Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
38% Joe Bell (2021) Joe Bell hints at the its title character's blind spot, blithely unaware that it turns a real person's suicide into the origin story for someone else's redemption arc. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
No Score Yet So Pretty (2019) So Pretty responds to American life's oppressiveness with a hopeful vision of community. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
No Score Yet Simone Barbes ou la Vertu (1981) The film hints at fantasy, but wish fulfillment remains far away, and the characters who try to indulge it don't succeed in escaping their emotions. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
90% Les nôtres (2021) Les nôtres runs on barely suppressed tension, giving the audience more information than the characters. For a narrative which could have set out to shock or turn into melodrama, it's actually fairly hushed. - CINE-FILE EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
88% Censor (2021) Censor has a hallucinatory tone all its own, halfway between slasher movie and fairy tale. - CINE-FILE EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
92% Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) Sendijarevic's a confident stylist. - CINE-FILE EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
71% Against the Current (2021) Against the Current doesn't waste time arguing about trans female athletes' legitimacy. It just shows the life of one such woman and celebrates her accomplishments, with great pictorial style. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
88% Undine (2020) It's trying to be much more than a love story, but the baggage doesn't fully cohere. Like its heroine, Undine is stuck between land and sea. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
61% Profile (2021) For a thriller, Profile only really achieves one thing: being as grating as possible - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
100% Paris Calligrammes (2020) Now 78, [director Ulrike] Ottinger has come full circle, looking back at her early development as an artist and, crucially, the impact of the world around her. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
67% Ride or Die (2021) The road's promise of freedom gets narrower and narrower, but Ride or Die also delivers on it. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
96% Sisters with Transistors (2020) It tells an essential story that's been buried: women, including queer and trans women, shaped and even created the technology which is ubiquitous now while rarely reaping the benefits. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
90% Moffie (2019) Although it is sometimes painfully bleak, its yearning for escape from early '80s Apartheid South Africa also contains a poetic vision. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
78% I Care a Lot (2021) I Care a Lot doesn't care enough to figure out what it's doing. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
100% Present.Perfect. (2019) While it drags in its final third and might have benefited from being a bit shorter, Present.Perfect. continues the Chinese documentary tradition of films like Disorder, showing a country of people doing their best to get by. - Screen Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
100% Filmfarsi (2019) Rather than a treasure trove of lost classics, Filmfarsi is interested in these films mostly for what they reveal about aspects of Iranian life. - Screen Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2021) This Is Not a Burial has an immediate sensual appeal thanks to its cinematography and music. - Kinoscope EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
74% The World to Come (2020) The World to Come plays like a well-made but familiar genre piece. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
89% Supernova (2021) Supernova very movingly accepts the reality of a looming collapse that no road trip can run away from. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
98% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) Two of Us avoids the temptation of romanticism. Rather than hearts and flowers, it does its best to bring forward the story's dark intensity. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
55% Don't Look Back (2020) Don't Look Back aims for atmosphere but instead piles on cliché after cliché. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
21% Stardust (2020) The low budget leads to an unconvincing re-creation of the period, and the film does a terrible job of capturing the hippie era's tail end as it faded into something new. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
81% Funny Boy (2020) Paradoxically, the film is most engaging when it's a relatively laid-back love story. But it also richly conveys the swift demolition of one's ability to feel safe at home. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
89% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) ".. it combines the twisted romanticism of Vertigo with a pervasive anomie - its characters may as well be separated by glass. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
100% Film About a Father Who (2020) Sachs refuses to pass judgment on a man who was neglectful and selfish. The film's spectators probably won't be so reluctant. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
99% MLK/FBI (2021) Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life tells a much larger story about American attitudes towards race, sex, and celebrity, even if most of this was hidden at the time. That's one of the major takeaways from Sam Pollard's documentary MLK/FBI. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Early on, the camerawork reflects a subtle spirit of dissatisfaction. When they're drinking moderately, it smooths out and the cinematography becomes more colorful. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
95% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2020) To the Ends of the Earth tries too hard to be a profound character study, and the strain shows, while the over-extended length and reliance on vibe also become a drag. It ends up as less than meets the eye. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
96% Ham on Rye (2020) Jumpy even when most interested in people and bored with conventional storytelling, Ham on Rye succeeds splendidly as a mood piece. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
100% The Mouth of the Wolf (La Bocca del Lupo) (2009) Far from being a major work, and it's not clear how well it might stand on its own...But once again, American film releases have slowed down enough to let us backtrack and fill in the gaps. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
87% Martin Eden (2020) Marinelli's performance convincingly takes us through a character whose life is always a work in progress. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) ...the sheer joy of performance comes through most of all, despite a much stronger suspicion now than in 1984 that we're racing down a road to nowhere. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
30% Antebellum (2020) Bush and Renz have a gift for visual style on the most basic level, but no idea when it might be inappropriate. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
94% The Mole Agent (2020) It's hard to resist Sergio's charm. But he's acting in a story whose exact mixture of fiction and documentary is hard to parse. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
95% Feels Good Man (2020) Despite Jones' use of animation, Feels Good Man is almost too sober for its own good, determined not to give in to the chaos that co-opted Pepe. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
99% The Fight (2020) Jamming all of this into a brief documentary results in a shallow montage of soundbites. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
No Score Yet Route One USA (1989) Route One/ USA plays like an eccentric synthesis of Wim Wenders and Frederick Wiseman... - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) ...parts of the film are extremely uncomfortable viewing. But it implicitly raises the question of what we should do with our lives today if "no future" is a reality... - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
100% Shakedown (2018) The grainy look adds an immersive texture to the film... - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
90% The Killing Floor (1985) The Killing Floor devotes careful attention to this country's history of unionization, using Custer as a stand-in for audience members who might not know much about the subject. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
No Score Yet Top of the Heap (1972) Made at the height of blaxploitation, Top of the Heap contains a few of its elements, but it's essentially an art film influenced by the French New Wave. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
No Score Yet Emma Mae (Black Sister's Revenge) (1976) Hayes initially oversells Emma Mae's shyness and naivete, but her emotional journey is very believable, reflecting her awakening to the stacked deck against African Americans. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Bloody Noses, Empty Pockets is filled with a mood of prickly solidarity, and even a utopian depiction of the bar as a cross-section of America... - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
No Score Yet Bungalow (2002) Unfortunately, almost everything about Bungalow is half-formed. But it's satisfying to have the opportunity to see a major director's starting point. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
75% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Meeropol might have made a better film had she expanded her focus beyond Cohn and delved further into her family's life. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
93% Babyteeth (2020) Babyteeth suggests a bright future for Murphy, whatever medium she continues in. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
77% Tommaso (2020) The two-hour length constantly threatens to run out of steam. Even so, it does a terrific job of synthesizing a cinema based on personal experience with the fantasy inherent to the medium. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) By the end, Komasa tries too hard to convince us how important and sober his film is, even if its critiques are valid. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
88% Deerskin (2020) Deerskin works on two levels: as a hilarious and creepy pitch-black comedy, and also as a film rich in allegorical meaning. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) The level of access that Ree got is truly surprising. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020