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
8/10 Her Smell (2018) Ray Pride The vigor of cinematographer Sean Price Williams' widescreen compositions, their intent curiosity, matches the swirl of lashing, livid acting across a career, careening. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
9/10 High Life (2018) Ray Pride Tactile, tensile, terrifying: knowing of fluids, fearless about intimacy. The ominous breadth of the story is constructed through immersion: its prison-scaled spaceship is like a mind buzzing with the great mortal fears. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
6/10 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Ray Pride Welcome to Marwen is something else, but what is it? "The calamity of movie history is not the follies that get made but the follies that don't get made," Pauline Kael wrote. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
10/10 Peterloo (2018) Ray Pride Underestimate the fury of the intelligence and craft of Mike Leigh at your danger... his most lavish canvas, his most politically charged, his most electric epic... an uncompromising, uncompromised masterpiece: in ravishing moment after ravaging moment, EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
9/10 Diane (2018) Ray Pride Mary Kay Place offers a performance of modest yet immodest grandeur, one that is measured yet oh-so-effortless, at the heart of Diane. Her emotional breadth in the narrative directorial debut of Kent Jones is essential. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
9/10 Knife + Heart (2018) Ray Pride Delirious, delicious, neon comic-horror wellspring is slasher send-up and apotheosis, more than a brilliant tribute to the perfumed poison-candy excesses of an era's exploitation films: it levitates above them in its own extravagant liminal space. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
8/10 Between the Lines (1977) Ray Pride There's still sweet tang, a rising waft of authenticity. The fictional Main Line is losing its counterculture cred-the 1960s had been over for a while-but life, and loving, goes on. Like Jeff Goldblum. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
10/10 The Brink (2019) Ray Pride An avatar of cinema-vérité observation, arrives in a hush and escalates with precision... Klayman's Bannon is practically a Dashiell Hammett character, embraced by the quieter, darker forces of a frontier town... Essential. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
9/10 Gloria Bell (2018) Ray Pride Lelio's song choices provide Gloria another, insurgent level of inner life, the movie a jukebox musical of the energy of her imagination. The color and light of Gloria Bell is also assertively alive. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
9/10 Woman at War (2018) Ray Pride Halldóra Geirhasdóttir is fierce and soft, warm and hard, merely great. She's alert, alive, even titanic in this quietly thrilling three-ring circus. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
8/10 Napszállta (2018) Ray Pride its grace is in locating a single character, a woman, moving through all manner of urban tumult, endlessly suggestive, restlessly sensual in texture and motion, an impressionistic canvas both alluring and alarming. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/10 The Beach Bum (2019) Ray Pride Trashy, tender and in swoony love with its central character, a hangdog hedonist poet-novelist called Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) who has gone to wrack, ruin and rot... coasts on cockeyed charm. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Burlesque (2010) Ray Pride It hits all its marks splendidly: it's kitsch that never turns Quatsch. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
9/10 Us (2019) Ray Pride His horror hullabaloo, his succession of knowing campfire stories, the madly metaphorical, darkly funny, insidious dream-logic nightmare... is described by co-producer Sean McKittrick as "an R-rated Amblin film," EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
7/10 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Ray Pride There is architecture of plain ice to the methodical unraveling... Zahler's films, stuffed with brute action and bold words by characters that do detestable things, are not apolitical. The interpretation of said politics? Another matter. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
8/10 Climax (2018) Ray Pride Rude, refined, gyroscopic, hurtling mash-up... of heaven and hell [with] a bravura dance number with a ravishing range of bodies in orchestrations of sensual motion and the camera brandishing its lavish mobility for moments on end. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
8/10 Combat Obscura (2018) Ray Pride An unfiltered tour-de-force of witness to things that cannot remain unseen... His sense of dynamic montage is a fragmentation of consciousness unto itself: you cannot predict whether kindness will follow confusion or terror comes after raucous laughter. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
10/10 Transit (2018) Ray Pride Petzold pitches a dream: looser-limbed than his customary narrative geometry, a glassy succession of turns and revelations that keep questions of identity and motivation in flux, daring an audience to pin Petzold's characters down. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 Captain Marvel (2019) Ray Pride Heroes can ascend into the galaxy in a Heart t-shirt, too, a star-child in a fitted leather jacket. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
10/10 My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) Ray Pride The tightest 65 minutes of epic gaslighting likely ever put to film... bristling mystery of a woman forced to shed her identity reflects on both women's roles in post-war society and Lewis' own chameleonic talents within B-level filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
9/10 So Dark the Night (1946) Ray Pride Hitchcockian perfect-crime thriller... elevated attention to characters moving within space, his blocking as psychologically indicative as the vital performances he elicits. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
8/10 Thunder Road (2018) Ray Pride Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
10/10 Fireworks (1997) Ray Pride The maverick Japanese master filmmaker's haunting, gorgeous pluperfectly balanced elegy to art and conjugal love is also a brilliant action painting of the wages of extravagant violence. (And absurdly, brutally funny, as well.) EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
8/10 High Flying Bird (2019) Ray Pride Moves like winter wind in a clear noontime sky. It demonstrates the trappings of wealth while advocating nothing less than revolution. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
8/10 Rendezvous in Chicago (2018) Ray Pride The ambition of Rendezvous in Chicago falls somewhere between the squirrelly hush and face-level modesty of Éric Rohmer and the spiky, quietly antic trickery of Arnaud Desplechin... ambling forward. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
8/10 Wildlife (2018) Ray Pride Dano is 34, his partner and screenwriter Zoe Kazan is 35, and they have adapted a novel by Ford, who is 74. [ Mulligan] the tremulous center of it all, is 33. I cite the ages with certain wonderment at the seeming authenticity of Dano's work in every way. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
10/10 Cold War (2018) Ray Pride A gorgeous depiction of reckless, headlong, decades-long love... The gorgeous, sweeping story isn't so much elliptical as a succession of sensations, of emotional fragrance told in songs... and shimmering black-and-white images. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
The Great Pretender (2018) Ray Pride The offhanded, piercing quality of the comedy within the viper's nest of romantic roundelays suggests a cruel Alan Rudolph, and that's more than enough for me. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
9/10 The Favourite (2018) Ray Pride Lushly furnished yet gleefully grotesque, all involved, especially leads Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz thrive on the malice within the eighteenth-century royal setting. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
8/10 Vice (2018) Ray Pride What a nasty piece of work! Adam McKay's Vice is glorious: a thrilling, frightening, jagged black comedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
10/10 Andrei Rublev (1969) Ray Pride Among the most startling movie scenes of them all, a climax that is visual, emotional, and the patient result of depicting process-craft and narrative alike-as tactile poetics of detail, gesture, mud, rain, fear and hope. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
10/10 Wings of Desire (1987) Ray Pride Some of the finest of writer Peter Handke's work, influenced by Rainer Maria Rilke, is on generous offer. Henri Alekan's camerawork, poetry upon poetry, is particularly fine. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
10/10 Roma (2018) Ray Pride Dogs everywhere. Human cannonballs... The occasional earthquake. A street massacre... There is blood and birth and gunfire and the eternal pull of the ocean itself, the great, sweeping, amniotic yet deadly sea. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
10/10 Burning (2018) Ray Pride Lee's film is true to the elusive character of his source material... but all such description of the movie fades in the face of its generous welter of poetry, of onrushing light and shadow and confusion and stark, staring beauty. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
9/10 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Ray Pride Their shared air of bristling odium and the vaudeville of dipsomania supply two of the most memorable malcontents in an age. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
10/10 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Ray Pride Schnabel's work speaks passionately for itself. The ecstatic bests the tragic. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
5/10 The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Ray Pride Werner Herzog: "Buster Keaton is the essence of movies. He is one of the inventors of cinema." EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
10/10 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Ray Pride Buster Scruggs is full-blooded bliss splashed across an American frontier as mad and savage as decades of storied nightmarish incivility. It's bleak. It's bloody. It's bounteous. Probably great! EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
9/10 Widows (2018) Ray Pride All the actresses are powerful, but Debicki's transformation as her character gains confidence is at the top of performances I've seen this year (including Viola Davis'). EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
8/10 Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Ray Pride Volf's passion for research pays off in every compelling minute. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
6/10 Suspiria (2018) Ray Pride Sincere, personal and impacted like a bullet lodged in a wall, Luca Guadagnino's passion project... is many things, including difficult to write about. A proper consideration would be a mad, scrabbling hypertext object and it still wouldn't satisfy. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
8/10 They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) Ray Pride A brisk, irreverent complement to Welles' brawling caravanserai, offering the man himself ample time to purr, coo and rue over the project and its setbacks. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
9/10 Border (2018) Ray Pride An odd-looking man named Vore enters her life, who slowly, steadily and with certainty, confuses her, her sense of scent, her sense of herself. Strange meets strange.... stories that bloom around them like so much madness come to dark life. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
8/10 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Ray Pride With actors like Redford, Sissy Spacek and Tom Waits (Tom Waits, actor!), banality is not on the bill of fare. (A side of corn, sure.) EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
6/10 What They Had (2018) Ray Pride A 2018 Sundance entry, the shredded gentility is anchored by the innate strengths of Danner, illuminating from within a woman with Alzheimer's who is leaving her family as much as awareness is leaving her. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
9/10 Free Solo (2018) Ray Pride The fraught, taut action movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
10/10 The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Ray Pride John Huston's incarnation of Jake Hannaford, a filmmaking legend debuting bits of his would-be with-it widescreen movie, is honeyed malice, an inebriate howl of terrified, wounded masculinity. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
8/10 The Fog (1980) Ray Pride The rich color cinematography by Dean Cundey gleams with shadow-drenched goodness in its new digital life, heightening the crisp confidence of Carpenter's Val Lewton-like atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
7/10 Halloween (2018) Ray Pride What it doesn't have: the adrenaline rush of total and complete surprise. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
9/10 Science Fair (2018) Ray Pride The discreet charm of the nerdoisie. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018