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Tomas Trussow

Tomas Trussow
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 88% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) Mandico leaves nothing on the table here, and for that I must give him credit. It doesn't all work, but when it does, it's something to behold.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
3.5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) I'm very fond of the first Incredibles film, and by and large, its sequel is a welcome return.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
4/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) This pulpy nonsense goes down easier than a gin martini.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
1/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy unfortunately falls victim to the Hollywood machine's sterility, leaning on artistic embellishments to make its case without making a strong case for those embellishments.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
3/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Because this version is so indebted to the nostalgia associated with the original, to the point where it literally borrows its structure, I can't fathom why I'd want to return to it when the 1964 film is right there.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) Like executing a gravity-defying trick, you can't overthink things ... This film, unfortunately, doesn't land the trick. Nor does it fall too hard, though.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 94% 24 Frames (2018) [Kiarostami's] love for cinema was still as vibrant and adventurous as ever, and in a way, this film is how he is passing the torch to us. Training our eye, making us look, experimenting with technology and form -- it's all there.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Tom Cruise has never flirted with death so closely before. This film makes all his prior stunts look like cakewalks.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
4/5 83% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2018) [Wilkerson] cannot undo his great-grandfather's evil, or posthumously indict him for murder ... All he can do is fight through the shame of his bloodline and tell his story, with the hope that someone listens and learns.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/5 64% Vice (2018) If there's any real reason to watch Vice, it's to see how it reaches for the stars and ends up being something of a noble failure.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) The ensemble is one of the best of the year ... They all embody this story's particular horrors, hang-ups, and larks without missing any beats, shifting with ample dexterity.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
3.5/5 85% Sollers Point (2018) What is striking is that, the more the action is delineated, the sadder the film becomes, because none of it is good for Keith. Anything remotely eventful only drives him further and further backwards.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
3/5 92% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The African-American perspective that runs so powerfully through this work is the essential component that gives it its battle cry. Norma Rae gets its shoutout, but that was then. Sorry to Bother You and the saga of Cassius Green is our now.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) With harmonious felicity, Foster and McKenzie trace Granik's story like a twig parting sand. She couldn't have asked for a better duo.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/5 95% Western (2018) Two hours is a long time to tell a story as unadorned as this one, but Valeska Grisebach packs a surprising amount of tension in unexpected corners.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 87% Upgrade (2018) It's not exactly sophisticated aesthetically or thematically, being another skeptical morality play on the dangers of biotechnological advancements that seek to erase our humanity, but Upgrade is quite a likable bit of pulp.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/5 92% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) Lovers of anime are going to love this, and they have every reason to do so. This one packs a chockful of laughs in many places, and it's one of the more inventive animated films of the year.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/5 91% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is the promising start [Zagar] was looking for. I think he has a lot to be proud of. Everyone involved in this production does.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 82% Green Book (2018) Sidelining Shirley even further when he was already so isolated in real life means that the film is not really doing him the honor it thinks it is.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
4.5/5 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) [Happy as Lazzaro] is a true standout: a Super 16mm fugue state that is both elegy and lament for a world that once valued selfless deeds and the humanistic interaction between fellow men above self-preservation and eternal mistrust.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
4/5 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The unknown and unseen are continually being plumbed in the world outside the dispatch centre, and you wish you could see its open secrets ... It's as though you're wearing a blindfold and don't know where to tread.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) There is no doubt Liu achieves something liberating and empowering here.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1/5 92% Searching (2018) CTRL+ALT+DEL this nonsense and find a film that knows how to treat you respectfully.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Hearts Beat Loud is a cozy and warm pleasure. Very low-stakes, unencumbered by twisty plotting, and breezily musical at heart.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 96% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Beauty does not skip over Hale County, [Ross] seems to say. It flows right through it, tasting of the remarkable and the yet-to-come.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
1.5/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) This film is nothing but window dressing, arranging and rearranging the legend of Freddie Mercury so that it becomes an even larger myth.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
4.5/5 93% Blindspotting (2018) [Carlos López Estrada] punctuates Blindspotting with the well-timed syncopations of an impassioned rap performance, finding grooves in which to place the collective anger and hurt of a race and let it spark.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/5 97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) It's a slippery text, this one. Commendable in some areas, but suspicious in others.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
4.5/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The vast expanse of the Wild West does not prevent those who pass on from being forgotten, and the way their marks are left inscribed within this mythos makes this a film of great philosophical import.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3.5/5 94% CAM (2018) Cam ... [does] not vilify cam models who choose this line of work. It is, rather, more interested in how the mechanics of camming ... can have detrimental effects if not monitored properly.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) By making this documentary, piling it with her delightful idiosyncrasies, and reckoning with her dream-thief, [Tan] has finally toppled the structure that had kept her down. A new, confident, and triumphant artist has emerged.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 86% Nancy (2018) Riseborough [has a] gifted ability to surprise even in a film's final moments. She is not one to lay down her cards on the table all at once, and we're all the better for it.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
1.5/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Buy tickets to your local dance company's production of this story, instead. Treat your family to the real deal, and leave this imposter behind.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/5 64% Suspiria (2018) A lot of people have already refused this, calling it wasted potential and time. I'm not ready to go that far, even if I come out still preferring the compact simplicity of Argento's take. This Suspiria still has legs to dance on.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
4.5/5 94% Private Life (2018) Private Life cycles through opposing emotions and forces, waiting for a break in the circle so that new life can dawn. It also understands that such a dawning may never come, and that we are never alone in such tragedies.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3/5 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Mungiu knows Romania is in sore need of critiquing. The weird thing is, Graduation provides no excitement from such a critique.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
5/5 92% Phantom Thread (2018) It's hard to watch [Anderson's] work now and make comparisons ... because who else out there is turning tortured darkness into such tactical, tactile beauty? And with such an elegant acuity that even a simple dissolve can send you into rapturous ecstasy?‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 100% The Work (2017) I'm glad something so gruelingly powerful came out of that four-day session. Just the sight of seeing these tough-looking guys cheering someone on for pouring their soul out was very touching to me.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 73% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) The largely aimless countryside jaunt that is Staying Vertical is saved from the scrapheap purely because of its intoxicating absurdism.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 97% Lucky (2017) Lucky is one big, warm farewell to Harry Dean Stanton, a man who didn't hug the spotlight or seek out starring roles, but who made even the smallest parts count.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) I don't even know if I liked this film, or if I'm just impressed by how well Zahler wraps the coils of grindhouse brutality around his fingers, giving it to us in measured drams before throwing caution to the wind.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The fact that this trilogy has concluded is for the best. There's nowhere else for these characters to go.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 95% Menashe (2017) Menashe has a tenderness to it that is hard to decry, and because it's shorter than your average film, it doesn't have the time to go off the rails and become something it's not.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
5/5 86% Nocturama (2017) A masterful study of political and commercial spaces intersecting to the point of personal crisis, Nocturama is one of the boldest creations you're bound to come across. It's also one of the best, because it never wastes a minute of its time.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) [Kore-eda] knows how to give you a tonic for your soul when you most need it ... with scenes that are akin to granules of grace being fed piece by piece.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1.5/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) I might have enjoyed a different version of The Greatest Showman. One where the filmmaking was more adept, the songs more substantial, and the characters given the complexity they deserve. This? This is pap.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist is more about circumstance and the unexpected virtues of vanity projects than it is about who the people at its center really are. It still comes off as a wildly entertaining ride -- and one I'd happily take again.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 43% Song to Song (2017) A better-than-expected Malick may not be as good as transcendent Malick. I will take it at any rate.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4.5/5 86% Madeline's Madeline (2018) I'm content with what Decker achieves here, which is nothing less than singular. It's a film awash in risks, and the rewards are plenteous. The biggest one of all is Helena Howard's introduction to the world.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4.5/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) It's hard not to laugh at some of the more ridiculous moments, though our laughter abates when we come to recognize the feeling inscribed in Cummings' work. It comes from a deep place, and the hurt never rings false.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018