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Stephen Farber

Stephen Farber
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Paint It Black (2017) It stays in the memory and promises an intriguing future for Tamblyn.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
No Score Yet Signature Move (2017) Vivid details can animate almost any old chestnut, and many of the variations on this timeworn tale help to give the film its appeal.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
67% Porto (2016) The film is not a perfect undertaking, but it confirms Yelchin's unique talent and underscores the sadness of his untimely death.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
No Score Yet September 12th (2017) Only a few films over the years have tried to dramatize events leading up to or following 9/11. September 12th takes a modest but effective approach to that national tragedy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
No Score Yet Grass Stains (2017) While Sheridan is inherently appealing, he bravely renders Conrad's cowardice at key moments.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
No Score Yet Little Pink House (2016) Little Pink House brings urgency to a fascinating, underexplored theme.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
No Score Yet Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story (2017) Charged never simplifies Eduardo's nature or the key relationships in his life. We end up appreciating his charisma and marveling at his resilience without ever seeing him as a paragon.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
95% Oklahoma City (2017) This comprehensive look at the terrorist bombing of 1995 and the anti-government rage that fueled it deserves the attention it will surely receive.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
No Score Yet The King's Choice (2016) Handsomely mounted and well acted, the film breaks no new ground but remains engrossing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
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
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
82% They Call Us Monsters (2017) Powerful and eye-opening.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
83% Little Wing (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu) (2016) This coming-of-age story is a winner.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
93% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
25% The Comedian (2017) Fine acting can't quite redeem a sleazy central character.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
25% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
81% Viva (2016) Director Paddy Breathnach reveals a sensitive touch with the material.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
89% Miss Stevens (2016) [Miss Stevens] works some intriguing variations on this slightly queasy theme.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
66% Frank & Lola (2016) A haunting dissection of male jealousy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
61% The Intern (2015) The movie offers more frustrations than rewards to discerning viewers of any age or gender.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) A rousing, relevant slice of feminist history.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
74% Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong (2016) It's always entertaining to tag along with these attractive actors on their photogenic journey.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2015
No Score Yet Tiger Orange (2014) [A] small but well-observed character drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2015
31% The Road Within (2015) Talented young performers can help to make a spotty story watchable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
94% Disneynature Monkey Kingdom (2015) The film should hit the sweet spot for family audiences.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2015
84% A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo atrás da Porta) (2015) The film does not take audiences on an easy ride, and it's an utterly compelling and indelible drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015