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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 () Nicholas Bell Huppert, like cinematographer Rui Pocas' delicious frames of Sintra, make this well worth the running time. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 () Nicholas Bell A rather novel enterprise which is at first highly entertaining. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 () Nicholas Bell Whatever one's personal response, it's another unexpectedly fascinating sensory experience from Noé --and a fantastic showcase for the kooky Dalle. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 () Nicholas Bell A formidable psychological portrait of two women matched by the aching ferocity of two superb cinematic debuts from leads Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 () Nicholas Bell The Orphanage is a beautifully photographed, quietly methodical portrait of 1989 Kabul. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 () Nicholas Bell There's enough sinister delight to be gleaned from Little Joe to make this as enjoyable as it is intelligent. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 () Nicholas Bell While the jazzy editing prizes style over substance, Porumboiu sketches a fast-paced genre exercise with snatches of his droll humor allowing for several stand outs sequences. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 () Nicholas Bell Channeling elements of German Expressionism, Franz Kafka, Herman Melville and a wild dollop of Greek mythology, this tale of isolation and insanity, is an ambitious and unheralded cinematic joy to behold. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 () Nicholas Bell More an essay on commemoration than an emotional reclamation of unfulfilled lives cut short, Rapin explores the difficulty in interpreting a present divorced from the distant ghosts of the past or the unforeseeable inevitability of the future. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 () Nicholas Bell Taking its time to showcase an isolated but surprisingly contemporary community in northeast Brazil, before descending into delightfully schlock gilded mayhem, it's undoubtedly a hybrid original. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Nicholas Bell The end result keeps one guessing on the director's aim with this zom-com, which drills down into awkward passages and exchanges indicating its purposeful intention -- if only the film managed to retain Jarmusch's usual irreverence. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 () Nicholas Bell Authentic and empathetic, its two lead performers transition simultaneously into dynamic characterizations which are both hard won and complex, championing a possibility for hope rather than a fleeting semblance of redemption. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/5 () Nicholas Bell At turns amusing and compelling, The Unknown Saint's subtexts eventually lose the novel absurdity established in Aljem's narrative, bringing the film to a somewhat ambivalent and convenient finale. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 War on Everyone (2016) Nicholas Bell Interesting but not quite intriguing, War on Everyone manages to dance around classification as a misfire. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 Nos batailles (2018) Nicholas Bell Although Our Struggles might eventually feel too slight to make a major impression, it's a well-crafted working class drama on resiliency and sacrifice. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/5 The White Crow (2018) Nicholas Bell Fiennes juggles too many elements, including a variety of childhood flashbacks and a tepid romantic fling with a Parisian socialite, which sometimes confuses, distracts and derails the film's inevitable arrival at its pièce de résistance. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
3.5/5 Long Shot (2019) Nicholas Bell Provocative without being salacious and satirical without being cynical, delightful chemistry between Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen allows for an escapism which has been absent from this sort of scenario for decades. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
1/5 Need for Speed (2014) Nicholas Bell Credited as a film that glorifies the notion of honor, friendship, and loyalty, all whilst revisiting the vintage stylings of 60's and 70's "car-culture" cinema, it's safe to say that Need For Speed fails on all counts. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/5 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Nicholas Bell This is anything but a stuffy exercise in form, and lead Molly Shannon proves to be inspired casting as Dickinson. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
1/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Nicholas Bell A little bit labored and at times gloriously wacky, lowkey attempts at provocation merely highlight how unprovocative it really is on every conceivable front. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/5 The Mustang (2019) Nicholas Bell On the surface, de Clermont-Tonnerre has a handsomely staged minimalist melodrama on her hands, but its juxtaposed tangents seem to demand either more lavish emotional interiority or less attenuation to anything outside the narrative fringe... EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/5 Woman at War (2018) Nicholas Bell Broaching serious subjects without taking itself too seriously, Woman at War presents a fascinating and fierce characterization whose contradictions and complexities allow for a compelling enterprise. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Nicholas Bell Tom Mercier succeeds in a dynamic dance between madness and charisma in a film which is curiously as bittersweet as it is alarming. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 I Was at Home, But (Ich war zuhause, aber) (2019) Nicholas Bell Masterful in its subtlety, Schanelec once again proves her expert vision using unexpectedly simple parameters in complex ways. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/5 The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) (2019) Nicholas Bell An exercise clearly designed to disgust, assail and repulse. In these terms, it is the director's most effective exercise to date. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/5 Monsters. (Monstri.) (2019) Nicholas Bell Though not distressing, Monsters. is particularly wistful in its contemplations of a necessary ending. But neither is it a film without hope. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 Öndög (2019) Nicholas Bell Strange, entertaining and always unexpected, Öndög is a rich new offering from Wang Quan'an, and perhaps one of the most pleasurable entries into his significant filmography. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 Mr. Jones (2019) Nicholas Bell Vanessa Kirby and a reptilian Peter Sarsgaard are both commendable accents in a fascinating recuperation which has troubling timely parallels to contemporary world politics. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
0.5/5 The Kindness of Strangers (2019) Nicholas Bell Scherfig's latest fails on every conceivable level, with a talented cast floundering haplessly like fish floating closer to their deaths as they rise to the top of the fishbowl. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 Daughter of Mine (2018) Nicholas Bell The portentous and gracefully naturalistic performance given by the trio of actresses definitely protects the film from all melodramatic risk. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
3.5/5 Dolce Fine Giornata (2019) Nicholas Bell Borcuch makes excellent parallels to European and Polish history with iconic actress Polish actress Krystyna Janda as his marvelous centerpiece. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/5 The Magic Life of V (2019) Nicholas Bell It's a vehicle which ends up feeling as if it was too gingerly steered. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 Divine Love (2019) Nicholas Bell Tender despite its oblique narrative style, Mascaro has crafted an eerie futuristic parable which resonates far beyond the credits in its thoughtful deliberations on faith. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Nicholas Bell Nyholm's increasingly absurd film tends to feel caught up in its own allegorical scenario without ever really ratcheting up the sympathy for his core couple. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 After the Wedding (2019) Nicholas Bell Highly immersive and emotionally intuitive when it comes to the dramatic tension of its unique scenario, no matter some of the logistical questions it conveniently leaves unanswered. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
2.5/5 Golden Youth (Une jeunesse dorée) (2019) Nicholas Bell A film as visually sumptuous as it is entirely soulless. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 Dirty God (2019) Nicholas Bell Incredibly, newcomer Vicky Knight makes her film debut as Jade with a quiet, sensitively primed performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 Queen of Hearts (2019) Nicholas Bell Dyrholm, who remains one of Denmark's most accomplished contemporary performers, adds another signature performance to her filmography as Anne, a good person who, like everyone, has the capability of doing terrible things. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 The Wolf Hour (2019) Nicholas Bell A compelling conversation piece on authorship, intention and our oft-limited search for meaning EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 Monos (2019) Nicholas Bell While Monos refuses to define situational or locational parameters, as an intimate exercise of interminable strife and chaos produced and normalized by guerilla warfare in Latin America, it's certainly a fascinating and artistic achievement. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
2.5/5 The Lodge (2019) Nicholas Bell As an exercise in stark atmosphere with a winning streak of nasty, blasphemous subtext, there's enough here to at least keep curious minds occupied as to what depths of depravity the film is willing to traverse. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 I Am Mother (2019) Nicholas Bell Sputore manages to express an age-old existentialist conflict concerning artificial intelligence on the backs of three performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
2.5/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Nicholas Bell Intriguing but never coalescing into a hard-edged portrait of Bundy... Still, there's enough here to make this an enjoyable revisit of this grisly sociopath. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
2.5/5 The Last Tree (2019) Nicholas Bell While Amoo's narrative has all the requisite familiar beats and archetypes proliferating this tale... it at least features a commendable lead performance from Sam Adewunmi in a heartfelt, introspective turn. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 Native Son (2019) Nicholas Bell Misses the mark in a series of anachronistic flourishes by keeping its narrative thrust well within the realm of the novel's period parameters rather than properly transporting it to terminologies relevant to [modern] America. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 Close (2019) Nicholas Bell Ends up being a superficial mixture of barefaced mother-daughter issues and wan politically minded economic shenanigans despite the best efforts of the two women thrown together in exotically inclined cat-and-mouse parameters. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) Nicholas Bell Try as he might, the pieces don't coalesce and like countless Shyamalan features, compelling ideas are besmirched by cloying passages of dialogue and a screenplay which deserves to be as smart as its story promises. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 Pity (2018) Nicholas Bell In essence, this is more of the same mix of idiosyncratic banality which once seemed novel about a decade prior. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
2.5/5 The Mule (2018) Nicholas Bell As it stands, for Eastwood, The Mule might be something new, though for the rest of us it fulfills all the expected beats of its narrative. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
The War Show (2016) Jordan M. Smith With a dreamy sense of living in the moment ... The War Show reminds us that there are indeed living, breathing, and loving individuals just trying their best to endure this war-torn time period in their homeland. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018