Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
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
86% 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
95% 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
100% 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
54% 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
88% 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
75% 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
58% 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
89% 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
84% 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
95% 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
79% 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
59% 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
67% 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
82% 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
78% 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
95% 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
94% 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
93% 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