion.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/4 95% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) An engaging movie that expands its highly specific setting into a universal moral inquiry.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/4 70% Alien: Covenant (2017) The film resonates not because of its scares or effects, but thanks to the simple fact that the filmmaker wholly commits to building an atmosphere of sadness and dread around it.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
0.5/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Every moment is surrounded by so much busy nonsense that virtually every plot detail is obscured.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
1.5/4 50% The Dinner (2017) The actors don't have time to develop focused characterizations because they're constantly being yanked around.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2.5/4 80% Chuck (2017) The story's just not as interesting as the filmmakers think it is; it spends too much time on Chuck's downward spiral, and when it comes to this sort of life in this sort of place at this particular time, we've seen it all before.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3.5/4 83% The Lovers (2017) The Lovers finds levels of tension that rival the best thrillers and depths of dark comedy that compare favorably with past classics of marital despair.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
1/4 17% The Circle (2017) A ham-fisted slog through sanitized doldrums, packed with platitudes and speechifying about technology and privacy.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/4 48% Going in Style (2017) There's precious little actual drama, few laughs, and almost no reason to see this movie except, again, for the undeniable pleasure of watching these three men.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) It's a study in contrasts, a B-movie on one hand and an earnest drama with a mean streak on the other, and neither mode is fleshed out enough to really matter. But the ambition is inspiring.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2.5/4 48% Wilson (2017) It succeeds in fits and starts, but not enough to justify such a prolonged investment in this character.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1/4 54% The Belko Experiment (2017) There needs to be something more than the sheer spectacle of fine character actors like Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley and others butchering their colleagues in every conceivable way.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
2.5/4 74% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) A story that's ultimately too abstract and slight to sustain itself.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Personal Shopper, a new film from writer-director Olivier Assayas, a native of the city, that stars Kristen Stewart in a performance that further confirms her status as one of the most adventurous and compelling actors working in movies today.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 69% Contemporary Color (2017) The filmmakers, Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross, add depth to the spectacle by creatively interweaving the arduous rehearsal process and stressing the fleeting nature of this unforgettably beautiful evening.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2.5/4 66% Before I Fall (2017) It all comes down to the fact that this landscape's too well-tread and the central conceit should have remained retired.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) While it doesn't offer any answers, it both thrills and makes you think.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
2/4 34% 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 42% 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 89% 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 83% The Founder (2017) A story worth reflecting upon, perhaps now more than ever.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2.5/4 74% 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 88% 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 98% 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 92% 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 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) 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 88% 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 94% 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 94% 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 92% 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 88% 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