Newcity

Newcity is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ray Pride
Rating Title/Year Author
The New Year Parade (2008) Ray Pride The seemingly improvised performances have a sweet, ragged edge, and the music swells. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
9/10 Little Women (2019) Ray Pride Gerwig's movie is as furious as Uncut Gems,/i>, narratives headlong, each with a central figure on an express train to a dream of their ultimate self-fulfillment. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
10/10 A Hidden Life (2019) Ray Pride Attention. Needless attention. Heedless attention. We hear Hitler's voice again, cadenced, raving, distant, resting upon the hillsides as dusk's last fingers of red and orange are lost to charcoal night. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
2/10 Cats (2019) Ray Pride The star-struck Cats is a rare attainment and could well be the last of the film industry's industrial-scale caprices, a follicular folly down to molecular level. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/10 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Ray Pride The stars above, and beneath, the fiery eyes of Daisy Ridley, the sole beacon, with promise of a story with emotional investment and volcanic result. J. J. Abrams betrays Daisy Ridley's eyes. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
8/10 Honey Boy (2019) Ray Pride That performance gains power from LaBeouf's willingness to play the worst weakness of his kin while also refracting, in his screenplay, the wide-eyed gaze of concern and rebellion brewing within him as a boy. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
10/10 Marriage Story (2019) Ray Pride The mystery that simmers above the tribulations of Charlie and Nicole is why they would separate or strike a spike into whatever they have... one of the film's great strengths... they are fated, and yet: their skin itches at merest proximity. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
9/10 Knives Out (2019) Ray Pride The characters are distinct for their casting but also the splenetic performance styles, a range of American popinjays heavy on the ham including the riotous multi-leveled self-caricature of Daniel Craig's Poirot-puncturing Benoit Blanc. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
10/10 Mr. Klein (1976) Ray Pride Franco Solinas' script, built on mistaken identity and doubling and scapegoating, is superb, complex scaffolding, but it's Losey's atmospheric insistence that haunts, stylized in every aspect. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
8/10 The Report (2019) Ray Pride Driver is fast turning into a twenty-first-century version of 1970s antiheroes, including Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland: intelligent yet shambling, fiercely present yet also suggesting some sort of mysterious calm. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
9/10 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ray Pride Quick wit, dry dialogue and grace notes punctuate bursts of velocity. Big themes sound. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
8/10 Dolor y gloria (2019) Ray Pride Almodóvar pleads allegory and the question the film asks, and the filmmaker-within-the-film unwittingly asks, is: how does one maintain or rediscover not only desire, but also first desire? The spark. The fire. The riveting earliest impulses and insights. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
9/10 The Irishman (2019) Ray Pride Brief as a photograph: indelible as a memory. And indicative of the brutal suddenness of the hits to come: a friend walks up to you, a friend walks away from you, in the middle, that friend has put two bullets in the back of you. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
7/10 The Laundromat (2019) Ray Pride Soderbergh has done a brute and fanciful thing with... a political provocation not so much torn from the headlines of top-shelf newspapers but ripped from the pages of activist theater and in-your-face agit-prop. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
10/10 Parasite (2019) Ray Pride Economic disparity may be the greatest subject of the twenty-first century for intimate horror. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Joker (2019) Ray Pride But still: a provocation. Performance art. And an ongoing conversation. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
9/10 Ad Astra (2019) Ray Pride Fully a fable, a chamber piece within outer space, Ad Astra is flint and lyric... James Gray's marvel of a paranoid thriller, antagonistically serene, is an uncommon attainment of visual and sonic beauty, ready and ripe to be madly misunderstood. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Ray Pride Grown Goonies in the Boonies. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
10/10 The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978) Ray Pride Bravura masterwork, tender and lovely, about destruction and loss... a melodrama every bit as good as anything Douglas Sirk ever committed to film, and watching it, the loss of Fassbinder is ever more painful to contemplate. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
9/10 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Ray Pride A swarming cast crosses the fates of three characters over three days in another time... Quentin Tarantino's melancholy pop-rocket [is also] the most costly, most grandiloquent piece of installation art ever fashioned. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
8/10 Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (2005) Ray Pride We are caught as are the characters in a world of fantastical landscapes and indelible settings and obdurate women: it is an icy age. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Ray Pride Alice Guy-Blaché produced, wrote or directed more than 1,000 films... But why was she forgotten? Pamela B. Green's doc piles on detail after detail after detail, equal parts detective story, biography and agreeable hagiography. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
9/10 The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (2019) Ray Pride If you know the songs, love the songs, even like the songs, it's sweetly euphoric, the only bittersweet element, time, time itself, yet it is also the strength: these guys know how to play these songs.. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
8/10 Midsommar (2019) Ray Pride A full-length rendering of Harold Ramis' stock answer when young men asked what advice he would give a young filmmaker: "Dump her, she's no good for you." EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
10/10 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Ray Pride Some movies you walk into knowing nothing and upon leaving, you feel in at least some way you know everything. Joe Talbot's luminous, mesmeric [debut] is a temporal-topographical dreamspace of sweet hallucination. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
8/10 In the Aisles (2018) Ray Pride The fragrance of the everyday rises without perfume. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
7/10 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Ray Pride A simmering if relaxed addition to his canon of understated pictures. Reviewers have roundly misunderstood its genial but not ineffectual slapstick and low japery (especially after the placid tonal mastery of Paterson). EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
10/10 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Ray Pride Devilish delirium... the Dylan-Scorsese joint is a prankster funhouse of a neo-documentary. What a loud/quiet thrill, this high burlesque of detritus from 1970s American politics and pop culture. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
10/10 The Image Book (2018) Ray Pride The ragged fury and relentless density... is brute and thick upon a cinema screen in 7.1 surround sound; the proportions of a common home flatscreen are better suited for the wash of memories and history and movies and re-memories of movies. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
9/10 Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (2018) Ray Pride Captures the vitality of this street photographer eye-omnivore and the range of what the world at large transmitted to his roving gaze. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Ray Pride Stately horror, brute and luxe... unsavory reputation comes from reviewers who seethe at surfaces and not the hardly subterranean political text. (It's more picture-mirror than mere picture in these cases.) EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
10/10 Trust (1990) Ray Pride A romantic mirage from the ruins of the 1990s American independent movement, which still has fans if no financiers... a treasure, an indelible document of misgivings and longing and fated love. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
6/10 Rocketman (2019) Ray Pride Saved from its chock-a-block narrative impatience by the pure puppy-ness of Taron Egerton's performance as Reg Dwight grown big and awful, rocketing toward twenty-eight years of sobriety. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
8/10 La Telenovela Errante (2017) Ray Pride Film as séance: this is Valeria Sarmiento's 2017 completion of her late husband's... haphazard super-16mm film shoots in 1990 that did not become one of the hundred-plus finished works of his maddeningly prolific lifetime. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
8/10 Booksmart (2019) Ray Pride Wilde cites as key inspirations the films Beverly Hills Cop, Training Day and Lethal Weapon. The best buddy movies resound: this is one of them. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
9/10 The Souvenir (2019) Ray Pride A person, an artist, is formed by the moment, by exposure to other artists, through momentous emotional conflict. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
10/10 Last Year at Marienbad (1961) Ray Pride Undulant in the brain... imagery shimmying and shimmering and splintered, Resnais' snoot-cock at chi-chi is both mordant and adoring. Yet there is more to do than to look or listen passively: it must be invented in the watching. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
7/10 August at Akiko's (2018) Ray Pride The gestures accumulate; cohere, into the incidental and essential anthropology of not regional, not local, but wholly personal picture-taking and moviemaking. (And sound-smithing.) And also: how little is just enough? EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
7/10 Walking on Water (2018) Ray Pride The moments that grate or annoy... in the setup pay off in imagery that needs fewer words than many might expend. Man, in midst of nature, reflects nature back by design. Beauty calls to beauty and a chill, a thrill, genuine frissons ripple outward. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
10/10 Mickey One (1965) Ray Pride Cold and strange and alien, yet its absurdism, which fits no era except whatever moment you're watching it in, is a compelling phantasm Chicago that presumes you're guilty until presuming you're ready to die. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
9/10 Double Lives (2018) Ray Pride The comedy here is both playful and forcefully sophisticated, that convey the story in more than frames and words, as both physical presence and time itself. Dizzying yet with its feet on the ground, Non-Fiction captivates. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
9/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Ray Pride Generous hallucination... Tossed, torn, noosed, dragged, stabbed, shot, shot, crotch-bit, machine-gunned, hand-axed, saber-sliced, face-crushed, shot, burnt, bullied, horse-kicked, catapulted, subjected to sustained knife fracas and shot. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
10/10 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Ray Pride [G]listening, concrete imagery, fashioned into a time-shattered mosaic of regret... Poetry, bliss, abandon[, an] indelible, narcotic masterpiece where a 28-year-old's talent matches his imagination. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
7/10 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Ray Pride Two men in the midst of history. Ideals upheld, mistakes admitted. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
9/10 Shadow (2018) Ray Pride While the contours of history that Zhang Yimou pledges to honor in all his period pieces may be obscure to the neophyte to Chinese film or history, the inspired filmmaking is never less than precise dream: motion is emotion. It's big-screen bliss. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
8/10 Hail Satan? (2019) Ray Pride [R]ollicking comedic politi-doc... from Penny Lane shadows the Temple of Satan... during public actions that militate for religious freedom for all and essential First Amendment rights, and mocks reactionary churls. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
7/10 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ray Pride Ryan White's sweetly adroit slice of a life glides genially on the charm of diminutive nonagenarian sex therapist Ruth Westheimer. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
6/10 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Ray Pride A key virtue of Berlinger's compartmentalization of Bundy's crimes is the tactile, near-prurient use of bold color, a low-key luxuriance that places the movie outside its period, into no moment. It's a seduction all its own. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
9/10 Knock Down the House (2019) Ray Pride Brisk, bountiful, bracing two-years-in-the-following... chronicle of four progressive women, from the Bronx, West Virginia, Nevada and Missouri, running against entrenched, often self-serving incumbents in the House of Representatives EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
5/10 The Last (2019) Ray Pride The machinations and contortions and straight-up barefacedness of Lipsky's screenplay... make once more for eye-popping performances even when there are eye-rolling details. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019