Consensus Comparison: Nichols, Gibson, Doctor Strange November 5, 2016

Terrific trailer for Wilson. It looks like it was made in the vein of Ficarra-Requa comedies like Bad Santa and I Love You Phillip Morris. You know, the tasteless ones they made before they decided to grow up.

I’m about to go off on Ira Glass. I hope you don’t take offense. Recently, Ira mentioned on his radio show, This American Life, that he normally hates documentaries that don’t use narration. Dont Look Now, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, the films of Frederick Wiseman, the Maysles brothers and the Sensory Ethnography Lab aren’t narrated. Does that mean they’re on Ira’s shitlist? Or that he disapproves of them in theory? I heard him say this weeks ago and it still bothers me. This American Life is a good show, but Ira has some very thickheaded opinions. (And don’t even get me started about the time he said he hated the Sopranos dream sequences.)

Nicholas Elliott recently quoted another critic (I would name him or her if I knew who it was) who proposed the idea that if you decided to follow one actor’s career in order to experience the best world cinema of the past few decades, Isabelle Huppert would be the best choice. I’d say the shoe fits. And I submit that the British equivalent to Huppert in that sense is Tilda Swinton. She’s become a regular presence in the films of the Coen brothers, Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Luca Guadagnino and Bong Joon-ho. Other directors she’s worked with include David Fincher, Lynne Ramsay, Béla Tarr, David Mackenzie and Derek Jarman. I’ve created a page for every feature Swinton has appeared in since 2011’s We Need to Talk About Kevin without making it a policy to do so. It’s just as much her good taste as her skills as a performer that makes her involvement in a movie a reason for optimism.

And now, the stats.

Loving (Jeff Nichols • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 89 • 83 reviews
Metacritic: 77 • 28 reviews
Critics Round Up: 78 • 15 reviews

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Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson • Australia/US)

Rotten Tomatoes: 87 • 135 reviews
Metacritic: 71 • 44 reviews
Critics Round Up: 68 • 11 reviews

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Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 90 • 217 reviews
Metacritic: 72 • 49 reviews
Critics Round Up: 75 • 12 reviews

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Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 38 • 32 reviews
Metacritic: 51 • 15 reviews
Critics Round Up: 63 • 12 reviews

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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (Brett Story • Canada/US)

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A • 3 reviews
Metacritic: 86 • 5 reviews
Critics Round Up: 86 • 7 reviews

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Peter and the Farm (Tony Stone • United States)

Rotten Tomatoes: 100 • 14 reviews
Metacritic: 81 • 10 reviews
Critics Round Up: 78 • 8 reviews

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Don’t Call Me Son (Anna Muylaert • Brazil)

Rotten Tomatoes: 67 • 9 reviews
Metacritic: 76 • 6 reviews
Critics Round Up: 83 • 6 reviews

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