Screen Slate

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Rating Title/Year Author
Jiao qu de niao (2018) Patrick Dahl Recalling Stand By Me, Jia Zhangke and David Lynch, [Suburban Birds] announces Qui as an astute chronicler of early adolescence and a filmmaker of promising lyrical vision. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Surfer (2018) Jon Dieringer It deserves to be widely celebrated, counter to its panning by Variety's Joe Leydon. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Gummo (1997) Patrick Dahl Somehow, often within a single scene or image, [Gummo] manages to be simultaneously indefensible, dismissible, exploitive, heartbreaking and completely revivifying. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Good Work (1999) Caroline Golum A mélange of brooding appetites, where the inner strife of unanswered desire builds to a conclusion of quiet, tragic violence. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Dunston Checks In (1996) Tyler Maxin Built into the 1996 comedy Dunston Checks In, a film predominantly comprised of orangutan set pieces, is something like a comment on the pains of domestication. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Pecker (1998) Stephanie Monohan Potentially [John Waters's] most self-reflexive work. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Chloe Lizotte If the first ten minutes of a movie build to a slasher-sex death by convertible Swiss Army dildo, the rest of it has to deliver. Yann Gonzalez's Knife + Heart does so, even poignantly. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
The Juniper Tree (1991) Angeline Gragásin It seems appropriate that this film should re-emerge now, after so many years of being unappreciated or misunderstood, lost in the shadows of the zeitgeist. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Room at the Top (1959) Patrick Dahl Francis and Clayton swing and glide their furtive camera through exquisitely blocked scenes in which characters are handsomely planted across multiple planes like a topiary. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Da xiang xi di er zuo (2018) Patrick Dahl Epic at 230 minutes, yet deeply intimate in its proximity to its central characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Danielle Burgos It's a blatantly handcrafted film that's overall obvious and muddles its message ... but skates by on its unique charm and earnest message (ultimately a more militant one, amen). EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Support the Girls (2018) Dana Reinoos An empathetic, sensitive (and funny!) portrait of female resilience and solidarity. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Relaxer (2018) Danielle Burgos Occasionally the sweet release of game footage relieved my eyes from the palpable, accumulating filth and suffocating location. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Unsane (1982) Stephanie Monohan Tenebre is essential Argento: perhaps the auteur's clearest articulation of his own psychological and stylistic obsessions, but with a more critical eye. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Terror Nullius (2018) Mark Lukenbill For those of us who are not hand-wringing conservative cultural overlords, Terror Nullius can often feel downright cathartic. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Gamer (2009) Patrick Dahl Gamer doesn't import gaming aesthetics to the movies so much as it considers the gaming medium with every weapon in the cinematic arsenal. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Cruel Intentions (1999) Tyler Maxin Consider it in the Brechtian tradition of Sirk, Fassbinder, late Waters, Haynes, cynical high melodrama and forebearer to Gen X ironism. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Dreadnaught (1981) Danielle Burgos The plot flips between genres and set pieces nimbly as any of the actors across screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Babylon (1980) Cosmo Bjorkenheim Babylon has too much to say about keeping your head up when everyone wants to grind your face into the pavement - and to say it with so much heart - to be left in the rubbish bin of history. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Black Mother (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury A painstakingly recorded, patient document of the immense pain, faith, and joy that accompanies the birth of a baby, a dream, and a nation. May they all thrive. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Bisbee '17 (2018) Caroline Golum Topical and urgent. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Two Plains & a Fancy (2018) Dana Reinoos [A] gorgeous, laugh-out-loud psychedelic Western. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Danielle Burgos Jenkins performs a miracle avoiding bathos while baring raw emotion, presenting the cruelty of the world and its bitter fruit without dulling the love that makes living worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Roma (2018) Danielle Burgos Stories like [Cleo's] are often erased from history, and it is a painful joy to see them told with dignity and loving detail. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Border (2018) Danielle Burgos The film's otherworldly elements never feel too fantastical, grounded by Eva Melander giving genuine heft to Tina's emotional journey. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
The Truth About Killer Robots (2018) Danielle Burgos Is it too much to ask filmmakers to do a modicum of research on a subject before presenting their case? EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Killing (Zan) (2018) Danielle Burgos It wouldn't be a Tsukamoto film without entangled brutality and sexuality, frustrations taken out in furtive masturbation, physical assault as lust, and other attacks on the flesh. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Danielle Burgos It's like The Giving Tree of gangster films. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Danielle Burgos Long Day's Journey Into Night has been declared a masterpiece before most audiences have had a chance to see it, but that does disservice to Bi Gan's risk-taking in what's only his second feature. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Schizoid (1971) Dana Reinoos Thematically the closest Fulci got to his peer Argento. Colorful and wild, with orgies, LSD freakouts and painting-by-knife-throwing. The visuals are Fulci's most impressive. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Millennium Mambo (2001) Phoebe Chen Millennium Mambo blunts the many rhythms of urban life into an empty time less lived than passively endured. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Between the Lines (1977) Cosmo Bjorkenheim Films about intrepid reporters are myriad ... but did anyone ever write a screenplay about Wayne Barrett and Robert Christgau's pioneering years at The Village Voice? EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Crime Without Passion (1934) Caroline Golum Dating a high-powered trial lawyer must be nothing short of exhausting, although an exception could be made if they cut as fine a figure as Crime Without Passion star Claude Raines. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Knightriders (1981) Cosmo Bjorkenheim [A] singular combination of medieval fantasy and post-60s rebel mystique. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
The Hours and Times (1991) Patrick Dahl Easily the most engaging fiction film made about The Beatles. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Shirkers (2018) Jon Dieringer The film is pervaded by an alternately whimsical and agonizing sense of mystery, one steeped in contradictions of accomplishment and missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Minding the Gap (2018) Jon Dieringer This may stand as the definitive portrait of young life in the post-industrial midwest circa now. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Ray & Liz (2018) Jon Dieringer Misguided in a way that only artist-made features can be. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Vox Lux (2018) Jon Dieringer [The second half] of the film is meandering and pointless, underlining previously nuanced themes ... without meaningful development nor surprises. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Jon Dieringer Passage is best when it manages to balance a perceptive and sensitive approach to Wayuu customs with the trappings of smart genre cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Sambizanga (1973) Jon Dieringer Once seen, never forgotten: as cinema and politics, Sambizanga is unimpeachable. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Personal Problems (1980) Jon Dieringer It's a necessary work, and one of the major repertory revivals of this or any other year. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Runaway Train (1985) Jon Dieringer It's one of the most beautiful and slickly produced pieces of reactionary junk food cinema ever made, and it's glorious. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
() Jon Dieringer A moving and frequently harrowing portrait of a family riven by peculiar and obscure traumas ... Transfixing and inspiring. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019