Thompson on Hollywood

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Rating Title/Year Author
Dirty Cops - War on Everyone (2016) Demetrios Matheou I'm not sure that the genre has produced such an irresistibly funny film. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
A The Dark Horse (2014) John Anderson Contrary to the standard Hollywood diagnosis of mental illness, it doesn't improve according to how much love a sufferer receives, although there is a lot of love in The Dark Horse. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2016
The Commune (2016) Demetrios Matheou This is less the social satire it may have been, and more a marital drama with a twist, propelled by good work from Thomsen (the star of Vinterberg's startling debut "Festen") and particularly Dyrholm. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2016
Fire at Sea (2016) Demetrios Matheou The selection of characters is small, precise. The dominant personality of the film is Samuele, a nine-year-old boy and a terrific bundle of good humor and contradictions EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2016
Midnight Special (2016) Demetrios Matheou Nichols displays that rare faith in his audience, to go with the flow, make our own deductions or assumptions, to read into this cross-country chase what we will --Christian allegory, alien fantasy, or any number of options in between. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
The Automatic Hate (2015) Ryan Lattanzio Low-key but effectively eerie. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2016
The Revenant (2015) Anne Thompson A stunning visual tone poem about frontier survival. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2015
The Hateful Eight (2015) Anne Thompson Boasts stunning wide-screen photography, dazzling long takes, time-shifting perspectives, mysteries to be solved, wind blowing through kicked-in doors and window frames, surging horses, raging blizzards, knives... and bodies piled on the floor. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2015
B+ The Big Short (2015) Anne Thompson The Big Short reflexively comments on its Hollywoodness to pull in the complicit viewer and make them trust what they are hearing. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2015
B By the Sea (2015) Anne Thompson Jolie is aiming for an intimate Cassavetes-style exploration of emotion. Sometimes she gets there. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2015
Joy (2015) Anne Thompson Lawrence ably carries Russell's first film with an everywoman protagonist at its center who is not crazy. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2015
B- Concussion (2015) Anne Thompson More effective as heartfelt agit prop than visceral drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2015
Sembene! (2015) John Anderson Sembene! should be a major step in drawing attention back to a titan of world cinema, whose influence was never contained by the frame, or the screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2015
Spectre (2015) Demetrios Matheou Some of the action is jaw-dropping. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2015
A- Sleepless in New York (2014) John Anderson As regards much of current nonfiction, it goes its own way stylistically, structurally, musically and sonically in telling the stories of people in the throes of a recent breakup, and how they cope -- or, obviously, not. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2015
Skyfall (2012) Demetrios Matheou At times Skyfall is simply sensational. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2015
Spotlight (2015) Demetrios Matheou Charting the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning exposure of widespread abuse of children by Catholic priests, this terrific film should be in the running for its own writing prizes, among others, come awards season. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2015
6 Years (2015) Ryan Lattanzio 6 Years has universal appeal in spades, two lovely lead performances and a whole lot of truth. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2015
B Closer to God (2014) John Anderson Senese has made a convincing, slightly campy contribution to genre cinema. But he's also struck a blow against stupidity. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014) Anne Thompson Hyper-flexible theater star Kathryn Hunter as Puck is a marvel. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 Eden (2014) Ryan Lattanzio Mia Hansen-Løve's EDM movie memoir is the art-house party of the year. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
B Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) John Anderson Electric Boogaloo is basically a celebration of chutzpah. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2015
Dheepan (2015) Anne Thompson This movie deserves high praise. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2015
The Midnight Swim (2014) John Anderson Swim is, among other things, a movie about sisters, who actually seem like sisters...This may seem like a small thing, but it's an aspect of filmmaking that's ignored often enough to be noteworthy when it's not. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2015
3/5 I Believe in Unicorns (2014) Ryan Lattanzio Meyerhoff's scrapbook style will irritate some, and enrapture others. But in a world of increasingly stentorian female filmmakers, she's one to watch. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2015
4/5 Saint Laurent (2014) Ryan Lattanzio For those cinephiles who go weak at the knees for tortured artists and decadents, it's movie heaven. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2015
A Sunshine Superman (2014) John Anderson As a movie about a guy who lived life the way he wanted, it will win certainly fans. It should win some for its execution as well. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2015
4/5 Queen of Earth (2015) Ryan Lattanzio A startlingly audacious departure for the writer/director that also feels like a natural progression for an auteur in the making. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/5 Knight of Cups (2015) Anne Thompson Like Tree of Life, it's best to let the film wash over you and enjoy Lubezki's gorgeous images such as mist rolling over a hillside and various inventive underwater perspectives. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2015
B+ Human Capital (2013) John Anderson Human Capital works quite well as a conventional, if unconventionally structured, narrative, which may be why it's done so well in Europe. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2015
3/5 Inherent Vice (2014) Anne Thompson Anderson had long wanted to adapt Pynchon--this marks the first movie to do so. Is it successful? That depends on what you demand from an L.A. detective mystery. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2014
Patrolman P (2013) Anne Thompson Although Mizrahy's narration lacks a certain sparkle, the archival footage of what is now Old New York -- the '70s era of a burning Bronx, garbage strikes and John V. Lindsay -- is fascinating. So is Phillips. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2014
4/5 Miss Julie (2014) Ryan Lattanzio Chastain's electrifying performance places among the great female dramatic turns in a literary tragedy, from Nina Pens Rode in 'Gertrud' to Nastassja Kinski in 'Tess' and Isabelle Huppert in 'Madame Bovary.' EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2014
4/5 Evolution of a Criminal (2014) Ryan Lattanzio 'Evolution of a Criminal' is a documentary and a provocation, a movie and a bitter truth to swallow. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2014
1/5 Big Eyes (2014) Ryan Lattanzio A depressingly bad and soulless seriocomedy. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2014
The Immortalists (2014) Beth Hanna [An] absorbing documentary. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/5 A Most Violent Year (2014) Anne Thompson Chandor leaves out many details and explanations for his characters' behavior; the movie raises more questions than it answers, including why the filmmaker was driven to make it. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2014
1/5 The Gambler (2014) Anne Thompson Our anti-hero has a gambling addiction. He is depressed. He is trapped. And the arc of the movie is about him trying to ditch his unhappy life and pull it out. Snore. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2014
4/5 Foxcatcher (2014) Ryan Lattanzio Part existential murder mystery, part Freudian detective story and fully an indictment of the American success story. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2014
4/5 Force majeure (2014) Ryan Lattanzio Gruesomely funny. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2014
3/5 Long Distance (2014) Ryan Lattanzio Marques-Marcet's lovely debut opens with an impressively staged single take that manages to convey the entire universe of a longterm relationship in just 23 minutes. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2014
3/5 Goodnight Mommy (2014) Ryan Lattanzio A must-see for fans of extreme cinema and those movie-lovers who get off on taut editing, delicately placed sound design and tightly wound storytelling-and a must-never-see for pretty much everybody else. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2014
5/5 Kids for Cash (2013) Ryan Lattanzio 'Kids for Cash' will scare the wits out of anyone worried about how institutional neglect is affecting our kids. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2014
3/5 White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) Ryan Lattanzio Araki's beautifully told films make you feel warm and fuzzy... revealing a latent darkness that leaves you unsafe and unsettled. And these warring sensibilities have never felt more at odds (or at home) than in the campy, creeping dread of 'White Bird.' EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2014
The Great Invisible (2014) Beth Hanna Brown has chosen her subjects wisely, so we get a full-spectrum view of Deepwater Horizon. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2014
Night Has Settled (2014) Ryan Lattanzio Where Night Has Settled succeeds best is in the language, the left-unsaids and what-might-have-beens between characters, and in the disquieting textures of a too-close mother/son relationship. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2014
5/5 Boyhood (2014) Ryan Lattanzio An intimate epic as fresh and thrillingly alive as Francois Truffaut's films of Antoine Doinel, who was wrought in five movies beginning with The 400 Blows. Boyhood is but one movie, and it's just as subversive. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2014
Radio Free Albemuth (2010) Anne Thompson It's an odd bird, but accomplished, and essential for Philip K. Dick purists. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2014
5/5 Coherence (2013) Ryan Lattanzio A low-budget sci-fi indie that doubles, and triples, and quadruples, as a truly original existential horror movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2014
5/5 The Congress (2013) Ryan Lattanzio 'The Congress' widens the possibilities of filmmaking -- and in doing so, is as pro-cinema as it is anti-Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2014