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Rating Title/Year Author
Dolor y gloria (2019) Leonardo Goi Pain and Glory, Almodóvar's superb new film, scintillates with the same empathy and auto-fictional flair of earlier works, but opens up a new chapter where the two can come together. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Joker (2019) Forrest Cardamenis Joker is replete with the signifiers of great cinema, all dialed up so heavily that they could denote parody if the film were not so serious. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Sleep Has Her House (2017) James Slaymaker Like the great Jean-Marie Straub, Scott Barley creates striking images by returning us to the basics of cinema, the natural world, but abstracting it through profilmic means by reducing the landscape to pure, basic forms. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Domino (2019) Greg Cwik Considering the problems that plagued the film, it's a testament to the vivacity of the director's style that Domino isn't a complete disaster. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Domino (2019) Mike Archibald Considering the problems that plagued the film, it's a testament to the vivacity of the director's style that Domino isn't a complete disaster. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
The Beast (1975) Jeremy Carr As a keen provocateur and multitalented artist, Borowczyk knew how to be sensational, and The Beast, his best film, is an appropriately surreal and dazzling mixture of farcical humor and uninhibited sensuality, all with the logic of perpetual reverie. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Scout Tafoya Charlie Says does what Harron always does best: finds the three dimensions of women called "unstable" by the men around them. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Willow Maclay The scripting problems overshadow what could be a complex examination of identity in an age when identity was set in stone for the most part. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
The Fate of Lee Khan (1974) Sean Gilman Lee Khan doesn't have the reputation of those other three King Hu films, or of Come Drink with Me, his 1966 film that was the first breakout hit of the wuxia boom in Hong Kong cinema, but it probably should. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury Aretha Franklin could sing anything and, in the true way of mystics, could sing of a love which melts the boundaries between a religious love and a romantic one. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Us (2019) Beatrice Loayza While Peele's latest still betrays the inclinations of an "early work," there is something undeniably triumphant about the film's individuality, its ability to glean from a mostly underused strain of American culture to ingenious results. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (2011) Duncan Gray Once Upon a Time in Anatolia was one of the highlights of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it took home the Grand Prix. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Of Gods and Men (2010) Duncan Gray The latest film by the French actor-turned-director Xavier Beauvois, Of Gods and Men won the Grand Prix at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and may be Beauvois' most accomplished work to date. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Leviathan (2014) Duncan Gray ...Zvyagintsev expands the intimate drama into a larger ensemble piece, pushing up the run-time, encompassing a wider range of tones, and stretching out the themes in search of grandeur. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Leviathan (2014) Mike Archibald ...Zvyagintsev expands the intimate drama into a larger ensemble piece, pushing up the run-time, encompassing a wider range of tones, and stretching out the themes in search of grandeur. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Tomorrowland (2015) Duncan Gray ...there's not likely to be a zippier, dafter, more fascinating piece of family-friendly pop-art all summer. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Love & Friendship (2016) Duncan Gray Love & Friendship immediately stands out as [Whit Stillman's] most purely confectionery film to date. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Carol (2015) Duncan Gray ... caressed in soft-focus pastels, the beautiful strangeness of Carol is very much of-a-piece with Haynes's world, even as it expands it. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Arrival (2016) Duncan Gray Depending on which yardstick you want to use, Arrival qualifies as Villeneuve's biggest success to date. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Climax (2018) Jason Wood The cumulative effect is as if Flashdance met Dawn of the Dead and They Shoot Horses Don't They? on the dance floor ... EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Ahlat Agaci (2018) Demitra Kampakis ...Ceylan allows his character's search for artistic meaning, truth, purpose and inspiration to double as a personal existential opus, in which he uses garrulous dialogue to interrogate the absurdity of life, and probe its Big Questions. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Hotel by the River (2018) Forrest Cardamenis Hotel by the River is undoubtedly a quiet film, but only appears gentle because its characters, equal parts depraved and deprived, lack the honesty or emotional freedom to avert, even acknowledge, tragedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Hotel by the River (2018) Mike Archibald Hotel by the River is undoubtedly a quiet film, but only appears gentle because its characters, equal parts depraved and deprived, lack the honesty or emotional freedom to avert, even acknowledge, tragedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Black Mother (2018) Naomi Keenan O'Shea Like his earlier work, Black Mother embraces intimacy and empathy in equal measure, providing visual and sonic space to people rarely represented in cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Da xiang xi di er zuo (2018) Lawrence Garcia ...there's also no shortage of beauty-of the mournful, sepulchral variety to be sure, but beauty nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Transit (2018) Lawrence Garcia As it covers terrain that's particularly, if not exclusively intellectual, Transit sets the mind aflame. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Kelley Dong Like fireworks, Robert Rodriguez's Alita: Battle Angel, a long-gestating James Cameron production, is bracing, a multi-patterned eruption scattered across a broad sky. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Welcome to Marwen (2018) Christopher Small Welcome to Marwen, though highly imperfect, is the film of an immoderate, quixotic commercial artist, full of risk and failure, with a tin-ear to what constitutes popular appeal, and shot through with passages of perplexing power and grace. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Jason Wood Birds of Passage is another formidable meditation on the corrupting forces of wealth and power, set against the backdrop of the marijuana boom of the 1970s. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Glass (2019) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Glass offers something we never see in contemporary tentpole comic-book movies: a stylized, color-coded, largely visual world, a reality of angles and camera moves. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Glass (2019) Mike Archibald Glass offers something we never see in contemporary tentpole comic-book movies: a stylized, color-coded, largely visual world, a reality of angles and camera moves. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky ...there's a confrontational aspect to Soderbergh's style that adds unpredictable, angular tension to McCraney's writing. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Mike Archibald ...there's a confrontational aspect to Soderbergh's style that adds unpredictable, angular tension to McCraney's writing. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Cold War (2018) Willow Maclay Their love was meant to be one for the ages, but sometimes shit happens. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Spell Reel (2017) Bedatri D. Choudhury Spell Reel is a diligent and painstaking recording of the processes of excavating, restoring and exploring the after-lives of the films of Guinea-Bissau. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Dazed and Confused (1993) Bedatri D. Choudhury It is a nostalgia film and a coming-of-age film. In some ways, it is every Bildungsroman and in some ways, it is like no other. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Personal Problems (1980) Bedatri D. Choudhury One doesn't quite watch Personal Problems for its technical superiority, one watches it for the problems that still persist, to draw a line of legacy for A Wrinkle in Time, Black Panther and Mudbound that have been made EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
7/10 Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang (2014) Nathanael Hood A portrait of an artist realizing he's come as far as he can go making the kind of movies he's spent decades making. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
9/10 Yeelen (1987) Nathanael Hood ...a tale that is all tales in its scope, tragedy, and triumph. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 Serial Mom (1994) Nathanael Hood Serial Mom is one of Waters' most personal and autobiographical works. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
7/10 Antiporno (Anchiporuno) (2017) Nathanael Hood It is chaotic, disturbing, grotesque. It is, quite literally, the antiporno promised by the title, daring its audience to enjoy the sex at the expense of its characters. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 Autumn Leaves (1956) Nathanael Hood For once we see Aldrich look upon a broken world and smile to himself that things could be better. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 Moana (1926) Nathanael Hood But still, it's all a lie. A beautiful lie; a lie that provides a crucial glimpse into the past of a colonized culture. But a lie nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Fotbal Infinit (2018) Daniel Witkin As a director, Porumboiu's approach is less swashbuckling attack than methodical possession game. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
The Mule (2018) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky The Mule feels offhand; like this year's 15:17 to Paris, it might be accused of indulging in some of Eastwood's worst tendencies. But there's something there, glinting. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) Leonardo Goi a riveting, one of a kind cinematic experience, an ethnography of a community told with a profoundly compassionate eye EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) Leonardo Goi a riveting, one of a kind cinematic experience, an ethnography of a community told with a profoundly compassionate eye EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
Green Book (2018) Josh Cabrita Peter Farrelly's film is far more endearing, precise, and tricky than its conventional racial scenario leads one to expect. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
Creed II (2018) Christina Newland Ultimately though, Creed II is as much a male weepie or old-school melodrama as it is a boxing movie, and this is actually where it succeeds best. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 The Grief of Others (2015) Glenn Heath Jr. A quiet bruiser about repressed anger, silence, and ultimately forgiveness. It depicts complex domestic crisis in a non-linear, almost magical way with aesthetic fractures that expand the possibilities of the frame and deepen over time. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018