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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Peripatetic and provocative...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) The deeper layers delve into the limitations of irony, and how a jaded, ironic point of view can turn into its opposite, an earnest ingenuousness.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 82% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe may be the best actor around for expressing an inner life in extremis.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 68% The Happy Prince (2018) The title of Oscar Wilde's fairy tale "The Happy Prince" was not his subtlest use of irony, but as seen in Rupert Everett's film that bears the same name, it was tragically apt.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2.5/4 87% Colette (2018) Knightley... not only brings to life a woman discovering new desires and needs and finding the strength to act on them, but conveys the inner toil of the writer's creative process.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
96% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) Rodents of Unusual Size is also a look at how human folly can contribute to environmental disaster, but awareness and ingenuity can help bail us out.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
64% Calling All Earthlings (2018) [A] brisk, sometimes glib documentary about Van Tassel and his followers.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/4 86% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Though he belabors the obvious and sensationalizes the carnage and sadism, Schwentke is dealing with some relevant issues.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
100% Older Than Ireland (2016) Fegan draws on the wealth of Irish beauty: fairyland landscapes, quaint interiors, gaily painted doors and windows and the people who live there. He puts these snapshots together with a puckish wit. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
No Score Yet Reunification (2015) A layered documentary that is as much an inquiry into the nature of time and memory as it is an individual's diary.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/4 95% Dark Money (2018) Engrossing, lucid, and unsettling...‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Legrand in his feature debut shows laudable technical ability and discipline.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
2.5/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) {Soldado] dithers away into subplots, including one that is ludicrously contrived and seems designed to continue the franchise.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 90% Eating Animals (2018) Though not as graphically powerful as other documentaries on similar subjects... the emphasis on the disastrous global impact of these practices is more disturbing.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) In this semi-autobiographical period piece, Simón achieves the rare feat of faithfully recreating the mysterious consciousness of a child.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) The filmmakers, like their subject, remain simple, candid, and guileless in their approach to powerful emotions and difficult truths.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2/4 86% Mountain (2018) The fusion of Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto with an aerial shot of two human specks crossing an infinite blue and white ice sheet might elevate your spirit, but only if Dafoe keeps still.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
2.5/4 58% Always at the Carlyle (2018) Though sometimes it seems like a promotional video, the film offers a glimpse into the vagaries of class, culture, celebrity, and social mores since the hotel was first established back in 1930.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
1.5/4 33% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) Gino and Bénédicte devolve from characters who determine their own destiny into ciphers who arouse more pity than sympathy.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2.5/4 83% Disobedience (2018) Rachel Weisz's nuanced performance... overcomes the film's indecisive ending.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
1.5/4 54% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) "Godard Mon Amour" is very much like a Woody Allen film, with Godard embodying Allen's negative traits of pretentiousness, neurosis, and misogyny without the redeeming virtue of humor.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/4 97% The Rider (2018) Zhao turns material that might have been treacly and simple-minded into an allegory of male identity...with the quality of myth.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/4 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Perhaps Fiennes's intent is to draw the viewer into the solipsistic intensity of what it is to be Grace Jones. It is a bracing experience, because she is hedonistic, exultant, funny, and fierce.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 96% November (2018) Sarnet elevates his Rabelaisian folktale into a tragedy illustrated by haunting, metaphorical imagery.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 100% Pandas (2018) "Pandas" does its subject justice and is a reminder of the importance of protecting endangered species and preserving the environment when these values have fallen from official favor.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2.5/4 93% Journey's End (2018) Lugubrious and anticlimactic, inadequate testimonial to those slaughtered in this pointless battle, and the million more who would die before the war's end.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 76% The China Hustle (2018) At a time when financial regulations have been gutted, stock market indexes reel, and trade wars threaten, Jed Rothstein's slick and revealing documentary "The China Hustle" should only add to the anxiety and gloom.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/4 89% Itzhak (2018) If Alison Chernick's "Itzhak," a documentary about the great violinist Itzhak Perlman, had a musical tempo designation, it would probably be "A capriccio" (Italian for "following one's fancy").‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
96% For Ahkeem (2017) "For Ahkeem" ... reminds white audiences that it is not enough to agree that black lives matter, but that it is also necessary to try and understand how black lives are lived.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2.5/4 69% Happy End (2017) Beautifully photographed, well composed, but disappointingly superficial.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/4 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) What makes Hirayanagi's iteration of this familiar theme appealing are the quirky characters, the nuanced performances, and the curious cultural topography of Tokyo.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2.5/4 88% Annihilation (2018) Garland has a David Cronenberg-like flair for metastasized biology, unnatural mutations, and human nature in extremis. But in "Annihilation" he doesn't seem to have figured out what any of it means.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3.5/4 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2018) These are issues that provoke reflection and discussion, but the individuals and their stories stir up empathy and emotion.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
3.5/4 92% Thelma (2017) The scary moments are there, but they take patience. And then they take you by surprise.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3.5/4 98% Dolores (2017) [Peter Bratt] deftly edits together archival footage and interviews with Huerta's children, co-workers, collaborators, and Huerta herself. He backs it with a jazz and salsa soundtrack and tells the story with zest and clarity.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/4 92% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) [Kaurismäki's] pessimism, always mercurial, seems to have mellowed, and that makes this film both more pleasing and less powerful.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2/4 83% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) A film that follows the template of an audience-pleasing, timid fable of female empowerment.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) Channeling Nye's own gift for making complex ideas simple and clear, the filmmakers edit together these various aspects of Nye's life with deceptive ease, drawing on interviews and archival material and following him throughout his hectic schedule.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
98% The Last Laugh (2017) Is laughter a palliative? The only weapon of the powerless? Perhaps significantly, the film ends in tears.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
100% Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017) Though the scarring of the landscape can make for poetic imagery, the toll the mining and steel industries take on the local population working in them is grimly realistic.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3.5/4 70% The Paris Opera (L'Opéra) (2017) Bron's film is an impressionistic immersion into a complex organization of hundreds of dedicated, talented people, for whom, whatever happens, the show must go on.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/4 98% Jane (2017) The film confronts not just the expected issue of environmentalism but also explores themes of survival, separation, loss, and death.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 27% All I See Is You (2017) What emerges from this pretentious if diverting mishmash is a story that is equally predictable and contrived, but nonetheless offers some worthwhile insights into the notion of the male gaze and the subjugation of women.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3.5/4 100% Bending the Arc (2017) For proof that hope and determination make a difference, pessimists and cynics need look no further than Bending the Arc.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
94% The Freedom to Marry (2017) The result is surprisingly suspenseful and thoroughly moving and inspiring.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 67% Breathe (2017) Too much of this based-on-truth drama relies on sentiment, manipulation, a bruising soundtrack, and lax storytelling.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 81% Marshall (2017) In this time of intensifying, acrimonious racial division, maybe what we could all use is an old-fashioned courtroom drama that extols the virtues of justice and equality.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
90% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Ssolid if conventional.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
3.5/4 80% Brad's Status (2017) An illuminating and sometimes annoying anatomy of a narcissistic midlife crisis ...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 89% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2017) It's a lot of skill and talent expended on a spat a good lawyer could probably have sorted out during the opening credit sequence. Instead Lafosse offers a lot of the "after," and none of the "love."‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017