The CriterionCast

The CriterionCast is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Joshua Brunsting
Rating Title/Year Author
Zombi Child (2019) Joshua Brunsting The latest from director Bertrand Bonello is an evocative, thought-provoking look at colonialism and identity. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
I Wish I Knew (2010) Joshua Brunsting Making its theatrical debut stateside a decade after bowing at the Cannes Film Festival, Jia Zhangke's documentary is a masterpiece worthy of (re)discovery. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Joshua Brunsting Cult director Richard Stanley's latest is a beautifully shot, if slightly bloated, cosmic horror film driven by a Nic Cage performance that stands as one of his best. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
José (2018) Joshua Brunsting Li Cheng's sophomore effort is a quiet, almost neo-realist, look into life as a young gay man in conservative Guatemala that's as beautiful as it is moving. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
The Europeans (1979) Joshua Brunsting The first of three Henry James adaptations produced by the Merchant Ivory team, this is an entrancing entry not just in their partnership but in the career of Ivory himself. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
The Cave (2019) Joshua Brunsting A thrilling, ceaselessly captivating documentary... EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Synonyms (2018) Joshua Brunsting A captivating look at the intersection between nationalism and toxic masculinity, few films feel as vital and truly important in 2019 as this superlative piece of work. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) Joshua Brunsting Gorgeously shot, Gay Chorus Deep South is a handsomely rendered, if maybe a bit thin, look at a group of people trying to bring about change through music. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
A Fish in the Bathtub (1999) Joshua Brunsting Joan Micklin Silver's underrated and rarely seen comedic gem is a gorgeously shot, emotionally rich romantic comedy with a collection of ace performances and an ace script EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Joshua Brunsting What makes Recorder so utterly compelling and beautifully textured is the absolute compassion and sympathy that director Matt Wolf has for his subject EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
Feast of the Epiphany (2018) Joshua Brunsting The premiere film from Reverse Shot, this docu-fiction hybrid is a quiet, moving portrait of life, loss and food. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
First Love (2019) Joshua Brunsting Miike's direction is visceral, finding the filmmaker not only completely invested in this narrative but also willing to break from his formula at a drop of the hat. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Parasite (2019) Joshua Brunsting Bong takes this battle between classes and one family's attempt to take that much craved next step up the economic ladder, and twists it into a fun house thrill ride. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Je t'aime moi non plus (1976) Joshua Brunsting Gainsbourg may not have the skill to nail a finale that's almost too violent, but thanks to a new restoration, Je T'aime Moi Non Plus is an absolute revelation. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Dilili à Paris (2018) Joshua Brunsting Feminist and anti-racist to the bone, Ocelot's latest film is a startling, if misshapen, gem that will hopefully find an audience despite a modest release schedule. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Loro (2018) Joshua Brunsting Servillo's Berlusconi is nuanced in a way that nothing else in the film is. Lacking the satirical bite of a Wolf Of Wall Street, Loro is a lushly composed, toothless satire. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
The Wedding Year (2019) Joshua Brunsting It's rare, in 2019, to have a genuinely good time at the movies and this, in all of its simplicity and cliche, is absolutely that. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Diego Maradona (2019) Joshua Brunsting With a scholarly eye towards research, Maradona is a richly textured, nuanced portrait not only of a titanic figure in sports, but the rise of a sportsman into a god. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Monos (2019) Joshua Brunsting A visceral rumination on devolving social norms in the face of war, Monos is not only the return of a great filmmaker, but one of the great political allegories of 2019. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
I'm Leaving Now (2018) Joshua Brunsting Viewers may not learn a lot about this man or his life specifically, but through a profound sense of intimacy they may find something even greater under this film's proverbial hood - empathy. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Joshua Brunsting Moonlight Sonata becomes a tender and evocative document of a very specific human experience that's palpable for anyone forced to deal with a set back in life. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
American Factory (2019) Joshua Brunsting Documenting this in as frank a manner as Riechert and Bognar do is incredibly wise, avoiding the easy, disposable type of agitprop that has made a home on streaming in 2019. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Friedkin Uncut (2018) Joshua Brunsting At best, Friedkin Uncut is a serviceable EPK on whatever Friedkin film is set to get yet another Blu-ray release. Flat, lifeless, superficial. Just a slog. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Fin de siglo (2019) Joshua Brunsting Closing on a note that's almost meta-physical in its sense of wish-fulfillment, End Of The Century is a profoundly moving, intensely quiet romance drama EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? (2018) Joshua Brunsting Never once does his camera feel manipulative or judgemental, instead turning what could be your typical message documentary into one whose existence feels utterly essential EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Flower (La flor) (2016) Joshua Brunsting captivating rumination on the artist-muse relationship, creativity writ large and the breaking down of narrative, La Flor is one of the very best films of 2019 EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Joshua Brunsting A film about fundamental faith and its poisonous nature, Them That Follow is a much-needed change of pace from this loud summer movie season. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Homewrecker (2019) Joshua Brunsting With a pair of great lead performances at its center, Homewrecker is among the best, most odd thrillers at this year's Fantasia International Film Festival. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Joshua Brunsting Arguably a bit thin, this is otherwise a charming, beautifully made comedy with a career-defining performance from co-star Marc Maron. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Joshua Brunsting Everything Stearns' script says about masculinity and gender dynamics is superficial and rudimentary, with few actual biting laughs amidst a film that's limp emotionally. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
L'homme fidèle (2018) Joshua Brunsting A typically French three hander, this romantic comedy/drama takes three ace performances and turns them into a knotty web of romantic farce that, at 75 minutes, is captivating EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
Birthday Wonderland (2019) Joshua Brunsting Legendary filmmaker Keiichi Hara returns with a gorgeous, if aggressively uneven, fairy-tale that's rich with style but a bit thin on thematic texture. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
We Are Little Zombies (2019) Joshua Brunsting This debut feature film is an inspired and beautifully rendered rumination on grief through the eyes of four orphan children. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
The Great Hack (2019) Joshua Brunsting Now available on Netflix, this new documentary looks at the state of data as a commodity in the modern age, yet does so in an incredibly simple, seemingly disposable manner EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Joshua Brunsting With an incomparable, classically brutish lead performance, Lee Won-Tae's latest effort is a simply told, thrilling action film, a rarity in 2019 cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
The Mountain (2018) Joshua Brunsting Rick Alverson returns with a jaundiced look at 50s Americana which, with a collection of show-stealing performances, is one of the year's best films. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
House of Hummingbird (2018) Joshua Brunsting Bora Kim's debut film is one of the most exciting discoveries of this year's Fantasia International Film Festival, a tender and moving coming of age drama above reproach EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Joshua Brunsting There's a looseness to the film that's rare for this genre, turning what could be a slight rise-to-stardom film into something that pops off the screen and demands attention. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
The Edge of Democracy (2019) Joshua Brunsting Costa's personal, unforgettable rumination on modern Brazilian politics is now on Netflix and is one of the great political documentaries of 2019. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Joshua Brunsting Director Greenfield-Sanders crafts a documentary that's almost claustrophobic in its structure and form, a film that's reverence for its subject fosters pure hagiography. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Endzeit (2018) Joshua Brunsting Between the performances and a director who embeds the film with an entrancing blending of genre and atmosphere, Ever After is a gorgeously made, impeccably acted, drama EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Halston (2019) Joshua Brunsting Much too long, Tcheng's latest documentary is thin on content despite having a fascinating structure. Fine, but forgettable and frustratingly disposable. Fast fashion as film. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
The Raft (2018) Joshua Brunsting The Raft is a strange, oddly engrossing piece of non-fiction filmmaking, a film that has the atmosphere of a true crime thriller and the style of a von Trier film. A doozy. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Leto (2018) Joshua Brunsting Leto is a gorgeous, endlessly charming romance drama that's part jukebox musical and part anthropological document. With revolution on the periphery, Leto is a superb picture. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Domino (2019) Joshua Brunsting Iconic filmmaker Brian De Palma is a fascinating, often frustrating master who has made a fascinating, often frustrating thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Tarde para morir joven (2018) Joshua Brunsting It's a film that plays like a dream remembered, floating in and out of lives and conversations, having both a warmth and, come the final act, a shattering sense of reality that leaves the viewer utterly shellshocked. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Joshua Brunsting Despite being yet another documentary about Woodstock, this becomes an essential document of the festival through its access to never-before-seen footage. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground (2018) Joshua Brunsting It may be much too short, but pound for pound, minute for minute, there are few biographical documentaries more impressive than this. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
The Proposal (2018) Joshua Brunsting A captivating rumination on ownership and democracy within the art world, The Proposal is as entrancing a documentary as there has been yet in 2019. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Walking on Water (2018) Joshua Brunsting Walking On Water is an evocative meditation on one man's creative process and one that's as captivating to watch as it is provocative to think about. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019