Jay Antani

""It isn't work unless you'd rather be doing something else"--James Barrie"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Well, I like long walks and poetry and watching sunsets. No, seriously, I do like those things on occasion, but, generally, I like movies, discovering cool new stuff to read and music to listen to, hanging out with fun, stimulating, intelligent, open-minded humans (and cats). Philosophically, I like to think of myself as a work-in-progress. But I'm gettin' there.
Publications:
Boxoffice Magazine , Cinema Writer , Filmcritic.com , I.E. Weekly , Jaman , Los Angeles Alternative , Moving Pictures Magazine , Paste Magazine , Reel.com , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
468
Total QuickRatings:
15
Location:
Los Angeles

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " Payne's most accomplished and emotionally affecting movie since his masterwork, About Schmidt (2002)" — Cinema Writer
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Absorbing performances, stylistic wit, a lacerating and subversive sense of humor: The Wolf of Wall Street delivers all of these in spades" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 18, 2014
2.5/4 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The film has a frustrating, neither-here-nor-there quality." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " It's natural to be repelled by Jackson's commercial- and franchise-minded motives ... but, ultimately, he delivers escapist entertainment that functions as the cinematic equivalent of comfort food." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " more successful than any of the cons on-screen is the con Hustle plays on its audience," — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/4 94% Her (2014) " Her does American cinema proud" — Cinema Writer
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " the Cliffs Notes version of the deeper, more profound character study that never transpires on-screen" — Cinema Writer
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2/4 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " It is everything cheap, shallow and pandering about American independent cinema." — Cinema Writer
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The film of the decade." — Cinema Writer
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 97% Gravity (2013) " a cinematic spectacle without equal" — Cinema Writer
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/4 98% Before Midnight (2013) " Before Midnight is no romance. It's a horror movie. " — Cinema Writer
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/4 67% World War Z (2013) " Pitt's soulful performance lends World War Z real heart and strength." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jun 30, 2013
2/4 51% White House Down (2013) " Had director Emmerich allowed the chain reaction of comic chemistry sparked by these leads to carry the film, there's no telling how good White House Down could've been. " — Cinema Writer
Posted Jun 30, 2013
3.5/4 75% The Way Back (2011) " a solid, resonant meditation on survival, on hope, on the value of life in the face of implacable hostility, portrayed memorably by an excellent cast and [Director] Weir's vast, brutal, awe-inspiring landscapes" — Cinema Writer
Posted Feb 16, 2013
3/4 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Purely as cinematic exercise, Zero Dark Thirty is an exhilarating piece of work. But, beyond its for-the-times subject matter, the work does not linger whatsoever." — Cinema Writer
Posted Feb 13, 2013
2.5/4 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " a drag-down, mildly diverting entertainment" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 10, 2013
3/4 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " delivers the kind of sharply timed laughs that Sturges and Wilder would've appreciated" — Cinema Writer
Posted Dec 6, 2012
7.5/10 96% Chasing Ice (2012) " Perhaps most eloquent of all -- the most frightening and heartbreaking proof that something is wrong -- lies in the documentary's incredible imagery." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2012
3.5/4 90% Lincoln (2012) " There is directorial mastery here, and, even for those like me for whom the power of Lincoln is a percolating realization, one thing is certain: The performance by Daniel Day-Lewis is astonishing." — Cinema Writer
Posted Nov 24, 2012
3/4 78% Flight (2012) " As A-list substance-abuse melodramas go, this one lands safely enough." — Cinema Writer
Posted Nov 14, 2012
2/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " Who pays the price for Skyfall? Bond fans do, of course. But so does Daniel Craig. He's not going to be around forever - not in this shape, anyway." — Cinema Writer
Posted Nov 10, 2012
3/4 89% Moon (2009) " Intriguing, imaginative, and thematically ambitious, Moon gives ample proof that Jones is a serious talent, pushing his concepts into intellectually and spiritually challenging territory." — Cinema Writer
Posted Nov 8, 2012
3.5/4 93% Looper (2012) " Looper is among the cleverest, most skillfully crafted and entertaining sci-fi thrillers of the past 20 years. " — Cinema Writer
Posted Nov 2, 2012
3.5/4 96% Argo (2012) " Argo is among the worthiest spy thrillers to come out of Hollywood in years, and it puts to rest (at least for this reviewer) any doubts over Affleck's chops as a smart, shrewd director of consistently topnotch fare. " — Cinema Writer
Posted Oct 29, 2012
2.5/4 50% Pusher (2012) " a perfectly serviceable race-against-the-clock thriller thanks to a powerful lead performance from Richard Coyle." — Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 26, 2012
6.5/10 70% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012) " While the technology is a dampener and the plotting burdensome, Flying Swords has enough charm and pizzazz to merit a good time at the movies." — Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 31, 2012
2.5/4 33% Death by China (2012) " As a wake-up call... Navarro scores points." — Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2012
7/10 97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) " Ai Weiwei is too commanding and fascinating a figure to ignore, and Never Sorry is an excellent showcase for why he matters to the world." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2012
2/4 65% Trishna (2012) " dismal and unconvincing" — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2012
3/4 81% Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report) (1962) " a mesmerizing experience, a schizoid crime caper that's half-potboiler and half-reverie" — Cinema Writer
Posted May 30, 2012
1/4 40% Tonight You're Mine (2012) " A prime example of a movie whose setting must compensate for an absence of any actual merit." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 9, 2012
8/10 78% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) " The intimacy of Davies's direction captures the brilliance of Weisz and her co-stars' performances." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3.5/4 97% The Kid with a Bike (2012) " continues the Belgian writing-directing brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's extraordinary run of charting the lives of European down-and-outers navigating difficult moral and spiritual terrain." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3/4 —— No Room for Rockstars (2012) " a heartbreaking snapshot of how the music becomes bait for corporate interests to snatch up alienated youth, turning an entire culture into a profiteering scheme." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2012
2.5/4 96% Undefeated (2012) " In introducing us to [Coach] Courtney...Undefeated finds its voice" — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2012
3/4 94% Hugo (2011) " the most soulful, most personal fiction film in [Scorsese's] career" — Cinema Writer
Posted Feb 24, 2012
3/4 85% Chronicle (2012) " an enjoyable spin through the tropes of the superhero origin story" — Cinema Writer
Posted Feb 13, 2012
3/4 79% The Grey (2012) " Aside from Neeson's top-caliber performance...the movie's got several excellent set pieces..." — Cinema Writer
Posted Feb 13, 2012
4/4 87% The Ground Truth (2006) " perhaps the most important protest statement yet committed to film since the outbreak of [the Iraq War]" — Cinema Writer
Posted Feb 6, 2012
2/4 87% Jesus Camp (2006) " Jesus Camp doesn't just preach to the converted, it bores and frightens them." — Cinema Writer
Posted Feb 6, 2012
2/4 23% Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) " The occasional flashes of imagination aside, "Afterlife" epitomizes what movies written largely by software and marketing committees look like" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 30, 2012
1.5/4 86% Le refuge (Hideaway (Le refuge)) (2010) " Ozon masks his lack of sensitivity to the material with his characteristic cerebral detachment and pretense to subtlety." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2/4 50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) " the story's inherent sense of fantasy and genuinely felt moments of exhilaration...and danger...keeps us engaged - for a time, at least" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2/4 43% Barry Munday (2010) " D'Arienzo's screenplay and direction goes for a cross between naturalism and absurdity, but it's largely a queasy, oil-and-water blend. " — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2.5/4 98% Inside Job (2010) " As a documentary, this is a clear-eyed, steadily building prosecution against Wall Street. But, in the end, Ferguson's film is just a moot trial in which the defendants have already escaped scot-free." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2.5/4 71% Red (2010) " The cast's efforts go about halfway to compensating for Red's lack of inspiration elsewhere. " — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 30, 2012
2.5/4 51% Cool It (2010) " That this documentary is solution-oriented rather than fear-oriented as so many recent ones...have been is itself a reason for touting it." — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 30, 2012
1/4 32% How Do You Know (2010) " What happened to James L. Brooks? " — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 30, 2012
3/4 70% Mumbai Diaries (2011) " a refreshing, well-meaning entry in India's new brand of globally savvy cinema, [which] augurs exciting things from [director] Rao and her peers" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 30, 2012
3.5/4 87% The Last Lions (2011) " an extraordinary achievement" — Cinema Writer
Posted Jan 27, 2012
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