Gary M. Kramer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) Director Michel Franco's film, New Order, a stinging indictment on economic inequality, is electrifying - like a cattle prod to the nether regions. That vivid image is actually seen in one of the many disturbing sequences in this mesmerizing drama.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
28% Antebellum (2020) Bush and Renz are painting with a broad brush here, but their wildly entertaining film should prompt folks to think critically about the issues of oppression and racism.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
84% Concrete Cowboy (2020) Concrete Cowboy works best as a vehicle into the little-known and -seen world of the riders, and it is most enjoyable when it is in that world.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
98% Nomadland (2020) McDormand, who is in every scene, makes Fern as tough at the plant she named for in that she adapts and survives. The actress gives a committed performance that will likely garner her an Oscar nomination.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
92% House of Cardin (2020) "House of Cardin" is an effusive, appreciative look at the designer ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
83% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" is as provocative as it is exasperating. It may require repeated viewings to understand everything Kaufman is trying to achieve...but the prospect of sitting through this film twice just feels excruciating.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
93% Critical Thinking (2020) This may be a textbook case of an inspirational teacher/underdog sports drama, but it surehandedly delivers the feels.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
92% The Garden Left Behind (2020) "The Garden Left Behind" is absorbing, and authentic, and important, it is also frequently didactic. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
81% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) [T]o its credit, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" delivers the sweet message that music has the power to unite the world in its special-effect laden mash-up finale. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
82% Lingua Franca (2020) Sandoval may have an agenda, but "Lingua Franca" nicely shows how Alex, a straight, white, cisgender male, gains awareness and develops compassion for an undocumented Filipino trans woman. ‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
No Score Yet The Right Girls (2020) An urgent, cogent documentary that makes visible the experiences of migrant trans women seeking refuge in America. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
71% The Bare Necessity (Perdrix) (2019) The Bare Necessity does feature some gorgeous scenery and there are a few mildly amusing moments, but overall, this romance is more cute than it is impassioned. ‐ Cinema76
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
89% The August Virgin (La virgen de agosto) (2020) Viewers who fall under the spell cast by the film's organic nature and quotidian rhythms of life will enjoy The August Virgin immensely.... It is both a seductive and intoxicating film.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
78% Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) The clues, tidily packaged, explain away Kricfalusi's pathology. "Happy Happy Joy Joy" is a cautionary tale not a hagiography‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2/5 89% Love & Debt (2019) If nothing else, this curious comedy-drama gets the messiness of life right‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
50% Made in Italy (2020) Made in Italy is so paint-by-numbers that one wishes D'Arcy had just colored outside the lines.... The film is the cinematic equivalent of canned spaghetti sauce. It is just bland. ‐ Cinema76
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) Only occasionally inspiring....Boys State may not be particularly well made, but by the film's end, it does feature a genuinely emotional moment.... If only the rest of this disappointing film had such power.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
76% Summerland (2020) Swale's film is not unlike the meals Alice serves Frank. She gives him an uncooked egg, a hard roll, and a paltry slice of ham on his first night. Eventually they enjoy a rasher of bacon, chips, and chocolate. "Summerland" is satisfying like comfort food.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
80% Retaliation (Romans) (2020) Retaliation benefits from Bloom's mature, internalized performance [and] commanding physical and emotional presence... He deftly conveys the shame and confusion Malky feels; it is as heavy as the cross he carries from the church he is demolishing.‐ Cinema76
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
70% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) The debate over the photographer's work is very stimulating and a highlight of the doc.... Von Boehm lets many of Newton's images, which address power dynamics, speak for themselves.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
80% Flannery (2020) The most valuable thing about "Flannery" is that this fine documentary should prompt viewers to read - or re-read - O'Connor's work. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
80% The Painted Bird (2020) The Painted Bird is a potent, visceral but rewarding film for viewers who can withstand the onslaught of traumatizing moments.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
80% Brotherhood (2019) Brotherhood, which recounts a tragedy that is little-known in the United States, is best appreciated by younger viewers who can absorb the messages of heroism, bravery, and sacrifice that are raised‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
100% Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On (2019) A valentine to the musical comedy performer.... [Ballard] is a fabulous raconteur...This worthwhile documentary is a terrific tribute to her life and accomplishments.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) "First Cow" is a wonderfully unhurried film, which may be why it is so captivating. It allows viewers to sink in and absorb the story and its setting. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
63% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) Much of director and co-writer Nikolaus Leytner's drama, which alternates between starchy and hyperventilating, generates eye rolls.... "The Tobacconist" should have been richer and provided something for viewers to think about and chew on.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
No Score Yet Proud (Fiertés) (2020) A series that is largely engaging and provocative.... It can - and should - be watched in one sitting. When it ends...most viewers will want more. ‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Meeropol's documentary is a bit of a patchwork in itself. She edits awkwardly between episodes, time periods and topics that create a general impression that most viewers no doubt already hold - that Roy Cohn was evil. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
25% The Price of Desire (2015) There is much to be desired from this wan, stagy biopic. The period clothes and architectural and design details can be appreciated, but the aggressively soft-focus cinematography is as unsharpened as the characters.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Kore-eda acts like a magician, here floating back and forth between memory and moviemaking to create ambiguity and emotion. He is served well by Deneuve's trickster performance.‐ Cinema76
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) "Mucho Mucho Amor" genuflects before its subject. The filmmakers' awe and wonder are infectious.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) "David France's devastating film shines a critical light on the antigay purges in Ramzan Kadyrov's Chechnya. But this film also chronicles the courageous efforts of activists David Isteev and Olga Baranova."‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
100% Tu Me Manques (2019) "Stunning and impactful.... "Tu Me Manques" becomes transcendent as it addresses how love and fear dictate our attitudes and behavior."‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
13% Darkness Falls (2020) Darkness Falls is a unredeemable as its killers.‐ Cinema76
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
83% Aviva (2020) The dancing is the best reason to see "Aviva" and the performance scenes are absolutely spectacular.... [T]he performers are gorgeous, which seems appropriate for a romance that is ultimately, only skin-deep.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
95% For They Know Not What They Do (2019) The film shoehorns numerous topics in its brisk 90 minutes.... If "For They Know Not What They Do" was more focused, it would be more forceful.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
No Score Yet Call Your Mother (2020) An affectionate valentine to those mothers (and one grandmother) whose children became comedians....There are inspiring, embarrassing, and amusing stories throughout this affable 73-minute film.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
98% Circus of Books (2020) The scrappy style of the film, like the store, is engaging. By the time "Circus of Books" ends, viewers who had been to the hallowed ground should have good memories, while those who never visited, will wish they had been able to visit.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
65% On a Magical Night (Chambre 212) (2020) "On a Magical Night" will enchant viewers open to the film's premise. The magic here is how Honoré provides deep insights into the nature of long-term relationships in the guise of a sexy, fluffy comedy.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
88% Selah and the Spades (2020) Writer/director Tayarisha Poe's feature debut, Selah and the Spades, is a precisely calibrated spellbinder anchored by an exacting performance by Lovie Simone as the title character.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2020
70% Butt Boy (2020) Butt Boy is oddly unsatisfying. While it is more low-key than low-brow-and relatively well made and at times, inventive-it feels underdeveloped. Cornack offers an absurdist premise here, but it feels he does not in go deep enough.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
10% Lazy Susan (2020) [T]he screenplay...is rarely inventive or inspired.... Or, to put it in terms the filmmakers might understand, it shouldn't be so indolent, idle, slothful, or l-a-z-y. ‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Hittman focuses so intensely on Autumn's face throughout the film, and Flanigan gives such a remarkable, expressive performance, that viewers feel the weight of this situation not never, not rarely, not sometimes, but always. ‐ Cinema76
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
3.5/5 85% What We Started (2018) Anyone who gives this entertaining doc a spin may find it hard to sit still while they watch.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
98% Disclosure (2020) Feder's engaging, affirming documentary.... provides a critical awareness about how we are defined by what we watch.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
100% Breaking Fast (2020) A sweet, smart, and enjoyably corny romcom... Haaz Sleiman exudes charisma ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) The Burnt Orange Heresy isn't bad; it is just that after a sparkling first half, one wishes it was better.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
47% Greed (2020) "Greed" swings broadly at a big target, and still manages to whiff. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
35% Seberg (2020) "Seberg" benefits from Stewart's assured performance. Stewart is less interested in mimicking the actress than capturing her essence.... What "Seberg" does best is validate its subject's story, which is both tragic and a travesty. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) An exquisite, exceptional romantic drama.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020