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Counterpunch.org is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Louis Proyect, Prairie Miller
Rating Title/Year Author
() Louis Proyect Fresh proof of the living heart of the Syrian revolution. Despite the dictatorship's "victory", the people will rise again driven by the same goals of the film's primary subjects. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
() Louis Proyect A film that confirms Johnny Cash's status as one of America's finest musicians and human beings, despite his well-known frailties. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
Mister America (2019) Louis Proyect Don't expect Comedy Central type fluff. This is dark comedy perfectly suited to the period we are living through and much more penetrating than "Joker". EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Depraved (2019) Louis Proyect The most socially aware maker of horror movies hits a home run with this update of the Frankenstein saga. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Chained for Life (2018) Louis Proyect Brilliant deconstruction of Todd Browning's "Freaks". EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Load (2018) Louis Proyect A film that uniquely paints a sympathetic picture of the Serbs, the most demonized European nationality of the recent past. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Louis Proyect Why would Tarantino make his leading man an OJ Simpson wife-killer? Probably has a lingering effect of his long-time association with Harvey Weinstein. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Louis Proyect Although lacking in terms of historical context, the film is a compelling tale of how a flawed policy caused great human suffering in China. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Piranhas (2019) Louis Proyect Like most Italian films about the mafia, this does not romanticize its members. It is based on a novel by Roberto Saviano, who had a price on his head from the Neapolitan mafia, aka the camorra. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
For Sama (2019) Louis Proyect One of the finest documentaries made about the Syrian revolution that despite the suffering depicted is a reminder of the spirit that will reignite the struggle in the future. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (2018) Louis Proyect Just the latest example of how Romanian cinema is on the cusp of the leading edge politically and artistically, as much as the French new wave of the 1960s. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo) (2018) Louis Proyect A cri de coueur from Tibetan filmmakers that speak on a behalf of a country resisting forced assimilation. Well-acted and directed, it relies on an intelligent use of flashbacks that shows how oppression can trigger the most desperate of flights. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Endzeit (2018) Louis Proyect A post-apocalyptic film, although fictional alludes to the reality we face today as nature begins to wreak its revenge on an out-of-control civilization. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Louis Proyect Great interviews; great music; great Black history. Enough said. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Leto (2018) Louis Proyect A joyous celebration of the underground rock and roll scene in the early 80s that suggests the kind of love and solidarity that might break out once the Russian version of Trumpism is overthrown. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground (2018) Louis Proyect A story about a unique personality who personified the toll that living in the avant-garde took. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
The Third Wife (2018) Louis Proyect If you liked "Roma" (I didn't), you will like "The Third Wife". It is practically a silent film and could have been one given the director's aesthetic preferences. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Yomeddine (2018) Louis Proyect Pay no attention to the "rottens". This is a film that is humanitarian in a way that is utterly absent in almost every Hollywood film. As a first-time effort, the director has shown great talent and a big heart. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
The Serengeti Rules (2018) Louis Proyect An absolutely riveting documentary about biodiversity and the need for humanity--its gravest threat--to reverse its course and preserve it. Difficult under the likes of Trump and the Koch's but necessary. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Decade of Fire (2019) Louis Proyect Both a family story and the story of a once-proud New York City neighborhood that was thrown overboard by the government and the banks as part of a triage operation benefiting the rich. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Louis Proyect Dramatically compelling and transcendentally beautiful tale of the struggle to reconcile humanity and nature. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Louis Proyect A woman way ahead of her time and a reminder that Hollywood lessens itself by not allowing women to be judged on their talents rather than their willingness to be abused. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Instant Dreams (2017) Louis Proyect A reminder that the Polaroid camera has qualities that will never grow old despite the company's collapse. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Tigerland (2019) Louis Proyect Ultimately, the struggle to save the tiger is tied to the struggle to save humanity. A valuable, beautiful and troubling film. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
American Relapse (2019) Louis Proyect How the revolving door of drug rehabilitation became big business. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Se rokh (2018) Louis Proyect The greatest film made by the world's greatest living filmmaker. Not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (2018) Louis Proyect Newspapers have been going downhill ever since the days of "yellow journalism" but this film about one of its masters demonstrates that documentaries are better than ever. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Styx (2018) Louis Proyect An unnervingly grim drama that strips the refugee crisis down to its bare essentials. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
() Louis Proyect How the "casting couch" victimized women long before Harvey Weinstein. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Louis Proyect Although the idea of preventing war crimes through international law seems Quixotic, especially under Trump, the film properly hails Ben Ferencz for his 70-year efforts. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
Cuban Food Stories (2018) Louis Proyect Don't pay attention to the "rottens". This a glorious film that is in the spirit of Anthony Bourdain but much more centered on the lived experience of ordinary Cubans. A true delight. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
A Tuba to Cuba (2018) Louis Proyect In a period when gunboat diplomacy is being threatened by Trump and Bolton, this is a timely film that challenges anti-Communist stereotypes as well as being a thing of beauty. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
Among Wolves (2016) Louis Proyect A film that defies stereotypes and in a timely manner given the nativist wall Trump intends to build. The wild horses that the Wolves support have much in common with the animals that are threatened by the wall--as well as people fleeing drug gangs. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Woman at War (2018) Louis Proyect A great film that addresses the crisis of our age, whether life on earth has a future, including homo sapiens. Done with wit, elegance and powerful story-telling. NOT TO BE MISSED. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA War on Musicians and Activists (2019) Louis Proyect Despite its susceptibility to conspiracy theory, this is a fascinating study of how the CIA promoted the use of LSD as a way of weakening the left. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Louis Proyect Despite what sounds like a plot geared to gun battles, this has much more in common with the teleplays of the golden age of television. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Komunia (2016) Louis Proyect In an epoch when billionaires like those in "Crazy Rich Asians" get fannies in the theater seats, thank god for a film like "Communion". EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Genesis 2.0 (2018) Louis Proyect Like Moby Dick, film is not just about marketable commodities though mammoth tusks are the whale oil of our epoch. Director Frei questions our epoch just like Melville did his. A documentary masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
That Way Madness Lies ... (2017) Louis Proyect A courageous and compelling documentary about how American society casts the mentally ill and their families adrift. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
The Quake (2018) Louis Proyect Costing fifteen times less to make than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "San Andreas", it is a hundred times more thrilling. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Louis Proyect A film that graphically describes the damage done to the psyches of gay people by a barbaric "therapy" endorsed by Vice President Mike Pence. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Louis Proyect A film that graphically describes the damage done to the psyches of gay people by a barbaric "therapy" endorsed by Vice President Mike Pence. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Piripkura (2017) Louis Proyect Given the genocidal disposition toward indigenous peoples by Brazil's Donald Trump, this film is both timely and breathtaking. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Kinshasa Makambo (2018) Louis Proyect A courageous documentary showing the difficulties faced by activists in what amounted to the Congo Spring. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
The Panama Papers (2018) Louis Proyect A close and inspiring look at the network of investigative reporters who made the Panama Papers a historic breakthrough against the plutocrats who rule the world. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
Dark Money (2018) Louis Proyect A refreshing reminder that Montana has never lost the anti-corporate ethos that enabled it to pass a law in 1912 banning Koch brothers type campaign funding. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
Free Solo (2018) Louis Proyect A breathtaking portrait of a man engaged in arguably the most dangerous sport in the world. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
The Dawn Wall (2017) Louis Proyect Spectacular cinematography married to a compelling personality with an amazing life story makes this one of the best documentaries of 2018. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Resistance at Tule Lake (2016) Louis Proyect Outstanding documentary on American nativist hysteria that makes Donald Trump look benign by comparison EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Under the Wire (2018) Louis Proyect A perfect companion piece to "A Private War", the biopic of Marie Colvin opening this month as well. She and her photographer Paul Conroy were two of the most important journalists of the 21st century. This film shows why. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018