Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Anne Trister (1986) Many will recognize their own internal struggles in Anne's psychodramatic journey. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
No Score Yet Sitting in Limbo (1986) Limbo's insights and the instinctive performances of its cast make it one of the most genuinely likable Canadian films in recent memory. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
59% While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra) (2019) ...an old-fashioned, somewhat hollow costume drama. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
90% The Endless Trench (La trinchera infinita) (2019) The ultimate exemplar of agoraphobia. At 147 minutes, The Endless Trench makes the audience feel the years go by along with the imprisoned man. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
No Score Yet A Dark-Dark Man (2019) A tongue-in-cheek policier from Kazakhstan with echoes of Dashiell Hammett and the Coen Brothers. Who would expect, in the middle of some rowdy cops-and-thieves action to find a woman TV reporter quoting Montesquieu? - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
100% Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) A priceless bit of neo-realism effectively casting non-actors as exploited workers building a house from scratch for an uncaring, exploitative rich man. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
75% Sorry We Missed You (2019) Debbie Honeywood, a non-actress whom Loach cast as the mom, is so endearing and heart-breaking I'm giving her an Oscar right now! - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) ...an insightful allegory about the ravages of colonialism, with a fine script by JM Coetzee from his acclaimed novel. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Joker is socially irresponsible at times, but with purpose. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
98% Love, Antosha (2019) [A] loving, tender documentary biography of actor Anton Yelchin. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Echo in the Canyon is really made by the interviews... - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
83% Official Secrets (2019) A well-made, somewhat conventional political thriller based on the true-life travails of British whistleblower Katharine Gunn. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
62% Yesterday (2019) You can't get more overwrought than the films of Britain's Danny Boyle from Trainspotting to Slumdog Millionaire to Yesterday, his newest and perhaps cheesiest work. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
94% Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) ...the first mainstream film in which a gay man is totally guiltless about his homosexuality. He has not a moment of self-hate and certainly not a thought to suicide - not while he's having such a randy good time... - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) These remarkably etched secondary characters are a highlight of The Souvenir, beautifully rendered by James Spencer Ashworth and the great Tilda Swinton. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
63% The Mountain (2019) Kudos to filmmaker Alverson for turning Eisenhower's placid America into an eerie, Germanic gothic nightmare. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
100% South Mountain (2019) Smart, beautifully written, effortlessly directed... - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) It's a poignant, harrowing tale... - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
89% Saint Frances (2019) In the most deft, nimble way, Saint Frances offers a winning story while getting behind a laundry list of important feminist issues, including postpartum depression and the efficacy of women dating younger men. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
60% Greta (2019) It's a slight, uninspired by-the-numbers genre film, and we've seen this paranoia-inducing tale too often. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
No Score Yet Lifeboat (2019) A ripped-from-the headlines refugee film, and it's a harrowing one. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% End Game (2018) End Game is a powerful work. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% Period. End of Sentence. (2018) An old-fashioned cheery tale. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% Black Sheep (2018) Black Sheep, directed by Ed Perkins, combines an arresting monologue by Cornelius Walker... with well-done dramatic recreations of his earlier life trying, in questionable ways, to "fit in" to his new country. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
No Score Yet A Night at the Garden (2019) [A] sharp, frightening 7-minute documentary. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A potent metaphysical thriller. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
100% Shirkers (2018) The first was, tragically, never completed. The second, happily for all of us, exists, and it's a gem, a treasure, the most delightful film about cinephelia since Ed Wood. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) But recount it [the filmmakers] do, mighty entertainingly, in Rodents of Unusual Size. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
56% The Bookshop (2018) Reading is treated as a commodity, namedropping literary titles as a way for middlebrow film audiences to feel proud of themselves for being in the know. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
94% The Triplets of Belleville (2003) A shimmering, knowing homage to the beginnings of sound animation. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
78% Pal Joey (1957) In Pal Joey, Rita Hayworth makes an indelible impression as a screen siren, as sexy as in her '40s heyday, winning the audience's favor. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) As for our waiting forever for the appearance of Cher, who is given the most delayed entrance since that of Moliere's Tartuffe: I don't get her aura as a show-biz icon. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
95% Filmworker (2018) Tony Zierra's film is a worthy and interesting one, but I admit to becoming worn down by the endless litany of unglamorous ways that protagonist Vitali worked his butt off for the genius filmmaker. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It's a one-note ode to the power of love even when, in this case, love stinks like dead fish. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Expect this film, with its relentless brutality and aching sense of wonder, to seep into your very marrow. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
88% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) Enjoyable and charming. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
60% Ramen Heads (2018) It combines the ramen obsession of Tampopo with Jiro Dreams of Sushi's strategy of celebrating a Japanese master chef who lives and dies for his restaurant. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
45% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow isn't great in any way, but, at two hours and twenty minutes, we do get our money's worth of old-school genre entertainment, and with action that jumps nicely about the globe from Washington to Moscow to Budapest to London. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
86% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Still, the film is a lesser one as it becomes a made-for-TV trial melodrama, with actors delivering oratorical speeches and the plot spinning several times with contrived, made-to-shock revelations. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
93% A Woman, A Part (2017) Credit director Subrin for being resourceful in incorporating her cast's real-life situations into her storytelling. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) ... potent documentary... - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
100% Six By Sondheim (2013) This program is Lapine's heartfelt gift to his great musical theatre collaborator. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
79% Brad's Status (2017) Brad's Status, a downer comedy written and directed by the subversively talented Mike White, is a triumphant entry into the botched, washout male category of cinema. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
100% In Transit (2015) Yet as we the audience settle in for the long journey, as the hours seem to go by, the mostly normal-looking, slightly square-looking people start to open up to the cameras, to tell their life stories. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) I'm not as fond of The Wedding Plan, which substitutes the palpable fervency of Fill the Void with so-so comedy. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) Cynthia Nixon is a great Emily, so deeply angry, so heartbreaking in her fool's life of stoic suffering. The other splendid performance is a triumph of unorthodox casting: 1970s hippy actor Keith Carradine as Emily's stern patriarchal father. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) My thought as I watched Colossal: how could such an improbable, often messy story, which feels concocted in Screenwriting 1 by a geeky undergrad, end up being bought and made on a $15 million dollar budget? - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle is beautifully, brilliantly rendered and storyboarded by Dudok de Wit the old-fashioned way. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
81% The Founder (2017) Michael Keaton takes it easy through much of the movie, not doing that much with his part, which is OK. But you can feel him get revved up when Kroc goes really bad. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
82% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) Classic scenes from Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo are shown, but many of Kurosawa's finest with Mifune are skipped over entirely, including two majestic noirs, Stray Dog and High and Low. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016