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A.S. Hamrah

A.S. Hamrah
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Heimat Is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) (2020) ...original and accomplished.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Secrecy pervades this Brazilian acid western...co-writer/directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles mix styles here...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
81% Lumumba (2001) Lumumba is framed by long, menacing scenes, lit by fire, of its main character's 1961 arrest and disappearance.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
77% La Captive (2003) While it exposes Simon as unnecessary and annoying, the film does not quite propose an all-female Proust. Instead, it lets Ariane slip away and disappear into the sea, a resonant and familiar exit in Akerman's films.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
66% World War Z (2013) ...the most expensive zombie movie ever made...an odious movie...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
94% Dawn of the Dead (1979) It runs like crazy through American life, through American movies, and now TV, like a faucet left on.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
75% Dawn of the Dead (2004) The film totally sanitizes Romero's use of a shopping mall as a site of consumerist critique.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
97% Night of the Living Dead (1968) This was an American horror movie, so it needed no English accents or familiar character actors. It was grim and unflinching...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
82% Audition (Ôdishon) (1999) A prolific director known for his willingness to try anything as long as it's weird, violent, or evil, Takashi Miike outdid himself with Audition...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
89% The Two Popes (2019) ...the pair's dynamic lacks spark...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit combines Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson in the worst, cop-out ways.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) At this current level of Hollywood production, expressionistic British militarism is all the same to me and it's worn me out...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
68% Joker (2019) Joker is a one-man show...the riot scenes near the end of Joker reflect something true in society, and they brought the film out of its shell.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
82% Judy (2019) Zellweger finds the tragedy of Garland's life in odd moments-staring at a pretty slice of cake she is afraid to eat, turning the plate around.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) Alas, as a Hollywood movie about TV news, Bombshell is not Tout va bien. Roach has no insight into Roger Ailes as an auteur...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
74% Harriet (2019) Importing an actor to portray her, no matter how talented Erivo is, strikes the wrong note, so to speak. ‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) This was a gamble with a book that is familiar to readers all over the world, and it works. The film is something of a masterpiece, with long, loping scenes shot on location in Massachusetts. ‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
94% Marriage Story (2019) The next morning I had a post-Marriage Story hangover and I hated myself for liking it.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The film's strangeness makes this convincing, and it's what saves it from gooeyness. One of the most unexpected and evocative scenes in any film last year is in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari's meta-cinematic qualities remain buried, the men are not Hollywood bozos, and the whole enterprise can be enjoyed on a basic level...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A shaggy dog story wrapped in a fairytale...Tarantino respects the Chekhovian rule that if you show a flamethrower earlier in the movie, you have to use it later. ‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
77% Richard Jewell (2019) Set in 1996, filled with brand name products, tense with worry but stuck at home, Richard Jewell is an accurate portrait of the U.S.A. Eastwood insists it hasn't changed much in twenty-three years.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
96% The Irishman (2019) I saw The Irishman in a huge theater on a giant screen, and I did not want to get up, didn't want it to end, and could have watched another hour of it if there was one. ‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodóvar's ability to be both ultra-contemporary in his settings and ultra-modern in describing the past are unique in the cinema.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
97% Knives Out (2019) This whodunit is light entertainment at its finest, a surprising movie with an enjoyable sense of complication and a dream cast.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong's work was leading to this galvanizing movie which has really shocked people into further questioning the wealth gap and understanding the precariousness of the urban underclass in an era of climate change...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
89% Zombieland (2009) Eisenberg's millennial character undergoes a reality-TV-scripted makeover...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
92% Shaun of the Dead (2004) Wright's film acquiesced to the coupling-up plot rom-coms require, but not without first presenting the routine, pointless daily life of its protagonist...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
74% Land of the Dead (2005) ...it is clear that no American genre film from that period digests and exposes the Bush era more skillfully than Land of the Dead.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
No Score Yet Circumstantial Pleasures (2020) In these short semi-abstractions, Klahr peers through a microscope at the dregs of our civilization as they mutate and infect its survivors today.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
98% Vitalina Varela (2020) There is a reason there are not many films like this. Vitalina Varela is so uncompromising and so concentrated that it threatens to absorb the projector beam...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
84% The Traitor (2020) Parts of The Traitor take place in the United States. It's always great to see European films with American-set scenes that weren't shot here.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) This compact, almost Bressonian narrative feature by Kitty Green, an Australian non-fiction filmmaker now in Brooklyn, has a dark, tense force it keeps in place through minimal dialogue in limited settings.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
100% Cane River (2020) ...its bleached images capture its time and place perfectly. The film has the faded-color look of a country and western album cover from a musical tradition lost in thrift store bins.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
88% Les Misérables (2020) Inserted into all the grit and violence and naturalistic lower-depths acting, it's this kind of written, acted speech that often makes a neorealist film...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
47% Greed (2020) Weaving themselves in and out of the plot, and on and off McCreadie's yacht, Isla Fisher and Shirley Henderson are underutilized considering their potential...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
96% American Factory (2019) It's sad, bleak, and humiliating. ‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
70% Horse Girl (2020) Everything produced by the Duplass Brothers is hollow and superficial and cutesy. Their examinations of the bourgeoisie lack depth and flatter their audience...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Rees should have pulled the plug on the whole thing...Instead the film drowns on its own.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) The Hunt, trying to be clever, ends up forgetting not to hide the main emotion of Hollywood: the embarrassment of trying to be all things to all people. ‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
93% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) It is possible to agree with everything in a film and still understand that the film is bad. So it is with Capital in the Twenty-First Century.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) The Trip to Greece cannibalizes not just the three previous Trips but also Winterbottom's Greed, which came out in March...This type of cringe humor is now reflexive and no longer quite reads as comedy.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
78% Tommaso (2020) Like the screen personas of Ferrara and Dafoe themselves, Tommaso draws you in with a kind of cool friendliness that verges on the distrustful or psychotic.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
79% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2020) Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia is so nihilistic he will undoubtedly make the leap to Hollywood, especially since his cynical banquet leaves room for religiosity as the last course. ‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
91% Uncorked (2020) Uncorked is a tepid drama of black family life in Memphis...[a] mild film.‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
33% The Wrong Missy (2020) The Wrong Missy is a throwaway comedy with an emasculated David Spade in a bad haircut and dye job, less than one-one-hundredth as funny as he was doing monologues on Instagram...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
98% Blow the Man Down (2020) Blow the Man Down is swift but not choppy, with Martindale silencing people merely by appearing in doorways‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a serious film about the difficulties young women face in getting an abortion in America, but its asperity is such that it also becomes a documentary on the indignities faced by anyone...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Everyone does a seamless job here, especially the family and the belligerent delivery boss...‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
86% Peppermint Candy (Bakha satang) (2000) South Korean political history of the previous twenty years, Peppermint Candy is not tempered by its hysterical edge, which adds unpredictable violence to its vignettes of romantic, domestic, and business failure. ‐ The Baffler
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020