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Tom Long
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) First-time director Johnny Ma goes for gritty realism in this mostly psychological thriller about a good Samaritan drowning in dark waters. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 13, 2017
B+ 100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking ... ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 6, 2017
A 97% 13th (2016) It's all very alarming and upsetting and terrifying. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Dec 9, 2016
B- 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) The film's feminist message is hardly subtle, but it's still effective. And the peak into the nomad lifestyle - where an eagle just sits on a perch in the living room - is fascinating. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Nov 23, 2016
D- No Score Yet Chatty Catties (2016) The look of the movie is amateurish beginning to end. It's impossible to tell if any of the actors are any good because the film itself is so thoroughly awful. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 79% Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma) (2016) Imagine the shock, imagine the adjustment, imagine not wanting to adjust. "Don't Call Me Son" imagines all that and more while calling into question the nature of bonding, blood and close ties. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Nov 18, 2016
A+ 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Go see it. If you love cinema at all, go see it. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Nov 11, 2016
A- 85% Christine (2016) Something of a tour de force for star Rebecca Hall who, in keeping with the film's approach, does so much while seeming to do so little. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Nov 4, 2016
B 33% The Pickle Recipe (2016) Look, you can see where all this is going in the first 15 minutes, but getting there is plenty of fun. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Nov 4, 2016
B+ 89% Do Not Resist (2016) This is not a film about racism in America. It is, instead, a film about the increased militarization of America's police forces. And it is scary stuff indeed. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Nov 4, 2016
A 97% Aquarius (2016) This isn't a movie about a situation; it's a movie about a fully formed, red-blooded character dealing with a situation while also dealing with everything else. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Oct 28, 2016
B+ 94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) There are meditations on mortality, art, relationships, love, fear, sexuality and spirituality in this sumptuous-looking film. They cohere into a portrait of a young woman as complex as any big screen character can be. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Oct 21, 2016
B+ 82% Tanna (2016) The performances here, from complete nonprofessionals, make you wonder whether acting is as much a natural inheritance as a trained craft. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B+ 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) "A Man Called Ove" starts out gruff and unlikable and more than a bit stereotypical. Then it opens up and becomes something of an epic about ordinary life, touching, funny and engrossing. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Oct 7, 2016
B 88% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) "Don't Blink" is a portrait of an artist, a portrait that draws upon Frank's own improvisational approach to filmmaking, but which also manages to capture a life's story, as well as its subject's essence. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C 35% Max Rose (2016) Max Rose, and Jerry Lewis, deserve a better movie than this one. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Sep 16, 2016
B 97% The Fits (2016) Using a lot of real-life West End of Cincinnati dancers and athletes in the cast lends the film an authentic feel without ever feeling amateurish, and the specificity of Toni's story resonates outward. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B+ 81% Eva Hesse (2016) "Eva Hesse" is a remarkable film about an even more remarkable artist, a woman who playfully and resolutely turned the world of sculpture inside out. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Aug 26, 2016
B+ 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) It's fascinating, scary (so scary), interesting stuff. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Aug 26, 2016
B 92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Any true Zappa fan will eat this stuff up. For novices it may open up the universe. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Aug 19, 2016
B 85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) An affectionate reminder of what an impact one writer-producer had on the modern world. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Aug 5, 2016
D 59% The Mind's Eye (2016) In the history of cheap gore films, "The Mind's Eye" is just another blip on the bloody screen. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Aug 5, 2016
B+ 96% Nuts! (2016) Lane uses creative animation, archival footage and recordings - the good doctor apparently loved to be filmed - to tell an absolutely outrageous story of neediness, greed, delusion and gullibility. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jul 29, 2016
B+ 93% Life, Animated (2016) There are moments of joy, revelation, connection, sadness and hope, and the film is very, very moving. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jul 22, 2016
B 77% Viktoria (2016) This is writer-director Maya Vitkova's first feature and she deftly blends the mundane, the operatic and the bittersweet. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jul 22, 2016
C 89% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) Most of the movie is poking bulls, blaring rodeo announcers, time spent in the back of the truck as the bulls are moved from point A to point B. Not exactly riveting stuff ... ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jul 15, 2016
B+ 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is a hoot with heart. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jul 15, 2016
B+ 86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) Obviously anyone can see where this going, but director Abu-Assad wisely makes the journey fascinating by factoring in cultural and political considerations. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jun 24, 2016
C- 85% Francofonia (2016) "Francofonia" is terribly over-directed and seems strange just for the sake of being strange. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jun 17, 2016
A 100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) Farhadi manages to skirt the political and focus on human emotion, deception and frailty with such force that his setting and artistic restraints are rendered near irrelevant. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jun 10, 2016
A 87% All the Way (2016) The film posits LBJ and King as imperfect men who sincerely wanted to do good, even if their paths weren't completely straight. Much of the backroom dealing and power brokering is revelatory. ‐ Detroit News
Posted May 20, 2016
C- 10% Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016) Richardson deserves better. Hemingway certainly deserves better. And so does the audience. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 29, 2016
B 81% Sunset Song (2016) A tale of hardship and perseverance, "Sunset Song" is both visually lush and classically carved, if occasionally overwrought. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 29, 2016
A 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) It is gripping, challenging, engrossing stuff, beginning to end. Seriously, what a film. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 22, 2016
B+ 80% Confirmation (2016) The sting of Confirmation isn't how poorly the system worked then; it's how little things have changed since. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 15, 2016
A- 95% Marguerite (2016) "Marguerite" is a dark delight, a cringe comedy that skirts tragedy throughout, examining delusion, entitlement, denial and the question of whether the truth is essential. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 8, 2016
C 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) While the ghosts of teen romances past no doubt hover over many of us, after a while you might find yourself wanting to slap Paul Dedalus across the face. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 8, 2016
B 98% Aferim! (2016) Somehow director Radu Jude's decision to film in black-and-white only heightens that sense of reality: It's as if the film is some ancient newsreel. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 28, 2016
B+ 33% The Bronze (2016) "The Bronze" is a fiercely independent comedy, sure to be too startling for some, but that's its great promise. This world needs more pistols with this kind of firepower. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 18, 2016
B- 91% The Confirmation (2016) Nelson ties perhaps too neat of a bow on the proceedings, but there's no denying the warmth and amiable spirit of "The Confirmation." ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 18, 2016
B 93% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) There's an essential sweetness to "Art Addict," despite its ribald tales and rich settings. Peggy Guggenheim simply loved art. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 11, 2016
B- 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) There are echoes of many other disaster movies good and bad here, from "The Poseidon Adventure" to 'The Impossible," but "The Wave" holds its own, thanks to the specifics of its place and characters. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 4, 2016
B+ 87% The Club (El Club) (2016) Larrain makes all of his damaged characters somewhat likable and sympathetic (although the likability dims toward the end). Which only makes this meditation on mercy, forgiveness and twisted raw power more disturbing. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 4, 2016
B- 80% The Amazing Nina Simone (2015) Was she driven to madness or driven by madness? There's no easy answer, of course, but it's a question worth more exploration. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 26, 2016
B+ 90% A War (Krigen) (2016) Ethically challenging and occasionally brutal, "A War" explores the dicey nature of decisions made in the heat of battle and the grim consequences that may follow. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 26, 2016
B 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) Jennings' portrayal isn't as flashy as Smith's - the things she can do with just a glance - but the balance they achieve is absolutely glorious. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 12, 2016
A 96% Son of Saul (2015) Brutal and brilliant, "Son of Saul" may be the most harrowing film ever made about the Holocaust, which should give you an idea of how hard it is to watch. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 12, 2016
A 81% The Revenant (2015) "The Revenant" is both draining and rewarding, and its power lingers long after its last gasp. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Dec 25, 2015
C+ 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) This is an impressive ensemble, and Tarantino has a true gift for dialogue and story twists, but in the end, all that talent seems to have been spent on pretty empty notions. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Dec 25, 2015
B+ 60% Joy (2015) It's all about Joy overcoming obstacles on her way to the American Dream and Lawrence imbues her with strength and resolve. The result is joyous indeed. ‐ Detroit News
Posted Dec 25, 2015