New Yorker

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Rating Title/Year Author
About Some Meaningless Events (1974) Richard Brody Further proof (as if it were ever needed) that aesthetic imagination and civic engagement aren't opposed, but, rather, are mutually reinforcing. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Success Is the Best Revenge (1984) Richard Brody With a florid style and a pugnacious tone, Skolimowski evokes the tangled paradoxes of freedom and the illusions of nostalgia alike. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Anthony Lane What sets this film apart is its fusing of the impassioned and the grimly palpable. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
MLK/FBI (2020) Anthony Lane We are reminded... of an awkward truth-that Hoover's F.B.I. was not some rogue outfit but a core component of the existing social structure, welded firmly to public opinion. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Pieces of a Woman (2020) Richard Brody Its effortful grandiosity transforms it into something hollow and even, at times, risible. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
The Money Order (1968) Richard Brody Sembène looks ruefully yet tenderly at the ruses and wiles of the poor, whose desperate struggles-with the authorities and with one another-distract them from political revolt. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
Luxor (2020) Richard Brody The dialogue is thin and the action is patchy, but Durra films Hana's travels-and the places that she visits-with an ardent attention that fuses emotional life with aesthetic and intellectual exploration. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
Pieces of a Woman (2020) Anthony Lane For the most part, "Pieces of a Woman" is a model of concentration and clout, fired up by actors of unstinting ardor. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Dear Comrades! (2020) Anthony Lane Konchalovsky has confounded us yet again, damn him, by coming up with his masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
The Long, Long Trailer (1954) Richard Brody [A] frenetic and intricate comedy... EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Rumble Fish (1983) Richard Brody A myth-infused coming-of-age story that's directed with a grandly imaginative visual repertoire to match. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
The Belovs (1993) Richard Brody Kossakovsky shares an empathetic complicity with Anna and looks at Mikhail with gimlet-eyed reserve; he views the relentless labor of farm life as a mark of devoted humanity and cosmic futility. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
Sylvie's Love (2020) Richard Brody The movie rushes through its plot and keeps character development spare, but its imaginative flair packs great emotional power. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
Soul (2020) Richard Brody Far from teaching children to follow their dreams, the movie... advocates leaving the dreaming to the pros. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
One Night in Miami (2020) Richard Brody The fervent performances, which King passionately and probingly spotlights, match the momentousness of the high-stakes dialectical wrangling. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
Mutual Appreciation (2005) Richard Brody Bujalski has a logical eye for parsing casually unfolding events with visual coherence, and his dryly satirical view of grownups' fatuities doesn't lose sight of the charming vanity of youthful illusions. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
Map of the Human Heart (1993) Anthony Lane This private epic by the New Zealand director Vincent Ward moves across continents, languages, and elements - from pack ice to hellfire and back again. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
Let Them All Talk (2020) Richard Brody "Let Them All Talk" offers enough surprises of tone, pleasures of mood, and piquantly composed images to carry the film through with a sort of visual music, compensating for the dramatic thinness without overcoming it. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) Richard Brody The film's tautly controlled turbulence guides the eye to salient details, its clarified lines of dramatic tension calmly burst into images of an explosive yet nearly static intensity. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
The Prom (2020) Anthony Lane There were moments when I simply lost my courage and had to look away, as some people do during the tooth-drilling scene in "Marathon Man." EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
Another Round (2020) Anthony Lane One of the director's most absorbing works. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
To the Ends of the Earth (2019) Richard Brody Kiyoshi Kurosawa's contemplative and critical melodrama is a travelogue about a travelogue, a tale of the fabrications of reality TV and their effect on the fabricators. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
She Done Him Wrong (1933) Richard Brody With a tantalizing control of tempo, West sashays and quips her way through a web of crime and local politics, flaunting a carefree erotic radiance that mixes business and pleasure with gleefully feigned indifference. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
Mank (2020) Richard Brody An astutely probing and pain-filled work of speculative historical psychology-and a vision of Hollywood politics that shines a fervent plus ça change spotlight on current events. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Talking About Trees (2019) Richard Brody Some of the best talk, and some of the most dedicated collaborations, and some of the warmest friendships that I've seen in a movie in quite a while. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
I'm Your Woman (2020) Anthony Lane The movie, which is directed by Julia Hart, may have the outline of a thriller, but the gaps are filled with waiting. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Let Them All Talk (2020) Anthony Lane Gradually, against all expectation, we find ourselves in a serious and somewhat Jamesian drama, strewn with riddles. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Lake Placid (1999) Anthony Lane This may be no more than a squib of a B movie, and it remains about as frightening as a fish tank, but, if you have any poetry in your soul, you will surely thrill to a film that ends with a crocodile sticking its head in a helicopter. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
Black Bear (2020) Richard Brody The drama's rapt focus on Allison, along with its depiction of high-risk cinematic adventures, is its hot emotional core, and only an excess narrative wink or two dampen its energies. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
Billie (2019) Richard Brody Despite some dubious editing (including the colorization of images), Erskine aptly anchors the movie in Holiday's art, with well-chosen clips of her startlingly intense performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Richard Brody With his soupy, impersonal manipulations of memory and experience, void of the burrs that attach them to the world at large, Howard, whether intentionally or not, has made a libertarian's fantasy. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Anthony Lane Somewhere, inside this lovely and desperate movie, there's the ghost of a Western. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
The Rise of Louis XIV (1966) Richard Brody Rossellini deftly and briskly turns ideas into action... EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
The Scarlet Empress (1934) Richard Brody Josef von Sternberg makes the cruelty the point in his lurid and macabre spectacle about the rise to absolute power of Catherine the Great, of Russia, who's played with an arachnid subtlety by Marlene Dietrich. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Chimes at Midnight (1965) Richard Brody ...multiple dimensions of tragedy and devises a passionately vigorous repertory of images to embody it... EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Princess Yang Kwei-fei (1955) Richard Brody Mizoguchi films the imperial romance with robust ardor and delicate humor; he delineates the cruelly punitive constraints of law that are placed on women at court with bitter clarity... EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Orlando (1992) Richard Brody Potter's ironies, veering between the blunt and the exquisite, the oblique and the confrontational, expose the cruel hazards of nature and the perversities of culture. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
The Nest (2020) Richard Brody Durkin builds his discerning observations on a dramatic foundation that's no less unchallenged, and no less rickety, than the social fictions on which it depends. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Malina (1991) Richard Brody One of the most fertile and furious blends of literature and cinema... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Harry, He's Here to Help (2000) Anthony Lane A smart horror story, at once thrilling and upsetting... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Mank (2020) Anthony Lane For all its great beauty, it winds up chasing its own tale. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker (2020) Richard Brody Prominently features self-depictions taken from his copious audio and visual archives to evoke his life and work with a bracing, tragic sense of immediacy. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
The Climb (2019) Richard Brody Though the characters range from ciphers to clichés, they nonetheless get caught in some unusual comedic tangles that Covino laces with heartfelt observations. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
The Bride Wore Red (1937) Richard Brody The director Dorothy Arzner infuses this glossy romantic comedy, from 1937, set in the pleasure domes of Europe, with acrid insight and theatrical flair. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
The American Sector (2020) Richard Brody Stephens and Velez's ultimate subject is the real-world stakes of the ongoing struggles between historical myths and historical knowledge. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
Six in Paris (1965) Richard Brody Rouch poses weighty challenges to the unquestioned routines of daily life; his small-scale film has the rich social, political, historical, and psychological implications of an epic feature. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
I.Q. (1994) Anthony Lane Half a great movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
Ammonite (2020) Anthony Lane The movie persuades you, and bears you along. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Kárhozat, (Damnation) (1988) Anthony Lane Tarr is seldom prized as a storyteller, yet I noticed, for the first time, how neatly his plot is woven into the texture of the tale. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
Let Him Go (2020) Anthony Lane The film is low of mood and cleanly told. The dialogue, at times, is whittled to the core. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020