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Anthony Lane

Anthony Lane
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Relic (2020) It's a hell of a performance by Robyn Nevin, who's had a long and commanding career on the Australian stage.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
93% Palm Springs (2020) What a dazzling vision of the purgatorial: a desert of vast eternity, strewn with so-so canapés, stumblebum speeches, and worse dancing. Sisyphus had it easy.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
95% Monsoon Wedding (2002) This drama by Mira Nair has been hailed as a feel-good spree, but it's better than that-a barely stable compound of the wounding, the confusing, and the appealing.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) When I went to Oslo, in 2010, to report on the contest for this magazine, it was the first occasion since childhood on which I found myself weeping with laughter, sometimes through my nose. Would that Dobkin's film could summon such sweet tears.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) The movie can't help tuning out the voices of the very people whose cause it seeks to espouse.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
41% Wasp Network (2019) "Wasp Network" is so temperate in its political approach that you start to forget what's at stake.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
84% Mr. Jones (2020) [A] bleak, murky, and instructive film...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
73% The King of Staten Island (2020) By the end, in truth, I found myself swamped by Scott, and wondered if he might have made more impact as a secondary character...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) A history lesson wrapped in an adventure, the caveat being that history is never done with us, and that we struggle to shrug it off our backs.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) Patterson is no spoofer, and his film is a careful compound of gravity and buzz.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) "Shirley"... coats her in gothic excess as if glazing a ham, and of her humor scarcely a shred remains.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
97% Sweetgrass (2009) Though the tale of these wry, hard-bitten lives is told with neither music nor a narrating voice, the final effect is not to numb or confound the viewer but, rather, to cast a spell.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) Not much has changed in a decade of tripping.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Ask not-or not only-what the painter does for the thief. Ask what the thief might be doing for the painter.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
72% Bringing Out the Dead (1999) The new picture comes supplied with the same tension [as Taxi Driver], but, though I hate to say so, it feels like a package.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
95% The Straight Story (1999) It's intriguing to watch the Lynch of Blue Velvet and Lost Highway feel his way toward a less wounding surrealism -- into images that have power to hurt and will do none.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
26% The Story of Us (1999) By the end, you feel drained and disaffected, as if you, too, had been living with the Jordans for fifteen years.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
86% The Last Days of Chez Nous (1991) This fluent, hopeful comedy (and it is a comedy, for all the encroachments of sadness) charts every shift in the emotional climate.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
90% The Booksellers (2020) Do not be misled by the comic charm of this film. It's a ghost story, brooded over by the rustling wraiths of bookstores dead and gone.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) There's much to relish here.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) There's no risk of my revealing what happens in Porumboiu's film, because I remain, as I began, in the dark.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
59% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) The idea that art, like love, is something that you can make or fake, and that surprisingly few people can tell the difference, will always be ripe for exploration. And yet the movie stumbles.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) This is one of those films which begin haltingly and, bit by bit, develop a smooth stride.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
62% The Call of the Wild (2020) Mortal peril gives way to slapstick; atavistic fears are reduced to a quizzical cock of the head; and, as for Buck, he's brave, he's loyal, and he's about as forbidding as Scooby-Doo.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
97% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) "Corpus Christi" is neither a parable nor an allegory, yet image after image seems charged with intent, from the opening shot... to the climax, an apocalyptic welter of fire and blood.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) An unholy and sadistic mess.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
84% The Traitor (2020) If you want family values, Marco Bellocchio is your man, though they may not be what you expect.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) What distinguishes the latest Cage freak-out is the care with which it's paced; not until halfway through does he start to lose his hinge, and, even when his face is sprayed with blood, he keeps his glasses on, as if hoping to settle down with a book.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) "The Gentlemen" is a mongrel of a movie. There are not enough twists and tangles for a proper mystery, not enough thrills for an action flick, and not enough laughs for a comedy...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
92% Clemency (2019) The movie's moral and emotional burden rests on the capable shoulders of Alfre Woodard.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
86% Les Misérables (2020) Victor Hugo would watch this film and weep.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
20% Cats (2019) However amazing the trickery may be... the characters fall awkwardly into the crack between animal and human, and the plot, which requires them to sing and dance in competition with one another, is scarcely more convincing.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Though we can't foretell whether time will be cruel or kind to Gerwig's "Little Women," it may just be the best film yet made by an American woman.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) A highly convincing welter of dirt, exhaustion, and decay...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) "Invisible Life" is a heady blend of the casual, the sorrowful, the near-mythical, and the carnally explicit...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
69% Bombshell (2019) As often occurs with topical tales, which are hellbent on catching a widespread mood (in this instance, anger and disgust), there's something hasty and undigested about "Bombshell."‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
91% In Fabric (2019) A little too arch and over-concocted for its own good...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
34% Seberg (2020) Seberg was that most benighted of creatures, the paranoiac who is dead right, and her fears are enshrined in Stewart's performance, at once twitchy and refined; notice how she touches her hairline, as if to check the lid of her head.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) It couldn't be fresher if it were mixed on a palette in front of us, and the intensity with which, in the second half, the two women look themselves into love, as it were, is fleshly, funny, and sublimely untheoretical.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) The closer "The Aeronauts" gets to peak silliness, the more beautiful it becomes.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
82% The Report (2019) The film, written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, takes its cue from the stern dedication of its hero; the result feels pressurized, disheartening, and fraught.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Drownings, explosions, and poisonings, their ethical status barely mentioned, let alone chastised, roll by like carriages in the park. The comedy is as black as widow's weeds. Artfulness is all.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Sumptuous and diverting...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) I only wish that Rose had been around when Jack Torrance was on the rampage. What a lovely couple they'd have made.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It's a film about pride-about being as proud of your own flesh and blood as you are of your metal machines, and about the craziness that flares up whenever pride gets hurt.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) [The] blend of tones, with near-farce and emotional brutality blitzed together, is pure Baumbach, and he dishes it up for two hours straight.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Despite the déjà vu, there is plenty to savor in Miller's film, and the final third, in particular, is quite the light show.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Patient, composed and cool...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) What, you may ask, distinguishes "Downton Abbey" on the big screen from its smaller kin? Well, the movie is twice as long...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) There is genuine zest in the unease of "Jojo Rabbit," and it's weirdly convincing as a portrait of childhood under surreal strain.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019