Movie Mezzanine

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Rating Title/Year Author
A- The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) Joshua Brunsting Ostensibly a shot performance of a comedians Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac and Cedric The Entertainer, the film is not only genuinely funny, but also very much a cultural touchstone. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (2017) Marshall Shaffer Even though it plays like the TV documentary that is [...], the filmmakers and subjects make a compelling case for an argument with the power to connect us all. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Oklahoma City (2017) Marshall Shaffer Oklahoma City is effective when connecting 1995 to the decades of militant white nationalism that preceded it, yet Goodman bungles the documentary's relevance to the present. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Landline (2017) Marshall Shaffer Robespierre and co-writer Elisabeth Holm craft an indelible portrait of the women in the Jacobs family, each at different life stages yet all struggling to feel the love with important companions. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Person to Person (2014) Marshall Shaffer The old pan that something is "less than the sum of its parts" does not quite apply here. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
A Ghost Story (2017) Marshall Shaffer Lowery introduces a narrative conceit to remove us from our traditional comprehension of time and leaves us to ponder what forces still operate in these conditions. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Newness (2017) Marshall Shaffer Newness exceeds the corny "how we live now" tropes, too, by giving us two characters we want to see succeed in breaking their generational baggage. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Marshall Shaffer Luca Guadagnino's film is sumptuous, sultry, and sincere. It's soaked with sensuality but defined by restrained tension and yearning expectation. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Midnight Special (2016) Marshall Shaffer Midnight Special is missing a foundation in the pathos and humanity in which Spielberg and Carpenter firmly rooted their iconic films. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Marshall Shaffer Affectionate time capsule though it might be, Linklater's film employs his detailed knowledge of the period to illuminate a truth about the narrow corridor between being a child and being a parent. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Weiner (2016) Marshall Shaffer Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg's captivating political documentary Weiner could just as easily be named Huma, the film's second subject who proves equally as captivating. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Swiss Army Man (2016) Marshall Shaffer Those who embrace the surreal and the absurd in this bonkers debut feature from the Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Scheinert) will find a film full of soulful surprises. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Other People (2016) Marshall Shaffer The film finds an emotionally resonant blend of tragedy and comedy that packs a wallop of as the story of a cancer-stricken mother (Molly Shannon, better than ever) reaches its inevitable end. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Morris From America (2016) Marshall Shaffer Every scene just made me feel warm inside, especially scenes with Morris' father Curtis, who Craig Robinson plays with the utmost sincerity. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Goat (2016) Marshall Shaffer Without indicting the fraternity system, co-writer/director Andrew Neel scrutinizes the viability of young men who look for a solution to the problems of masculine assertion and social cohesion within such groups. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Christine (2016) Marshall Shaffer Hall convincingly charts her character's winding road of descent into madness and despair. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Green Room (2015) Marshall Shaffer Saulnier clearly feels a good deal of kinship with the punks and gives them dynamic personalities that prove oddly compelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Certain Women (2016) Elena Lazic Certain Women is a timely reminder that another kind of womanhood is possible. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
A Virunga (2014) Casey Cipriani It is a saddening look at the environmental consequences of corporate expansion and the innocent lives and creatures lost because of money. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
7/10 The Ticket (2016) Colin Biggs "You see "tour de force" thrown around a lot of blurbs, but this is one of those instances where the hype is deserved​. Dan Stevens is amazing.​" EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
Logan (2017) Andy Hoglund The result is easily the most varied, earnest and interesting take on a comic book character since The Dark Knight. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2017
From Nowhere (2016) Vikram Murthi Even at its bluntest, most didactic, and sorely predictable, From Nowhere will likely move and outrage even the stoniest of the individuals. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2017
The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) Mallory Andrews [Sennia Nanua's] performance is worth the price of a ticket. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2017
My Life as a Zucchini (2016) Michael Sicinski Downbeat, dark, and often genuinely unpleasant, Zucchini is every bit as quintessentially French as Zootopia is American. This is brutal existentialism as observed through the eyes of society's castoffs. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2017
Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Mallory Andrews The only really satisfying wish-fulfillment fantasy of Fifty Shades Darker come when the twenty-something Ana is both promoted from her entry-level position to replace her boss, and has her savvy opinions praised by two older men in a staff meeting. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2017
War on Everyone (2016) Vikram Murthi Someone could easily take McDonagh and his film to task for its flippant approach to police brutality, but the film simply isn't good or bad enough to expend the energy. It's just a duck that eventually stops quacking. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2017
100 Streets (2016) Mallory Andrews Reader, I despise this movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2017
Silence (2016) Vikram Murthi It's an awe-inspiring masterwork from a 74-year-old filmmaker with no indication of slowing down. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2017
Paterson (2016) Mallory Andrews Paterson is a procedural of the creative process. Paterson is also the best love story of the year, of two different varieties. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2017
Neruda (2016) Mallory Andrews The real trouble is that Neruda is never regarded as anything but a figure of mythic status by his allies. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2016
Office Christmas Party (2016) Vikram Murthi As far as by-the-numbers, big-budget major studio comedies go, Office Christmas Party is perfectly adequate. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2016
Jackie (2016) Mallory Andrews Unfortunately, Portman's performance is the kind of boilerplate biopic mimicry that, while certainly attractive to Oscar voters, is the antithesis of the kind of critique she and Larraín are attempting. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2016
The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Vikram Murthi The Edge of Seventeen captures unadulterated self-loathing and its chaotic manifestations better than almost any film this year, rendering it the most compelling teen film this decade, if only by default. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2016
Moana (2016) Josh Spiegel Moana is proof of one of the slightly less-repeated axioms of storytelling: It's OK to use familiar tropes as long as you use them well. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2016
I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) Mallory Andrews I refer to Feng Xiaogang's class comedy I Am Not Madame Bovary as painterly, in which Feng's studied use of unconventional aspect ratios are as distinctive a painter's brushstrokes. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2016
Pinocchio (1940) Josh Spiegel Pinocchio is the greatest, most terrifying film in the Walt Disney Animation Studios canon. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
The Revenant (2015) Josh Spiegel Every scene in The Revenant may be remarkably staged, but feels rigorously planned. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
Zootopia (2016) Josh Spiegel ...a genuinely charming and funny film. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
The Jungle Book (2016) Josh Spiegel [The Jungle Book] stumbles because the people involved aren't willing to fully commit to either making a near-shot-for-shot remake or going in a completely different direction. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
Captain America: Civil War (2016) Josh Spiegel A perfectly fine brand deposit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Josh Spiegel A 3D nightmare. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
Finding Dory (2016) Josh Spiegel Finding Dory is a good movie, meaning that Pixar has a batting average of four for five when it comes to sequels. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
The BFG (2016) Josh Spiegel The BFG is the latest example of Spielberg using the long take to experiment with digital technology, pushing himself as a filmmaker as much he pushes his characters or the audience through emotional experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Josh Spiegel It is, perhaps, a bit telling and awkward that the best parts of What Now? are less about Kevin Hart being funny and more about people reacting to Kevin Hart. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
Moonlight (2016) Josh Spiegel Moonlight takes the concept of the bildungsroman to its natural end point in ways that many coming-of-age stories don't. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
Doctor Strange (2016) Mallory Andrews What Doctor Strange possesses is an uncommonly cohesive thematic and visual language for a Marvel superhero movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2016
Little Sister (2016) Vikram Murthi [Little Sister] contains multitudes about religious investigation and personal growth without ever underlining the ideas too much, but Clark injects enough genuine warmth and grace notes to make the journey feel as fleet as possible. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2016
Tampopo (1985) Mallory Andrews Consuming Tampopo as a drool-worthy dish requires you to consider the sum of its perfectly seasoned parts. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2016
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2016) Vikram Murthi After seeing so many "B-Side photos," the portraits with slight flaws in them that Dorfman keeps, they all start to blur together, which does a disservice to Morris' film and Dorfman's work. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
O Ornitólogo (2016) Vikram Murthi The Ornithologist frequently feels like a stilted attempt to mine mythical, mystical weight out of a "camping trip gone south" story. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016