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      The Public (Buffalo) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): M. Faust.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      Burt Reynolds: The Last Interview (2023) M. Faust While there are bits of the dry humor that made Reynolds a star in the first place, there isn’t much substance to be found here.
      Posted May 01, 2023
      Mind Leech (2023) M. Faust A dusting of dry Canadian humor adds a little sparkle to this short creature feature.
      Posted Mar 14, 2023
      The Take Out Move (2022) M. Faust After awhile, the actual quality of the jokes takes a back seat to the general madcap spirit of the movie.
      Posted Nov 23, 2022
      8:37 Rebirth (2021) M. Faust Gould and Ebrahimi both give nuanced, engrossing performances, marred only slightly by script pressures for one to underplay and the other to overplay.
      Posted Oct 24, 2022
      I'll Find You (2019) M. Faust [T]he kind of theatrical movie that doesn’t seem to get made anymore. Viewers who are tired of superheroes and crude comedies should see it if it comes to a theater near you; just go in prepared to enjoy its virtues while regretting its flaws.
      Posted Oct 12, 2022
      Love in Kilnerry (2019) M. Faust It would be hard to argue that Love in Kilnerry couldn’t have been better than it is. But it would be even harder not to enjoy it despite its flaws.
      Posted Sep 29, 2022
      The Valet (2022) M. Faust It’s all as predictable as a bowl of macaroni and cheese, and at over two hours – well, how much macaroni and cheese do you think you can eat?
      Posted Sep 15, 2022
      Sunspot (2022) M. Faust ...essentially an examination of people who are waiting for their lives to take shape...[Writer-director Brian] Mihok’s aesthetic has a firm grip on place ... which keeps the film engaging even when seems to be meandering
      Posted Sep 12, 2022
      Take the Night (2022) M. Faust The debut feature of writer-director Seth McTigue is a vividly photographed, intensely scored and sincerely acted caper drama with one problem: it doesn’t make a lot of sense.
      Posted Aug 19, 2022
      Belle Vie (2022) M. Faust The film stands as a fine tribute to the spirit of independent businesses and the need for socialization at a time when so many of us are spending more and more time in our homes.
      Posted Aug 02, 2022
      By Night's End (2020) M. Faust Recalling classic home-based thrillers like Wait Until Dark and Shallow Grave, By Night’s End is the kind of low-budget indie that tends to get lost in the crush of movies looking for an audience in the post-theatrical landscape.
      Posted Jul 14, 2022
      Ghost Light (2021) M. Faust In the end, its a bit of a disappointment that Ghost Light doesnt wholly deliver on its promise... Still, the story is pleasingly unpredictable and the players never less than fun to watch.
      Posted Apr 08, 2022
      The Final Sacrifice: Director's Cut (2022) M. Faust At its best, The Final Sacrifice is reminiscent of the war dramas of Sam Fuller, who was always more interested in individual soldiers than the causes for which they fought.
      Posted Mar 10, 2022
      Vietnam: Fast Forward (2021) M. Faust Well intended but unsatisfying look at Vietnam's thriving modern economy as seen through the eyes of a variety of entrepreneurs.
      Posted Dec 14, 2021
      The Last Days of Capitalism (2021) M. Faust Even those uninclined to work out all of the script's hidden meanings will find reasons to enjoy this trim indie drama
      Posted Nov 06, 2021
      Fever Dreams (2021) M. Faust This horror anthology lives up to its title, and that's not a good thing.
      Posted Sep 14, 2021
      The Way (2021) M. Faust Strong performances and technical contributions in the service of a film that is as perplexing as anything from late period David Lynch
      Posted Sep 10, 2021
      Steps (2017) M. Faust A moving performance from Rob Morgan is the best reason to watch this inspirational drama that otherwise fails to deliver the punch it spends nearly two hours winding up for.
      Posted Jul 09, 2021
      Tango Shalom (2021) M. Faust [A] a likeable comedy whose message about religious tolerance more than makes up for its occasional failings
      Posted Jun 04, 2021
      In Action (2020) M. Faust Some of it is amusing, but it loses its satirical edge in an attempt to hit all the action bases by any means necessary. The result shows that Kenealy and Silvera may have more of a future in television sketch comedy than in filmmaking.
      Posted Apr 21, 2021
      Love & Debt (2018) M. Faust That the script by first-timer Dylan Otto seeks as much sympathy for a debt collector as for the family facing being crushed by that debt is the key to this slice-of-life tale.
      Posted Aug 12, 2020
      In Bright Axiom (2019) M. Faust This documentary about a faux secret society examines a fascinating subject with an uncertain approach. Director Spencer McCall succeeds in capturing our interest, but leaves us wanting more than he delivers
      Posted Jun 16, 2020
      Chameleon (2019) M. Faust Marcus Mizelle's independent crime drama is a masterpiece of concision that eventually cuts a little too close to the bone.
      Posted May 18, 2020
      The Third Strike (2021) M. Faust The passion of attorney MiAngel Cody and her team is inspiring, and tearful scenes of reunited families bring a positive note to what could otherwise have been a depressing viewing experience.
      Posted May 01, 2020
      Human Capital (2019) M. Faust [Though] it doesn't strike the nerve it should have, Human Capital features strong work from an exceptional cast, especially Schreiber, Tomei and Sarsgaard.
      Posted Apr 02, 2020
      Greed (2019) M. Faust An "eat the rich" comedy and a docudrama about the fast fashion industry is a lot to cram into one movie, and you can't help but feel that Michael Winterbottom might have found a better vehicle to express his anger (but give it credit for trying).
      Posted Mar 13, 2020
      The Island of Cats (2019) M. Faust If you're a viewer who needs dramatic resolution, you're not going to get much from this gentle story. It's as contemplative as an Ozu movie, albeit one which takes regular breaks to watch cats doing whatever it is they do with their time.
      Posted Mar 03, 2020
      Love is not Love (2020) M. Faust As often compelling as it is exasperating, the directorial debut of Stephen Keep Mills is a bit less than the sum of its parts.
      Posted Mar 03, 2020
      Buffaloed (2019) M. Faust It's a blue collar movie that isn't going to make anyone want to move here, but I'm fine with that: take us as we are or leave us alone.
      Posted Feb 14, 2020
      Night Sweats (2019) M. Faust Debuting director Andrew Lyman-Clarke and his co-writer Seth Panman hit a lot of the right marks with their Cronenberg-ish venereal horror thriller.
      Posted Feb 13, 2020
      The Aeronauts (2019) M. Faust There is visual panache that made me feel at all times as if I was in this gas-powered balloon floating miles above the ground.
      Posted Dec 12, 2019
      The Irishman (2019) M. Faust Veracity aside, The Irishman is Scorsese at the peak of his powers. It's not a minute too long at three hours and 20 minutes...
      Posted Nov 26, 2019
      The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) M. Faust The acting and the cinematic panache are enough to repay your ticket cost, but I was left thinking I would have learned more from a good New Yorker article on the same topic.
      Posted Nov 01, 2019
      ANYA (2019) M. Faust Science fiction with an emphasis on the science
      Posted Nov 01, 2019
      Official Secrets (2019) M. Faust Even though the story ends somewhat anticlimactically, it maintains a slow burn of outrage right to the very end.
      Posted Sep 19, 2019
      Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) M. Faust A Miracle of Miracles examines both the development of the much loved "dark musical" and its enduring popularity for audiences all around the world.
      Posted Sep 17, 2019
      Piranhas (2019) M. Faust Piranhas plays more like a teen drama in which organized crime is a backdrop. Director Claudio Giovannesi uses a fluid camera to track this mini-gang, holding us to their perspective.
      Posted Sep 17, 2019
      After the Wedding (2019) M. Faust It would have gone down better, had the film been honest about what it was up to right from the beginning rather than trying to hide its intentions behind a veneer of social responsibility.
      Posted Sep 06, 2019
      The Nightingale (2018) M. Faust The Nightingale treated me like a moral cretin who could only learn through the harshest distillation of human misery. I have better ways to spend my time.
      Posted Sep 05, 2019
      Dogman (2018) M. Faust Garrone originally wanted Roberto Benigni for this role, for his ability to combine humor with pathos; the unschooled Fonte is able to provide those same qualities without the hysterical mugging Benigni often slips into.
      Posted Aug 16, 2019
      Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) M. Faust It's not big on belly laughs, but its genial illustration of the belief that all of these people are more similar than they are different makes it a most pleasant way to spend 100 minutes.
      Posted Aug 16, 2019
      The Farewell (2019) M. Faust Wang does solid work in providing a range of characters to embody different aspects of the emigrant experience, and looks at the differences between those who left and those who stayed behind in unexpected ways.
      Posted Aug 08, 2019
      Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) M. Faust Hopefully the flashy result will encourage at least some young cineastes to look at more of Guy-Blaché's work.
      Posted Jul 26, 2019
      Echo in the Canyon (2018) M. Faust As infectiously fun as it is to watch musicians talking about music they love by other bands, you can't help but wish that they would explore that love in a little more depth.
      Posted Jul 12, 2019
      Yesterday (2019) M. Faust What would the world be like today if The Beatles had never existed? Spend a few moments musing on that. If you do, I guarantee that you'll come up with something more interesting than anything in [Yesterday].
      Posted Jul 03, 2019
      The Biggest Little Farm (2018) M. Faust An entertaining and informative look at what it takes to build and maintain a successful small farm, giving ample evidence that small farms are the only truly sustainable ones. And it does so without any lectures on what you should and shouldn't eat.
      Posted May 31, 2019
      Trial by Fire (2018) M. Faust It's a powerful enough viewing experience, but it doesn't leave you with much hope for what to do about injustice.
      Posted May 23, 2019
      Ramen Shop (2018) M. Faust The name of Gordon Ramsey is invoked at least once, and you know he would approve of the movie's attitude toward cross-pollination of cuisines. You will learn more about Singaporean street food than ramen...
      Posted Apr 11, 2019
      Transit (2018) M. Faust Rarely does a film engage both head and heart as fervently as Transit
      Posted Apr 01, 2019
      Gloria Bell (2018) M. Faust I was left wondering why this engaging character's life had to be understood only in the context of the man who is unworthy of her.
      Posted Apr 01, 2019
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