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Stephen Farber

Stephen Farber
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Breakable You (2016) Boasts a top-notch cast and acclaimed filmmakers. Yet this film about family dysfunction and ethical crises never reaches a fully satisfying conclusion. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 16, 2017
91% They Call Us Monsters (2017) Powerful and eye-opening. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 13, 2017
83% Little Wing (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu) (2016) This coming-of-age story is a winner. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 12, 2017
No Score Yet Everybody Loves Somebody (2017) Doesn't break any new ground thematically but still manages to make an appealing addition to the rom-com genre. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 12, 2017
27% The Comedian (2017) Fine acting can't quite redeem a sleazy central character. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 12, 2016
33% The Pickle Recipe (2016) Ethnic comedies have their limitations, and a sharper script would have helped this one to stand out from the pack. Nevertheless, audiences in a forgiving mood will enjoy the byplay among an appealing bunch of desperate characters. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 1, 2016
84% The Ivory Game (2016) What is admirable about Ivory Game is that it recognizes the complexity of the issues. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 1, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone's direction is measured, methodical, and totally lacking in the fire and flamboyance that sometimes electrified and sometimes ruined his earlier films. The story moves along without any real sense of urgency or suspense. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2016
0% The Disappointments Room (2016) There simply isn't enough freshness in the script to warrant another journey inside a dark old house. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2016
90% Into the Inferno (2016) Herzog has always shown a gift for immersing us in the startling extremes of the natural world, and his images here do not disappoint. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2016
91% Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) We come away more aware of escalating global tragedies, and that alone validates this imperfect film. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 31, 2016
86% The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins (2008) Art Star is a provocative undertaking with a fascinating cast of characters, but it leaves us seeking answers that the filmmaker refuses to provide. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 18, 2016
83% Rezeta (2012) Even though the film runs under 90 minutes, it drags because it's basically just a series of loose episodes without much tension. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 16, 2016
No Score Yet Aram, Aram (2015) First-time writer-director Christopher Chambers has crafted a potent, lovingly detailed evocation of an unfamiliar California subculture. Given the novelty of the setting and the recent reminders of the Armenian genocide, the film deserves to be seen ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 8, 2016
86% Time To Choose (2016) Oscar winning director Charles Ferguson treads some familiar ground but also offers new insights that make the sometimes pedantic Time to Choose worth seeing. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 31, 2016
71% Coming Through The Rye (2016) Sadwith works expertly with all of the castmembers, and he also brings visual flair to the pastoral scenes in New Hampshire. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 21, 2016
82% Viva (2016) Director Paddy Breathnach reveals a sensitive touch with the material. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 7, 2016
97% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) At least the film allows viewers to come to their own conclusions on these aesthetic questions; the subtitle "Look at the Pictures," does not tell us what to think. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 22, 2016
89% Miss Stevens (2016) [Miss Stevens] works some intriguing variations on this slightly queasy theme. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 15, 2016
66% Frank & Lola (2016) A haunting dissection of male jealousy. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2016
60% Concussion (2015) As projects take longer and longer to come to fruition and as studios grow more cautious, it's rare to find a truly timely, topical drama. Concussion is one of the exceptions. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 11, 2015
62% The Intern (2015) The movie offers more frustrations than rewards to discerning viewers of any age or gender. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2015
73% He Named Me Malala (2015) Director Davis Guggenheim, who made the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth and the controversial Waiting for Superman, does some of his most heartfelt work in this tribute to Malala and her entire family. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) A rousing, relevant slice of feminist history. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2015
8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) Hitman: Agent 47 turns out to be exactly the kind of fast-paced, mind-numbing thriller that studios churn out to fill screens during the dog days of summer. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 19, 2015
89% Back on Board: Greg Louganis (2014) Anyone who doubts that documentaries can have as much dramatic and emotional power as the best narrative films should see the Greg Louganis doc, Back on Board. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 5, 2015
85% The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (2015) Despite [some] lapses and a padded running time, this film does burst with fascinating inside lore. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 28, 2015
26% Vacation (2015) The filmmakers' unsubtle style is responsible for killing many of the jokes. But they do succeed with several of the performers. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 27, 2015
16% The Gallows (2015) The Gallows is not going to win any prizes for originality. Any film that tries to revive this technique needs a clever story or unusual filmmaking ingenuity to stand out from the crowd. The Gallows has neither. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 9, 2015
78% Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong (2016) It's always entertaining to tag along with these attractive actors on their photogenic journey. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 7, 2015
19% Self/less (2015) The failings of Self/less reveal a good deal about what has gone wrong with American movies over the last 50 years. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 5, 2015
No Score Yet Tiger Orange (2014) [A] small but well-observed character drama. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 2, 2015
31% The Road Within (2015) Talented young performers can help to make a spotty story watchable. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 13, 2015
94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) The film should hit the sweet spot for family audiences. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 9, 2015
22% Little Boy (2015) The entire picture, though well-meaning and even thoughtful, is finally just a little too gooey. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 6, 2015
84% Wolf at the Door (2015) The film does not take audiences on an easy ride, and it's an utterly compelling and indelible drama. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 23, 2015
58% Walter (2015) An outstanding cast goes a long way toward helping the movie to leap past its outlandish gimmick. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 10, 2015
85% Kung Fu Elliot (2015) Scott nevertheless emerges as an engagingly nerdy dreamer, and Lum makes a useful foil. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 20, 2015
80% McFarland USA (2015) While the beats of the story are often stock, the picture benefits from sensitive direction by New Zealander Niki Caro and from a most appealing performance by Kevin Costner. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 13, 2015
92% Queen of Earth (2015) Throughout the film Moss traverses an astonishing range of emotions, from bliss to complete mental disintegration. She is fascinating to watch even when the film turns into a frustrating head-scratcher. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 13, 2015
40% 3 Nights In The Desert (2015) The film features three gifted actors -- Wes Bentley, Amber Tamblyn and Vincent Piazza -- doing their best to animate a very stale script. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 4, 2015
88% Tangerines (2015) Although the subject of civil war within the former Soviet countries has been tackled in other movies, this retelling is one of the most concise and affecting. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 16, 2015
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) No movie with such a limp ending can be fully satisfying, and the beginning also falters. But the long middle section is a rousing good show. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 29, 2014
57% The Poker House (2008) While the film has strong moments and performances, it illustrates the dangers of overly personal filmmaking. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 17, 2014
99% Selma (2015) Intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited, sharply acted, the film represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 12, 2014
0% Days and Nights (2014) One can certainly give this movie A for effort, but the achievement falls far short of the lofty intentions. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 24, 2014
93% Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) The actors help to bring this engaging tale to life. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2014
39% Two Night Stand (2014) A likeable but forgettable trifle. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2014
100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) Hawke's film is very well crafted, tightly edited and elegantly photographed. The acute musical selections only add to our appreciation of Seymour's selfless devotion to his art. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2014
72% Honeymoon (2014) Honeymoon is a microbudgeted horror movie that achieves some genuinely shivery moments. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014