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Dan Fienberg

Dan Fienberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% King Lear (2018) Just because nobody could or should feel this is a definitive King Lear detracts only somewhat from the undeniable joy that comes from even two hours of watching Anthony Hopkins gnash his teeth, wail and go gloriously mad. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
31% 70th Emmy Awards (2018) The general feeling was, instead, one of Lorne Michaels making the Emmys all about him and his friends, with entirely too many conspicuous missteps.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Bad Seed (2018) Call it The Bad Seed and you tap into a surface-glaze legitimacy that's probably unwarranted, because the movie, notable as co-star Rob Lowe's directing debut, achieves only a baseline amount of trashy fun, nothing more or less.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
90% Set It Up (2018) Directed by Claire Scanlon, whose background as a comedy editor is felt in every frame of this breathlessly paced feature, Set It Up is...fine. Heck, I'll even say it's good!‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) You can believe this was a show that existed only in this moment and you feel elevated from being a part of it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
94% Andre the Giant (2018) Perhaps predictably, it leans still too heavily on the myth at the expense of the real man. But it's still incredibly entertaining, if not always as insightful as one might crave.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
68% Paterno (2018) A different perspective, one less wedded to the Nonjudgmental Portraits of Notorious Middle-Aged Men genre probably would have been more enlightening, if less likely to earn Pacino an Emmy nomination.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
45% 90th Academy Awards (2018) With the exception of the theater stunt and two unnecessary tossed-off Matt Damon jokes - Kimmel really can't resist - I thought he was good, probably even better than last year.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding the Gap starts out as one story, suggests one set of character arcs, and then flows in unexpected directions and underlines new sets of themes, without ever feeling haphazard or ill-considered.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
79% 306 Hollywood (2018) 306 Hollywood feels simultaneously like the sort of heartfelt little film that often slips through the cracks without finding an audience and like one of the more universal and relatable films you're ever likely to see.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
70% Believer (2018) As a movie it's OK, with very little worth raving about. As a story and message, though, it feels important and worth getting out there ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
100% Seeing Allred (2018) Leaves a lot of questions unasked and tiptoes around plenty of other relevant conversations, but in its presentation of a career-in-full, it advocates persuasively for this advocate.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
89% The Sentence (2018) The Sentence is so committed to its concentration on emotion and heart that it's difficult not to get carried away and it feels almost churlish to quibble with the intellectual responses it barely aspires to.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) It's hard for me to judge Won't You Be My Neighbor? on artistic grounds because mostly it's a documentary you want to hug.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
80% The Price of Free (2018) An interesting advantage of this snapshot approach, though, is that it prevents closure, which sounds like a weird thing to be pleased with, but I truly appreciated that Kailash doesn't always have answers or happy endings or pat resolutions.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) Easily the most ambitious film of Greenfield's career, but also the most infuriating for all of the sociological and psychological points that it tries to make in ways that are too often unearned or poorly defended.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
89% The Problem with Apu (2017) Kondabolu and friends wonder what can be done about Apu now and there's nobody around to make it into a real conversation. Still, there's great virtue in getting that conversation started and, in under an hour, The Problem with Apu does that well.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
67% Flint (2017) Easy to pigeon-hole as a true-life women-in-peril drama, Flint is entirely non-exploitative and honorable in its intentions and largely average in its execution, elevated mostly by a splendid ensemble of actresses.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
89% Tour De Pharmacy (2017) Tour de Pharmacy is smart, silly and often hilarious, and a worthy follow-up to creators Andy Samberg and Murray Miller's 2015 tennis lark 7 Days in Hell.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
19% Dirty Dancing (2017) I think Breslin is perfectly engaged with a different take on the character, it just happens that nobody else in this new Dirty Dancing has been told to change the story around her.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
73% The Wizard of Lies (2017) Robert De Niro gives a quietly intense performance in HBO's Bernie Madoff telefilm, which could be retitled "Sympathy for the Devil's Family."‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
90% Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016) Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing has many rewards, disjointed though they may be.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
30% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) TRHPS: LDTTWA suffers from suffocating staging and an utter lack of reflection on the source material -- but also from the source material itself, as what little energy it possesses is gone by a second half that turns into a real slog.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
88% All the Way (2016) Transferred from the stage, Cranston's performance remains outsized, but probably proportionate to Johnson himself.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
81% Confirmation (2016) Confirmation goes for something more dispassionate and even with the fine acting and a great built-in story, delivers something less enlightening and less enjoyable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
91% Grease: Live! (2016) It took less than five minutes into Fox's Grease: Live for director Thomas Kail to throw down the gauntlet, kick it out the door and slam the door shut on just about any future live musicals when it comes to sheer technical dexterity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
B+ 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) Montage of Heck is about the representation and self-representation of Kurt Cobain, a fascinating process for any figure whose entire fame was based on modes of self-representation.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
A- 98% Finders Keepers (2015) Finders Keepers has the sort of plot that no screenwriter in his or her right mind would ever dream up.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
70% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) A Very Murray Christmas is a boozy, snarky, melancholic gathering spiked with welcome whimsy, quirky celebrity cameos and effective doses of Yuletide earnestness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) The most important elements in the success of The Wiz Live! come from Leon and Robinson and their accumulation of a rather remarkable assortment of talent to populate the stages at Grumman Studios.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
D+ 93% Prophet's Prey (2015) This isn't a one-person problem or a two-person problem. But rather than condemning and deconstructing the institution, Berg puts almost all of the focus on a couple awful men. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
C- 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) With no physical progress and almost no stakes other than the increasing redness of Nick Nolte's face, it's impossible for A Walk in the Woods to gain any momentum.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2015
B 77% People Places Things (2015) People, Places, Things has cuteness and comic timing in abundance.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2015
B+ 88% A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015) Even though The Amina Profile works as a cyber-thriller of sorts, I think it's much more wide-reaching than that, a story about online identity, but also about the danger of media-constructed narratives.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
A- 86% The Wolfpack (2015) It's partially a story of the role cinema can play in helping connect viewers to the world, of helping people get find and hold hope, but it's also a capturing and catalyst for developing hope.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2015
92% Frost/Nixon (2008) Many viewers will just go along with Frost/Nixon because of how great Sheen and Langella absolutely are. ‐ HitFix
Posted Oct 28, 2014
B- 59% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) "Sharknado" was far from the most amateurish of the Syfy originals, but it had a "Let's put on a show" roughness. "Sharknado 2" at times threatens to look like a real movie.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
B 79% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) Every subject in the doc has a stake in the case and they each yell their truth to the sky, with the certitude of somebody whose next meal depends on being heard the loudest.‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014) "Bastards" works because it has two storytellers with a personal desire to tell a story that nobody else seems to have wanted to tell. So what if it's a glorified home movie?‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 26, 2014
C- 14% Blended (2014) "Blended" is far from the worst movie to come out of a studio-subsidized Adam Sandler vacation. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
B- 90% Private Violence (2014) It has a tremendous lead character in domestic violence advocate Kit Gruelle, a heartbreaking main case study and genuinely difficulties telling its actual story.‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 17, 2014
B+ 85% Watchers of the Sky (2015) Social justice is a hard and often nebulous concept to depict in a documentary Belzberg actually revels in the elevated aspects of the discussion.‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 17, 2014
B+ 93% The Return To Homs (2014) There are shades of Kubrick to the long, uninterrupted shots that take us through bombed out buildings, a labyrinth of ruins that still have poignant ties to our heroes.‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 17, 2014
B+ 63% Rudderless (2014) Crudup is as good as it gets when playing impaired, almost always making choices that are unexpected and manage to be funny without minimizing the depth of intoxication. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2014
B+ 99% The Overnighters (2014) The Overnighters is, until it falls on its face narratively, a really well-made documentary. ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 27, 2014
B+ 93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) A really wonky documentary and it's full of smart, socially awkward people trying to make it easy to process the case's key jargon. ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 27, 2014
A- 97% Life Itself (2014) Surely critics would be the first to lob insults at a Roger Ebert film that fell short. Life Itself does right by Ebert, it does right by people who love movies. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
B+ 81% Land Ho! (2014) It's a funny and moving film about aging, but it's also a wacky journey across Iceland with two characters who are instantly likable and ultimately quite lovable. ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 24, 2014
A- No Score Yet Marmato (2014) This is a good yarn -- unlike so many Sundance docs, it doesn't wear its Importance on its sleeve, even if there's ample thematic heft -- and also a good film.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 24, 2014
B 71% Web Junkie (2014) Web Junkie is a little sad, a little funny and a little scary. I'd say that I wish it had been a little more provocative, but I'm sure conversations after screenings will serve some of that purpose and those are conversations worth having.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014