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 Once Upon a Time in Venezuela makes visible the kind of destruction of a community that often can't be seen physically until there is nothing left, and if for no other reason, the film serves as valuable cultural preservation. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Nine Days (2020) Stephen Saito Nine Days may tell a story of those awaiting their time to live, but as an experience, it is alive with possibility and wonderment. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Shirley (2020) Stephen Saito [Director Josephine Decker and writer Sarah Gubbins'] drama excites at every turn. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Stephen Saito [Director Lance] Oppenheim's debut is particularly refreshing and although it's debatable the stars of the film are better off opening themselves up to new experiences, this work of an extraordinarily gifted filmmaker leaves no question for the audience. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
() Stephen Saito [Eugene] Ashe has clearly studied the mechanics of how these dramas unfold, but finds the space between honoring tradition and doing something new within their confines. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Spaceship Earth (2020) Stephen Saito A film that finds great inspiration in what may have been prematurely dubbed a failure. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
() Stephen Saito [A] startling feature debut. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Stephen Saito In uncertain times, the film brilliantly finds the strongest national institution we have isn't made of bricks or even laws, but of people and as unpredictable as they may be, they can all offer something solid. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
The Mole Agent (2020) Stephen Saito There's no small irony here when it takes the perceived artifice of a movie to get at a reality about aging that most of us would rather not face, but the more Sergio is asked to go undercover in "The Mole Agent," the deeper it gets for everyone. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Stephen Saito [A]n exuberant yet critical snapshot of the social media era. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
The 40-Year-Old Version (2020) Stephen Saito [A] ferocious feature directorial debut. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Miss Juneteenth (2020) Stephen Saito [W]hat appears to be a small slice of life presented without much fuss is the work of what seems like a major new filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Stephen Saito [A] story that's as sprawling as the city its set in and while its subjects have their feet planted firmly on the ground these days, "Whirlybird" earns its place in the heavens. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Stephen Saito [A] devastating documentary chronicling the still-unfolding situation in the republic of Russia where gay men and lesbians have been targeted for torture and murder. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Stephen Saito "Us Kids" becomes a damning indictment of a country that needs to grow up. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Stephen Saito "Summer White" is clearly the work of an important new filmmaker with a fantastic eye and a strong sense of pacing. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) Stephen Saito [It's] impressive as an engaging and exhaustive oral history of a groundbreaking show, but more so for being able to hold multiple truths about someone as simultaneously admirable and repulsive as Kricfalusi. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
The Truffle Hunters (2020) Stephen Saito Any fear that this might be pretentious should be erased by the distinctly Italian brio inherent to the film's style and sense of humor that the two American filmmakers are able to summon. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Feels Good Man (2020) Stephen Saito Pepe is once again repurposed by the filmmakers for the more admirable goal of providing a sobering and comprehensive account of the spread of nihilistic ideas that led to the election of President Trump that is incredibly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Luxor (2020) Stephen Saito Riseborough is exquisite in the central role and gives the film the weight and gentility that summon the spirit of both the emotional and physical place she's in, and while Hana tries her best to forget throughout "Luxor," the film is one to remember. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Worth (2019) Stephen Saito In being so generous in how it portrays all involved, "Worth" pays off mightily. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Stephen Saito Ewing crafts a truly epic romance that brilliantly moves back and forth in time so fluidly it feels as if it's stream of consciousness. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Stephen Saito "Time" rarely states the obvious - or has the luxury to - with Bradley weaving a transfixing narrative together. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Clemency (2019) Stephen Saito It is dangerous to make assumptions in Clemency, as Chukwu brilliantly will present each of her characters in one light before showing them in another, sometimes flipping the switch within a scene. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
() Stephen Saito The strength of He Dreams of Giants emerges gradually from its many nuances and while telling the story of this singular filmmaker from such a unique perspective, the style of the film is equally compelling as a measure of progress. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
() Stephen Saito Befitting of the beverage that is ultimately produced in Vas-y-Coupe, the chronicle of a season in wine country offers a gratifying taste of life there. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
MS Slavic 7 (2019) Stephen Saito A woman who has trouble articulating herself finds a place of her own in researching the letters of her great-grandmother in this entrancing character study. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Narrowsburg (2019) Stephen Saito Wildly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
The Invisible Life (2013) Stephen Saito The Invisible Life can feel magical in creating bonds that cannot be broken, whether it's that of siblings whose love for each other can transcend any distance placed between them or that of a work of art that can reach right into your soul. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Adam (2019) Stephen Saito what goes without question is [director Maryam] Touzani's ability to get the maximum impact from a slender narrative, opening a door for tremendous empathy from an audience by simply asking whether her characters will let each other in. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
How to Build a Girl (2019) Stephen Saito While Dolly embraces irony and sarcasm, How to Build a Girl is refreshingly earnest and sincere, a throwback to the coming-of-age comedies that were made when the film is set during the mid '90s. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
() Stephen Saito Tania Cypriano brilliantly captures a moment of transition for individuals - and an entire culture - with the opening of the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Dog Doc (2019) Stephen Saito "The Dog Doc" doesn't just tug on the heart to make its point about alternative treatment, but resonates with the mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Human Capital (2019) Stephen Saito "Human Capital" may show the worst in people, but in giving face to the green-eyed monster so vividly, it turns harsh economic realities into the stuff of great drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
() Stephen Saito Zonana is able to capture the abstract power that uncertainty has over their lives...elegantly expressing the strength that can emerge from a little communal generosity and the weakness of a society that has no place for them. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
() Stephen Saito A cleverly constructed drama about a young man struggling to carve out an identity for himself is bound to throw you for a loop in more ways than one. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Proxima (2019) Stephen Saito The inherent mystique that Green has primarily been asked to deploy as a means of seduction is shrewdly used here as an ineffable sense of purpose that eludes others who don't have her passion... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Stephen Saito ...a drama that resonates as a blast of fresh country air while conveying all the ways in which it can be suffocating. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Stephen Saito Al Bahraini is magnetic and although Maryam struggles to win supporters on the trail, the actress's confidence and charisma contributes to raising the stakes as you wonder what it would take not to cast a vote for her. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
The Moneychanger (2019) Stephen Saito [Its] approach is sly, but fittingly for the story...The Moneychanger sneaks up on you while actually fulfilling its promise of a good time. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Sea Fever (2019) 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
The Friend (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
Disappearance at Clifton Hill (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
Buffaloed (2019) Stephen Saito It's a heavy subject, but one that is unpacked with great verve by Wexler. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Standing Up, Falling Down (0000) 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
Initials SG (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