Arts Fuse

Arts Fuse is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Betsy Sherman, Erica Abeel, Gerald Peary, Peg Aloi
Rating Title/Year Author
Dolor y gloria (2019) Erica Abeel What remains so seductive about Almodovar is the way he replicates the movement of thought, creating a seamless weave between the story moving forward - rather minimal in this case - and the richer, more luminous past. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Tim Jackson Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles is nothing if not provocative: the animated feature sheds intriguing light on one of the major film directors of the 20th century at a pivotal time in his career. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
() Gerald Peary ...an old-fashioned, somewhat hollow costume drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
() Gerald Peary The ultimate exemplar of agoraphobia. At 147 minutes, The Endless Trench makes the audience feel the years go by along with the imprisoned man. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
() Gerald Peary A tongue-in-cheek policier from Kazakhstan with echoes of Dashiell Hammett and the Coen Brothers. Who would expect, in the middle of some rowdy cops-and-thieves action to find a woman TV reporter quoting Montesquieu? EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
() Gerald Peary A priceless bit of neo-realism effectively casting non-actors as exploited workers building a house from scratch for an uncaring, exploitative rich man. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
() Gerald Peary Debbie Honeywood, a non-actress whom Loach cast as the mom, is so endearing and heart-breaking I'm giving her an Oscar right now! EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Waiting for the Barbarians (2017) Gerald Peary ...an insightful allegory about the ravages of colonialism, with a fine script by JM Coetzee from his acclaimed novel. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Joker (2019) Gerald Peary Joker is socially irresponsible at times, but with purpose. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Peg Aloi Ronstadt's impressive skills as a song stylist make her more enduring than others who wrote and performed tunes they'd written. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Peg Aloi A frenetic, hilarious, and super-savvy exercise in exploring the possibilities for inventiveness and creativity in the world of low budget filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Satanic Panic (2019) Peg Aloi It's a crazy ride, managing along the way to poke fun at the lifestyles of the rich and bored, reminding us that decadence among the upper classes is very scary indeed. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Love, Antosha (2019) Gerald Peary [A] loving, tender documentary biography of actor Anton Yelchin. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Peg Aloi Kent has crafted a harrowingly moving film about compassion, and how it may be the one impulse that can save us all. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Gwen (2018) Peg Aloi Set during the First World War, Gwen is a sort of folk horror chamber piece filmed amid the sweeping valleys and majestic hills of north Wales. Writer-director William McGregor... has crafted a remarkable debut feature. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Peg Aloi Them That Follow feels both cautionary and elegiac, and clearly relevant in these times of extremism and the rise of small town tyrannies. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Erica Abeel The remake also features a powerhouse cast, including an under-used Billy Crudup as Theresa's sculptor husband -- but oh what a clunky, at times cringe-worthy affair the film turns out be. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Cassidy Olsen By carefully presenting the most transformative, difficult relationship of her youth via an oblique, matter-of-fact style, Hogg makes The Souvenir beautiful yet cold, more of an interesting psychological experiment than a successful narrative film. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Luz (2018) Peg Aloi Luz, the debut feature from German filmmaker Tilman Singer, is minimalistic, and somewhat devoid of narrative context. But it has a spare, mysterious vibe that keeps the viewer guessing. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Peg Aloi Ophelia is moving, intoxicating, haunting: the most visually pleasurable film I've seen so far this year. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Peg Aloi Horrific it is. And also thrillingly weird and beautiful. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Gerald Peary Echo in the Canyon is really made by the interviews... EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Gerald Peary A well-made, somewhat conventional political thriller based on the true-life travails of British whistleblower Katharine Gunn. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Gerald Peary You can't get more overwrought than the films of Britain's Danny Boyle from Trainspotting to Slumdog Millionaire to Yesterday, his newest and perhaps cheesiest work. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971) Gerald Peary ...the first mainstream film in which a gay man is totally guiltless about his homosexuality. He has not a moment of self-hate and certainly not a thought to suicide - not while he's having such a randy good time... EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Erica Abeel For all its bite, Fall is oddly endearing, too, leavening its harsh portrait of money-madness with aw-shucks moments of solidarity and kindness. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Framing John DeLorean (2019) David D'Arcy The film rarely gives us the private DeLorean, but Framing John DeLorean resonates with American rise-and-fall archetypes - though the parallels are inexact if still illuminating. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Gerald Peary These remarkably etched secondary characters are a highlight of The Souvenir, beautifully rendered by James Spencer Ashworth and the great Tilda Swinton. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Between the Lines (1977) Brett Michel It's little surprise that [Joan Micklin] Silver, one of the rare female directors to get projects produced during the era would present women as the bedrock of her ensemble cast. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
The White Crow (2018) Erica Abeel The White Crow, wisely, offers up no easy answers regarding why Rudolf Nureyev defected. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Betsy Sherman The performances are fine all around with Moss, of course, the standout. There's a deliciousness to the wholesome name Becky applied to such a gonzo persona. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
High Life (2018) Peg Aloi Denis provides a pensive invitation to those inclined to muse on death, infinity, and the meaning of life. The film's naturalistic aura balances its conceptual enormity. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
The Wind (2018) Peg Aloi The Wind explores the fears that beset even strong, capable women stuck struggling for survival without a supportive community or social contact. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Diane (2018) Erica Abeel What elevates these ordinary lives is director Kent Jones's elegiac distance; the narrative has the feel of a memory piece. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Peg Aloi Here's hoping that these scrappy, articulate, and impassioned underdogs - well-versed in the language and tactics of revolution and resistance - will continue to be a shining beacon of all that is good. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Mountain (2018) Gerald Peary Kudos to filmmaker Alverson for turning Eisenhower's placid America into an eerie, Germanic gothic nightmare. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
South Mountain (2019) Gerald Peary Smart, beautifully written, effortlessly directed... EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Mickey and the Bear (2019) Gerald Peary It's a poignant, harrowing tale... EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Saint Frances (2019) Gerald Peary In the most deft, nimble way, Saint Frances offers a winning story while getting behind a laundry list of important feminist issues, including postpartum depression and the efficacy of women dating younger men. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Greta (2018) Gerald Peary It's a slight, uninspired by-the-numbers genre film, and we've seen this paranoia-inducing tale too often. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Peg Aloi I envision that Horror Noire will become a canonical work for film history buffs and horror aficionados alike. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Lifeboat (2018) Gerald Peary A ripped-from-the headlines refugee film, and it's a harrowing one. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
End Game (2018) Gerald Peary End Game is a powerful work. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Period. End of Sentence. (2018) Gerald Peary An old-fashioned cheery tale. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Black Sheep (2018) Gerald Peary Black Sheep, directed by Ed Perkins, combines an arresting monologue by Cornelius Walker... with well-done dramatic recreations of his earlier life trying, in questionable ways, to "fit in" to his new country. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
A Night at the Garden (2017) Gerald Peary [A] sharp, frightening 7-minute documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Arctic (2018) Peg Aloi Arctic avoids existential symbolism for the sake of expressing authentic emotions, most of them thanks to Mads Mikkelsen's performance, a quiet tour de force. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
American Dharma (2018) Peter Keough What Morris does do, though, is more cinematic. He intercuts some of his subject's claims with montages of headlines or media clips that contradict him. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Cold War (2018) Peg Aloi Filled with music from many genres, from folk to jazz to rock and roll, Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War is a sumptuous, sad, and often thrilling story of love set mostly in post-war Poland. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Peg Aloi Destroyer is a gripping story about the acid of regret: it eats away at our hearts until we're hollow - and have nothing left to lose. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019