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Alan Zilberman

Alan Zilberman
Alan Zilberman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Brightest Young Things

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 92% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) In all these scenes, Lewis comes off as an engaged, charming man, although there is no sense of his interiority. ‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 80% White Noise (2020) By depicting their flaws and moments where they're a bit more vulnerable, it makes their need to cling to white identity politics all the more pathetic. ‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
4/5 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Unlike the Judd Apatow model where the dialogue is the primary source of humor, Ferrell's script (co-written with Andrew Steele) creates funny situations.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
0/5 41% Irresistible (2020) If it is meant to be a quasi-realistic depiction of modern politics, then Stewart's poor framing means his conclusions are less than useless. They insult the audience.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
100% The Reason I Jump (2020) It has the power to permanently change how you think about and consider a community you may not have understood.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
No Score Yet Through the Night (2002) It is not a polemic about child care, or a policy brief about suggested reforms. Instead, it shows the hard work that goes into operating one child care center.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
100% The Fight (2020) The most compelling scenes show these ACLU attorneys as dedicated, albeit flawed, professionals who believe in the Constitution down to the core. ‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
72% The King of Staten Island (2020) It's admirable how he advances the careers of his lead actors, however all that goodwill drains with an unfocused approach.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) The Vast of Night is a nostalgic film that explicitly celebrates the past, but also has the wherewithal to critique it. It's that good.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
4/5 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Director Benjamin Ree lucks into this story about redemption and creativity, framing it such a way that the unanswered questions are intriguing, not a source of frustration.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
40% Blood and Money (2020) Its conclusion can only inspire a halfhearted shrug...‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
2.5/5 88% Spaceship Earth (2020) These strange people are willing to tell their story on camera, as long it's their version of the story and nothing else.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
71% Butt Boy (2020) No one should be that desperate, so if your evening comes down to choosing between another film and this one, you should probably avoid this number two option.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
2.5/5 94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) The film prefers the illusion of intellectual rigor over the real thing.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
92% Holy Motors (2012) It is difficult to fathom how Lavant accomplishes such a complex, physical performance.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
4/5 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Parts of the film are difficult, even unpleasant, but that is perhaps the only way to make sense of an imperfect folk hero.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
1/10 64% Tape (2020) Leaving aside the sloppy filmmaking, the premise is misguided to its rotten core. Bad faith detractors could use this film to undermine a movement that deserves better.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
72% The Other Lamb (2020) There are moments where The Other Lamb rings as hollow as Shepherd's lofty platitudes. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
5/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Her story is not unique, which is what makes the film so intense and angry.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
4/5 98% Vitalina Varela (2020) It is a rich viewing experience during a period with a dearth of them, especially when the final image - ironic, jarring, and sad - is revealed.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
88% Swallow (2020) By depicting the interiority of someone with extreme privilege, it unintentionally becomes a good film for this strange, anxiety-inducing, isolating moment in our lives.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
3.5/5 59% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) This cool thriller is a better escape than watching Contagion on demand for the fourth time.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
5/5 96% First Cow (2020) Their central friendship creates genuine warmth and optimism, without once veering toward sentiment. ‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
2/4 63% Hope Gap (2020) The film is a waste of Bening's talents: an inoffensive tale inspiring little more than a shrug, thereby making it hard to either wholeheartedly endorse or strongly criticize.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
48% Greed (2020) To learn about income inequality is to experience genuine outrage, and Winterbottom is not that kind of furious filmmaker. His mockery and insights are too gentle for that. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
89% Just 6.5 (6.5 Toman Per Meter) (Metri shish-o-nim) (2019) It is a tough crime procedural that becomes a thorny portrayal of corruption and mercy.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet The Warden (2019) Like countless American thrillers, The Warden ends with a car chase. While it is competently staged, the stakes of the chase are what elevate it.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet Filmfarsi (2019) For those who are curious about Iran or even film history, the documentary is an invaluable achievement and a remarkable archive of a forgotten period. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet Old Men Never Die (2019) It is an allegorical film, one that shows advanced age with a sympathetic mix of fear, rage, and sadness. Just don't expect much acceptance.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
95% Gaza (2019) It wisely avoids any sermonizing or calls to action, and instead serves as an unwavering depiction of cinematic empathy.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% A Bump Along the Way (2019) These characters inch toward empathy and understanding in ways that are always organic, without any storytelling shortcuts.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
75% The Dig (2018) Although the high melodrama ultimately betrays the deliberate middle section, this is a film that takes themes of redemption and forgiveness seriously.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet Cumar: A Galway Rhapsody (2019) There is not much structure here, so the film unfolds like a collage, not traditional nonfiction.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
98% Extra Ordinary (2020) For a film about ghosts and demonic possession, Extra Ordinary is surprisingly warm-hearted. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
4.5/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) A sure sign of a good director is someone who is able to create suspense through stillness, camera placement, and careful editing.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
1.5/5 74% The Lodge (2020) This is a mean-spirited, cruel film. It is constructed like a sick joke, and the directors are the only ones laughing.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) Few dramas, let alone one from a filmmaker this young, are this specific or accomplished. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2/5 37% Downhill (2020) The directors opt for more something more accessible, although that gambit leads to unintentional, gnawing tedium.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) In a weird way, it's the first comic book film that feels punk rock.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
83% The Traitor (2020) No courtroom drama has ever been this wild or bombastic. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
2/5 95% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) Some of the shorts are more artful than others, but most land with the saccharine emotional power you might expect from a Hallmark card.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
87% Color Out of Space (2020) Like the most interesting horror filmmakers, he explores his own anxieties and hang-ups to allow us to see why they are so deeply frightening to him. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) I'm not opposed to action heroes without complexity, or even chauvinism as a defining characteristic. But if that's all there is, the conceit quickly loses its appeal.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) Cretton's simple, unassuming style serves the film's sense of outrage, as does his curiosity about human nature.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Exhausting and exhilarating, the sort of film that takes the idea of escapism and pushes it to a nearly nauseating degree. We enjoy Howard's exploits because it is thrilling to watch someone get away with it, even if we aren't exactly rooting for him. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
5/5 94% Little Women (2019) Little Women is so buoyant and joyous, so it is easy to miss the anger that informs it. ‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It "corrects" its course in a deeply fearful way, to the point it distrusts the audience.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) It is as if Eastwood does not trust the details of Jewell's story are enough to provoke outrage, so he stacks the deck in his favor. ‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
98% 63 Up (2019) Director Michael Apted's interview style - warm, if a little dispassionate - keeps this material from being too maudlin. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/5 68% Little Joe (2019) By unfolding dispassionately, it wants audiences to think more than they react, but what it will ultimately inspire is disengagement.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019