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Shlomo Schwartzberg

Shlomo Schwartzberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 49% Towelhead (2007) Too much of Towelhead is pitched on a hysterical, one-dimensional note, with Jasira being consistently mistreated in one way or another by pretty much everyone she encounters -- a reverse Candide for our cynical times. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2008
2.5/5 39% Young People Fucking (Y.P.F.) (2007) Actually a pretty staid affair, showing much less nudity than most R-rated films and coming down firmly, for the most part, in the pro-monogamy camp. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2008
2.5/5 78% Lou Reed's Berlin (2008) A well made concert film that will, nevertheless, fail to satisfy Reed's many dedicated fans. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2.5/5 21% Meet Bill (2008) Takes scattershot aim at all manner of appropriate targets-the vapid nature of local television news, the perceived stigma of standing out from the pack in America, the dilemma of dreams deferred and abandoned-but rarely hits the comic bull's-eye. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 9, 2008
57% Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006) If your idea of humor is spending time with creepy-looking lowlifes who don't have a brain among them, by all means check out Trailer Park Boys. The rest of you can save your money for better, smarter movies. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2008
80% Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2007) For the first time, the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien (Three Times, Café Lumiere) has made a movie set outside of Asia. The project, alas, is of little interest. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 24, 2008
69% The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007) Jacques Rivette, one of France's most original filmmakers, stumbles with his latest film from a novella by Honore de Balzac, a period drama set in mid-19th-century France and Italy that is stopped dead by the one-note performance of Guillaume Depardieu. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2008
68% Honeydripper (2007) This likable, laidback movie goes down well, a pleasant dash of Southern Comfort with some great tunes mixed into the batch. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 26, 2007
98% The Band's Visit (2007) Eran Kolirin's uncommonly assured directorial debut hinges on its characters, and in Ronit Elkabetz as Dina, and Sasson Gabai as Tewfiq, he strikes cinematic gold. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2007
96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) This Romanian drama suffers from a flaw common to many European films: too much intellect, not enough heart. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2007
54% The Walker (2007) Schrader's pallid thriller fails to entice. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2007
52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) Lacerating and impeccably directed look at the fragile, complex relationship between two sisters. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2007
44% Bella (Beauty) (2006) Bella is as pedestrian as they come. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 25, 2007
3.5/5 81% Lars and the Real Girl (2007) A timely reminder that love stories don't have to be crass or contrived to succeed, even if one of the star-crossed lovers is entirely artificial. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2007
2/5 76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Much of the film, burdened by unnecessary, obvious narration, is an overly languid, dully paced prelude to the main event... ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2.5/5 35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) Elizabeth: The Golden Age squanders its chance to paint history in the fascinating strokes of gray that make for the best cinematic epics. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2007
2/5 7% Silk (2007) This thin silk doesn't hold together for long.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2007
3/5 95% In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) That human touch is what distinguishes In the Shadow of the Moon from run-of-the-mill documentaries and is a timely reminder, in these dark days, that mankind is capable of much that is good. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3.5/5 54% Manufacturing Dissent (2007) Though much of what's in the film isn't new information, seeing it all compiled in one place and building to its damning argument against Moore is effective and disturbing. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2007
3.5/5 88% The Weeping Willow (2007) Anchored by Parastui's luminous, heartfelt performance, [director] Majidi also revels in the joy of sight, especially as manifested in the beauty and lovely colors of nature. The Willow Tree is a powerful and ultimately optimistic movie. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2007
2/5 79% Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006) Shot like a music video, the movie is quick-cutting, glossy and superficial, causing one to wonder about its serious intent. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2007
2/5 73% Fido (2007) The film retreats to political allegory -- evocations of the Bush administration's so-called fear-mongering on terrorism -- and obvious pot shots at family values. More than anything, Fido is a missed opportunity. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2007
2/5 44% Fay Grim (2007) Fay Grim is not exactly a sequel but the law of diminishing returns applies to it just the same. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 18, 2007
4/5 96% Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai) (2007) Guided by To's elegant camera moves, less visceral than most Hong Kong filmmakers, the Election movies put a fresh, intriguing spin on the usual cinematic gangster motifs. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 5, 2007
1/5 56% Civic Duty (2006) It's an ineptly put-together concoction that, despite its political musings, offers nothing new to the viewer. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 4, 2007
2.5/5 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) The highly disappointing Spider-Man 3 has its touching moments, to be sure, but they're few and far between. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 4, 2007
2.5/5 64% Whole New Thing (2006) Buchbinder displays an original filmic eye, but mostly Whole New Thing is a few drafts short of an emotionally fulfillilng feature. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2007
2.5/5 79% Coeurs (2007) It's well acted by Resnais's usual troop of performers, but this is decidedly one of the master's lesser works. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2007
3/5 88% Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006) Script takes one melodramatic turn too many, ultimately pushing the film's characters around like so many pieces on a chessboard. What begins so promisingly ends on a decidedly soapy note. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2007
1.5/5 26% Ghost Rider (2007) As unwieldy a film as one can imagine, Ghost Rider mixes Christian theology, classic Western motifs, pure horror, glitzy special effects and modern superhero angst to deathly ill effect. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 16, 2007
3/4 83% Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at) (2007) Subtly directed and flawlessly acted, Sweet Mud packs a genuine punch. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2007
2/4 83% Manufactured Landscapes (2007) A feature film demands more depth and imagination, both of which are largely lacking in this superficial offering. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2007
2.5/5 74% The Painted Veil (2006) The film, alas, never scales their acting heights, plodding along in a staid fashion and tamping down the strong emotions that reside below its surface. This should have been a much more powerful movie. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2006
1/5 76% Rocky Balboa (2006) This is a tedious tale badly told. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2006
2/4 82% Days of Glory (2007) The film also conveniently omits the fact that many other Arabs supported the Germans. That smoothing out of complex issues makes Indigenes more of a simple crowd pleaser than a genuinely challenging film. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2006
2.5/5 50% Ever Again (2006) Ever Again is laudable in its intent but less than impressive in its execution.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2006
2/5 47% The Holiday (2006) The Holiday is a drippily sentimental and contrived movie that ladles on the treacle with a particularly heavy hand and strands some good actors -- and not so good ones -- along the way. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2006
2/4 90% Starter for 10 (2006) It is uniformly well acted, but the cast deserves better than this prepackaged, artificially preserved concoction. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2006
2/4 64% Severance (2006) There's nothing new or noteworthy here. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2006
2.5/5 75% Black Book (2007) The film may ostensibly deal with serious issues such as collaboration, the fight to survive and the need for forgiveness or revenge, but they're really just window dressing for Verhoeven's elaborately assembled but empty set pieces. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2006
3/5 94% Away From Her (2007) One of those 'small' movies that, because it's uncompromisingly honest, risks being inflated into something more than it is. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2006
3/5 65% Wondrous Oblivion (2006) A family film with a difference, Wondrous Oblivion displays real bite as it incisively tackles such adult subjects as racism, anti-Semitism, adultery and the plight of immigrants in an intolerant land. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 23, 2006
2/5 6% Deck the Halls (2006) What's plentiful are stupid pratfalls, obvious plotting, cozy homilies and a big helping of saccharine moralizing. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 23, 2006
2/5 44% The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2006) While The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is a handsomely mounted production and not an unintelligent one, it's also emotionally cold and too familiar by half. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2006
2/5 28% Copying Beethoven, (Klang der Stille) (2006) ...Too many dull subplots, notably one concerning Anna's disapproving boyfriend, and director Agnieszka Holland's typically heavy hand, dampen any musical fireworks that the film might have generated. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2006
2.5/5 76% The Prestige (2006) Christopher Nolan's The Prestige revisits some of the same themes -- questioning appearances, reality and perceptions -- as the director's previous Memento but with less satisfying results. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2006
1.5/5 11% All The King's Men (2006) A clunky, unconvincing drama that's pretty much stillborn from the outset. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2006
2/5 49% Renaissance (2006) Set in Paris circa 2054, the animated Renaissance deliberately meshes science fiction and film noir. Unfortunately, all it does with that provocative combination is remind the viewer that there have been better films made in both genres. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2006
3/5 45% The Last Kiss (2006) ... despite its deficiencies, this film cuts pretty deep, especially when compared to most recent Hollywood dramas. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2006
3/5 51% For Your Consideration (2006) For Your Consideration, though uneven, is still chockfull of the low-key charm, smart performances and understated humor that are [Christopher] Guest's hallmarks. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2006