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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Cooked: Survival by Zip Code (2019) A foreshadowing of the 2020 pandemic, with Richard Daley Jr., a Democrat, being just as unprepared as Trump and just as self-justifying. A necessary documentary.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
91% Blood Quantum (2019) A mixture of George Romero and Gillo Pontecorvo, not something you see every day.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
91% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2020) A mixture of Ken Loach and pulp fiction female revenge movies not without its flaws. But as a premiere from director Abner Pastoll, it is a most auspicious debut.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
No Score Yet System Error (2019) In challenging the paradigm of growth, the film is the perfect prism through which to see the apocalyptic period we have entered.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
64% Planet of the Humans (2020) A film that challenges the paradigm of growth, especially the illusion that alternative energy can allow us to consume resources as if they were inexhaustible.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
100% Rewind (2020) Despite its horrifying subject matter, this is a truly elevating tale of redemption told by its tormented subject, a master filmmaker.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) Given capitalism's abject failure in the face of a pandemic, the film helps us to grasp the origins of the problem even if its neo-Keynesian solution falls short.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
No Score Yet Enchained (Quragnaye) (2019) Ethiopian film imbued with magical realism tells a universal story about class oppression. Beautifully realized if a challenge to conventional expectations.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
87% Closeness (Tesnota) (2017) Debut film by the director of the acclaimed "Beanpole". Bodes well for Russian film when a young director channels Italian neo-realism and the Dardenne brothers.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
71% Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) (2019) Personal drama drawn out of the national tragedy of the Guatemalan genocide written and directed by someone whose parents were victims of this dirty war.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Brilliant debut by 30-year old director who has out-mastered Tarantino at his own game.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
85% Sea Fever (2020) Partly a thinking person's version of "The Thing" (intended) and partly commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic (unintended).‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
92% Who Will Write Our History (2019) An important film that illustrates how Jews functioning under the crucible of Nazi rule. One that suggests the future trials they may have to face in a period of rising fascist threats.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) A sorely needed message in period of patriarchal oppression within a film living up to Ken Loach's standards. Not to be missed.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) Although it is a step down from what might have expected from a leading figure in New Romanian Cinema, it is still great entertainment.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
59% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) A sardonic examination of how the art world is even more scuzzy than the drug trade with brilliant performances by the four lead actors, especially Mick Jagger.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) A probing examination of what it means to be a Christian, with the main character a modern-day Barrabas. ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) A timely portrait of the damage contingency labor does to families. Ken Loach remains our most articulate and class-conscious filmmaker.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
96% Ray & Liz (2019) Despite failure to provide context of family dysfunction within the rust-belt of Black Country in Northern England, it is still a keenly-observed portrait of the director's own family.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) Hearkens back to classics like "And Quiet Flows the Don" and "The Cranes Are Flying".‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Nicholas Cage, America's greatest living actor, turns in splendid scenery-chewing performance in this film based on a H.P. Lovecraft short story. It doesn't get better than this.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
96% American Factory (2019) Billionaire from "communist" China buys former GM plant and pays workers less than what McDonald's pays. Evidence that capitalism victimizes workers across the planet, whatever the ideology.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
No Score Yet We the Workers (2017) Suppressing labor organizers in the name of Communism. That's the reality depicted in this essential film.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) A rancid propaganda film with video game aesthetics.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
88% Earth (Erde) (2019) A most timely film in the light of a looming Sixth Extinction brought on by capitalist "development".‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
82% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Reminiscent of both "Faust" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" but with a B-Movie esthetic. The Terminator's son is excellent as Hyde.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese called this film "death-haunted". It is also haunted by the myth of making America great again.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
98% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Groundbreaking film on transgender people. Look for it on VOD starting December 13, 2019--an Xmas present for film lovers and those of good will.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) Set in Argentina a year before the military coup of 1976 that turned the country into a torture chamber, it is a searing portrait of the middle-class complacency that relied on.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
No Score Yet Saving Atlantis (2019) Given the oligarchic attack on biodiversity worldwide, this film is essential for the fight for humanity's future.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
90% The Elephant Queen (2019) Despite some Disney-style anthropomorphizing, this is a transcendent story of how African elephants cope with a drought. The subtitle might have been "Ecology of a Waterhole",‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
94% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) A probing view of how a failed African state allows poaching to continue, no matter the lofty speeches of its new president. When people are desperate, they turn to crime--including poaching.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Like "The Dark Knight", this film demonizes the mentally ill. It also distorts NY realities in the early 80s.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) A much better film would have drawn out the class distinctions that are at the heart of this story.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Beautiful cinematography but a self-indulgent mess.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
97% The Cave (2019) Fresh proof of the living heart of the Syrian revolution. Despite the dictatorship's "victory", the people will rise again driven by the same goals of the film's primary subjects.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
94% The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (2019) A film that confirms Johnny Cash's status as one of America's finest musicians and human beings, despite his well-known frailties.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
66% Mister America (2019) Don't expect Comedy Central type fluff. This is dark comedy perfectly suited to the period we are living through and much more penetrating than "Joker".‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
87% Depraved (2019) The most socially aware maker of horror movies hits a home run with this update of the Frankenstein saga.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% Chained for Life (2019) Brilliant deconstruction of Todd Browning's "Freaks".‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% The Load (Teret) (2019) A film that uniquely paints a sympathetic picture of the Serbs, the most demonized European nationality of the recent past.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Why would Tarantino make his leading man an OJ Simpson wife-killer? Probably has a lingering effect of his long-time association with Harvey Weinstein.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
98% One Child Nation (2019) Although lacking in terms of historical context, the film is a compelling tale of how a flawed policy caused great human suffering in China.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
57% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) Like most Italian films about the mafia, this does not romanticize its members. It is based on a novel by Roberto Saviano, who had a price on his head from the Neapolitan mafia, aka the camorra.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
99% For Sama (2019) One of the finest documentaries made about the Syrian revolution that despite the suffering depicted is a reminder of the spirit that will reignite the struggle in the future.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
96% I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari) (2019) Just the latest example of how Romanian cinema is on the cusp of the leading edge politically and artistically, as much as the French new wave of the 1960s.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
60% The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang ngarmo) (2019) A cri de coueur from Tibetan filmmakers that speak on a behalf of a country resisting forced assimilation. Well-acted and directed, it relies on an intelligent use of flashbacks that shows how oppression can trigger the most desperate of flights. ‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
83% Ever After (Endzeit) (2019) A post-apocalyptic film, although fictional alludes to the reality we face today as nature begins to wreak its revenge on an out-of-control civilization.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Great interviews; great music; great Black history. Enough said.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
78% Leto (2019) A joyous celebration of the underground rock and roll scene in the early 80s that suggests the kind of love and solidarity that might break out once the Russian version of Trumpism is overthrown.‐ Counterpunch.org
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019