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Counterpunch.org is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Louis Proyect, Prairie Miller
Rating Title/Year Author
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Louis Proyect Great interviews; great music; great Black history. Enough said. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Leto (2018) Louis Proyect A joyous celebration of the underground rock and roll scene in the early 80s that suggests the kind of love and solidarity that might break out once the Russian version of Trumpism is overthrown. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground (2018) Louis Proyect A story about a unique personality who personified the toll that living in the avant-garde took. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
The Third Wife (2018) Louis Proyect If you liked "Roma" (I didn't), you will like "The Third Wife". It is practically a silent film and could have been one given the director's aesthetic preferences. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Yomeddine (2018) Louis Proyect Pay no attention to the "rottens". This is a film that is humanitarian in a way that is utterly absent in almost every Hollywood film. As a first-time effort, the director has shown great talent and a big heart. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
The Serengeti Rules (2018) Louis Proyect An absolutely riveting documentary about biodiversity and the need for humanity--its gravest threat--to reverse its course and preserve it. Difficult under the likes of Trump and the Koch's but necessary. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Decade of Fire (2019) Louis Proyect Both a family story and the story of a once-proud New York City neighborhood that was thrown overboard by the government and the banks as part of a triage operation benefiting the rich. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Louis Proyect Dramatically compelling and transcendentally beautiful tale of the struggle to reconcile humanity and nature. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Louis Proyect A woman way ahead of her time and a reminder that Hollywood lessens itself by not allowing women to be judged on their talents rather than their willingness to be abused. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Instant Dreams (2017) Louis Proyect A reminder that the Polaroid camera has qualities that will never grow old despite the company's collapse. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Tigerland (2019) Louis Proyect Ultimately, the struggle to save the tiger is tied to the struggle to save humanity. A valuable, beautiful and troubling film. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
American Relapse (2019) Louis Proyect How the revolving door of drug rehabilitation became big business. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Se rokh (2018) Louis Proyect The greatest film made by the world's greatest living filmmaker. Not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (2018) Louis Proyect Newspapers have been going downhill ever since the days of "yellow journalism" but this film about one of its masters demonstrates that documentaries are better than ever. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Styx (2018) Louis Proyect An unnervingly grim drama that strips the refugee crisis down to its bare essentials. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
() Louis Proyect How the "casting couch" victimized women long before Harvey Weinstein. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Louis Proyect Although the idea of preventing war crimes through international law seems Quixotic, especially under Trump, the film properly hails Ben Ferencz for his 70-year efforts. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
Cuban Food Stories (2018) Louis Proyect Don't pay attention to the "rottens". This a glorious film that is in the spirit of Anthony Bourdain but much more centered on the lived experience of ordinary Cubans. A true delight. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
A Tuba to Cuba (2018) Louis Proyect In a period when gunboat diplomacy is being threatened by Trump and Bolton, this is a timely film that challenges anti-Communist stereotypes as well as being a thing of beauty. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
Among Wolves (2016) Louis Proyect A film that defies stereotypes and in a timely manner given the nativist wall Trump intends to build. The wild horses that the Wolves support have much in common with the animals that are threatened by the wall--as well as people fleeing drug gangs. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Woman at War (2018) Louis Proyect A great film that addresses the crisis of our age, whether life on earth has a future, including homo sapiens. Done with wit, elegance and powerful story-telling. NOT TO BE MISSED. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA War on Musicians and Activists (2019) Louis Proyect Despite its susceptibility to conspiracy theory, this is a fascinating study of how the CIA promoted the use of LSD as a way of weakening the left. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Louis Proyect Despite what sounds like a plot geared to gun battles, this has much more in common with the teleplays of the golden age of television. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Komunia (2016) Louis Proyect In an epoch when billionaires like those in "Crazy Rich Asians" get fannies in the theater seats, thank god for a film like "Communion". EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Genesis 2.0 (2018) Louis Proyect Like Moby Dick, film is not just about marketable commodities though mammoth tusks are the whale oil of our epoch. Director Frei questions our epoch just like Melville did his. A documentary masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
That Way Madness Lies ... (2017) Louis Proyect A courageous and compelling documentary about how American society casts the mentally ill and their families adrift. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
The Quake (2018) Louis Proyect Costing fifteen times less to make than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "San Andreas", it is a hundred times more thrilling. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Louis Proyect A film that graphically describes the damage done to the psyches of gay people by a barbaric "therapy" endorsed by Vice President Mike Pence. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Louis Proyect A film that graphically describes the damage done to the psyches of gay people by a barbaric "therapy" endorsed by Vice President Mike Pence. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Piripkura (2017) Louis Proyect Given the genocidal disposition toward indigenous peoples by Brazil's Donald Trump, this film is both timely and breathtaking. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Kinshasa Makambo (2018) Louis Proyect A courageous documentary showing the difficulties faced by activists in what amounted to the Congo Spring. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
The Panama Papers (2018) Louis Proyect A close and inspiring look at the network of investigative reporters who made the Panama Papers a historic breakthrough against the plutocrats who rule the world. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
Dark Money (2018) Louis Proyect A refreshing reminder that Montana has never lost the anti-corporate ethos that enabled it to pass a law in 1912 banning Koch brothers type campaign funding. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
Free Solo (2018) Louis Proyect A breathtaking portrait of a man engaged in arguably the most dangerous sport in the world. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
The Dawn Wall (2017) Louis Proyect Spectacular cinematography married to a compelling personality with an amazing life story makes this one of the best documentaries of 2018. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Resistance at Tule Lake (2016) Louis Proyect Outstanding documentary on American nativist hysteria that makes Donald Trump look benign by comparison EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Under the Wire (2018) Louis Proyect A perfect companion piece to "A Private War", the biopic of Marie Colvin opening this month as well. She and her photographer Paul Conroy were two of the most important journalists of the 21st century. This film shows why. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
A Private War (2018) Louis Proyect An inspiring tale marked by brilliant acting and close attention to the details of the hellish places Colvin reported on. Painful in places but essential. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Louis Proyect A close look at Red State people but with a compassion at odds with the conventional liberal take on churchgoing, gun-owning people. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) Louis Proyect A film that defies conventional expectations with the same dedication to artistic integrity as the two women in featured roles. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) Louis Proyect A film that defies conventional expectations with the same dedication to artistic integrity as the two women in featured roles. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Life and Nothing More (2017) Louis Proyect A neo-realist treatment of Black life that suggests how Africans endure conditions not unlike the postwar Italy that inspired De Sica et al. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
Fail State (2018) Louis Proyect A powerful investigative report on for-profit schools that are exploiting working people while enriching Wall Street investors in the same way as bundled mortgages in 2007 and likely leading to the same kind of financial crash. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
The Lost Village (2018) Louis Proyect Ignore the "rotten" reviews on this double-barreled attack on how NYU and NYC real estate potentates are turning the Village into CVS-land. An important documentary on the Trumping of NYC from Democrats and Republicans alike. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
The Price of Everything (2018) Louis Proyect A wise and witty examination of the commodification of art. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Louis Proyect A well-deserved tribute to a star of the silent era whose films will be enjoyed centuries from now while today's Cineplex comedies will be forgotten months after they have been shown. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
22 July (2018) Louis Proyect An understated, documentary-like treatment of a theme that easily could have lent itself to purple melodrama. Paul Greengrass's aesthetic works most effectively in confronting the biggest question of our age: how to resist fascism. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Louis Proyect Entertaining film, crappy politics. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2017) Louis Proyect A loving and accomplished tribute to a neglected icon of the 60s and 70s fashion scene whose drawings of models were as rebellious in their own way as campus sit-ins. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Louis Proyect Fascinating study of the ecology of invasive species and their impact on Louisiana wetlands as well as loving tribute to Cajun survival instincts, comparable ironically to those of the rodent. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018