Chris Fyvie

Chris Fyvie

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 25% Child 44 (2015) " A hopelessly muddled, po-faced and occasionally accidentally hilarious thriller set in Stalinist Russia. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 17, 2015
5/5 88% En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence) (2015) " Profound but never oppressive, (Andersson's) thought-provoking and ostensibly dark thesis is of civilisation trundling along in perennial fug. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 17, 2015
4/5 31% Lost River (2015) " An often dazzling and always thought-provoking modern fairy tale that's never less than beautiful to look at. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4/5 92% Man from Reno (2015) " Dave Boyle's dreamy, laconic neo-noir plays out kind of like an episode of Murder She Wrote as filtered through the minds of the Coen brothers. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 25, 2015
4/5 69% The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) " Dutch angles, dual-focus, dream sequences and at least one belting tracking shot invoke B-movie masters in a film that's way more stylish and thoughtful than one might expect. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Theeb " Theeb is a self-contained coming-of-age adventure at its core. A tense and really quite beautiful one to boot. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 18, 2015
1/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " A cynical, perfunctorily directed, guileless, sexless and artless re-tread of the novel - the worst kind of fan, and potential franchise, service. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " It's very much a mood piece, body-swerving genre clichés, beautiful to look at and dripping menace via Bradford Young's sepia-tinged cinematography under Chandor's expert direction. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3/5 46% The Gambler (2014) " With dialogue as acidic as this delivered by actors like these, The Gambler somehow transcends its pomposity to be really quite fun. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/5 90% Ex Machina (2015) " There's no little hint of Kubrick and Hitchcockian paranoia to Alex Garland's debut as writer-director, a nifty, quasi-Gothic three-hander of great performances and unerring control. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 21, 2015
3/5 73% American Sniper (2015) " No matter how well made and compelling Eastwood's film is, to produce something this incurious about its troubling real life subject, to promote his "legend" with little more than jingoistic hagiography, is at best disingenuous and distasteful. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 90% Wild (2014) " An honest and insightful work. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 12, 2015
5/5 95% Whiplash (2014) " Builds to a finale that's somehow fist-pumpingly fantastic and utterly tragic at the same time. You'll want back for more as soon as it's over. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 12, 2015
3/5 78% The Grandmaster (2013) " It's far from the misunderstood masterpiece many still prayed it might be, but almost every shot is predictably jaw-dropping and metaphor-dripping. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) " St. Vincent is at its strongest when Murray just gets to behave badly, and the talented Lieberher gets to develop some chutzpah of his own. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 5, 2014
4/5 82% The Homesman (2014) " Jones adds a fierce political edge, unexpected comic moments and some astonishing, at times wilfully transgressive imagery. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 20, 2014
3/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " Morten Tyldum ties it all together with such steadfast dedication to fine-ness that makes it very difficult to be cross with his film. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 13, 2014
4/5 89% The Drop (2014) " Refreshingly unconventional narrative developments, complex characters and great performances " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " The film's self-seriousness is, in fact, its great ally: the conviction with which Nolan directs prevents us questioning the absurdity as it unfolds. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/5 67% WolfCop (2015) " It's a bit A-Team, a bit Steven Seagal, kinda MacGyver, and a whole lot of fun. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 24, 2014
2/5 66% Zombeavers (2015) " [Jordan] Rubin and screenwriting partners Al and Jon Kaplan wait too long to unleash their beasties. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 24, 2014
4/5 98% The Babadook (2014) " Kent's picture has all the requisite creepy atmosphere of your standard possessed-home flick, but its trump card is an almost unbearable dread. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 23, 2014
5/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) " The brilliance of Gone Girl cannot be overstated, nor can it really be elucidated without diluting its many, many pleasures. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " What does work is everything about the Guardians themselves, and almost everything that comes out of their mouths. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " One of the smartest, most thrilling blockbusters in years. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 88% Coherence (2014) " It ties your mind in so many knots you eventually give up trying to work out whether any of it makes a lick of sense. It's part of the film's genius, really. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 25, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet Uncertain Terms " Heartbreaking, funny and truthful, with more depth crammed into 75 minutes than most manage in two hours. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 25, 2014
4/5 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Philip Seymour Hoffman dominates as German spy-master Gunther Bachmann in Anton Corbijn's old-school espionage yarn, based on John le Carré's 2008 novel. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 63% The Green Inferno " Really quite fun. Up to a point. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 85% Cold in July (2014) " Good as Hall is, Johnson and Shephard steal the show. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Greyhawk " Greyhawk might be long for its narrative, even at barely 90 minutes, but there's enough savvy to mark out the Pitts as ones to watch. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/5 76% Hyena (2015) " A compelling central performance from Peter Ferdinando is not enough to save Gerard Johnson's derivative and deeply unpleasant thriller, Hyena. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 74% Jimmy's Hall (2015) " A really delightful dramatic swan song for Loach, should he stick to his tragic threat of retirement. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/5 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " A devastatingly funny, exhausting picture that could potentially confound, but just about frantic and witty enough to hopefully prompt one universal reaction: "Christ, that was bloody enjoyable." " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " It's an emotive film about an emotive incident, but an unmolested account of Grant's demise could have had so much more impact. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2/5 28% Pompeii (2014) " Bland set-pieces are accompanied by even blander exposition delivered by the blandest of performances until Vesuvius spills her guts. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 28, 2014
4/5 77% Noah (2014) " Darren Aronofsky has managed ... intrigue, and pointed ecological commentary, in among the blood, wrath and spectacle of this fascinating Old Testament adaptation. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Thanks to a lack of heartstrings being insincerely tugged and magnetic performances from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto ... familiarity never quite breeds contempt. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " This existential disquiet and melancholy prove welcome antidotes to the tiresome 'Look! Surprise!' brand of horror that's currently in vogue. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Slavish devotion to the text and its legion of fans seems to be a problem; Collins' world is so lacking in invention that there's very little for director Francis Lawrence to do. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/5 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Rudd and Hirsch have great chemistry, and Green gives them room to develop their characters with a languid pace and unobtrusive style. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/5 44% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " Plot contrivance, bloodshed and lots of shouting prompt only ennui. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " A scabrous satirical swipe at not only the knuckle-headed machismo the director seems so enthralled by, but also at an America crippled by consumerism. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 86% Il Futuro (2013) " Hauer, absolutely superb, exudes sadness and longing as a hulking, damaged man grasping at the past. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 3, 2013
5/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Gorgeous, transcendent and affecting, just watch it and argue the toss later. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 68% Magic Magic (2013) " A deranged, deadpan delight. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 24, 2013
4/5 96% The Deep (2013) " As a portrait of a lifestyle alien to many and the extraordinary resourcefulness of a very simple man, The Deep provides keen insight and empathy. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 20, 2013
4/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Snyder's reboot provides not only breathtaking spectacle, but some unexpected depth and melancholy. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 14, 2013
4/5 45% The Lords of Salem (2013) " Featuring some playfully deranged fantasy and flashback sequences to compliment what is overall sober, superior horror, this budding auteur of the macabre is hitting his groove. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted May 2, 2013
3/5 80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " With an extra hour's runtime this could have been a masterpiece. As things stand, it's an admirable curiosity. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 10, 2013
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