Moveable Fest

Moveable Fest is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Stephen Saito
Rating Title/Year Author
() Stephen Saito Ironically, there's far more to the rest of "Sea Fever" than it appears at first glance and while the water isn't safe to swim in, the film is well worth taking a dip. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
() Stephen Saito The Friend may tell its story by jumping around in time, but it's just the film the world needs right now. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
() Stephen Saito If it's the unknown that stays with Abby in Clifton Hill, it's how well you get to know her that ultimately sticks and like her, you're bound to get a little obsessed with finding out more. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
() Stephen Saito It's invigorating to see Antigone do justice to such a family and honor the complexities of their situation while delivering an emotionally direct and electrifying drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Straight Up (2019) Stephen Saito As a whole, Straight Up is immediately pungent - perhaps its central character may be conflicted about the person he should be, but Sweeney arrives fully-formed in his identity as a filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Plus One (2019) Stephen Saito Simply in seeing love take various forms in different cultural contexts as Ben and Alice take in one set of vows after another, it makes whatever commitment they inevitably make to each other especially satisfying. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
() Stephen Saito A tender, moving experience that evokes the same panoply of feelings that its characters feel. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
() Stephen Saito It's a heavy subject, but one that is unpacked with great verve by Wexler. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
() Stephen Saito ...there's a refreshing honesty to the film that makes the lack of a Hollywood ending just as satisfying as if there was. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
() Stephen Saito Set amidst an Argentinian bid to win the World Cup for the first time in a generation when the nation's imagination may be consumed by soccer, Initials S.G. carves out another place to get your kicks. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Picture Character (2019) Stephen Saito Ian Cheney and Martha Shane's entertaining doc reflects a shared humanity. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Dreamland (2019) Stephen Saito A film of great emotional clarity with just enough reality to hold onto while letting the imagination run wild. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
() Stephen Saito One brave and truly exceptional film. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
() Stephen Saito While there's an uncertainty about where things will lead for both women, there's none when it comes to whether you want to follow them in this piercing drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
() Stephen Saito It's Dosa's ability to make such abstract yet pressing concerns so tangible and within reach that makes her latest film as extraordinary as its setting. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
() Stephen Saito Make no mistake, "Around the Sun" is a small, unassuming film, but one that contains multitudes and by the end, you suspect if Maggie and Bernard can forge a bond, you've been let in on one of the bigger secrets of the universe. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Saint Frances (2019) Stephen Saito Naturally, it's a film you'll be eager to share with others yourself. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
() Stephen Saito Every second of "Boyz in the Woods" is utterly ridiculous, but the silliness only contributes to how funny it is and as with any action comedy worth its salt, the dynamic visuals only sharpen the punchlines. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
It Started as a Joke (2019) Stephen Saito "It Started As a Joke" really makes it feel like you've been privy to something special, not only in terms of comedy, but in terms of the potential of people. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Villains (2019) Stephen Saito Your conscience may tell you everyone is up to no good, but it's too much devious fun not to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
South Mountain (2019) Stephen Saito The writer/director infuses rich, granular details more commonly associated with literature even in a lean 85 minutes. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Yes, God, Yes (2017) Stephen Saito Yes, God, Yes captures the uncertainty of those post-pubescent years in all their excruciating, cringe-inducing glory so well it deserves an amen and its laughs are cathartic. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Olympic Dreams (2019) Stephen Saito You realize that in pairing an athlete's mentality with an artist's imagination, the filmmakers behind "Olympic Dreams" articulate a truly beautiful way of looking at the world, all the more so in pulling the curtain back on parts of it we've never seen. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Mickey and the Bear (2019) Stephen Saito Attanasio shows off a distinctive voice all her own, unusually empathetic without sentimentality and cinematically bold without being pretentious. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
() Stephen Saito While the characters may have to fight for every inch of the lives they carve out for themselves, the filmmaker's light touch with such combustible material show an ease with pushing into new territory. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Midnight in Paris (2011) Stephen Saito The lack of professional polish feels just right to tell the story of kids who aren't 100 percent sure of what to expect from the big night, but those big, brassy anticipatory trumpets blaring The Temptations' "Get Ready" can't be denied. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
The Hottest August (2019) Stephen Saito "The Hottest August" is nonetheless resplendent when it comes to showing people of all walks of life co-existing in the same place. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
The Edge of Democracy (2019) Stephen Saito A dense, complex undertaking Costa impressively wraps her arms - and our minds - around, made even more daunting by the dual purpose "The Edge of Democracy" serves as both an immediate witness to an extraordinarily precarious historical moment. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
The Elephant Queen (2019) Stephen Saito While "The Elephant Queen" is family friendly, it sets up real stakes and the filmmakers take great care in conveying hardship once it hits, ably balancing the exuberant moments from the circle of life with capturing its less savory aspects. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Driveways (2019) Stephen Saito Although "Driveways" carries considerable weight, it never feels heavy and as it follows its characters take small steps out of their comfort zone, it becomes extraordinarily moving. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Serendipity (2019) Stephen Saito "Serendipity" comes by its galvanizing power quite organically, neither making you ever feel pity for Nourry in her unenviable current circumstances or offer some manipulative-feeling sense of empowerment by its end. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Stephen Saito "Hail Satan?" finds that simply presenting reason and historical precedent proves to be audacious and Lane follows the lead of her subjects in showing that it can be done with enormous amounts of fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Midnight Traveler (2019) Stephen Saito Fazili's musings when paired with the staggering imagery he collects of the family's journey gives human dimension to a migrant crisis so often only seen from a macro perspective, but then again that's why it feels like such a monumental undertaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Selah and the Spades (2019) Stephen Saito As fun as the it becomes to watch Selah scheme, the way in which Poe's grand design for her emerges over time is extremely satisfying, clearing the room to really watch her think as doubts set in. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Stephen Saito Told with great care, tenderness and eye-popping originality, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" puts a face on the people that have been left behind by supposed progress. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Big Time Adolescence (2018) Stephen Saito Orley's script is smart and knowing in all the right ways, delivering a steady stream of ridiculously bad ideas and sharp one-liners for his cast to run with, but also showing how vulnerable all his characters are. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Greener Grass (2019) Stephen Saito In DeBoer and Lubbe's hilarious debut, there's something in the water alright, but thankfully for an audience, it's only the laughter that's infectious. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Imaginary Order (2019) Stephen Saito It's Eisenstadt's perspective that proves most distinctive and by the time "Imaginary Order" ends, even if the characters struggle to see the full picture, it's as energizing to see how well she does, bringing it all into focus. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Jawline (2019) Stephen Saito For a subject that's been covered by many others, "Jawline" breaks new ground, and in the process is more than likely to bust your gut as well. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Stephen Saito The subsequent 90 minutes of Janice Engel's spirited biography proves the state produced at least one larger-than-life figure you could believe in. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Corporate Animals (2019) Stephen Saito The deliciously savage satire finds silly yet sophisticated ways to consider how outdated corporate power structures have bent without breaking to achieve real innovation. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Sister Aimee (2019) Stephen Saito Buck and Schlingmann's naughty pre-code sensibilities give the film additional bite, but what they've created is blazingly original and while "Sister Aimee" sees its star running away from the Lord, you can expect to be saying "Praise Be" by the end. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Light (2010) Stephen Saito Ireland and Gaffigan express so much with a single glance and they're both exquisite here, radiating intelligence and uncertainty as complementary traits instead of compromising one another. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Hala (2019) Stephen Saito It's an exquisite, well-crafted drama and like Hala, you'll be eager to see where Baig goes next. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
To the Stars (2019) Stephen Saito While "To the Stars" can make you feel that you know everyone in Wakita intimately, it beautifully makes the point that there are always some things about them that you can't. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Sea of Shadows (2019) Stephen Saito Ladkani has a way with conveying just how big the stakes are and brings them to land. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Midnight Family (2019) Stephen Saito "Midnight Family" channels madness quite vividly, yielding a constantly riveting film that wrings out every kind of emotion. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Premature (2019) Stephen Saito While the future isn't promised, this much is sure - "Premature" is the kind of film that makes it feel like anything is possible for those who made it. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Always in Season (2014) Stephen Saito Even if Olive is limited to newspaper clippings in some cases, there's a fluidity and vibrancy to "Always in Season" that never lets it escape the current moment as it connects the dots. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) Stephen Saito Acknowledging that is the first step "The Disappearance of My Mother" takes towards doing justice to a remarkable life in a film that even if it reveals only a fraction of Benedetta's true self is powerful to behold. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019