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Boyd van Hoeij
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Persian Lessons (2020) Impressive ending and acting, though it has a wobbly handle on its characters.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
100% My Little Sister (Schwesterlein) (2020) A sterling cast makes up for screenplay weaknesses.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
100% The Woman Who Ran (2020) The results aren't only intriguing and sometimes hilarious but clearly also a sincere meditation on what you might be saying when you think you aren't saying much at all.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet Delete History (Effacer l'historique) (2020) After the laughter dies down, the bitterness of Delepine and Kervern's analysis on the sad-sack-sorry state of the world we live in remains.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet Little Girl (Petite fille) (2020) Little girl, big documentary.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
50% All the Dead Ones (Todos os mortos) (2020) It's a movie that's all subtext and no text - and even the subtext struggles to make a point that's more complex than a blunt truth.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
82% Undine (2020) An odd new beauty from one of Germany's best directors.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
64% The Salt of Tears (Le sel des larmes) (2020) There's an element of light comedy - rather than the more familiar irony - that feels fresh and invigorating, even if Garrel doesn't quite stick the landing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
63% Malmkrog (2020) It is uncompromising filmmaking, certainly, but also insular filmmaking that will make a tiny little circle of intellectual cinephiles very happy while leaving everyone else - this critic included - completely cold.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
No Score Yet One in a Thousand (Las mil y una) (2020) Many of the specifics of the characters are glanced over, so it's hard to identify with them or understand what the stakes are for them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
59% My Salinger Year (2020) Could use an edit.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
92% Antigone (2019) Deraspe earns kudos for making a 2,500-year-old play feel vital, contemporary and cinematic.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
100% Der Bunker (2015) Though the story's anything but realistic, this doesn't mean that it has nothing to say; Chryssos's well-paced screenplay suggests something, for example, about the dangers of burdening a child with unrealistic expectations...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
No Score Yet Happy Birthday (Fête de famille) (2019) By the end of Happy Birthday, viewers might feel they know these flawed characters almost as well as their own family members.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet House of Cardin (2019) This is a deliciously entertaining and perceptive take on Cardin's life and how he shaped both the silhouette of fashion and branding in the fashion world and beyond.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
No Score Yet Beware of Children (Barn) (2019) It's the kind of unassuming-looking drama that slowly seeps into your bones.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
50% The Barefoot Emperor (2019) At the end of the day, this Barefoot Emperor might get cold feet, though some fun can still be had on the way there.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet Life as a B-Movie: Piero Vivarelli (2019) A treasure trove of titles of post-war works from Italy that beg to be discovered or rediscovered.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
100% 143 Sahara Street (143, rue du Désert) (2019) Something that gradually gets under your skin.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
60% City of a Million Soldiers (2020) Favors a sense of you-are-there authenticity over any kind of deeper characterization or geopolitical context. The result is generically gripping but ultimately not something that lingers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (2019) While the three stories are modest and largely familiar, they are also topical and performed with grace and humanity...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet All This Victory (Jeedar El Sot) (2019) A handsomely made misfire.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
80% The Prince (El Principe) (2019) Filled to the brim with barely clothed men but nary an idea...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be (La mafia non è più quella di una volta) (2019) Maresco doesn't really have a story angle beyond the 25th anniversary of the brutal killing of two anti-mafia judges, which feels much too superficial and thin for a feature-length film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% Rialto (2019) This story of real-life misery could play out in many different ways but few would go in the specific direction of Peter Mackie Burns' Rialto, or would tell the story quite as delicately.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
59% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) The screenplay and the actors ooze charm as well as intelligence early on but the second half is more like a sleek thriller, something that's efficient but less jocular and surprising.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
80% The Domain (A herdade) (2019) Guedres finds precisely the right tone for the material, slightly starker than pure realism.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
50% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) As a viewer, it requires hard work to feel something that goes deeper than common-sense pity when confronted with stock characters stuck in a generic predicament in a nonspecific time and place.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
56% Gloria Mundi (2019) This exhaustive - and exhausting - overview of the fragility of work for lowly laborers in 21st century France lacks even one character who feels alive.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
54% Saturday Fiction (Lan xin da ju yuan) (2019) This moody, black-and-white period piece always intrigues, even if it only intermittently catches fire.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
88% The Long Walk (Bor mi vanh chark) (2019) Ghost stories - and especially those aimed at arthouse audiences - might benefit from a little ambiguity and a certain poetic strangeness. But it is a problem when the story becomes nearly impossible to follow for long stretches of time.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
No Score Yet 45 Seconds of Laughter (2019) Even though we've possibly seen it countless times before, it's still lovely to see prison tough guys slowly open up and through the use of theatrical masks feel comfortable enough to gradually slip off their own.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
81% Martin Eden (2019) The story finally runs aground on an iceberg of undigested ideas, barely developed themes and bad hair choices.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
No Score Yet Revenir (2019) A mixed bag that exerts a certain fascination.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
100% A Son (Bik Eneich - Un Fils) (2019) An exciting debut from a new voice in Arab cinema.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
83% You Will Die at 20 (2019) [The main] character is so passive it is hard to feel much for him as he sits around and wastes most of what little time he has.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
100% Mother (Madre) (2019) It is undeniable that Sorogoyen is a master filmmaker. His work with his actors is impressive, with Nieto, in a fully bilingual performance, and Porier are both natural yet nuanced.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
No Score Yet Verdict (2019) What is almost entirely missing is any sense of urgency or character.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) Too much of a good thing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
86% Echo (Bergmál) (2019) A multipart portrait of contemporary Iceland emerges that feels necessarily somewhat incomplete, given time constraints, but always deeply human.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet A Voluntary Year (Das freiwillige Jahr) (2019) [A] modest but lovely movie.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
80% Instinct (2019) It's an ambitious and auspicious debut, even though not all of its frayed edges seem to be intentional.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
No Score Yet 7500 (2019) Intended as a 90-minute nail-biter, the film starts off strong but loses steam about halfway through and never quite recovers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
89% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) Though otherwise competently assembled, this might work best as a rainy Saturday afternoon option for undemanding audiences flicking through the options of the on-demand platform of their choice.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
No Score Yet Let There Be Light (Nech je svetlo) (2019) The understated ending is effectively spine-chilling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
91% Monsoon (2019) Not everything in Monsoon is quite as successful as those moments on the train. But overall, this is a fascinating and thoughtful follow-up to Khaou's well-received debut feature, the 2014 Sundance premiere Lilting with Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei-pei.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
73% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) (2019) What keeps the whole thing from flying off the rails is the directors' command of tone and the sincerity of Gob's performance...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
67% For the Money (Por el dinero) (2019) Feels terminally indulgent and at times even nonsensical rather than whimsical or inventive.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
82% The Specials (Hors normes) (2019) Not special enough.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
83% Abou Leila (2019) An intriguing debut for arthouse aficionados.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019