Nashville Scene

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Rating Title/Year Author
Dolor y gloria (2019) Nathan Smith In classic Almodóvar fashion, Pain and Glory is suffused with a deep love of all kinds of art . EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Nathan Smith This is Waititi's main line of critique: Nazism as a kind of especially pernicious stan culture, its infantile practitioners the original teenyboppers. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Steve Erickson It spends a lazy 144 minutes in a cozy noir fantasia, with little regard for forward momentum. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Sadaf Ahsan "While the film does grant its story some emotional gravitas, it gets lost in the existential crisis of it all." EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Parasite (2019) Sadaf Ahsan A masterful commentary on class, Parasite issues a new guideline for contemporary horror. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Jason Shawhan This film features the darkest tendencies of masculine impulses arising to redefine the world as we know it, consuming everything in a reaction of blunt-force violence. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Cory Woodroof The script has been chopped and screwed and rewritten for more than two decades, and this feels like something Jean-Claude Van Damme would've done in between projects just to help pay for that extra vacation house. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Mister America (2019) Nathan Smith Mister America does provide the most succinct summation thus far of the On Cinema mythology, even if it can't quite approximate the experience of the show itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Judy (2019) Rachel Wells The beating heart at the center of Judy is the onstage performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Brittney McKenna The Sound of My Voice is a must-watch for fans of Ronstadt, as well as lovers of folk music and those fascinated by the iconic Los Angeles music scene of the '60s and '70s. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Working Man (2019) Joe Nolan This is a movie about the dignity of work. It's never pedantic or preachy, and it doesn't glorify manual labor while ignoring the grit. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
() Joe Nolan Rewind is an important movie because of its crucial social message. But it's a great film because it's a hero's tale about an incredibly brave little kid from an exceptional family. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Clementine (2019) Erica Ciccarone Clementine is a portrait of the often-shifting relationship between female friends that is so rarely conveyed honestly in film. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
De lo mio (2019) Erica Ciccarone The setup is ripe for conflict, but Peralta's script is restrained, and what is not said among the siblings amps up the tension in this beautifully shot film. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Joker (2019) Cory Woodroof Despite moments that feel like they're sincerely trying to warn us to about a world that creates Arthur Flecks, Joker often feels unchecked and unkempt in its unforgiving soapboxing and nihilistic, ugly tendencies. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
The Dead Center (2018) Jason Shawhan "There's an unknowable boundary around the human experience, and if you pass beyond that boundary, you are quite simply fucked." EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Cory Woodroof Baumbach plays the material with the same levity-in-a-tornado wit and wisdom that hallmarks the best works of James L. Brooks, and gets powerhouse performances out of Driver and Johansson. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Greener Grass (2019) Erica Ciccarone ... somehow, this bizarre reflection of suburban married life just works. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Burning Cane (2019) Cory Woodroof Although this film could've benefitted from a less observational and more engaged narrative, the imagery is stark and unforgiving, highlighting the disarrayed lives of Youmans' characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Ron Wynn There's ample dramatic character flourishes and reflections to let both hardcore fans and newcomers recognize both Davis' brilliance and his hair-trigger temper. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
The Flower (La flor) (2016) Jason Shawhan It's such a varied, shifting experience that by the time everything is done, you feel like you've been in a whirlwind affair with cinema itself. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Jason Shawhan One Cut of the Dead is a scrappy, sincere take on the zombie film, and perhaps the only pure and decent thing to be found at the box office. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Jason Shawhan This dress comes with a body count, and though it doesn't send folks into stabby fits of rage, haute tragedy is all the rage this season. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Steve Erickson The things the film suggests may be speculative, but the genocidal racism behind the conspiracy it describes is instantly believable. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Cory Woodroof It's designed to feel like a rancid reunion, a painstaking re-creation to conjure the same chills it elicited the first time you went to Derry, Maine. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Nathan Smith The Nightingale is at its best when it ceases to be a horror movie or a period piece and instead becomes a buddy comedy about two people bonding over how much the English have ruined their lives. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Craig D. Lindsey Despite some moments of cloying earnestness that seem like overkill, Blinded by the Light is a pleasant enough throwback voyage of self-discovery. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Jason Shawhan There is a vicious efficiency to this sequence that cobbles together the exact right combination of sci-fi awe and visceral, exploding horror. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Cory Woodroof Everything about The Kitchen's script feels sanded down and traced over, though Berloff still shows plenty of potential as a director. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Sadaf Ahsan Almost every shot, most of them wide, encompasses the entire family and its myriad facial expressions. There's an emotional choreography to this film. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Maiden (2018) Kelsey Conner Holmes could have effectively angled Maiden as a high-stakes sports documentary. ... Instead, Holmes recognizes the strengths of his subjects and lets them ultimately speak for themselves. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
The Chambermaid (2018) Erica Ciccarone Avilés brings us startlingly close to that mundanity, and we walk away from the film with a greater knowledge of how our desires make us human, just as much as our struggles. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Laura Hutson Hunter Readers of Morrison's work will find much to love here, but writers should also take note: Consider this a master class in writing from one of the world's greatest living novelists. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Brittney McKenna The story deals more in the complexities of working-class life than it does the machinations of the music industry, which makes it a more compelling watch than some of its sparklier contemporaries. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Jason Shawhan This is a film wherein textiles and tapestries and secret tomes tell us the truth even as people of all affiliations shakily lie. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Craig D. Lindsey The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a visually, thematically wondrous portrait of and salute to a city its residents love even when they're hating on it. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Jason Shawhan At its best, this film is a sustained kind of creepy that never does anything too stupid or world-breaking. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Diamantino (2018) Jason Shawhan See it with your weirdest friend, and be prepared to learn some things about yourself. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
A Ghost Story (2017) Erica Ciccarone In the frequent silences and lingering shots, there's plenty of time for a viewer to reflect on Affleck's alleged sexual harassment of two women while filming I'm Still Here. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Patti Cake$ (2017) D. Patrick Rodgers It's built on a rock-solid foundation that endears us to our heroine, unites us against her oppressors and makes us root for her at the freestyle parking-lot cypher ... EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
The Force (2017) Erica Ciccarone Nicks quietly challenges what you think you know about both the police and the people who most often are killed by them. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
The Florida Project (2017) D. Patrick Rodgers It might rip your guts to shreds just a little bit, but it'll be worth it. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
The Disaster Artist (2017) D. Patrick Rodgers So how is it? In a word, unnecessary. But in two words? Unnecessary and hilarious EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
The Shape of Water (2017) Erica Ciccarone This creature is cut, chiseled, virile; you'd be forgiven if you find yourself a little turned on. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Phantom Thread (2017) D. Patrick Rodgers So instead of asking, "Is Phantom Thread good?" (of course it's good, you fool), the question is, "Is the film a fitting exit for one of the greatest actors of our time?" EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Submission (2017) Erica Ciccarone Levine's script misses the opportunity to get in the ring and wrestle with the messy place occupied by consensual but regrettable sex. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Isle of Dogs (2018) D. Patrick Rodgers It's a beautiful movie, even as death and decay are central to its plot - not always themes you find in Anderson's balanced, pastel cinematic wonderlands. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
A Beautiful Day (2017) D. Patrick Rodgers You Were Never Really Here is a film of extremes, vacillating between perfect quiet and roaring chaos, between hyperviolence and slow banality. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Eighth Grade (2018) Erica Ciccarone The movie is rich with details that ring true, like a kid's quiet reverie as he sniffs a Magic Marker, or Kayla's crush turning his eyelids inside out in a swimming pool. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Colette (2018) Erica Ciccarone With strong central performances from Keira Knightley as Colette and Dominic West as her literary-charlatan husband Willy, Colette is a ton of fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019