Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

  1. Caesar Must Die 2013 So solid is that conception, and so resonant the text in which questions of freedom and slavery are paramount, that the impact can hardly be diminished. full review
  2. Movie 43 2013 I see a bright future ahead for this sui generis work, which will be passed around sixth grade classrooms by odd-smelling kids for years to come. full review
  3. 16 Acres 2012 Hankin's film finally makes the indigenous variety of deadlock particular to New York politicos seem as quaintly comforting as a buttered bialy. full review
  4. 360 2012 There are fleeting moments, but Morgan's narrative promiscuity leaves 360 feeling only spread out and empty. full review
  5. Alps 2012 A comedy of pained laughter, Alps confirms the certitude of our darkest hours: The dead are the lucky ones. full review
  6. The Awakening 2012 Hall's committed performance validates even the maddest developments, and she slips into the period well, recalling Virginia Woolf in her lank, swan-necked bearing and tremulous suffering. full review
  7. Beware Of Mr. Baker 2012 In spite of Bulger's errors of tone, the movie stands as an engaging tussle with the question of what is permissible with the excuse of art. full review
  8. Dangerous Liaisons 2012 The least one should hope for from another adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons is savory, salacious trash ... full review
  9. God Bless America 2012 When the monotonous squib-popping subsides, the movie is often static and talky, lapsing into criticism-hedging qualifications and anti-everything speechifying. full review
  10. Hellbound? 2012 Any admirer of good talk will be impressed by the scholasticism and pulpit-trained oratory here ... full review
  11. In Another Country 2012 The cumulative impression is of figures being lightly traced in the sand only to be inevitably washed away, intentionally ephemeral and quite charming for it. full review
  12. A Little Bit Of Heaven 2012 A Little Bit of Heaven demands miracles of its cast to keep proceedings from becoming grindingly mawkish and does not get them... full review
  13. Mansome 2012 While making a priority of squeezing in every usable bit of celebrity face-time, Mansome passes by potentially interesting digressions without more than a wayward glance. full review
  14. Orchestra Of Exiles 2012 Although the movie is overreliant on chintzy-looking and rather corny historical reenactments, these are counterbalanced by anecdote-rich interviews ... full review
  15. Seeking Justice 2012 Working with a pip of a premise, Seeking Justice is the kind of effective middle-range pulp thriller that has lately become an endangered species. full review
  16. The Viral Factor 2012 It's an overloaded, overwrought, profligate production inclined to hysteria and, in cumulative effect, something like being pelted with scenes until buried alive... full review
  17. The Woman Who Wasn't There 2012 The Woman Who Wasn't There plays like a by-the-numbers cable true-crime documentary -- which in fact it is. full review
  18. Angels Crest 2011 Parental sorrow is a fine big theme; all that's missing here is the detail-work to humanize it. full review
  19. Ironclad 2011 While Ironclad captures the casual cruelty and flesh-and-bone violence of the 13th century, it fails to do the same in the more intimate material set in the downtime between assaults. full review
  20. Khodorkovsky 2011 Though the PR bit is right on, Khodorkovsky goes some way toward questioning the guilt. full review
  21. Klitschko 2011 Fight fans will still find much of interest. full review
  22. The Ward 2011 Carpenter does what he's always done well here: individualizing shorthand personalities in a group under siege. full review
  23. 3 Backyards 2010 A story in which poor real folks are granted perspective only by brushing up against starlets, accidents, and villains of the tabloid press. full review
  24. All Good Things 2010 The case-history script is ever on-message, but Jarecki ignores the little details that create a credible social reality. full review
  25. Great Directors 2009 Received ideas, creative-class cheerleading, and outright schmoozing bore, but the yacht party after the Cannes screening sounds awesome! full review
  26. The House of the Devil 2009 Gravely gorgeous in the style of a storybook Snow White, Donahue gives eloquent reaction shots and nails West's piece de resistance -- a bounding, Walkman-soundtracked, Jazzercise dance through the house. full review
  27. The Trouble with Romance 2009 The roaring void of talent doesn't stop. full review
  28. Forever Strong 2008 Though director Ryan Little puts together a clean, professional package, at bottom this is a nearly-two-hour scrum of therapeutic direct encounters. full review
  29. Arranged 2007 Lamentable scenes include that comic relief stand-by, the Bad Date Montage, but the movie comes off better than it should by virtue of Benhamou and (especially) Lister-Jones, appealing and modest young actors who create a plausible central relationship, full review
  30. David Holzman's Diary 1967 Holzman's a classic character, a sympathetic-if-pathetic study in generational solipsism, delivering imported French lyricism in clunky flatlands American -- miscast by himself in his own life. full review
  31. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 There's more warmth in [Russell's] fondly bemused looks at Monroe, whose friendship is a front-row ticket to the best show in town. full review
  32. His Girl Friday 1940 The movie bears reviewing because there's always something new in the confetti of one-liners, while its depiction of the Fourth Estate remains relevant. full review