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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Erlprince (2016) Phil Guie The Erlprince might be a little too ambitious for its own good, but it's built around something highly sensible: the need for love, and the healing that comes with it. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/5 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Phil Guie It is impossible to overstate how technically dazzling the second half is. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/5 Barbecue (2017) Phil Guie The filmmakers could have attempted to crosscut between locations, which would have made for a more dynamic narrative, while still making the point that barbecue is loved universally. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
5/5 A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) Phil Guie If the first half of the film focuses on the potential of art to move an audience, the second seems to be about how art is not exclusively the domain of the Bread Factory, May Ray, or any singular entity. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
7/10 Sobibor (2018) Nora Lee Mandel Grimly strives to make up for the fact that for almost 60 years, Soviet/Russian leaders downplayed Jews were targeted by the Nazis...The Jews needed military organization. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
8/10 The Brink (2019) Nora Lee Mandel Observes Bannon as a fly on his wall while he enthusiastically sought a wider international impact by guiding far-right parties...Tantalizing glimpses of financial backers. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/5 Estiu 1993 (2017) Phil Guie Its depiction of Frida as being at the mercy of powerful emotions she cannot yet comprehend, and how childhood itself is often bittersweet, is universal and timeless. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
4.5/5 Isha Ovedet (2018) Phil Guie This Israeli drama about sexual harassment is particularly compelling because of how believable it makes the main protagonist's willingness to endure it. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 A Great Lamp (2019) Phil Guie This is a movie that feels the weight of the world deeply yet retains a sense of hope. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Khrustal (2018) Phil Guie Crystal Swan feels like a poison-tipped letter from the filmmaker to her home country that is also an engrossing work of social criticism. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/5 El Ángel (2018) Phil Guie The filmmakers tell their story at a fast clip, making good use of classic '70s rock and psychedelia to maintain a relentless vibe. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.5/5 Capernaum (2018) Phil Guie This film works so well because of the terrific work by the actors, especially Al Rafeea as Zain, who is thoroughly believable as a 12-year-old desperate to control his own destiny... EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Markie in Milwaukee (2019) Phil Guie What follows is a chronicle of Wenzel attempting to re-integrate himself into the world he left behind, as well as a deep dive into the past for a better understanding of the forces that have shaped his very unique journey. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/5 The Gospel of Eureka (2018) Phil Guie The Gospel of Eureka offers inspiration and hope, not to mention it puts on an entertaining show or two. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 Breaking a Monster (2015) Phil Guie As viewers, we can empathize with these kids, who discover that life as rock stars is not all fun and games. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Ten Years (2015) Phil Guie This is an important film reflecting the angst and fears of a society undergoing dramatic changes. Five of its artists behind the camera, as well as countless actors, faced an uphill battle to be heard; they should not be silenced. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Phil Guie Kore-eda has long displayed a gift for finding the humanity in his characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 On Her Shoulders (2018) Phil Guie The film takes an intimate approach to its subject, who occasionally speaks directly to the camera. These moments can be revelatory. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Fail State (2018) Phil Guie This is a serious and sober film, but what makes it engrossing are story lines that feel incredibly personal... EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.5/5 Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018) Phil Guie [It] works on multiple levels: as a quest for truth set in the real world, a portrait of a burgeoning civil rights activist cut down in her prime, and as a snapshot of the country at a time of highly volatile racial tensions. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.5/5 Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Phil Guie As delivered by actor Peter Gerety, who makes Ailes sound cold and downright reptilian at times, the quotes betray a deep-rooted cynicism that his actions reflected. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 The Truth About Killer Robots (2018) Phil Guie A smart, if occasionally chilling documentary... EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 People's Republic of Desire (2018) Phil Guie At a time when Americans are more concerned than ever that social media platforms such as Facebook are exerting too much influence over people's lives, this eye-opening film features China also grappling with the same issue. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 Diamantino (2018) Phil Guie Diamantino might prove too strange for wider audiences, but it's never boring due to its sheer unpredictability. It also boasts a commendable performance by Cotta. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.5/5 A Family Tour (2018) Phil Guie The film has a tone matching its characters' reserved natures, and as a result, some of the most powerful moments involve the exchange of a simple, comforting touch. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.5/5 Se rokh (2018) Phil Guie Shooting with a handheld camera that only enhances the sense of immediacy, Panahi utilizes long, unbroken takes to build up suspense and also to draw attention to absurdities. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 The Sentence (2018) Phil Guie As a depiction of how a family overcomes a most unimaginable crisis, The Sentence is triumphant. As a call for criminal justice reform, it is powerful and convincing. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/5 The Price of Everything (2018) Phil Guie The bottom line is this film may entertain viewers who either appreciate or are interested in modern art, even as it leaves them feeling cynical toward the art market. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Nigerian Prince (2018) Phil Guie Nigerian Prince stands out for its setting, making it a welcome addition to the crime movie pantheon. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 Shirkers (2018) Phil Guie In this sincere, engrossing documentary, director Sandi Tan looks back a quarter of a century at Shirkers, a quirky indie film she helped make that captured a mostly bygone Singapore. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Sidney & Friends (2018) Phil Guie The subjects of Tristan Aitchison's powerful Sidney & Friends tell their stories directly to the camera, resulting in an intimate record of abuses endured by Kenya's intersex and trans community. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Making Montgomery Clift (2018) Phil Guie Despite how much of Making Montgomery Clift consists of talking heads and unearthed audio recordings, it does not feel especially static, and much credit for that goes to its unique editing style. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 I Hate New York (2018) Phil Guie Gustavo Sánchez cuts back-and-forth between his subjects as they navigate a scene that frequently comes across as raw and seedy, but also edgy and exciting. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 For Izzy (2018) Phil Guie Chu finds a way to tie all of the different types of storytelling together with a clever ending. I look forward to whatever he does as a follow-up, though next time, he should feel free to leave the kids at home. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) Phil Guie A Bread Factory is roughly four hours in length, but with these two characters, it could have been 400, and I would have happily watched the entire thing. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/5 Inside Lehman Brothers (2018) Phil Guie Inside Lehman Brothers is highly relevant for a world still awakening to #MeToo. It also walks viewers through the invisible machinations that led to the subprime mortgage crisis... EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 The Kleptocrats (2018) Phil Guie The filmmakers repeatedly contrast the spending exploits of Low, Razak, and the latter's wife with glimpses of the decidedly less glamorous lives of average citizens in Kuala Lumpur. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.5/5 We the Animals (2018) Phil Guie We the Animals has verve to spare, but it's also full of empathy and heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/5 A Whale of a Tale (2016) Phil Guie Though a bit talky at times, A Whale of a Tale proves a compelling and ultimately humane portrait of a people who, ironically, had previously been portrayed as inhumane. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Science Fair (2018) Phil Guie The film does a very good job of building suspense, but it occasionally focuses more on the human drama than on the scientific details. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Intelligent Lives (2018) Phil Guie A thought-provoking and convincing argument for greater inclusiveness. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 Bisbee '17 (2018) Phil Guie One of the best films so far this year: a powerful meditation on art's transformative abilities, as well as a sobering reminder that in any conflict, it's the victors who usually write the official history. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/5 Monsters and Men (2018) Phil Guie A complex portrait of New York City law enforcement and the citizenry. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) Phil Guie An engrossing, multifaceted portrait centering on a community that exists somewhere between paranoia and reality. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (2018) Phil Guie [Winogrand] seemed to prefer letting his work do the talking for him, and yet the film does not follow his lead and instead includes a great deal of discussion about Winogrand the artist, most of it fawning. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.5/5 Three Identical Strangers (2018) Phil Guie The differences between them had to come from somewhere, and in exploring the source, the film gets to the heart of something profound about its three identical strangers, and the rest of us as well. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Path of Blood (2018) Phil Guie The effects of the war on terror on the people and societies of the Middle Eastern often goes unreported, but this unique documentary brings them to light in all their discomfort and viscera. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
2.5/5 This Is Home: A Refugee Story (2018) Phil Guie The film constantly jumps from subject to subject, rarely lingering long enough for the scenes to have an impact. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/5 Sorry to Bother You (2018) Phil Guie Though occasionally uneven, Riley's first directorial boasts effective world-building. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
2/5 Constructing Albert (2017) Phil Guie Interestingly, this might be the first food-related documentary that left me without feeling any kind of craving. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019