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Marshall Shaffer

Marshall Shaffer
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
10/10 93% The Favourite (2018) What sets The Favourite apart from similar tales of royal bickering, though, is Lanthimos' willingness to depict the blood sport of politics without engaging in it himself.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
10/10 93% First Reformed (2018) Add Paul Schrader's latest movie First Reformed to a growing list of modern masterpieces on faith.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
9.5/10 81% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s feels like Jonah Hill's soul pouring out on screen, an authentic and unfettered expression of maturation and belonging.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
9/10 91% Lean on Pete (2018) Andrew Haigh's Lean on Pete is a social realist drama of the highest order.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
9/10 94% Foxtrot (2018) As subjected as they all are to the vagaries of a fickle and bitterly ironic universe, Maoz always gives voice to the cries of his characters.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
3.5/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) Imagine the kinetic immediacy of Emmanuel Lubezki combined with the claustrophobic intimacy of Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 7, 2015
8.5/10 84% Disobedience (2018) The stakes are high, yet Disobedience never slips into easy melodrama.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
8.5/10 82% Ben is Back (2018) Lucas Hedges provides a beating, aching heart at the center of Ben Is Back with his soulful performance, another reminder of why he is one of the most exciting young performers working today.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
8.5/10 83% Her Smell (2019) None of the bravura filmmaking would have the same stinging impact were it not for Elisabeth Moss.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
8.5/10 83% Dogman (2019) Dogman is a passionately allegorical tale for the modern-day enabler.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
8.5/10 85% The County (Héradid) (2019) For those looking to understand the global nature of the struggles faced by those who dare to resist all-encompassing economic organizations, this movie delivers the goods.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
8.5/10 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) The film, too, functions as an extension of Varda's generosity of spirit well beyond her life itself.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
8/10 88% To Dust (2019) Röhrig and Broderick work remarkably well in tandem throughout To Dust, with the former providing the sincerity and the latter bringing some levity.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
8/10 56% Maine (2018) Remarkably, Maine never feels like some kind of pointed rejoinder to the wilderness self-discovery narrative that serves as a popular fantasy.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
8/10 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs functions like a greatest hits album for the Coens, though somehow with songs we've never heard before.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
8/10 62% American Dharma (2019) Morris uncovers that Bannon is less a political mastermind and more of a mythologizer.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
8/10 94% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) Jim and Andy offers invaluable insight into the agony of acting.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
8/10 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Dayton and Ferris assemble a massive ensemble of talented performers to bring the manifold speaking roles in Battle of the Sexes to vibrant life.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
8/10 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Hail Satan? serves as a cheeky investigation of political provocateurs.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 83% Wet Season (2019) In just his second feature, Wet Season, Singaporean director Anthony Chen establishes himself as a masterfully empathetic chronicler of irregular relationships.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
8/10 72% The Other Lamb (2020) The Other Lamb makes for a chilling glance at the strange pull that cults exert on their members and how their values imprint themselves on their members in irrevocable ways.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
8/10 96% First Cow (2020) Reichardt delivers another nuanced behavioral portrait as well as an incisive historical tome.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
B+ 89% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) The righteous indignation and bafflement of Bustamante in Temblores lands with a strong impact due in large part to the soulful, tortured performance by Olyslager.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
8/10 68% Little Joe (2019) Hausner's subtle paranoia and eerie precision allow Little Joe to strike that raw nerve of unease and dread like the best speculative fiction can.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
B+ 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) If you're looking for something to revive your belief in hope and change, look no further than Crip Camp.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
B+ 100% On the Record (2020) On the Record is a moving look at a very personal #MeToo story that has much larger ideas about race and culture. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 90% The Witch (2016) Despite filtering the horrors of a bygone era through an arcane narrative vehicle, The Witch still manages to scare us with its immediacy.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 88% The Club (El Club) (2016) The Club examines impunity in shocking, enlightening ways that effectively challenge the privileged position held by the Catholic Church in Chilean society. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
7.5/10 86% Monsters and Men (2018) Though elements of it peek through in the other characters, Zyrick represents the only persona through which Green fully realizes his vision of self-actualization frequently denied to people of color in these narratives. ‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
7.5/10 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Health and happiness are both so near and so unattainable in Beautiful Boy.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
7.5/10 80% 22 July (2018) 22 July shows the danger of supremacist ideology even when its adherents do not pick up a weapon.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
7.5/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Rather than embrace broad styles like "comedic" or "dramatic," McCarthy taps into emotions that span both genres.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
7.5/10 42% The Laundromat (2019) Like much of his less commercial work (props to Netflix for bankrolling something so shape-shifting and bizarre), The Laundromat proves a slippery work to pin down.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
7.5/10 68% Knives and Skin (2019) To Reeder's immense credit, her film glides forward with an aura of mystery but never feels like genre mix-and-match.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
7.5/10 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) For the tonal and aesthetic maximalism that Aïnouz brings to the film, it's what we do not - what we cannot - see that exerts the strongest pull.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
7/10 68% Back Roads (2018) The emotions on display in Back Roads are not the type that can be buried and disposed of. They must be acknowledged and dealt with. And factoring in this being a freshman feature only makes the achievement all the more remarkable.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
7/10 69% Song of Back and Neck (2018) Do we really need another sad middle-age white guy comedy? Probably not, but if we have to have them, at least let them be more like Paul Lieberstein's Song of Back and Neck.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
7/10 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Lelio does not shy away from the melancholy of his protagonist's isolated situation, and it makes her triumphs all the sweeter to savor.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
7/10 87% What They Had (2018) What They Had manages to come out to something more than the sum of its imperfect parts.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
7/10 81% Boy Erased (2018) There's a clear evolution over time in the performance of Jared, which features the normally charismatic Hedges functioning within a very small range of expressed emotion.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
7/10 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) What results is something still as rigorously written and planned as Farhadi's other films, just lacking a certain organic quality that gives the drama an extra punch.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
7/10 69% Climax (2019) [The] film is at its best when visually matching the lithe maneuvering of a body pushed to its extremity.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
7/10 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) By virtue of its song-like structure, Birds of Passage is melodramatic ... but nothing about the film's drama feels artificially heightened.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
7/10 88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Olivier Assayas' Non-Fiction shows one of the great contemporary filmmakers at his most perceptive and loquacious. ‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
7/10 66% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo's deliberate pacing and structure makes the evolution of a movement feel completely organic.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
7/10 64% Unicorn Store (2019) Unicorn Store might not wield the fanciest and finest filmmaking techniques ... but it does show Larson possesses a wisdom beyond her years.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
7/10 72% Hostiles (2018) This avoidance of anything resembling monotonic character development in Hostiles will either prove energizing or exhausting, depending on an audience's taste.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
7/10 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) By divorcing Ted Kennedy from his accomplishments, Chappaqudick forces a reckoning over the divide between his rhetoric and his actions.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
7/10 47% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing dares to ask if humans will be ready to make the sacrifices necessary for the survival and preservation of the species is on the line.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
7/10 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Norton the actor proves less of an attraction in Motherless Brooklyn than Norton the director and writer.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019