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Rating Title/Year Author
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
() 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
Bacurau (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