Hammer to Nail
Hammer to Nail is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chase Whale, Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Don R. Lewis, Jessica Baxter
What Is Democracy? (2019)
Astra Taylor's What Is Democracy? offers the art of thoughtful conversation as an antidote to the fraught political hysteria of the public sphere.
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Tre Maison Das (2018)
It's a remarkable film, powerful in its emotional content and profound in its criticism of a system that sets the next generation up for failure.
Posted Jan 15, 2019
Buffalo Boys (2019)
Overall ... Buffalo Boys delivers on its initial promise of a thrilling tweak to familiar tropes.
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Part of what makes Dirtbag such an appealing profile is the director's willingness to allow Beckey to come through in all his deeply flawed humanity.
Posted Jan 10, 2019
The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018)
Filled with beautiful shots ... in opposition to the continuous struggle for survival, The Distant Barking of Dogs serves as a clarion call to ... not ignore this conflict.
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Communion (Komunia) (2019)
Zamecka, through the pure vérité of her observational lens, offers searing criticisms of Polish society and its full-throated re-embrace of Catholicism since ... communism.
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Little Woods (2019)
Spare in her writing and expressive in her visuals, DaCosta works with an adept assurance that belies her dearth of experience behind the camera.
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)
Detente has never been so deadly, nor so perverse.
Posted Dec 21, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2019)
Jenkins proves that the evocative visuals of his previous, Oscar-winning film were no fluke, presenting carefully composed shots ... the actors moving within them in perfectly timed movements
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Overall, this is a delightful affair, full of surprises.
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Fortunately, there are filmmakers like Alexis Bloom to ... create complex, thoughtful works of investigative journalism like this documentary.
Posted Dec 10, 2018
Clara's Ghost (2018)
The fact that the narrative is played mostly for comedy only makes its core message - about the lure and danger of substance abuse - all the more powerful.
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Our New President (2018)
It's a surreal movie, so crazy that it can't possibly be true. But it is.
Posted Dec 5, 2018
This is an honest film above all else. It doesn't excuse Mapplethorpe's transgressions, but it manages to celebrate his work in spite of them.
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Free Solo (2018)
It's scary to watch, but absolutely riveting.
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Ghost Fleet (2018)
Service and Waldron film many of their interviews in extreme close-up, slightly out of frame ... to show the warped, off-kilter remains of what were once fully functional beings.
Posted Nov 29, 2018
The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018)
Deeply entertaining and profoundly moving, The Ghost of Peter Sellers offers a slice of forgotten movie history that, it turns out, is well worth remembering.
Posted Nov 28, 2018
A stunning example of cinematic metaphysics, it is a remarkable debut for director RaMell Ross.
Posted Nov 27, 2018
The Kleptocrats (2018)
The Kleptocrats ... manages ... to tell a nearly unbelievable documentary tale with jaunty verve and panache, almost belying the awful crimes uncovered within.
Posted Nov 26, 2018
By the time the documentary ends, we have heard many voices speak, and come away with a broad sense of the very essence of what made Kael tick.
Posted Nov 21, 2018
The Cat Rescuers (2018)
This is a movie that cat lovers of all stripes should enjoy watching. Indeed, I would call it meow-datory viewing.
Posted Nov 21, 2018
By granting Niles such in-depth access to their lives, the 5 Browns make possible this cathartic chronicle of a terrible crime and the recovery of its victims.
Posted Nov 19, 2018
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018)
As interesting as the individual parts may be ... it's the sum total that counts ... delivering a comprehensive look at Le Guin's legacy in all its considerable glory.
Posted Nov 16, 2018
The Favourite (2018)
What is new is the amount of emotion and verbal jousting on screen ... this twist in style makes the film at once fresh and familiar.
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Beyond the Bolex (2018)
It all comes together in a fascinating mix, making of Beyond the Bolex not only a great biopic, but also a marvelous celebration of the art of cinema, as well.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Angels Are Made of Light (2018)
The future is not yet written, and the brave young souls at the heart of the film offer promise that it may be less bleak.
Posted Nov 13, 2018
Burning (Beoning) (2018)
Burning gently works its way into our psyche, hiding significance behind the intricacies of the central riddle
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Lez Bomb (2018)
Lez Bomb [is] a mostly delightful romantic comedy in which coming out is played for witty laughs.
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Time Trap (2018)
Time Trap ... offers viewers an intriguing premise supported by a solid ensemble cast that frequently entertains.
Posted Nov 6, 2018
Minimalist, economical storytelling has rarely felt so full-bodied.
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Director Neville ... walks us through this complicated history with panache, combining artfully staged talking heads with copious amounts of archival footage.
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Ben is Back (2018)
Roberts is magnificent as Holly, her will to save her son vibrating from every pore. Hedges reveals himself her equal, matching her beat for beat.
Posted Oct 29, 2018
Boy Erased (2018)
It is to the film's great credit - and is, in fact, its main thesis - that everyone suffers when we deny human nature.
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
What price greatness? Though the initial answer seems easy, the great value of the film is how it makes clear the truth is never simple.
Posted Oct 24, 2018
A wild ride of a movie through the life ... of Silvio Berlusconi ... it recalls ... The Wolf of Wall Street in its cinematic ... excess in the name of condemning that excess.
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Half the movie is the tale told by the children, and the directors render it through the lovely work of animator Shofela Coker.
Posted Oct 18, 2018
The Devil We Know (2018)
How much do you love your non-stick pan? Is it to die for? Watch The Devil We Know and decide for yourself.
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018)
Deceptively profound and filled with great performances, Shoplifters is yet another Kore-eda triumph.
Posted Oct 12, 2018
American Dharma (2018)
Morris does a terrific job deconstructing how the past determines our present and future. Unfortunately, his thesis is also wrapped up in a profile of Steve Bannon.
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A documentary that inspires even as it entertains, Maiden ... takes us on a journey both geographic and historic.
Posted Oct 3, 2018
We the Animals (2018)
A vibrant, evocative tone poem of a coming-of-age story ... We the Animals offers gorgeous cinematic riches galore, combined with a narrative of profound dramatic heft.
Posted Oct 2, 2018
All About Nina (2018)
All About Nina is a dramedy that's heavy on the dram. But it's also a breath of fresh air because it confronts the toxic masculinity that infects the comedy world.
Posted Sep 28, 2018
306 Hollywood (2018)
The ... movie ... is an aesthetically innovative and moving spectacle that avoids the confusion of hodgepodge thanks to the Bogarins' clear vision.
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Homo sapiens as we have heretofore known it is going the way of the dodo.
Posted Sep 26, 2018
Touch Me Not (2019)
I've never seen anything quite like it, and though it doesn't all work for me, its central message of liberty and agency is as inspiring as it gets.
Posted Sep 24, 2018
Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018)
Labaki ... keeps the plot moving quickly through its most distressing parts, always able with image and sound to keep us intently focused on what we need to see.
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Thanks to Corben's delightful gimmick of using children ... in the many recreations of actual events, the unlikely insanity of what transpired is given a surreal flair.
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Whatever your own holidays are like, you should find plenty to laugh and cry at in That Time of Year.
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Tower illuminates important truths about the human capacity for good (and evil) and self-sacrifice that make it an especially important and timely film for our era of ever-increasing mass shootings.
Posted Sep 13, 2018