Ray Pride

Ray Pride
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Newcity, Movie City News

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T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 93% Honey Boy (2019) That performance gains power from LaBeouf's willingness to play the worst weakness of his kin while also refracting, in his screenplay, the wide-eyed gaze of concern and rebellion brewing within him as a boy. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
10/10 96% Marriage Story (2019) The mystery that simmers above the tribulations of Charlie and Nicole is why they would separate or strike a spike into whatever they have... one of the film's great strengths... they are fated, and yet: their skin itches at merest proximity. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
9/10 97% Knives Out (2019) The characters are distinct for their casting but also the splenetic performance styles, a range of American popinjays heavy on the ham including the riotous multi-leveled self-caricature of Daniel Craig's Poirot-puncturing Benoit Blanc. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
10/10 100% Mr. Klein (1976) Franco Solinas' script, built on mistaken identity and doubling and scapegoating, is superb, complex scaffolding, but it's Losey's atmospheric insistence that haunts, stylized in every aspect. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
8/10 81% The Report (2019) Driver is fast turning into a twenty-first-century version of 1970s antiheroes, including Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland: intelligent yet shambling, fiercely present yet also suggesting some sort of mysterious calm. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
9/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Quick wit, dry dialogue and grace notes punctuate bursts of velocity. Big themes sound. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
8/10 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodóvar pleads allegory and the question the film asks, and the filmmaker-within-the-film unwittingly asks, is: how does one maintain or rediscover not only desire, but also first desire? The spark. The fire. The riveting earliest impulses and insights. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
9/10 96% The Irishman (2019) Brief as a photograph: indelible as a memory. And indicative of the brutal suddenness of the hits to come: a friend walks up to you, a friend walks away from you, in the middle, that friend has put two bullets in the back of you. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
7/10 41% The Laundromat (2019) Soderbergh has done a brute and fanciful thing with... a political provocation not so much torn from the headlines of top-shelf newspapers but ripped from the pages of activist theater and in-your-face agit-prop. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
10/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Economic disparity may be the greatest subject of the twenty-first century for intimate horror. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
69% Joker (2019) But still: a provocation. Performance art. And an ongoing conversation. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
9/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) Fully a fable, a chamber piece within outer space, Ad Astra is flint and lyric... James Gray's marvel of a paranoid thriller, antagonistically serene, is an uncommon attainment of visual and sonic beauty, ready and ripe to be madly misunderstood. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Grown Goonies in the Boonies. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
10/10 91% The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun) (1979) Bravura masterwork, tender and lovely, about destruction and loss... a melodrama every bit as good as anything Douglas Sirk ever committed to film, and watching it, the loss of Fassbinder is ever more painful to contemplate. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
9/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A swarming cast crosses the fates of three characters over three days in another time... Quentin Tarantino's melancholy pop-rocket [is also] the most costly, most grandiloquent piece of installation art ever fashioned. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
8/10 89% Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (2019) We are caught as are the characters in a world of fantastical landscapes and indelible settings and obdurate women: it is an icy age. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Alice Guy-Blaché produced, wrote or directed more than 1,000 films... But why was she forgotten? Pamela B. Green's doc piles on detail after detail after detail, equal parts detective story, biography and agreeable hagiography. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
9/10 100% The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (2019) If you know the songs, love the songs, even like the songs, it's sweetly euphoric, the only bittersweet element, time, time itself, yet it is also the strength: these guys know how to play these songs.. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
8/10 83% Midsommar (2019) A full-length rendering of Harold Ramis' stock answer when young men asked what advice he would give a young filmmaker: "Dump her, she's no good for you." - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
10/10 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Some movies you walk into knowing nothing and upon leaving, you feel in at least some way you know everything. Joe Talbot's luminous, mesmeric [debut] is a temporal-topographical dreamspace of sweet hallucination. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
8/10 89% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) The fragrance of the everyday rises without perfume. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
7/10 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A simmering if relaxed addition to his canon of understated pictures. Reviewers have roundly misunderstood its genial but not ineffectual slapstick and low japery (especially after the placid tonal mastery of Paterson). - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
10/10 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Devilish delirium... the Dylan-Scorsese joint is a prankster funhouse of a neo-documentary. What a loud/quiet thrill, this high burlesque of detritus from 1970s American politics and pop culture. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
10/10 89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) The ragged fury and relentless density... is brute and thick upon a cinema screen in 7.1 surround sound; the proportions of a common home flatscreen are better suited for the wash of memories and history and movies and re-memories of movies. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
9/10 96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) Captures the vitality of this street photographer eye-omnivore and the range of what the world at large transmitted to his roving gaze. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
75% Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) (1979) Stately horror, brute and luxe... unsavory reputation comes from reviewers who seethe at surfaces and not the hardly subterranean political text. (It's more picture-mirror than mere picture in these cases.) - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
10/10 83% Trust (1991) A romantic mirage from the ruins of the 1990s American independent movement, which still has fans if no financiers... a treasure, an indelible document of misgivings and longing and fated love. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
6/10 89% Rocketman (2019) Saved from its chock-a-block narrative impatience by the pure puppy-ness of Taron Egerton's performance as Reg Dwight grown big and awful, rocketing toward twenty-eight years of sobriety. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
8/10 100% The Wandering Soap Opera (La Telenovela Errante) (2019) Film as séance: this is Valeria Sarmiento's 2017 completion of her late husband's... haphazard super-16mm film shoots in 1990 that did not become one of the hundred-plus finished works of his maddeningly prolific lifetime. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
8/10 97% Booksmart (2019) Wilde cites as key inspirations the films Beverly Hills Cop, Training Day and Lethal Weapon. The best buddy movies resound: this is one of them. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
9/10 90% The Souvenir (2019) A person, an artist, is formed by the moment, by exposure to other artists, through momentous emotional conflict. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
10/10 94% Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad) (1961) Undulant in the brain... imagery shimmying and shimmering and splintered, Resnais' snoot-cock at chi-chi is both mordant and adoring. Yet there is more to do than to look or listen passively: it must be invented in the watching. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet August at Akiko's (2019) The gestures accumulate; cohere, into the incidental and essential anthropology of not regional, not local, but wholly personal picture-taking and moviemaking. (And sound-smithing.) And also: how little is just enough? - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
7/10 90% Walking on Water (2019) The moments that grate or annoy... in the setup pay off in imagery that needs fewer words than many might expend. Man, in midst of nature, reflects nature back by design. Beauty calls to beauty and a chill, a thrill, genuine frissons ripple outward. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
10/10 67% Mickey One (1965) Cold and strange and alien, yet its absurdism, which fits no era except whatever moment you're watching it in, is a compelling phantasm Chicago that presumes you're guilty until presuming you're ready to die. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
9/10 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) The comedy here is both playful and forcefully sophisticated, that convey the story in more than frames and words, as both physical presence and time itself. Dizzying yet with its feet on the ground, Non-Fiction captivates. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
9/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Generous hallucination... Tossed, torn, noosed, dragged, stabbed, shot, shot, crotch-bit, machine-gunned, hand-axed, saber-sliced, face-crushed, shot, burnt, bullied, horse-kicked, catapulted, subjected to sustained knife fracas and shot. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
10/10 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) [G]listening, concrete imagery, fashioned into a time-shattered mosaic of regret... Poetry, bliss, abandon[, an] indelible, narcotic masterpiece where a 28-year-old's talent matches his imagination. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
7/10 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Two men in the midst of history. Ideals upheld, mistakes admitted. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
9/10 94% Shadow (2019) While the contours of history that Zhang Yimou pledges to honor in all his period pieces may be obscure to the neophyte to Chinese film or history, the inspired filmmaking is never less than precise dream: motion is emotion. It's big-screen bliss. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
8/10 96% Hail Satan? (2019) [R]ollicking comedic politi-doc... from Penny Lane shadows the Temple of Satan... during public actions that militate for religious freedom for all and essential First Amendment rights, and mocks reactionary churls. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
7/10 93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ryan White's sweetly adroit slice of a life glides genially on the charm of diminutive nonagenarian sex therapist Ruth Westheimer. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
6/10 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) A key virtue of Berlinger's compartmentalization of Bundy's crimes is the tactile, near-prurient use of bold color, a low-key luxuriance that places the movie outside its period, into no moment. It's a seduction all its own. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
9/10 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Brisk, bountiful, bracing two-years-in-the-following... chronicle of four progressive women, from the Bronx, West Virginia, Nevada and Missouri, running against entrenched, often self-serving incumbents in the House of Representatives - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
5/10 80% The Last (2019) The machinations and contortions and straight-up barefacedness of Lipsky's screenplay... make once more for eye-popping performances even when there are eye-rolling details. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
8/10 77% Mad Dog and Glory (1993) Tonally, it's not the film that got Scorsese's attention, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, but set alongside any of McNaughton's pictures, [all] are formally of a piece: rhythmic, economical and quietly urgent. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/10 78% Never Look Away (2019) I hadn't seen a whale in a while... a perverse psychological thriller, an art-history leviathan and a pastel lullaby of touchable things and thieved portfolios, a languorous three hours and eight minutes that peruses high art for the sake of hot ham. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Proud postures alternate with callbacks and climaxes and sniffly tear-tugs and lots of that wacky, weightless Marvel verbal humor... telegraphic jolts of joy for those who [ingested] the prior 2,299 minutes of the "Universe" entire. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
9/10 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) "Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood, and you will find the real tinsel underneath." - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
8/10 83% Her Smell (2019) The vigor of cinematographer Sean Price Williams' widescreen compositions, their intent curiosity, matches the swirl of lashing, livid acting across a career, careening. - Newcity EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019