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Rating Title/Year Author
Freedom (2019) Chloe Lizotte Albert Serra steeps his captive audience in a trance-like night. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
First Cow (2019) Chloe Lizotte Reichardt frames westward expansion as a story of capital, which helps her drain excessive sentimentality from the film's tenderness: decency seems a poignant triumph over greed. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
() Patrick Dahl Tired of seeing countless people of color fall to anonymous deaths in the background of globe-trotting franchise extravaganzas? Here's the righteous inverse. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Jon Dieringer Scorsese's most ambitious attempt to map the machinations of organized crime onto postwar American history. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Whistlers (2019) Jon Dieringer One of the most droll and purely pleasurable films to emerge from the Romanian New Wave. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Jon Dieringer An advanced-career masterpiece of self-reflection. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Cunningham (2019) Danielle Burgos A flawed but tangible document of a passed era. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Atlantics (2019) Danielle Burgos Diop and the film's non-professional actors work together to build something carefully balanced. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Joker (2019) Jon Dieringer A joyless film with the wit and emotional intelligence of a school shooter manifesto. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Mr. Klein (1976) Caroline Golum At its heart, Mr. Klein is a detective story with the highest possible stakes. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Chained for Life (2018) Patrick Dahl Aaron Schimberg's howlingly funny and deeply affecting second feature considers the ethical tightrope of transforming flesh-and-blood human beings into fodder for cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
One on Top of the Other (1969) Dana Reinoos The film's groovy fashion ... and emphatically San Franciscan setting underline a story fundamentally about the panic over women's sexuality. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Speed (1994) Cosmo Bjorkenheim While Speed might be a great teaching aid for high school physics, it can also be used to illustrate concepts of 20th-century Western philosophy. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Edogawa ranpo taizen: Kyofu kikei ningen (Horrors of Malformed Men)(Horror of a Deformed Man) (1969) Jon Dieringer As a cinematic rendering of the gothic, fetishistic, horrific, and sublime - erotic, grotesque nonsense - it is unparalleled. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Cassandro, the Exotico! (2018) Chris Shields Losier captures all the camp of such a larger than life figure, but underneath all the pageantry and breathtaking maneuvers off the top rope is a sustained note of mental and physical pain. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
I Know Who Killed Me (2007) Cosmo Bjorkenheim As a fabrication of Aubrey's imagination, Dakota is a caricature of the underclass, of the margins of society as a Dantean carnival of vice and anomie. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Cosmo Bjorkenheim Eyes Wide Shut has gotten better with age. It was, in Nietzsche's word, untimely; its first audiences failed to understand it, while its real contemporaries had to bide their time. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Diamantino (2018) Danielle Burgos Slapping together hot-button topics into a sub-Lubischian plot, the self-consciously zany Diamantino squeaks by on charm. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Jawbreaker (1999) Cosmo Bjorkenheim Jawbreaker is a study of the nature of power relations, a Foucauldian teen comedy that takes positions on sexuality, the criminal justice system, and body image issues. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Our Time (2018) Beatrice Loayza Jealousy and insecurity spill out into a canvass of rapturous imagery that hearkens to the spiritual breadth of [Reygadas's] past work. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
D.E.B.S. (2004) Mark Lukenbill As with the majority of the most eminently watchable films of that period, sometimes it is best not to ask 'how good,' but rather 'how gay.' EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Juice (1992) Patrick Dahl Juice captures the traumatic and anxious roots of American gangsterism better than just about any other entry in the evergreen genre. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Lucia (1969) Jeva Lange Taken together, the cumulative experience of the three Lucias over the course of nearly three hours is transformative: a multi-generational portrait of politics, culture, and womanhood in Cuba. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
The Garden (1990) Caroline Golum The Garden can feel at times like a cosmic home movie. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Tarde para morir joven (2018) Courtney Duckworth "As in the films of Lucrecia Martel, it is hard to pin down who belongs to who, but the muddled relationships only heighten the sense of a sprawling utopia." EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
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