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Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Certainly Uncut Gems is the product of an uncompromising vision. But I found the result to be claustrophobic and, finally, dull...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
67% Bombshell (2019) Whatever beliefs they may hold about other people's humanity, I'm glad these women finally received justice from the network that wronged them. I'm just not sure that translates into wanting to spend two hours in their company.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Portrait of a Lady on Fire is that rare movie in which every choice feels thought through, meaningful, and right, from the costumes by Dorothée Guiraud to the cinematography by Claire Mathon.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) While I hope, for his next project, that he's back on the less conventional, more stylish Haynes train, I'm glad we got to see what a Todd Haynes courtroom drama looked like.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The ever-present potential for bathos in a movie about accessing one's own inner child is offset by a dedication to visual whimsy and playfulness that can recall Michel Gondry.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) There's no one on earth, or even in the movies, who talks quite the way the people in Knives Out do, but we become conversant in their idiosyncratic patois by listening to it and learning the rules of this stylized fictional world.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach's most mature and generous work to date.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Terminator: Dark Fate seems uninterested in questions of technology, dystopia, gender, race, or even the logic puzzles of time travel. It's all about the wham-bam with barely a thank you to the three ma'ams at its center.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) This at first fascinating and never less than bonkers movie is eventually sunk by its own theological overreach.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Maybe the best film Bong has yet made...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Joker is a bad movie, yes: It's predictable, clichéd, deeply derivative of other, better movies, and overwritten to the point of self-parody.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) I'd be hard-pressed to say that the three-plus hours of The Irishman fly by, but it's also tough to think of a single individual scene I'd want to lose.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) A movie that, for the bulk of its two-hour-and-two-minute running time, I watched in a state of hypnotized delight.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) For all this movie's faults, I can't wait to take my own middle-school-aged daughter to see it; it's rare to find a movie about mothers and daughters that neither sentimentalizes nor oversimplifies that too often idealized relationship.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's dispiriting to suspect that part of why Tarantino wanted to stage a Manson-adjacent story was because the accoutrements-the period cars and costumes and neon signs, the glowering barefoot hippie girls, the acid-laced cigarettes-were just so cool.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Pairing off romantically to produce a legitimate heir to the throne is nice and all, but it's getting destroyed by the minions of your own venal ambition that's the real circle of life.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It will send you out of the theater laughing, crying, and thinking all at once, an appropriate mix of responses for what I hope, out of love, will be our last minutes with a franchise that's given us so much.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is a teen sex romp well suited for the summer of 2019: feminist but not preachy, raunchy but not nasty, emotionally intelligent but not sentimental.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir treats the painful events at its center with a kind of remoteness, as if handling a fragile long-lost object while wearing thick gloves.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Endgame consists almost entirely of the downtime scenes that were always secretly everyone's favorite parts of these movies anyway.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
93% Us (2019) Peele is a born filmmaker who cares where the camera is placed, how a scene is lit and scored, what the props in the corner of the image suggest.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Vice is so weighed down with narrative embellishments that its many simpler virtues... get lost in the rococo encrustations.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) This Mary Poppins may not be strictly necessary, but it's more than sufficient.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Even when the movie's self-love gets to be a bit much, there are stylistic touches to enjoy.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma is hypnotic and transporting and sublime, everything a movie seen on the big screen ought to be.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
91% Widows (2018) McQueen has created a tense and satisfying action drama with a decidedly feminist bent.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) In the movie's most memorable storylines, the filmmakers appear to be working through some sort of problem in their, and our, relationship to the mythology of the American West.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
65% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is a meditation on the dangers of pedagogy and the perils of placing your art above all else, but it never quite fights its way to the surface.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 59% Face (2002) A meditation on the conflict between family loyalties and personal ambition, Face ... can feel slight on a first viewing. But ... it is likely to remain in your head long afterward.‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 19, 2018
87% First Man (2018) A movie that's as fascinated by the remote inner landscape of its hero as he is by the unexplored surface of the moon.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) It feels somehow compact despite its sprawling two-hour-and-15-minute size, with nary a scene or frame wasted as it builds to its inexorable yet heart-shattering finale.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man and the Gun is as old-fashioned and sincere, as temperamentally un-postmodern, as it's possible for a movie to be.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) [A] pleasure-loving, sex-positive, Cher-starring Ramos gin fizz of a movie...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) A deeply kind movie, curious and nonjudgmental even about the characters who in most coming-of-age films would be hissable villains.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here may be something of a blunt instrument. But it still managed to knock me out.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs boils over, not just with kinesthetic fur, but with visual details, cinematic references, and, in a relatively new development for this filmmaker, topical political ideas.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) This devilishly funny and luxuriantly sensuous film is so successful as entertainment that it's hard to stop and notice the extreme degree of craft that went into its construction.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Even more impressively, Franco makes Wiseau, maybe the most unpleasant character he's ever played, someone you genuinely root for in his demented quest for greatness.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Even if you're not transported by every minute of the film's story, though, del Toro creates such a sumptuous visual world that it's impossible to take your eyes off the screen.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Filmed in luminous 35mm, as attentive to the colors and sounds of nature as it is to the beauty of art, architecture, and yes, Armie Hammer, this is the kind of movie you live in as much as watch.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) But [Frances] McDormand, at age 60 one of our most gifted and least calculating actresses, fearlessly challenges us to love her character anyway. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird finds fresh purchase in well-trodden territory by observing the human carnival from a girl's point of view.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
68% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck strikes a curious emotional tone, alternating between suspense and quiet wistfulness, with sudden surges of operatic intensity as the two timelines begin to connect. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) This new Blade Runner dazzles the audience with plenty of staggering sights.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
78% Last Flag Flying (2017) Richard Linklater is one of the best directors going, and Last Flag Flying shows his talents in the full flower of their maturity.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Stone and Carell both give big, winning movie-star performances, even if they can't quite be said to disappear into their roles.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
86% It (2017) I can't say the first half of It scared me senseless, but it built up enough goodwill toward its young heroes to make me curious about what they'll be like in their grown-up incarnations.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) Each shot is meticulously composed without appearing mannered; the characters, often seen from a distance, make up an integral part of the landscape they occupy rather than being framed picturesquely against it.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
91% Good Time (2017) With this movie, both Pattinson and the Safdie brothers have broken new ground in their careers; if you haven't been keeping track of what either of them is up to, Good Time would be a good time to start.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) The swift-moving, pulse-pounding Dunkirk reveals its filmmaker at his most nimble, supple, and simple.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017