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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Ross's images are intimate and emotive; the camera often follows people closely or shows details as if through his subjects' eyes, and a heightened color intensifies the mood.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet D'Est (From the East) (1993) Chantal Akerman's magnificent, wordless journey into the regions of her unlived past...‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
100% Nostalgia for the Light (2011) [A] gorgeous meditation on astronomy and the collection of human remains.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
92% Le Fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) (The Base of the Air Is Red) (1977) Epic (or perhaps encyclopedic, or maybe satiric).‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
92% Support the Girls (2018) Support the Girls is a rare house-of-cards movie. Watch the first inadvertent nudge. See the whole thing tumble.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) A movie that respects the fluidity of a 16-year-old's sense of self by demanding to be a "what the hell?" experience. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) I felt that despite the patches of wobbliness and pomposity in BlacKkKlansman, the film was well worth my time for the sake of that shocking leap into a reality so rotten that spoiler alerts are neither necessary nor possible.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) In his first feature film, Boots Riley pretty much shreds the script, or several of them. Nothing in this movie happens the way it's supposed to.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace lacks the ferocity that drove Granik's earlier features, as well as a ready hook for audiences; but it offers deeper sorrow and greater hope, as well as a direct line to a substratum of the American imagination.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) This modest, quiet, deeply felt movie comes through in the end.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) The deepest satisfaction of En el Séptimo Día comes from these characters, these comrades, as they improvise a piecemeal scheme to rescue their championship hopes‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
89% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) Driver brings to Boom for Real a quality that's both unexpected for this topic and invaluable: balance.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Not only is it incomplete despite a running time of 149 minutes... but its action would be meaningless to anyone who hasn't seen a good many previous Marvel pictures. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
79% In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) (2018) Beautiful, brooding, and astonishingly two-faced...Said is willing to give you something that is all the more affecting for being discontinuous and inconclusive.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
92% Sicko (2007) This is the essential ill that Sicko addresses, in an eruption that's the most unruly and uncategorizable part of the whole movie, and the most unmistakably heartfelt. You want the truth? Moore can handle the truth.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
60% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) Is the whole thing kind of silly? Yes, but maybe not quite enough. Will it inspire the masses to take up the Manifesto anew? Now, that's funny.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Maybe the movie doesn't live up to the most lavish praise that's been heaped on it, but there's a certain grim pleasure to be had from seeing its knaves and fools stripped down to their essential, vulgar meanness...‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
89% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2018) A different filmmaker might have set about structuring his story as a personal journey into his family's history. Wilkerson resists the impulse..he'd narrow the focus of the film, when what he wants is to stretch it to the horizon.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) The feelings of loss and envy running through the film...add a level of emotional complexity to Black Panther beyond anything you might reasonably have expected. ‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) A film about the terrible cost of the occupation for both peoples, and about the corrosive, self-defeating norms of Israeli manhood, Foxtrot is as impressive a movie as I've seen in months.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The dialogue in The Insult is punchy, the editing brisk, and the performances kept just a notch below swaggering exaggeration, as you might expect from a writer-director who has worked with Tarantino.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
96% 24 Frames (2018) There's an overwhelming consistency of imagery, process, and mood in 24 Frames, which makes the film feel very much like the considered work of a single artist‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
89% Rain Man (1988) Rain Man is a buddy picture with one buddy missing, a road movie without much to see along the way.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
96% Silent Souls (2011) [Silent Souls] is whimsical, melancholy and utterly beautiful.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
92% 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
35% 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
89% 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
81% 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
91% 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
87% 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
94% 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
94% 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
82% 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
90% 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
91% 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
84% The Square (2017) Östlund's craft is immaculate, his range ambitious, his shifts of tone breathtaking.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017