Sarah Boslaugh

Sarah Boslaugh
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 66% The White Crow (2019) ...constant cutting between three eras of Nureyev's life, in a manner that highlights the cleverness of the screenwriter (David Hare) in a "see what I did there?" manner.. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
6/10 86% The Graduation (Le concours) (2016) ...of inherent interest to those who follow global film, because France is a major player in the film world, and la Fémis is a major player in the French film industry. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
7/10 92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) ...a film that is just about as arthouse as any film could be. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) Everyone is British to the hilt, to the point where you may suspect (as do I) that Dearden is having a bit of fun at his countrymen's expense... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/10 50% The Nightcomers (1972) ...positively reviewed upon initial release, and Brando was nominated for a BAFTA, but I can't for the life of me figure out why. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
6/10 39% Hannibal (2001) Part of the appeal of the Hannibal Lecter novels and films is the complexity of the principal character, who is at once a reprehensible murderer and a moral force for justice. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
6/10 86% Hesburgh (2019) ...Hesburgh understood the privilege granted him by virtue of his skin color, the reality of life for those not born with that privilege, and was willing to stick his neck out to articulate the difference... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
9/10 96% Vertigo (1958) Audiences and critics in 1958 were not prepared to deal with the kind of twisted darkness Vertigo presents so clearly ... but hopefully we're all grown up now and able to deal with it. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
6/10 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) ... deliberately opaque and relies heavily on atmosphere, keeping the viewer in a state of befuddlement similar to that experienced by Irisz herself. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/10 72% Stockholm (2019) Stockholm doesn't work as a thriller, lacks psychological insight, and is pretty limited in terms of humor as well... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
6/10 89% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) I don't know if this latest take on Emily Dickinson is the right one, historically speaking, but it's certainly plausible and a whole lot more fun than the one-note Emily you were probably taught in school. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Rainbow Warrior (1993) ...an enjoyable film, with production values well above that of a typical television movie. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet The House of the Seven Gables (1940) ...an old-fashioned studio picture that skillfully uses the conventions of Hollywood continuity filmmaking to tell an entertaining story... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/10 65% Peterloo (2019) ...an oddly paced film and one which does not highlight [Leigh's] strengths as a director. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
7/10 89% Nureyev (2018) Sadly, Rudolf Nureyev died too soon, from AIDS-related illness at age 54, but Nureyev gives you an appreciation of how fully he lived those years and how much he accomplished during the time he was granted. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet The Unknown Soldier (2017) Unknown Soldier does not sugar-coat the grind of this kind of warfare, nor the inevitable loss of life that comes with any war, but it also offers moments of respite, levity, and even joy. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
8/10 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) ...a fascinating and beautifully-shot work which is a worthy successor to Guerra's 2015 Embrace of the Serpent... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
7/10 94% Time For Ilhan (2018) ...a straightforward political documentary brought alive by the vibrancy of its central figure and the director's access to the behind-the-scenes action of her campaign. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
6/10 69% Hot to Trot (2018) hot to trot offers an affectionate and intimate look behind the scenes of same-sex ballroom dancing, and lets you get to know the featured performers as individuals ... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
6/10 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) ...you can enjoy it as a heist story that is really a highly distilled compilation of every heist story ever told, or as a madcap dash through the worlds of twentieth century art and movies. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
8/10 97% Night of the Living Dead (1968) ...there's a strong element of social satire in this low-budget horror movie, and racism is not Romero's only target... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
8/10 97% Key Largo (1948) ...there's an inherent theatricality in the situation of strangers involuntarily sharing a small space... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
6/10 72% Lords of Chaos (2019) The irony of the enduring appeal of black metal, with its severed pig's heads and upside-down-crosses and screeching vocals, to a population of well-off and well-cared-for young people is not lost on Åkerlund. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
8/10 76% Never Look Away (2019) ... has the sprawling scope of a 19th century novel like Dr. Zhivago, in which the human stories are embedded within a period of dramatic change and the film's real subject is the grand sweep of history. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
5/10 69% The Invisibles (2019) Räfle chose to mix two styles of filmmaking-straight-up talking heads interviews with the survivors, and dramatic re-enactments of their stories-in a way so that is thuddingly repetitive rather than enriching... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8/10 97% The Big Sleep (1946) ...seriously, does anyone care how the chauffeur died? - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet The Group (1966) By modern standards, however, the persistently shocking aspect of this film is the horrid treatment of most of the female characters by a remarkable proportion of the male characters... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
7/10 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) The plot of Capernaum can get a bit involved, but the performances from the non-professional cast are captivating... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
7/10 100% Ekaj (2015) ...delivers a heightened dose of reality while also capturing aspects of present-day New York City that have emphatically not been Disneyfied - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
8/10 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Barry Jenkins follows up his 2016 film Moonlight with another insightful, stylistically distinctive film... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 88% Makala (2018) Makala shows far more than it tells, allowing the story to emerge gradually from a series of gorgeous visuals. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 96% Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuarón doesn't so much recreate his childhood in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City as he reimagines it... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 100% Leave No Trace (2018) ...the film's quiet pace and beautiful cinematography (much of it shot in the forests near Portland, Oregon) perfectly complement the story. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) ... funny, insightful, and psychologically astute, offering a sardonic view of life among super rich Chinese from the point of view of an outsider... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Willem Dafoe captures the essential outsiderness of Van Gogh while Schnabel captures the essence of his artistic vision. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 76% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) The film's title was chosen with care, because community judgement looms large in this film... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
6/10 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Director Morgan Neville captures the essence of the Rogers brand, while also revealing the practical man behind the program... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 100% Shirkers (2018) ...offers insights into Singaporean culture, the visual imagination of a young filmmaker, and the questionable behavior one a very strange professor. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) For the winners, like karaoke singer Shen Man, this can result in an income of $40,000 per month, some of it coming from displaced urban workers longing for connection in a world that's changing too fast. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 100% The Judge (2018) ...offers insight into Palestinian society and politics as well as providing a compelling portrait of the remarkable woman who is its primary subject. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) ...Talley is a thoughtful and forthcoming interview subject, resulting in a documentary that will interest even people who generally buy their clothes at Old Navy. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 93% 93Queen (2018) ...offers a fascinating (and not always flattering) look into a community that generally keeps to itself, as well as a compelling portrait of Rachel Freier, who led the women's efforts... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
6/10 67% Vice (2018) ...presents a parade of mediocre white men in positions of great power, and as such is perhaps the truest portrait of the current state of American politics yet to hit the big screen. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
7/10 91% Maria By Callas (2018) The inclusion of Callas' own words lends an intimacy to what could otherwise have been a standard-issue bio-documentary... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
8/10 94% Wildlife (2018) ...an astonishingly assured directorial debut for Paul Dano, who might have played Joe a decade or two ago. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
5/10 59% The Front Runner (2018) ... a re-enactment of an essentially boring process ... executed by people who are never established as characters we should care about. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
5/10 81% Boy Erased (2018) All the principal characters display an affect so flat that it seems that someone slipped thorazine in the water cooler... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
7/10 98% The Wrestler (2008) ...the real-life horror of professional wrestling is evident in the ruined bodies of Randy and his peers... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
7/10 79% Requiem for a Dream (2000) While a whiff of symbolism softens the horror elements in Pi, no such escape is provided in Requiem for a Dream (2000)... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
7/10 88% Pi (1998) ...Aronofsky's taste for including horror in his films is evident from his very first feature... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018