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, Isaac Feldberg, Peg Aloi
Rating Title/Year Author
The Lodge (2019) Peg Aloi The most powerful moments in The Lodge are supplied by the fine performances from the trio of actors with the most screen time. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Zombi Child (2019) Peg Aloi For all of its anthropological power, Zombi Child presents an absorbing kaleidoscopic landscape of imagery that beguiles and confounds; at times we don't know where we are, or even if we're awake or dreaming. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Peg Aloi The mind-bending color, creative urban details, stunning costumes, and frenetic energy create a dizzying spectacle -- and there's a heart-pounding soundtrack to boot. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
After We Leave (2019) Peg Aloi I was blown away by how good After We Leave looks, its subtlety and plausibility and confident simplicity. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
The Field (2019) Peg Aloi This is not Bunker's first feature, but it's a strong indicator that his talent is considerable. His trajectory will be well worth watching. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
The Traitor (2019) Erica Abeel What ultimately makes the film worth watching is its epic sweep, the deft way Bellocchio and his below-the-credits team carve out the dramatic highlights of the 20-year war with the Cosa Nostra. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Gerald Peary All in all, The Color Out of Space is only OK. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Peg Aloi Color Out of Space has its flaws, but its quirky energy, excellent performances, and strangely mesmerizing visuals combine to make the whole compensate for its occasionally ill-fitting parts. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Les misérables (2019) Peg Aloi [A] powerful feature debut. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Peg Aloi Destin Daniel Cretton's story of Death Row prisoners in Alabama is not flawless, but it is decidedly worthwhile, mainly because of the powerful efforts of its stellar cast. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Betsy Sherman [The full story] of the creative contributions of women to the film industry in its early decades is still fighting for a place in mainstream awareness. The informative -- and emotionally involving -- Be Natural is a valuable battering ram in that fight. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Invisible Life (2019) Peg Aloi The film's modulated softness, its moments of quiet heartfelt sorrow, are testaments to a feminism that rejects political anger in order to embrace sisterly compassion. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1917 (2019) Erica Abeel 1917 is a stupendous war movie about WWI that's quite unlike any other in the canon. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
In Fabric (2018) Peg Aloi I found it wildly original. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Bombshell (2019) Peg Aloi The performers lend nuance and complexity to their characters in ways that transcend the writing and directing. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Transit (2018) Peg Aloi These two actors mesh well together, effortlessly generating a compelling chemistry borne of a shared sense of unease and immediacy. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Little Women (2019) Erica Abeel Gerwig's brilliant cast succeed in making Women a feel-good escapist movie with brains. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Erica Abeel A Hidden Life raises filmmaking to heights that will thrill Malick fans, thanks, in part, to the camera work of his D.P., Jorg Widmer. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Peg Aloi Dark Waters may not be Haynes's most beautiful film, but it may yet prove to be among his most important. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Knives and Skin (2019) Peg Aloi Knives and Skin delivers beguiling, intense vignettes of movie magic. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Peg Aloi There are few films these days that feel like such a familiar and sorely-needed balm for stressful times. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Erica Abeel Perhaps there's a second, even more intriguing story, lurking like a palimpsest behind Marriage Story. Still, viewers should enjoy the phenomenally crafted tale. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Erica Abeel Portrait is a masterly work of historical realism done in high-flying poetic style. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Erica Abeel You'll not soon see another film so rich in cultural references. Visually, The Lighthouse is a knockout. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Erica Abeel What remains so seductive about Almodovar is the way he replicates the movement of thought, creating a seamless weave between the story moving forward - rather minimal in this case - and the richer, more luminous past. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Tim Jackson Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles is nothing if not provocative: the animated feature sheds intriguing light on one of the major film directors of the 20th century at a pivotal time in his career. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
() Gerald Peary ...an old-fashioned, somewhat hollow costume drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
La trinchera infinita (2019) Gerald Peary The ultimate exemplar of agoraphobia. At 147 minutes, The Endless Trench makes the audience feel the years go by along with the imprisoned man. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
() Gerald Peary A tongue-in-cheek policier from Kazakhstan with echoes of Dashiell Hammett and the Coen Brothers. Who would expect, in the middle of some rowdy cops-and-thieves action to find a woman TV reporter quoting Montesquieu? EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
() Gerald Peary A priceless bit of neo-realism effectively casting non-actors as exploited workers building a house from scratch for an uncaring, exploitative rich man. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Sorry We Missed You (2019) Gerald Peary Debbie Honeywood, a non-actress whom Loach cast as the mom, is so endearing and heart-breaking I'm giving her an Oscar right now! EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
() Gerald Peary ...an insightful allegory about the ravages of colonialism, with a fine script by JM Coetzee from his acclaimed novel. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Joker (2019) Gerald Peary Joker is socially irresponsible at times, but with purpose. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Peg Aloi Ronstadt's impressive skills as a song stylist make her more enduring than others who wrote and performed tunes they'd written. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Peg Aloi A frenetic, hilarious, and super-savvy exercise in exploring the possibilities for inventiveness and creativity in the world of low budget filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Satanic Panic (2019) Peg Aloi It's a crazy ride, managing along the way to poke fun at the lifestyles of the rich and bored, reminding us that decadence among the upper classes is very scary indeed. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Love, Antosha (2019) Gerald Peary [A] loving, tender documentary biography of actor Anton Yelchin. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Peg Aloi Kent has crafted a harrowingly moving film about compassion, and how it may be the one impulse that can save us all. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Gwen (2018) Peg Aloi Set during the First World War, Gwen is a sort of folk horror chamber piece filmed amid the sweeping valleys and majestic hills of north Wales. Writer-director William McGregor... has crafted a remarkable debut feature. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Peg Aloi Them That Follow feels both cautionary and elegiac, and clearly relevant in these times of extremism and the rise of small town tyrannies. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Erica Abeel The remake also features a powerhouse cast, including an under-used Billy Crudup as Theresa's sculptor husband -- but oh what a clunky, at times cringe-worthy affair the film turns out be. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Cassidy Olsen By carefully presenting the most transformative, difficult relationship of her youth via an oblique, matter-of-fact style, Hogg makes The Souvenir beautiful yet cold, more of an interesting psychological experiment than a successful narrative film. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Luz (2018) Peg Aloi Luz, the debut feature from German filmmaker Tilman Singer, is minimalistic, and somewhat devoid of narrative context. But it has a spare, mysterious vibe that keeps the viewer guessing. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Peg Aloi Ophelia is moving, intoxicating, haunting: the most visually pleasurable film I've seen so far this year. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Peg Aloi Horrific it is. And also thrillingly weird and beautiful. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Gerald Peary Echo in the Canyon is really made by the interviews... EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Gerald Peary A well-made, somewhat conventional political thriller based on the true-life travails of British whistleblower Katharine Gunn. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Gerald Peary You can't get more overwrought than the films of Britain's Danny Boyle from Trainspotting to Slumdog Millionaire to Yesterday, his newest and perhaps cheesiest work. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971) Gerald Peary ...the first mainstream film in which a gay man is totally guiltless about his homosexuality. He has not a moment of self-hate and certainly not a thought to suicide - not while he's having such a randy good time... EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Erica Abeel For all its bite, Fall is oddly endearing, too, leavening its harsh portrait of money-madness with aw-shucks moments of solidarity and kindness. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019