Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% The Assistant (2020) Leslie Schatz's sound design is the true star of The Assistant. Kitty Green's film is at least as much an audio experience as a visual one. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
80% The Traitor (2020) The Traitor has the same epic sweep [as The Godfather] and even includes a crime family called the Corleones, but [director Marco] Bellocchio avoids operatic excess, keeping emotion at a remove. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
84% Les Misérables (2020) It's too bad that the results feel so compromised... - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
98% 63 Up (2019) 63 Up moves from brief profiles of one subject to the next, drawing on imagery from their entire lives in chronological order to contrast it with their present selves. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
64% Little Joe (2019) It creates a beautiful world, but no matter how many ideas it throws up, they feel disconnected and do little to stir thoughtful reactions. The film could've benefited from getting high on a bit of Little Joe's pollen itself. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
98% Midnight Family (2019) Midnight Family is filled with an offhand beauty. Lorentzen walks a fine line. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out is loaded with flashbacks, sudden revelations, and reversals. Its greatest pleasure lies in storytelling about storytelling, planting clues that pay off an hour later. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) Atlantics doesn't have much interest in explaining itself, but its romanticism resonates long after the film ends. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
99% Varda by Agnès (2019) Even if it's flawed, it reveals [Varda's] constant re-invention. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) It spends a lazy 144 minutes in a cozy noir fantasia, with little regard for forward momentum. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) It's willing to be a mess at times. But it also avoids becoming a simple synonym about Israeli or Jewish identity. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
82% In My Room (2018) ...this film's strength lies in its combination of slipperiness and allegorical riches. The freedom it finds in the apocalypse extends to the spectator. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
53% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) There's no real conflict or argument to the film, because it uses the mix of austerity and melodrama that has served the Dardenne brothers in the past to reduce Ahmed to a symbol of thoughtless violence rather than a three-dimensional teenager. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
86% Zombi Child (2020) Thankfully, its inquiry into desire and freedom plays out more like a fever dream, with this year's best musical number! - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) The laser-pointed focus and beautiful style bring true emotion and poetry to a simple, well-worn story. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Redistribution (2019) ...the last images suggest the resilience of serenity and beauty. Like Redistribution, the future is still unfinished. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) The things the film suggests may be speculative, but the genocidal racism behind the conspiracy it describes is instantly believable. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% The Load (Teret) (2019) It's not concerned with action. It prioritizes mood instead. Indeed, it might be closer to Theo Angelopolous' slow cinema road movies. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) The film's mixture of political rhetoric and a respect for its subjects' experience of everyday life, while showing the connections between the two, offers some implicit hope. So does the way it finds beauty in situations guaranteed to cause trauma... - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) [The Nightingale] tries hard to be as bleak as possible, but winds up feeling rather one-note. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino lets Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood sprawl to the point of bloat. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) El Movimiento and Rojo show Naishtat's talent for building tension through dialogue. But while the earlier film built toward violence in long, talky scenes, Rojo doesn't offer that grim release. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
96% Ray & Liz (2019) Billingham isn't interested in pretty images, but he does create striking ones. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
98% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) These moments have a political resonance, but no obvious message. The Chambermaid stays away from a facile, conservative version of humanism, where a filmmaker serves up poor people's lives for a middle-class arthouse audience to pity. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) The result feels pretty toothless, with the blandness extending to the film's flat style. This is the cinematic equivalent of a self-congratulatory late-night routine. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The film grasps for political subtext in a lazy, secondhand way. In the end, its zombie apocalypse is quite cozy. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
89% The Raft (2019) If the Acali's voyage was an experiment that happily failed the expectations of its creator, The Raft brings the hybrid documentary back from festival cinema cliché. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
76% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) The story remains fairly banal, and neither the direction nor performances lift it above. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
59% Charlie Says (2019) For a film about the Manson family, the most surprising thing about Mary Harron's Charlie Says is that it's actually pretty bland - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Full of a postmodern self-referentiality that feels smart but goes nowhere. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
85% The Brink (2019) As critical as Klayman is of Bannon, she still feeds into his cult of personality by focusing on him as a person instead of exploring the appeal of the ideology he represents. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) Undeniably well-made, it feels like it's critiquing one audience's set of assumptions about violence and masculinity while catering to another's. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
93% 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
99% 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
96% 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
96% 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
78% 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
89% 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
20% 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
57% 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
91% 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
81% 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
98% 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