Film Journal International

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Rating Title/Year Author
Double Lives (2018) Tomris Laffly Non-Fiction is pure, straight-faced French witticism from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Tomris Laffly It has the power to give birth to a new generation of inspired farmers, determined to invest in the future of the planet. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Time for Ilhan (2018) Maria Garcia An exciting and entertaining documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Daniel Eagan Shakespeare's famously mad victim gets to tell her story in a visually sumptuous adaptation of Lisa Klein's novel. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2018
Stan & Ollie (2018) Kevin Lally Engaging, affectionate portrait of a legendary comedy team at the twilight of their careers. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Wendy Weinstein A gorgeous tone poem of James Baldwin's searing, political novel of young love in 1970s Harlem. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Ben Is Back (2018) Shirley Sealy This wow of a holiday film plays heavily on one of the most agonizing family and/or social problems in America today. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Cold War (2018) Erica Abeel In a visually stunning, formally immaculate and darkly romantic film, Pawel Pawlikowski sets a story of star-crossed lovers against the turmoil of post-war Europe. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Never Look Away (2018) Doris Toumarkine Gorgeous, engaging drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Vox Lux (2018) Tomris Laffly Brady Corbet's accomplished and timely sophomore feature wrestles with interwoven curiosities around media, pop culture, celebrity and violence. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Roma (2018) Stephen Whitty Alfonso Cuarón's Roma is determined to make us see. To really see. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Daniel Eagan Members of a family living on state support are not what they seem in an award-winning drama from Hirokazu Kore-eda. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Erica Abeel A bracing rethink of the historical costumer. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
Creed II (2018) Stephen Whitty Rocky and Adonis are back for a return match and a solid sequel. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
The Gilligan Manifesto (2016) Frank Lovece [A] quirky, whip-smart documentary. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Welcome Home (2018) Maitland McDonagh Features surprisingly strong performances from Ratajkowski, Scamarcio and Paul. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Anchor and Hope (2017) Anna Storm The story of a lesbian couple trying to have a baby is well-executed on nearly every front. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Frank Lovece Creates an encompassing, believable and highly grownup world whose most frightening aspect is how much it mirrors ours. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Stephen Whitty The smartest kind of sequel. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Shoah: Four Sisters (2018) Simi Horwitz A stunning four-part satellite to Claude Lanzmann's masterwork. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Instant Family (2018) Stephen Whitty It's no fun picking on a movie that was obviously made for so many good reasons. But it's even less fun sitting through it. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Under the Wire (2018) Gary M. Kramer This riveting documentary about war correspondent Marie Colvin and photojournalist Paul Conroy provides a solid companion piece to A Private War. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Erica Abeel Flouting the usual conventions of the biopic, this ravishing, light-struck portrait of Van Gogh's time in Arles is squarely camped in the heart and mind of the artist. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
Widows (2018) Rebecca Pahle Widows is one of those films that gets better and better the more you think about it. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
Green Book (2018) Kevin Lally Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are a memorable pair of mismatched traveling companions in this very entertaining Civll Rights Era road movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
The Super (2017) Maitland McDonagh How surprising the story's twist ending turns out to be depends on how thoroughly steeped in horror moves the viewer is, but it's well executed down to small details. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Harry Haun John Ford, Sergio Leone, John Huston, even Republic Pictures' Herbert J. Yates ride again-albeit, in a quirky Coen Brothers kind of way. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Postcards From London (2018) David Noh Art and sex-but way too much of the former-are featured in a whimsical but retrograde gay concoction. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Overlord (2018) Maitland McDonagh American soldiers take on zombie Nazis in this gory horror picture that also features a solid story and characters you can actually care about. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Outlaw King (2018) Gary M. Kramer David Mackenzie's hyper-violent story of Robert The Bruce is absorbing and features action aplenty. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Narcissister Organ Player (2018) André Hereford The film succeeds largely by doing its own thing. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Frank Lovece For tiny tots only, and their long-suffering adults. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
River Runs Red (2018) Chris Barsanti A mismatched trio of stars (John Cusack, Taye Diggs and George Lopez) stumble through this hackneyed drama about a police shooting of an unarmed young black man. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Weightless (2017) Simi Horwitz Weightless marks an impressive debut feature defying convention to recount a pessimistic story about two misfits coming together too little, too late. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Speed Kills (2018) Maitland McDonagh Speed Kills feels startlingly like a 1990s direct-to-video action movie with an inexplicably inflated budget. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
The Front Runner (2018) Stephen Whitty Whatever your views [...], expect to see The Front Runner thoroughly respect and challenge them. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Bodied (2017) André Hereford This Eminem-produced rap drama attempts to flip the script by both exploiting and harpooning p.c. culture, but generally defaults to fistfights and lazy insults. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (2018) Maitland McDonagh A truly engrossing film, one that balances the big picture and the small one. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Lisa Jo Sagolla Will likely enchant lots of little girls and boys while also tugging at the heartstrings of grown-up sons and daughters. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) Daniel Eagan Anyone interested in the work of one of cinema's great directors will learn a lot from this documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Daniel Eagan The movie is a chore to watch, more fun to talk about than to endure. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018) Stephen Whitty An accomplished director pens a love letter to one of cinema's greatest. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
A Private War (2018) Gary M. Kramer The parts of this episodic biopic of esteemed war correspondent Marie Colvin are so strong, they create a terrific whole. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Distant Constellation (2017) Simi Horwitz Intriguing but frustrating documentary about residents in an Istanbul retirement home grappling with memory and mortality. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Unlovable (2018) Anna Storm A slight indie film based on the experiences of a real sex-and-love addict that features some unexpectedly terrific performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
What They Had (2018) Harry Haun The inestimable and chronically mis- or under-used Robert Forster does it again-swipes a flick from the entry level of a supporting character. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Stephen Whitty That girl with the dragon tattoo is back and badder than ever, in a secret-agent story that's part Bond, part bondage. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Harry Haun Well-meaning but lukewarm. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Frank Lovece Dazzlingly captures an era, a man and the universal quest for identity. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story (2017) David Noh Slackly paced coverage of a crucial event in little league baseball history. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018