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Leah Pickett

Leah Pickett
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Manlife: The Last of the Lawsonians (2017) Director Ryan Sarnowski shows... respect for Hayden through the detailed documentation of Lawsonomy's history, merits, and flaws, as well as the little onscreen moments Hayden shares with the women who was his high school sweetheart.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
No Score Yet At Your Doorstep (Cerca de tu casa) (2016) Recalls Rent and Les Misérables in that the primary catalysts for the characters breaking into song are despair and displacement. But these songs, performed by a mix of professional and amateur vocalists, are less showy and also less memorable.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
61% Django (2018) The film contains a number of fictionalized characters and scenarios that ring false... but the extended musical numbers by Reinhardt's Quintette du Hot Club de France are wonderful.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
100% Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (2017) Stunning archival photographs and footage supplement talking-head interviews with historians, scholars, HBCU alumni, and current HBCU students.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
No Score Yet Help Me Make It Through the Night (Ayúdame a pasar la noche) (2017) José Ramón Chávez Delgado, making his feature directing debut, and screenwriter Claudia Sainte-Luce are unmerciful in exploring the mother's addiction, and actress Elena de Haro sells it.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
93% Kékszakállú (2017) Produces some haunting imagery.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet Silicone Soul (2018) [Director Melody] Gilbert raises the right questions about sexism, modern loneliness, and the slow erosion of the uncanny valley, but without demonizing or even judging her subjects.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
70% Finding Your Feet (2018) The cast is entertaining, if a tad performative, and some shockingly funny moments distract from an otherwise predictable plot.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
86% Moynihan (2018) It is unfortunate, then, that codirectors Joseph Dorman and Toby Perl Freilich deliver a staid yet informative rundown of Moynihan's political maneuvers.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
100% Desolation Center (2019) Swezey's film confirms that his scene's flame is still burning. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
95% End of the Century (2019) Castro excels in showing how ostensibly small discoveries, like a gutting line in a book or a song that gives perfect shape to a moment, can be bright markers in life, signifying a beginning, a middle, or an end. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) Chances are you'll never look at a mushroom in the same way again.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
No Score Yet That Pärt Feeling: The Universe of Arvo Pärt (2019) Rather than ticking the boxes of Pärt's biography or talking to him at length about his process, Hegemen gives his audience plenty of opportunities to experience the feeling referenced in the doc's title.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
100% Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) The movie plays like a concerto.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) Innis Dagg returns to the site of her innovative research, and the accompaniment of vivid color photographs and 16-millimeter footage the scientist herself took in the late '50s render the duality of the experience all the more bewitching. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
92% The Cat Rescuers (2019) Cat people tend to be unfairly maligned, but in this documentary, they're heroes.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) A cool sterility lingers beneath every cue meant to tug at our insides.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) Trimming the adults' often soppy individual narratives to focus on their more interesting dynamic as a group might have mitigated some of the numbness that sets in from predictability. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
94% Jay Myself (2019) In the end, the viewer might find herself both feeling the loss at the center of Maisel and Wilkes's letting-go process and craving a similar grotto of her own. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
3/4 87% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers, it must be said, is hustle incarnate.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel (2019) A documentary that calmly disassembles the fallacies of the religious right‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) I too admire Colaizzo's effort, but in the end found myself ruminating on why I was expected to cheer at the finish line.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) The movie's biggest issue blooms from its core: it doesn't seem to know what kind of movie it wants to be. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
80% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) It's not until Berman dives deeper, questioning his motivations to pursue the subject matter and testing the ethical limits of narrative nonfiction, that his doc makes a persuasive case for existing. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
93% If the Dancer Dances (2019) The film may not compare to seeing RainForest in its purest form, live and sans context, but no matter: dance nerds and visual art obsessives will find much to appreciate. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
100% Angels Are Made of Light (2019) Beautiful despite its ravages, somehow still glimmering with hope.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
61% Brian Banks (2019) Hodge's resolute performance anchors the film, while the nuanced screenplay from Doug Atchison and lush visual language from cinematographer Ricardo Diaz push it several rungs above prosaic TV-movie-style fare.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Belkin's portrait evokes the spirit of a typical Wallace interview: hard-hitting and unflinching in pursuit of the truth.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
80% The Freshmen (Première année) (2018) The film's heart beats through its central, intense, and fragile relationship between two ambitious young men.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) Many works of art foreground the victims of corruption; fewer investigate the hearts and minds of those who turn their backs.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
43% Hampstead (2019) Here Keaton reprises the role of the slightly kooky, klutzy, and lovable gal next door in this toasty crumpet of a film, set around London's scenic Hampstead Heath.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Writer-director Riley Stearns is a dark-comedy talent to watch.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
33% One Nation, One King (Un peuple et son roi) (2018) The film looks splendid; if only its golden glow and impressive costumes had contributed to something more exciting.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) The picture is nowhere near as memorable as other more controversial twists on misunderstood women of history and fiction.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
90% Before Stonewall (2019) Join[s] Paris Is Burning (1990) and How to Survive a Plague (2012) in the top tier of documentaries concerning LGBTQ+ history and culture.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
97% The Proposal (2019) Magid, similar to the architect she reveres, knows the power of a good story and how to poetically construct one. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
92% Sauvage / Wild (2019) The central thrust of this graphic French drama may be a radical notion to some: that a sex worker can enjoy the wild, carnal freedom that his or her job can provide, while also being vulnerable to its dangers.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
93% The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) This should be required viewing for all Americans, but especially those who think they couldn't possibly be living in a surveillance state. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) The story reshuffles reality, especially time and facts, and the film is more enjoyable for it.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
85% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) This film offers a moving remembrance of the people, music, and extraordinary circumstances that aligned to produce a cultural touchstone.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
47% Ferrante Fever (2019) Mostly, the film inspires in the viewer an urge to read the books instead.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Move over, Superbad: There's a new teen-buddy comedy in town. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
36% Poms (2019) Director Zara Hayes, to her credit, mixes some dark humor and blistering social commentary into this otherwise frothy cocktail of pratfalls and platitudes. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
66% Wine Country (2019) A curious letdown.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
59% Charlie Says (2019) The movie's depiction of these lost flower children, and what rendered them susceptible to Manson's brainwashing, is frustratingly shapeless and shallow.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Westheimer provides an essential public service, which the film, an affectionate tribute to her life and work, continues.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/4 82% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is hit-and-miss.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A film that should feel overlong and overstuffed rings purposeful, weighted with existential truth even as it flashes before our eyes.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
100% Babylon (2019) A new restoration of this 1980 British cult classic makes plain that its themes of disaffection and racial discord in south London are still relevant nearly four decades later. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
71% Teen Spirit (2019) Vivid colors and shimmering light communicate the singer's frissons and invite her audience to feel them, too.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019