In These Times

In These Times is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Eileen Jones, Michael Atkinson
Rating Title/Year Author
People's Republic of Desire (2018) Michael Atkinson It's the massive number of fans, coupled with the obvious catastrophic loneliness and blind devotionalism, that makes Wu's film so haunting. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Arábia (2018) Michael Atkinson It's a soft bolero of a film, painting a searing portrait of life for developing-nation laborers but coming around in the end to touches of loveliness and humanity we didn't see coming. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
Series 7 (2001) A.S. Hamrah Series 7 never cracks, it's true. His film may be revenge for all the segments he had to produce for tabloid-TV news magazines earlier in his career, but those spots take their revenge on him as well: His movie looks like a TV show. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2018
15 Minutes (2001) A.S. Hamrah It's pretty clear it's the audience who the filmmakers think are the sheeps here. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2018
Ghost World (2001) A.S. Hamrah Ghost World is animated by a tension between Seymour's 78 rpm universe and Enid's dedication to a punk etho EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2018
Moulin Rouge (2001) A.S. Hamrah If its goal was to reveal the emptiness of postmodern bricolage at the blockbuster level, it has succeeded. By any other standard, it's a mess. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2018
A Gray State (2017) Michael Atkinson Nelson's film is a fairly straightforward police-file-and-talking-heads affair, energized by the use of Crowley's own storehouse of footage, and in essence positing him as a co-director. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2017
Spettacolo (2017) Michael Atkinson Certainly, it will be difficult for many American viewers to resist not only the vacation porn, but the vision of a village so intimately bonded by its years of collective self-expression that it's nearly a social ideal. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Eileen Jones It saddens me to report that, though there are still great scenes of primate conflict, the third film of the trilogy succumbs in the end to fatal chicken-heartedness. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2017
A Ghost Story (2017) Michael Atkinson I was still knuckling my forehead in skepticism through to the last few minutes. But that's when the film's mournful ache abruptly feels earned, and its mysteries become tangible. Days later I was still thinking of Lowery's inspired imagery EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2017
Okja (2017) Michael Atkinson For someone whose films are bursting with outrageous computer imagery, and whose sensibility could be characterized as hyperviolent satiric pulp, Korean director Bong Joon-ho sure is a gung-ho Captain Planet. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2017
The Little Hours (2017) Michael Atkinson Goofy as it is, Baena's film has a lovable humility to it. It doesn't try to be the definitive anything, even as it stands as arguably the savviest Decameron adaptation ever made. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2017
A Quiet Passion (2016) Michael Atkinson As the sisters' lives slide into an autumnal dark age, Davies' artificiality gives way to emotional nakedness that's at times hard to watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2017
Raw (2016) Michael Atkinson Some people like their movie meals straight up, steak and potatoes and no funny business. But from where I'm sitting, there's nothing quite as tasty and chewable as a film with layers and secrets. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2017
Forushande (2016) Michael Atkinson It's clear by now the Iranian director is something of a master, from whom every narrative filmmaker should take a crash course in complex and resonant storytelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2017
Toni Erdmann (2016) Michael Atkinson Movies this inventively generous and organically unpredictable should be, in a proper world, produced dozens of times a year, as a matter of routine. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2016
Neruda (2016) Michael Atkinson The past is hardly past: Neruda is a vintage figure, but his story is made fresh by both the filmmakers' imaginative will and by the oppression-stalked century we find ourselves in. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Ixcanul (2015) Michael Atkinson Touching on multiple feminist issues as it goes, and even venturing, gallingly, into the matter of baby trafficking, Ixcanul can suffer from predictability... But the film's rhythms, details and visuals, particularly that volcano, are vivid and unique. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2016
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Michael Atkinson [Herzog's] new film, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, is a new order of business, an awed tour of human life shaped by the internet, from a filmmaker whose passions have always sought out the primordial and pre-technological. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2016
Les cowboys (2015) Michael Atkinson The terrain traversed by Thomas Bidegain's Les Cowboys is so familiar in European movies it could be cliché by now. That is, if it weren't also the undeniable, postmodern State of Things, the new global normal. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2016
Louisiana: The Other Side (2015) Michael Atkinson Minervini's movie is a reality show, but one busy challenging our presumptions, not validating our isolation. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2016
Love & Friendship (2016) Eileen Jones These are tidings of great joy for admirers of the English novelist, who have longed for the day when some canny filmmaker would decide to foreground her satirical wit, which is especially sharp when aimed at tangled issues of class and gender. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2016
Dheepan (2015) Michael Atkinson The performances are more than just immaculately convincing; this is a movie structured by the hidden fury and fear behind wide-open gazes. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2016
No End in Sight (2007) Michael Atkinson Ferguson's film is intelligence-report methodical, providing a primer on how we got into Iraq and what screw-ups have made the situation spiral out of control. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Standard Operating Procedure (2008) Michael Atkinson Morris' manic devotion to detail ultimately does the film in. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Captain Mike Across America (2007) Michael Atkinson Slacker Uprising is empty as protest satire goes, and it lends a cudgel to those who think Moore does what he does for the sheer sake of ego and power. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Waltz With Bashir (2008) Michael Atkinson Waltz with Bashir brilliantly echoes its cultural investigations with its formal contradictions. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Life During Wartime (2009) Michael Atkinson There's a creepy torque to Life During Wartime that is uniquely Solondz, and the high probability of viewers' unease is part of his program. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Budrus (2009) Michael Atkinson Morrar is the kind of man who pursues collective social progress rather than headlines or offices. He is the governor or congressman we wish we all had but never do. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
The Social Network (2010) Michael Atkinson A zesty advertisement for the further meaningless Facebookization of our daily routines, and the further squandering of our free time. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Monsters (2010) Michael Atkinson The best American film about our political reality of 2010. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) Michael Atkinson Uncle Boonmee is art that embraces, rather than reorders, life's chaos. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Nostalgia for the Light (2010) Michael Atkinson Often stark and ravishing, Nostalgia for the Light is most moving as a manifestation of the filmmaker's stubborn righteousness. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Armadillo (2010) Michael Atkinson The scenes of camaraderie and trial pile up, unmitigated by the sufferings of the Afghans being bombed and shot in the process. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
City of Life and Death (2009) Michael Atkinson Lu's movie is authentic as only a war film made in a country scarred by the experience can be ... EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
Film Socialisme (2010) Michael Atkinson Like all of his films, Film Socialisme is a conversation Godard has with us: inconclusive, bristling with half-thoughts, jokes and sudden revelations. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
The Help (2011) Michael Atkinson The racism inherent in its diversions and elisions is not only the filmmakers', but ours, too. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
The Ides of March (2011) Michael Atkinson Only an innocent high-schooler could be scandalized by the film's depiction of backroom cynicism. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
J. Edgar (2011) Michael Atkinson A large, self-important, incident-by-incident biopic crammed with luxuriant period detail, laden with old-age make-up and powered by meticulous but riskless acting. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
A Separation (2011) Michael Atkinson It's ferociously wise, gripping, unsettling and acted with unerring conviction. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
Kumaré (2011) Michael Atkinson The more he communes with them and hears their very real troubles and genuine hopes, the more Gandhi's clever façade seems, to him and us, unsustainable. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
Tears of Gaza (2010) Michael Atkinson Løkkeberg steers clear of the politics of the Gaza War, correctly seeing them as beside the point. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
Wuthering Heights (2011) Michael Atkinson Arnold's coup turns the old story around, from a wicked love-lost tragedy into a crisis of a society suffering the guilt and ghosts of slavery. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Michael Atkinson As polished as a gun barrel, and about as complicated. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
5 Broken Cameras (2011) Michael Atkinson Here you get a rare glimpse of exactly what the interface between a West Bank resident and the Israeli army has been like ... EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
The Gatekeepers (2012) Michael Atkinson The history is fascinating enough to overcome the film's intrusive digital transitions. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
Beyond the Hills (2012) Michael Atkinson Cristian Mungiu's film Beyond the Hills is the best Romanian film ever imported to American screens and that's saying a good deal. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
Upstream Color (2013) Michael Atkinson Carruth's film feels like a subconscious flow of fears and anxieties. But the clarity of this anxiety is bruising and stunning. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
The Company You Keep (2012) Michael Atkinson Redford wimps out. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016
The Attack (2012) Michael Atkinson I couldn't help but feel as though Doueiri's movie, however adept and mature, is something of a setup, an all-purpose guilt machine. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2016