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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 97% Metropolis (1927) The recent discovery of 25 minutes of lost footage from Fritz Lang's Metropolis is cause for celebration.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2010
4/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) While it is definitely Fellini-esque, it's also a crystallization of Sorrentino's own distinctive style.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/4 78% Breakfast With Curtis (2013) It's a lived-in, unsentimental comedy about a community of smug but sympathetic intellectuals that, by film's end, becomes a little better-integrated.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2013
4/4 100% Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen) (1966) Violence in "Dragon Inn" is exciting not just because it's choreographed exceptionally well, but because there's a genuine sense of danger and excitement in each fight scenes.‐
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
4/4 83% Evolution (2016) Do not miss this film.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
4/4 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) A beautifully unhinged snapshot of Cave just after he experiences a major personal loss and a minor creative epiphany.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/4 86% Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) The action choreography is exciting, the operatic plot is compelling, and there's a genuine sense of optimism that undercuts the gouts of blood and thunderous sound effects.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/4 100% Funeral Parade of Roses (1970) You will walk away from Matsumoto's film with a newfound appreciation of what movies can be.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
4/4 94% Our Time Will Come (2017) A surprisingly affecting call to arms.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/4 93% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Endless Poetry feels like the product of a revitalized old master. There's a generosity of spirit, and clarity of intent that gives shape to the the film's rambling narrative, and broad-brushstrokes characterizations.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/4 78% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) The stylistic quirks that define the bitterly funny Chinese animated neo-noir Have a Nice Day are thrillingly original.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4/4 100% Dead Souls (2018) Like a monolith, this thing just is. It also just happens to be great, sometimes despite and sometimes because of its mega-sized breadth and scope. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/4 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Time moves differently in Long Day's Journey Into Night, a sensuous, dream-like Chinese drama.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/4 100% The Wandering Soap Opera (La Telenovela Errante) (2019) The Wandering Soap Opera is only as powerful as your willing-ness to meet Ruiz and his collaborators on their brain-scrambling level.‐
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/4 89% Yasukuni (2007) Writer-director Li Ying should be commended for the complexity he's given a subject as controversial as the Yasukuni shrine.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2009
3.5/4 70% The Crazies (2010) Impatient as they may be, the filmmakers never lose sight of what's important, namely keeping Dutton's rag-tag group of survivors sympathetic and perpetually in peril.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2010
3.5/4 49% The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010) In its single-minded determination to prolong its viewer's agony, writer-director Tom Six's The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is nothing short of an inspired bit of modern exploitation cinema.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2010
3.5/4 62% Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou (2011) A consummately clear-headed documentary that honors the allure of its subject by being personal but never intimately so.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2011
3.5/4 91% Love Exposure (2011) Love Exposure is, in a sense, Shion Sono's equivalent of the Great Russian novel. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2011
3.5/4 58% Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012) Something like a trippy grindhouse homage whose familiar images are refracted through a prism of blacklight posters, Jodorowsky films, and even Rob Zombie's grungy psychotropic sensibility.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 13, 2012
3.5/4 86% Upstream Color (2013) A romance, a thriller, and a science-fiction drama, "Upstream Color" tantalizes viewers with an open-ended narrative about overcoming personal loss.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2013
3.5/4 94% Drug War (2013) While it takes a while to come to a full boil, Drug War is an atypically grim gangster film from the typically inspired Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2013
3.5/4 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) Cave knows he's not young anymore, and won't always be able to control his work or how its perceived. Watching him act accordingly is really inspiring.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2014
3.5/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "What We Do in the Shadows" is an irrepressibly charming B-movie that never over-stays its welcome, and is both conceptually clever and admirably well-executed.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
3.5/4 95% It Follows (2015) "It Follows" is not really about sex, but an unbearable, unsinkable mood that descends when you come of age, and never completely dissipates, not even after climactic sexual, or other violent acts.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
3.5/4 87% Cheatin' (2015) "Cheatin'" is a highlight of Plympton's robust body of work because motion-not the journey, or the destination-is always its creator's priority.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2015
3.5/4 86% Office (Hua li shang ban zu) (2015) A must-see for anyone looking for a thoughtful, and genuinely spectacular new musical.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
3.5/4 60% The Cut (2015) "The Cut" is not an optimistic film, but it presents a scenario rich enough to make you want to be optimistic.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
3.5/4 42% Body (2015) "Body" may not be the kind of modern-day B-movie that wins awards, but it does exactly what it sets out to, and that's a fair amount. So go ahead: see this film for yourself. You won't know what hit you.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
3.5/4 90% The Witch (2016) "The Witch" draws you in so well that you won't realize its creators have been broadcasting exactly where they're taking you.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) (2016) It doesn't matter if you don't like subtitles. It doesn't matter if you've never heard of the director. It doesn't matter if you've never seen a Chinese movie in your life. It will make you laugh. Guaranteed.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2016
3.5/4 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) "My Golden Days" exists simultaneously within and outside of its characters' headspace, a testament to Deplechin's powers of imaginative sensitivity.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
3.5/4 90% My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016) I laughed a lot at My Big Night and can't recommend it highly enough.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
3.5/4 100% Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016) If you like action films, you need to see "Kill Zone 2."‐
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
3.5/4 93% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) To trusts his actors, and uses them so well that you often forget that we don't know much about them beyond the worried look in their eyes, the smirk on their lips and the arch of their brows.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3.5/4 83% Mia Madre (2016) Italian drama Mia Madre is an either/or film, a humorous and poignant character study that frequently becomes an ensemble piece.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
3.5/4 70% Antibirth (2016) It's very easy to be turned off by Perez's feature debut, but if you can get on its wavelength, you'll find yourself drawn in by one of the year's most original horror films.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
3.5/4 92% Demon (2016) Demon ranks up there with The Witch and The Babadook as one of the best recent horror films.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 86% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Anno & Higuchi's vision of the character is thoughtful and clever without straying too far from the Godzilla formula established in films like the original 1954 Gojira.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
3.5/4 93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) A thoroughly disarming fairy tale, one that initially appears familiar, but eventually reveals itself to be something new, and altogether unexpected.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Devil's Candy (2017) With The Devil's Candy, Byrne confirms his status as a filmmaker to watch.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3.5/4 82% Nocturama (2017) You may not think that a movie that asks you to understand terrorists is for you, but if you give Bonello 130 minutes of your time, he'll make you a believer.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/4 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) A grade-A piece of meathead cinema.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3.5/4 79% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) A challenging arthouse drama that has a slippery sense of humor and a whole lot of chutzpah.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3.5/4 94% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) A cult hit waiting in the wings. Come for the brutal music, stay for the charming DIY optimism.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/4 70% Welcome to Mercy (2018) A rare horror movie whose creators seriously represent both sides of a dilemma, and is therefore more mature than it seems at first glance.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 56% 2.0 (2018) Against all reason-against all common sense-'2.0' works, and in a big, big way.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/4 69% The Wandering Earth (2019) I can't think of another recent computer-graphics-driven blockbuster that left me feeling this giddy because of its creators' consummate attention to detail and infectious can-do spirit.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/4 61% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Nemes' suggestive, impressionistic approach takes some getting used to, but Sunset is worth the extra effort.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/4 72% Relaxer (2019) I can't honestly recommend Relaxer to most readers, but if you like this kind of thing, you'll probably love it.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019