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Rating Title/Year Author
Listen Up Philip (2014) Jose Solís A fascinating study of the mythical American belief of achieving genius. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
() Elissa Suh The quotidian does not always have to be tedious, as filmmakers have proved time and time again. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
I Dream Too Much (2015) Elissa Suh I Dream Too Much faces its own muddle, between an outright coming-of-age indie and a more nuanced tale of postgrad upheaval. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Güeros (2014) Elissa Suh Draining the color in service of the disillusioned youth may initially seem detrimental to the depiction of Mexico, but the gorgeous and striking cinematography emits its own radiance, capturing every gradient of silver. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Saint Laurent (2014) Elissa Suh Saint Laurent, a vibrant, buzzy biopic of the visionary French designer, plays like an extended high fashion ad campaign, prioritizing corporeal movement aided and abetted by shiny textures, music, and distant gazes. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014) Elissa Suh Who is the man inside the feathered suit? David LaMattina and Chad N. Walker's straightforward documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story explores just that, giving a face to man behind the bird since its inception. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Miss You Already (2015) Elissa Suh The harder you might try to enjoy Miss You Already, the more it feels forced-something the best of friendships never are. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Jason and Shirley (2015) Elissa Suh The film is more whimsical than hard hitting, and in some ways the jocular tone betrays the seriousness of its subject, but it is in the end still a fascinating piece of cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
The Mend (2014) Elissa Suh The Mend lacks true mayhem or insight, resulting in a repeating scherzo without a coda. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
A Hard Day (2014) Elissa Suh Kim Seong-hun's unique humor is usually droll and deadpan. He doesn't overemphasize objects like a remote-controlled soldier or other marks of inventiveness better unspoiled. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2014) Elissa Suh The film builds tension slowly and steadily and shows the stuff of true crime in an exotic land. The directors resist sensationalizing, and instead mete out the story in thorough--perhaps too thorough-- details. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Noma, My Perfect Storm (2015) Elissa Suh Deschamp's restraint and preponderance for stripping away words and explanation renders My Perfect Storm an elusive documentary with snobbish airs. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Youth (2015) Elissa Suh Full of confidence, Sorrentino's direction never wavers and he sees the film through to the end. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Christmas, Again (2014) Elissa Suh Christmas, Again is categorically not a romance. Poekel defuses that thought early on, as she comes and goes, but what he captures is better: kinship and hope with home-spun warmth. What better tidings than these? EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Entertainment (2015) Elissa Suh Part Lynchian hallucination, part deadpan comedy, part existential musing, Rick Alverson's unique vision is fully realized, and even ugly, but demands to be watched. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Sweet Bean (2015) Elissa Suh Sweet Bean is sentimental fare for sure, but sometimes familiar tastes prove quite a comfort. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Bleak Street (2015) Elissa Suh Ripstein has a careful, benign hand, free of caricature and sentimentality. His feat is in the storytelling; the stripped down version of the preposterous story reinforces its tragedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Son of Saul (2015) Elissa Suh Son of Saul is a film of considerable virtuosity, a harrowing film like no other before it. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Always Shine (2016) Elissa Suh There is not a beat to miss or a beat amiss in Sophia Takal's standout second feature, Always Shine. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Adult Life Skills (2016) Elissa Suh Tunnard elevates an age old tale with a new setting and a smooth script, frequently hilarious, making her a filmmaker to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
The Clan (2015) Elissa Suh ...these tricks become uninspired as they continue through the film, forgettable if not for its real life basis, and the truly confounding acts of the Puccio family. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Old Stone (2016) Elissa Suh The film, astutely un-glamorous, has a neo-realist bent that strips him not only of the charisma afforded a Hollywood actor playing self-righteous do-gooder but also saves him from becoming a pitiable hyperbole of impoverishment. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
My Life as a Zucchini (2016) Elissa Suh With red frosted noses, sleepy bobble eyes, and oversize, oblong heads, the stop-motion munchkins of My Life as a Zucchini are figures approached with curious affection. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Toni Erdmann (2016) Elissa Suh The actors test each other in this splendid chamber piece with a seamless narrative in which Ade lets the characters run wild. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016) Elissa Suh The lack of technical talk or analysis of his music seems not only a discredit to the legendary man and his craft, but a disappointment to longtime fans and neophytes, eager to learn more about him. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Ma Loute (2016) Elissa Suh Watching Slack Bay is like listening to a stranger's overlong joke. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Nerdland (2016) Elissa Suh The A-list actors and well known cast -- with the exception of Hannibal Buress -- can't save the jokes, the astounding sourness of which suppresses any trace of wit. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Bad Rap (2016) Elissa Suh [It] expounds on a nearly niche subject, coaxing out a vibrant story of four such rappers on the come up... EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Don't Think Twice (2016) Elissa Suh Don't Think Twice, Mike Birbiglia's second feature film, stands taller than his previous feature, a slender work. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Elissa Suh The always funny Rhys Darby makes a third act appearance as Hunt for the Wilderpeople treks deeper into the unrestrained realm of adventure comedy with absurd glee. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Cash Only (2015) Elissa Suh Talk about a notable accomplishment of storytelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Goksung (2016) Elissa Suh The Wailing is worth every second of its 156 minute run time. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Spa Night (2016) Elissa Suh [It] takes its time letting his desires to build up, reminding us that this is more than a coming-out coming-of-age story as it alternates and intermixes the struggles of immigrant life, and the particular condemnations of nontraditional masculinity. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Moonlight (2016) Elissa Suh Jenkins boils a life down to its decisive moments; a life in three parts is an eloquent and acute summation with Nicholas Britell's heart-rending music underlining. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
The Big Sick (2017) Elissa Suh ...a universality that should prove broad enough for even the most close-minded of viewers... EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
False Confessions (2016) Elissa Suh This rendition loses something perhaps in substance and style; the beauty and weight of Marivaux's language obviously to the non French-speaker, but also any meta-reflexive commentary that might be gleaned from the film's setting... EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Elissa Suh Beatriz's shock comes neither from the guests' wealth nor their off-color comments, but the cruelty and callous indifference that so often accompanies them. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Elissa Suh Perhaps it takes an outsider like McDonagh to get it right, but by picture's end, a few wrenches of plot unite the deplorable with Mildred and lend him a contrived sympathy. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
Wonderstruck (2017) Elissa Suh Always one to dabble in genres and the visionary Haynes applies his handiwork to the silent era capably crafting an homage with perfect stern embouchures, silent screams and protrusive pointed fingers... EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
Jia nian hua (2017) Elissa Suh Angels Wear White unravels with the vague trappings of a crime thriller or mystery, but it is more than a detective story inflected with social justice themes. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020