The Dissolve

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Killer (1989) Keith Phipps The work of a filmmaker operating at the highest level of his abilities. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2017
3.5/5 Do I Sound Gay? (2014) Noel Murray There's also an understated, unexpectedly moving arc to this film, which considers how exaggerated "gayness" has been an important part of one subculture separating and defending itself from hostile environments. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 Meet Me in Montenegro (2014) Craig J. Clark Holdridge and Saasen should get credit for making sure the obstacles to their happiness aren't romance-movie contrivances, but rather the sorts of things that happen to people while they're busy making other plans. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1.5/5 The Suicide Theory (2014) Charles Bramesco A tonal mishmash of warmth and stark despair prevents Theory from leaving any lasting impression. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2015
5/5 Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) Judy Berman Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders enjoys a richly deserved place in the international canon of timeless coming-of-age stories. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2015
2.5/5 Thrashin' (1986) Noel Murray A lot of what's entertaining today about Thrashin' is inadvertent. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 Robot Jox (1990) Noel Murray Gordon's saving grace is that the stop-motion animation and model work on Robot Jox looks really cool, even now. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2015
4/5 Dog Soldiers (2002) Craig J. Clark Dog Soldiers remains Marshall's most potent distillation of taut action, unrelenting horror, and gallows humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3.5/5 Zarafa (2012) Tasha Robinson Zarafa is essential viewing simply because it foregrounds and normalizes black and Arabic characters in a medium that's usually focused on Caucasian protagonists EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2015
1.5/5 In Stereo (2015) Mike D'Angelo The film isn't remotely funny or insightful enough to justify spending an hour and a half in such intensely disagreeable company. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/5 Jimmy's Hall (2014) Vadim Rizov Loach lays on the sentimentality thick in the early stretches, and there's a stillborn romantic subplot that stubbornly refuses to enrich the main political text. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/5 Stray Dog (2014) Tasha Robinson Stray Dog is often powerfully moving, due to Granik's intimate access to Hall and his family, and the overwhelming and openly expressed feelings on display. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/5 Jackie & Ryan (2014) Mike D'Angelo It's refreshing to see a romance-even a slightly tepid one-that acknowledges and even embraces its transient nature. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2015
4/5 Amy (2015) Keith Phipps Kapadia provides a heartbreaking reminder of what we lost when we lost her. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/5 Terminator Genisys (2015) Keith Phipps The film almost completely falls apart in the second half when it becomes as loud as it is tedious. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/5 Magic Mike XXL (2015) Scott Tobias Magic Mike, XXL is a loose, shambling party bus-or party organic fro-yo food truck, to be more exact-and everyone's having a great time. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2015
4/5 A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974) Noel Murray A Poem Is A Naked Person is littered with striking moments that fit casually into Blank's study of fame and aspiration. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/5 Mala Mala (2014) Jen Chaney Co-directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini approach their subjects with healthy curiosity and consistent respect. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4/5 Malice (1993) Scott Tobias The fun of Malice comes from Sorkin, Frank, and Harold Becker understanding the been-there/done-that formulas of thrillers past and tinkering with them as much as possible. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
5/5 Five Easy Pieces (1970) Noel Murray Director Bob Rafelson attempts something unusual here, making a film that's subtle about its meaning without ever ranging into the pretentiously oblique or merely ambiguous. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2.5/5 Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (Up to His Ears) (2013) Craig J. Clark The breakneck pace becomes wearying, though, as the action rarely pauses long enough for the characters or the audience to catch their breath. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3.5/5 That Man From Rio (1964) Craig J. Clark It's a picturesque adventure filled with a logic-bending plot and death-defying stunts. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/5 Max (2015) Scott Tobias Max tries to get away with standard-issue dog-adventure tropes by assuming the exultant tone of other coming-home dramas about heroic Marines. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3.5/5 Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World (2015) Tasha Robinson The footage is simultaneously spectacular and intimate, with plenty of adorable-child moments. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/5 La Princesa de Francia (2014) Mike D'Angelo The Princess Of France ambles from one low-key encounter to another, rarely engaging directly with the Bard, and never elevating its heart rate beyond the resting level. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/5 Felt (2014) Scott Tobias The payoff may be predictable, but Banker and Everson are refreshingly unclear about how they-and viewers-feel about it. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
1.5/5 Ted 2 (2015) Genevieve Koski Ted 2 is a repetitive, self-congratulatory slog, dragged down by a haphazard plot and the same third-act problems that ultimately sunk the first film. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2.5/5 The Little Death (2014) Scott Tobias it goes down as easy as Junior Soprano on Bobbi Sanfillipo, which is both a blessing and a curse for Lawson's Hollywood-slick romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3.5/5 Dancing Arabs (2014) Keith Phipps It uses moments of dark humor to great effect in the midst of an otherwise-sober film. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4.5/5 Cartel Land (2015) Scott Tobias Cartel Land combines video journalism and ecstatic beauty filmmaking to devastating effect, like real life framed as a breathlessly paced thriller. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/5 A Murder in the Park (2014) Scott Tobias As a loaded summary of an important, disquieting chapter in Illinois legal history, it gets the blood boiling, and suggests a justice system open to manipulation by bad actors. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4/5 Glass Chin (2014) Matthew Dessem Stoll and Ireland are both in top form-Ireland, in particular, brings heartbreaking depth to a part that usually gets short shrift in noirs. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
3/5 The Midnight Swim (2014) Andrew Lapin Burdge, Lafleur, and Palladino are effortlessly believable as sisters, but that only makes it a shame that the script doesn't take fuller advantage of their innate chemistry. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2.5/5 Fresh Dressed (2015) Keith Phipps Jenkins clearly knows the territory and has access to all the right people, but he doesn't really push in the places that could benefit from pushing. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
1.5/5 () Charles Bramesco José Manuel Cravioto's wants so badly to work the femsploitation angle, but has no functional understanding of the crucial factors that distinguish between the good and bad apples. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2.5/5 7 Minutes (2014) Chris Klimek It's handsomely shot and reasonably well-acted, and it'll likely get Martin better gigs as a director, if not a screenwriter. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
3/5 A Little Chaos (2014) Kate Erbland While he shines in his supporting role as the satisfyingly complex king, it's hard not to imagine what the film would have looked like with Rickman as the romantic lead. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
3/5 Advantageous (2015) Mike D'Angelo Advantageous makes a superb showcase for Kim, a hugely underrated and underutilized talent. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
3/5 Big Game (2014) Noel Murray If nothing else, Helander has properly schooled his actors on just what this film is, and they respond by playing their parts with infectious gusto. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2.5/5 Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014) Scott Tobias It takes such a limited view of this multi-faceted figure that it fails as portraiture, and the real center of the film is too much of a bland good guy to compensate. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4/5 The Fisher King (1991) Noel Murray Gilliam exaggerates the romanticism, the grotesquerie, and the personal pain that runs through LaGravenese's story, creating a reality where the more preposterous turns make sense. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2015
3.5/5 Creep (2014) Scott Tobias Though Creep doesn't exactly reinvent the found-footage form, Brice knows the genre well enough to do a little tweaking. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2015
4/5 Freedom to Die (1959) Keith Phipps Wicki brings a tremendous sense of confidence to the project, letting the details of life on the home front heighten the tragedy to come. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2015
2.5/5 The Wanted 18 (2014) Tina Hassannia As promising as this sounds, the filmmakers don't probe their subjects enough to get a nuanced perspective of these experiences. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 Gabriel (2014) Tasha Robinson Culkin's terrifically effective performance and Howe's pitch-perfect writing and directing make it the kind of insightful, project that makes cineastes feel good about feeling bad. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 Dope (2015) Keith Phipps All three leads are charming, and together, they convey a real sense of camaraderie, the kind that only develop between misfits who find each other. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
1/5 Burying the Ex (2014) Keith Phipps it doesn't take long for the awful Burying The Ex to evaporate its conceptual promise into a cloud of smutty jokes and half-considered ideas. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
1.5/5 The Face of an Angel (2014) Scott Tobias Winterbottom takes the tabloid zip out of a lurid story of sex and death without adding anything of substance to compensate. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
5/5 Inside Out (2015) Tasha Robinson Inside Out not only evokes that profundity of emotion of Pixar's best films, it does it with emotions capable of examining their own response. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2015
3.5/5 Eden (2014) Scott Tobias Hansen-Løve lets whole years pass without emphatic markers, but the beats function as a tonal bridge, connecting the pieces of a narrative that would be rudderless without them. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2015