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      Deborah Krieger

      Deborah Krieger

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      Deborah Krieger is an arts and culture writer with bylines in BUST Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Paste Magazine, PopMatters, Artillery Magazine, the Awl, the Mary Sue, and numerous other publications. She is the curatorial assistant at the Delaware Art Museum and was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Vienna, Austria, from 2016-17.


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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      The Sunlit Night (2019) It does feature an appealing lead performance from Slate, and is earnest and honest in its largely successful attempt to translate creative thinking onto the screen in equally creative ways. - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 02, 2021
      African Violet (2020) African Violet tangles these three tight and tense knots of characters together in ways that reveal the lengths to which we all perform different roles in different areas of life-and are different versions of ourselves around different people. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
      Cunningham (2019) There's a curious disconnect between these roundabout ways we learn about Merce Cunningham, the man, and the development of his idiosyncratic dance and choreography techniques, and the fluidity with which the actual restagings of his works are presented. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Jan 03, 2020
      Pause (2018) Pause is not an easy or a pleasant film to watch, but it does have individual moments and sequences that are simply transfixing, as well as a strong, well-defined painterly aesthetic. - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
      The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense pulls no punches. - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
      Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It's just these little touches of maximum effort (oops, wrong Ryan Reynolds movie!) that make Detective Pikachu as strong as it is-that, and, of course, Ryan Reynolds' energetic, generous voice acting. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
      Red Joan (2018) Red Joan itself is reportedly based on the story of Melita Norwood, who passed the Soviets' information on the West's nuclear development. Sadly, Norwood's Wikipedia page is more of a thrilling yarn than most of Red Joan. - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
      Us, Forever Ago (2018) What's unsettling and fascinating about Us, Forever Ago, is that at no point can you be entirely sure that you're watching anything documentary. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
      Diane (2018) Kent Jones, primarily known as a film critic, clearly understands what makes a good story and how best to tell it. There's not a false note in the movie, a point where you might think: "oh, no one actually would say that." - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 09, 2019
      The Chaperone (2018) The Chaperone is produced by PBS Masterpiece and is being shown in theaters, but it feels more suited to television. The budget is clearly lower for things like wigs and backdrops and old-age makeup to the extent that it's noticeable. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted May 01, 2019
      Starfish (2018) Starfish was written, directed, and scored by A. T. White, primarily a musician by trade, and it's completely fitting in how it uses sound to fully evoke the horror elements of the story. - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
      The Invisibles (2017) The Invisibles, sadly, comes across as extremely didactic, as if it is inherently unsure of why so much of the movie is reenacted by professional actors. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
      Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Ruben Brandt is suffering in a truly isolating way: these culturally ubiquitous objects of art that have so much beauty and meaning for everyone else have been causing him psychic and even real physical pain, and nothing he does seems to help. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Mar 04, 2019
      Thin (2006) What I found interesting while watching the film is that no attention is paid to aspects of aspects of society, especially in the United States, that could very well have played a part in these women and girl developing such severe eating disorders. - I on the Arts
      Read More | Posted Mar 03, 2019
      Nancy (2018) Riseborough, so appealing in Battle of the Sexes and amusingly histrionic in The Death of Stalin, is astonishing in the lead role. - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
      A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) A Boy Called Sailboat is an astonishingly assured debut narrative film, managing to be heartwarming but not overly cloying, visually striking without seeming like a formal exercise, thoughtful but probably not too complicated for kids to understand. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
      Social Animals (2018) Social Animals focuses exclusively on how American teenagers use Instagram, almost serving as a fact-based mirror of Bo Burnham's gentle, wickedly honest Eighth Grade . - Filthy Dreams
      Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
      The New Romantic (2018) The New Romantic (the debut feature of writer-director Carly Stone) is too slight, both in terms of theme and general characterization, to match up to Barden's performance (which will probably not get the attention it deserves). - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 03, 2019
      The Waldheim Waltz (2018) The Waldheim Waltz functions as both an invaluable look at a protest movement fighting against a right-wing political insurgency, and also a call to action, creating a sense of righteous fury and a desire to prevent another Waldheim affair. - Jewish Currents
      Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
      On the Basis of Sex (2018) I just wish that the movie had taken a more unconventional approach to the story of this still-unconventional woman. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
      The Conspirator (2010) Although the "guilty" verdict is already a foregone conclusion, under the sure, steady direction of Robert Redford[...]the film builds suspense and allows the watcher to hope against hope that somehow the verdict will return as "not guilty". - I on the Arts
      Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
      Jobs (2013) This dichotomy between what the film insists is Jobs at his best, and what we the audience see as Jobs at his arguable worst undermines the overall message and what we are supposed to take away from the movie. - I on the Arts
      Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
      The American Meme (2018) Unpacks and reveals the ecosystem of social media celebrity with incredible thoughtfulness. - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
      Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) It's a movie that is perhaps best watched with a biography of Callas open on your lap, or with the Wikipedia entry on her life open in a separate window. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Dec 04, 2018
      Brand New Old Love (2018) While Brand New Old Love is ostensibly a romantic comedy about two friends who fulfill their high-school pledge to marry each other by age thirty, it's also an honest, unglamorous exploration of what it means to be an adult in the 2010s. - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
      Divergent (2014) Divergent is one of the few film adaptations that improves upon its source material. That's not to say that Divergent is a great film, but it's definitely a solid, often thrilling adaptation of a weakly written book. - I on the Arts
      Read More | Posted Nov 01, 2018
      Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (2018) Calling the film "postmodern" would be a good way to summarize how unforgivingly the film is dedicated to tearing down the aura of the modernist Great Man of Art and Culture that has come to define so many (male) artists and auteurs. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
      Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Joss Whedon's stab at the material is absolutely worthy, featuring some stellar performances and providing satisfying levels of depth through its direction that the dialogue alone does not convey. - I on the Arts
      Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
      Star Trek Beyond (2016) Needless to say-much to my surprise-I found myself truly enjoying Star Trek Beyond, despite its faults, even more than the original 2009 reboot. - I on the Arts
      Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
      The LEGO Movie (2014) Clearly having fun with the low expectations garnered by the idea of a full-length film devoted to schilling for a toy, the film's directors have nonetheless created a solidly enjoyable and often hilarious 100 minutes of entertainment. - I on the Arts
      Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
      The Song of Sway Lake (2017) Despite the beauty of the imagery, The Song of Sway Lake is a film that conflates that artsy, impressionistic cinematography with profoundly deep and emotional storytelling, as if one can turn the correlation into a kind of causation. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
      Paper Year (2017) Jogia and Hewson are entirely believable in capturing and portraying deep affection and adoration for one another, which makes it all the more affecting when their relationship breaks down. - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
      Now You See Me (2013) However, the film sacrifices true depth of characterization of its leads in its quest to be purely entertaining, and the film suffers as a result. We are left rooting for-and against-a series of charming façades. - I on the Arts
      Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
      Hinda and her Sisterrrz (2018) Who wouldn't want to be a part of Avery's coterie of smiling, brightly-dressed army of (often elderly) Jewish ladies standing against Nazis and winning? - Jewish Currents
      Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
      Colette (2018) A more conventional biopic would try to tell the whole story of the life of the writer born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, rushing through her exciting and scandalous life until we get Knightley slathered in old-age makeup, Going For That Oscar. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
      The Wife (2017) Yet despite the confoundingly warm reception and exaggerated Oscar buzz for Close's performance as an archetype that many women can undoubtedly relate to, The Wife fails on nearly every level as a movie. - PopMatters
      Read More | Posted Oct 02, 2018
      Certain Women (2016) Certain Women belongs to the four women at its core. - Bitch Flicks
      Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
      Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) Despite an honest, tender lead performance from Shannon Purser, too many elements of Sierra Burgess leave such an unpleasant taste in the mouth. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
      The Bookshop (2017) And so I have to wonder: in a world with basically unlimited entertainment options, with multiple projects in every conceivable genre, who is The Bookshop even for? - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
      To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) The energetic, game cast and smart writing that makes To All the Boys I've Loved Before one of the best romantic comedies in years, and the strongest outing in the genre released by Netflix thus far. - Bust Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
      A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017) What Mott's A Midsummer Night's Dream does best is flesh out certain elements of the story in purely visual terms, using the specificity of the medium of film to do what can't really be done on stage. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Aug 07, 2018
      The Flowers of Yesterday (2016) Adèle Haenel's performance as Zazie is a tour de force... Zazie is complex and, at times, opaque enough that following her rather than Toto would have provided an overall richer experience. - The Forward
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
      Love, Cecil (2017) There are hints of brilliance in how the documentary is constructed... It's unfortunate that the way Love, Cecil is paced, then, means that it's easy for your mind to wander. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
      Custody (2017) While the performances in Custody are all strong, relative newcomer Thomas Gioria runs away with the movie. - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
      Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis is incredibly assured and aware of what it wants to do. The atmosphere of suspense and intrigue it creates... is vivid and rich in detail, - MovieJawn
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
      The Square (2017) The Square uses both comedic and dramatic elements to illustrate the ways we, and our various creations and institutions, fail one another. - Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
      Loving Vincent (2017) Loving Vincent is no mere aesthetic experience; instead, it is a poignant journey into the lives that Vincent Van Gogh touched... - Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
      Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) This documentary of actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr is engaging and poignant, expanding the view (and our understanding) of the famously beautiful Hollywood star. - The Forward
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
      Humor Me (2017) Ultimately, the lightness and sincerity brought to Humor Me makes it worth catching. - The Forward
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
      The Testament (2017) The success of the The Testament rests on Ori's performance as Yoel, and in many cases, it works splendidly. - The Forward
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
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