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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Peshmerga (2016) Lévy is interested not only in the troops he accompanies, whose bravery he extols in purple, redundant language, but also the history of the region...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
39% Three Christs (2020) The director, Jon Avnet, who wrote the script with Eric Nazarian, succeeds in keeping the movie watchable in spite of its contrivances.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
16% The Grudge (2020) The remake remains cursed by a fatally hokey concept.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
100% Advocate (2020) "Advocate"... makes for potent viewing as a portrait of a steadfast activist with a controversial cause.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
92% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) Closes out the series with body flips, head punches, smashed furniture and heart.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
35% The Song of Names (2019) The movie never quite justifies the contrivance of its puzzle-box construction. Parlaying this material into an arty whodunit cheapens the real history invoked.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
40% Black Christmas (2019) But if the 2019 "Black Christmas" is not nearly as chilling as the original, it is genuinely barbed as gender satire, and it cleverly pre-empts obvious outrage.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
100% Chinese Portrait (2019) Wang's snapshot shows a China that happily encompasses multitudes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
17% The Great War (2019) It simply does not have the budget or craft for the scale it requires.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
100% A German Youth (Une jeunesse Allemande) (2019) This documentary is fitfully thought-provoking, and particularly good at illustrating political fault lines of the time.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
66% Knives and Skin (2019) There is genuine eeriness here, and Reeder makes distinctive use of color and music.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
100% Ximei (2019) This isn't a groundbreaking documentary, but it does pay its subjects the ultimate courtesy, treating them as officials have not: as fully rounded human beings.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
86% Feast of the Epiphany (2018) It is easier to like "Feast of the Epiphany" as an idea for an uncompromising film than it is to reconcile its pretensions.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
100% After Parkland (2019) The movie succeeds where it counts: showing the reverberations of violence long after most cameras left.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
86% Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man (2019) This soft-edged character study lacks distance. Sim is portrayed as a quixotic figure unconcerned with practicalities, and the film would have benefited from more details on meetings and debate within Sim's organization.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
64% The Good Liar (2019) To avoid ruining the film, you should not only stop reading this review, but also pass on seeing the movie, which tips its hand practically from the moment the main characters meet.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Still, the various excuses made for The Enquirer's ethics undermine Landsman's efforts to portray the paper as splashy, all-American fun.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
100% Watson (2019) The movie can be frustratingly deferential toward Watson, but it is never less than urgent.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
No Score Yet 16 Bars (2019) It only sometimes transcends its role as an awareness tool and reveals the texture and detail that long-term documentary filming can produce.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
43% Midway (2019) It is rousing and respectful in its best moments and faintly ridiculous in others.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
62% American Dharma (2019) Morris wants to map how Bannon thinks. The movie he has made is less an act of muckraking than it is a psychological thriller, with Bannon its implacable villain.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
100% The Apollo (2019) While "The Apollo" itself might have taken a more inventive approach, it derives its power from the artistry it captures.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
70% Cubby (2019) Whatever charms the filmmakers envisioned are nowhere apparent in these 83 cringe-worthy minutes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
70% The Kill Team (2019) While the leads are credible, the filmmaking (including a hacky score) adds a sheen of macho familiarity to a narrative that was eerily matter-of-fact in doc form.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
53% Farming (2019) [A] provocative if slightly plodding movie...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
0% Portals (2019) It is difficult to believe that an actual first encounter with interdimensional beings would be such a complete waste of time.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
20% Kinetta (2019) Time hasn't made it more than a cryptic curiosity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
75% Serendipity (2019) "Serendipity" can be an extremely intimate documentary, but there are other times when it is curiously remote in elucidating Nourry's artistic intentions. This is not a criticism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
96% The Cave (2019) "The Cave" is a frightening immersion in life under siege in Syria that, as difficult as it often is to watch, can't come close to replicating how harrowing it must have been to film.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
100% Stuffed (2019) The idea that taxidermy can be a form of archiving - a way of recording the poses of vanishing species - resurfaces throughout the film.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) If this installment lays on the moral (all families are freaky in their own ways) a bit thick, it has just enough wit and weirdness to honor its source material.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% Emanuel (2019) The movie is primarily an act of bearing witness that does not ask to be judged on conventional filmmaking terms.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
64% Mister America (2019) Although "Mister America" has inspired moments throughout, Tim's ignorance, insensitivity and ill-fitting tailoring aren't really good for 90 minutes of laughs.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) While it is generally engaging to learn about the influences of the screenwriter Dan O'Bannon or the artistic process of H.R. Giger (who designed the alien), the documentary is at its least fawning when it focuses on technique.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
50% Wallflower (2019) If the form of "Wallflower" is accomplished (if secondhand), its content is more dubious.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
100% On the President's Orders (2019) The thesis of "On the President's Orders" isn't terribly original, but in a needlessly roundabout way, it makes its case...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
67% I'm Leaving Now (Ya me voy) (2019) ...telling his story in vignettes allows the passage of time to be felt in other ways. Every jump forward is a small shock.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) An accessible introduction to James P. Allison, who, along with Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won a Nobel Prize in 2018 for discoveries in cancer immunotherapy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
52% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) Filmmakers can have a tough time distinguishing themselves in the crowded serial-killer genre. For Fatih Akin, the director of "The Golden Glove," the solution seems to have been making his movie as vomitous as possible.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
90% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) At times, more information would be preferable; in other scenes, images speak volumes without words. But as advocacy, the movie is potent and frequently terrifying.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
83% Always in Season (2019) "Always in Season" makes a powerful case that the history of lynching in the American South is not just history - that murders still haunt the present-day sites where they occurred, and that such killings can and do happen today.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
88% Diego Maradona (2019) You don't need to know much about soccer to get caught up in "Diego Maradona," a propulsive archival documentary on the celebrated and infamous Argentine footballer.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Redistribution (2019) That there is already a tradition of reappropriation in experimental film, by artists as great as Ken Jacobs and Bruce Conner, is outside either Price's knowledge or the faintly arbitrary parameters he has set.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
88% Another Day of Life (2019) An engrossing film in which form and function can be intriguingly opposed.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% Chained for Life (2019) Schimberg's film is odd, darkly funny and - when it means to be - a little frightening.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
67% Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (2018) It roots, roots, roots for its home team - and does little more.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
64% Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l'aube) (2019) The movie looks and sounds great, but greatness and depth elude it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
87% Ne Zha (2019) A computer-animated feature of bright hues, hectic action and only occasional charm...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Little Prince (2019) "The Miracle of the Little Prince" seems to have been made from the supposition that too many discussions of grammar or syntax might bore viewers. Even so, the platitudes are worse.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
67% The Banana Splits (2019) Far less crazy than it wants to be and far more soporific than a synopsis would suggest.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019