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Steve Macfarlane

Steve Macfarlane
Steve Macfarlane's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% Patriots Day (2017) uses the tragedy-procedural mode to, rather conspicuously, reassert pivotal cliches of our no-end-in-sight War on Terror moment, from the banal to the bizarre ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2016
43% Tricked (Steekspel) (2016) It's the most anonymous-feeling thing Verhoeven has made, and easily the tawdriest. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016
88% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) The filmmakers' decision to focus less on goofy shenanigans and more on the political costs of a Godzilla attack in 2016 is both surprise and a revelation. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2016
100% Valkoinen Peura (The White Reindeer) (1952) There is little else out there like The White Reindeer. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3/4 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Mike Mills's 20th Century Women incurs sorrow at the prospect of saying goodbye to its characters. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/4 89% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016) The film buzzes with hand-drawn creativity that's precious in both the pop-cultural and material senses. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/4 97% 13th (2016) As with Selma, filmmaker Ava DuVernay has fashioned a work of pummeling and clear-eyed intelligence. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/4 79% American Honey (2016) This is a patchwork dystopia of white poverty whose facets are both difficult to deny and to prove exist precisely as depicted. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2016
75% Colossal (2017) Audiences who step into Colossal unaware of where Nacho Vigalondo is taking them will be nothing if not surprised. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2016
46% The Bad Batch (2016) A grab bag of visual punchlines and topical references capped with interchangeable music tracks. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2016
No Score Yet Smithereens (1982) It's as unsparing a sketch of twentysomething life in New York City as American independent cinema has yet offered. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2016
3/4 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) What intrigues, if in a lurid sort of way, is the film's fudging of projected viewer desires with its characters'. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 2, 2016
3/4 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) Ciro Guerra's excesses in arthouse symmetry tend to arrive in the service of a just and angry correctivism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2016
2/4 73% Trumbo (2015) Like Jay Roach's Game Change and Recount, the film's patina of relative apoliticism masks (or enables) its blandness of inquiry. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Treasure (2016) The Treasure is no thriller, but there are moments here that inculcate the stakes with prisoner's-dilemma paranoia. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Danny Boyle's film can't help but land in the same hagiographizing place as nearly every single other Great Man biopic churned out by the studio powers that be. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2015
3/4 94% Carol (2015) The film dares its viewers to consider that--for a couple of hours, at least--even when a thing seems too good to be true, it might not be. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2015
.5/4 82% Les Cowboys (2016) It appears to pride itself on demonstrating both sides of a complex racial divide, only for its messaging to wind up flattering the whitest sensibility imaginable. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
2.5/4 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) It's most towering accomplishment are its set pieces, which manage to be brash, exhilarating, and even occasionally moving. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2.5/4 44% Irrational Man (2015) Woody Allen and Joaquin Phoenix's collaboration on Irrational Man's antihero is the closest the film gets to a saving grace. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2015
3.5/4 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) A barbed inquiry into this particular notion of "self-defense," enabled by the quotidian racism state and perpetuated de jure by the state. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) Jurassic World can't tell whether it wants to be junk food or not, lovingly poking fun at some Hollywood tropes while shamelessly indulging others. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/4 94% Spy (2015) It's the sustained, full-bodied mania of Melissa McCarthy's performance that anchors the film's many winning blind-alley gags. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
.5/4 7% Survivor (2015) This is the kind of filmmaking that gets touted as "workmanlike" when it's really straight-laced to the point of tepidness. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
3/4 76% The Connection (2015) The film feels utterly infatuated by the cop/crook dividing line long-since drawn, if not flogged, by Michael Mann. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 15, 2015
1/4 16% Playing It Cool (2015) As characters endlessly digress on the differences between rom-coms and real life, the film evinces a schizophrenic relationship with its own inside-baseball cynicism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 48% Adult Beginners (2015) Given its played-out subject matter and hoary coming-to-terms narrative arc, one's ability to enjoy the film hangs on a tolerance for the ever-popular on-screen man-child. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 79% Furious 7 (2015) It lays bare that the franchise's most radical asset is also its most conservative: an overriding emphasis on, above all else, the on-screen family. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Kreditis Limiti (Line of Credit) (2014) Georgian filmmaker Salome Alexi's superb Line of Credit delicately skewers its characters' expectations for the post-Soviet good life. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2015
1.5/4 88% The Tribe (2015) The film is more interested in performance and symbolism than in the meaning of its characters' words or their substitutive gestures. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2015
3.5/4 97% 1971 (2015) Johanna Hamilton's 1971 represents a mind-blowing scoop disguised as a fairly garden-variety issue doc. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2015
2.5/4 51% The Humbling (2015) Philip Roth's original ending is cranked up to 11, flattening the more interesting contours of Al Pacino's performance into a martyr's desperate plea for an audience's love. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2015
2/4 46% The Gambler (2014) It suffers from a bloodless unwillingness to put too much on the line, made corporeal in the editing, with music-slathered time lapse standing in for Bennett's adrenaline-fueled epiphany during a roulette binge in Reno. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
3/4 99% Selma (2015) Did this retelling--both epic and intimate, lush and brutal--really need to wrap itself up with a PBS-worthy montage? ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2014
3.5/4 51% Miss Julie (2014) The film is no tearjerker, but it makes the stage play's hidebound, soul-baring pleasures mesmerizing on screen, and without copping to reductivism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2014
2.5/4 77% Rosewater (2014) It shrugs off the bigger questions about Iranian politics its first half appears to raise, falling back instead on a gestalt of the eternal, Kafkaesque regime, wherever the viewer may find it. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2014
2/4 58% Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014) The film places its characters in a reflexive historical continuum that dooms them to be mere demonstrative types from start to finish. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2014
1/4 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) It's hard to tell if the film is hampered or helped by the performances of its three stars, because it's so amateurishly written and directed that their participation beggars belief. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2014
2.5/4 67% Laggies (2014) To Keira Knightley's credit, she's all too willing to undercut her pretty-girl reputation by looking and acting a fool for Lynn Shelton's camera. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2014
1.5/4 75% Camp X-Ray (2014) An expensively mounted treatise on important issues that's terrified to dig in obsessively, yet so ramrod-stiff with indignation that it never comes anywhere near compelling entertainment. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/4 84% Listen Up Philip (2014) By putting so much weight on his characters' speech, Alex Ross Perry's is an approach with honestly few contemporaries in American independent film. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3.5/4 88% Horse Money (2015) It's the multitude of miniature narratives that gives Pedro Costa's film its abiding, silent outrage. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2014
.5/4 2% Left Behind (2014) Left Behind is one of those films so deeply, fundamentally terrible that it feels unwittingly high-concept. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/4 83% Eden (2015) Every substrata of music geekdom deserves a period piece as intimate as Eden, Mia Hansen-Løve's swan song for the golden era of French house music. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2014
100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) While the trivia value may feel tremendous, only One9's interviews with Nas, his father, Olu Dara, and his brother, Jungle, manage to make the doc legitimately moving--a history lesson in popular culture. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2014
2.5/4 67% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) Opting for scenes that tend to be fragmented, flawed snippets from a much bigger story, the film exudes a bizarre confidence in not trying to encapsulate the singer's whole life in 120 minutes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
4/4 86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) Cinema is a vernacular of domination, and quaking with revelations both formal and personal, the film attests that Godard has spent his career apologizing for it. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3.5/4 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) For these fractured family units, incest seems the natural endgame of a merit system based exclusively on pernicious nepotism and inveterate ass-kissing. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2014
1/4 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) It culminates in a weepy climax that verifies its status as a proud hunk of propaganda from America's massive self-help industry. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/4 95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) For American viewers who don't know, the doc will be a worthy footnote to a long bout of deliberate cultural amnesia, but it's too telling that the Vietnamese remain in the background. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2014