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Stephen Saito

Stephen Saito
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Through the Night (2020) Reveals the kinds of heroes that should be celebrated far more.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
No Score Yet Cowboys (2020) [Anna] Kerrigan opens up "Cowboys" to such complexities with an intelligent, understated script and a relaxed directorial hand.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
100% Lorelei (2020) Nothing feels forced in [Sabrina] Doyle's feature debut, which is constantly enlivened by small, attentive details that never fail to pay off.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
100% Asia (2020) If a sense of independence can give her characters a satisfying catharsis, Pribar extends that feeling to an audience watching "Asia" with the sensation they're watching a singular new voice.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
No Score Yet Stateless (Apátrida) (2020) It's fitting that words carry so much power in the opening introduction of "Stateless" when by its end you see how just a few can rob a person of their identity, and more horrifically, an entire culture in this case.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
86% The State of Texas vs. Melissa (2020) "The State of Texas vs. Melissa" proves there was criminal negligence, just not necessarily how you would think.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
78% The Price (2017) [The Price] marks the arrival of an exciting new filmmaker in Onah.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
75% Socks on Fire (2020) A spellbinding chronicle of family strife that feels like it should come with the finest leather-bound cover and a soothing glass of bourbon.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
100% Fully Realized Humans (2020) The dedication to finding authentic emotional moments is as appreciated as the many unexpected jolts of comedy along the way.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
100% Pray Away (2020) A riveting account of the rise and fall of Exodus.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
100% Wake Up on Mars (Réveil sur Mars) (2020) Although hope is a luxury that Nurje and Muharram can't afford, Wake Up on Mars finds it in the capacity to think beyond what our own experience is to consider others.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
No Score Yet Kokoloko (2020) A moving reflection of a gifted filmmaker returning to his roots, reenergized and seeing things clearly once more.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
100% Jacinta (2020) Even if Earnshaw's cinematography wasn't often stunning, her ability to visualize how the harshest confinement doesn't require bars makes the film a must-see.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
100% Once Upon a Time in Uganda (2020) Once Upon a Time in Uganda instantly joins the pantheon of great films about the heroics of low-budget filmmakers.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
100% Make Up (2019) Revealing a new filmmaker with a truly fresh perspective and an exciting future ahead.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
86% An Elephant in the Room (2020) Philp crafts a film just as unique as [her subjects]' individual responses to [loss].‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
100% Insert Coin (2020) For anyone who came of age during the late '80s and early '90s and had an interest in hitting the arcades, Tsui offers up a compulsively watchable oral history of the company that occupied much of the prime real estate.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
No Score Yet For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close (2020) For Madmen Only resists telling a life story in favor of a story full of life.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
74% Stray Dolls (2020) A clever crime thriller pulls no punches but follows the thread of America's frayed social fabric.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
91% The Carnivores (2020) Although [the film's lead] may have long excluded red meat from her diet, there's plenty of it to chew on in 'The Carnivores.'‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
71% Tomboy (2020) The rock and rock spirit is what shines through in 'Tomboy,' as distinctive and singular formally as any of the women it follows.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
No Score Yet Freeland (2020) Tightening up like a clenched fist even when [a pot dealer] is faced with losing her grip on everything, 'Freeland' makes for an invigorating drama.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
100% Shithouse (2020) "As one might suspect from its title, "Shithouse" is hardly pretentious, capturing the curiosity at this particular age as much as its uncertainty and in doing both, Raiff crafts a night you never want to end."‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
No Score Yet She Dies Tomorrow (2020) "While Seimetz reflects a world that feels paralyzed and unable to change course when facing impending doom, it's invigorating works of art such as this that surely make you think it can turn towards the better."‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
83% I'll Meet You There (2020) In telling the story of how the world won't let you put the past behind you, [director Iram Parveen] Bilal provides a glimpse of the future that we should all want.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
100% I Used to Go Here (2020) [Kris] Rey has a knack for creating inviting, casual narratives that come across their story beats effortlessly.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
No Score Yet So Late So Soon (2020) ...it's what Hymanson brings out of what the Seidens have held in emotionally, for better or worse, that resonates most and obviously a product of great trust and compassion...‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
No Score Yet Mayor (2020) David Osit's wily profile of Musa Hadid, the mayor of Ramallah, amuses and devastates in equal measure.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
59% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Claes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki make for a dashing pair capable of nasty things in this crafty thriller set in the art world.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
No Score Yet Crestone (2020) The director has the good sense to serve this up with a healthy amount of humor that comes from those that have given up the fight and find it best to fend for themselves.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
100% Gunda (2020) Kossakovsky has created a marvelous piece of cinematic escapism that manages to deepen our connection to the world we all share.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
100% Death of Nintendo (2020) ...although it will take some time for [the characters] to laugh about it, the endearing comedy lets audiences do so immediately.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
100% The American Sector (2020) As much as it can be appreciated as an act of historical preservation, it is more impressive in putting together the pieces of a fragmented culture to speak to our future. ‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
83% Minyan (2020) Uncomfortable in any number of worlds he's born into, a young man first has to adjust to being inside his own skin in this engaging drama.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
89% Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (2020) Once Upon a Time in Venezuela makes visible the kind of destruction of a community that often can't be seen physically until there is nothing left, and if for no other reason, the film serves as valuable cultural preservation.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
86% Nine Days (2020) Nine Days may tell a story of those awaiting their time to live, but as an experience, it is alive with possibility and wonderment.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
97% Shirley (2020) [Director Josephine Decker and writer Sarah Gubbins'] drama excites at every turn.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
100% Some Kind of Heaven (2020) [Director Lance] Oppenheim's debut is particularly refreshing and although it's debatable the stars of the film are better off opening themselves up to new experiences, this work of an extraordinarily gifted filmmaker leaves no question for the audience.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
100% Sylvie's Love (2020) [Eugene] Ashe has clearly studied the mechanics of how these dramas unfold, but finds the space between honoring tradition and doing something new within their confines.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
88% Spaceship Earth (2020) A film that finds great inspiration in what may have been prematurely dubbed a failure.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
82% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) [A] startling feature debut.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
94% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) In uncertain times, the film brilliantly finds the strongest national institution we have isn't made of bricks or even laws, but of people and as unpredictable as they may be, they can all offer something solid.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
90% The Mole Agent (2020) There's no small irony here when it takes the perceived artifice of a movie to get at a reality about aging that most of us would rather not face, but the more Sergio is asked to go undercover in "The Mole Agent," the deeper it gets for everyone.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
70% Beast Beast (2020) [A]n exuberant yet critical snapshot of the social media era.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
95% The 40-Year-Old Version (2020) [A] ferocious feature directorial debut.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
94% Miss Juneteenth (2020) [W]hat appears to be a small slice of life presented without much fuss is the work of what seems like a major new filmmaker.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
91% Whirlybird (2020) [A] story that's as sprawling as the city its set in and while its subjects have their feet planted firmly on the ground these days, "Whirlybird" earns its place in the heavens.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) [A] devastating documentary chronicling the still-unfolding situation in the republic of Russia where gay men and lesbians have been targeted for torture and murder. ‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
70% Us Kids (2020) "Us Kids" becomes a damning indictment of a country that needs to grow up.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
80% Summer White (Blanco de Verano) (2020) "Summer White" is clearly the work of an important new filmmaker with a fantastic eye and a strong sense of pacing.‐ Moveable Fest
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020