Glenn Heath Jr.

Glenn Heath Jr.
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T-Meter Title | Year
85% Waves (2019) Shults' impressively terrible film telegraphs tragedy with little regard for the nuances of human experience. It swings for the fences in every moment, producing the most uninteresting and unrewarding type of melodrama. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Here For Life (2019) A remarkably nimble meditation on performance and vulnerability. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Surely one of the strangest and most intoxicating films of recent memory. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman has plenty of assassinations, long tracking shots, and pop music cues one would normally associate with vintage Scorsese, but its most wrenching moments are the ones of silence. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) Sachs' browsing camera trails each character at different times, giving them space to oscillate between grief and selfishness. There's no judgment made against their weaknesses and failures, but "Frankie" also doesn't let them off the hook. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 90% Luce (2019) A convincing and confidant example of sustained menace. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Director Taika Waititi tries his hardest to find the funny in fascism. Mostly, he fails miserably. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) Pattison and Dafoe provide moments of unhinged chemistry... Yet, it's Eggers' film that feels self-satisfying to a fault. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) A sublime dance between the past and present ensues. Banderas' performance becomes the constant in the center, fluctuating between mournful disappointment and the nervous anticipation for artistic rebirth. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) A fleet footed and loving introduction to the work of a gunslinger scribe. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Will surely please the gore hounds familiar with Miike's particular brand of stylized violence. The film also juxtaposes those shocking kill shots with genuine moments of empathy for the conflicted characters often discarded in the crime genre. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
83% Judy (2019) [Zellweger's] purposefully raw performance, defined by those soulful eyes framed by perpetually running mascara, taps into a painful legacy of starlets who've been used, abused, and ultimately discarded by the Hollywood machine. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
93% Monos (2019) It's a perfect example of formal showboating being marketed as vision. Landes must have bruises from all that chest thumping. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% A Bigger Splash (1974) Toeing the line between documentary and fiction, Hazan creates a nonlinear, lucid narrative in which Hockney is positioned as the cipher genius seemingly operating on an entirely different wavelength. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra remains an impressive big budget marvel, but what resonates most is the way Gray seamlessly explores how, eventually, we all must come face to face with the legend of our parents. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
100% Los Reyes (2019) Through Chola and Football's eyes, life slows down just enough for us to see their purgatory as something beautiful and dynamic. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
83% Before You Know It (2019) Utt's charming, self-deprecating ensemble is an effortless screwball throwback that loves its characters no matter their flaws. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) Louis Garrel delivers a decidedly benign spin on the relationship film that his father, Philippe, has been perfecting for decades... A Faithful Man ultimately lacks the thematic weight and conceptual audaciousness of his father's work. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
88% Aquarela (2019) Director Viktor Kossakovsky's riveting and experiential documentary is thunder put to film. It immerses the viewer in imagery of water, in all its various states, with the sole intention of destroying humanity's perceived superiority over nature. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) Effectively droll. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) An ambitious and angry genre film, The Nightingale is awash in confrontational iconography that reveals the high crimes of colonialist histories traditionally written by white men. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
98% One Child Nation (2019) This quietly devastating document is so powerful precisely because it avoids being sensational or overtly critical. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
60% Them That Follow (2019) Them That Follow has a great cast but doesn't know how to utilize any of their talents. The film is just another in a long line of overwrought southern gothics. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
55% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) Gripping and sobering, Piranhas examines how violent turnover morphs into a natural extension of our base desires for wealth and respect. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
71% At War (En guerre) (2019) While the inherent rage of At War is necessary, so to is some fundamental understanding of the character's deeper motivations. By stripping this story of any nuance, Brizé dips his toes into the iconography of propaganda. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Director A.J. Eaton's documentary often falls prey to some of the same hypocrisies exhibited by its subject, a surly man who bemoans that "time is the final currency" even as he openly admits that family plays second fiddle to his music. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Actors are vulnerable and fragile creatures, which is why stunt people exist... Tarantino's newest epic, the brilliant, 1969-set Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, explicitly looks at two men who embody this dichotomy. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Truthfully, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is less about tragic love or failed romance than an unglamorous emotional fracturing that took years to culminate, the stuff history books and popular culture usually care to omit. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Lynn Shelton's new comedy is very aware of our increasingly idiotic political climate, but never succumbs to its inferred absurdity. Instead, the film takes a more nuanced approach. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The film's bungled social politics don't limit the enjoyment of watching Eisenberg reach the apex of his embattled man-child persona. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Using Morrison's literature as a structuring device, the author, along with multiple literary critics and academic luminaries, give each book release insightful and funny historical context that deepens each achievement. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
64% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) [Carlos Reygadas'] flare for formal surrealism and magic takes a backseat to a more lived and numbing experience. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) Maiden doesn't need to be formally subversive to be daring. Like Edwards herself, the film is relentlessly in step with the cycles of competition, of which gender should play no role. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) It's a vanity project stretched to the gills with overcooked camera shots that conspicuously blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
100% Paris Is Burning (1991) At times intimate and raw, Paris is Burning tries to capture the powerful essence of walking the floor to thunderous cheers and sometimes boos. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
32% Being Frank (2019) Bailey's film ultimately feels like a misguided attempt to complicate male entitlement by humanizing it. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) [Director Denys] Arcand deserves some credit for going outside of his comfort zone. But he also has little clue how to make more salacious material equally scathing politically. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Directed by newcomer Joe Talbot, the film uses slow motion and stylized zooms to create surreal moments contrasting with an on-the-ground immediacy. Impressive as they are, mixing these tones sometimes distracts from the sublime lead performances. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) [Presents] a false vision of equality, and Kaling and Ganatra's hapless film takes too many critical narrative short cuts to get there. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Deeply self-aware, The Dead Don't Die utilizes absurdity to amplify the lumbering details of a slow-motion apocalypse. Chuckles will be had, especially if audiences are familiar with Jarmusch's patented filmmaking style. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Assayas' critique of bourgeois semantics and digital addiction ultimately lacks bite, and instead dwells on the obvious emotional contradictions that have populated much of French cinema for decades. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
33% Domino (2019) Domino might be the epitome of a mixed bag, something plucked from the archives of Cinemax circa 1992. But the moments that sting with uneasy truth remind us why De Palma remains such a potent artist. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
92% Sauvage / Wild (2019) It ends up feeling like a cop-out. What's not is Maritaud's moving performance as a young man trying to find his place in a world made up of different prisons. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
100% The Silence of Others (2019) Dictators like Franco try to preserve their own power by creating rules and regulations that repress any of the nuances human life brings to the table... The Silence of Other brings the complexity of history and humanity back into the equation. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Archival footage and additional talking heads interviews complement the intimate sit down conversation, helping express why Mikhail Gorbachev was such a pivotal figure in 20th century global relations. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) If Kaili Blues hints at noir elements hiding beneath the surface, Bi's brilliant follow-up, Long Day's Journey Into Night, splashes them across the screen in cavernous interiors and vivid neon hues, ceaselessly dripping water. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) Trial by Fire is an egregiously simplistic critique of capital punishment that wastes two immensely talented screen actors. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) Almost immediately the film proves disinterested in dissecting the complexities or nuances of their shift to rustic living... Maybe it was all that simple, but as a result, neither subject has much agency. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
98% 3 Faces (2019) Until now, Panahi has used [digital technology] to reveal the contradictory policies and ignorance that led to his own state-sanctioned creative stranglehold. Here, he gleefully passes the torch to a new generation of female artists. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
94% Rafiki (2019) Hardly flawless, Rafiki is nevertheless a humane portrait of personal vulnerability under attack by the collective. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019