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Devika Girish

Devika Girish
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% The Calming (Ping Jing) (2020) This dialectic of movement through stillness -- of the work of rest -- is at the heart of The Calming, which captures its heroine in drift between projects, cities, apartments, relationships.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
84% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Unlike the curiosity that seemed to motivate Cohen in the previous film, here the goal appears to be to goad people to confirm what we already know.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
60% Nocturne (2020) Contrivances are par for the course in this genre, but "Nocturne" lacks the stylistic flair to make them fun.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
87% The Social Dilemma (2020) "The Social Dilemma" is remarkably effective in sounding the alarm about the incursion of data mining and manipulative technology into our social lives and beyond.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
No Score Yet The Golden Girl (Fata de aur) (2020) Deftly, the film shifts focus from Raducan's disqualification to the entrenched injustices of Olympic sports, with their outsized pressures and brittle illusions of meritocracy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
100% Mr. SOUL! (2020) Broad in scope and rapidly paced, the film can feel as if it's bursting at the seams. But it acutely conveys the radical joy that "Soul!" inspired, barely contained in the movie's running time.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
94% Desert One (2020) There's not much here that hasn't already been covered - with perhaps greater vividness - in investigative articles.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
No Score Yet Born in Evin (2019) Zaree makes an eloquent and arresting protagonist, though her documentary is a bit too tidy for its own good.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
82% Phoenix, Oregon (2020) It's all a bit uneventful, but it works as an endearing portrait of average life: sometimes up, sometimes down, but moving steadily along.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
99% On the Record (2020) The film communicates... complex ideas with quiet, forceful emotional clarity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
94% Lucky Grandma (2020) "Lucky Grandma" puts an older Asian woman center stage without infantilizing her or rendering her pitiful.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
83% A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps (2020) "A Towering Task" unfolds like a dull, chronological slide show of archival images, basic graphics and seemingly infinite talking heads.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
90% Alice (2019) "Alice" (rightfully) regards the choices of its heroine with respect and empathy. But its picture of sex work as an easy out, devoid of any real danger, feels like a simplistic fantasy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
65% Clementine (2019) An erotic thriller that runs low on both erotics and thrills.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
47% Arkansas (2020) Less a mob thriller than a ruminative drama about a life built around orders and betrayals, the movie takes an unusual perspective on a familiar genre but is weighed down by its dull, uneven pace.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
78% Until the Birds Return (En attendant les Hirondelles) (2017) As its characters traverse the country's crisscrossing motorways, "Until the Birds Return" locates the singular moments that form the nodes of a shared national history.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
66% Extraction (2020) The fight scenes are plastic and glossy. Hargrave mistakes gore for cool and technical prowess for choreography, deploying overlong one-take shots that look like "Call of Duty" outtakes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
70% Abe (2020) A surprisingly joyless production, lacking the stylistic and emotional flair to deliver even on the cheesy, feel-good promise of the setup.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
86% Sea Fever (2020) The film... seems unsure about its own shape, switching indecisively between creature feature, epidemic thriller and environmental drama without articulating any meaty ideas.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
28% Clover (2020) It's chock-full of gore and expletive-laden banter, but lacks the key ingredients to make it worthy of its influences: original ideas and a strong script.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
86% Inside the Rain (2020) "Inside the Rain" switches erratically between comedy and drama while juggling many half-realized plot threads. But the movie's strange, inconsistent rhythm ultimately works as a reflection of Ben's manic and depressive states.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
75% Jinpa (Zhuang si le yi zhi yang) (2020) Stylistic flourishes don't communicate much beyond a generic art-house sensibility.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) The most powerful moment in [Never Rarely Sometimes Always] is not one of confrontation but of self-realization.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
94% Come As You Are (2020) The candor with which Erik Linthorst's script regards the characters' sexual desires - coupled with the winning performances of the actors - leavens any sentimentalism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) Although affecting and even revelatory at points, The Assistant is ultimately a drama of resignation. The choice it dramatizes is a familiar one: we can all relate to the impulse to pick one's livelihood and career over challenging the rich and powerful.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
45% Quezon's Game (2020) This political back-and-forth is... cheapened by the broad, near-hagiographic strokes with which Rosen paints his leading characters, who spend most of the run-time speechifying between stagy puffs of cigars.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
89% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) The film's "temblores" - Spanish for "tremors" - are emblematic of the script's preference for allusion over depth.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
58% Crown Vic (2019) A verbose, hackneyed thriller about a night in the lives of a veteran patrol officer and his trainee.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 93% Monos (2019) It is in these moments, when Monos inspires questions instead of simply withholding answers, that the film feels genuinely provocative.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) It's all a bit ludicrous, but that seems to be the very point. Late Night is a warm, winsome Hollywood comedy that proceeds along familiar lines and culminates with easily won happy endings. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Reason (2018) His film is partly an archive and partly an argument-both of which are essential in a country where history and free speech are under increasing attack.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
97% Border (Gräns) (2018) Border is less invested in glib symbolism or political commentary than in the specific, felt experience of being adrift between social boundaries and categories.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
88% A Whale of a Tale (2018) Together, these voices paint a complex picture of the clash between globalism and a fast-disappearing localism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Decker captures the emotional caprices of her characters with thrilling immediacy, allowing her sociopolitical commentary to trickle in through background details.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
95% Who We Are Now (2018) While Nicholson's onscreen, it's impossible to pay heed to anything but her. She scorches the film with her barely bottled ferocity and vulnerability.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
96% Zama (2018) Even as Martel steeps the film deep within Zama's perspective, she observes his tortuous male pathos with the critical distance of a female gaze.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3.5/5 72% Gemini (2018) Although rife with wry nods to familiar tropes and meta-commentary on the making of mysteries, Gemini is not so much an ironic perversion of the genre as a woozy, Instagram-y evocation.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
88% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) A thoughtful reflection on the sociopolitical narratives (and myths) of contemporary, crisis-ridden France.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
87% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) For all its bluntness, The Insult confronts us with the true complexity of the Middle Eastern conflict and the ways in which war obliterates the ideas of victimhood and responsibility, rendering the justice system farcically inadequate.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
92% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Kaurismäki's unworldly drollery ... feels like it's from another time-until it's ruptured by the shocking contemporaneity of the global refugee crisis against which the movie is set.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
94% Arrival (2016) A Spielberg-Nolan lovechild of sorts, wondrous and mind-bending in equal parts, Denis Villeneuve's latest is a quintessential science-fiction blockbuster steeped in genre traditions and made singular by Amy Adams's transporting performance.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017