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Stuart Klawans

Stuart Klawans
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% 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
90% 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
85% Molly's Game (2017) 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
90% I, Tonya (2017) 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
95% 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
90% 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
71% 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
93% 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
96% The Rider (2018) As for The Rider, its naturally occurring mood is one of elegiac grandeur. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
95% 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
96% 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
94% 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
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
90% 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
78% 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
85% 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
83% 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
92% Obit (2017) A remarkably good film about the craft of writing.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
88% 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
96% 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
56% 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
88% 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
89% 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
90% 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