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Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 83% Downton Abbey: Series 6 Episode 6 "There's something especially delicious and amusing about watching the family's complete ineptitude when forced to act as docents. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 8, 2016
4/5 91% Downton Abbey: Series 6 Episode 5 "Beauty is pain, after all. Sometimes, it's even bloody. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 5, 2016
3/5 82% Downton Abbey: Series 6 Episode 1 "After five seasons, this show is essentially family, which means we're well-aware of its flaws and manage to still love it - or at least appreciate it - in spite of them. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 5, 2016
3/5 75% Downton Abbey: Series 6 Episode 2 "In an episode that focuses on day-to-day minutiae - with light hints at the aforementioned social upheaval - the Drewe drama is the only truly exciting bit of business. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 5, 2016
4/5 100% Downton Abbey: Series 6 Episode 3 "When it comes to firing off witty barbs that inevitably transform into pseudo-memes, the Dowager Countess is still winning big. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 5, 2016
4/5 100% Downton Abbey: Series 6 Episode 4 "Thomas Barrow is the most complicated and tragic character on Downton Abbey, and this week's episode proves it. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 5, 2016
1/4 7% Norm of the North (2016) "Think of every trope associated with animated family movies and you'll find them all in Norm of the North, a thoroughly uninspired story of a polar bear attempting to save his habitat from a hypocritical hippie seeking to develop condos in the Arctic. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 15, 2016
3/5 86% Downton Abbey: Series 6 (TV, 2015) "It's wonderfully familiar and totally ridiculous. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 4, 2016
100% The Leftovers: Season 2 Episode 10 "If The Leftovers ends, it will go out at its apex...The show about the sudden departure - about how people can get snatched away without warning - delivers a damn near perfect second season. And then, suddenly, it departs. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 7, 2015
78% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) "A Very Murray Christmas, which deserves to exist for the sake of its title alone, is very Murray, but it's more understated, Wes Anderson-era Murray than, say, madcap, Caddyshack Murray. " ‐ Uproxx
Posted Dec 4, 2015
92% The Leftovers: Season 2 Episode 9 "Meg is the last person you'd expect to go rogue-terrorist, which is what makes her so scary; if she can turn this unrepentant, anyone can. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 30, 2015
1.5/4 26% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "As Radcliffe says from the beginning, we know this story. Since we already do, the longer this particular version of it continues, the more we wonder why we're bothering to sit through it. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 24, 2015
31% By The Sea (2015) "It's a movie where every pause is long and every line of dialogue is supposed to carry great meaning, but ultimately sounds weighed down by excess pretension. " ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 20, 2015
29% Burnt (2015) "Burnt is plated beautifully but lacks the complexity of flavor it so desperately wants to achieve. " ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 20, 2015
69% Crimson Peak (2015) "When Guillermo del Toro set out to co-write and direct Crimson Peak, a work of Gothic horror as gorgeous as it is preposterous, the word "restraint" must have been missing from his movie-making mission statement. " ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 20, 2015
91% Homeland: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "That's what Homeland does. It's a show about a bipolar woman that is bipolar in quality. And every time you think you're out, it pulls you back in. " ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 20, 2015
38% Benders: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Benders seems eager to recapture the spirit of films like that, but with four thinly sketched main characters and jokes that are unfunny at best and outmoded at worst, it can't. " ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 20, 2015
0/4 20% Love the Coopers (2015) ""Love the Coopers" is one of the most jumbled, tonally misguided holiday movies in recent memory. It is an insult to tidings of comfort as well as joy, and a complete waste of the time and talents of its ensemble cast. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 100% East Side Sushi (2015) "Lucero compensates for ... missteps with subtly persuasive visual choices and narrative restraint. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "Maybe the best thing about The Peanuts Movie, with detail so perfect that it brings tears to my eyes, is the way that Charlie Brown daydreams. " ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 5, 2015
100% The Leftovers: Season 2 Episode 3 "It is an elegantly directed, heartbreaking hour that showcases an emotionally nuanced performance from Amy Brenneman and, once again, illustrates the uphill climb involved in making fresh starts. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 19, 2015
100% The Leftovers: Season 2 Episode 2 "Positioning [this episode] this way was smart; it not only heightens the sense that there's something shadowy happening in Miracle, it also allows us to use our knowledge from the previous week to start putting together some plot puzzle pieces. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 12, 2015
2/4 35% Big Stone Gap (2015) "The warmth of spirit behind this project allows its missteps to be mostly forgiven. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 8, 2015
94% The Leftovers: Season 2 Episode 1 "So what does it all mean? I don't know yet, and that's what makes this moment, with the rest of The Leftovers second season still ahead of us, so delicious. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 5, 2015
3/4 84% Meet The Patels (2015) "It's impossible not to care about the people on screen. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 50% Sneakerheadz (2015) "Perhaps "Sneakerheadz" needs a sequel, one that more directly interrogates the shoe manufacturers themselves about the hazards of pumping up so much hype about their product. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "It's a thoroughly subjective and effective attempt to capture how it must have felt to be Marlon Brando. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) "Who needs words when every frame is worth a thousand of them? " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 6, 2015
75% The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 5 "While some of what was done and said in this week's installment was significant, much of it felt like pure preamble for the final two episodes in part one of season two. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.5/5 92% Mala Mala (2015) "Co-directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini approach their subjects with healthy curiosity and consistent respect. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2.5/5 55% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) "It's almost as if everyone involved in Set Fire To The Stars got a little too understated for their own good. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/5 91% Sunshine Superman (2015) "The portrait of BASE jumping founding father Carl Boenish, effectively captures the irrepressible energy of a man who never tired of taking flying leaps. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 20, 2015
2/5 26% Every Secret Thing (2015) "The most observant movie-watchers, especially those conversant in the language of crime dramas, will see some of the narrative curveballs coming long before the wind-up. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 13, 2015
4/5 85% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "This is a profile of a decent man who is permanently associated with a revered pop-cultural icon. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 6, 2015
3.5/5 100% Emptying The Skies (2015) " Emptying The Skies, a documentary based on Franzen's story that borrows its headline as its title, ultimately makes a more searing imprint on the psyche. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/5 89% In Country (2015) "Attie and O'Hara do a wonderfully restrained, effective job of portraying the never-ending repetitive loop that is military life. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 8, 2015
2.5/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) ""Furious 7" buzzes with a frenetic energy so contagious, there's no sense in resisting it. Like its predecessors, this film has no shame about being its high-octane, gloriously ridiculous self. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Hand That Feeds (2015) "As it stands, The Hand That Feeds is an illuminating sidebar to the conversations around the U.S. economy and immigration reform. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2015
2/4 79% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "There's something about this project that, despite checking all of the requisite plot and sensibility boxes, doesn't convey as an organic work of SpongeBob-ishness. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1/4 10% No Good Deed (2014) "A few scenes succeed in generating legitimate tension, but this movie isn't so much a nail-biter as a very occasional hangnail-chewer. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 60% My Old Lady (2014) "What ultimately gives My Old Lady its structure and heft are the moments when two of the actors get stuck in a room together, and let the dialogue fly. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 10, 2014
1.5/5 13% Innocence (2014) " Innocence is about what it means to confront death and mortality. But what it needs more than anything is some life in it. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 3, 2014
3.5/5.0 73% A Will For The Woods (2014) "...A Will For The Woods transforms into a truly moving experience, and a testimony to the difference that a single life can make in the lives of others. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Aug 13, 2014
3/4 75% Happy Christmas (2014) "If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decides to add an Oscar category called Best Performance by a Toddler in an Indie Film Directed by His Own Father, Jude Swanberg would easily smoke any precocious competition. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 80% Get On Up (2014) "These kinds of Hollywood pop stardom portraits usually flop or fly based on their casts and the ebullience of their musical scenes. "Get on Up" wins on both fronts. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/5 67% The Almost Man (2014) "...as a tightly constructed look at the more serious symptoms of Peter Pan syndrome, The Almost Man mostly works. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 61% A Five Star Life (2014) "A frequently sumptuous pleasure to watch. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 62% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) "[...] directors Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina have made a documentary that, like its protagonist, overflows with wild tales of con jobs, diamond-pilfering, and daring dashes from law enforcement " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 28, 2014
2.5/4 75% Teenage (2014) "Deftly weaves together various media in a way that breathes its own youthful, stream-of-conscious life into the documentary genre. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 22, 2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) "[The film is] supposed to serve as a reminder that, low moments and all, this is truly still a wonderful life[.] Instead, it's a reminder that Robinson and Williams have each made some wonderful movies. But this isn't one of them. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 22, 2014
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