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Stephen Holden

Stephen Holden
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
56% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) "Set Fire to the Stars" barely skims the surface of characters you wish had been given more dimension, but as a snapshot of postwar academia and its pretensions, it exerts a creepy fascination. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
79% The Yes Men Are Revolting (2015) "The Yes Men Are Revolting," their third film, has a personal poignancy that is missing in the forerunners, "The Yes Men" (2003) and "The Yes Men Fix the World" (2009). ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
No Score Yet Latin Lover (2015) Filled with comic intrigue ... ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2015
17% Wild Horses (2015) Could Robert Duvall's incoherent melodrama "Wild Horses" have been salvaged by a skillful editor? Probably not. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
83% Testament Of Youth (2015) Evokes the march of history with a balance and restraint exhibited by few movies with such grand ambitions. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
100% Tu Dors Nicole (2015) Martin is as desperate to grow up as Nicole is reluctant to take the next step. Both are at a crossroads that this wonderful, lighter-than-air movie depicts as a major turning point. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 28, 2015
52% Gemma Bovery (2015) Think of "Gemma Bovery" as an airy puff pastry, dripping with honey. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 28, 2015
81% Love at First Fight (2015) For its first two-thirds, the film, written and directed by Thomas Cailley, seems to be groundbreaking. Then it slides into comforting familiarity. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2015
88% (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015) Its findings don't add up to more than a sardonic gloss on a provocative subject. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2015
94% The Farewell Party (2015) For all its sensitivity to the subject, "The Farewell Party" makes a number of tonal missteps ... ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2015
93% Slow West (2015) An absurdist deconstruction of classic Hollywood westerns whose 21st-century view of frontier mythology is as sardonic as that of the Coen brothers. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) A modest, quietly touching portrait of an older woman radiantly embodied by Blythe Danner. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
75% Good Kill (2015) Disregard the arguments for and against drone warfare advanced in "Good Kill," and the movie still makes a persuasive case that our blind infatuation with all-powerful technology is stripping us of our humanity. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
100% One Cut, One Life (2015) This extremely personal and moving documentary has several layers. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 13, 2015
20% Bravetown (2015) Excruciating ... an unwieldy hybrid of high school dance competition movie and shameless flag-waver. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
84% Noble (2015) A feisty, passionate performance by the Irish actress Deirdre O'Kane gives the inspirational biopic "Noble" a serrated edge of defiance and gumption. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
51% 5 Flights Up (2015) The lead performances are so perfectly in sync that Alex and Ruth really feel like an old married couple who know each other's foibles and cherish every tic. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
31% Cas & Dylan (2015) This Canadian movie, from a screenplay by Jessie Gabe, begins in Winnipeg and ends in Vancouver and jounces along on the crackle of smart-aleck dialogue mouthed by its stars, Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
48% Ride (2015) As an instructional movie on the sport, "Ride" offers some useful tips, but beyond that, it feels like a slightly bizarre vanity project. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
78% Hyena (2015) The kind of gory British policier from which you come away with the queasy feeling that the world is essentially a butcher shop ruled by greed, murder, cruelty and lust. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
22% Little Boy (2015) A movie that has the haranguing inspirational tone of a marathon Sunday-school lesson. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
88% Because I Was a Painter (2015) "Because I Was a Painter" maintains a funereal rhythm, alternating images of artworks with long-distance views of camp barracks as they are today, the camera moving slowly and stealthily. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
10% Just Before I Go (2015) Lurches along a wobbly line between salacious comic nastiness and nauseating sentimentality. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
94% Black Souls (2015) "Black Souls" is an ominous, well-acted portrait of an ingrown feudal society of violence, retaliation and deadly machismo. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
99% About Elly (2015) You begin to wonder to what extent the film is a critique of an entire society in which the disparity between tradition and modernity is irreconcilable. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 7, 2015
31% Cut Bank (2015) The central problem with "Cut Bank" is a screenplay by Roberto Patino that never achieves comic liftoff despite an abundance of facetious humor. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
54% Woman in Gold (2015) A legal fight over the struggle for ownership of an artwork is hardly the stuff of high drama. And the screenplay can't find a way to make that conflict, or the ethical and moral issues involved, compelling ... ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 31, 2015
65% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) I was drained and quivering with fury and disgust. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
84% Wolf at the Door (2015) As a piece of storytelling, "A Wolf at the Door" may be a tawdry little shocker. But on a visceral level, it is a knife to the gut. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
94% Man from Reno (2015) "Man From Reno" fascinates. It invites you to go back, decipher its clues and discern a grand design, if there is one. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
78% Danny Collins (2015) [A] shameless piece of boomer bait, which peddles the highly questionable notion that it's never too late to get back to where you once belonged. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
69% She's Lost Control (2015) "She's Lost Control" sustains a mood of deepening alienation, but the attitude of the movie is too detached for it to be emotionally gripping, and its ending is botched. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
8% Growing Up and Other Lies (2015) Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Grodsky have an extraordinary ear for the rhythms and nuances of everyday speech, as voices overlap, conversations take random directions, and casual remarks carry loaded subtexts. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
97% It Follows (2015) Rather than breaking new ground, "It Follows" recycles familiar teenage horror tropes - a girl alone in a house, evil forces banging on a door - but its mood is dreamy. Seldom do you feel manipulated by exploitative formulas. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
81% 3 Hearts (3 coeurs) (2015) The screenplay relies on so many mechanical contrivances to make the story gripping that you can hear the rusty machinery clanking. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
88% Buzzard (2015) With its casual deadpan attitude, Buzzard offers a nightmare portrait of arrested development and anomie for the age of inequality. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) The director, John Madden, and the screenwriter, Ol Parker, who created the first film, try to compensate for the new movie's lack of coherence and narrative momentum. But with no real story to tell, only so much can be done. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
91% Eastern Boys (2015) Explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration and power dynamics with a cleareyed sensitivity and refuses to demonize even its shadiest characters. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
79% Bluebird (2014) On one level, "Bluebird" is a bitter slice of life about hardy, stoic New Englanders battling the elements and a crumbling regional economy. On another, it's a poetic meditation on the human struggle to make sense of a cruel and indifferent universe. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) As could have been predicted, "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" is vastly inferior to the first "Hot Tub," but it's not stupid so much as desperately frantic. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
58% The Last 5 Years (2015) Songs that tell their story from both their points of view are among the smartest show tunes this side of Stephen Sondheim. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
64% The Rewrite (2015) Mr. Grant, now 54, is facing the expiration date of his twinkly boyish act. And in "The Rewrite," as he plays a spoiled screenwriter and one-hit Hollywood wonder on the skids, you can feel the strain as he goes through the routine one more time. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
97% 1971 (2015) Ms. Hamilton's straightforward documentary skillfully interweaves reminiscences by members of the group with re-enactments of the burglary. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2015
40% Black or White (2015) "Black or White"... is notable for what it doesn't try to do. It doesn't assess America's racial attitudes based on the headlines of the day or use its story... to placate or to inflame. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
27% Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) (2014) This overlong movie loses its focus as the director piles on distracting, pretentious cinematic embellishments underscored by an insistent use on the soundtrack of Vivaldi's "Stabat Mater." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 27, 2015
12% Mortdecai (2015) Mr. Depp's wizardly expertise at disappearing into a character is intact. But what if that character isn't funny and hasn't an ounce of charm? ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
63% Son of a Gun (2015) "Son of a Gun" adds to the mystique that Australian crime films are meaner, nastier and more brutish than their American counterparts. But it changes style roughly every half-hour. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
51% The Humbling (2015) The movie is too shrewd to qualify as a jeremiad, but underneath the comedy are boiling undercurrents of anger and despair. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
80% Black Sea (2015) The story loses credibility as it goes along, as the body count escalates, and Robinson's solutions to life-and-death crises grow increasingly far-fetched. Well before it ends preposterously, "Black Sea" has taken leave of its senses. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
64% Still Life (2015) You may scold yourself for investing any emotion at all in hokum that even Mr. Marsan, for all his kindly gravity, can't begin to salvage. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015