Hammer to Nail
Hammer to Nail is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chase Whale, Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Don R. Lewis, Jessica Baxter
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018)
As interesting as the individual parts may be ... it's the sum total that counts ... delivering a comprehensive look at Le Guin's legacy in all its considerable glory.
Posted Nov 16, 2018
The Favourite (2018)
What is new is the amount of emotion and verbal jousting on screen ... this twist in style makes the film at once fresh and familiar.
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Beyond the Bolex (2017)
It all comes together in a fascinating mix, making of Beyond the Bolex not only a great biopic, but also a marvelous celebration of the art of cinema, as well.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Angels Are Made of Light (2018)
The future is not yet written, and the brave young souls at the heart of the film offer promise that it may be less bleak.
Posted Nov 13, 2018
Burning (Beoning) (2018)
Burning gently works its way into our psyche, hiding significance behind the intricacies of the central riddle
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Lez Bomb (2018)
Lez Bomb [is] a mostly delightful romantic comedy in which coming out is played for witty laughs.
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Time Trap (2018)
Time Trap ... offers viewers an intriguing premise supported by a solid ensemble cast that frequently entertains.
Posted Nov 6, 2018
Minimalist, economical storytelling has rarely felt so full-bodied.
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Director Neville ... walks us through this complicated history with panache, combining artfully staged talking heads with copious amounts of archival footage.
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Ben is Back (2018)
Roberts is magnificent as Holly, her will to save her son vibrating from every pore. Hedges reveals himself her equal, matching her beat for beat.
Posted Oct 29, 2018
Boy Erased (2018)
It is to the film's great credit - and is, in fact, its main thesis - that everyone suffers when we deny human nature.
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
What price greatness? Though the initial answer seems easy, the great value of the film is how it makes clear the truth is never simple.
Posted Oct 24, 2018
A wild ride of a movie through the life ... of Silvio Berlusconi ... it recalls ... The Wolf of Wall Street in its cinematic ... excess in the name of condemning that excess.
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Half the movie is the tale told by the children, and the directors render it through the lovely work of animator Shofela Coker.
Posted Oct 18, 2018
The Devil We Know (2018)
How much do you love your non-stick pan? Is it to die for? Watch The Devil We Know and decide for yourself.
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018)
Deceptively profound and filled with great performances, Shoplifters is yet another Kore-eda triumph.
Posted Oct 12, 2018
American Dharma (2018)
Morris does a terrific job deconstructing how the past determines our present and future. Unfortunately, his thesis is also wrapped up in a profile of Steve Bannon.
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A documentary that inspires even as it entertains, Maiden ... takes us on a journey both geographic and historic.
Posted Oct 3, 2018
We the Animals (2018)
A vibrant, evocative tone poem of a coming-of-age story ... We the Animals offers gorgeous cinematic riches galore, combined with a narrative of profound dramatic heft.
Posted Oct 2, 2018
All About Nina (2018)
All About Nina is a dramedy that's heavy on the dram. But it's also a breath of fresh air because it confronts the toxic masculinity that infects the comedy world.
Posted Sep 28, 2018
306 Hollywood (2018)
The ... movie ... is an aesthetically innovative and moving spectacle that avoids the confusion of hodgepodge thanks to the Bogarins' clear vision.
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Homo sapiens as we have heretofore known it is going the way of the dodo.
Posted Sep 26, 2018
Touch Me Not (2018)
I've never seen anything quite like it, and though it doesn't all work for me, its central message of liberty and agency is as inspiring as it gets.
Posted Sep 24, 2018
Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018)
Labaki ... keeps the plot moving quickly through its most distressing parts, always able with image and sound to keep us intently focused on what we need to see.
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Thanks to Corben's delightful gimmick of using children ... in the many recreations of actual events, the unlikely insanity of what transpired is given a surreal flair.
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Whatever your own holidays are like, you should find plenty to laugh and cry at in That Time of Year.
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Tower illuminates important truths about the human capacity for good (and evil) and self-sacrifice that make it an especially important and timely film for our era of ever-increasing mass shootings.
Posted Sep 13, 2018
Despite its few dramatic flaws, Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin is a strong, unapologetic feminist reclamation of female sexuality.
Posted Sep 12, 2018
Profound in its documentation of ... humble, indomitable survivors, Heartbound is a work of great insight, and a very engaging movie.
Posted Sep 11, 2018
Museum (Museo) (2018)
[Ruizpalacios'] screenwriting skills may falter, but his mise-en-scène is always masterful. As long as this museum is open, then, I'd be happy to visit again.
Posted Sep 7, 2018
3 Faces (2018)
Panahi ... offers a profound meditation on art and its power to elevate the seeming mundane into sublime beauty
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Crime + Punishment (2018)
A sharply incisive work of investigative journalism, Stephen Maing's Crime + Punishment explores the harsh realities faced by police officers of color in New York City.
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Calling All Earthlings (2018)
Laugh if you want - or, conversely, give credence to the ufologists and time travelers - but to most of the people profiled this is serious stuff.
Posted Aug 21, 2018
The Swan (Svanurinn) (2018)
Director Hjörleifsdóttir straddles the fine line between dreamscape and reality with admirable nuance.
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Night Comes On (2018)
What's especially marvelous is how the separate elements come together to be more than the sum of each part, working in subtle harmony with actors and director to tell the story.
Posted Aug 16, 2018
Skate Kitchen (2018)
Skate Kitchen feels like an empathetic portrayal of youth, rather than an out-of-touch adult interpretation.
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Summer of '84 (2018)
Yes, it's derivative, but in a mostly well-constructed, engaging and highly creative way.
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Three Identical Strangers (2018)
Devastating and profound, Three Identical Strangers is gripping docu-cinema in its rawest form.
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Nico, 1988 (2018)
The film is more elliptical than comprehensive, though engrossing even to the mere initiate, such is the power of the central performance from actress Trine Dyrholm.
Posted Aug 3, 2018
The Silence of Others (2018)
Bahar and Carracedo not only successfully deliver the narrative details of their real-life drama, but adequately provide the context we need to appreciate its socio-political resonance.
Posted Aug 2, 2018
The movie presents us with a new kind of female archetype; a woman compelled to drop out of housewifery and motherhood without giving us a rationale.
Posted Jul 24, 2018
The King (2018)
It is to Jarecki's credit that he allows all to speak, making for a vibrant discussion in this ... rococo crown of a portrait that would make even late-period Vegas Elvis proud.
Posted Jul 18, 2018
Among Wolves (2016)
Among Wolves, with its tale of serenity born of turbulence, is a lovely paean to the indomitable human spirit and its capacity for recovery and growth.
Posted Jul 17, 2018
As someone who loves certain Ashby films very much ... I found Scott's movie a solid overview of the director's life and career, adding additional details to what I already knew.
Posted Jul 12, 2018
Rock In The Red Zone (2015)
This ... is the inspirational true story of how the people of Sderot manage to rock on in the middle of danger. Peace.
Posted Jul 11, 2018
Winter Brothers (2018)
Winter Brothers plays like a mashup of Aki Kaurismaki and Yorgos Lanthimos, with some Béla Tarr thrown in for good measure.
Posted Jul 11, 2018
Leave No Trace (2018)
Shot on location in the Pacific Northwest ... Leave No Trace contrasts, in gorgeously evocative visuals, the green lushness of nature with the withered barrens of Will's soul.
Posted Jul 6, 2018
Curvature delivers, if not a home run, at least a fast-paced triple of a thriller.
Posted Jul 5, 2018
I Am Not a Witch (2018)
A bitterly biting satire that blends absurdism with ethnography.
Posted Jul 5, 2018
Hearts Beat Loud (2018)