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, Cassidy Olsen, Erica Abeel, Gerald Peary, Isaac Feldberg, Peg Aloi
Rating Title/Year Author
Crisis (2021) Erica Abeel Crisis displays a sophisticated understanding of how the long, scaly tentacles of corporate power reach into unsuspected corners. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Betsy Sherman Wiig is dependably fun in her dual roles. The revelation is Mumolo, who has popped up in movies and on TV but never in such a prominent role. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
Supernova (2020) Peg Aloi This film's natural beauty enhances Tusker and Sam's melancholy journey, yet it also lends their relationship an earthy immediacy, even amid the talk of stars. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
The World to Come (2020) Erica Abeel The best reason to see World is the performance of Katherine Waterston as Abigail. What a magical, compelling actress. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
Epicentro (2020) Gerald Peary Acting as his own cinematographer in Havana, Sauper ventures off the tourist track with his camera. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
News of the World (2020) Betsy Sherman If News of the World falls short as a broad canvas, it succeeds as a satisfying, intimate two-shot. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Let Them All Talk (2020) Erica Abeel It's immensely entertaining to watch these skilled performers wing it. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Possessor: Uncut (2020) Peg Aloi This brilliant film is both an intriguing commentary on the nature of performance and a frightening allegory about how technology, at the service of our worst fantasies and urges, is capable of destroying our humanity. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
Mope (2019) Isaac Feldberg Mope wants to be a goofy workplace comedy, a Taxi Driver-lite potboiler, and an expose of how the porn industry dehumanizes its workers. It hits none of these notes quite right as it scrambles to tap them all. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Knife + Heart (2018) Isaac Feldberg An intoxicatingly rich text, beguiling and thoughtful in its conception of queer cinema as a medium of long-buried desires and fantasies. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Greta (2018) Isaac Feldberg A B-movie par excellence, Greta's the kind of unhinged and yet fiendishly well-calibrated genre fare that rarely gets afforded the attentions of a director as accomplished as Jordan. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Glass (2019) Isaac Feldberg You can sense that Shyamalan thinks he's blowing our minds (which possibly is the worst thing one can feel while watching a movie). EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Pledge (2018) Isaac Feldberg The filmmakers find their way back in time to provide a humdinger of a third-act twist. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Hereditary (2018) Isaac Feldberg In the cruel, assured hands of writer-director Ari Aster, Hereditary comes off as an exemplary mood piece. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Isaac Feldberg An audaciously, almost unbelievably alive piece of pop art made by people who really respect and understand the hope at the core of the superhero mythos. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Annihilation (2018) Isaac Feldberg This triumphant, devastating, unknowable sci-fi defies the explanation it cries out for, even as it invites you to suggest more. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Black Panther (2018) Isaac Feldberg A taut triumph of Afrofuturist iconography realized in the propulsive, widescreen language of the superhero-blockbuster fantasy, and an elevation of that genre on every front. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Blindspotting (2018) Isaac Feldberg This tightrope-traversing masterpiece crackles with empathy, insight, and energy - more than energy, a kind of soulful electricity. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Roma (2018) Isaac Feldberg [Yalitza] Aparicio's work is of staggering power. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Wildlife (2018) Isaac Feldberg A quietly accomplished and profoundly devastating directorial debut from character actor Paul Dano. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
The Clovehitch Killer (2018) Isaac Feldberg It seems taken with the conventions that underline many a tale of suburban evil... eager to interrogate them, in search of something a little more uneasy and intricate. This, I would say, is to its benefit, though inconsistently so. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Piercing (2018) Isaac Feldberg It makes a sick kind of sense that Piercing commits to its most playful knife-twist with a infuriatingly repressed flourish of cinematic withholding. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Apples (2020) Isaac Feldberg Apples casts a peculiar spell in places; at a somewhat unfocused 90 minutes, it's a good idea more than a great movie, but an end-twist implores you to look back over what you've just seen and consider it through another, more plaintively humanist lens. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Another Round (2020) Peg Aloi In a world that seems to have to ground to a halt, this film feels like an invitation to soar. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
His House (2020) Peg Aloi The film's hybrid nature - horror and realism - is skillfully maneuvered by the powerful but understated performances of its two leads EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
The Nest (2020) Peg Aloi The Nest is a deeply personal story -- unsettling, beautiful, moving, and haunting -- about that most public of sins: greed. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
The Climb (2019) Erica Abeel With its insights into the less inspiring byways of the male psyche, The Climb is very much a guy movie. Yet any woman who's observed a bunch of dudes huddled together and cracking open the Bud Light while watching the [NFL] will "get" this film. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Peg Aloi The characters and story seem to want to break free of the well-upholstered constraints, but can't quite do so. Wheatley's determination to pay homage to the grand ghosts of Hitchcock and Olivier is too strong. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
French Exit (2020) Erica Abeel Defiant and tonally offbeat, French Exit mirrors, in a sense, its female protagonist, who doesn't give a damn what the world thinks of her. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Martin Eden (2019) Gerald Peary In his mostly successful filmic adaptation of Martin Eden, Italian director Pietro Marcello transposes with ease London's Oakland novel to the seaport of Naples. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
White Riot (2019) Betsy Sherman Superb, and sadly relevant-to-our-time... EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Save Yourselves! (2020) Gerald Peary [An] unpretentious little film which is a model of enterprising low-budget moviemaking, utilizing a restricted number of settings and being mostly a two-hander featuring two casually winning young actors, EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Cuties (2020) Peg Aloi The film's portrayal of adolescent girls is spot on. The young performers perfectly capture the nastiness as well as the fickle changeability of girls whose identity depends on fleeting moments of approval and praise. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
The Devil All the Time (2020) Peg Aloi This is a historical drama that scrolls across the years, arriving again and again at points where lives and choices intersect, crucial moments that explode with possibility, or finality. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Unhinged (2020) Peg Aloi Crowe is brutal and menacing and utterly believable as a man with nothing left to lose who thinks he needs to punish those around him. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Peg Aloi I'm Thinking of Ending Things is nothing if not enigmatic. It is easy to read too much or too little into it. But coming up with an answer is besides the point: the film is deeply affecting. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Come True (2020) Isaac Feldberg It lacks the elasticity of an original, which is to say that when a drastic transformation is required in the finale the film's inner logic is stretched so hard it snaps. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
The Five Rules of Success (2020) Isaac Feldberg Five Rules is grim like Bataillean philosophy and gutter poetry. It rings true as a kick to the head. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Isaac Feldberg In its hopelessness, its oppressive atmosphere, its dismantling of qualities we believe insulate us from horror and tragedy, The Dark and the Wicked is a rich text. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1 (2020) Isaac Feldberg So lacking in charisma, smarts, and style that the central stunt barely feels like filmmaking at all. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
() Isaac Feldberg "Monster Seafood Wars" is unforgivably smug about appearing homemade, and I can't think of many worse words to ascribe to something intended as a love letter. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Lucky (2020) Isaac Feldberg I admired Lucky's high concept far more than I liked its gratingly sermonic execution. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
12 Hour Shift (2020) Isaac Feldberg An extraordinarily bitter pill to swallow in this current cultural moment. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Lapsis (2020) Isaac Feldberg A better TV pilot than it is a movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
The Columnist (2020) Isaac Feldberg Essentially execrable stuff, as shrill and generalized as Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" and other such after-school specials. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Hunted (2020) Isaac Feldberg The film limits itself to a retelling, lined with metaphorical flourishes that enchant but do little subverting. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
PVT Chat (2021) Isaac Feldberg It's horrifyingly truthful as erotica: a love story of a modern, doomed persuasion. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Climate of the Hunter (2019) Isaac Feldberg Sumptuously filmed... [it] commits to not only the look of the subgenres it's channeling but their amplified emotions, their sense of inner vibration. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Fried Barry (2020) Isaac Feldberg Has the full-body weirdness of "Under the Skin" as made by Jim Hosking. It's "Starman" crossed with "Street Trash," and dosed with MDMA for good measure. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Isaac Feldberg An infernal device, a hall of mirrors long since fractured, and a chilling evocation of the silence we're left to ponder when asked if our impact on this place has been a remotely positive one. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020