Chuck Bowen

Chuck Bowen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 77% Alex of Venice (2015) "Chris Messina is eventually a little too indifferent to the machinations of the plot, but the film, however inescapably sentimental, is a romantic daydream that casts a lovely spell. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2015
3/4 62% The Harvest "Director John McNaughton, once an agile orchestrator of seemingly incompatible tones, has retained his talent for teasing insinuation. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/4 76% The Sisterhood Of Night (2015) "The film is so unusually moving and penetrating because it refuses to cloud its emotions in distancing irony, anger, or nihilism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2015
3.5/4 100% About Elly (2015) "Asghar Farhadi's sensibility embodies a combination of empathy and paranoia that's striking considering that the latter is normally driven by self-absorption. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2015
3/4 75% That Guy Dick Miller (2015) "A fawning tribute to the cult legend, enriched by a subtle current of sadness that prevents the documentary from turning into a glorified DVD supplement. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2015
1/4 17% Last Knights (2015) "Another macho celebration of fighting for "freedom" because someone else told you to, devoid of any acknowledgement of the inherent irony of that ideology. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2015
94% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "It evolves into an intimate reverie on family and aesthetics, while remaining sporadically attuned to the reflexive and ethical dimensions of ethnographic discovery. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3.5/4 73% Welcome To New York (2015) "The film's peculiarly exhilarating effect can be attributed to a sense of social outrage that's transcended for the sake of metaphoric social clarity. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2015
1/4 19% Serena (2015) "The film can't reconcile Ron Rash's apocalyptic tenderness with its own eagerness to revel in romantic star allure. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2015
2/4 40% Haemoo (Sea Fog) "The politics of the boat as it reaches calamity are mostly reduced to a singular urge to kill one character. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2.5/4 76% Bloodline: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Bloodline suggests Cat on a Hot Tin Roof if it were stretched out and updated for broadcast as a prestige cable TV series. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2.5/4 85% Backcountry (2015) "After a surprising development, the film grows slack and sentimental, reverting to the survival-movie platitude about hardship making you a better human. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2015
2/4 83% Spring (2015) "It bridges the cautionary elements of a horror film with the wish-fulfilling platitudes of a touristy romance. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
0/4 6% Accidental Love (2015) "So flimsily constructed that it resembles a middle-school play that's been hastily filmed on an antique camcorder. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
.5/4 9% The Cobbler (2015) "Thomas McCarthy evinces no interest in the people who come into Max's store and wind up as fodder for his increasingly violent and self-absorbed escapades. Not a shred. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2015
2/4 33% Cymbeline (2015) "The source material, which is convoluted even by Shakespeare's narratively dexterous standards, is admittedly a tough nut for a filmmaker to crack. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3.5/4 73% The Lesson (2015) "The film ultimately understands poverty as a profound and often irreversible desolation of terra firma. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 1, 2015
1.5/4 35% Everly (2015) "Yet another boring ode to heavy breathing that's offered under the hypocritical pretense of celebrating female empowerment. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2015
95% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films "Cannily approximates a channel-surfing quality with its propulsive alternation of clips and interviews. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2.5/4 68% All The Wilderness (2015) "The images gorgeously embody both the fear and the beauty of James's exploratory experiments with socialization. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2015
3/4 95% Wild Tales (2015) "Each of the six vignettes that make up this unusually energetic anthology pertains to the methods of calculated mass dehumanization that are (barely) hidden beneath the practices of social institutions. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2/4 80% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) "The film's skillfulness renders its eventual slide into the routine all the more irritating. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2015
3.5/4 35% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) "A dizzying hall-of-mirrors stunt, a horror remake as autobiographical X-ray, and a work of fantasy that serves as a decadently cleansing creative exorcism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2015
3/4 100% Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Better Call Saul is a nifty and promising comic noir, but it also allows you to ponder certain missed opportunities. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2015
.5/4 72% The Voices (2015) "For most of the film's running time, one mistakes the main character's callousness for the filmmakers'. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2015
3/4 86% Ballet 422 (2015) "Jody Lee Lipes shapes the footage into an intimate symphony of poetically shaped bodies that contrast poignantly with uncertain faces. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2015
100% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 1 "It's clear that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have returned ready to play. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
82% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 2 "The second episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show allows us to leisurely soak in the considerable atmospherics of Elsa's (Jessica Lange) financially imperiled Cabinet of Curiosities. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
70% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 3 "Ethel and Elsa are the big reasons to see "Edward Mordrake (Part 1)", but there are a lot of other engaging strands of incident and stylistic detail. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
80% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 4 ""Edward Mordrake (Part 2)" finds Freak Show wallowing in the sort of dull, meaningless outlandishness that usually sets in right around the halfway mark of any given season of American Horror Story. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 5 "Time and time again, "Pink Cupcakes" refreshingly finds Freak Show favoring action over canned elucidation, and that stems from the beefed-up emphasis on Stanley, Desiree, Dell, Dandy, and Gloria. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
64% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 6 "The episode vaguely recalls the chilling Tyrone Power film Nightmare Alley in how it shows the carny atmosphere to be unhinging its protagonist, though Elsa was certainly already unhinged; we're just now beginning to get to know her. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
55% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 7 "[Penny's] briefly allowed to suggest what this series could've been all along, if it had bothered to plant roots, to develop a sense of stakes, and to tend to a long game. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
50% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 12 "For once, we're able to see this freak show as a community, rather than as a collection of isolated players alternately selected for tag-team set pieces. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 8 "By this point, I'd rather read a stack of Garbage Pail Kids trading cards in quick looped succession than watch another episode of this cynical, programmatic ticker-tape of convoluted atrociousness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
67% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 9 "It's a shameless Afterschool Special message for the gay public that explicitly verbalizes a subtext that's been ground into the metaphorical pavement from episode one. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
92% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 10 ""Orphans" is an unexpectedly generous Christmas gift that proves what American Horror Story can still be, when it dares to sidestep inane smart-assery and go for the heart, in addition to the throat. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 11 "After "Orphans," a surprisingly confident and empathetic outing ... "Magical Thinking" finds the series resorting to its usual bag of boring, hyperbolically over-plotted tricks. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "Peter Strickland charges full-tilt into the objectifying whims of his fantasies in order to somehow reach the other end of perception, which acknowledges the ultimate empathetic limitations of said fantasies. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2015
4/4 100% Justified: Season 6 (TV, 2015) "One of the great things about this noir-western hybrid is its interest in updating more than just the superficial tropes of those genres. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2015
4/4 100% Justified: Season 6 (TV, 2015) "The final season of Justified is charged with a logical sense of elegiac melancholy. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3/4 30% Loitering With Intent (2015) "It's a comedy concerned with myopia that doesn't succumb to the self-obsessed pitfalls of that subject. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2015
1/4 61% 12 Monkeys: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "12 Monkeys revels in dispiritingly routine sci-fi action. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2015
1.5/4 17% Let's Kill Ward's Wife (2015) "Any pretense of satire collapses by the film's midpoint, leaving only the contempt. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 3, 2015
2.5/4 84% Predestination (2015) "The film effectively underlines the one undertaking that time-travel fantasies can never truly allow: escape from ourselves. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2015
2/4 71% If You Don't, I Will (2014) "The actors play off one another beautifully, but the film bottoms out just as it's getting warmed up. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3.5/4 99% Leviathan (2014) "Andrey Zvyagintsev never loses sight of the humans, who're allowed to display improvisatory behavior that deepens the majesty of the rigorously orchestrated tableaus. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2014
1/4 26% The Captive (2014) "The film has the plot of an intensely lurid thriller, but Atom Egoyan can't bring himself to face that and actively tend to the story; instead, he trades in barely coherent, high-brow euphemisms. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2014
2/4 73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) "Director Chuck Workman's simply compiles Welles's greatest moments, offering little in the way of an authorial point of view. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2014
3.5/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "Clint Eastwood startlingly grips the audience with his sense of hypnotic silence, which carries suggestions of what might be termed politically apolitical pragmatism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2014
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