Newcity

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Rating Title/Year Author
10/10 MLK/FBI (2020) Ray Pride Pollard's infuriating wonderment patchworks a portrait... during the years he was under federal surveillance and harassment by law enforcement. Pollard does more than recreate an era, he creates a world, and it's the one we still live in. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
9/10 Soul (2020) Ray Pride Delighting in possibility. It's heavenly screwball. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
8/10 Promising Young Woman (2020) Ray Pride Style is ladled atop fury... as jaunty as the sounds of the songs we hear, sweetly discordant atop the mission at hand. The brew could be discomfiting to some, thrilling to others. It's ----ed up. And that's a good thing. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
1/10 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Ray Pride Adopts the pop style of its historical moment (but witout pop songs from the era) like Titanic could be understood as a melodrama from 1912; the slapdash choice and depiction of its villains is timeless. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
9/10 Finding Yingying (2020) Ray Pride Shi's clear, strong voice, instinctive use of personal archival materials and crisp storytelling elevates Finding Yingying... mystery and an empathetic journey as Zhang's family comes to the United States to look for their missing child. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
8/10 Mank (2020) Ray Pride Alcoholic screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman, centered, saturnine) is not an unreliable narrator, captured in the bloom and bruise of soused yet righteous imagination, but an unreliable dreamer. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
Echo Boomers (2020) Ray Pride They've got issues, and they've got themes: "We did everything they told us to do," another self-described millennial says of the crippling-debt education and ----ed workplace trajectory that brought them to this place. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
9/10 Totally Under Control (2020) Ray Pride Dense yet cleanly arrayed, Totally Under Control illuminates the choices made that underpin the unnecessary losses by the United States in 2020, not limited to 240,000 deaths and counting. Solid; enraging. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
10/10 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Ray Pride Simple? Profound? In a few sweet words: It's a celebration. Let's have one. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
9/10 All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Ray Pride Stacey Abrams is the central figure in their engaging, flammable history of voter suppression in America EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
7/10 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Ray Pride It's not hard to imagine what a packed theatrical audience would have made of those moments, the way "Borat" sucked the oxygen out of theaters fourteen years ago, propriety be damned, couth ripped asunder. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
10/10 Good Work (1999) Ray Pride We are given motion, gestures, enactment of anachronistic ritual. Raptures and vicissitudes shadow and sinew. The men work, strain, sweat; we are immersed in the routines of these stripped-bare Sisyphuses as they are weighted with inexorable fate. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
9/10 Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin (2019) Ray Pride Chatwin summoned Herzog, offering him the gift of the fine, brown leather rucksack that had accompanied him on all of his travels. (Another sturdy good that Chatwin's name is attached to is the Moleskine notebook, of which he filled scads.) EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
8/10 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Ray Pride Close-ups that suggest layers of being, and so, so much Buckley moving from woozy congeniality to tipsy top of the morning to multiple intellectual streams, ticking along with a rhythm both assured and lavishly lackadaisical... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
9/10 I Used to Go Here (2020) Ray Pride Looking toward a future, moving past emotional shellshock, assembled with the understated, even serene confidence of an experienced filmmaker... Rey is a miniaturist who has found an apt canvas. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
10/10 Hamilton (2020) Ray Pride There are works of art that arrive at exactly the right moment; very few arrive twice. The phenomenon continues. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
9/10 Queen & Slim (2019) Ray Pride Seething, kaleidoscopic fury that surfaces as a dense, dreamlike variation on the classic outlaw-couple romance after a diner first date between a pair of middle-class African Americans.. There's bravura and bravado, style and anger to burn. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
0/10 Irresistible (2020) Ray Pride Diana is played by Mackenzie Davis in the short hair and striped shirts of a 1980s Mary Stuart Masterson character, reducing the lithe, pansexual fury she displayed in Terminator: Dark Fate to the quizzical expressions of a house cat. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
9/10 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Ray Pride Lee's epic, dense, deft, politically insolent and deeply moral twenty-fifth fiction feature is fire. His sprawling, brawling canvas is also tightly controlled, both agitprop and agitpop, bringing forth injustice past, present and ongoing. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
4/10 The King of Staten Island (2020) Ray Pride Davidson's squirmy performance style suggests the unlikely prospect of an unlikable Steve Buscemi playing the Joker. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
7/10 Capone (2020) Ray Pride Exquisite crassness... more expressive and memorably cracked than most films that were meant to be released in 2020? (Fatal, fetal and fecal, to boot.) It is an emetic and an education: Trank's every choice is bold, assured and oftentimes bravura. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
9/10 The Descent (2005) Ray Pride RECOMMENDED "Deliverance" with alpha-female spelunkers instead of macho men, set in caverns rather than on an endangered river, Neil Marshall's intense, bloody, emotionally viscid [movie] is a neatly elegant bite of malicious terror. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
10/10 Children of Men (2006) Ray Pride Children of Men is concentrated cinema, wrought, focused, emblematic.... Cuarón [is] equally concerned with the survival of richly detailed cinema as the fraught voyage of his encircled, besieged characters. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2020
Holy Motors (2012) Ray Pride Holy Motors will offer the most succor for perceptive and discriminating cinephiles, like poetry for poets and jazz for jazz musicians. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
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
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 Pain and Glory (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