Big Apple Reviews
Big Apple Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Harvey S. Karten
The Invisibles (2019)
Allows us to see Sarah Goldschlager as the repulsive woman she is and to wish her to be drawn and quartered.
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Pig (The Pig) (2018)
"Pig" displays a satiric look at a group of narcissistic filmmakers utilizing mock-horror absurdist comedy that works more times than it does not.
Posted Jan 6, 2019
One of Iran's major filmmakers is at the top of his game with this Ingmar Bergman-esque meditation on old age.
Posted Jan 4, 2019
Ashes in the Snow (2019)
Simplistic dialogue threatens to sink a drama with expansive cinematography, taking place in a pair of Soviet gulags and filmed in Lithuania.
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Communion (Komunia) (2019)
A fly-on-the wall documentary captures the fragility of family life in this awards-winning feature by a debut director-writer-editor-producer.
Posted Jan 1, 2019
Who Will Write Our History (2019)
An important addition to the trove of documentation about the Holocaust, honoring people who fought Nazi lies with the pen rather than the sword.
Posted Dec 31, 2018
More than the heart gets multiple attacks by Christian Bale, who gained 40 pounds to portray a former vice president of whom he does not approve.
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Land of Steady Habits (2018)
With excellent acting, this film is a vigorous look at suburban anomie, mid-life crisis, and the ways a man's involvement with family can prove unwanted by others.
Posted Dec 6, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2019)
Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018)
Given its stark visuals, its authentic acting by non professionals, and its humanism, "Capernaum" has become the obvious entry by Lebanon to our Academy Awards.
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Stan & Ollie (2018)
A delightful romp with the duo considered by some to be the best comedy team of the 20th century.
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Vox Lux (2018)
Natalie Portman as you've never before seen her anchors a movie that connects violence with celebrity status.
Posted Nov 21, 2018
On the Basis of Sex (2019)
A rousing tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsbeurg is this sometimes sentimental feel-good movie.
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
History never fails to repeat itself. The factional fighting in colorfully picturesque Sixteenth Century England is mirrored today in the grayer environment of the U.S.
Posted Nov 19, 2018
The Great Buddha+ (2018)
Taiwan's candidate for the U.S. Academy Awards finds comedy amid its serious concern with inequality of income.
Posted Nov 18, 2018
Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018)
I'll bet you think that Iceland is one of the world's happiest, most civilized places. This dramedy uses wry humor and deadly conflict to ratchet the suspense and counteract your trust.
Posted Nov 15, 2018
A charming albeit conventional look at the coming of age of one of the most successful writers of children's books.
Posted Nov 13, 2018
Never Look Away (2018)
An epic masterwork that bears witness to 3 decades of totalitarian rule in Germany and its effects on art and love and family bonds.
Posted Nov 12, 2018
Under the Wire (2018)
Takes us to the front in Syria's civil war, with war correspondents Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy focusing on that government's brutality toward civilians.
Posted Nov 11, 2018
To Kid or Not to Kid (2018)
Strong arguments hold that having children is in some cases a selfish choice. Not having children, by contrast, is not selfish.
Posted Nov 11, 2018
At Eternity's Gate (2018)
An imaginative look at one of the world's greatest post impressionist painters.
Posted Nov 10, 2018
Of Fathers and Sons (2018)
An audacious writer-director risks his life in Syria to put a face on a jihadist, a man who can elicit some sympathy even from Americans.
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Great acting, sharp visuals, but edited in such a confusing way that a second viewing might be needed.
Posted Nov 6, 2018
Watch: and wonder no more how a slight, 85-year-old woman has become the Supreme Court's most celebrated justice.
Posted Nov 3, 2018
Green Book (2018)
This wholly satisfying comedy-drama shows how racism and social class misunderstandings can be lessened with humor and warmth.
Posted Oct 23, 2018
Terpsichore, the Greek Muse of the dance, might recommend this movie to her eight colleagues, but strong visuals involving witches of the West, cannot make up for the film's lack of a coherent narrative.
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Border (Gräns) (2018)
An intriguing gender bender incorporating horror and mythology, something like "Beauty and the Beast" though a more apt title would be "Beast and the Beast."
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Ben is Back (2018)
The surprising return of the family black sheep makes Christmas not as joyful as it's supposed to be.
Posted Oct 16, 2018
The Front Runner (2018)
Even if you're running for sophomore class president, you should see this movie, which has covert advice "Keep your pants zipped."
Posted Oct 15, 2018
On Her Shoulders (2018)
You're never too young to win a Nobel Peace Prize. This film explains how a pretty young woman travels the world to inform people about the ISIS genocide of her Yazidi people and becomes the icon of resistance.
Posted Oct 13, 2018
The Citizen (Az Allampolgar) (2018)
A stunning lead performance and a plot that resonates with current U.S. anxieties despite its base in Budapest.
Posted Oct 13, 2018
What They Had (2018)
A classy soap opera on the subject of Alzheimer's but still a soap.
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Feminism and coming-of-age meet in Montana in Paul Dano's artfully composed adaptation of Richard Ford's novel of marriage on the rocks in 1960.
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Melissa McCarthy is nothing short of miraculous in a serious role, albeit without shedding her skill at deadpan humor.
Posted Oct 4, 2018
The Waldheim Waltz (2018)
Yet another scuzz gets away with murder, elevated to the highest office in the United Nations and in Austria.
Posted Oct 4, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
You're not likely to see any other film this year with characters having such great chemistry as Redford and Spacek.
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)
There is still time...Brother.
Posted Sep 20, 2018
306 Hollywood (2018)
Some magic realism makes the filmmakers' home movies of their grandmother of some interest to the rest of us.
Posted Sep 19, 2018
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
A plodding western interested more in a study of two brothers than in providing real adventure.
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Reversing Roe (2018)
Nothing new here but a good primer for those who never thought that politics has anything to do with their lives.
Posted Sep 12, 2018
Well acted, with a slow pace, examining more the why of Lizzie Borden's act than the what, since the what has already been shown by multiple movies and TV episodes.
Posted Sep 11, 2018
American Chaos (2018)
May become a political classic, an entertaining look at what makes Trump's supporters so passionate.
Posted Aug 23, 2018
The Children Act (2018)
A riveting drama both within and outside a courtroom as a hospital challenges parents of a sick child who refuse to authorize blood transfusions.
Posted Aug 12, 2018
Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018)
A meditative piece rather than the usual thriller about Paris under German occupation. Stunning attention to period detail.
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Violence is as American as apple pie as Spike Lee is not shy of dramatizing in this entertaining, persuasive and exciting film.
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Keira Knightley stuns in the title role of a woman who follows her husband's orders to ghostwrite for him until she starts writing books with her own name, her thirty novels changing her into a veritable feminist icon.
Posted Aug 1, 2018
Her Composition (2015)
A love letter to the sights, sounds and attractions of New York through the eyes and ears of a failing artist who regains her inspiration from her sexual encounters.
Posted Jul 27, 2018
A Hasidic woman breaks the mold, drives an ambulance, and is elected to the New York bench. True story.
Posted Jul 22, 2018
In Harmony (En équilibre) (2016)
A warm, humorous, unsentimental look at the relationship between an insurance adjuster and a man who became paralyzed after falling off his horse.
Posted Jul 13, 2018
The First Purge (2018)
With some luck, the last.
Posted Jul 3, 2018