Elle

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) Judy Berman Ortega's production is full of curious directorial choices like this. A few hit. Many miss. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2018
Colossal (2016) Estelle Tang It's unfortunate that this startling story about toxic masculinity is marred by an insensitive racial dynamic and a lack of awareness that who Oscar and Gloria's victims are is a problem. But in some ways, that's not a surprise at all. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Estelle Tang Bombshell is often pure fun-it doesn't have much choice, given the robust bites its subject took out of life. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Two Weeks Notice (2002) Estelle Tang But for this independent, intelligent, and typically professional woman to fall to pieces simply because she's drunk and recently broke up with her boyfriend is very annoying. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Estelle Tang Far from Star Wars' laddish origins, The Last Jedi puts women at the forefront-amazingly, without congratulating itself for doing so-and treats them as equals. How refreshing. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Boyhood (2014) Ben Dickinson The transformation in Mason that we witness makes this film nothing short of astonishing-in the same way that kids can be in real life. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
While We're Young (2014) Ben Dickinson Baumbach succeeds in vividly depicting how the people who occasionally serve as catalysts in our lives inevitably do so with results we cannot imagine beforehand-but, if we're lucky, leave us with a little more self-knowledge than we started with. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Ben Dickinson But the absolute best thing about Far from the Madding Crowd s Carey Mulligan's Everdene. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Love & Mercy (2014) Ben Dickinson [John] Cusack, in particular, doing some of the best work of his impressive career, captures the subtlest manifestations of Brian's off-kilter wit and wobbliness in exquisite detail. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Ben Dickinson I never said this movie wouldn't wring you out. But, reluctant moviegoer, you won't regret it-not for a second. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Grandma (2015) Ben Dickinson There's lived-in wisdom in Reid's bluff honesty, and at the closing shot, of her marching off across L.A., we're left to conclude hopefully that she's got a lot more marching in her. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
The Martian (2015) Ben Dickinson The Martian marks a wonderful return to grand filmmaking for the prodigious producer and director Ridley Scott after his humorless and joyless recent outings... EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Room (2015) Ben Dickinson A rarity: a fairly lurid, ripped-from-the-headlines fiction that isn't played for cheap, cheesy thrills but rather, with insight and wisdom, explores the extremes of human experience that it would give rise to. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Carol (2015) Ben Dickinson Carol notably soft-pedals the tragedy that the novel arrives at, but it improves on Highsmith's formulation when Carol brilliantly, tormentedly summarizes the hopelessness of her struggle to keep her daughter. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
The Danish Girl (2015) Ben Dickinson The Danish Girl admirably illustrates how sexuality reaches to the very root of the human spirit. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Tumbledown (2015) Ben Dickinson It all tends to stick with you-more than just a little bit. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
A Bigger Splash (2015) Ben Dickinson To behold him mansplaining rock 'n' roll inspiration to the legendary Marianne Lane is horrible and hilarious; Harry is a unique high-low point in [Ralph] Fiennes's oeuvre. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Money Monster (2016) Ben Dickinson Let's just say it's a helluva ride. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Ben Dickinson [Susanna] White... has taken a marvelously lucid script by veteran screenwriter Hossein Amini and jumped her career way up to the next level by making one of the more inspired Le Carré adaptations ever shot. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Ben Dickinson Leave it to Streep to find the Jenkins in herself-and to make us care, even a little, about this epic misadventuress who made it all the way to Carnegie Hall. Once. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
The Birth of a Nation (2016) Ben Dickinson In The Birth of a Nation, Parker has put forward a purposeful and uncompromising provocation. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Loving (2016) Ben Dickinson The lead performances here are humble and powerful, and the storytelling and camerawork in the service of their story is granular and pointillistic in its unerring detail. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
La La Land (2016) Ben Dickinson Crucially, neither Stone nor Gosling would win The Voice. The very naturalness of their relatively unstudied sound and technique serves a central tension in the film. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Fences (2016) Ben Dickinson An enduring, indelible interpretation of this conflicted figure and the family that surrounds him. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016) Ben Dickinson The marvellous thing about Bright Lights is that it is not at all a conventional Hollywood hagiography-far from it. Carrie would never have acceded to that in a million years . EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Elle (2016) Laurie Abraham Elle is unpredictable, disturbing, disturbingly funny...and acknowledges that baser sexual urges are not always bad, not always good, sometimes arousing, and probably being engaged in more than we think. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Elle (2016) Ben Dickinson Ending notwithstanding, the bottom line is that Elle is standard "ironically" transgressive radio-shock-jock stuff gussied up for tony audiences as that art-house staple... EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016) Ben Dickinson There's so much else to be savored in And Still I Rise... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
The Last Word (2017) Ben Dickinson Ah, Shirley MacLaine-it's been way too long! EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Rough Night (2017) Ben Dickinson Rough Night pinballs along according to its own demented internal logic, with a series of perfectly executed twists and reveals, as it gathers speed toward its spectacular climax. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
The Big Sick (2017) Ben Dickinson [Holly] Hunter, in particular, commands our rapt attention in every scene she's in as a mama bear moving to protect her daughter in full DEFCON 1 mode... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ben Dickinson Perhaps not since the heyday of Lucille Ball has a female comedian had the kind of resourcefully crazy eyes that Plaza flashes; her kohl-lined saucers silently express eloquent volumes about the absurdities of life and human relationships. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Ben Dickinson Steve Carell was born for the role, and he aces it. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) Ben Dickinson Rebecca Hall's edgy, bristlingly intelligent turn as Holloway is a central pleasure of Robinson's film; it is gratifying to see her, finally, in a role that does full justice to her major talent for inhabiting dark, conflicted psyches onscreen. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
I, Tonya (2017) Ben Dickinson [Margot Robbie's] portrayal vividly spans the vast, desperate chasm between Harding's life of chronic domestic violence and the sheer joy and élan of her on-ice performances... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Phantom Thread (2017) Ben Dickinson A work about a master craftsman, by a master craftsman, starring a master craftsman; it exerts a gravitational disorientation, an atmospheric approximation of insanity, that lingers with you long after you wander back into your own mundane life. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
The Party (2017) Ben Dickinson The Party is a departure: a wide-ranging snapshot of our besieged, bewitched, and bewildered cultural moment and a metaphor for the foibles of well-intentioned liberalism facing the chaos of Brexit... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Before the Rains (2007) Karen Durbin The movie's intelligence and capacity for surprise keep things exhilarating. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Tropic Thunder (2008) Karen Durbin Tropic Thunder is very funny. So much so that I didn't mind until afterward that the only noticeable female in it is on-screen for maybe four seconds and has no lines. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Karen Durbin Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of Woody Allen's most charming comedies, and not just because Penélope Cruz all but steals it out from under him. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
The Duchess (2008) Karen Durbin The result is lush entertainment that's also insightful and wrenching and strikes a contemporary chord. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Karen Durbin Movies this good are a privilege. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Rachel Getting Married (2008) Karen Durbin Rachel Getting Married has a wild Blakean expansiveness: Like life itself, it contains both heaven and hell. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Synecdoche, New York (2008) Karen Durbin Watching Synecdoche, New York, you're always in Kaufmanville, a stylized universe that keeps its fictional distance yet retains the power to tap your emotions. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Karen Durbin For all its romanticism and buoyant humor, what gives this propulsive movie heft is its fearless streak of realism. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Doubt (2008) Karen Durbin Call it heresy, but John Patrick Shanley's Doubt outshines his Pulitzer-winning play. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Milk (2008) Karen Durbin Funny, moving, and full of truth... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
The International (2009) Karen Durbin The International tackles a hot subject-the power, corruption, and lies of the new global capitalists-with as much brains as heart. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
Cherry Blossoms (2008) Karen Durbin A fearless exploration of marriage, family, and the blind spots that deform intimacy even as they make it tolerable. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
Inkheart (2009) Karen Durbin Imagine: a wildly entertaining, fantasy-packed action movie about the power of words-and love. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018