Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg
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T-Meter Title | Year
100% A German Youth (Une jeunesse Allemande) (2019) This documentary is fitfully thought-provoking, and particularly good at illustrating political fault lines of the time. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
76% Knives and Skin (2019) There is genuine eeriness here, and Reeder makes distinctive use of color and music. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
No Score Yet Ximei (2019) This isn't a groundbreaking documentary, but it does pay its subjects the ultimate courtesy, treating them as officials have not: as fully rounded human beings. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
83% Feast of the Epiphany (2018) It is easier to like "Feast of the Epiphany" as an idea for an uncompromising film than it is to reconcile its pretensions. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
100% After Parkland (2019) The movie succeeds where it counts: showing the reverberations of violence long after most cameras left. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
86% Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man (2019) This soft-edged character study lacks distance. Sim is portrayed as a quixotic figure unconcerned with practicalities, and the film would have benefited from more details on meetings and debate within Sim's organization. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
66% The Good Liar (2019) To avoid ruining the film, you should not only stop reading this review, but also pass on seeing the movie, which tips its hand practically from the moment the main characters meet. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
78% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Still, the various excuses made for The Enquirer's ethics undermine Landsman's efforts to portray the paper as splashy, all-American fun. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
100% Watson (2019) The movie can be frustratingly deferential toward Watson, but it is never less than urgent. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
No Score Yet 16 Bars (2019) It only sometimes transcends its role as an awareness tool and reveals the texture and detail that long-term documentary filming can produce. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
43% Midway (2019) It is rousing and respectful in its best moments and faintly ridiculous in others. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
63% American Dharma (2019) Morris wants to map how Bannon thinks. The movie he has made is less an act of muckraking than it is a psychological thriller, with Bannon its implacable villain. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
100% The Apollo (2019) While "The Apollo" itself might have taken a more inventive approach, it derives its power from the artistry it captures. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
70% Cubby (2019) Whatever charms the filmmakers envisioned are nowhere apparent in these 83 cringe-worthy minutes. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
70% The Kill Team (2019) While the leads are credible, the filmmaking (including a hacky score) adds a sheen of macho familiarity to a narrative that was eerily matter-of-fact in doc form. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
53% Farming (2019) [A] provocative if slightly plodding movie... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
No Score Yet Portals (2019) It is difficult to believe that an actual first encounter with interdimensional beings would be such a complete waste of time. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
20% Kinetta (2019) Time hasn't made it more than a cryptic curiosity. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
75% Serendipity (2019) "Serendipity" can be an extremely intimate documentary, but there are other times when it is curiously remote in elucidating Nourry's artistic intentions. This is not a criticism. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
98% The Cave (2019) "The Cave" is a frightening immersion in life under siege in Syria that, as difficult as it often is to watch, can't come close to replicating how harrowing it must have been to film. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
100% Stuffed (2019) The idea that taxidermy can be a form of archiving - a way of recording the poses of vanishing species - resurfaces throughout the film. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) If this installment lays on the moral (all families are freaky in their own ways) a bit thick, it has just enough wit and weirdness to honor its source material. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% Emanuel (2019) The movie is primarily an act of bearing witness that does not ask to be judged on conventional filmmaking terms. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
64% Mister America (2019) Although "Mister America" has inspired moments throughout, Tim's ignorance, insensitivity and ill-fitting tailoring aren't really good for 90 minutes of laughs. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) While it is generally engaging to learn about the influences of the screenwriter Dan O'Bannon or the artistic process of H.R. Giger (who designed the alien), the documentary is at its least fawning when it focuses on technique. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
50% Wallflower (2019) If the form of "Wallflower" is accomplished (if secondhand), its content is more dubious. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
100% On the President's Orders (2019) The thesis of "On the President's Orders" isn't terribly original, but in a needlessly roundabout way, it makes its case... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
67% I'm Leaving Now (Ya me voy) (2019) ...telling his story in vignettes allows the passage of time to be felt in other ways. Every jump forward is a small shock. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) An accessible introduction to James P. Allison, who, along with Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won a Nobel Prize in 2018 for discoveries in cancer immunotherapy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
50% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) Filmmakers can have a tough time distinguishing themselves in the crowded serial-killer genre. For Fatih Akin, the director of "The Golden Glove," the solution seems to have been making his movie as vomitous as possible. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
90% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) At times, more information would be preferable; in other scenes, images speak volumes without words. But as advocacy, the movie is potent and frequently terrifying. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
83% Always in Season (2019) "Always in Season" makes a powerful case that the history of lynching in the American South is not just history - that murders still haunt the present-day sites where they occurred, and that such killings can and do happen today. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
88% Diego Maradona (2019) You don't need to know much about soccer to get caught up in "Diego Maradona," a propulsive archival documentary on the celebrated and infamous Argentine footballer. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Redistribution (2019) That there is already a tradition of reappropriation in experimental film, by artists as great as Ken Jacobs and Bruce Conner, is outside either Price's knowledge or the faintly arbitrary parameters he has set. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
88% Another Day of Life (2019) An engrossing film in which form and function can be intriguingly opposed. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% Chained for Life (2019) Schimberg's film is odd, darkly funny and - when it means to be - a little frightening. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
67% Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (2018) It roots, roots, roots for its home team - and does little more. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
64% Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l'aube) (2019) The movie looks and sounds great, but greatness and depth elude it. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
87% Ne Zha (2019) A computer-animated feature of bright hues, hectic action and only occasional charm... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Little Prince (2019) "The Miracle of the Little Prince" seems to have been made from the supposition that too many discussions of grammar or syntax might bore viewers. Even so, the platitudes are worse. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
67% The Banana Splits (2019) Far less crazy than it wants to be and far more soporific than a synopsis would suggest. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
96% Jawline (2019) No movie this year has made a more powerful argument for unplugging than "Jawline," a disturbing, darkly hilarious documentary on live-broadcasting influencers. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
89% Genesis (Genèse) (2019) The film may be maddening as a character study, and it could damage an ionizer with its air of self-importance, but its experiments in form and tone are highly original. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) "The Fugitive," to which "Angel" owes perhaps even its rooftop finale, is a template against which this movie inevitably falls short. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
93% Kingdom (2019) The film acquits itself honorably, even if its ultimate message is disquieting. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
86% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) The movie unfolds impressionistically. To call it a portrait of collective resilience is accurate, but that description shortchanges its richness on both human and historical scales. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) "Cold Case Hammarskjold" is finally poised unsatisfyingly between an explosive exposé and a self-conscious put-on. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
100% Vision Portraits (2019) Despite its focus on as fluid and mysterious a subject as art, "Vision Portraits" addresses blindness in concrete, comprehensible terms. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
82% This is not Berlin (2019) The movie celebrates the thrill of performance art, the rush of drug trips and the melancholic cacophony of Joy Division. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) If Alvin Schwartz's popular "Scary Stories" children's books condensed folklore into an accessible anthology form, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," an agreeable bit of fan service, performs a similar gateway function for movies. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019