Zhuo-Ning Su

Zhuo-Ning Su
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T-Meter Title | Year
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Ramsay keeps it brisk and brutal, putting her arthouse sensitivities to mesmerizing use in a theatrically heightened setting. She really directed the hell out of this thing. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
92% Good Time (2017) A fun, fiery, fatigue-defying ride. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
62% Radiance (Hikari) (2017) At the heart of the film's somewhat heavy-handedly relayed message is a plea for empathy, the capacity and readiness to put oneself in someone else's shoes... I found myself struck by the profound modesty of this statement. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
96% The Florida Project (2017) The scenes feel and most likely are improvised, giving them a sizzling energy that (often literally) screams authenticity and speaks volumes about the protagonists' furiously nomadic way of life. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Lanthimos communicates a nameless dread that temporarily takes you out of the real world and into a realm of sinister imaginations. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
71% Happy End (2017) The level of intelligence, precision and discipline involved boggles the mind. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
86% Okja (2017) If the second half of Okja can't quite keep up with the live wire act that is the first, it does serve up a sobering depiction of the carnivorous corporate culture of the day and the cruelty we inflict on animals on a daily basis. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
68% Wonderstruck (2017) In the sweet, beguilingly innocent Wonderstruck, we get to witness this amazing capacity of Haynes once again. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
53% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) In spite of its admirable storytelling ambition and the obvious craftsmanship at play, Ismael's Ghosts does feel schizophrenically busy at times and proves ultimately unsatisfying as it fails to drive home the many questions it successfully raises. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
93% The Lighthouse (2019) Something wild, horrific and drop-dead gorgeous that will send cinephiles everywhere into orgasmic fits. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
82% Ema (2019) [A]n investigation of a uniquely female experience that unfolds like a mystery and feels endlessly, defiantly alive every step of the way. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
68% Joker (2019) There are a lot more details that comic book fans will pick up on, but ultimately what struck me the most about JOKER is that it's an ode to and a requiem for the little people. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
54% Saturday Fiction (Lan xin da ju yuan) (2019) The film might ultimately be just a bit too conventional in conception and approach, but a vibrant, bittersweet ride it certainly is. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
59% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) The complicated tale of espionage, falsified evidence, witness collusion, judicial due process unfolds with fluency and precision, so that.... the viewer has a clear idea of... how, as the plot thickens, sentiments and alliances change. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
42% Seberg (2019) What I like about the film is that it's a slick, polished drama made for adults that we so rarely get these days. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
75% Martin Eden (2019) Marinelli is terrific as the idealistic aspiring author. He commands the screen with effortless charm and evokes the innocence, frustrations, and ultimately pride of what could have been an ironed-out literary hero. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
99% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach's screenplay is a detail-oriented, procedurally accurate investigation of the divorce process. It could probably use some trimming, especially in the first act, but when he gets going, his words sure do serious damage. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) James Gray's Ad Astra is a singular, visionary achievement that thrills the senses and humbles the mind. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
81% The Truth (La vérité) (2019) These are strong, borderline heartless statements, which Deneuve delivers without any hint of cruelty but pure conviction. Lucid, vital, resolutely unsentimental, her performance cuts to the essence of acting - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
B+ 88% Genesis (Genèse) (2019) An ode to that time in our lives when we still paid more attention to impulses than consequences. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) For the most part it is simply a tribute to an era the filmmaker evidently holds dear and the retelling of what made that era special: the mythical coolness and silly tropes of the western genre, the beauty and integrity of pre-CGI stunt work... - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) With an audacious structure and the atmosphere, texture and vocabulary of dreams, it captures the workings of the subconscious like few others. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B No Score Yet Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin) (2017) The way [Sylvia Chang] stages and cuts a scene, too mindful of getting the point across, often lacks imagination... Her level of directorial finesse aside, Chang's screenplay is quite lovely. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B+ No Score Yet How to Breathe Underwater (2017) Fragmented, insistent, erratic, the way this film unfolds eventually becomes an approximation of post-modern city life itself. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B+ 100% Hostages (2017) Combines arthouse sensitivities, historical gravitas and good ol' action setpieces to highly satisfying results. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B 86% The Road to Mandalay (2016) Even at its least convincing, The Road to Mandalay is a film firmly grounded in humanity and the many unpleasant truths about our world. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B 83% Animals (Tiere) (2017) Animals, while overwrought with about 38 twists too many, duly entertains and dares to demand a great deal of its audience. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Skins (2017) A pointedly shrill, singularly provocative exposé on our relationships to our bodies that will scar some minds, offend many sensibilities, and exhilarate all the rest of us. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B+ 83% The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful (2017) this sumptuously produced, meticulously plotted and deliciously acted cautionary tale provides a riotous, fun time. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B No Score Yet Xiao Mei (2018) A heady take on urban anonymity that slowly grows on you, despite its consistent reluctance to engage. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B 48% The Dancer (La danseuse) (2016) The Dancer doesn't venture from patterns of traditional biopics far enough to be called inspired, but it delivers a spirited, fully committed portrayal that allows you to observe a quintessential artist from the outside in. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
89% Mommy (2015) The film is altogether likable and tugs at heartstrings because it openly aims for them and, of Dolan's films to date, it's the most eager to please. But it underwhelms for the very same reasons. - Berlin Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
No Score Yet Hin Und Weg (2014) Enjoyable for its pristine imagery, bookstore music and affecting idea. - Berlin Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
88% White God (2015) What you see then among the fluffy chaos on screen is, above all else, a wasted opportunity. - Berlin Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
86% Winter Sleep (2014) Its intentions are admirable, but with an unrealistically wide aim and a compulsively verbal approach, the desperation a viewer feels when he checks to find there are still hours on the clock is also very real. - Berlin Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
93% Whiplash (2014) The terrific acting duo of Teller and Simmons infuses the lively antagonism between coach and pupil with practically combustible fuel. - Berlin Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
72% American Sniper (2015) Despite the massive set pieces and deafening sound effects that go hand in hand with a war movie, it retains a feel of focused, graceful leanness that is a trademark of Eastwood and undeniably masterful. - Berlin Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
98% Phoenix (2015) This is a delicate, incisive, spellbinding movie from a filmmaking team with no reason to stop anytime soon. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
88% The Tribe (2015) Artistically challenging, topically provocative, stylistically assured, and an all-around daring, alluring, searing work of vision. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
94% Force Majeure (2014) Written, directed and performed with remarkable intelligence and empathy, it tickles, provokes, cooks up delicious tension throughout, even if all that steam can't seem to find the perfect outlet in the end for an appropriately volcanic burst. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
85% 10,000 Km (2015) Casts a universal spell and hits you on the most visceral level. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
82% Victoria (2015) For all its failings and divisive choices, this is a movie that wows... Beyond the sheer effort that went into enabling this unbroken optical illusion, both the director and his principal cast show unmistakable promise. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
88% The Club (El Club) (2016) Ruthlessly dark and acidly funny. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
A- 93% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) For a first-time director, the confidence and proficiency of Hu's cinematic expression astonishes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
B 75% Cocote (2018) Fans of fierce, challenging indigenous cinema rejoice. It's not every day that you see a film from and depicting the life in the Dominican Republic, let alone one as intriguing as Cocote. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
A- 94% Foxtrot (2018) Thoughtful, melodic, and devastating. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
C+ 96% Zama (2018) You might stumble upon brilliant insights amidst the confusion. The big picture, however, proves elusive. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
B- 88% Mr. Long (Ryu san) (2017) As if Johnnie To suddenly decides to pay homage to Nancy Meyers. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
C 67% Spoor (Pokot) (2017) Nothing about it screams gross ineptitude, but the universal below-averageness proves grating. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
B 89% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) A combination of Terrence Malick, Michel Gondry and Woody Allen with its mix of the meditative, fantastical and neurotic. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017