Sight and Sound
Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
Kate Plays Christine (2016)
"By burrowing past the more sensational aspects of Chubbuck's story to the more troubling nuances of her psyche, Greene and Sheil have a fashioned a more holistic and sympathetic portrait of Chubbuck than any straight fiction could ever hope to."
"even as it parades all manner of deviant depravities concerning the body & the body politic, it also transgresses the normal bounds of the horror genre, graphically engendering an allegory of an individual's, & a nation's, awkward rites of passage."
"This lost & allegedly dangerous film maudit may not be extant, but in his pursuit of it Delage offers a potted history... while also highlighting the imaginative power of cinema itself, capable of conjuring reality's phantoms from fictive montages."
The Similars (Los Parecidos) (2016)
"a surreal assimilation of reality to fantasy, wearing its generic influences (sci-fi, noir, horror, pulp) on its face, while also weaving them into the very fabric of it story. It may be concerned with copying, but The Similars is a true original."
Director's Cut (2016)
The Love Witch (2016)
"all this [visual attractiveness] is part of the film's seductive artifice, fashioned to mesmerise the viewer in much the way that witch protagonist Elaine uses makeup, dress and wig to lure male lovers by reflecting their fantasies."
Man Underground (2016)
Another Evil (2015)
"Beautifully written, funny and awkward, this plays like Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass's Creep (2014) for ghostbusters, and leaves viewers to unpack for themselves where (if anywhere) the evil promised by the title lies."
The Master Cleanse (2015)
"As lost, lonely self-helpers struggle to work out whether their negative feelings should be killed off once and for all, or embraced and even shared, Miller's screenplay births plenty of emotionally intelligent tragicomedy."
The Childhood of a Leader (2016)
Sweet Bean (An) (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
The Hard Stop (2015)
From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016)
No Home Movie (2016)
"It's not hard to imagine having a hostile reaction to this piece of work, so convincing is it in giving the impression of being tossed off that anyone not paying attention might overlook its calm control and the deep core of pain hidden in plain sight."
Cemetery of Splendor (2016)
"Apichatpong's singular method is by now familiar: he looks at present-day realities through a prism of personal and collective memories, refusing to distinguish between the everyday, dream-states and dark fantasies"
Museum Hours (2013)
Django Unchained (2012)
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)
In the Fog (2013)
"The intellectual range is vast, and the images and performances stirring beyond the customary standard. In its thorough meditation on man's moral place, and its beautiful depiction of one version of life's trial, lies this film's joy."
"Brizé has cleverly cast people with an extraordinary confidence in front of the camera, which means that Lindon's customary minimalist yet charismatic performance style blends wonderfully with the rest of the cast."
Love & Friendship (2016)
Raw (Grave) (2017)
"From the opening credits -- a grainy breakneck tour of the lives of two teenage girls who lark about, posing and dancing via vertical-aspect cameraphone footage, I had a suspicion we were onto something special."
"With such a poised and meticulously detailed lead performance at its heart, rich in ambiguities and resonant overtones, the film is not only consistently compelling but pleasingly thought-provoking."
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)
I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2016)
Ma loute (2016)
"It's full of surreal invention, and gorgeously shot, but you get the sense that Dumont, by letting his top-rank French cast go way OTT, traps himself in a vein of French comedy that's an acquired taste at best."
Toni Erdmann (2016)
"Kleber Mendonça Filho's second feature and followup to his well-regarded Neighbouring Sounds is at once a refinement and a deepening of the social and stylistic preoccupations laid out so comprehensively in the critic-turned-director's debut."
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
"There's none of the humiliating gross-out humour that dominates modern teen comedy, giving the film an affable, breezy appeal -- although, as often happens in Linklater-land, apparently light-hearted scenes are tinged with violence."
The Neon Demon (2016)
American Honey (2016)
Personal Shopper (2017)