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Rating Title/Year Author
The Lighthouse (2019) Alison Willmore The Lighthouse is such an effective exercise in projecting claustrophobia, in both a physical and psychological sense, that it'd be unbearable to watch if it weren't so funny. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
Pope Joan (1972) Sally Beauman The saddest part of all this is to see Liv Ullmann, who has, like Dreyer's Falconetti, the face of a saint, and who, in her films with Bergman, has shown us what a magnificent actress she is, soldiering through this trash as if it were another Persona. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
() Sally Beauman It is made with a compassion and uncompromising intelligence all too rare among directors. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
And Now for Something Completely Different (1972) Sally Beauman There are a few weak sequences, but everything moves at such a smart pace that it hardly matters and some of the others, anyway, are pure joy. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién A haphazard mess on nearly every level, only able to work in fits and starts. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
() Judith Crist [Jovita] is beautifully made and offers an intriguing mixture of realism and romanticism in its themes. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Alison Willmore Sometimes it's just difficult to know where to look - in one dramatic shoot-out in a store, I couldn't stop staring at the perfectly visible selection of chips lining the shelves they dove past. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Parasite (2019) David Edelstein What keeps you rapt in Parasite is the visual wit - every shot distills the movie's themes - and the richness of the characters and performances... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Matt Zoller Seitz It's hard to imagine El Camino failing to satisfy most fans of the series. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
The King (2019) David Edelstein I admire the sentiment but wish Michôd had crafted something more surprising. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh (2019) Kathryn VanArendonk The Great Depresh is also proof of the idea that a story about getting better - a story about one guy recovering and an entire culture of mental health-related shame diminishing - can also be a funny story. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Bilge Ebiri Pain and Glory is at once the gentlest and most emotionally naked movie Pedro Almodóvar has ever made. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) David Edelstein Everything clicks in the comedy Dolemite Is My Name - it's almost alarming how easily, breezily, larkishly the film goes down. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
McQ (1974) Judith Crist There are killings aplenty fore and aft, car chases galore, lots of non-actors to match Wayne; lots of actors to be wasted... lots of flashy photography of Seattle to glaze the eye, and marble-mouthed dialogue to stultify the brain. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Road Movie (1974) Judith Crist One cannot fault the actors, all of whom have shown themselves capable players in other situations. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Superdad (1974) Judith Crist It is shoddy and stupid by the lowest family-fare standards. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Ceremony (1971) Judith Crist Strictly for cineastes who can justify all sorts of incoherencies and inanities in the name of cult. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Partner (1968) Judith Crist Clementi is delightful both as the ineffective young man and his alter ego who gets things done, achieving a mad mixture of the debonair and the Byronic, hopeless intellectualizer and sardonic observer. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Thieves Like Us (1974) Judith Crist It is, is, perhaps, the most demanding of his recent films -- but as always, the demands are justified and rewarding. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Last Detail (1973) Judith Crist Add immaculate casting, a noteworthy debut for cinematographer Michael Chapman, and a spare and subtle score by Johnny Mandel, and you're left with a gem of a film. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) Judith Crist With yeoman direction by Waris Hussein, the film is, in sum, a thinking-man's spectacular, with something, of course, to please even the non-thinkers. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Happy New Year! (1973) Judith Crist As a triple-threat moviemaker -- producer, director, and writer -- Lelouch has provided a triple-leveled film that works as thriller, as romance, and as humanistic story, and emanates chic every step of the way. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Sleeper (1973) Judith Crist [Allen] has provided us with our comedy of the year and enabled us to call it hilarious without a quibble or a hesitation -- just with bellylaughs and guffaws. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Little Murders (1971) Judith Crist This film, with brilliant screenplay by Feiffer and matching direction by Alan Arkin and a cast that almost outshines them both, is the quintessential comment on our human and/or family relationships, our way of coping with the horrors around us. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Ramparts of Clay (1970) Judith Crist This is the rare film that brings the exotic to us in everyday terms that bring empathy. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Julius Caesar (1970) Judith Crist [Director Stuart Burge] has taken a pragmatic view even of the poetry; his is a virile drama of men making the most of their moments and making the world move with them. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) Judith Crist The film is as static, boringly camp-elegante and fatuous as a stack of flop issues of Vogue. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Doctors' Wives (1971) Judith Crist Doctors' Wives is so trashily awful a movie that it would be worth the wallow for those who love the sight of blood. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Say Hello to Yesterday (1971) Judith Crist Neither morals nor messages nor an iota of credibility can be found in this frenetic, pretentious pap. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
One More Time (1970) Judith Crist An exercise in tasteless tedium that doesn't merit the bottom of a triple bill at a drive-in. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
The Passion of Anna (1969) Judith Crist The Passion of Anna is a complex and beautiful work, one which bears the pondering and probing that so few films merit. It is an encounter, above all, with a sophisticated and subtle mind concerned with mature human relationships. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Rosemary's Baby (1968) Judith Crist The fault ultimately is in the Polanski screenplay which overlooks character for effect, disastrously. Involvement is absent; all is surface and it is a smooth one, without the shimmer of the evil that is within. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Fists in the Pocket (1965) Judith Crist Madness and murder, inversion and perversion are carried to almost ludicrous proportions but Bellocchio never loses control of a manner or a mood and there are a number of superb performers on hand to enforce the validity of the film. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
L'Immortelle (1969) Judith Crist The blend of style and theme result in an exciting and haunting film. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Petulia (1968) Judith Crist All is location, all is mod mood and the disappointment is bitter. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
The Irishman (2019) David Edelstein I heard all sorts of huzzahs about Pacino - and he is wonderful - but it's Pesci who thrilled me to the core. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
Judy (2019) Alison Willmore She was an immensely complicated figure, but in Judy, she's a martyr. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) David Edelstein Labored in parts but... as a whole, sensationally valuable. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Death of Dick Long (2019) Bilge Ebiri You can feel your brain melting away as you watch it, and that's not always a bad sensation. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) David Edelstein I don't know why I had high hopes for Rambo: Last Blood. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) David Edelstein I could hardly agree more with the humanist message of Ad Astra, while at the same time my inner Trekkie is saying, "We came millions of miles for this?" EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Bilge Ebiri Those bite-size online interviews were an ideal match of form, technology, and content. As a movie, it all seems so mundane and forgettable. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Loro (2018) Bilge Ebiri Loro made me feel dirty, and I can't wait to see it again. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) David Edelstein Though a mite long, Ford v Ferrari is so thrillingly well made that it's only later, when your pulse slows, that you see how formulaic it is. But formulas are made to be overhauled, and this film has some fascinating upgrades. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) David Edelstein Even when we don't know what the hell Lucy is doing, Portman makes her certainty a blast. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) David Edelstein The adaptation is way too reverent. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Joker (2019) David Edelstein As Hannah Arendt saw banality in the supposed evil of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann, I see in Joker an attempt to elevate nerdy revenge to the plane of myth. That's scary on a lot of different levels. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) Kathryn VanArendonk Aside from the opening several minutes, Burr's whole set is like that: thoughtful, surprising, introspective. He keeps yelling, of course. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Jen Chaney Downton Abbey, the series, has only been gone for a little more than three years. But that's just enough time to make its return very welcome, and to make this feel like the right moment to usher it back into the zeitgeist again. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) David Edelstein Even if I don't love Jojo Rabbit (which is based on a novel by Christine Leunens that I now intend to read), I love that it exists and that Waititi has forced me to reexamine my own responses. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019