Denerstein Unleashed

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Rating Title/Year Author
Our Friend (2019) Robert Denerstein Cowperthwaite and her cast make you feel how inadequate we all are when it comes to facing a devastating loss -- and how improbably selfless people sometimes can be. Maybe that's enough to encourage us to overlook the movie's flaws. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
No Man's Land (2021) Robert Denerstein [It] invites us to consider questions about forgiveness and accountability (fair enough) but a persistent haze of idealization undermines credibility and creates a feeling that most of what we're seeing has been pre-programmed... EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself (2020) Robert Denerstein Home movies and animation are employed to varying effect but keep In & Of Itself from feeling stagebound as DelGaudio builds toward the film's emotional (really) finale. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Outside the Wire (2021) Robert Denerstein Despite a few unexpected twists, Outside the Wire comes across as a near-generic helping of action that tries to serve up something more than standard action... EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
MLK/FBI (2020) Robert Denerstein MLK/FBI stands as a movie that inspires us with King's commitment while appalling us with the lengths to which an American institution went not only to destroy him but to upend an entire movement. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
The Dig (2021) Robert Denerstein Director Stone and screenwriter Moira Buffini serve up a period piece that neither is tense nor sorrowful enough to transcend the status of a dry - or at least "dryish" - footnote. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
One Night in Miami (2020) Robert Denerstein It's lively, provocative, and engaging. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Robert Denerstein White Tiger brims with social and psychological asides. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Herself (2020) Robert Denerstein As is the case with many women like Sandra, it's difficult to draw a line marking the point where woe fades and a promising future blossoms. That understanding gives Herself its bite. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Pieces of a Woman (2020) Robert Denerstein Pieces of a Woman stands as a collection of scenes -- some quite powerful -- that demand a lot from its cast without ever totally cohering for us. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
Hunter Hunter (2020) Robert Denerstein Hunter Hunter eventually turns into a helping of horror with an ending that sears itself into memory. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
I'm Your Woman (2020) Robert Denerstein I'm Your Woman offers surprising twists as its story unfolds around a character who seems to know less about what's going on than anyone in the movie -- other than the audience. That's not always a bad place to be. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
Sylvie's Love (2020) Robert Denerstein Bottom line: Ashe and his team have made a movie about passion, love and the binding stricture of convention that's ... well .... notable for making the style of yesterday feel fresh. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
Dear Comrades! (2020) Robert Denerstein Konchalovsky gives fly-on-the-wall immediacy to the story... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
Soul (2020) Robert Denerstein Not many will want to argue with the message and Pixar offers another deluge of creativity. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Robert Denerstein At two-and-a-half-hours, Wonder Woman 1984 doesn't have a compelling enough story to keep the movie from wearing out. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
Farewell Amor (2020) Robert Denerstein By the time the movie concludes, we have a sense that we've lived with these characters. Happily, Msangi isn't out to vilify anyone. He knows these characters and he wants us to know them, as well. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Let Them All Talk (2020) Robert Denerstein Here, we watch three accomplished actors flirting with cliche but subverting it in favor of something Soderbergh has the good sense to appreciate: The imaginative exploration of character. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Robert Denerstein Zhao presents it without flourish or hype. Like Fern, the film demands to be taken as it is. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Robert Denerstein In Wild Mountain Thyme, what must have been intended as idiosyncratic and flavorful too often feels stereotypical. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
The Prom (2020) Robert Denerstein The Prom has its moments, but on screen it often feels as if it has been factory produced to become a hit. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Last Call (2020) Robert Denerstein Although the movie runs for about an hour and 48 minutes, it can feel longer because it's like spending a day in a bar... till, hanging out with drinks -- even those who achieved legendary status -- seldom proves enlightening. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
Mosul (2019) Robert Denerstein Mosul commands attention because of its fresh perspective; the movie tells its story from the viewpoint of Iraqis whose lives have been shattered by war. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
Mank (2020) Robert Denerstein Mank proves a dense, gossipy pleasure. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Robert Denerstein The storytelling can be uneven, but to ignore Hillbilly Elegy would mean missing a chance to watch Close build a character from the hard, gravelly soil... EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Sound of Metal (2019) Robert Denerstein Raci's Joe doesn't view deafness as a disability but as a gateway to different forms of communication. Director Darius Marder creates a sound design that frequently mirrors Rubin's perspective. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
The Last Vermeer (2019) Robert Denerstein The Last Vermeer remains fascinating for Pearce's portrayal of a man of enormous ego and moral flexibility, a character who contrasts mightily with the dour Piller. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
The Climb (2019) Robert Denerstein The Climb builds its comedy around two unlikely guys who you may not always like but who play an engagingly oddball duet in which they're irrevocably linked... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Come Away (2020) Robert Denerstein Come Away stands as a nicely realized bit of fantasy filmmaking that, like all the best such movies, isn't afraid to peer into forbidding corners. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds (2020) Robert Denerstein Herzog not only conveys the immensity of a cosmos which may harbor objects that don't bode well for mankind, he also highlights fascinating human idiosyncrasies. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Echo Boomers (2020) Robert Denerstein A movie that peddles a whole lot of hooey, so much so that it may make even hardened leftists feel sorry for the one-percenters whose homes are vandalized. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Where She Lies (2020) Robert Denerstein It struck me that Marion may have become too involved in Phillips' story but his movie sheds light on the sad and lingering impact of shame that once was heaped on women who became unwed mothers... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Ammonite (2020) Robert Denerstein Minimizing dialogue puts a heavy burden on actors; Winslet in particular conveys a raging, embittered inner life while maintaining a frosty exterior. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Gunda (2020) Robert Denerstein Kossakovsky brings his camera into the world of animals in ways that make them the sole occupants of his film. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
City Hall (2020) Robert Denerstein City Hall is about the efficacy of local government as seen at meeting after meeting, but by the time it's done, you may conclude what others have long stated: The city is the people. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Woman on the Run (2017) Robert Denerstein The dialogue can be stunningly banal and Hang likes to employ zooms that feel dated. But if you stick with the movie, it offers opportunities for reflection on the role men play in the lives of the women in the story EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
() Robert Denerstein Apples has a broader, more humanistic agenda as it slowly morphs into a meditation on grief, loss, and isolation. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
There Is No Evil (2020) Robert Denerstein Rasoulof takes an unexpected and morally expansive tact... EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Nasrin (2020) Robert Denerstein Nasirin reaffirmed my faith in the humanity and courage of those in Iran who struggle against a repressive regime. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Robert Denerstein Koko-Di Koko-Da isn't entirely satisfying but it keeps us off guard and may make viewers think twice about pitching tents in isolated forests. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Let Him Go (2020) Robert Denerstein Director Thomas Bezucha, adapting a novel by Larry Watson, wisely keeps the lid on the melodramatic material EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Robert Denerstein A stage production complete with choreography and brimming with Byrne's devotion to polyrhythmic beats that are as complex as they are difficult to resists. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) Robert Denerstein Letter stands as an homage to the past without being shackled to it. And at 71, Springsteen has his eye on the end of the road. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
White Noise (2020) Robert Denerstein I feel queasy about drawing attention to people whose views deserve to be marginalized, scorned, and generally ignored. On the other hand, there's some utility in looking at these folks and knowing what toxins course through their minds. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Synchronic (2019) Robert Denerstein Mackie's complex character keeps the movie on track. Dornan holds his own, as well, and Synchronic nudges its way onto the plus side of the sci-fi ledger. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Robert Denerstein Of course, Borat sometimes offends, but Baron Cohen's bet is that there's nothing that he can do that's more offensive than some of the realities he's exposing... EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
The Devil Has a Name (2020) Robert Denerstein [It] has its moment but lacks the expected bite. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Kid Detective (2020) Robert Denerstein The Kid Detective finds its groove early and mostly sticks to it -- at least until its latter going. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
My Name Is Pedro (2017) Robert Denerstein ...in its overall parameters, My Name Is Pedro, qualifies as an important cinematic document with plenty of live-wire urgency. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
From the Vine (2019) Robert Denerstein From the Vine may prove pleasing and, yes, there's all that scenery, idealized to the max, as is everything else in this Italo-escapist massage of a movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020