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Rating Title/Year Author
The Goldfinch (2019) Richard Brody This sprawling yet rushed adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel is textureless and flavorless. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Moment by Moment (1978) Richard Brody A superb romantic melodrama... EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
Monos (2019) Anthony Lane What Landes has done is to revise, and to render yet starker, the premise of "Lord of the Flies." EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Anthony Lane "Ad Astra" is Gray's most formidable paradox to date, liable to leave you awed, confused, and sad. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
América (2018) Richard Brody [T]he movie's fusion of medical, legal, and personal issues echoes far beyond its short span, and it briefly reaches grand philosophical heights in discussions of América's state of mind and emotional life. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Richard Brody Scafaria insightfully builds the action around the two women's interviews with a journalist, but the duo's methods... are all but elided in favor of a heartwarming tale of friendship, family, and shopping. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
The Sound of Silence (2019) Richard Brody An exciting idea and a cast with the flair to convey it go to waste in this overplotted, underdeveloped science-fiction mood piece. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Richard Brody This horror comedy muffs both the humor and the drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Mr. Klein (1976) Richard Brody Both a work of history, unstinting in its concrete depiction of political hatred and fear, and a portrait of the metaphysics of tyranny-a classic of doppelgänger paranoia that gathers the theme on a single string and pulls it into modernity. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Our Hospitality (1923) Richard Brody Buster Keaton's ingenuity, acrobatics, and romanticism flourish equally in this antic twist on melodrama... EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Afterglow (1997) Richard Brody The actors deliver their lines with stark and declamatory fervor, and their gestures have a sharp, sculptural stillness that's reminiscent of the grand artifices of classic-Hollywood productions. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
Mr. Klein (1976) Anthony Lane The miracle of the film is that Losey had the imaginative guts to probe his own fears and failings. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Richard Brody As Bernadette, Cate Blanchett is forced to do the work that Linklater doesn't devote to developing the story or characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Eren Orbey This new offering in the hide-and-seek horror genre rests on a foundation of class warfare and achieves a deft balance between gruesome horror and black comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
The Day I Became a Woman (2000) Richard Brody A masterwork of symbolic cinema; it depicts, with vast imagination, the ordeals faced by women in modern Iranian society. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Give Me Liberty (2019) Anthony Lane At once breakneck and tolerant, "Give Me Liberty" manages to be both rousingly Russian and touchingly all-American. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Anthony Lane It gets its claws into you, and won't let go. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Esto no es Berlín (2019) Richard Brody Family tragedy, legal matters, and the World Cup all zip through the drama, which has a miniseries' worth of incidents that get dispatched in quick, merely informational scenes filmed with little style or imagination. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Jawline (2019) Richard Brody [Mandelup] rushes from clip to clip, from sound bite to sound bite; the results are superficial and frustrating. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Party Girl (1958) Richard Brody Ray's direction, with its garish, searing streaks of color (red has rarely slashed the screen so violently), sharp diagonals, and quickly lurching wide-screen views, reflects its characters' raging energies and inner conflicts. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Richard Brody The movie's simple arc and conventional contours flatten both the passionate originality of Davis's music and the destructive chaos of his life. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
American Factory (2019) Richard Brody The filmmakers' probing analysis reveals the basic principles of freedom and dignity within the political essence of labor issues. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Richard Brody Øvredal's sense of horror is neither notably stark nor significantly ornamental; it's nearly textureless, as if it had been squeezed from a tube. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Anthony Lane "Good Boys" is worth catching for those rare and wrenching points at which emotional honesty breaks through. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Anthony Lane "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" has to be seen, and demands to be believed, because of Cate Blanchett. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Richard Brody It's a dream of inclusion that feels narrow, a vision of liberation that feels constrained, a view of progress that feels like a lockstep into the future. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) Richard Brody One of the sharpest and most perceptive movies about the film industry. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973) Richard Brody Dixon launches the film with a satirical tone-mocking white officials who'd rather not integrate the agency-and sharpens it to an edge of restrained precision, aided by Cook's highly pressurized performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) Richard Brody Coppola tells this story with grand exuberance without masking the personal and historical tragedies that it involves. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Anthony Lane There's nothing wrong with documentarians taking center stage in the drama of their own research, as... Werner Herzog demonstrates. The trouble with this ploy, however, is that you have to be Herzog, or a figure of comparable charisma, to pull it off. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Anthony Lane This movie muses gracefully on its moral opportunities. In the end, though, it plumps for the lobster. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Richard Brody It hints frustratingly, throughout, at a comedic impulse that the direction of its actors suppresses. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady (2017) Vinson Cunningham Wolf has a friendly, peppy demeanor but delivers her punch lines like shanks to the gut EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Honeyland (2019) Richard Brody Its narrative construction depicts extraordinary tensions and conflicts with a clarity and coherence that a screenwriter might dream of. At the same time, the film's dramatic power comes at the expense of the reportorial side of documentary filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Richard Brody Tarantino has become a nudnik filmmaker, who grabs a viewer by the lapel and says-and says and says-what's on his mind. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Anthony Lane The filmmaker may be on a mission to get everything right about 1969, down to the sounds and smells, but he's also inviting us to smoke a little wrongness. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Anthony Lane The movie simmers with a longing for revenge, frequently boiling over, and the foe is not just Hawkins but the colonialist order for which he stands: barbarism, thinly disguised as civilization. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
The Cremator (1969) Anthony Lane Herz practiced a surrealism that is bare of whimsy and armed with aggression; one image splinters into the next, and, in the opening scene, full of caged beasts, you feel the prowling presence of Kafka. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Richard Brody [A] boldly confrontational and journalistically probing documentary... EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Old Boyfriends (1979) Richard Brody Tewkesbury evokes a Hitchcockian depth of subjectivity in what is essentially a first-person survey of women's hidden terrors. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Honeyland (2019) Anthony Lane "Honeyland" swarms with difficult, ancient truths about parents, children, greed, respect, and the need for husbandry. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Anthony Lane Rarely has brand recognition soared to such fetishistic heights, and I regret to inform you that, aside from the updating of the vocal cast, the most blatant discrepancy between the old and the new is a very slight increase in the comedy of flatulence. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Criss Cross (1948) Richard Brody A hectic fusion of on-location texture and stylish artifice. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Crawl (2019) Richard Brody For viewers seeking summertime relief from the intellectual burden of superhero movies, there's this accidentally funny and numbingly literal action thriller. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Doreen St. Felix In Right Now, Ansari is a fitting ambassador for a certain bourgeois ambivalence. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Cassandro, the Exotico! (2018) Richard Brody [Losier] revels in Cassandro's offstage charisma and in his acrobatic artistry while also revealing the authentic violence of the sport's blatant artifice. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Anthony Lane [T]he movie is compact, coolly heartwarming, and gratifyingly uncute. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Richard Brody [Lynn] Shelton weaves multiple coils of rage into a tense and volatile mechanism that... yields bold and surprising implications for politics at large and for modes of resistance. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) Jia Tolentino The smile of a beauty queen, the glinting crown and the heaps of flowers, always holds the faint scent of bloodlust, and a whisper of the grave. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Richard Brody Yesterday is ultimately a romantic comedy, but a conceptually complex one, built on a peculiarly reactionary framework of private life and a culturally conservative pop classicism. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019