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Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Waldheim Waltz (2018) A timely and engagingly personal reminder of recent European history.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
40% Songwriter (2018) Banal adventures of a bland superstar.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
100% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2018) A lyrical portrait of emotionally damaged misfits sharing a soulless working environment in contemporary East Germany, In the Aisles is full of tender observation and humane empathy for its downtrodden protagonists.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
No Score Yet RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: async AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY (2018) This is a concert movie, but unusually intimate and intense, with ultra-sharp high-end acoustics to capture every textural glitch and microtonal quiver in Sakamoto's deluxe minimalist sound paintings.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
No Score Yet The Silence of Others (2018) Calls for justice mostly fall on stony ground in The Silence of Others, a stirring documentary about the victims of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco and their ongoing fight to extract some kind of legal payback.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
No Score Yet 3 Days in Quiberon (3 Tage in Quiberon) (2018) A single knockout performance does not make a compelling film, and Atef's intimate psychodrama ultimately lacks the imaginative verve and narrative meat to fill its overlong running time.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet Horizon (Horizonti) (2018) Horizon unspools at an unhurried, lyrical pace. While the two leads both give crisp, naturalistic performances, the otherworldly setting is arguably the real star presence here.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet Shut Up and Play the Piano (2018) A polished snapshot of Beck's well-rehearsed shtick, as fast-moving and entertaining as the man himself.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
50% Black 47 (2018) Black 47 feels more like a small screen misfire than the grand cinematic epic that this rich story deserves.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
73% The Mercy (2017) Uninspired biopic sheds little light on unfathomable maritime mystery.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
14% Winchester (2018) Winchester draws on a fascinating true story but then simplifies and sensationalizes it to fit creaky, clunky horror conventions.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
0% Lies We Tell (2018) Weak script and amateurish direction sink this dead-on-arrival debut.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
No Score Yet Vacuum (Vakuum) (2017) While not exactly a fun viewing experience, Repond's somber psychodrama is a compelling piece of work, with a chilly candor and forensic eye for detail that recall Euro-gloom maestro Michael Haneke.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
82% Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Bingo - O rei das manhãs) (2017) Brichta gives a compellingly wired performance, his fast-talking energy recalling the inspired intensity of vintage Robin Williams or Jim Carrey.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
No Score Yet Secret Ingredient (Iscelitel) (2017) Pass the bong, dude.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
No Score Yet Asphyxia (Khafegi) (2017) Chilly but stylish homage to vintage film noir.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
87% Song of Granite (2017) If Andrei Tarkovsky had grown up in rural Ireland, he might have made a biographical cine-memoir as luminously beautiful as Song of Granite.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
92% David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) With a tone more celebratory than elegiac, this is a worthy screen memorial that should interest serious Bowiephiles and casual fans alike.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
No Score Yet Darling (2017) Darling ... has a gripping obsessive-compulsive energy and an attractive cast of alluringly amoral, sharp-edged Nordic beauties.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
93% My Pure Land (2017) As a rousing rebuke to patriarchal power, Masud's assured debut mostly hits the target, even if the overall package feels clumsy and simplistic in places.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
78% Strangled (A martfüi rém) (2017) A robust, atmospheric suspense thriller that shows how politics and personal ambition can have a toxic effect on justice.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
70% The Ritual (2017) A superior B-movie shocker set in the hinterlands of northern Sweden.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) For all its high-caliber talent mix, The Snowman is a largely pedestrian affair, turgid and humorless in tone.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
No Score Yet Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2017) A spooky, stylish, spellbinding debut.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
83% Ghost Stories (2018) Ghost Stories is a witty and well-crafted love letter to old-school horror tropes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
No Score Yet Decor (2014) Decor is a stylistically bold mix of self-referential love letter to vintage Arab cinema and bittersweet social commentary on post-revolutionary Egypt‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
96% The Endless (2018) [A] rich banquet of mind-bending weirdness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman (2017) A potent cocktail of hilarity and vulgarity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
83% Never Here (2017) An elusive, allusive, classy psycho-thriller debut.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
75% Sheikh Jackson (2018) Salama ... uses playful juxtapositions and time-jumping plotlines to make serious points about compassion, generational friction and family dysfunction.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
66% Breathe (2017) Its noble intentions [are] hobbled by a trite script, flat characters and a relentlessly saccharine tone that eventually starts to grate.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
No Score Yet Black Kite (2017) The central drama is deadeningly flat, a chessboard of mono-dimensional ciphers arranged across a schematic grid of good and evil.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
82% Cult of Chucky (2017) A lean 91 minutes long, Cult of Chucky is part self-spoofing slasher, part lowbrow bloodbath and all guilty pleasure.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
90% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Fiennes rejects rock-doc conventions like talking heads, archive footage and linear narrative. Which is commendably bold on one level, but may leave some viewers scratching their heads and craving a little more context.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
0% Stratton (2018) West aims for a kind of Jason Bourne or Mission: Impossible feel, but he falls short in budget, star power and explosive spectacle.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
25% Eat Locals (2016) A low-budget British vampire comedy with more bark than bite, Eat Locals feels like a school reunion project for survivors of Guy Ritchie's early gangster films.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
100% Cold Hell (Die Hölle) (2017) Puts a smart contemporary spin on lurid giallo-style ingredients, minimizing the voyeuristic violence and maximizing the feminist revenge elements. This stylish, fast-moving exercise in hard-boiled pulp noir punches way above its weight.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
31% Leatherface (2017) The gory carnage is sparingly but vividly staged, the suspense-driven plot twisty enough to tax the brain.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
No Score Yet Meda or The Not So Bright Side of Things (Meda sau Partea nu prea fericita a lucrurilor) (2017) Pavlu's prize-winning performance is the key bright spot here. Brooding and haunted, he conveys a stoic air of quiet desperation with minimal fuss.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
40% Attraction (Prityazhenie) (2017) As serious sci-fi, Attraction barely leaves the launchpad. But as superior bubblegum spectacle, it easily blasts into orbit.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
17% Overdrive (2017) [A] formulaic adolescent male button-pusher ... witless and brainless but not entirely joyless.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
76% The Ghoul (2017) Tunley confirms his mastery of macabre moods here. Now he needs a bigger budget and a broader canvas.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
17% All Eyez on Me (2017) A ploddingly pedestrian dramatization of Tupac Shakur's brief, tumultuous life.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
86% An Insignificant Man (2016) An Insignificant Man is journalistically fuzzy and unashamedly partial. But it also has the appealing zeal of an idealistic passion project, and has generated an impressive amount of newsworthy buzz for a first-time feature.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
71% West of the Jordan River (2018) A dry and sometimes depressing film, but informative and humane too.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
49% Churchill (2017) Cox aside, this pedestrian drama is hobbled by too many monodimensional characters and too much overly explanatory dialogue that feels like a dry high school history lesson ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
No Score Yet Fortunata (2017) This compassionate character study strains to hit the same kind of female-centric heights as vintage Pedro Almodovar, but it falls short and ends up something of a soapy hot mess instead.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
75% The Merciless (Bulhandang) (2017) The Merciless is a superior slice of hardboiled pulp fiction in the blossoming "Korean Noir" style.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
100% I Am Not a Witch (2017) A fable-like story about a young African girl banished from her village for alleged witchcraft, it blends deadpan humor with light surrealism, vivid visuals and left-field musical choices.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
20% Alive in France (2017) Scholarly cinephiles and punk-rock purists who fetishize a certain kind of old-school bluesman authenticity may find engaging material here, but the shapeless home-movie feel and sketchy lack of context ultimately borders on self-sabotage.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017