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Stuart Klawans

Stuart Klawans
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% 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
86% 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
80% 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
No Score Yet No Dress Code 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
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Outdated pop culture gives Guardians its master joke, as well as its carefully judged position among other special-effects blockbusters.‐ The Nation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
83% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) If we take the title seriously, then we should turn away mentally from the central figure in his moment of time and look instead at the lingering shadow that the regime's actions imposed on those who followed.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
82% The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo) (2017) If you last through the finale, you might feel that Diaz's lessons-bite-size compared to Tolstoy's-have been consumed along the way, leaving nothing but peanut shells.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) It's like looking into the heart of all those single flames that made the conflagration.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
91% Obit (2017) A remarkably good film about the craft of writing.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) In its spirit, the film is wonderfully, improbably generous -- just like its none-too-honest hero.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) As the cliché has it, this is the magic of the movies -- but the whole point is that no magic is used. You see only a physical process, which is nevertheless impressive to watch, and which prompts questions that are not going to be answered.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
95% Karl Marx City (2017)  Karl Marx City is a cool documentary, reflective and self-distanced, despite the urgency of Epperlein's questions about her father.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Although The Salesman isn't always the subtlest film... the movie has a balance of reticence and outspokenness, of nuanced observation and easily deciphered symbolism, that is highly effective.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
92% La La Land (2016) My heart goes out to Chazelle because of his desires; it sinks at how he's compromised them.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) If you love American cinema, you realize that Rules Don't Apply doesn't just use Hollywood as a setting but embodies 90 years of its history.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) Nothing world-shaking happens in the film, but every second of its characters' routines feels rich with meaning.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
93% Fences (2016) As the lead actor, [Washington] takes on a giant's role and is almost too big for it. Here is a new definition of "frighteningly good."‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Love and ambition struggle again, this time to world-shaping effect without and (in the devastating last scenes) despair within.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
84% Silence (2017) As much as I struggled with Silence, it held me rapt throughout.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) At its best, which is considerable, you also get astonishment, awe, and tempered optimism (which is always good to have), along with respect for the female Homo sapiens and pleasure in the filmmakers' powers of invention.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Cumberbatch is exceptionally good at playing brilliant, arrogant, isolated characters -- look at his Sherlock Holmes and Alan Turing -- and so is right at home as Strange.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
89% Loving (2016) This is not the first film about the couple's long struggle, but it's a deeply moving one, in touch with the physical texture of the rural South and alive to the unspoken feelings of ordinary working people who turned out not to be ordinary at all.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
94% Neruda (2016) I don't know if Roberto Bolaño himself could have teased out so well the desire of a hate-filled, impoverished flunky merely to be recognized by the famous artist he's out to destroy.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) Makes some pretense toward realism while sweeping along on wings of romance last worn by David Lean. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) It looks and moves like a clearheaded observational drama but is devastatingly, inescapably real. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
97% Aquarius (2016) Aquarius is far more ample than most films, multiplying its characters and situations until an entire society seems to have filled the screen.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Dave Johns gives impeccable timing to his character's exasperation but real heart to the movie's emotional core‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Meticulously structured.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
90% Sieranevada (2016) Plenty of mordant humor.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
89% 20th Century Women (2017) The appealing messiness of the characters ultimately matters far more than the overly neat generational scheme.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) You're left shaken with sorrow for the characters, and slowly filled with respect for them all.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) You'll want to see this one in a crowd when it opens in theaters, so you can feel the waves of laughter crashing over each other.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
96% 13th (2016) With the aid of co-screenwriter Spencer Averick, [DuVernay] marshals witnesses and facts, constructs arguments and charts, buttonholes you in your seat and then tries to yank you upright, not to applaud but to act.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Memoir, analytical polemic, and behind them both the restless movement of an intellect fearlessly probing both itself and its situation in the world: Raoul Peck combines all three in I Am Not Your Negro.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
95% I Called Him Morgan (2017) [I Called Him Morgan] is by turns invigorating, startling, mournful, and revelatory. It does not bring the past into the present; rather, it takes you into a period that's gone and shows it to you with more richness than you've known.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Mostly, [Jenkins] keeps you immersed in one young man's moment-by-moment sensations and emotions. That's a lot.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
92% Little Sister (2016) The Gwar scene alone is worth the price of admission.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
85% Sully (2016) This is pretty much the truth of New Yorkers' feelings about the landing on the Hudson -- and Eastwood brings them back with a crisp, unmannered efficiency of which few other moviemakers are capable.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
99% Cameraperson (2016) Cameraperson becomes one of those rare films that snap you wide awake as soon as you begin to watch, and listen.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) Constructed as much as reported, Fire at Sea is a beautiful artifact presented for your contemplation. It is also an act of conscience. And it is harrowing.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
25% Suicide Squad (2016) As a lifelong enthusiast of cinematic delirium, I groan at the very thought of Suicide Squad.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
91% Demon (2016) This subject matter is not unfamiliar, but Demon is imaginative in its approach, faultlessly modulated in execution, and hauntingly faithful to the original subtitle of Der Dibuk: "Between Two Worlds."‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
94% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) [Herzog's] commentary is the center, however provisional, of a world that has become a directionless network. His voice is the sound, still present, of human contact.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
74% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) Its method is intimate and almost physiological.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
95% Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016) The performances are strong, the cinematography by Sylvain Verdet alternately harsh and spooky, and one or two of Cogitore's images are almost good enough to have come from Claire Denis.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016