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Ben Walters
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 97% Metropolis (1927) Building on earlier science fiction and endlessly influential on later works, Lang's film is a mammoth marvel, fusing modernism and expressionism, art deco and Biblical spectacle, Wagnerian bombast, sentimental Marxism and religiose millenarianism.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2006
5/5 89% Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet) (1981) [A] strong current of humour belies a serious engagement with the general, perhaps intractable problem of whether our impulses toward intimacy and unaccountability can ever be reconciled.‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2006
5/5 90% Knocked Up (2007) The year's best comedy; one that confirms the arrival of an extended group of talent that looks set to take the studio comedy crown from the likes of Ferrell, Stiller and Carrey.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2007
5/5 100% Citizen Kane (1941) Many of the novel techniques Welles developed with cinematographer Gregg Toland were calculated to offer new angles on film space.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2009
5/5 90% A Serious Man (2009) The film's potency is rooted in quiet precision and detailed realisation. Roger Deakins's typically polished photography gives an oppressively hard edge to Midwestern suburbia.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2009
5/5 100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) At once a witty comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2011
5/5 92% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) While the crunchy fights and unflagging pace ensure this delivers as genre spectacle, the muddy ethics also make for a pleasing contrast with standard-issue wham-bammery.‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
5/5 98% Ten Canoes (2007) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 18, 2011
5/5 No Score Yet Uncle David (2009) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 8, 2011
5/5 85% The Shining (1980) A masterpiece.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 99% All About Eve (1950) Joseph L Mankiewicz's film dissects the narcissism and hypocrisy of the spotlight as sharply as [Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd], but pays equal attention to the challenges of enacting womanhood.‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/5 100% Victim (1961) There are many pleasures to be found in the quirky supporting cast, expressive, noir-style lighting and an effectively suspenseful opening.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2006
4/5 88% The Simpsons Movie (2007) The Simpsons Movie does not feel at sea on the big screen and, crucially, it is very funny.‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 21, 2007
4/5 88% Superbad (2007) 'Superbad' at its best goes right through knockabout to land in deliciously obscene places - notably a staggering succession of doodles in which tumescent cocks take on various extraordinary guises.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2007
4/5 91% Big River Man (2009) If Werner Herzog had made 'Borat', the results might have been something like this documentary about the unusual athletic overachiever Martin Strel.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2009
4/5 83% The September Issue (2009) Consistently funny and engaging, 'The September Issue' is also a window onto the top echelon of an industry in which fanciful escapism is deadly serious.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2009
4/5 94% Goodbye Solo (2009) An endearing character piece shot through with beauty and humility in which, thanks to his leads' open, sometimes vulnerable performances, tolerance and respect take precedence.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2009
4/5 73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) 'Where the Wild Things Are' stands out for its unusually potent evocation of the timbre of childhood imagining, with its combination of the outré and the banal, grand schemes jumbled up with delicate feelings and the urge to smash things up.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2009
4/5 68% Life During Wartime (2010) Solondz's ongoing interests ... ensure some shocks but his underlying interests are sincere and humane: the consequences of trauma, the capacity for self-delusion, the possibility of change and the necessity of forgiveness.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2010
4/5 98% Toy Story 3 (2010) The 'Toy Story' films are deservedly seen as the gold standard for computer-generated animation...‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2010
4/5 93% La Nana (The Maid) (2009) Deadpan, handheld technique allows director Sebastián Silva to mine mundane situations for subtle hazard but also to take his story in unexpected directions, initial reticence preserving the potential for surprise.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2010
4/5 85% On Tour (Tournée) (2010) There's a strong sense of the tour as work - bland hotels, travel co-ordination, Muzak - as well as the situation's propensity to let cooped-up emotions, from anger to lust, marinate.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2010
4/5 96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) Herzog notes, 'Time and space lose their meaning.' Inevitably bound by both, his film is as close to their beauty as we will ever get.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2011
4/5 72% Heartbeats (2011) It can seem as if style is all in Dolan's films, but as well as revelling in its pleasures, they also dissect its limitations - sometimes without anaesthetic.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 25, 2011
4/5 61% Kaboom (2011) If there's an undercurrent of impending cataclysm in today's culture, 'Kaboom' senses that feeling, seizes it in a surreal clinch and hurtles with it off a cliff.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2011
4/5 95% Weekend (2011) Sexy, provocative, engrossing and occasionally ornery, it should appeal to anyone whose curiosity about someone new has provoked them to question their own identity.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2011
4/5 89% The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2006) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 89% California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (Endless) (2007) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 92% Into The Abyss (2011) The result is gripping, moving and revelatory, an unabashed if implicit critique of the death penalty.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2012
4/5 82% Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) (2012) Family life and adult power are central here, allowing for bittersweet engagement with emotions over time and the compromises of living in reality.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2012
4/5 No Score Yet Beauty & the Briefcase (2010) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2012
4/5 57% The Dictator (2012) If a comedy is meant to make you laugh, mission accomplished. As a series of wonderfully grotesque set-pieces, The Dictator delivers.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 11, 2012
4/5 88% Tabu (2012) Evoking work as disparate as that of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Guy Maddin and Claire Denis - with a dash of 'The Artist' thrown in - 'Tabu' is a tantalising trip.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2012
4/5 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) [A] shocking, moving, enthralling and enraging doc ...‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2012
4/5 89% Yossi (2013) Knoller's superbly underplayed performance ensures that Yossi's sad-sack tendencies aren't allowed to alienate him from our affections.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2012
4/5 83% Side Effects (2013) As a thriller in the Hitchcock mould, 'Side Effects' is great fun: its characters are well acted without being entirely likeable, which makes their jeopardy all the more enjoyable while putting us at a clinical remove.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2013
4/5 49% I'm So Excited! (2013) With its sprawling satire and knockabout tone, 'I'm So Excited' is the closest Almodóvar has come in years to early romps like 'Labyrinth', 'Pepi, Luci, Bom' and 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?'‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2013
4/5 64% I Want Your Love (2013) Audience enjoyment is ... likely to be dictated by tolerance of generally aimless, often witty, sometimes pretentious West Coast hipsterdom.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 78% Tom at the Farm (2015) Taut, creepy, compelling and sexy.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2014
75% Intolerable Cruelty (2003) Stands up fine as Friday-night fun and if the aim were to produce a slice of escapist entertainment then it can be said to succeed, if not excel.‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 4, 2003
29% Party Monster (2003) It's Green who, despite his straight-man role ... steals the show, with a performance of controlled engagement with both the delights and damage of the kids' lifestyle.‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 4, 2003
63% I Heart Huckabees (2004) As with Russell's other films, Huckabees moves its audience from initial bafflement to a broader apprehension of a situation rife with complexity.‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 7, 2004
77% The Machinist (2004) Bale's performance has the emotional weight to substantiate this body-art spectacle, ranging from prickly self-righteousness through panicked self-doubt to morbid self-pity...‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Mar 1, 2005
77% Sin City (2005) The look of it remains exceptional, a high-contrast monochrome showcase of sheeting rain, shattering glass and white-on-black silhouettes, with occasional motifs picked out in vivid colour.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2005
84% Batman Begins (2005) The muscular grit of the action sequences is leavened with nicely judged sarky banter.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2005
89% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2005) Instead of hoping to fool us that we're watching life itself, they constantly remind us that telling a story is a fragile, silly, impossible process, and an essential delight.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2006
95% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) The script's non-stop momentum suits the roller-coaster photography -- and the punchy running time brings things to a close before eye-strain sets in.‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 26, 2006
98% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (1964) Umbrellas makes escapist play with the stuff of kitchen-sink social realism.‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2006
95% Taxi Driver (1976) New York may have changed, but Taxi Driver is as powerful and painful as ever.‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2006
61% Jarhead (2005) The film's strong suit is vagueness, presenting combat as a semi-surreal state of ignorant expectation and dislocated experience: these warriors loll in the desert awaiting action or trying to make sense of its consequences.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2006