Village Voice

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Rating Title/Year Author
By Hook or by Crook (2001) Ren Jender [By Hook or by Crook] has a topical resonance rare even in recent releases. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) Ren Jender Reckless love, life and death, and a talking polar bear (voiced by Gordon Pinsent) are all given equal time but not a trajectory we can follow. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
The Misfortunates (2009) Nicolas Rapold The Misfortunates is often very funny, and the rolling remember-when vignettes trump the typical low-country wild-hairy-man sideshows. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
The Captain (2017) April Wolfe Hubacher's performance is a masterful physical feat. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Face (2002) Laura Sinagra The movie never really finds a fresh groove. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Life Itself (2018) April Wolfe There is about as much honesty and genuine emotion in this film as you would find in a damage-control ExxonMobil commercial. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Bel Canto (2018) Amy Brady No one loves or dies without purpose in this searing and artful film. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Karen Han The film demonstrates a surprising - and commendable - frankness, especially as its creators interview those working to stay afloat amid hurricanes and nutria-accelerated coastal erosion. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2018
Bisbee '17 (2018) Bilge Ebiri The director purposefully pulls us this way and that, weaving cinematic spells and then yanking us out of them; as viewers, we are both inside and outside the story. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2018
The Bleeding Edge (2018) April Wolfe Here's hoping The Bleeding Edge gets the right attention on a decidedly unsexy topic. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017) April Wolfe Even the carnage, here, is inspired...More times than I could count I had no idea what the hell was happening, and also just didn't care that I didn't know. Let the Corpses Tan is that strange and beautiful. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Destination Wedding (2018) Danny King This mild diversion is probably a movie best watched with a couple of glasses of red or not at all. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
The Little Stranger (2018) Bilge Ebiri The Little Stranger captures a sense of gathering, inchoate dread that is all the more unsettling because it doesn't fit into any easy genre categories. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
Inventing Tomorrow (2018) Daphne Howland These are moving stories of nerdy children, kids who are pragmatic about the forward march of industry yet believe societies can, and must, find cleaner ways to advance. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
Reprisal (2018) Craig D. Lindsey Seeing Bruce Willis in the movies these days is damn embarrassing. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) Danny King Enthralling... EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Active Measures (2018) Alan Scherstuhl Active Measures is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the mind. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Operation Finale (2018) Alan Scherstuhl Rather than the cagey, caged mastermind who later would play dumb at trial, this Eichmann is just another movie bad guy - and Operation Finale is just another movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Pick of the Litter (2018) Alan Scherstuhl It would be a surprise if Pick of the Litter doesn't win over most viewers. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Alan Scherstuhl With Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Robert Zemeckis aspired to a cartoon Chinatown. For his own genre-bent L.A. noir, Henson seems only to be aiming as high as the few jokeless scenes in The Naked Gun movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Blue Iguana (2018) Craig D. Lindsey From the characters to the purposely perplexing plot, it's all hollow and artificial to the point of being downright grating. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Hot to Trot (2018) Elizabeth Zimmer The cameras caress landscapes, skylines, domesticity, and sequined dancers with equal fervor, but one longs for more of what a competition official calls "a vertical expression of a horizontal desire." EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
An L.A. Minute (2018) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim The stars seem out of place with each other and in this movie, with creators who have no idea what they want to say. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
What Keeps You Alive (2018) Matt Prigge Spy vs. Spy by way of The Revenant, only better directed. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Maison du bonheur (2017) Alan Scherstuhl Bohdanowicz undertook the project without having previously met her subject, but for both the filmmaker and her audience, making Sellam's acquaintance proves a rare pleasure. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Crime + Punishment (2018) Alan Scherstuhl Through sensitive portraiture and vigorous investigative reporting, it tracks the struggle of minority police officers within the NYPD to reshape the culture of law enforcement itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Arizona (2018) Chris Packham A well-done but chilly and essentially unlovable black comedy... EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Papillon (2017) Bilge Ebiri This new version, directed by Danish filmmaker Michael Noer, brings to the story a refreshing intensity and sweep, and even a sense of adventure. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Andrei Rublev (1969) Bilge Ebiri Tarkovsky's version of an indifferent world is inflected with the spirituality that is ever-present in his work, a sense that while we may be on our own, we are never quite alone. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018) Alan Scherstuhl Faraut's film doesn't just put us courtside - it steeps us in the legend's boiling mind. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
The Bookshop (2017) April Wolfe Sometimes nice to be reminded of violence of the papercut variety, that some troubles can be worked through without an ass-kicking. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Support the Girls (2018) Danny King Bujalski frames most of Support the Girls as an almost real-time delineation of chaos, but his storytelling elegance - delicate, nearly invisible foreshadowing; cogent evocations of backstory - adds reflective layers to the surface anarchy. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Skate Kitchen (2018) April Wolfe In Skate Kitchen, the kids come as they are, and they're wildly fascinating. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
The Little Mermaid (2018) Serena Donadoni Devoid of social or political undercurrents and untethered from recognizable reality... EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
Memoir of War (2017) Serena Donadoni While clearly adoring Duras's work, Finkiel doesn't credit the strength it took for her to ruthlessly detail the experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
A Whale of a Tale (2016) Devika Girish Together, these voices paint a complex picture of the clash between globalism and a fast-disappearing localism. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
The Ranger (2018) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim Couldn't be more insipid. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Do You Trust This Computer? (2018) Daphne Howland The doc never goes much deeper than the information and arguments on AI that can currently be found in the Sunday papers. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Down a Dark Hall (2018) Tatiana Craine Ultimately, Down a Dark Hall falls victim to familiar teen horror tropes: a brooding lead with a heart of gold, predictable jump scares, wincingly bad romantic tension, and obvious villains. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Cielo (2017) Jordan Hoffman Somewhere between a Discovery Channel special and a Koyaanisqatsi-esque head trip, you'll find Alison McAlpine's exquisite portrait film Cielo. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Songwriter (2018) Jordan Hoffman Don't Look Back it isn't, but Songwriter - a documentary about Ed Sheeran co-produced by Apple Music and featuring a boatload of Apple products - is an interesting window into the creation of a modern pop behemoth all the same. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Juliet, Naked (2018) April Wolfe Peretz could have given each potential pairing equal time in the story, but he sticks with the most evocative of the two; Juliet, Naked has its charms, and they are named Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
Notes on an Appearance (2018) Danny King Notes on an Appearance relays a narrative teeming with incident - death, disappearance - through an elusive yet methodical style. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
We the Animals (2018) Alan Scherstuhl An impressionistic swirl of a film about masculinity, about abuse, about growing up queer, about chaotic family life, about the jumble of incidents and stirrings through which a child discovers a self. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Alana Mohamed For all its carnival-like antics, Crazy Rich Asians is all too aware of its own spectacle. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
Like Father (2018) April Wolfe These are two phenomenal performers giving their all to a sharp family drama disguised as an outrageous cookie-cutter comedy. I had no idea how much Like Father was something I needed. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2018
The Meg (2018) Alan Scherstuhl Turteltaub is better at the scenes of conceiving cockamamie plans than at the unleashing of cockamamie-ness. He only occasionally suggests the mystery and majesty of his monster and exhibits little feel for suspense. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
Love Is Tolerance - Tolerance Is Love (2018) Daphne Howland Love and tolerance are difficult to argue with, yet this effort seems pointless - not just because it will change few minds, but also because it's a mess. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
The Island (2018) Simon Abrams There are no good or bad people in The Island, just a group of hapless schmucks who become more sympathetic as they get more desperate. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
BuyBust (2018) Karen Han It feels like the film is trying to have it both ways, turning violence into a joyride even as it condemns it. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018