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James Poniewozik

James Poniewozik
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
61% Cinema Verite (2011) While the film is well-made, it feels unnecessary. Perhaps from the need to fit the story into the confines of an hour-and-a-half feature, everyone ends up falling into types.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
93% James Dean (2001) Sick of movie-star biopics? Then there's little to change your mind in this one... It's worth seeing, though, because James Franco uncannily channels the sulky, sexy, short-lived heartthrob. ‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
100% After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020) In other places "After Truth" plays more like a survey, something that might have made an hourlong feature on CNN. But its strongest animating idea is that fake news is not simply a political abstraction.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) It can't, in its abbreviated run, recreate the series's full glory, but it does offer that glory a wistful toast.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
79% Brexit (2019) Cumberbatch's tight-wired performance is the best thing in this brisk but mechanical retread of recent events.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science (2018) The documentary's structure, jumping between history and contemporary patient stories, is a bit choppy, but the themes are timely.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
No Score Yet Sometimes in April (2005) April was unsparing, without being gratuitous, in showing how horrific yet casual the violence was, and Idris Elba (The Wire) was stunning as a Rwandan officer who came to see the light too late to save his mixed-ethnicity family.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
78% Recount (2008) If you have the slightest interest in politics and movie treatments thereof, I recommend it.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Mr. Jordan (Creed) puts flesh on Montag's conflict... But the script does little to give him inner life beyond some flashbacks. Mr. Shannon's imperious enforcer lacks the eccentric spark he brings to his best roles.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
92% Spielberg (2017) For all its sweep, Spielberg the documentary succeeds most distinctively where Mr. Spielberg the director has: accessing the child in its subject.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
91% You Don't Know Jack (2010) You Don't Know Jack may be a film about the case for making dying patients comfortable. But admirably, it recognizes that thinking about this, or watching, should be discomfiting.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) In the end, Sharknado 3-like the CGI monsters that are its true stars-is the beast that it is: single-minded, greedy and ravenous. But for all that, it can still be a lovely creature.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2015
56% Peter Pan Live! (2014) Technically and visually, Peter Pan Live! delivered. The smartest thing the production did was to be unashamedly stagey.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) Some 30 years later, this movie-strident, passionate, frenetic, and aching-is a reminder, as Memorial Day weekend begins the summer, of all those empty spots the plague left on the beach.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
83% Mitt (2014) Anyone who followed the '08 and '12 elections will not be surprised by how Mitt's story plays out. But it's an interesting footnote, a spin-free picture of the personal cost of campaigning; I found it humanly sympathetic regardless of political sympathies.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
78% Sharknado (2013) And it happens, and it happens, and it's an awesome, immersive thing.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2013
100% The Loving Story (2012) A low-key but moving documentary about two low-key people and their moving struggle.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2013
89% Crossfire Hurricane (2012) It's not a revelation, but it's an intimate story of the band, with performance sequences that show how five guys-in different lineups -- came together and made an entity of pure fire and sex.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2012
86% George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011) Perhaps all things must pass, but I would not pass this one up.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2012
68% Game Change (2012) It all feels like piling on - the campaign movie as blooper reel.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012