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Noah Berlatsky

Noah Berlatsky
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Giuseppe Capotondi's latest looks at the dark inauthenticity of the art world.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
64% The Swamp (2020) By arguing this is a bipartisan issue, the doc pushes talking points that will make it harder, not easier, to fix our multiple, overlapping political catastrophes.‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
74% The King of Staten Island (2020) Faced with a quirky and unusual new talent, Apatow, and Hollywood, disappointingly default to its usual formula... One of the chief frustrations of the film is that it's a first-rate ensemble drama trapped inside a gangly star vehicle.‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
67% Extraction (2020) The film has no surprises. "Extraction" is another in a dreary lineage of Chris Hemsworth roles that seem designed to make you forget everything you liked about Chris Hemsworth. ‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) Everyone else is just a distraction, or mildly satirical color. Blow them away and what's left is cheerfully exploitative entertainment.‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) The movie's success is in large part attributable to Moss, who spends large chunks of the film expressing terror, weariness, cunning, or desperate strength in the face of an invisible foil. ‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
62% The Call of the Wild (2020) The book is a classic; the newest movie adaptation not so much.‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
1.5/4 13% Dolittle (2020) Of course, it's just a children's film. But silly plots often are silly because they're taking the cultural path of least resistance...‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
47% Underwater (2020) It's one of those horror films that suggests that, even if there are some survivors, the apocalypse has been postponed rather than banished.‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) In "1917," creators used their enormous technical talent to rationalize and justify an irrational, unjustifiable war.‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
72% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Part of the greatness of the film is the fact that the actors seem to be enjoying themselves so thoroughly. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) "Queen & Slim" director Melina Matsoukas is less interested in action and violence than in love. ....And that, as it turns out, makes the film both less predictable and more heartbreakingly political.‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) "Terminator: Dark Fate," though, manages to fit its old clunky rotors and cogs smoothly into the socket of our apocalyptic present.‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
94% In Search of Darkness (2019) It's certainly an enjoyable documentary, and it's highly recommended to any horror fan. But the best horror movies are a little more ruthless than this.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
74% Ghostbusters (2016) It's as if, in exorcizing the original's misogyny, Ghostbusters has at last managed to find the soul it thought it had all along. ‐ Quartz
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) The movie goes a long, long way around the universe to find the same boring, cold-hearted action hero as ever. ‐ NBC News THINK
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
51% The Promise (2017) The Promise is a heartfelt film with noble ambitions‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
41% Dark Skies (2013) Dark Skies is alien encounter done on the cheap. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
77% Split (2017) M. Night Shyamalan's 2016 film Split takes abuse-as-character to a logical and absurd extreme. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
81% The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010) The cynicism of the undertaking is a little numbing, but even so it's hard not to admire the efficiency of the mechanism.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
69% Limitless (2011) Limitless demonstrates with depressing finality that the power fantasies of adults are much more banal than the power fantasies of children.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
92% Source Code (2011) It's just a dumb Hollywood film.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet Gothic & Lolita Psycho (Gosurori shokeinin) (2010) Psycho Gothic Lolita goes right through genre and ends up in vertiginously pure filmmaking. Image and idea are manifestly the most important things, and director Ohara Go never lets logic distract him for a moment from the next shiny, shimmery set piece.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
36% Dark Shadows (2012) It's hard to imagine a 1970s without soul, even in Maine, but Dark Shadows pulls it off. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
100% More Than Honey (2013) More Than Honey is a reminder of how thoroughly humans have intertwined themselves with the other life on this planet, and vice versa.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) The movie is not utterly worthless in every way. I'll grant that. But does that mean it's good? Or even adequate? No. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
97% 13th (2016) From Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to Bulworth, the cause of political injustice always comes back to corruption. Ava DuVernay's documentary, 13th, follows a bit too glibly in this tradition-though it also, and admirably, transcends it.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
19% Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) The film spirals into supposedly funny, but actually vindictive, violent fantasy. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The personal growth storyline is glib, clichéd, and irritating. But the real question is, what is that personal growth storyline doing there at all? Who looked at Lego Batman and thought, what is the state of this Cowled Lego's soul? ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet Look Who's Back (Er Ist Wieder Da) (2015) Look Who's Back is only intermittently successful. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Ends up a formulaic exercise.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
61% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Murder on the Orient Express isn't a perfect adaptation, but it's hard to dislike a film that so blatantly lets you get away with murder.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The cheesy clumsiness of Truth or Dare's plotting has the added bonus of laying bare the similarities between horror sadism and teen soap opera sadism.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
93% Hush (2016) It's an efficient and clever thriller, which unfolds with a preordained inevitability.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
62% Unfriended (2015) Unfriended is a pure distillation of exploitation cinema.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
83% Paranormal Activity (2009) The movie gets enormous mileage out of small, barely noticeable details-a door opening by itself, covers stirred by a breeze from nowhere, a chandelier swinging.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
16% The Lazarus Effect (2015) There's nothing wrong with the narrative as such; watching some monster murder a bunch of people is pretty much what you turn on a horror movie to see. The problem is that in this case neither the monster nor the victims are remotely interesting.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
50% Viral (2016) There's a lot of potential, but most of it's wasted. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
89% Creep (2015) The extended coda feels superfluous, even in a movie that's only 77 minutes. It also pushes the suspension of disbelief past the breaking point. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
6% Ouija (2014) It has no memorable characters, no memorable ideas, and indifferent acting. It's not bad enough to be funny or campy. Watching it is like staring at a dumb board for an hour and a half.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
58% Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) Despite its ambitions, Paranormal Activity 2 ends up demonstrating why horror sequels are so often not very sequential.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet Curve (2015) Curve could've been great if it had been willing to take a few different turns.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
98% Get Out (2017) Get Out is filled with wonderfully eerie performances. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
93% CAM (2018) Cam never figures out how to be both sexploitation and something else entirely.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Ritchie's sophisticated, multi-character drama says the world will be saved with wit, invention, and complex cooperation. Which is why it feels dated, and is struggling at the box office. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
50% Mirror Mirror (2012) Julia Roberts as the evil queen has outgrown both the goodness and the blandness, and she seems sincerely, exuberantly relieved. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet Wildness (2012) It's easy to see this as a story of exploitation... But things are a bit more complicated than that. ‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
41% The English Teacher (2013) Linda is characterized by the insistent voice-over as a romantic, too lost in her reading and dreams for authentic relationships. Those authentic relationships, are, in this context, the formulaic plot of rom-com.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
99% The Interrupters (2011) The Interrupters makes the case that if you want less killing, you need, not more guns, but more neighbors.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Cowboys and Aliens purports to be a genre mash-up, which means that somebody needed to figure out how to integrate Western tropes with sci-fi ones. Unfortunately, no one bothered.‐ Splice Today
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019