New Yorker

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Rating Title/Year Author
Fast Color (2018) Richard Brody It's the rare superhero film that proceeds without a devotion to the spectacular that filters out, from the start, all the interest that's generated from close attention to ordinary life. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
() Richard Brody What Grivas reveals is nothing less than the radical simplicity with which Godard creates moments of breathtaking grandeur. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Richard Brody What's missing from La Llorona is the element of world-building, the mapping of the myth onto the wider world in some more explicit and ample form than a mere sudden apparition. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Troy Patterson Homecoming is in a class of its own as a total synthesis of the pop arts. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Mary Magdalene (2018) Richard Brody There's exactly one image in the film that reflects a modicum of directorial imagination... EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
The Godfather (1972) Pauline Kael If ever there was a great example of how the best popular movies come out of a merger of commerce and art, "The Godfather" is it. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
() Richard Brody The filming of dance is a severe and exemplary test of cinematic artistry, and Eva's gymnastics, with its blend of dance and sport, grace and strength, provide Chytilová with a thrilling premise for the display of her own deft and daring power. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Richard Brody Leigh's bland images are solely illustrative, and his loving depiction of workers might embarrass a Soviet-era propagandist; he seems so stirred by their speeches that he forgets to craft characters... EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Little (2019) Richard Brody The cheerful action offers several moments of snappy comedy but feels largely forced; the road to the happy ending is long and narrow. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Grass (2019) Richard Brody Hong turns the café and its narrow alley into a graveyard of emotion. With a disturbing simplicity, he maps a passing vortex of pain onto bare and banal places and, in the process, rescues it from oblivion. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Dogman (2018) Anthony Lane Garrone's forte, as ever, is to layer the brutish with the beautiful, and to find grace in dereliction. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Stockholm (2018) Anthony Lane Something mysterious-a contagion of souls-occurred in that vault, and Budreau's movie, entertaining as it is, leaves us little the wiser. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
High Life (2018) Richard Brody It's as if the events of the film are excerpts from a master script emphasizing the most apparent and foregrounded...fraught with a slowed-down pace of action, to render simple actions portentous. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Nursery University (2008) Melvin Backman Class anxiety radiates from almost every frame. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Cleo From 5 to 7 (1961) Richard Brody Filming the sights (and sounds) of Paris with voracious visual delight, Varda embraces the turbulent distractions of public life, even as she filters them through Cleo's shattered consciousness. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
The Public (2018) Anthony Lane The problem is, there's only just enough story to go round. You can hear the creak as both characters and subplots get jacked up out of proportion. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
High Life (2018) Anthony Lane Denis delves into the group psychology of a beleaguered crew, housed in an interplanetary rust bucket. Her devotees will claim, correctly, that her movie blooms with provocative ideas... EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
The Brink (2019) Richard Brody If the barest elements of political psychology and social pathology are suggested in the course of the film, they're undercut and banalized by the movie's homogenized aesthetic... EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Fear Strikes Out (1957) Richard Brody [Mulligan] reflects an intense sensitivity, a romanticism of vulnerability and innocence that flashes a political edge. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Richard Brody Bissell, from the start, is interested in perpetrators, not victims, in illustrations of plot points, not curiosity about context. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Dragnet Girl (1933) Richard Brody Though the violence never uncorks and the story takes a sentimental turn, the deep shadows, the jarring angles and cuts, and the idiosyncratic whims of gesture evoke a sorry underworld that's out of joint, out of luck, and out of time. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Richard Brody Endearing performances... can't overcome the pedantic world-building and generic C.G.I. gyrations. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Out of Blue (2018) Anthony Lane Viewers who like their mysteries to be solved, rather than merely mused upon, should prepare for bewilderment. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Diane (2018) Richard Brody The sharp-edged bonds that hold a family and a community together are examined intimately but vaguely in this lyrical melodrama by the writer and director Kent Jones. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Burial of Kojo (2018) Richard Brody In its bold and limpid lyricism, the film is both an anguished delight in itself and an exemplar of dramatic freedom that should stand as a model for some filmmakers and a reproach to others. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Anthony Lane I was psyched for the reteaming of Keaton and Burton, who together cooked up "Beetlejuice" and two of the better Batman films, but the chemistry, sad to say, produces no magical brew. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Anthony Lane What a pleasure it is to meet certain characters in the movies, and what a relief not to know them in real life. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Brendan Gill The movie insidiously charms us into ignoring its defects, and for this the credit must go to a superb cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Napszállta (2018) Richard Brody Nemes adds distinctive but superfluous flourishes to this meticulous, overcalculated historical drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Hamlet Goes Business (1987) Richard Brody Infusing the hysterical precision of modernism with the anarchic bitterness of punk rock, Kaurismäki comes up with clever visual incarnations of many of the play's big moments and funny twists on some of its big lines. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Roll Red Roll (2018) Anthony Lane Even if you're steeped in the saga of Steubenville, the film contains plenty to appall you afresh. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Us (2019) Anthony Lane "Us" is political filmmaking of the most spirited sort, and it sets up quite a fight: the Hydes come to visit the Jekylls, and the Jekylls hit back. Whom you cheer for, in the long run, is up to you. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
() Doreen St. Felix Schumer's knee-jerk overshare here aspires to more than the quick, gross-out response. But her exhibitionism does not amount to real confession. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Rachel Syme The documentary is worth watching for the range of archival footage Gibney dug up, including some from inside Theranos's clandestine headquarters. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Richard Brody There's no shortage of significant works of art in which characters voice repellent ideas and do repellent things that, however, are distinguished artistically from the artist's own point of view. This isn't one of them. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) Penelope Gilliatt Rather splendid, rather encouraging. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Planet of the Apes (1968) Pauline Kael The picture is an enormous many-layered black joke on the hero and the audience, and part of the joke is the use of Charlton Heston as the hero. I don't think the movie could have been so forceful or so funny with anyone else. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Penelope Gilliatt The whole movie is often frightening in the wrong way -- not by force of satire but by weight of attitudinizing. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Thunderbolt (1929) Richard Brody With streaks of shadow and jolting contrasts of light to match the film's eccentric lurches between violence, comedy, and onscreen musical performance... Sternberg evokes a nerve-jangling city of macabre menace. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Richard Brody Fascinating shots of hundreds of scientists glued to rows of video terminals and switchboards are reduced to mere wallpaper; the work at hand remains a mystery. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Anthony Lane Do not be gulled by the slow pace of Jia's stories; they are ceaselessly alive to his country's haste, as it rushes to erase and to construct, and his sympathies tilt to those uncertain souls who simply can't keep up. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Anthony Lane Lurking below the movie is an unsavory irony: the killers and the filmmakers picked the hotel for the same reasons. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Richard Brody The problem is with the corporate anticulture that controls these productions-and the fandom-targeted demagogy that they're made to fulfill-which responsible casting can't overcome alone. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Pilgrimage (1933) Richard Brody A powerful fable of political progress. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
The Juniper Tree (1991) Richard Brody Keene films the supernatural tale of timeless rusticity with fanatical attention to the barren and craggy seaside setting; her stunningly spare yet phantasmagorical images fuse the forces of nature with the spirit of mystery. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Richard Brody Jia films the stern, grand drama with an avid eye for telling details that reflect stifled political protest, the nexus of business and crime, and the high-handed dictates of ruthless officials. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Se rokh (2018) Richard Brody Unquestioned patriarchal tradition and desperate responses to its oppressive power are dramatized in the Iranian director Jafar Panahi's sly and defiant metafictional road movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Tale of Tales (Skazka skazok) (1984) Anthony Lane There's something blessed and consoling in these unfathomable sights. You may not get them, but they get to you, and stay. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Anthony Lane Superhero cinema has lectured us, ad infinitum, on the responsibility that is conferred by extraordinary gifts. Praise be to Larson, for reminding us that they can be bringers of fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Poor White Trash (2000) Richard Brody Despite its vulgarizing touches, it's a crudely effective story about tradition and modernity, misogyny and resistance. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019