Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% The Invisibles (2019) Levi is still with us at age 94, and living in Germany. So for her, at least, hope and luck somehow were enough. ‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
100% Who Will Write Our History (2019) It's not easy to thread this type of formalist needle, but Grossman maintains a level of urgency that is (and I hate describing movies about the Holocaust this way) quite entertaining.‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/4 64% Aquaman (2018) Hollywood has given us the greatest, goofiest holiday gift in a long time.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A late in the game montage is a crafty excuse to re-examine Redford's career.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 92% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The humor in The Other side of Hope doesn't necessarily emerge from jokes - sometimes it's just a well-placed shot of a dog - but it shows how human kindness rarely takes the form of grandiose Hallmark-ready overtures.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/4 97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Jackson's use of editing is extraordinary.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 83% Notes on an Appearance (2018) We're in deep, art house territory, but not without a sense of humor.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/4 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It's the type of movie that demands immediate discussion afterward.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
63% Outlaw King (2018) I can't say that I really cared about any of the characters, but director David Mackenzie delivers energetic filmmaking.‐ Polygon
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
70% Bleed For This (2016) Bleed For This is twelve rounds of tedium, a boring boxing movie that draws most of its strength from memories of other, better experiences.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
88% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) [Cements] the fact that Adam Sandler, whether you find him to be one of the comic greats or an immature idiot, is a mensch of the highest order.‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/5 77% Mid90s (2018) Offers zero insight‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
59% American Dharma (2018) If anything, we should be thanking Errol Morris, who sat across from Stephen Bannon for days on end listening to his stories - so we didn't have to.‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Fans of the Coen Brothers' work will be thrilled with "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," as it offers so many varieties on what they do well. It regularly jumps between moments of loquacious absurdity to dusty existentialism. ‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
68% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) The meat of this franchise seems more in line with Edward Bernays than any fantasy or sci-fi author. This latest edition takes public relations to its bloodiest extreme.‐ Esquire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
88% The Lobster (2016) Like all good satire, it takes what's already obvious about the world around us and just transforms it into something new. ‐ Esquire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
77% 306 Hollywood (2018) For every moment that feels overdone there are three moments that are genuinely touching. Then comes the coup-de-grâce.‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 92% Mandy (2018) Either you are one of the devoted or you're not. You won't know what camp you're in until you see it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 52% Papillon (2018) Papillon isn't a particularly original film, but it far from a prison sentence.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
59% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) A punch to the gut - but also remarkable for its specificity. ‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
79% Cielo (2017) Somewhere between a Discovery Channel special and a Koyaanisqatsi-esque head trip, you'll find Alison McAlpine's exquisite portrait film Cielo.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
75% Songwriter (2018) Don't Look Back it isn't, but Songwriter - a documentary about Ed Sheeran co-produced by Apple Music and featuring a boatload of Apple products - is an interesting window into the creation of a modern pop behemoth all the same. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
93% 93Queen (2018) '93Queen' joins the long and expanding list of bad documentaries covering a fantastic subject.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Ethan Hunt will not only save the world, he'll do it in the most ridiculously dangerous and flamboyant way possible, with a lot of glass flying all over the place.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
82% Milford Graves Full Mantis (2018) Milford Graves Full Mantis is a jazz movie in every sense of the word.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Paul Rudd is neither an aunt nor a WASP but he's fantastic in "Ant-Man and the Wasp."‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/4 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) I've got bad news. Once "Three Identical Strangers" comes out, it will add fertilizer to the soil of every nut case's conspiracy theory.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Did I mention this movie isn't for the weakhearted?‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
33% Spiral (2018) I doubt I'll have stronger mixed feelings about a movie this year than Laura Fairrie's documentary "Spiral"‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
59% The House That Jack Built (2018) If you clutch your pearls and get offended, then you've lost the game. ‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
98% The Cakemaker (2018) The Cakemaker is more of a petit four than a belly bomb, but it's striking in its particularity.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
100% Rock Rubber 45s (2018) Bobbito's storytelling is infectious, and the scenes of community outreach are heartwarming. May all such vanity projects have such a friendly beat.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The movie is stupid, but it is a success.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) What kind of maniac doesn't like a movie with a baby that shoots lasers out of its eyes?‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
82% Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) (2018) Outstanding‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
89% Itzhak (2018) An inspiring and upbeat film.‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
70% Adrift (2018) There are moments of great peril, in which horrifying gashes are revealed, and the audience all inhales through their teeth as one. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) I haven't read Stallworth's book, so I don't know precisely how much of Lee's movie is fact versus dramatization, but I do know that the movie is absolutely terrific. ‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) So it turns out Han Solo may have a lot in common with your grandparents.‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
86% The 12th Man (2018) The best freedom-fighting reindeer in all of cinema can be found right here in "The 12th Man."‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
3/5 69% The Seagull (2018) Brisk and funny‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The film plays like an "event book" reads‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
89% Love, Gilda (2018) There's no doubt that D'Apolito loves Gilda, and as a result, this movie is pointless and anodyne. ‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
94% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) "Hitler's Hollywood" is a nightmare and a warning in the least expected package: a cinema studies crash-course. It's up to us in the audience to learn from it.‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 90% Lean on Pete (2018) Tear ducts, saddle up.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/5 11% God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018) God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness isn't just the conclusion of the most successful film trilogy made for the evangelical market, it's the first time a Facebook argument has metastasized into a movie.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) And when I mean dumb, I mean' A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors'-level dumb.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) The second section-you know, the one where people stop talking and start bashing things-is just sensational.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) the only thing about the new Tomb Raider with any pizzazz is the name of its director: Roar Uthaug.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
24% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Entebbe would have been far better served to simply tell the story of what happened, not set a stage for political speechifying. Every other movie about Israel does that, you'd think if any story could stay focused on some glory it would be this one.‐ Times of Israel
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018