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Stuart Klawans

Stuart Klawans
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
93% 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
85% 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
96% 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
86% 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
93% 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
93% I, Daniel Blake (2016) 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
91% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Meticulously structured.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Sieranevada (2016) Plenty of mordant humor.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
88% 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
96% 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
97% 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
96% 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
93% 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
92% 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
93% 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
73% 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
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Need two hours of good spirits amid this mess? Who ya gonna call?‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
No Score Yet This is My Land... Hebron (2010) Amati and Natanson have done everything possible to present a fair account of this situation; they interview people on both sides... But fair is not the same as impartial. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
89% The Trip (2011) The illusion of spontaneous interplay between Coogan and Brydon is faultless; the progression of the tour seems to happen on its own, as if Winterbottom's camera were just riding along.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) The BFG is beautiful and droll and has a few happy tears to go with the excellent fart jokes.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
77% Wiener-Dog (2016) It's more existential in its dread than the past films, as well as more open to tenderness (a little), while deploying a formal strategy that is self-consciously artful even by Solondz's standards.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
82% Les Cowboys (2016)  Handsomely shot in wide-screen format, Les Cowboys is the story of Alain (François Damiens), a provincial businessman who becomes a vigilante manhunter.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
68% Men Go To Battle (2016) An impressive revival of the western using modest means.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
83% Bright Star (2009) If the theme of Bright Star is the realization of oneself in natural emotion, the method is gorgeously unnatural.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
97% 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008) 35 Shots of Rum is the story of how you gradually figure out how these characters fit together. It's the quiet, profound, beautifully observed story of how they figure themselves out.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
89% Dheepan (2016) This isn't to say that Dheepan is a failure. It's just a disappointment by Audiard's high standards.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
81% Sunset Song (2016) Everything that happens comes to you with the freshness of discovery and the certainty of knowledge.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) Weiner takes you deep into one of the fundamental mysteries of democratic life: the dangers and benefits of the emotions that drive our true political animals.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) When you look back on this comedy of jock manners... you marvel at how economically Linklater has wafted you along, using little more than breezy moods, plotless good spirits, and the rhythms of an encyclopedically eclectic pop sound track.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
86% Francofonia (2016) Everything seems to be over; yet Sokurov sends you out of Francofonia feeling there are still good faces to observe and Napoleons to be undone -- and not just in France, either.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) The film's only other notable ingredients, sadly, are the most rumbling soundtrack since Earthquake, a lot of jaw grinding by Ben Affleck, some narrative confusion remarkable even by director Zack Snyder's standards, and... hours and hours of your time.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Whiskey Tango Foxtrot treats the war as if it were a geographic feature of Afghanistan, where nature has set forth mountains, deserts, and chaotic bloodshed.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
62% Creative Control (2016) It's a morality tale that Kubrick might have conceived as a lark.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016