The New Republic

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
The Farewell (2019) Zoë Hu Immigrants, for whom such experiences often overlap in intimate ways, can tell some of the most compelling stories about the human condition and the dislocating shocks of modernity. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Jawline (2019) Josephine Livingstone Jawline is something new, marking the moment that documentary becomes truly commensurate with teenage reality right now. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Josephine Livingstone The script is an insult to the principle of adaptation: All that is good in the plot has been excised in favor of the shortest route to a happy ending. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
Honeyland (2019) Josephine Livingstone As an intervention in the conversation around climate change and natural disaster, Honeyland performs the unique feat of uniting agriculture with human culture, to prove that it is really all just culture. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
() Josephine Livingstone The viewer ends up with a very informed sense of exactly why ISIS rose in the region, how Emwazi became so committed to their cause, and the significant culpability of the U.K. and U.S. authorities in engineering the whole situation. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Josephine Livingstone Don't mistake me: This movie is good. It all depends on how hard you're willing to work to justify its pleasures. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Josephine Livingstone Ari Aster's folk-horror flick is frightening, beautiful, and just a little unhinged. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Aaron Bady As a standalone movie, Far from Home is fine; I might rank it as high as "pretty good" if I'm feeling generous, but only in that kind of mood. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Rachel Syme Deadwood is a story, not of this century, but also not quite out of the past. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Kristen Evans It's more John Hughes than Judd Apatow, and it's a little more Bridesmaids than Lady Bird...a success on [its] own terms... EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
High Life (2018) Josephine Livingstone High Life will send you back out into the world with a totally new idea of what black holes symbolize. It is an elliptical film, yes, because it will answer only the questions that you did not think to ask. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Meeting Gorbachev (2018) David Klipen The story Herzog tells is resolutely individualist, a tragedy centered on a great man. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Double Lives (2018) Lidija Haas What's oddly touching as the movie goes on is the sense that everyone must force themselves to operate in a cynical mode-in politics or publishing, people keep agreeing, integrity is an embarrassing irrelevance... EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Us (2019) Josephine Livingstone Us is an uncanny movie, and an implicit riposte to the questions Peele himself asked in Get Out. What if there's no easy ending? What if the real struggle takes place within? EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Noah Isenberg There's something vaguely mournful, if not altogether sentimental, about Mark Cousins's new documentary The Eyes of Orson Welles, a two-hour love letter to the legendary director. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits (1993) Stanley Kauffmann Beyond fact and flavor, the film captures another element: a sense of the community of the so-called New Wave... EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Forrest Gump (1994) Stanley Kauffmann I can't see how people with low I.Q.s or those who love them are in any way comforted by all this hogwash. I can easily see how such people might be offended by its smug unreality. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Josephine Livingstone It comes within an inch of a really snappy disquisition (to use Morf's word) on the painting marketplace, but to avoid disappointment it's better approached as a gory romp. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Lidija Haas The exception is in the performances: The collaboration between Cruz and Bardem is the film's greatest strength. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Serenity (2019) Josephine Livingstone If you like seeing authentically unusual movies, then ignore the haters: In its fusion of disparate genres, its sentimentality, and its weirdness, Serenity is actually worth watching. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Fyre (2019) Josephine Livingstone Fyre shoots its talking heads straight on, à la Wild, Wild Country, which looks modern. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Fyre Fraud (2019) Josephine Livingstone It does a [great] job pointing out the secret villain of this story all along: the subtle menace of social media marketing. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Beautiful Boy (2018) Josephine Livingstone Homelessness isn't Timothée Chalamet draped handsomely across a diner; it's contemptuous glances and shame. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Ben Is Back (2018) Josephine Livingstone The movie's real achievement lies in Roberts's performance, which is possibly her best. Holly is incandescent with worry. She's good and kind and intimate. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Rachel Vorona Cote [Mary Poppins] is incandescent. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Josephine Livingstone In Mary Queen of Scots, we don't see a reckoning with the future of a country united across the Scottish-English border. We see queens cry and fret about their hair. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Never Look Away (2018) Anna Altman [It's] eager to make grand statements rather than to find poignancy and authenticity in one story. And yet, Donnersmarck touches on something elemental about how biography, inspiration, and history can combine to create something of lasting value. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018