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Josephine Livingstone

Josephine Livingstone
Josephine Livingstone's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The New Republic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is one of the strangest and least legible of the Coen brothers' films, but it also revels in their sheer joy in creating movies.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
88% A Private War (2018) Despite the undeniably extraordinary feats that Colvin achieved in life and on the edge of death, A Private War is a hagiography that reduces a complicated woman down to trauma, booze, and typing.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
78% Halloween (2018) A brutal rumination on intergenerational pain, and the ways that male cruelty can make good women bad.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
92% Mandy (2018) It's bloody, it's nasty, and it burns.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
79% 22 July (2018) The film is about atmosphere and anger, and Greengrass achieves that effect through tight focus on individuals. But the result is imperfect, because it elides crucial elements of the whole story.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) It's the love story for our time. It's an instant cult classic. It's everything a tasteful move should not be, and yet it's an undeniable success.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
99% Free Solo (2018) The classic tension between the sublime and the human spirit breaks down. Man, rock, camera: they're old suspects, but here they seem made anew.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) A deeply confused movie that feels like a mash-up of Mean Girls and an episode of Law and Order.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
95% Crime + Punishment (2018) If the movie has a still point inside it-an unassailable conclusion-it's that justice and the law are not the same thing.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The sixth movie in the Mission: Impossible series is a truly maximalist work of art. The plot is stupid but the stunts are terrifying, the tension vibratory, the muscles rippling. In short, it's a masterpiece.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) A lot is kept from the viewer, then parceled out in discrete chunks. The effect is of one of those long New Yorker-style pieces that blend storytelling with feats of reporting-the elaborate set-up that is a feint, to be dispelled in an act of revelation.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Both Riley and Get Out's Jordan Peele have recreated our world but cracked through with a surreal seam that makes its hidden evils unmissable. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Although each Jurassic movie is fated to essentially repeat the same idea-oh no, dinosaurs!-this new era has come up with ways to surprise, terrify, and inspire, which is enough to keep the heart of the franchise beating.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) The Incredibles 2 is an undeniable triumph, but it is also so keenly aware that it becomes exhausting.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Although this movie is fun, the subtraction of rivalry makes for a movie that is inevitably less riveting. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) The Tale excels in these absurdist meta-moments, such as the scenes in which Dern and Nélisse meet up across time to deconstruct events as they happen. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
40% Mary Shelley (2018) Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley is the movie's only real grace. She has been given a poor script to inhabit. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
68% On Chesil Beach (2018) With such confident performers and such a strong interest in their characters' personalities, Dominic Cooke has made surprisingly good work of On Chesil Beach. You couldn't pay me to sit through it again, but that's Ian McEwan's fault.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
85% Disobedience (2018) [Rachel] McAdams feels like an uncanny piece of casting, at least to me, who grew up nearby, though secular, in North London.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
69% The Seagull (2018) When [Saoirse] Ronan's face appears for the first time it is a glowing orb that fills the screen. She seems to emit sunshine from inside her white dress. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
34% I Feel Pretty (2018) In what should have been a major breakthrough for this comedian, I Feel Pretty instead becomes a good idea totally hamstrung, gutted, eviscerated by poor writing. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) This is a movie about the sound of fear, but it gives us a great deal more to listen to.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) I longed for [Daniel] Wu to return to the screen whenever he left it.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) But this movie relied so heavily on the glinting plastic toolbox of CGI that the magic just never arrived. The kid in me left the theater sadly disappointed.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) We remain in suspense. We don't know who is hiding what from whom. The emphasis on styling reinforces this dynamic, but it also inevitably takes away from the kind of characterization that marks an actually good spy movie.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
60% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) With the sensibility of a very boring Downton Abbey and a political consciousness to match, The Young Marx is an insipid disaster.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation's commitment to older psychoanalytic (and deconstructionist) models for the self and its inexpressible shadows makes this a readily accessible drama of emotion. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) They're all handsome but just appalling actors. This disjuncture is impossible to forget while watching the film, and it's very uncomfortable.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
20% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) In the end, the plot is disappointingly simple. The terrors of the first two movies are explained away in a summary flourish, and their mysteries neutralized. The script is not good.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
94% 24 Frames (2018) 24 Frames is a highly meditative work, and at some points maddeningly slow. The audio is beautiful, but in all but a few scenes the soundscapes are nonverbal. There are no words, no characters.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) But I, Tonya survives those production difficulties due to the Shakespearean stakes of its real-life plot, as polar and duetto as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, or Al Capone and Bugs Moran.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The painterliness of this new Murder on the Orient Express connects to a principle animating its plot. All Poirot stories hold that the truth is beautiful. But in this story, truth is not the same as certainty.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) How did a delicious Scandinavian noir novel go so spectacularly wrong on screen?‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) In its balance of resistance, agony, and joy, BPM (Beats Per Minute) approaches this subject with the the nuance and empathy it deserves.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) The Mountain Between Us fails almost exclusively because of Kate Winslet. It's a case of good actress in the wrong film, playing across a good leading man who just doesn't resonate on her frequency.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
67% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) The movie is extraordinary for its access to [Manolo] Blahnik, who is arch and funny and sweet beyond words.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
69% mother! (2017) It's a real widening gyre of a movie, set adrift by the vicissitudes of both theological and cinematic history, with no human center to hold it down.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
85% It (2017) It is [a] study in trauma to match the best of them.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
98% Trophy (2017) Trophy is an extraordinary accomplishment, for its nuanced presentation of a very tangled issue but more importantly for its gorgeous, wrenching footage of what happens when an American pays to kill an African animal.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) At a deep and icy level, Wind River is about power. . . There's something else going on here, and white masculinity is at its heart. The movie that can wring catharsis out of that will be a long time coming.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Like all great movie comedies, it hurts, but it's true.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
No Score Yet Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers (2017) As a piece of television, however, one can only repeat the SAT-synonym word-pile Erik Menendez gave when Barbara Walters asked about his relationship with his father: "Brutal. Painful. Torturous."‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Ritchie has reached into the medieval quiver of tales for material, but has not imposed the meta-narrative of Western history onto those stories. For this restraint medievalists should be thankful, and the critics should be a little more forgiving.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) The violence in Detroit is gratuitous simply because there is so much of it and it is so profoundly repugnant.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) As a movie about intimacy Columbus is a masterpiece.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde is the proverbial stained-glass window, only made of very bright and unsubtle neon. Unhindered by other pretensions, however, it marks a brilliant new phase in Theron's career.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
61% Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (2017) A Schubert-esque score and an extremely pretty, dappled cinematography make Marie Curie a compelling portrait of an undeniably important woman.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
48% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Valerian is funny, gorgeous, and full of the type of mindbending scenarios that remind you of what fantasies are for.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) It takes at least 15 minutes for Rachel Weisz to appear on screen, but when she does it is a quiet, contained event. Nonetheless, the effect of her face is a payoff akin to an explosion in an action movie.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) The movie's aesthetic is uniquely beautiful.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017