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Rating Title/Year Author
Billie (2020) Lidija Haas The thrill of the documentary is in hearing the voices of key players in Holiday's story and their competing versions of events. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Lidija Haas Maybe each era invents the Lady Day that suits it. Lee Daniels's new drama, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, sweeps in as a valiant corrective, starring the singer Andra Day as a complicated, impulsive, vibrant person... EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Karthik Purushothaman Through [a] climactic nod to Naipaul's merciless depiction of underdeveloped India, no matter how many fortunate individuals might escape it, Bahrani's The White Tiger subverts the standard-issue poverty porno... EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
Promising Young Woman (2020) Lidija Haas Promising Young Woman isn't demonizing anyone, and it's not about how the real baddies are hard to spot. It's about more widespread hypocrisies, about what behavior is collectively encouraged... EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
The Social Dilemma (2020) Elizabeth Pankova As The Social Dilemma shows, entertainers are in no rush to hold us, or themselves, accountable. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Kajillionaire (2020) Lidija Haas Not quite a critique of the adorable whimsy of her early work, Kajillionaire is a head-on encounter with the psychic tensions that always undergirded it. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Jo Livingstone Austen's genius lay in turning one girl's interior world into the whole universe, and transforming the pettiest of social interactions into microcosms with global moral significance. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Jo Livingstone The new film adaptation, co-written by Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, takes that human energy as its lifting-off point, and is simply too faithful, rich, and bright to be dimmed by the circumstances of its release. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Boys State (2020) Jo Livingstone The documentary about a political boot camp is a depressingly accurate microcosm of the American electoral circus...helpful-if only as a cautionary tale about what extracurriculars not to enroll your kids in. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) Lidija Haas Despite its nostalgic trappings, the film, Colombian director Ciro Guerra's English-language debut, soon reveals itself as timely in the extreme: This is a parable of the good cop. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
The Girl (2012) David Thomson The Girl, written by Gwyneth Hughes and directed by Julian Jarrold, is remarkable, disturbing and something Hitch would have understood. In addition, it insists quietly on a nagging question: why do we like Vertigo so much? EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
The Truth (2019) Lidija Haas The new film returns to some of Kore-eda's favorite themes of responsibility, legacy, and the fluidity of roles between parents and children. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
Miss Juneteenth (2020) Jo Livingstone Miss Juneteenth is a pleasing visual mix of Fort Worth filmed in pastel colors and rigorously lit, gorgeous portrait shots. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Jo Livingstone Beneath the layer of blood and the ever-present threat of death, Da 5 Bloods is a study in intimate masculine relationships, specifically black ones, and the way those bonds are exploited in the name of war. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
The Painter and the Thief (2020) Jo Livingstone One leaves The Painter and the Thief feeling eager to see what might happen if we were kinder and less self-interested, and convinced anew of the basic connection between paint and the human heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
The Wolf House (2018) Jo Livingstone The Wolf House is stop-motion unlike anything you've seen before, in which every single frame is an individual monument... EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
AKA Jane Roe (2020) Jo Livingstone It felt good to meet the real Norma McCorvey on-screen in AKA Jane Roe. She was funny, glamorous, queer, and -- ultimately -- honest about all those things. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
The Trip to Greece (2020) Alex Shephard The fact that the film is being released in the midst of a global pandemic that has decimated the restaurant industry adds an unexpected pathos. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) John Semley If nothing else, Have a Good Trip recenters this weirdness in our current reconception of psychedelia. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020
Becoming (2020) Jo Livingstone The sad, unintended moral of Becoming is that if this country never sees a President Michelle Obama, it is our own fault. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
Capone (2020) Jo Livingstone ...admittedly a sluggish film devoid of much tension. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
Planet of the Humans (2019) Kate Aronoff A feature-length made by an avowed environmentalist in 2020 could arm the public with information to work toward a better place along that spectrum...Gibbs doesn't have such critical democratic engagement in mind. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
Circus of Books (2019) Jo Livingstone Circus of Books is the story of an American family who wandered into the eye of history, and a virtuoso example of how to make a movie both very big and very small at once. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
Beastie Boys Story (2020) Jo Livingstone Beastie Boys Story is a tribute to that transformation, a movie about American masculinity and the delicate art of repenting in public. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Lidija Haas The movie's most striking deviation from more traditional period romances is that here power and hierarchy, while they frame the story and must be navigated, are not eroticized. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Lodge (2019) Rumaan Alam I am not sure The Lodge is more than a system of scares, barely holding together: I don't think the movie satisfies. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Rumaan Alam It's a patient, deliberate, and chilling film, a damning indictment of the power structures that define so much of American life. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Citizen K (2019) David Klion It's Gibney's willingness to hold his subject accountable that keeps Citizen K from drifting into dull hagiography. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Like a Boss (2020) Rumaan Alam I'm overthinking, but even bad art can tell us something about ourselves. At this point, we understand how business works. Why aim for the glass ceiling at all? EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Clemency (2019) Rumaan Alam I hate the amateur quarterbacking I'm about to engage in, but that [Woodard's] performance did not merit an Academy Award nomination is damning. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Les misérables (2019) Rumaan Alam You might call these the slums, but the film is not slumming. The drone itself is a player in this work, and an overhead shot of a ragtag outdoor bazaar reveals the place's startling geometry. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Little Women (2019) Philippa Snow Greta Gerwig's take on Louisa May Alcott's novel is intelligent and fleet, refreshing if not radical, and as organic in its feminist convictions as it is in its depiction of close-knit sororal love. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Cats (2019) Rumaan Alam You might still want to know if it's a good movie, but that is the wrong question. Cats is sui generis. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Rumaan Alam Richard Jewell is an accomplishment in reminding us that the man was, after all, a hero. The film is a failure in making any larger point. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Sarah Jones This is rich territory, but Bombshell treads lightly, and as a result the film feels thin. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Lidija Haas Perhaps only Malick could at this historical moment make a film so overconfident in its visual and moral convictions. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
The Report (2019) David Klion The hackneyed script has the effect of lending an unmerited nobility to the politicians and bureaucrats on-screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Lidija Haas Noah Baumbach's latest film portrays both sides of a messy divorce, for once. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Rumaan Alam More discouraging than the fact that it got remade is the fact that the story's moral hasn't changed one bit since Diaz, Barrymore, and Liu were the ones telling it. At least that movie had a catchy song by Destiny's Child. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Rumaan Alam Even though Choudhury's crimes are a matter of record, Yogi, Guru, Predator is very damning. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Kingmaker (2019) Rumaan Alam The Kingmaker is a terrifying film. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Fire in Paradise (2019) Aaron Bady If Fire in Paradise is a terrifyingly effective movie, I can't help ask: effective at what? At times, it feels like voyeurism, exploitation, even like a snuff film. It feels ghoulish to watch it. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Rumaan Alam In Alma Har'el's film, Shia LeBeouf mines his own life-and reminds us how gifted an actor he is. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) John Semley Despite its setting in Nazi Germany, Taika Waititi's movie never risks actually disturbing its audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The King (2019) Philippa Snow Having survived the trial-by-fire of emerging as a sensitive, talented actor...Pattinson is free from the tyranny of having to make "good" decisions, giving him the opportunity to make interesting ones instead. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Diego Maradona (2019) Ryu Spaeth The tragedy of Maradona is that he was too simple to learn how to play anything other than soccer-and the sins for which he was punished, it turns out, were not really his, but ours. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Parasite (2019) Rachel Syme What starts out as a fantasy becomes a family's struggle with their place in a global framework designed to keep them down. They realize that getting out of the basement will require more than a few agile maneuvers. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Loro (2018) Lidija Haas That up-close mystery, the endless, aggressive, triumphal flaunting of one's own emptiness, seems to hold an enduring fascination for Sorrentino, and that's the strength of the film, as well as its weakness, at least as a political work. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) David Klion As a portrait of Cohn, the documentary is riveting. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Daphne Merkin It is impossible in this paranoid-making era to watch Cold Case and not be made to feel uneasy by the secrets it unlocks and the human aptitude for evil that it exposes. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019