Keith Phipps

Keith Phipps

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 14% Little Boy (2015) " The lessons are so pat that every moment in which Pepper makes a good moral choice feels like an act of self-congratulation. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1/5 70% Roar (1981) " It's never clear whether it wants to present all the frightened scampering as comical or horrifying, but the unsimulated panic in the actors' eyes pushes it toward the latter. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4.5/5 87% The River (1959) " It emphasizes Technicolor's vibrancy, but it's also notable for the way it accentuates muted tones, like the clay bricks and the sand by the riverbanks. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 60% Unfriended (2015) " It looks just beneath the surface of today's technology and discovers a place crawling with terrors all its own. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4.5/5 100% Odd Man Out (1947) " What begins as an exercise in realism that includes an exceedingly quiet, civil robbery sequence, become increasingly expressionistic as it goes along. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 13, 2015
3.5/5 90% Lambert & Stamp (2015) " James D. Cooper treats Lambert & Stamp as the cinematic equivalent of a rich oral history, letting the principal players talk, often at length, about their experiences. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3.5/5 85% While We're Young (2015) " Noah Baumbach's latest is a comedy of cross-generational exchange that's smart, lively, and beautifully observed-until it sours in a final act that undoes much of what precedes it. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 25, 2015
1.5/5 16% The Gunman (2015) " The result is a relentlessly dour film livened up only by Bardem's shameless scenery-chewing and the occasional jolt of action. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 19, 2015
92% Hype! (1996) " Hype! is a smart look at an important musical event that featured a lot of great music almost as a by-product. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2/5 78% Danny Collins (2015) " If there's a real person beneath Danny's over-the-top showbiz-lifer persona, Pacino never finds him. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 18, 2015
4/5 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) " Focusing on the quiet, assured Bernstein's unassuming but powerful presence, Hawke's film often plays like an attempt to share Bernstein's experience with the world. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 12, 2015
30% Rogue Trader (1999) " Its plot alone is potentially fascinating, but as it stands, Rogue Trader remains notable only for the potential it squanders. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 11, 2015
4.5/5 91% La Peau douce (The Soft Skin) (1964) " It's the work of a director operating at the height of his powers, and figuring out where he wanted to take his career after that first flash of inspiration. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 10, 2015
2.5/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) " The cast, as expected, does what they can with the thin material-which is to say, not much. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 4, 2015
3.5/5 88% Faults (2015) " The impressive first feature of writer-director Riley Stearns, Faults gives prolific character actor Orser a rare lead role, and he runs with the opportunity. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 4, 2015
2/5 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) " Despite an intriguing opening and an overqualified cast, The Lazarus Effect can't shake a been-there/resurrected-that vibe. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 2, 2015
3.5/5 79% Bluebird (2014) " Shooting on 35mm, Jody Lee Lipes makes the harshness look beautiful and unforgiving, and in a film filled with strong performances, Morton's work stands out. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/5 62% Maps to the Stars (2015) " Maps To The Stars is never less than queasily compelling. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 24, 2015
4/5 74% Fellini Satyricon (1969) " It's, by design, an overwhelming film, and sometimes an exhausting one, but the melancholy and wariness keep it grounded. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 23, 2015
4/5 58% The Wild Angels (1966) " It's the Hollywood version of biker life, sure, but one that's swapped in a lot of ugly authenticity. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 18, 2015
3/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " The film never entirely figures out what it wants to do with the myth of the superspy, but at least it has fun along the way. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/5 98% 101 Dalmatians (1961) " However much the film breaks with Disney tradition, it's still a winning effort that mixes cuteness with dry wit in the service of a fast-paced, emotionally charged adventure tale. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 9, 2015
B+ 100% Friday Night Lights: Season 3 (TV, 2008-2009) " I could probably watch an hour of Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler bantering every week, but Friday Night Lights offers much more. The cast members who started out good have only gotten better. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 6, 2015
B+ 100% Friday Night Lights: Season 5 (TV, 2010-2011) " This season may be about saying goodbyes, but for now I'm just happy to have Friday Night Lights back. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 6, 2015
4.5/5 100% The Palm Beach Story (1942) " Even as Colbert and McCrea trade fast-paced dialogue and fall into each others' arms, they sell their characters' marriage as one whose fire desperately needs tending. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 4, 2015
2.5/5 35% Project Almanac (2015) " If Project Almanac didn't bungle it all with a shrug of an ending, it would be easier to recommend. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3.5/5 74% Amira & Sam (2015) " Starr and Shihabi, a charming newcomer, play off each other beautifully, and even when the film becomes a little too heavy-handed, their relationship keeps it grounded. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 28, 2015
1.5/5 25% Ratboy (1986) " The film gestures at whimsy and heartbreak while making the broadest possible comments about Hollywood and how the machinery of fame grinds up the innocent. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 26, 2015
1.5/5 18% Strange Magic (2015) " Strange Magic plunges directly into its convoluted plot without pausing to create a reason viewers should care about any of the characters going through the convolutions. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 26, 2015
3/5 54% Spare Parts (2015) " The film refreshingly portrays its kids as part of a diverse group trying to succeed in a country in which they can never find secure footing. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 20, 2015
100% Cheers: Season 1 (TV, 1982-1983) " I love the way this pilot shows how these particular characters end up spending so much time together. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 19, 2015
3.5/5 98% Paddington (2015) " In the hands of King and a well-chosen cast, the spirit of Bond's books remains intact. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/5 75% Match (2015) " Stewart claims the part as his own. He's charming by nature, then by design, as charm becomes a defensive weapon. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 13, 2015
1.5/5 9% Taken 3 (2015) " Megaton brings a cheese-grater approach to the editing of the action scenes, flitting from one angle to the next with no apparent concern for the effectiveness of any of them. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 9, 2015
A- 89% The X-Files: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1994) " While much of the pleasure of the show comes from watching the chemistry between the two leads develop over the seasons, it's interesting to see how much of it is already in place here. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2.5/5 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) " Rather than crafting a setpiece worthy of the atmosphere he's created, Harper falls back on easy, throw-the-boogens-in-the-audience's-face scares. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/5 27% Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1994) " Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh is content to rely on easy jolts and an overabundance of fake-out scares, rather than hard-earned suspense. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " It's a film of small gestures, stately pacing, and forbidding snowscapes that give way to darkness-drenched interiors that occasionally erupt into memorable setpieces. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) " Big Eyes still has a fascinating story to tell, re-creating the world of Beat-era San Francisco and shooting a Hawaiian honeymoon in glowing Technicolor tones. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2.5/5 73% American Sniper (2015) " The film's interest in exploring the psychological and spiritual price of all that killing even in the service of a just war waxes and wanes throughout the film. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4.5/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) " Above all, Leigh's generous approach to capturing the fullness of Turner's life, through unhurried rhythms and scenes, makes Mr. Turner memorable. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 17, 2014
2.5/5 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " His direction snaps to life in the big moments, which have an energy and drive missing from the rest of the movie. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 15, 2014
3/5 73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) " Workman has made a brisk, entertaining film, but there's material for whole documentaries in any given five-minute stretch of Magician. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 10, 2014
4.5/5 72% Inherent Vice (2015) " The names pile up, the narrative becomes harder to untangle, and it all feeds into an atmosphere that mixes dread and wistfulness. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 10, 2014
5/5 100% The Conformist (1970) " It's yesteryear remembered with a combination of nostalgia and repulsion, a queasy combination that defines the film and gives it a kind of hideous allure. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 24, 2014
3.5/5 84% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) " There's a sense that the band has left its mark on Sheffield as surely as the city left its mark on the band. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 19, 2014
2.5/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) " Even at its best, the film plays like the comedy equivalent of a legacy act reuniting for a tour fueled more by nostalgia and goodwill than inspiration. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 17, 2014
2/5 28% Elsa & Fred (2014) " As hard as MacLaine and Plummer try, the film can't sell their romance, because the script never conveys who the characters are beyond broad strokes. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 73% Fedora (1978) " There's a lot of awkwardness to Fedora, from a sluggish pace to an awful bit of last-minute overdubbing that mars two performances, but there's a lot of fascination in it. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3.5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " The film is at its best when it's unafraid of challenging storytelling, particularly since Interstellar never has trouble finding visuals to match its heady concepts. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 5, 2014
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