Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti

Reviewing for: Slant Magazine, PopMatters, The Playlist, Eyes Wide Open.

Once reviewed for the dear departed: Film Journal International, filmcritic.com, Citysearch.

Responsible for some books: What Would Keanu…

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  • City Hall

    City Hall

    ★★★★

    Another Wiseman opus, another carefully etched and expansive ode to the complexities of human society and the people who make it run. This 4 1/2-hour trawl through Boston's urban governance is mostly meetings where bureaucrats (and seemingly ever-present mayor "Mahty" Walsh) hash out policies to expand services or connect with constituents. For anybody who ever wondered what their local government got up to all day, this is the answer.

  • The Way I See It

    The Way I See It

    ★★

    Dawn Porter's take on Peter Souza's reflections from his time as White House photographer in the Barack Obama administration is disappointingly flat and nostalgia-based. Less like a documentary than bonus video from the Democratic National Convention.

    My review from the Toronto International Film Festival is here.

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    This sharp, twisty, emotionally nuanced thriller has me convinced that Elisabeth Moss should star in each new take on an H.G. Wells classic. Negotiating a peace between Morlocks and Eloi in The Time Machine? Navigating the moral quicksand of human gene splicing in The Island of Dr. Moreau? Narrating a Martian invasion via Zoom in The War of the Worlds? Yes, please to all.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    This bottled-up two-hander suggests what might have happened if David Lynch had ever tried his hand at adapting an H.P. Lovecraft story.