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Rating Title/Year Author
Little Sister (2016) Stephanie Monohan An ode to odd ones, it's the most tender-hearted movie to ever open with a Marilyn Manson quote. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
What Happened Was... (1994) Patrick Dahl A largely forgotten triumph from the margins of the mid-90s Sundance boom. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
Demonlover (2002) Mark Lukenbill "For a movie that's such an artifact of its time, it doesn't feel dated so much as accurate, plausible, predicting the burgeoning anxieties of the time in which it takes place." EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
Uptight (1968) Caroline Golum "Uptight places Dassin's courageous refusal to 'name names' and Mayfield's legacy as an outspoken crusader as symmetrical lives on two sides of the racial divide." EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
All Light, Everywhere (2021) Juan Barquin All Light, Everywhere is as bleak as it sounds, but the disquieting presentation of its damning footage is exactly what makes it so compelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Juan Barquin Ascher offers his most compelling set of theories and thought experiments to date; an often unsettling and frequently fascinating exploration into simulation theory and those who believe in it. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Jon Dieringer Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is undisguised liberal agitprop. But for most people the important question is: does Borat still say "mai waif," and is it still funny? EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Hubie Halloween (2020) Patrick Dahl You can contrast the endeavor's laziness positively against the life-threatening pretenses of Christopher Nolan's Tenet. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2020
The Wise Kids (2011) Bedatri D. Choudhury Cone is a master of restraint as his storytelling always manages to portray extremely emotional moments without falling onto the crutches of overt melodrama... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Epicentro (2020) Bedatri D. Choudhury As waves crash against the Malecón esplanade, Epicentro reminds us of the myths that we build our lives upon; some of us believe in the myth of building walls and some of us cry at the death of our mythical leaders. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Feels Good Man (2020) Jon Dieringer The filmmakers are keen to balance both the micro and macro threads of Pepe's story: Furie's personal loss and redemption arc, and the vast phenomena of memes and online culture. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Inland Sea (2018) Jeva Lange An intimate and loving portrait. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Cure (1997) Stephanie Monohan Arguably overshadowed by other films in the turn-of-the-century J-Horror canon like Ringu (1998) and Audition (1999), Cure lives on as one of the more powerful works of the era. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Intentions of Murder (1964) Jeva Lange Intentions of Murder is one of the oddest yet most rewarding pieces in [Shohei] Imamura's considerable repertoire. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Totally F... ed Up (1993) Mark Lukenbill Honest in its immediacy. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Shy People (1987) Cosmo Bjorkenheim A twisted family drama with a dash of the supernatural. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Io Island (1977) Patrick Dahl Director Kim Ki-young wraps a relentlessly tense atmosphere like a fog around a promiscuous plot that veers from gumshoe mystery to body horror. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
The Hottest August (2019) Patrick Dahl Attempting to make the abyss legible, The Hottest August might be the most devastating film ever made. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Fellini's Roma (1972) Chris Shields A dizzying assault of radically stylized, pure cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
The Host (2006) Rebecca Cleman "Bong Joon Ho's smash-hit monster movie The Host [proves that] he is deft at putting genre in the service of biting social commentary." EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Empty Metal (2018) Jon Dieringer Empty Metal attacks big questions with a heavy aesthetic arsenal. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
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
Nighthawk (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
Pain and Glory (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
Too Late to Die Young (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
Suburban Birds (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