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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Silent Souls (2011) [Silent Souls] is whimsical, melancholy and utterly beautiful.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
91% The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) The best thing about The Black Power Mixtape is that it plays out our disagreements, then and now, and plays them loud. Listen.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
84% Contagion (2011) Among the reasons Soderbergh is one of the most vital moviemakers of his generation is that he's so quick to work in different situations. I respect this latest test; in large part, I enjoyed it.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
36% In Time (2011) I enjoyed the film thoroughly, and realized afterward how well Niccol had drawn me into his imagined world. The first postscreening sight of a digital clock gave me the autonomic ghastlies.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
99% Le Havre (2011) Le Havre charmingly renews the old-fashioned belief in an ethic among the urban poor, one that sometimes rises to the challenge of mutual help across lines of race and nation. This sense of solidarity even crosses lines of cultural ambition.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
87% Arbitrage (2012) As someone who is susceptible to melodrama, I enjoyed much of Arbitrage.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
85% Detropia (2012) Ewing and Grady give you the numbers in Detropia. They give you the ruins, too-richly photographed by Tony Hardmon and Craig Atkinson and astonishingly well edited by Enat Sidi-but their main interest is far from prurient.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
99% How to Survive a Plague (2012) Like the very best documentaries about political movements, How to Survive a Plague makes you feel humble and, at the same time, extraordinarily proud.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
85% The Master (2012) [The Master] is interested in consciousness more than conscience, which is why Anderson's camera roams so thrillingly. The man we're following experiences the world as a carelessly dropped string that had been wrapped about him and then whipped loose.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
88% The Law In These Parts (2012) The Law in These Parts is more slowly cumulative in its impact than The Gatekeepers, but equally devastating.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
90% Lincoln (2012) Lincoln might be the most staid, old-fashioned movie that any major studio will release this season, at least outwardly. Inwardly, it is almost insanely daring.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) Take this as a confirmation that the destiny implied by Cloud Atlas is illusory. For the first time, I watched stories by the Wachowskis and Tykwer and felt free to enjoy them.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone is thoroughly extraordinay.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
64% Anna Karenina (2012) This Anna Karenina might not be Tolstoy, but it's the next best thing to a Baz Luhrmann extravaganza, and with even better costumes. The conceit is ingenious, the execution breathtaking (or breathless at a minimum). ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Once Silver Linings Playbook gets close to Lawrence, it doesn't have to crowd her again...She holds up her head, breathes hard and glows.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Bigelow has reunited with Boal but stuck herself again with a lifeless screenplay-and a lead actress to go with it.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
99% Get Out (2017) Satire implies the provocation of laughter, even if it's harsh or mocking. The truly disturbing Get Out seldom raises so much as a smile.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
92% Phantom Thread (2018) I think it stops short of suggesting why anyone other than an obsessive cinephile should care about this movie.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
88% The Post (2018) Now that The Post is on-screen, you can see how the speed of production has seeped into the movie's texture. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) Clever surprises flow without strain into goofy jokes, parodic riffs into sad absurdities, and all seem light enough to blow away, never to be missed.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
90% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) If not for Vega's vitality, and Lelio's unerring pace, the story might be unbearable. Instead, despite all the heartache, it plays as a study in the resilience that flows from a woman's fundamental decency.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
92% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) The result is a striking hybrid: at once impressionistic and argumentative, focused on individuals but also alert to the role, frequently unheralded, that women played in the civil-rights movement. Not to be missed.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
81% Molly's Game (2018) Chastain...performs marvels of elocution with Sorkin's dialogue, and the mere mechanics of the poker trade are enough to keep you fascinated.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) Robbie is impressive, but Allison Janney steals the movie as Harding's endlessly bitter and bullying mother.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Of all the big year-end films, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is the most deeply moving.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
90% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) It's all very silly, in the face of the Syrian horrors and European brutalities that Kaurismäki takes pains to acknowledge. To these, he can counterpose only kindness, community, humor, and art. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
81% The Square (2017) Östlund's craft is immaculate, his range ambitious, his shifts of tone breathtaking.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
88% Zama (2017) I might call the film a delirium, but Martel is too precise for that, and too harshly satirical. You might rather think of this work as a landscape film, whose softly colored, picturesque surface is disturbed here and there by grubby fools.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
69% Wonderstruck (2017) I wanted to love this movie about young people lost and found in Manhattan in two different eras; I wanted to explore it, just like the more modern of its children pores over a mysterious book he's found. But, it turns out, there's nothing to discover.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) The movie crackles with an emotional energy, and cackles with a rueful laughter.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Gerwig and Ronan make their heroine as finely tuned as an antenna, always quivering with signals about the new selves she might momentarily try on.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
97% The Rider (2018) As for The Rider, its naturally occurring mood is one of elegiac grandeur. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) [Florida Project] is two hours of grit, outrage, and beauty.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) You encounter isolation and loss in the film, as well as pleasure and workplace solidarity.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
97% Félicité (2017) The movie's popping at full boil, and you're caffeinated, ready for whatever may come..‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
92% Rat Film (2017) Rat Film is a movie for people who feel that the world we've made is so unbelievably outrageous that it can best be conveyed in a scramble. Viewers who demand a point-by-point exposition will not be happy. The rest of us can hang on for the ride.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) ... just as an activist streak runs through the branches of the New York Public Library, so too does it animate all but [director Frederick] Wiseman's most contemplative works.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
91% Machines (2016) An exceptional first feature, combining impeccably assured image-making, deep empathy, and a muckraking spirit. . .‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) . . .I don't pretend to dismiss the undeniable grandeur of Dunkirk, or to diminish the cheers that the movie elicits when its soundtrack at last cues up the Elgar.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
91% Good Time (2017) It's mean, all right-also myopic, pitiless, and deliberately ugly, and it leaves you with no moral. I like it a lot.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) If Detroit is consistent about anything, it's playacting; everybody in the film does it.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) I didn't expect that Lowery -- or anyone -- would come close to the touching inventiveness of my favorite film from the beyond, Hirokazu Kore-eda's After Life.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Two movies past the wit and virtuosity of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the formerly amazing creatures have become no more involving than any other characters who slog toward a trilogy's last paycheck.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
85% Okja (2017) I'm happy to say that one of the summer's CGI inventions remains astonishing, and lovable, from first to last: the giant pet pig that is the title character of Bong Joon-ho's Okja.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
77% The Reagan Show (2017) Pettengill, an expert on researching and using archival material, has masterfully plucked such scenes out of the 66-foot colossus of videotape that Reagan's staff piled up. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Flashback lurches into tedious flashback, while in the interim, blurs of jerky, chopped-up action and CGI explosions fill the spaces where you might have hoped for credibly choreographed battles.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
100% No Dresscode Required (Etiqueta no rigurosa) (2017) Unless you're a religious scold, Fernando and Victor should be irresistible; and so is No Dress Code Required, a film that comes out totally gay in both senses of the term.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
86% Moka (2017) Moka is a neat package, pleasingly spare in its dialogue, that might have seemed like a minor Hitchcockian exercise if not for Devos. She remains the most dangerous woman in French cinema.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
95% Night School (2017) If you accept Cohn's invitation to watch their herculean labors, you understand that Lewis, Henson, Jakes, and millions of others live full-time on the cliff's edge of defeat.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Outdated pop culture gives Guardians its master joke, as well as its carefully judged position among other special-effects blockbusters.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017