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davidehrlich has written 188 reviews for films during 2019.

  • Zeroville

    Zeroville

    ★½

    The biggest problem with “Zeroville” — the one to which the film’s innumerable other, smaller problems can all be traced back — is that James Franco was all wrong for it. Adapted from Steve Erickson’s brilliant and hypnotic 2007 novel of the same name, this is a story about someone who thinks that movies are the most precious things in the universe; someone who believes that cinema reveals the work of God, and that celluloid hides the secrets of all…

  • Midnight Traveler

    Midnight Traveler

    ★★★½

    "Midnight Traveler” is a film about distance. The distance between countries, the distance between years, the distance between heaven and hell. But most of all — and increasingly as it goes along — Hassan Fazili’s vital and touching documentary is a film about the distance between people, even if just between themselves. Over the course of 1,000 days and as many miles, Hassan used three cell phones to record almost every step of his family’s perilous journey from their native…

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★½

    A slender but unholy cross between “First Reformed” and “The Exorcist,” Rose Glass’ taut and trembling “Saint Maud” transmutes a young woman’s spiritual crisis into such a refined story of body horror that genre fans might feel like they’re having a religious experience. Of course, even the most overzealous viewers will find there’s always room for doubt — and that’s where the Devil gets in. A palliative care nurse in a dreary town somewhere along the British coast, the intensely…

  • Lucy in the Sky

    Lucy in the Sky

    ★★

    Going into outer space literally changes a person. Your muscles atrophy. Your bones deteriorate. One NASA study even found that prolonged time in the cosmos can alter the telomeres at the end of your DNA. Some of these effects are temporary, while others are obviously more permanent. Those of the mental variety tend to fall into the latter category. It’s a tricky thing to measure, but your mind cannot be un-blown; looking down at the Earth like it’s a marble…

  • Red Penguins

    Red Penguins

    ★★★

    When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 on the day after Christmas, American speculators were presented with the ultimate gift: An opportunity to sell capitalism to one of the largest untapped markets in the history of time. For Russians, however, the shift away from communism was hesitant and fraught with uncertainty, and some of the country’s proudest institutions began to languish without the state-funded support that had allowed them to thrive behind the Iron Curtain. Business relations between the two…

  • Greed

    Greed

    ★★½

    “Greed” is good enough — if only just. A serrated but superficial portrait of how capitalism distances the rich from its consequences, Michael Winterbottom’s damning sendup is often right on the money, but its broadside attacks on the ultra-rich are too obvious to draw any blood or raise our hackles. What more could you really expect from a bitter comedy about a Branson-esque billionaire named Rich McGreedy? Okay, technically the business tycoon that Steve Coogan plays is called Sir Richard…

  • Motherless Brooklyn

    Motherless Brooklyn

    ★★

    New York's hottest mess is MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN. it's got everything: Edward Norton *completely* off the chain, Alec Baldwin as Mobert Roses, Willem Dafriend, inexplicably plastic digital cinematography, a 407-minute running time… and a pretty good new Thom Yorke song!

  • Military Wives

    Military Wives

    ★★½

    A nice enough time that never really aspires to be anything more, “Military Wives” isn’t just the kind of movie that ends with Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” it’s the kind of movie that ends with the entire cast singing along. Steered right down the middle by “Full Monty” director Peter Cattaneo (who could make this sort of feel-good fluff with his knickers around his ankles, and shoots it with such basic instincts that you’d almost believe he actually did),…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    UNCUT GEMS is the movie that Jews were promised in the Torah

    UNCUT GEMS is gonna be the theme of my son’s bar mitzvah.

  • Bad Education

    Bad Education

    ★★★★

    One of the more beautiful things about being an American is that it’s easy to justify your own success — at least to yourself. This is the land of opportunity, and people are taught from an early age that they get what they deserve, and they deserve what they get; if they weren’t, the injustice of it all might spoil the fun. You don’t necessarily have to earn your good fortune, you just have to believe you’re entitled to it.…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★

    The THE GOLDFINCH of movies about kids who are imaginary best friends with Hitler.

  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    ★★★

    Shinkai Makoto, the fiercely idiosyncratic anime filmmaker whose long-simmering career exploded into legend when “Your Name” became an international phenomenon in 2016, has always been infatuated with the environment. The likes of “5 Centimeters per Second” and “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” may not express the same ecological concern that courses through Studio Ghibli’s work, but few movies of any kind have ever devoted more energy to — or divested more emotion from — the worlds around their characters. From…