Arts Fuse

Arts Fuse is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Betsy Sherman, Erica Abeel, Gerald Peary, Peg Aloi
Rating Title/Year Author
The White Crow (2018) Erica Abeel The White Crow, wisely, offers up no easy answers regarding why Rudolf Nureyev defected. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Betsy Sherman The performances are fine all around with Moss, of course, the standout. There's a deliciousness to the wholesome name Becky applied to such a gonzo persona. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
High Life (2018) Peg Aloi Denis provides a pensive invitation to those inclined to muse on death, infinity, and the meaning of life. The film's naturalistic aura balances its conceptual enormity. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
The Wind (2018) Peg Aloi The Wind explores the fears that beset even strong, capable women stuck struggling for survival without a supportive community or social contact. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Diane (2018) Erica Abeel What elevates these ordinary lives is director Kent Jones's elegiac distance; the narrative has the feel of a memory piece. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Peg Aloi Here's hoping that these scrappy, articulate, and impassioned underdogs - well-versed in the language and tactics of revolution and resistance - will continue to be a shining beacon of all that is good. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Mountain (2018) Gerald Peary Kudos to filmmaker Alverson for turning Eisenhower's placid America into an eerie, Germanic gothic nightmare. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
() Gerald Peary Smart, beautifully written, effortlessly directed... EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Mickey and the Bear (2019) Gerald Peary It's a poignant, harrowing tale... EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Saint Frances (2019) Gerald Peary In the most deft, nimble way, Saint Frances offers a winning story while getting behind a laundry list of important feminist issues, including postpartum depression and the efficacy of women dating younger men. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Greta (2018) Gerald Peary It's a slight, uninspired by-the-numbers genre film, and we've seen this paranoia-inducing tale too often. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Peg Aloi I envision that Horror Noire will become a canonical work for film history buffs and horror aficionados alike. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Lifeboat (2018) Gerald Peary A ripped-from-the headlines refugee film, and it's a harrowing one. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
End Game (2018) Gerald Peary End Game is a powerful work. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Period. End of Sentence. (2018) Gerald Peary An old-fashioned cheery tale. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Black Sheep (2018) Gerald Peary Black Sheep, directed by Ed Perkins, combines an arresting monologue by Cornelius Walker... with well-done dramatic recreations of his earlier life trying, in questionable ways, to "fit in" to his new country. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
A Night at the Garden (2017) Gerald Peary [A] sharp, frightening 7-minute documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Arctic (2018) Peg Aloi Arctic avoids existential symbolism for the sake of expressing authentic emotions, most of them thanks to Mads Mikkelsen's performance, a quiet tour de force. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
American Dharma (2018) Peter Keough What Morris does do, though, is more cinematic. He intercuts some of his subject's claims with montages of headlines or media clips that contradict him. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Cold War (2018) Peg Aloi Filled with music from many genres, from folk to jazz to rock and roll, Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War is a sumptuous, sad, and often thrilling story of love set mostly in post-war Poland. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Peg Aloi Destroyer is a gripping story about the acid of regret: it eats away at our hearts until we're hollow - and have nothing left to lose. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Peg Aloi This blistering new documentary by Alexis Bloom manages to offer a fairly balanced portrait of a man who, at the end of his life was widely demonized. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Becoming Astrid (2018) Peg Aloi Director and co-writer Pernille Fischer Christensen has crafted a powerful coming of age story that is also a story of how society slowly transforms. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Burning (2018) Gerald Peary A potent metaphysical thriller. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
I Am Not a Witch (2017) Peg Aloi I Am Not a Witch is subtly satirical, taking care to underline the performative nature of the witchcraft accusations and banishings. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Shirkers (2018) Gerald Peary The first was, tragically, never completed. The second, happily for all of us, exists, and it's a gem, a treasure, the most delightful film about cinephelia since Ed Wood. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Madeline's Madeline (2018) Peg Aloi Indie filmmaker Josephine Decker has come up with a brilliant showcase for Helena Howard, whose performance is electrifying. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Gerald Peary But recount it [the filmmakers] do, mighty entertainingly, in Rodents of Unusual Size. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
The Bookshop (2017) Gerald Peary Reading is treated as a commodity, namedropping literary titles as a way for middlebrow film audiences to feel proud of themselves for being in the know. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) Peg Aloi The filmmaker adds enriching context and historical depth to the titillating details of this man's extraordinary life. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003) Gerald Peary A shimmering, knowing homage to the beginnings of sound animation. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Pal Joey (1957) Gerald Peary In Pal Joey, Rita Hayworth makes an indelible impression as a screen siren, as sexy as in her '40s heyday, winning the audience's favor. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Gerald Peary As for our waiting forever for the appearance of Cher, who is given the most delayed entrance since that of Moliere's Tartuffe: I don't get her aura as a show-biz icon. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Nico, 1988 (2017) Peg Aloi Nico, 1988 lays bare the ravaged body and brooding soul of a woman who may yet be remembered as among the most iconic musicians of the twentieth century. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Archie's Betty (2015) Roberta SIlman The first half of the movie is lots of fun as we learn more and more about the making of Archie and get an intimate look at the America of that time. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
Custody (2017) Peg Aloi Legrand's debut is not easy to watch; but the powerful performances, suspenseful story, and exquisitely calibrated direction make it a must-see. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
Leave No Trace (2018) Peg Aloi Thomasin McKenzie's Tom is an affecting and multi-faceted character. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Peg Aloi Hereditary has top notch acting, a gorgeous look, and some genuinely terrifying moments that linger. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
Damsel (2018) Peg Aloi Some may believe that the western-genre-turned-arthouse gimmick was played out long ago, but Damsel's fresh energy and pioneering spirit offers redemption on many levels, for characters and viewers alike. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
Estiu 1993 (2017) Peg Aloi Summer 1993 is provocative, both for the raw depth of the emotions it evokes and the directness of its storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2018
Nancy (2018) Peg Aloi I don't think I have seen a better performance yet this year than Andrea Riseborough as this strange, unknowable woman. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2018
Filmworker (2017) Gerald Peary Tony Zierra's film is a worthy and interesting one, but I admit to becoming worn down by the endless litany of unglamorous ways that protagonist Vitali worked his butt off for the genius filmmaker. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2018
Un beau soleil intérieur (2017) Gerald Peary It's a one-note ode to the power of love even when, in this case, love stinks like dead fish. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2018
Beast (2017) Peg Aloi Self-assured and finely-wrought...along with its atmospherics, the film's strength comes from its excellent casting. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
Little Pink House (2017) Peg Aloi Little Pink House is a fairly textbook rendition of a true story adapted for film, complete with authentic locations and local extras. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2018
A Beautiful Day (2017) Gerald Peary Expect this film, with its relentless brutality and aching sense of wonder, to seep into your very marrow. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2018
La caméra de Claire (2017) Gerald Peary Enjoyable and charming. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2018
Ramen Heads (2017) Gerald Peary It combines the ramen obsession of Tampopo with Jiro Dreams of Sushi's strategy of celebrating a Japanese master chef who lives and dies for his restaurant. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
Unsane (2018) Peg Aloi Despite some storytelling flaws, Unsane is ultimately suspenseful, terrifying, and rather haunting. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2018
David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) Peg Aloi For those who are fascinated by the enigmas posed by these videos' unusual imagery (such as the face bandages with small buttons for eyes, a haunting visual from "Lazarus"), this documentary will not disappoint. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2018