MovieScope

MovieScope is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Anton Bitel
Rating Title/Year Author
You're Next (2011) Anton Bitel finely observed social comedy of dysfunctional manners is slyly infiltrated by bloody home invasion tropes, & the generational decline of the haute bourgeoisie fast gives way to a more fundamental (but intimately related) struggle for survival. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2013
The Fallow Field (2009) Anton Bitel [this] genuine high point for ultra-low budget British horror... may be an utterly crazy tale, full of unbelievable incident, but turn it over in your mind and there is a harrowing subtext lying beneath its surface, just waiting to be unearthed. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2013
Excision (2012) Anton Bitel charting the horrors of adolescent alienation... writer/director Richard Bates Jr. is the exciting new face of disturbing, demented psychodrama. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2012
Tabu (2012) Anton Bitel in this tricksy modernist melodrama, Portugal's present is rooted in the past, and her future is an African maid learning to speak Portuguese. Ineffably good. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Anton Bitel All the retrogressive, self-replicating signatures of a Summer tentpole have been spliced into its very DNA, ensuring its box-office survival, but also limiting its capacity to evolve. This is Web 2.0, but certainly no paradigm-shifting Metaverse. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2012
Killer Joe (2011) Anton Bitel this bucket of southern gothic is a Coen-esque caper of small-town double-crosses that starts off trailer-trash tawdry, before steadily gearing down into truly unhinged realms - even for the Texas hinterlands. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2012
Tokyo Twilight (1957) Anton Bitel Ozu's chilliest film... certainly packs a devastating (albeit characteristically understated) emotional punch - but on the way it is occasionally marred by meandering scenes that belie the usual economy of Ozu's minimalism. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2012
Early Spring (1956) Anton Bitel despite giving full expression to the disappointments and despair of white-collar drudgery... it ends in fragile reconciliation and the restoration of a dream which, though perhaps empty, gains strength precisely from being shared. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2012
Woman of Tokyo (1933) Anton Bitel dramatises a hidden history of the women behind Japan's men, while simultaneously highlighting the lack of interest in such female narratives within mainstream ideology. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2012
Death Watch (1980) Anton Bitel So deliriously improbable is its blend of contributing elements, and so prescient is its peculiar version of the future, that you can almost forgive this curio the rather tepid character drama that holds together all its odd particulars. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2012
The Turin Horse (2011) Anton Bitel So if The Turin Horse's bleak close also represents lights out for one of Europe's most extraordinary film artists, he exits the set with a truly sublime memento mori. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2012
The Artist (2011) Anton Bitel a witty, self-aware pastiche, full of clever audiovisual gags and cinephiliac allusions, with irresistible charm coursing through its nostalgic veins. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2012
Café de Flore (2011) Anton Bitel As these parallel narratives unfold, separated by time and space but conjoined by their shared motifs of love, loss, jealousy and obsession, hints emerge of other, less strictly thematic connections between them. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2012
The Monk (2011) Anton Bitel A strange morality drama with its own unique mood, The Monk comes defrocked of its own shock, demanding that viewers bring their own Satan. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2012
John Carter (2012) Anton Bitel a narrative that skips as deftly through time and space as its protagonist leaps over the Martian desert. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2012
4/5 Chemical Brothers: Don't Think (2012) Tom Seymour Don't Think is an extraordinarily experiential account of that mildly psychedelic evening, with Smith's camera swooping and swooning over an audience going bananas to the throbbing force of The Chemical Brother's beats. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2012
Young Adult (2011) Anton Bitel a cruelly funny portrait of the scars, both physical and psychological, left by high school experience EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2012
50/50 (2011) Anton Bitel Gordon-Levitt turns depression and despair into comedy of the edgiest kind, while making his character all the more sympathetic for his occasional outbursts of anger and aggression. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2012
Winter's Bone (2010) Anton Bitel With its rugged performances and bleak sense of place, Granik's Midwestern gothic is definitely going somewhere, and will take viewers with it all the way. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2010
The Maid (2009) Anton Bitel Silva defies the dictates of genre, preferring the complex verities of characterisation over predictable thrills. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2010