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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 96% Romántico (2006) The movie's interests tend more toward the personal than the political. Cultural differences notwithstanding, Sánchez is the archetype of the overachieving dad, sacrificing his present to provide for his family's future.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2007
A 100% Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008) Hirokazu Kore-Eda's home drama Still Walking is a master class in doing much with little.‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 27, 2009
A 93% Solntse (The Sun) (2005) The Sun took four years to reach American theaters, but the long delay hasn't diminished the force of Sokurov's experimentation.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2009
A 93% The Tillman Story (2010) The Tillman Story puts the lie that the cover-up of his death was the result of a series of errors firmly in the ground at last.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2010
5/5 95% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) It's one of few animated fairy tales to genuinely transport the audience into their world and, in the process, let us see our own with fresh awe and respect.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2012
A 88% Middle of Nowhere (2012) The power of Middle Of Nowhere is cumulative, conveyed in sustained tone and deepening character rather than bravura sequences or explosive confrontations.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012
A 94% Barbara (2012) Barbara is Hoss' fifth film with Petzold, and the movie rests on the depth and subtlety of their working relationship.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2012
5/5 85% Fearless (1993) In Fearless, fear-not just overcoming it, but experiencing it-connects us to our deepest selves, and to each other.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2013
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) The work of a major film-maker and not just a promising one.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's hard to think of many movies that have so successfully appealed to both the intellectual and the erotic since the heydays of Patrice Chéreau and André Téchiné.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4.5/5 66% Wondrous Oblivion (2006) For all its bright-hued nostalgia (the cricket greens are practically incandescent), Wondrous Oblivion edges up to hard truths, most powerfully expressed in Lindo's towering performance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
A- 63% Brideshead Revisited (2008) It's rare to find a work that explores issues of faith without veering into religious fundamentalism or militant atheism, which is reason enough to revisit Brideshead one more time.‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 24, 2008
A- 90% A Serious Man (2009) A stylized, slow-speed farce, the movie is frequently absurd and occasionally silly, but it also touches on profound moral and spiritual quandaries, the kinds of things the Coens would never be caught dead addressing directly.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2009
A- 98% Rashômon (1951) Akira Kurosawa's four-way account of a man's murder has become so associated with its central device %u2014 not to mention its myriad offshoots %u2014 that it requires an effort to see it only for itself.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2009
A- 76% The Exploding Girl (2010) Gray's limpid compositions draw plangent stillness from urban darkness, counterpointing but not unbalancing his actors' understated naturalism.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2010
A- 92% Vincere (2010) Vincere's images are indelible, if oddly romantic, as dangerously seductive as Il Duce himself.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2010
A- 92% Dogtooth (Kynodontas) (2010) Giorgos Lanthimos' sublimely unsettling parable begins with an outlandish idea and follows it through with devastating logic.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2010
A- 90% Alle Anderen (Everyone Else) (2010) Feels less like voyeurism than symbiosis, merging spectator and spectacle until the boundary between them starts to dissolve. ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2010
A- 98% Metropolis (1927) Kino's The Complete Metropolis contains nearly a hundred instances of restored footage, ranging from brief reaction shots to entire sequences.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2010
A- 80% Catfish (2010) The movie itself is an invasion of privacy, as the constant sparring between the filmmakers and their increasingly reluctant subject reminds us.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2010
A- 94% Samson and Delilah (2010) Pitched somewhere between City Of God and the Dardenne brothers, Samson And Delilah is unsparing in its brutal vision of the world.‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 14, 2010
A- 83% Four Lions (2010) The jihadis' absurdity is rooted in real life, but Morris doesn't trivialize the danger they represent. ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2010
A- 84% The Tree of Life (2011) Sections of Malick's expansive, fitfully brilliant, occasionally sloppy film are so powerful that you can only gaze up at the screen in wordless awe.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2011
A- 79% Blank City (2011) Above all, the film is a poignant valentine to an era when artists could afford to live and work on the island of Manhattan, and the cultural ferment goosed by their low-rent lifestyle. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2011
A- 81% The Skin I Live In (2011) The Skin I Live In feels like the culmination of a process, and perhaps the beginning of something new.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2011
A- 74% War Horse (2011) War Horse is not a movie that tries to cover its tracks, but when it works, you're more than willing to be led by the hand. ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2011
A- 71% Carnage (2011) Drives home an oft-observed truth with wit and style. It's thin, but then so is a knife between your ribs.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2012
A- 99% A Separation (2011) The characters are deliberately ordinary, but their stories take on the weight of myth.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012
A- 80% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) Terence Davies doesn't make movies so much as he makes moods, languorous explorations of time and space that coalesce like a cloud of fragrant smoke.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted May 3, 2012
A- 96% The Kid with a Bike (2012) Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne make great movies with such regularity they can be easy to overlook, but The Kid With a Bike puts just enough spin on the Dardennes' formula to let you feel their worth anew.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted May 3, 2012
A- 89% Neil Young Journeys (2012) The heart of any concert movie is the concert itself, and in the case of Neil Young Journeys, it's a great one.‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 28, 2012
A- 89% Keep the Lights On (2012) A poignant case study in the changing contours of gay life.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2012
A- 85% The Master (2012) The Master is less than the sum of its parts, but, oh, what parts they are.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2012
A- 100% Wake in Fright (2012) Many reissues claim the mantle of lost masterpiece, but Wake in Fright is the genuine article.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2012
A- 99% 56 Up (2013) In 49 Up, many of the series' subjects seemed to be just settling into their bliss; now they're committed to it, and the foreclosed possibilities that come alongside. ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2013
A- 94% Barbara (2012) Petzold handles personal, formal and political concerns in such harmony that it's difficult, and not especially desirable, to separate one from the next. ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2013
A- 94% No (2013) A canny comedy and cutting critique, Pablo Larraín's No looks back at the 1980 vote to extend or end Chilean autocrat Augusto Pinochet's rule through an adman's eyes. ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2013
A- 90% Beyond The Hills (2013) Mungiu works in long takes and at a measured pace, burying the story's true-crime origins for half the film's two-and-a-half-hour length. ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2013
A- 81% Something in the Air (2013) Works with a light touch, but leaves a surprisingly lasting mark.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
A- 94% My Neighbor Totoro (1988) The world the characters inhabit is less expressionist than impressionist, blessed with a delicate evocation of natural light and color that subtly incorporates Miyazaki's environmentalism. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
A- 86% Upstream Color (2013) It's no surprise that Upstream Color is a head-scratcher, but its untrammeled emotionalism comes as a shock to the senses.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
A- 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) Had Hoffman never played a role other than Günther Bachmann, he would still have been one of his generation's greatest actors.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
A- 96% Citizenfour (2014) The scariest thing you'll see this Halloween is Edward Snowden swearing in disbelief at the end of Laura Poitras' gripping, disturbing documentary.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 45% Happy Feet Two (2011) It's familiar enough not to spook fans of the (highly profitable) first, but Happy Feet Two branches out beyond prefab coming-of-age stories and gimmicky pop-song set pieces.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 43% Two Drifters (2006) Climaxing with a union as heartfelt as it is perverse, the movie asserts with eccentric force the belief that love knows no bounds, be they physical, spiritual or sensible.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2006
4/5 71% Black Sheep (2006) Rife with bloody gore and funny gags.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2007
B+ 90% The Unforeseen (2008) The movie wavers between Sundance-friendly issue film and spiritual reverie.‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 28, 2008
B+ 81% Giorni e Nuvole (Days and Clouds) (2007) While the context, in the U.S. as well as its native country, lends Days And Clouds added resonance, Soldini's main interest is in the politics of marriage.‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 10, 2008
B+ 85% Lorna's Silence (2008) Lorna's Silence feels like a refinement, even a repetition, of earlier themes. But the brothers are repeating themselves at such a high level that the redundancies are more than welcome.‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 30, 2009
B+ 80% Afterschool (2008) Campos has developed a style of his own, one that owes as much to video installations as it does to cinematic narrative.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2009