Cineaste Magazine

Cineaste Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Adam Nayman, Christopher Long, Glenn Heath Jr., Graham Fuller, Maria Garcia, Robert Koehler
Rating Title/Year Author
Border (2018) Darragh O'Donoghue Border, therefore, is inevitably diminished on a second or informed first viewing. That said, it is still an impressive piece of work. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Robert Koehler The movie singlehandedly upends decades of unimaginative habits by British filmmakers who have generally treated history as well-behaved pageants with period-perfect costumes and lavish settings. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Cold War (2018) Jonathan Murray A celluloid tribute to mid-twentieth-century jazz assumes jazzlike form itself, taking a title with powerful preexisting associations only to riff on and away from such things in highly individual and innovative ways. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Jia nian hua (2017) Lux Chen Angels adopts the gritty, documentary-style realism of Chinese independent cinema, using sharp, handheld images to depict the daily struggle of the underclass, but refuses to take women's fall from grace for granted. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Chasing Madoff (2011) Maria Garcia Chasing Madoff takes ninety-one minutes and delivers nothing more than what it hopes to pass off as the story of an unsung, working-class hero. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Young Adult (2011) Maria Garcia There is not much to admire in Young Adult in terms of originality in cinematography or production design. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
The House I Live In (2012) Maria Garcia What makes The House I Live In so potent is the filmmaker's sincerity. Despite a preference for sweeping statements and conclusions, he establishes palpable emotional connections to several of his subjects who are victims of the war on drugs. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Phantom Thread (2017) Richard Porton Phantom Thread does not flaunt an easily digestible, on-the nose heartwarming message. Highly allusive in its propensity to quote, or pay tribute to, film history, Anderson's approach... does not offer his audience predigested verities. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Lawrence Garcia Call Me By Your Name is made from small wonder, all the more impressive for being so seamlessly fused to an overall, unified vision. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Robert Cashill Blade Runner 2049 offers the reassurance of the familiar. Not bad, just not enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2017
War Machine (2017) Glenn Heath Jr. He deftly explores how cycles of human delusion help fuel failing foreign policies and rampant governmental hubris. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2017
Okja (2017) Rahul Hamid The film's emotional through line is simple, though the plot is convoluted. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2017
Baby Driver (2017) Adam Nayman Baby Driver is so poorly written on levels of plot, characterization and (especially) dialogue that Wright's typically first-rate craftsmanship fails to save it-and, in context, even becomes its own source of annoyance. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2017
Hell or High Water (2016) Thomas Doherty The best Western since -- what? -- Unforgiven (1992)? Open Range (2003)? The elemental elements are all there, burnt into the film's hide like a brand, with no irony, no city slicker condescension EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2016
American Honey (2016) Graham Fuller As it traverses the hinterland, providing windows into various social classes, each of which is fair game for Krystal, American Honey becomes a kind of bitter allegory of the American Dream. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
A Bigger Splash (2015) Darragh O'Donoghue [It's undone by] Guadagnino's would-be exhibitionist style; the narrative of A Bigger Splash hops tiresomely between the present drama and multiple "explanatory" flashbacks. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2016
The Neon Demon (2016) Adam Nayman That everything is intended in bad taste is one thing; that it's all finally more bland than bitter is another. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2016
Academy of the Muses (2015) Aaron Cutler The film's staged explorations of literature's effect on the psyche are ultimately revealing of the force held on the psyche by cinema, a medium with the power to preserve people as we once knew and possibly treasured them. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2016
Spotlight (2015) Thomas Doherty In Spotlight, journalism is serious business. And -- not to bury the lede -- it plays less as a paean to a noble profession than an elegy to a set of practices that are as dead as the steam-powered printing press. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2016
Frost/Nixon (2008) Thomas Doherty Fear not and have faith, the film assures us, television will do what the pathetic U.S. Constitution could not-put the malefactor on trial and render a just -- that is, guilty -- verdict, with the perp nailed in the witness chair. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2015
Carol (2015) Graham Fuller The movie's sensory evocation of falling in love, with all its joys and miseries, is gender-blind; its critique of patriarchal power-hoarding and bourgeois repressiveness -- the Sirkian theme Haynes previously explored in Far from Heaven -- is timeless. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3/4 The Sorcerers (1967) Robert Cashill A truly chilling film. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2012
3/4 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Robert Cashill Does Rises rise to the occasion? I'd say it depends on where you're invested, but it's pleasantly straightforward. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2012
3/4 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010) Robert Cashill An interview with Guillermo del Toro and Guy Pearce. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2011
3/4 Bellflower (2011) Robert Cashill One of the most intriguing movies around, at once knife-edged and tender, ablaze with flaming imagery and a thrashing soundtrack, and more ambitious than films with far greater resources at their disposal. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2011
2.5 Stake Land (2010) Robert Cashill Not bad but leaves its best ideas by the side of the road. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2011
4/4 Splice (2009) Robert Cashill More than the sum of its spare parts. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2011
8/10 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Christopher Long Iguanas aside, Cage's performance is the film's centerpiece. He starts at over the top and climbs ever higher... EDIT
Posted May 2, 2010
3/4 King Kong (2005) Robert Cashill Twas beauty killed the beast? No. Twas Silicon Graphics. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2008