Chris Cabin

Chris Cabin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Film Racket , Filmcritic.com , House Next Door , MovieWeb , Reel.com , Slant Magazine
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
816
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 95% Whiplash (2014) " The thrill of watching Fletcher and Neyman's fray unfold is intensified by Damien Chazelle's attention to the craft and challenge of musicianship." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2014
3.5/4 100% Mr. Turner (2014) " An astute summation of Mike Leigh's glum view of humanity, but also a challenge to this disposition and his own pessimistic perspective." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3.5/4 87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " In its final season, the series seems determined to follow up on its early tag line, "You can't be half a gangster." " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2/4 70% God Help the Girl (2014) " Stuart Murdoch clearly knows quite a bit about crafting pop tunes, but the film's consideration of the work of songwriting is totally flippant." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2014
0.5/4 25% Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Partners is bad even by most lawyer-joke standards, and the writing's falseness and laziness carries over to the performances. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1.5/4 46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Whereas a single, stinging one-liner would have sufficed Jacques Tourneur or Fritz Lang, Frank Miller's overcompensating flood of pulpy dialogue only renders his characters flat and sans empathy." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2014
1/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " For all the brawn on display, the film never slows down to take in the thrill and talent of hand-to-hand combat. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
1/4 19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " A film so overworked to ensure mass-market appeal that it loses the charming oddness and loose goofiness that has allowed these characters to endure." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 44% The Killing: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " The final season of The Killing conjures nothing so much as a more compact recitation of its mundane pessimism. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2014
.5/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " By the time a blackmailing plot is introduced, the film seems to be surviving solely on the fumes of curse words and frequent shots of Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz's backsides." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/4 42% Wish I Was Here (2014) " It's hard to see the fiscal woes at the center of Zach Braff's second feature as anything more than a fashionable depiction of first-world problems." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2.5/4 97% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Season two of Masters of Sex is no more or less disappointing than a grand seduction that concludes with a minute-long roll in the hay. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2.5/4 78% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The series comes off as overtly coy and more than a little aimless. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " However messy this overextended and oddly compelling work feels from moment to moment, the end result evokes the life of working artists without sentimentality or undue grandeur." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " It only conveys the awesome strangeness of its characters and their universe when director Brian Singer breaks away from the perpetual build-up of the film's unwieldy plot. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 22, 2014
4/4 92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Louie is clearly akin to Seinfeld in its delirious view of a reasonably privileged life constantly swayed by the particulars of Manhattan geography. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 95% Ida (2014) " Pawel Pawlikowski shows great empathy toward the idea of illusions as a way of attaining emotional stability in even the most brutal terrain." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The narrative doesn't want for ambition, but Marc Webb proves unwilling, or incapable, of making this unwieldy story feel like anything but a deluge of backstory. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014
3/4 —— Glass Chin " The story is familiar, but the director undermines the tight, expected narrative turns of such a film by focusing on the cast's worn-in and jazzy repartee and expressing a perfectly modulated sense of self-awareness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2014
1.5/4 88% Chef (2014) " Jon Favreau's film comes off as flippant in its view of independent labor as a universally liberating experience for an artist and businessman. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3.5/4 78% Land Ho! (2014) " That the filmmakers consistently catch the nuances of character that bind the two men to each other, rather than simply tracing the pros and cons of their dispositions, is what gives the film its melancholic yet vibrant resonance. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2014
3.5/4 96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Season four feels entirely liberated from the show's own extensive mythology and now moves with thrilling fury and purpose. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2014
1/4 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " That Dom is so clearly an up-to-11 caricature, embodied with reliable pizzazz by Jude Law, makes the sentimental moments feel especially false. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/4 19% Sabotage (2014) " There's no sense of visual artifice to match the ludicrous pitch of the script, and subsequently, the film comes off as awkward and uncertain. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/4 64% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Comfort kills ambition in Doll & Em, and the very pulse of life seems to go with it. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 60% Stop The Pounding Heart (2014) " Roberto Minervini has created a moving portrait of feminism born out of hard work and intuitiveness, but he never belittles or condescends to the faithful. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 83% Rob the Mob (2014) " For the most part, it's a gas, but the light touch Raymond De Felitta gives the material is at once its saving grace and its tremendous limiter. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2014
1.5/4 82% The Double (2014) " Whatever the film's interest may be in the marginalized, writer-director Richard Ayoade never alludes to what would even be worth fighting for in this nightmarish industrial landscape." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1/4 22% Need For Speed (2014) " Even when compared to other films posing as Ford Mustang commercials, Need for Speed isn't particularly memorable for anything other than the startling incompetence and dull sheen of the end result." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2014
1.5/4 65% Bad Words (2014) " The meager comeuppance and hasty notes of sweetness that end the film feel pre-approved rather than organically realized." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2014
75% U ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) " A past of repressed feelings and bad trysts is summoned, but the conversations between Sunhi and her men seem to pivot more on questions of a sustainable career in filmmaking." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 18, 2014
.5/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Fantasy is heavily dependent on vision, which Mark Helprin had in spades, but the look of Akiva Goldsman's fantasy is limp, timid, and occasionally outright awkward." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1/4 47% The Following: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " In its second season, The Following remains trash that doesn't even have the common courtesy to be self-consciously trashy. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1.5/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " Kevin Hart spends most of the film doing what he usually does, which is to say acting generally like a pre-teen who just noticed his first pubic hair" — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
1/4 10% The Nut Job (2014) " There's no personality in the design or the script, which only renders the cynical aftertaste of this convoluted one-squirrel-against the-world story all the more potent." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
3/4 84% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Tickles a kind of hard-boiled hysteria, but never dives headfirst into a full-tilt, radical madness. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2014
3.5/4 96% Justified: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " In its fifth season, Justified continues to revel in the myriad voices and mannerisms of the criminal mind. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2014
1.5/4 57% Chicago PD: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Chicago P.D. defers to a familiar, nondescript urgency to work through its particular depiction of a troubled but no less honorable civil institution. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2014
1/4 24% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " The strain to make the film both an educational tool and a child-minded entertainment is noticeable throughout." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2013
1.5/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " The film's half-hearted plea for responsibility and ethics in the news, after joyfully rolling around in its corruption for the majority of its runtime, smacks of plain pandering." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3.5/4 93% Treme: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " The final season of Treme, even as the series continues to overflow with the vitality of live music and an ever-evolving regional hash of international cultures, hangs on death. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2013
1/4 38% Delivery Man (2013) " The breadth of Vince Vaughn's gregarious persona has never been given free reign by any director and this certainly isn't the game-changer." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
.5/4 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " The sexism isn't quite as noxious as one might find in Tyler Perry's films, but that's as far as the compliments go when it comes to this overextended and deeply crude sermon." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2013
1.5/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Gavin Hood relays a vague sense of what it's like to live in duty, and yet at a distance from one's home, but this vision of the future never rouses, never asks to be remembered. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1/4 18% Free Birds (2013) " The film is absent of humor and thrills, and accented with designs and color schemes that are equally notable for their lack of risk." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) " A dim anti-privatization parable that preaches a familiar strain of cynical, unchallenged self-righteousness in the face of widespread abuse of civil liberties." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2013
1/4 52% Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Underneath the shallow brooding, everything feels like build-up to a massive climactic event, every maneuver directed, written, and acted as if it were yet another crucial move toward some terribly violent, bad end. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014) " The true exhilaration of The Walking Dead remains watching a new, fantastical history rise from the grave of the America we know. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2013
2/4 29% Machete Kills (2013) " The films that Robert Rodriguez emulates here are known for similar unexpected narrative turns, but the crucial value that he misses is their actual cheapness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " As played by an eloquently beleaguered Oscar Isaac, Llewyn Davis is arguably the most vivid and complex character the Coens have dreamed up since Marge Gunderson. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
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