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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Foreboding (Yocho) (2017) [Kiyoshi] Kurosawa's talents behind the camera are undeniable.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
83% The Swan (Svanurinn) (2018) Benefitting from US-trained, Iceland-based filmmaker Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir's controlled direction, the film delivers a dark coming-of-age tale through the young lead's uncertain perception, tinged with uneasy implications and poetic flights of fancy.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
No Score Yet The Violin Player (Viulisti) (2018) At its best, the film poses a terrifying question - what happens when one's fixed self-identity crumbles? - even if the answers it comes up with are less than persuasive.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) As with most films of this type, the pleasures arrive less in the originality of the story than in the way the way it's told.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
94% It Must Be Heaven (2019) As a director, [Elia] Suleiman knows how to compose the frame to get the most out of each gag, and as a performer, he recognizes that his arched eyebrows are powerful tools of comedy and employs them as such.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
59% Sibyl (2019) [Virginie Efira] holds this film together through its various swings, and comes off stronger for it.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong delivers a stunning return to form with this newest venture.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
59% Frankie (2019) Taking a role designed to collapse the divide between performer and character as opportunity to uncover new levels on naturalism, Huppert offers another beautifully modulated turn in a part that is primarily reactive.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Visually ravishing.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
68% Little Joe (2019) What more can you ask from a film about a mind-controlling flower?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
82% The Traitor (2020) A sturdy if somewhat uninspiring Mafia biopic.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
100% Over the Limit (2018) Of all its substantial merits, Marta Prus' harrowing and thoroughly captivating sports doc Over The Limit is perhaps most surprising for its sustained bouts of misdirection.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
No Score Yet All That Divides Us (Tout nous sépare) (2017) This one-part guilty conscience thriller, one part culture-clash drama about a pair of socialites who get caught up with local lowlifes adds up to one wholly missed opportunity.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
69% Climax (2019) Just like Possession, this tale of stylized hysteria is an absolute scream.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
B 96% Zama (2018) As an existential objet d'art Zama stands as a serious achievement. But that won't prevent even the most sophisticated of cinephiles from staggering out of the theater, wondering "What in the world did I just see?"‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
96% Atlantics (2019) [Atlantics] can occasionally feel stretched and thin in certain spots, like a cracking medium-length film padded out to feature runtime. Still, that's no matter, because the film's real coup is the victory it scores for greater perspective.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
72% Vivarium (2020) We're not mad at you, "Vivarium," we're just disappointed.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
C 58% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) A work that feels stodgily anachronistic.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
60% City of a Million Soldiers (2020) The screenwriter-turned-director spins his tale as an unrelenting action jackhammer, delivered with the same Hollywood polish he brought to his screenplays for World War Z and The Kingdom.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
91% Ema (2019) A prickly punk remix that takes a traditional art-house character study about a young woman dealing with emotional turmoil and filters it through the stylistic approaches more common to recent art-pop hybrids like "Lemonade."‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
C 50% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) The message is not wrong, but it certainly is a disappointing use of Guerra's talent.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
95% Babyteeth (2020) Does it all work? Not quite, but you can't fault a film for its ambition, least of all one that does manage to bring it all together for a deeply moving home stretch.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
90% The Lighthouse (2019) It rocks.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
91% The Climb (2020) Covino shows truly impressive formal control, incorporating sophisticated camerawork and tightly coiled edits while allowing time, space and rhythm - in short, the foundations of cinema - to play as equal participants in the comedy.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
81% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Gonzalez may goof on this often-ridiculous world - I mean, how could he not? - but he does so from a place of real respect and admiration.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Jia Zhang-Ke's large scale reintroduction is hardly a disappointment; it's simply another fine Jia Zhang-Ke film. What did we expect?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda marshals his considerable talents to tell what initially appears to be another story of family love and perseverance in the margins of society.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) In his 2014 Palme d'Or winner, Ceylan unpacked thorny issues of ethics and morality with a surgeon's steady patience; he employs a similar approach here, only the territory is much less fertile.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C 66% Peterloo (2019) You can feel Leigh's fury glowering off the screen through the entire last act, but that fury does the film and the filmmaker little service.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale can be wearingly repetitive, making a point, making it again and making it once more for good measure, each time with the same sleepy whisper. Still, it's a noble effort.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet It's a noble effort. That resigned-to-violence consistency is a fascinating pitch that brings a new perspective to a well-worn genre.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) [A] violent and harrowing film...‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
C+ 87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) Knows exactly where to look and what to ask, but never sticks around long enough to learn anything. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? is hardly a disappointment, but it does, in places, feel like a missed opportunity.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
80% Breath (2018) The film has a kind of workmanlike quaintness to it, offering a number of surfing and underwater sequences that are both terrifically accomplished and so modest as to not call attention to just how well-made they really are. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
83% Die Tomorrow (2017) Rarely has the subject of human mortality been treated with such playful dexterity as in Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit's Die Tomorrow.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
B 80% Unsane (2018) In short, it could never be anything but a Soderbergh film, and a particularly delicious one at that.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
100% Fake Tattoos (2017) Working from his own script, Plante never resorts to flashbacks or overt speeches, instead allowing the viewer to piece together the lead's wounded backstory through uneasy interactions, allusions and insinuations.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
24% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Director José Padilha's task was simple: find something new to say about the 1970s most famous air rescue. To that end, he ably succeeds at his goal, even if the project itself never quite soars.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
80% Genesis (Genezis) (2018) Although linked, each chapter works as its own short story, each with a unique structure and thematic throughline.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
No Score Yet Cobain (2018) A naturalistic portrait of a willful adolescent and his steadfast devotion to the troubled addict he calls mum.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
95% Styx (2019) It's engrossing, if (somewhat ironically, considering the open sea setting) dry fare made by and for stalwarts of the European academic set.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) While Isle of Dogs is basically a fizzy, ornately mounted assembly of quirks and barks, the sheer artistry displayed... is so expertly accomplished, and so clearly fueled by love, that you can't help but grin.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Fifty Shades Freed ultimately authors its own most stinging rebuke, closing on an extended montage highlighting major moments and turning points from the trilogy. Tellingly, none of them come from this film.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
No Score Yet Maryline (2017) Though the elliptical, time-lapse narrative never offers us much entry into Maryline's interior life, the actress makes it clear that she very much has one.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
No Score Yet Outdoors (Bayit Bagalil) (2017) A thoughtful if familiar relationship drama, Outdoors benefits from an incisive grasp of its two lead characters' inner lives and an acute sensitivity for their many sources of angst.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
No Score Yet Messi and Maud (2017) Works better as a scenic picaresque than a perceptive midlife character study, but all the same it marks a promising debut for the Amsterdam-based filmmaker.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
96% Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo) (2017) Far from being a whimsical title, Lots of Kids, A Monkey And A Castle is something of a promise fulfilled.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
64% Good Favour (2017) Few narrative or thematic threads yield significant pay offs.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
B- 86% The Wife (2018) Without Glenn Close, "The Wife" wouldn't be much to write home about.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
B 75% Mom and Dad (2018) "Mom and Dad" has the same depraved verve, sick humor and berserk pulse of the "Crank" series, and what's more, marries all that to an operatic Nicolas Cage performance in full on nutzoid mode.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017