Sarah Boslaugh

Sarah Boslaugh
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T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) ...manages the tricky balance between thriller and black comedy, building its case gradually while allowing Mulligan to show off her acting chops as a young woman who can present many faces to the world... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
6/10 No Score Yet Curse of Aurore (2020) ...it's effective enough, in a low-budget sort of way, and there are some nice visual details that help sell the story. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
7/10 94% The Twentieth Century (2020) We're talking German Expressionist sets, wacky animations, drag performances, sexy underwear, Eton collars, silly contests, melodramatic music cues, fake newsreel clips, a boot fetish and a gigantic cactus... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
8/10 99% Totally Under Control (2020) ...documents how COVID-19 came to dominate daily life in the United States, as well as how easily that story could have gone in a different direction. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
7/10 91% Leap of Faith (2019) ... an extended interview with Friedkin on the film most identified with him, interspersed with film clips and other visual materials... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
7/10 97% Gunda (2020) ...the film to watch when you want to immerse yourself in a world that is definitely not your own. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
7/10 96% The Dissident (2020) ...uses the familiar conventions of the political thriller to argue for a particular version of events regarding the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
7/10 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) ...[profiles] activists who attended Camp Jened (including Lebrecht) in the Catskills, and whose experience there prepared them to became leaders in the disability rights movement. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
7/10 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) ...exposes a shocking degree of corruption in the Romanian government and health care system. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
7/10 100% Coded Bias (2020) ...offers a much-needed reminder that technology is not neutral-instead, it embodies the assumptions and prejudices of those that build it. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
7/10 100% Athlete A (2020) ...offers the perfect summing up of both the crimes of Larry Nasser, and of the overall toxic culture of American women's gymnastics. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
7/10 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) ..uses the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race to demonstrate how easy it is to steal an election, if you have the power to prevent people who would vote for your opponent from voting. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
7/10 96% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) After a mockumentary opening, the main body of the film uses a variety of 2D and 3D animation styles, who jointly create a dreamlike world in which everything seems mutable and nothing seems certain. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
7/10 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) ...an exuberant Copperfield for the 21st century... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
9/10 96% Nomadland (2020) The fictional principal character in Zhao's Nomadland, Fern (Frances McDormand), provides structure to a film composed largely of small incidents and stories shared by Americans who live on the road... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
8/10 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) ...a quiet film, never sensational but always serious, that honors the complexity of the protagonist and places the film's main action in context... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
6/10 83% Mank (2020) ...ambitious enough to demand attention, even if it has more than its share of flaws. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
7/10 97% The Half of It (2020) This story has been done many times, yet it feels fresh and new in Wu's version, which is about a whole lot of things besides unrequited love. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
7/10 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) ...[captures] both the frustrations of trying to make it as an artist and the daily pleasures and difficulties of ordinary life in New York City. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
7/10 92% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) For all its tragedy, Beanpole is a beautiful film, with carefully composed frames and muted cinematography by Kseniya Sereda. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) ...an unusual film that was not a big hit during its initial release, but which deserves reconsideration today as an early example of the American New Wave. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
7/10 100% Queer Japan (2020) There's a whole lot of fabulousness on display in Queer Japan, and not all of it involves costumes or art. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet Bengal Brigade (Bengal Rifles) (1954) A series of skirmishes coalesce into what the Brits like to call the Indian Mutiny; from the Indian point of view, it was the First War of Independence. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/10 No Score Yet The Golden Blade (1953) ...[The Golden Blades's ]portrayal of Arabic cultures is absolutely cringeworthy... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet Seminole (1953) Seminole (1953), directed by Budd Boetticher, is basically a Western set in Florida (and partially shot at Everglades National Park), during the Second Seminole War of 1835. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
5/10 No Score Yet Motel, the Operator (1940) ...pure schund, interesting not for [its] artistic merit but as examples of what captured the interest of contemporary audiences... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
6/10 91% Tevye (1939) Tevya, despite the melodramatic plot, feels surprisingly modern, thanks to naturalistic acting, lots of outdoor shooting (on Long Island), and a soundtrack by Sholom Secunda... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet Overture to Glory (1940) Fine camera work by Don Malkames and Larry Williams complement the strength of Oysher's voice, the latter being what really carries this film. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet American Matchmaker (1938) ... a Yiddish analogue to the many B-pictures cranked out by Hollywood at this time. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
7/10 100% Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk) (1938) The Dybbuk is distinguished by the expressionistic cinematography of Albert Wywerka as well as Waszynski's direction and Henryk Kon's soundtrack. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
8/10 98% The Lost Weekend (1945) John F. Seitz' black and white cinematography is impeccable, and the film includes scenes shot in New York City alongside those shot at the Paramount studio. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
6/10 43% Dragnet (1956) The storytelling in Dragnet is as straightforward as Joe Friday himself-this leads to that which leads to that other thing which eventually leads to the conclusion you knew was coming all along. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/10 No Score Yet Le meraviglie di Aladino (The Wonders of Aladdin) (1961) The plot is just a string of episodes designed to display the maximum amount of female flesh and to show off the aforementioned special effects... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
8/10 100% Finding Yingying (2020) ...an accomplished and heartfelt film that drops a real bombshell in the final third. - Playback:stl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2020
8/10 95% Asia (2020) ...Haas' performance ..exudes a kind of steely determination that could be mistaken for oppositional behavior, but is really based on having a strong sense of self and being true to it. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2020
5/10 60% Women in Blue (2020) ... feels like a series of snapshots of different aspects of life in the MPD, and which remains unsatisfying because it remains determinedly on the surface, so that those snapshots don't add up to anything. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2020
7/10 90% Papicha (2019) ... cinematography by Léo Lefèvre underlines Nedjima's creativity, in particular her eye for color in the fabrics she selects ... and the costumes by Catherine Cosme will convince you that Nedjima truly has a talent for fashion design. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet Drifting (1923) ...Anna May Wong has a larger role in this one, as the lovestruck daughter of the local opium supplier. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
6/10 100% Outside the Law (1920) ...the elaborate, stylized sets used to represent San Francisco's Chinatown are a delight as is the palatial "Spencer home" where a key scene takes place. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
8/10 90% White Lie (2019) ...a tense psychological thriller all the more effective because it ends ambiguously. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
6/10 100% Nationtime (1972) ...[It's] instructive to note that many of the issues discussed almost 50 years ago are still relevant today-because the problems underlying them have still not been addressed. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
6/10 100% Ahead of the Curve (2020) That she got the money to get started by maxing out her credit cards, then taking the money to the track, is the kind of thing you grow to expect in the narrative of Stevens' life-risk everything, and watch it pay off. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet Julia Scotti: Funny That Way (2020) ...a touching documentary illustrating the path of someone who had a rough road to travel but still came out on top. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
7/10 91% Minyan (2020) Minyan is a leisurely film, running almost two hours, but it's never boring thanks to the strength of the performances, the cinematography by Ole Bratt Birkeland, and especially the klezmer-inflected score by David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
7/10 100% Tahara (2020) Carrie and Hannah are not bad kids, but, like a lot of teenagers, they're governed more by their hormones than by Judaic law. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
97% Shiva Baby (2020) ...observing shiva is necessarily a social process and a time for people to catch up with each other, and, as during a high school class reunion, some people will be primarily concerned with making comparisons and keeping score. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
7/10 83% The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019) ... a young black man [is] killed by the police, over and over again, each death immediately followed by him startling himself awake in his own bed, so he can live the day of his death over again. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
7/10 100% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) Nina (Barbara Sukowa) and the widowed Mado (Martine Chevalier) are longtime lovers who have remained firmly in the closet for decades-a ruse facilitated by their being next-door neighbors in an apartment building. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
6/10 96% Dating Amber (2020) Dating Amber is a sweet little film, but also a conventional one, adding a GLBTQ element to a well-known formula. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
8/10 100% Cowboys (2021) ... the detective (Ann Dowd) assigned to the case uncovers an apparent contradiction: the child with Troy is appears to be a young boy, while the same child as described by Sally is "a very pretty little girl." - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020