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Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 25% 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
27% 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
27% 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 22% 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
86% 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 97% 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 (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 90% 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 84% 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 80% 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 78% 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 59% 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) " 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
1/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) "Animated in form but completely listless in content. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 8, 2014
2/4 58% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) "It sticks mostly to one track, taking audience members on a journey that, sadly, via the movies or their own lives, they already may know a little too well. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/5 100% 16 Acres (2012) "16 Acres is a 9/11 documentary, but not that kind of 9/11 documentary [...] it explores the stew of hope, frustration, ambition, and PR spin-cycling involved in the decade-plus effort to rebuild what terrorists so quickly tore down. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 29, 2014
1.5/5 7% Authors Anonymous (2014) "[...] Perhaps because the fake-doc construct has become so familiar [...] the bar for turning that approach into something fresh and genuinely funny is simply too high for this movie to clear. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 15, 2014
2.0/5 24% Goodbye World (2014) "This film can't decide whether it's a Noah Baumbach-ian character study or an episode of NBC's Revolution. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 3, 2014
1/5 No Score Yet Evil - In the Time of Heroes (2014) "It tries to make up for what it lacks in coherence and character development by splattering guts-and, occasionally, the head-spiraling prophecies of Billy Zane-all over the place. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3/5 76% Anita (2014) "[...] If [director] Mock had dug deeper [...] she could have made a documentary about a still-maddening moment in America's not-so-distant history that was not merely good, but truly great. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) "[The film] treads in some traditional teen-movie territory[...] But it also subtly conveys the stillness and sense of purpose that comes from scanning the skies [...] " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 18, 2014
1.5/4 22% Need For Speed (2014) "Even the more jaw-dropping camera angles and shocking smash-ups start to feel redundant after director Scott Waugh revisits them for the third or fourth time. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/5 10% The Bag Man (2014) "As it is, The Bag Man is always teetering on the edge of amateurish absurdity, before being tugged back from the edge by its actors. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
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