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Stephen Holden

Stephen Holden
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) Remarkable for its shrugging attitude. Opposite in spirit to a shocker like Larry Clark's "Kids," "Bang Gang" doesn't aim to titillate or to alarm. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
67% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) Has serious narrative glitches and a shaky timeline, but at least it is true to the bitterly misanthropic spirit of Octave Mirbeau's 1900 novel about masters and servants. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) "From Afar" never lets you relax and heave a sigh of relief in hopes that a happy ending may be in sight. Reality is too cruel for that. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 7, 2016
86% Time To Choose (2016) A sobering polemic about global warming that balances familiar predictions of planetary doom with a survey of innovations in renewable energy technology that hold out some hope for the future. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
90% Art Bastard (2016) "It's not what they show, it's what they don't show," the painter Robert Cenedella complains in "Art Bastard," Victor Kanefsky's robust, plain-talking documentary portrait of this lifelong rebel and art-world gadfly. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
95% Presenting Princess Shaw (2016) We all know about the expanding musical universe made possible by YouTube, but rarely has its artistic potential been explored in a movie with the inspirational appeal of Ido Haar's new documentary, "Presenting Princess Shaw." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 26, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) What does all this have to do with Lewis Carroll? Hardly anything. It's just an excuse on which to hang two trite overbearing fables and one amusing one. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 26, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) [A] cringe-inducing portrait of an arrogant politician's self-immolation ... ‐ New York Times
Posted May 19, 2016
33% Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) (2016) What sounds so delicious in the telling is pallid and ludicrous onscreen. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 19, 2016
75% Last Days In The Desert (2016) A quietly compelling portrait of the human side of Jesus, wrestling with his doubts while wandering through the Judean desert. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 12, 2016
91% A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas) (2016) A Monster With a Thousand Heads will make your blood boil. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 11, 2016
40% Beautiful Something (2016) The movie is in dire need of character development and a wider social context. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 5, 2016
24% Being Charlie (2016) When Charlie inevitably relapses and trolls Los Angeles's meaner streets for a fix, you feel little sympathy for a character so shallow he seems incapable of introspection. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 5, 2016
60% Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands (Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve) (2016) There is no film-by-film analysis of his major works, which include "The Marriage of Maria Braun" and "Berlin Alexanderplatz," or the connection from one to the next. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
82% Viva (2016) It infuses a too-familiar story with so much heart that you surrender to its charm and forgive it for being unabashedly formulaic. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
83% Hockney (2016) Many erudite talking heads appear, but there is no satisfying overview of the artist and his complicated relationship to art history ... ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
70% A Hologram for the King (2016) It takes an actor with the finesse of Tom Hanks to turn a story of confusion, perplexity, frustration and panic into an agreeably uncomfortable comedy. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
No Score Yet Sky (2016) This expressionistic portrait of the American West is an oddity that only a director from another country could have conjured. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
21% An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) (2014) The message that "An Eye for Beauty" wants to send is that gorgeous people suffer just like the rest of us. But it is so enamored of them that the message gets lost en route to the screen. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
89% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) "Neon Bull" is a profound reflection on the intersection of the human and bestial. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
52% Demolition (2016) Mr. Gyllenhaal's strong performance still doesn't add enough substance to a film that is hollow at the center. It's mostly the fault of Mr. Sipe, who seems to believe that saying nothing is saying something. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
82% Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) (2016) Mr. Paradot's performance is so viscerally intense that there is no escaping its force. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
97% The Dark Horse (2016) The movie's portrayal of the complex dynamic involving the brothers and Mana conveys a potentially explosive mixture of fear, love and anger. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Baker emerges as a frightened, defiant, arrogant and entirely self-centered musician, who, by his own admission, excelled at only one thing. The rest of his life was a shambles. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
59% The Program (2016) "The Program," much to its detriment, concentrates almost exclusively on the history of the doping effort . There is no mention of his childhood or adolescence or any attempt to analyze his character. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) As with Mr. Farhadi's other films, every detail of speech and body language resonates. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 15, 2016
95% Marguerite (2016) What redeems it is Ms. Frot's subtle, deeply compassionate portrayal of a rich, lonely woman clutching at an impossible dream until reality intrudes. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
95% Eye In The Sky (2016) A grim, suspenseful farce in which unpredictable human behavior repeatedly threatens an operation of astounding technological sophistication. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
89% Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016) Because her laissez-faire approach makes little effort to fit the fragmentary scenes into a tidy portrait of reservation life, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me" feels more authentic than if she had chosen to impose a tighter structure. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 1, 2016
55% Jack of the Red Hearts (2015) "Jack of the Red Hearts" is the movie equivalent of what used to be called a "problem play." As such, it is well done. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 25, 2016
61% Race (2016) "Race" reminds us that long before television elevated black sports heroes into gods, there were athletes like Jesse Owens who paved the way. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) "Embrace of the Serpent," a fantastical mixture of myth and historical reality, shatters lingering illusions of first-world culture as more advanced than any other, except technologically. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 16, 2016
81% Sunset Song (2016) The film pointedly contrasts the splendor of the Scottish landscape with the punishingly austere lives of the farmers who toil in the fields. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2016
70% Touched With Fire (2016) "Touched With Fire" is an actor's field day, and both Mr. Kirby and Ms. Holmes boldly meet the challenge of playing bright, high-strung artists struggling with depression. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
82% Glassland (2016) There's much in the movie to admire until it runs headlong into a stone wall. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "Zoolander 2" has enough plots for several movies. They are so jammed together that they more or less cancel each other out. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
7% Misconduct (2016) Except for Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Pacino, going through their familiar paces, incompetent is the word. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2016
59% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) The movie gleefully demolishes the cliché of a great artist as a brooding, omniscient eminence. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2016
100% 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animated (2016) All together, the 15 shorts ... demonstrate a level of quality and technical ingenuity comparable to that of the Oscar-nominated feature-length films. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 28, 2016
63% The Finest Hours (2016) "The Finest Hours" never departs from a tried-and-true formula, but that's one of its quaint charms. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 28, 2016
78% Naz & Maalik (2016) Despite its deficiencies, "Naz & Maalik" feels authentic, and Mr. Johnson and Mr. Cook bring their characters completely alive. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 21, 2016
24% The Benefactor (2016) Mr. Gere's flamboyant performance is the sole raison d'être for this melodrama, written and directed by Andrew Renzi. Its other elements are given short shrift. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
75% Band Of Robbers (2016) This comic take on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is infused with a gleefully absurdist sense of humor while retaining a childlike sense of wonder. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
29% Anesthesia (2016) Like few contemporary films, "Anesthesia" distills the anxious intellectual tenor of the times. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
31% Daddy's Home (2015) It is best avoided unless a movie that has the attitude and mind-set of a schoolyard bully happens to be your thing. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 25, 2015
78% Where to Invade Next (2016) Watching it made me feel like a deprived child with my nose pressed against the glass of a magical toy store in a faraway land. On one side is a happy, harmonious land of productive people. On the other is a world of misery, anxiety, war and greed. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 22, 2015
75% Dreams Rewired (2015) A lively, visually enthralling attempt to gaze into the future by remembering the past. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 16, 2015
57% The Emperor's New Clothes (2015) "The Emperor's New Clothes" is moderately effective agitprop. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 15, 2015
75% A Royal Night Out (2015) What makes "A Royal Night Out" palatable are the lead performances. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
100% Night Owls (2015) Meet the fun couple of the year, and watch them go at it tooth and nail. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015