Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% Us (2019) Peele knows how to make a straightforward horror film. The middle section of Us uses jump scares and sudden stabs of music. But it's closer to Michael Haneke's Funny Games than Jaws, despite the T-shirt Jason wears. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) A solid film that burns slowly but evenly, Ash Is Purest White doesn't break any new ground. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
94% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) An Elephant Sitting Still" heats up to a series of amazingly blunt, cruel confrontations. Hu didn't hold back about the essential selfishness and spiritual emptiness of the world he depicts. But his film isn't nihilistic. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) I'm not sure that ultimately there's much to Birds of Passage other than being a well-made gangster film that attempts to approach its subject from an unusual perspective... Fortunately, there are more valuable qualities... - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
77% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) It could've been made by a talented but uninspired director influenced by Farhadi. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
87% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Like most major art, The Image Book is greater than the sum of its parts. It's also deeply mysterious: anyone who claims mastery over it after one viewing is lying. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) Serenity is entertaining, indeed laugh-out-loud funny. When it takes a big turn halfway through, its intent is less clear. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
56% Touch Me Not (2019) [Touch Me Not] finally expresses a real vision of physical and emotional liberation after two hours of words and images grappling gingerly but almost obsessively with the subject. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
66% Vice (2018) The reliance on cheap shots would be more justifiable if the film had enough artistry to make its rage hit home. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
90% The Charmer (Charmoren) (2018) It would've been easy for The Charmer to tell a simplistic story about an Iranian immigrant... Instead, The Charmer explores Esmail and Sara's differences, presenting a world where his code-switching never stops. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
94% Of Fathers and Sons (2018) Every scene in Syrian director Talal Derki's Of Fathers and Sons is carefully placed to make a point. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) It's an ABC Afterschool Special with aspirations of winning a Best Picture Oscar. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film is a decidedly mixed bag, feeling thoroughly confused, but ultimately it manages to honor Mercury's talent. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
92% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) Life and Nothing More both captures an American reality and pulls it apart to make a point, without dishonoring the people whose lives it's based on. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
92% The Price of Everything (2018) This film respects the potential for beauty and social reflection contained in art. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
77% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Honoré directs the film elegantly. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Wiseman, now 88, is one of America's greatest living directors, but Monrovia, Indiana isn't one of his major films... Yet it shows him addressing crises of the moment. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
97% 3 Faces (2019) Iranian director Jafar Panahi was a protégé of the late Abbas Kiarostami... Kiarostami's ghost hangs all over Panahi's 3 Faces, but rarely does Panahi make anything new from it. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
76% Bad Reputation (2018) Bad Reputation makes clear that - even in an age when rock music is growing increasingly unfashionable - Jett is utterly sincere about the idealism and bravado of her biggest hit, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
73% Assassination Nation (2018) The overtones of real-life violence feel like exploitation, not exploration. Ultimately, this film pretends to be quite ambitious but settles for secondhand moralizing and storytelling. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
100% Prototype (2018) It's hardly a conventional political film, but it is anything but removed from the world we live in. In that, it evokes Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's "Leviathan." - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
96% Bisbee '17 (2018) "Bisbee '17" plays its funny games in a far friendlier and more accessible, but still pointed, way. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Force stems mostly from the intensity of Foy and Leonard's performances - he convincingly portrays a man with no idea how creepy he seems to others. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
93% Angels Wear White (2018) Zhou, in particular, gives a heartbreaking performance. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
100% L'eau froide (Cold Water) (1994) Cold Water uses rock music better than any film of its time - possibly better than any film ever made. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
96% Zama (2018) Lead actor Daniel Giménez Cacho's turn shows great empathy for the title character... [his] eyes are soulful and melancholy, often staring in the distance or at the ground. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
93% Araby (Arábia) (2018) The directors prove they have a rare ability to make a flow of words really cinematic. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) It announces the birth of a stunning new directorial voice. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Its trippy turn at first feels refreshing, then goofy: the fatalism and sense of doom underpinning the film are very hard to take as seriously. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) The four actors did extended improvisations as a family before the film shoot began and the chemistry they developed shows; they have a convincing intimacy together. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
92% Gavagai (2018) If one wants to see an inheritor to the mantle of Tarkovsky and Bergman, "Gavagai" is essential viewing. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Very entertaining on its surface, but its undercurrents might make you a bit queasy. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
69% Damsel (2018) Everything here is mashed together into a postmodern pileup that thinks it's politically progressive and smart but really isn't. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
91% Lean on Pete (2018) Without the pop pleasures of Sean Baker's The Florida Project, it offers a similar critique of contemporary America, very convincingly acted and directed with a fine eye. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
94% Foxtrot (2018) Foxtrot plays like a chamber drama with an absurd penchant for tragedy. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
No Score Yet The Custodian (El custodio) (2006) While it may not add up to a major film, [director Rodgrigo] Moreno has a rare, confident command of his medium. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
72% Love for Sale (O Céu de Suely) (2007) The film never integrates its taste for beautiful landscapes with its devotion to the quotidian: the two rest side by side without gelling. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
85% Frownland (2007) If not for its dark sense of humor, "Frownland" would be unwatchably grim. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
32% Boarding Gate (2008) "Boarding Gate" is mired in secondhand, vaguely political notions about globalization and unwilling to really let itself go to extremes. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
73% Salvation Army (2015) [Director Abdellah] Taïa, whose book fleshes out his story more completely, has adapted it into a subtle film with less explication but no less power. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
77% Full Battle Rattle (2008) One wonders what attracted the filmmakers to a subject about which they have so little to say. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
94% La France (2008) Impossible to classify, it's a war movie with a love story that only flowers in its beginning and then in its closing moments. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
45% What We Do Is Secret (2007) "What We Do Is Secret" makes a bid for entering Crash into rock'n'roll mythology. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
80% Zentropa (Europa) (1992) For all its devotion to directorial style, Europa is also impressive for the way it continually juggles narrative threads. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
79% I Served the King of England (2008) ... the film dishonors the history it glides through by lacking any sense of real danger. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% Meotjin haru (My Dear Enemy) (2008) My Dear Enemy often threatens to turn into a conventional romantic comedy, but it ends up flirting with such bromides rather than indulging them. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
56% Sukiyaki Western Django (2008) Everything in "Sukiyaki Western Django" has been said before... - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
79% Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) (2009) The film is so carefully structured that its narrative seems to emerge haphazardly, almost unconsciously. Only in retrospect is director Corneliu Porumboiu's degree of craft apparent. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
97% Sweetgrass (2009) Whatever one decides, [director Lucien] Castaing-Taylor deserves a great deal of respect for documenting a dying tradition. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
74% Les égarés (Strayed) (2003) However prosaic the conclusion seems, the film's vision of wide-open space-both physical and mental-cannot be extinguished. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018