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Rating Title/Year Author
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Richard Brody Under the film's hyper-formatted style and impersonal action, there's a pretty good movie straining to break out-which makes the waste of its creators' earnest exertions all the more dismaying. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
Downhill (2020) Richard Brody The Stantons have no politics, no culture, no family background, no range of experience, no interests, no habits, no expressions, no style-no substance and no depth. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
Vitalina Varela (2019) Richard Brody Spectacular images, ideas, emotions, and performances are embedded in the lugubrious pace and tone of Pedro Costa's modernist fusion of classic melodrama and documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) Richard Brody This touch of fiction turns the clips of Hudson's performances into virtual documentaries of his inner self, of Hollywood's winking mores, and of the repressive times. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
The Innocent (1976) Richard Brody Visconti treats the script's florid speeches as sensual delights-translations into language of a vanished opulence that his images lovingly display. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
I Was at Home, But (Ich war zuhause, aber) (2019) Richard Brody A classroom production of "Hamlet" and an outburst of domestic rage are equally blank, arbitrary, and undeveloped. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Corpus Christi (2019) Anthony Lane "Corpus Christi" is neither a parable nor an allegory, yet image after image seems charged with intent, from the opening shot... to the climax, an apocalyptic welter of fire and blood. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Anthony Lane An unholy and sadistic mess. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Sunless Shadows (2019) Richard Brody Oskouei's documentary presents an agonizing view of patriarchal power in public and private life, law and custom alike. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Stranger Than Paradise (1984) Richard Brody A unified vision of populist American aesthetics. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020) Richard Brody This witless and soulless thriller squanders a formidable cast, including Blake Lively and Jude Law, who endure arduous fight scenes in a doomed effort to lend the flimsy plot some plausibility. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
The Tall Target (1951) Richard Brody Director Anthony Mann fleshes out the intricate story with vigorous and subtle attention to its disparate elements-political, psychological, and brutal. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Richard Brody Green's direction and dramatic sensibility are blunt, but the film's laboratory-like microcosm of scenarios pointedly similar to recent widely publicized events in the movie business is shocking and effective. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Melinda (1972) Richard Brody A sly and seething blend of genres and tones in the guise of a straightforward blaxploitation drama. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
The Traitor (2019) Anthony Lane If you want family values, Marco Bellocchio is your man, though they may not be what you expect. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Beanpole (2019) Richard Brody The characters don't seem to exist outside the stilted drama of their individual scenes; the ambiguities of Balagov's detached approach yield a sentimental tale of pride and reverence. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
() Richard Brody A hauntingly off-kilter revision of the end-of-high-school drama. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
Making Montgomery Clift (2018) Michael Schulman Making Montgomery Clift is a fascinating study of the ethics of biography... EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992) Richard Brody The film presents an outward view of the inner life of a young black woman-of a person who, by the fact of those three descriptors, is subjected to relations of power and control. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Les misérables (2019) Richard Brody Its merely plot-driven depictions of its residents converges with Ly's merely functional direction, to flatten "Les Misérables" into the undistinguished style of conventionally apolitical and socially indifferent conventional crime dramas. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Anthony Lane What distinguishes the latest Cage freak-out is the care with which it's paced; not until halfway through does he start to lose his hinge, and, even when his face is sprayed with blood, he keeps his glasses on, as if hoping to settle down with a book. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020) Anthony Lane "The Gentlemen" is a mongrel of a movie. There are not enough twists and tangles for a proper mystery, not enough thrills for an action flick, and not enough laughs for a comedy... EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Nationtime, Gary (1972) Richard Brody The... film buzzes with the long-term historical power of the occasion, and notes the divisions that the organizers struggled to overcome. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Broken Barriers (1919) Richard Brody Davenport's direction is plain, but his sense of place is intense; the raw survivalism in the rustic village is accompanied by the violence of its mores and the fierce rigidity of its laws. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Macho Dancer (1988) Richard Brody Brocka builds scenes with incisive clarity, unfolding the intrepid maneuvers that make the difference between survival and disaster; the inevitable recourse to violence is tinged with a revolutionary defiance. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
1917 (2019) Richard Brody While Mendes didn't shrink from displaying the vivid imagination of a suburban horndog, he's unwilling to face the imagination of the valorous combatants of "1917." EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Frida (2002) David Denby Smart, willful, and perverse, this Frida is nobody's servant, and the tiny Hayek plays her with head held high. You may want to laugh now and then, but you won't look away. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Cunningham (2019) Marina Harss Kovgan's film succeeds in a way that most dance documentaries do not: as an art object in and of itself. It is well edited, well paced, and as I've said already, beautifully shot. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Cats (2019) Richard Brody The movie "Cats" is-forgive the critical jargon-pretty good. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Little Women (2019) Richard Brody A work of poetic smuggling: a movie made within the norms of the industry that also reflects Gerwig's own personal artistic ideas, ideals, and obsessions. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Clemency (2019) Anthony Lane The movie's moral and emotional burden rests on the capable shoulders of Alfre Woodard. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Les misérables (2019) Anthony Lane Victor Hugo would watch this film and weep. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Cats (2019) Anthony Lane However amazing the trickery may be... the characters fall awkwardly into the crack between animal and human, and the plot, which requires them to sing and dance in competition with one another, is scarcely more convincing. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Richard Brody This devastatingly affecting drama, based on a true story, reveals outrageous abuses in the justice system-ones that have hardly been redressed. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Richard Brody The movie plays like an extended ad for Prohibition, three decades after it ended. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Little Women (2019) Anthony Lane Though we can't foretell whether time will be cruel or kind to Gerwig's "Little Women," it may just be the best film yet made by an American woman. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Richard Brody The hermetic logic of the plot is as impeccable as it is ridiculous. It's a drama crafted with robotic insularity for the consumption of viewers being rendered robotic at each moment of the soullessly uniform spectacle. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
() Richard Brody What emerges, as if in real time, is a new age of feminist self-awareness, with new artistic practices to match. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
1917 (2019) Anthony Lane A highly convincing welter of dirt, exhaustion, and decay... EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Richard Brody Sciamma's work with the actors here reflects an inspired effort-going far beyond costume and décor-to evoke the inner life of the historical period. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Invisible Life (2019) Anthony Lane "Invisible Life" is a heady blend of the casual, the sorrowful, the near-mythical, and the carnally explicit... EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Anthony Lane As often occurs with topical tales, which are hellbent on catching a widespread mood (in this instance, anger and disgust), there's something hasty and undigested about "Bombshell." EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Richard Brody [A] recklessly audacious and wildly accomplished blend of crime thriller, family melodrama, and sports drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Brody Pained, complex, and pugnacious... EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Chess Fever (1925) Richard Brody Jolting special effects evoke the magnetic grip of the checkerboard pattern on the hapless hero, and macabre subplots don't dispel the collective gaiety of fanatical delusion. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Richard Brody When a giant stumbles, the thud is colossal. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Anthony Lane A little too arch and over-concocted for its own good... EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Seberg (2019) Anthony Lane Seberg was that most benighted of creatures, the paranoiac who is dead right, and her fears are enshrined in Stewart's performance, at once twitchy and refined; notice how she touches her hairline, as if to check the lid of her head. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
The Big Night (1951) Richard Brody Losey's nerve-jangling style matches the subject: his images' crisscrossing and striated lines evoke George's unresolved tangle of conscience and identity. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Anthony Lane It couldn't be fresher if it were mixed on a palette in front of us, and the intensity with which, in the second half, the two women look themselves into love, as it were, is fleshly, funny, and sublimely untheoretical. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019