Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
97% Knives Out (2019) Like a clever piece of stage conjuring, "Knives Out" is slight but hugely enjoyable. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
95% Atlantics (2019) Mati Diop's debut feature is undeniably one of the boldest films of the year, crackling with invention, beauty, and anger. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman is an act of rejuvenation for Scorsese too-it's his most thoroughly alive film in years. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
90% Burning Cane (2019) It's the blurriness of "Burning Cane-"alongside its confident sharpness-that makes it so distinctive. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
5/10 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi has been interested in likeable, sheepish misfits, and the hero of "Jojo Rabbit" is absolutely cut from this cloth. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
7/10 86% Rose Plays Julie (2019) Rose, wonders about the other life she might have lived under her birth name Julie, then effectively finds herself playing the role of Julie-effectively impersonating herself. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
85% Color Out of Space (2020) It has its wit, and will please genre fans by taking no prisoners when it comes to nasty things happening to nice people. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
100% Celebration (2019) Demystifies its subject, portraying saint-Laurent as a fragile monarch tenuously reigning over a tradition-bound kingdom that is beginning to look as archaic as Versailles. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) You'll find yourself grinning, whether or not your head is still attached to your body. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
64% The Sound of Silence (2019) ..."The Sound of Silence" is a modest, contemplative study of ideas that itself exemplifies those ideas in its design, not least its sound design; it embodies a conceptual rumination. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) ..."Ad Astra" uses science fiction for very intimate, personal purposes-and what's distinctive about this gripping, sometimes preposterous film is the way that Gray sticks his neck out to balance the demands of intimacy and wham-bam spectacle. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
100% Babyteeth (2019) "Babyteeth is deliciously astute on the sometimes bizarre everyday arcana of domestic life." - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
91% Saint Maud (2019) Glass... achieves a delicate balance in taking Maud's religious conviction seriously, while sensitively portraying the mental disturbance that drives it. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) Despite meticulous visuals and a strong central performance by Mark Rylance, the film feels dramatically ponderous and emotionally inert. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
84% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) While the emotional intensity and somewhat protracted narrative can be exhausting, in visual terms the film is a tour de force, steeped in blood, dust and squalor. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet State Funeral (2019) Loznitsa's film is a characteristically imposing piece with niche appeal, but will make a powerful impact at outlets that sit at the nexus of cinema, art and political discussion. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
63% Gloria Mundi (2019) This won't bring Guédiguian new fans, and will certainly appeal most to older audiences susceptible to a certain tut-tutting 'what's the world come to?' tone, but it's a solid if minor addition to his canon. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
54% Saturday Fiction (Lan xin da ju yuan) (2019) Theatre and reality merge to elegant but confused effect in Saturday Fiction... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
100% Moffie (2019) Moffie is an altogether intense experience that often feels as punishing for the viewer as it is for the characters. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2019) In its narrative tautness, this documentary can hold its own alongside the best of Romania's contemporary fiction. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
95% About Endlessness (Om det oändliga) (2019) Andersson's consistency may have made him a director for acolytes above all, but they will find this a satisfying and richly resonant lesson in obliqueness and sometimes opacity. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
70% The King (2019) Chalamet scowlingly hints at a slow-burning inner violence, but he doesn't have enough variety to his facial and vocal repertoire to make his character really breathe, either as Henry or Hal. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
80% No.7 Cherry Lane (Ji Yuan Tai Qi Hao) (2019) The characters are executed in a familiar Asian anime mode, but they are facially inexpressive and sometimes physically inert, moving sluggishly and never really come to life... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
No Score Yet My Days of Glory (Mes jours de gloire) (2019) A Parisian slacker comedy with a sombre undertow proves a highly flattering showcase for ever-ascending young French talent Vincent Lacoste. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
83% Ema (2019) Ema is Larraín's least conventionally successful film, and is less likely to connect with audiences than his earlier work; nevertheless it shows a film-maker pursuing his own path as intrepidly as his heroine pursues hers. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
100% Balloon (Qiqiu) (2019) Balloon is a family drama in a realist mode, with a strong quasi-documentary ethnographic streak. But it also has a pensive philosophical dimension and a style that is open to moments of reverie verging on magic realism. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
94% The Perfect Candidate (2019) A committed, admirable and necessary piece of dramatic argumentation, even if overall it comes across as rather four-square in its polemical intent, and short on surprises and filmic poetry. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
100% Cremator (Spalovac Mrtvol) (1969) The Cremator is essential viewing if you're a lover of morbid black comedy, the kind of cinema that lies on the delicate border between horror and social satire. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
100% If Only (Magari) (2019) This tender, highly personal-seeming work never transcends the conventions of approachable Italian art cinema, but works engagingly in its own terms. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Following a soap opera that muddles through the day to day, Sameh Zoabi's film is lightweight and a little repetitive, but its valuable insight is that in many senses, political reality works in rather the same way. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
60% Chalk (1996) Chalk is an exciting rediscovery-a crackling, nervy gem from what now seems like a very distant era. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
No Score Yet Butterfly Kisses (2017) A striking feature debut for director Rafael Kapelinski ... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
96% I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari) (2019) Director Radu Jude presents a simultaneously playful and intense meditation on the ways in which recreating the past can obscure history's meaning as one gets caught up in the making of illusion. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) Rojo uses both familiarity and distanciation to depict a society that never appears that different from the world we know, a mystery thriller of sorts that's both about its moment, and disturbingly timeless. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Nick Broomfield's documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is about a relationship that isn't necessarily tragic, but this delicate, elegiac film still tells a sad story of artist and muse - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) This finally feels like a rather small, forlorn movie... Yesterday, for all its sly, often smart irony, is closer to cinematic Coldplay than it realizes. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
74% The Plagiarists (2019) The Plagiarists is an elusive, alluring, sometimes maddening thing-and not so much a narrative film in conventional terms. Rather, it's a curious micro-budget provocation that offers plenty to chew over. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
90% Give Me Liberty (2019) Kirill Mikhanovsky's Give Me Liberty is relentless and altogether exhausting-but it's also a joyous, tender blast, a film that's entrancingly generous and democratic. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Late Night is very aware of needing to earn the privilege of our time, but it doesn't quite earn the privilege of our laughter. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) The interplay between the two men plays out teasingly, with an Oedipal tension between tyro and patriarch that plays out at times like a maritime, rum-soaked version of Steptoe and Son. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
89% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) There's lots to admire here, in the performances and the visuals, and the way that widescreen makes the vast, cactus-rich landscapes a perfect backdrop for the bizarre mix of genres... But Bacurau ultimately wasn't to my taste. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is a cannily honed machine, absolutely sure of its purpose, so you rather feel you've been sold a complete deluxe package... at times, consumer satisfaction is taken care of a little too aggressively for you to really feel involved. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
60% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une lumière) (2019) Oh Mercy is clearly the film where writer/director Arnaud Desplechin explicitly comes to terms with the world, and he does so in a very personal way. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
83% The Halt (Ang hupa) (2019) Devoted Diaz fans will find it a satisfying venture into somewhat new territory. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
17% Summer of Changsha (Liu yu tian) (2019) A disappointingly lacklustre affair whose procedural thrills get increasingly bogged down in a morass of tepid psychodrama, with transcendental trimmings. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
20% Chicuarotes (2019) Chicuarotes has energy to spare, but shaky dramatic strategy, skipping awkwardly between goofy comedy, hard-nosed violence and wildly overplayed melodrama. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A vigorous and tightly controlled comedy that sees [Bong] back on top form, with a story that's both rigorously achieved and very specifically Korean. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) Sachs doesn't exactly come a cropper here, but this melancholic drama is markedly less distinctive and piquant than recent titles of his such as Love Is Strange and Little Men. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
No Score Yet You Deserve a Lover (Tu mérites un amour) (2019) Herzi proves extremely good at getting relaxed, spontaneous performances from her cast, and from herself. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
88% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2019) Laces slow-burn atmospherics with abrupt outbursts of staccato action, and boils down characterisation to the leanest of bare bones, making for minimalist existentialism in the style of Jean-Pierre Melville. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019