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T-Meter Title | Year
B 93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) It was truly the best sort of mid-afternoon weekend fare that one can hope for. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B+ 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Across its zippy 90-minute runtime, the movie tracks several narratives, all intertwined and designed to reflect upon one another in unique and often surprisingly affecting ways. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B+ 100% Vision Portraits (2019) I was touched and at a time when the concept of "being seen" (pun very unintended) is a popular meme and artistic imperative... how special it is that those who experience life this way have a filmmaker who has been able to encapsulate that for them. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
B+ 86% The Nightingale (2019) But the blood and the trauma is just one part of The Nightingale. It is an amazingly rendered work of cinema - Glenn Dunks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
D 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) This story of (possible) intrigue, (maybe) scandal, and even (potential) AIDS warfare (!!!) is treated with none of the acute seriousness that it (probably) deserves. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
B No Score Yet Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) Early passages lean heavily on a more standard timeline of point A to point B storytelling, but the film really comes alive when Ou focuses on societal and cultural intricacies ... of the political unrest of the time. - ScreenHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
B+ 92% Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) Despite this being his directorial debut, he appears on initial inspection to be adept at the process. - ScreenHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
C 87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) For all the director's panache in finding captivating subjects and fleeting moments of vivid grace and profound sadness, the end result is rather frustrating - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
A- 99% One Child Nation (2019) ...this searing documentary is clearly more than just an examination of their homeland's shameful history, but a personal exorcism of sorts. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 99% Honeyland (2019) You know a movie is going to give you something when within the first two minutes, it makes you bolt upright and exclaim "Oh wow!" - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
A 100% Streetwise (1984) For a film about teenagers living rough, squatting in dilapidated and abandoned hotels or homeless on the streets, there is a remarkable amount of poetic beauty in Streetwise. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B No Score Yet Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (2019) It shook me in a way that surprised me. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
C+ 74% Armstrong (2019) Much of the story falls on his family and colleagues and this lack of deeper probing means that the movie falls into retelling of the NASA mission. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- 100% First to the Moon (2018) [DIrector] Hildebrandt... finds an entertaining pace that makes great use of its subjects with their stories, recollections and anecdotes. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Williams, acting as his own editor, cuts all the fat from the narrative of the moon-landing mission, beginning on the day of the launch with no unnecessary divergences into extensive backstory and historic precedent. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ 88% The Raft (2019) This is a science experiment from 1973 that nearly 50 years later holds every ounce of its initial intrigue. An anthropological time capsule. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B 98% Maiden (2019) Yes, Edwards' tale of feminist achievement is the sort of rousing story that frequently put a massive grin on my face when the details of their unexpected success make them international celebrities. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
A 96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) The Edge of Democracy is easily one of the great works of documentary this year. It is a riveting experience; an impeccably edited navigation of Brazil's volatile relationship with democracy... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
A 96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) The Edge of Democracy is easily one of the great works of documentary this year. It is a riveting experience; an impeccably edited navigation of Brazil's volatile relationship with democracy... - Onya Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
B+ 90% Before Stonewall (2019) Its archival footage is extensive and the stories told by its talking heads are full of the sort of elder wisdom and poignant recollection that remains a potent testament 35 years later. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
B+ 100% A Bigger Splash (1974) A Bigger Splash is a rich portrait of an artist that - in a rare trait even [in 2019] - feels imbued with the sexual, cultural and artistic curiosity of its subject. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
B 86% Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts (2019) If [Trixie] is not an industry herself, then she is certainly a part of one. An industry, the mechanics of which are ever-grinding and unwieldy and oftentimes unforgiving as we see so well... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
B- No Score Yet To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor (2018) Theirs is a touching story and the film offers reflection alongside the celebration. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B- 100% The Most Dangerous Year (2019) Director Vlada Knowlton focuses on her home of Washington State which... allows for an interesting point of entry that is both regional specific and grassroots with nonetheless national connotations. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B 100% The Lavender Scare (2019) Howard shows a quiet talent in just his first film, weaving the stories of first-hand accounts by NASA engineers, Washington D.C. clerks, military admirals and even rural postal workers throughout the much wider story of government discrimination... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
C- 50% Palm Beach (2019) Palm Beach is lightweight fare that is so far off on another planet of relevancy to most Australians' lives that it is hard to not come off as little more than an indulgent tax deduction. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B 74% Halston (2019) Halston is probably as indulgent as Halston himself, but throughout its dizzying montages and talking head interviews with the likes of Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Pat Cleveland and even Joel Schumacher ... it's not hard to understand why. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B+ 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) [Be Natural] injects the similar sort of vigour and verve into her story that her own films would have elicited in audiences. It's a delight of a documentary and one that will, as its title suggests, reveal untold treasures to its audience. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B+ 100% The Proposal (2019) [A]mong all of the wonderful things that The Proposal has going for it, it's one of the most beautiful documentaries of the year. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B 100% 2040 (2019) [Michael] Moore's stamp is all over 2040 both behind and in front of the camera. - ScreenHub EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B 100% The Russian Five (2019) I know a good story when I see one and ... this new passionately-realized debut feature from director Joshua Riehl got me involved in its sport, its personalities and its man-made mythos. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
C+ 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Herzog appears far more interested in apologising for his home country's crimes than interrogating Gorbachev over his, something that somewhat robs the film of tension. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B+ 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Lears gains great drama out of all the women, their stories reflecting a changing image of the American electorate often even in extremely trying circumstances. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B+ 100% The River and the Wall (2019) A work of radical agitprop this is not. What it is, however, is a delicately handled exploration of the dangers that "the wall" will have on the American eco-system... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C+ 79% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) Why are these two worlds portrayed as either dreary or emotionally removed? - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B 89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Whoever labelled it an "avant-garde horror essay film" on Wikipedia probably got the closest to alluding to its, I guess, liminal qualities. It is everything and it is nothing. It occupies a genre all to itself. What that genre is, I just don't know. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
D 91% Fyre (2019) A documentary full of such ghastly empty-headed dimwits and vacuous, shameless morons that even the schadenfreude one may get watching their downfall can't sustain the runtime... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B 86% Las Sandinistas! (2018) Jenny Murray's debut feature Las Sandinistas! is an appropriately-timed documentary about the capacity of women in times of social upheaval and democratic unrest. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) ...awash in wonderful archive footage from the later years of his life as he went about the elongated production of [The Other Side of the] Wind - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B 93% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Certainly, it is a side to Welles that I was previously unaware of, and I suspect many other viewers, too. That immediately gives it something of a leg up... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 100% Roll Red Roll (2019) ...it tells the Steubenville story with clarity and refreshing succinctness while eschewing the cult of personality too often found in expanded doc-miniseries of late. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Smartly mischievous right up until the very end of its credits with a wink and a coy smile... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) A genuine leap in her skills as a musician and a creative. A homecoming - or more accurately, a graduation - of her own as a performer that I am thankful we have memorialized on film... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet Man on Fire (2017) This 50-minute documentary is more relevant than one may expect when looking at its story. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
71% Instant Dreams (2019) Willem Baptist offers a visually dazzling nostalgia trip for lovers of analogue as he charts the rise and fall of the Polaroid photo. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 94% Communion (Komunia) (2019) Zamecka's film, a wash of drab colours only briefly interrupted with the joy to be found in a summer dress, plays like an even darker and more distressing version of Eighth Grade - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
A 92% The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018) ...the best work of contemporary non-fiction that I saw all year... - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B+ 97% Free Solo (2018) Chai and Chin are smart, focusing on the pressure points that we've been hearing about throughout the movie and allowing us moments where the tension is alleviated (one involving a unicorn that offers the film's biggest laugh). - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
C 92% I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) What to make of a film like I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story? A documentary that doesn't appear to want to make fun of its subjects and yet is made in such a way that laughter from the audience is all but inevitable. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
B No Score Yet Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein (2018) It's a film glazed in nostalgia, yet not stifled by it. Partly because Feinstein's work was so resistant to it, but also because the film acknowledges and goes to efforts to prove that his work was supremely contemporary. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018