Jaime N. Christley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Publications:
Apollo Guide , Daily-Reviews , Epinions.com , Film Written Magazine , House Next Door , Jacksonville Film Journal , Senses of Cinema , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
398
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 89% Calvary (2014) " One may feel dissatisfied by the 11th-hour turn toward lyrical fatalism, and mildly insulted by the presumptuous attitude it seems to choose as it sends us on our way." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 29, 2014
2/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " As funny and batshit insane as the movie often is, the fact that the film knows it's a tiresome sequel doesn't save it from being a tiresome sequel." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3.5/4 83% Escape from New York (1981) " Most of the images are elaborate confections of urban blight, etched against a nearly unlit soundstage, and the sound mix, until the finale, is rarely louder than Snake's elbow busting out an old windowpane." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2013
3/4 86% Supporting Characters (2013) " Glides from a mildly off-putting opening across several scenes that waver between sitcom superficiality and sudden, unexpected gusts of feeling." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2013
3.5/4 94% Nothing But a Man (1963) " It can't be overstated just how Nothing But a Man is militantly tone-deaf to the Hollywood muzak of race relations." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2012
3/4 88% The Last Time I Saw Macao (2013) " The essayistic remembrances provide the filmmakers with a brilliant exit strategy when the noir business has nowhere to go but in circles. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3.5/4 70% Not Fade Away (2012) " Triumphs when David Chase's empowerment as a kind of autobiographical historian is balanced with the thrill of submersing the viewer in the tidal pool of his memories" — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/4 93% Night Across the Street (2013) " Across the film's second half, as is sometimes his wont, Ruiz begins to cast aside the genteel, tradition-of-quality trappings misleadingly suggested by the first act and indulges in the lurid fancy of pulp fiction and horror." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2012
2/4 —— Lines of Wellington " It's an odd experience, a Ruiz film (if it deserves to be called that) devoid of dreamy mystery, reduced to a mere handsome historical epic, albeit capably mounted by Portuguese producer extraordinaire Paulo Branco." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3.5/4 31% Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) " At this point in the franchise, Anderson is content to alight the saga on a perpetual rewind loop, ever-ending, ever-rebooting, all subsidized by his nonpareil compositional sense." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2012
2.5/4 99% Finding Nemo (2003) " At its best, the added dimension is merely harmless, making the movie blurry enough that you need special glasses to make it sharp again." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3.5/4 —— Max and the Junkmen (2012) " Regarding Michel Piccoli's Max, Claude Sautet's film resists judgment, neither condoning nor signposting the despicable nature of his choices." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2012
2.5/4 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " One successful set piece in 135 minutes, and it involves very little running, no parkour, and no genetically enhanced superheroes from clandestine government projects." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2012
.5/4 37% Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) " Caters almost exclusively to the remedial, Duplo Blocks demographic, leaving parents and guardians bored to distraction." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2012
3.5/4 98% Annie Hall (1977) " Woody Allen's classic comedy has one opening scene after another, never seeming to run short of prologues and prefaces." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2012
3/4 79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) " Powered by the impossible, high-flying stunts of its animal and human characters, Madagascar 3 spirals, sashays, pirouettes across the European continent." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2012
—— I Killed The Prom Queen - Sleepless Nights And City Lights (2009) Slant Magazine
Posted May 8, 2012
—— Dimensional Connections (2001) Slant Magazine
Posted May 4, 2012
3.5/4 92% The Connection (2007) " The junkies, as expected, are the real show, and it's here that the theatrical predilections emerge, less "that Barton Fink feeling" and more The Iceman Cometh." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 3, 2012
2.5/4 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " While The Avengers exhibits exemplary craftsmanship, Joss Whedon hasn't made a great film. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 1, 2012
22% Raven (2012) Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2012
0/4 23% The Raven (2012) " While full of welcome gore and blood spatter, it's bankrupt of any creative spark." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2012
1/4 78% Caroline And Jackie (2013) " Writer-director Adam Christian Clark's Caroline and Jackie clobbers the viewer with a wall of insistent stylishness, a Ketel One ad that just won't quit, or Bellflower for people whose Blackberry is a vital organ. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2012
3.5/4 94% The Day He Arrives (2012) " The geometry of human relationships is the main theme of The Day He Arrives. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2012
3.5/4 96% Sleepless Night (2012) " After a few turns in the modest narrative, an unlikely sense of structural resilience begins to emerge." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2012
3/4 51% The Three Stooges (2012) " In the hands of the Farrellys, the Stooges are, unsurprisingly, made into totems of the duo's favored themes and values: separation anxiety, and the special qualities of home and family, however dysfunctional." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2.5/4 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " Spectacle for spectacle's sake, but infiltrated by intelligent commentary and an atmosphere of generosity and inclusion." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2012
0/4 25% Wrath of the Titans (2012) " This is a product of gross indifference in every respect, an attempt on the part of its producers to make enough money to justify a third, perhaps even more cut-rate, installment. (Revenge of the Titans?)" — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2012
2.5/4 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " Gareth Evans's mostly no-nonsense, floor-by-floor ass-kicking panorama is admirably humble." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2012
48% 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2012) " It's only natural that Abel Ferrara's vision of the end of the world should take corporeal form as a quasi-autobiographical hangout movie." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2012
3/4 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " Like many almost-great comedies, 21 Jump Street is frontloaded with the best go-for-broke gags and lines. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2012
.5/4 51% John Carter (2012) " It's both abrupt and languorous, a wall-to-wall exhibition of design work where nobody had the basic decency to make sure the designs were good." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2012
69% The Woods (2006) Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2012
1/4 —— The Woods (2012) " It's all very "found footage," Impolex by way of Discovery's The Colony, only with a lot more in the way of familiar consumer products." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 29, 2012
.5/4 88% In Darkness (2012) " A "Not Another Holocaust Movie" awards grab that isn't even distinguished by its base artlessness and indifference to craft." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2012
1.5/4 76% Kill List (2012) " The ending is so gracelessly ironic that O. Henry himself would have thrown up his hands in disgust." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2012
1/4 32% Man on a Ledge (2012) " Beyond my Big Apple-centric nitpicking, the cheapness is soaked into the material and direction as well." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2012
4/4 100% Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) (1957) " A Man Escaped seems to be one of the few Bresson films that both his fans and detractors can agree on." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2012
1.5/4 93% Beauty and the Beast (2012) " Better remembered than seen, Beauty and the Beast has been treated unkindly not just by the years that have passed since it was released to enormous acclaim in 1991, but by a faddish 3D conversion." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 11, 2012
2/4 89% Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2012) " Madeleine Olnek has a limited repertoire of jokes, so it's fortunate that the film, at 76 minutes, is fairly amusing, even if it's never quite laugh-out-loud funny. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 3, 2012
2/4 77% War Horse (2011) " What ultimately hobbles War Horse is a two-pronged attack, with Spielberg's soft-sell producing an unfortunately dramatic flatness in almost every scene, while an 11th-hour scramble for picture-book catharsis doesn't seem to work either." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2011
3/4 100% The Gold Rush (1925) " What's surprising when one takes a fresh look at The Gold Rush is how much else there is, too, not just in terms of set pieces." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2011
.5/4 12% Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) " They die horribly. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2011
2/4 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " While Brad Bird's direction is not nearly as fleet as his CV in animation would lead one to hope, it's not without its pleasures either." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2011
—— Deep End Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2011
4/4 88% Deep End (1971) " Deep End is as soaked in pheromones and nervous electricity as its main character." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2011
2.5/4 67% Fanny, Annie & Danny (2011) " Writer-director Chris Brown makes a play for the "And You Thought Your Family Was Crazy" sweepstakes with Fanny, Annie & Danny." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2011
—— Caitlin Plays Herself (2011) " Although we can glimpse Caitlin's vulnerability and doubt from scene to scene, she might be the most well-armed and well-fortified protagonist Joe Swanberg's ever given us." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2011
1.5/4 46% Happy Feet Two (2011) " Like me, you probably like a handful of the pop songs, but would describe the experience of seeing them performed by multi-million-dollar, anthropomorphized animals as not being too far off from watching a graphic training film on venereal disease." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2011
3.5/4 95% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) " Few British films from this period seem to mythologize the pre-war period of Churchill's youth and early career quite as potently." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2011
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