The New Republic

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
Widows (2018) Josephine Livingstone It's the dashing camerawork and broad historical awareness of Widows that makes it a truly sophisticated action film, and by far the best crime movie of 2018 so far. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Mychal Denzel Smith Something else guides Jenkins, generally and more acutely with Beale Street: He provides space for his character's flaws while never allowing those flaws to define them. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Josephine Livingstone Bathed in a score of Vivaldi, Bach, and Purcell, it's Lanthimos's most watchable movie to date, and also his best. The Favourite is a triumph in textures, a beam of light through a window. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Josephine Livingstone The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is one of the strangest and least legible of the Coen brothers' films, but it also revels in their sheer joy in creating movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
A Private War (2018) Josephine Livingstone Despite the undeniably extraordinary feats that Colvin achieved in life and on the edge of death, A Private War is a hagiography that reduces a complicated woman down to trauma, booze, and typing. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
Halloween (2018) Josephine Livingstone A brutal rumination on intergenerational pain, and the ways that male cruelty can make good women bad. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Mandy (2018) Josephine Livingstone It's bloody, it's nasty, and it burns. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
22 July (2018) Josephine Livingstone The film is about atmosphere and anger, and Greengrass achieves that effect through tight focus on individuals. But the result is imperfect, because it elides crucial elements of the whole story. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Josephine Livingstone It's the love story for our time. It's an instant cult classic. It's everything a tasteful move should not be, and yet it's an undeniable success. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
Free Solo (2018) Josephine Livingstone The classic tension between the sublime and the human spirit breaks down. Man, rock, camera: they're old suspects, but here they seem made anew. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Josephine Livingstone A deeply confused movie that feels like a mash-up of Mean Girls and an episode of Law and Order. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
The Wife (2017) Daphne Merkin The Wife is that increasingly rare offering, a commercially viable film that also makes you rethink your assumptions about talent and who gets to wield it. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Crime + Punishment (2018) Josephine Livingstone If the movie has a still point inside it-an unassailable conclusion-it's that justice and the law are not the same thing. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
Men, Women & Children (2014) Teo Bugbee Men, Women, & Children curates the world of technology into a tiny sliver of only the most outlandishly evil elements, and pretends that perspective is reason for despair. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Rachel Syme Centineo performs a type of compassionate male energy that is in short supply in movies at the moment, but Lana Condor is undeniably TATBILB's star. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Josephine Livingstone The sixth movie in the Mission: Impossible series is a truly maximalist work of art. The plot is stupid but the stunts are terrifying, the tension vibratory, the muscles rippling. In short, it's a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
Three Identical Strangers (2018) Josephine Livingstone A lot is kept from the viewer, then parceled out in discrete chunks. The effect is of one of those long New Yorker-style pieces that blend storytelling with feats of reporting-the elaborate set-up that is a feint, to be dispelled in an act of revelation. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Rachel Syme In Nanette we witness the shock of the new, a voice that dares to speak to this frustrating and often hideous cultural moment, a comedian willing to drop the act. I would call Gadsby a genius, but she would likely push back against that term. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Josephine Livingstone Both Riley and Get Out's Jordan Peele have recreated our world but cracked through with a surreal seam that makes its hidden evils unmissable. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2018
Too Big to Fail (2011) David Thomson Just a dramatized synopsis in which some noble cynics guard our citadel. It is hardboiled-instead of admitting that the egg just exploded. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Josephine Livingstone Although each Jurassic movie is fated to essentially repeat the same idea-oh no, dinosaurs!-this new era has come up with ways to surprise, terrify, and inspire, which is enough to keep the heart of the franchise beating. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018) Josephine Livingstone The Incredibles 2 is an undeniable triumph, but it is also so keenly aware that it becomes exhausting. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018) Josephine Livingstone Although this movie is fun, the subtraction of rivalry makes for a movie that is inevitably less riveting. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
The Tale (2018) Josephine Livingstone The Tale excels in these absurdist meta-moments, such as the scenes in which Dern and Nélisse meet up across time to deconstruct events as they happen. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2018
Mary Shelley (2017) Josephine Livingstone Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley is the movie's only real grace. She has been given a poor script to inhabit. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018