Prairie Miller

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Biography:
Prairie graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University and is the mother of twin sons. She is a multimedia journalist online, and in print and radio. She has written articles and poems here and internationally, and aspires always to the excavation of the lyrical muse in journalism and the poetry in history. Prairie also has two published poetry collections, including Arguments With America (Pemmican Press), and Legends (John Brown Press).
Publications:
AfroGotham , Arizona Reporter , Baret News , Black Fem Lens , Cineman Syndicate , Counterpunch.org , Critical Women , Critics' Choice Movies , DVDivas , filmgazette.com , Flicks.com , International News Service , Kid Surfer , Long Island Press , NewsBlaze , NY Rock , Playboy Online , Purple Revolver , Reelrave , Student Operated Press , The Takeaway , Toronto-Franco.com , WBAI Radio , WBAI Web Radio , World Socialist Web Site
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online
Total Reviews:
1597
Total QuickRatings:
2
Location:
New York

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0% The Prince (2014) " Macho mayhem as the male version of maternal instinct. While Willis rather delicately negotiates his darker side, in a shaky balance between a slightly humanized professional psychopath seeking closure for a major grievance, and just a really rotten dude." — Critical Women
Posted Aug 22, 2014
79% The One I Love (2014) " The One I Love, or rather The Ones I Love. And the sort of challenging review where saying anything at all, may be already saying too much. So enough said about the mysterious meanderings of this crabby when not cosmic, identity theft small talk romance. " — Critical Women
Posted Aug 17, 2014
—— Mercenaries " While the US energy corporations conspire to invade Euro markets by demonizing Russia and marginalizing their gas industry, American movies seem to be getting in on the financially lucrative propaganda frenzy too. Charlie's Devils meets The Sexpendables. " — Critical Women
Posted Aug 9, 2014
50% Frontera (2014) " Desperate housewife in hell Eva Longoria, in this Arizona brewing border wars bromance eloquently engulfing Harris and Pena. And vigilantism once again an enduring theme in US movies, no surprise there. Spurred on by a corrupt when not broken system. " — Critical Women
Posted Aug 8, 2014
71% Alive Inside (2014) " Uncovers the power of music to heal mentally and emotionally, while the drug corporations and nursing home industry oppose these efforts. Neither of which is in the business of curing patients, but rather perpetuating profits by treating symptoms instead." — WBAI Radio
Posted Aug 6, 2014
—— Good People (2014) " Kate Hudson wears the pants in this family, perfecting ballsy moves against bad guys. In a nuclear family noir faceoff against gangster thriller gore, channeling guerrilla imagination in a bleak, apocalyptic end stage capitalism, recession stricken world." — Critical Women
Posted Aug 5, 2014
44% The Calling (2014) " Unlike the doomed man of the cloth comedic crime thriller Calvary, Susan Sarandon switches up sacraments, maniacs and mysticism here. As a felonious religious fanatic possibly in league against lapsed Catholicism, pursues homicidal redemption, don't ask." — Critical Women
Posted Aug 3, 2014
91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Le Carre flips the script and reinvents himself too, from the Cold War to the War on Terror in this coincidentally ripped from the headlines Euro-spy thriller. In this cat and mouse CIA and now NSA by implication face-off, redefining heroes and villains. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Aug 2, 2014
57% Around The Block (2014) " Hamlet In The Hood. Petite Christina Ricci displays a big heart, as a teacher in touch with her inner maternal instinct. And disaffected Aboriginee teens dramatizing in a culturally conscious production, the alienation at the heart of Hamlet, who knew. " — Critical Women
Posted Jul 30, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) " Satire and surrealism upstage sacrament in this somewhat mixed metaphor screwball religious comedy noir. Or in other words, if Jesus returned to earth, specifically Ireland, in the midst of this chaotic and devilishly lunatic moment in human history. " — WBAI Radio
Posted Jul 26, 2014
47% War Story (2014) " Exemplary actress Keener, through no fault of her own, is stuck in this sulky melodrama as a photographer scarred in war torn Libya. As for that conflict, forget about it. This could just as well be about deep depression brought on by a bad hair day. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Jul 26, 2014
67% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet " Within the colorful layers of humor and heartbreak summoned in equal measure by Jeunet's magical powers of visual storytelling, are stinging perceptions pertaining to difference intolerance and oppressive cultural tendencies playing out in this country. " — Critical Women
Posted Jul 13, 2014
92% Bound By Flesh (2014) " Zemeckis explores the tragic lives of the Hilton Sisters, conjoined twins paraded and exploited financially as so-called freaks in the heyday of carnival sideshows. Intimating as well twisted notions of fame, and the freak show roots of reality TV today." — WBAI Radio
Posted Jul 11, 2014
83% Tracks (2014) " Mia's intensely grueling performance distills abundant muted fury from the relatively minimalist material. Not unlike say, Kevin Costner's similar weighty existential pilgrimage, here conveyed in her own Dances With Camels in the Australian wilderness." — NewsBlaze
Posted Jul 11, 2014
17% Very Good Girls (2014) " Though Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are just too old to pull off playing graduating high schoolers, they're more than entitled to a pass here for the extraordinary depth, passion and complexity they bring to their coming of age female characters." — NewsBlaze
Posted Jul 9, 2014
11% Heatstroke (2014) " Taking the bratty teen genre out of the sitcom and into the African wilds minus Africans, doesn't do either much good in this Euro-safari female action hero thriller. Touching on surviving a surly stepchild as much as assorted villains along the way." — NewsBlaze
Posted Jul 9, 2014
88% Siddharth (2014) " A disturbing and devastating descent into Third world poverty, exploitation and desperation, more often than not mere backdrop to the social insularity of most other movies. Yet weighing in provocative ways, struggle and exploitation as inevitably bound." — NewsBlaze
Posted Jul 7, 2014
33% Drones (2014) " When horror movies and history meet. And with a disturbing and discomforting persistent dread, Drones is in no way standard entertainment, nor should it be. Or as Dirty Wars doc director Jeremy Scahill solemnly observed, 'You can't surrender to a drone.'" — WBAI Radio
Posted Jun 25, 2014
82% Fed Up (2014) " Fed Up makes a convincing case for how profiteering factory food corporations conspire to hook people on addictive ingredients they pack into their products. Along with weirdly coopting Michelle Obama to deceptively promote exercise as the obesity cure." — NewsBlaze
Posted Jun 21, 2014
—— Smetto quando voglio " Ironically titled I Can Quit Whenever I Want, this raucous class revenge satire tracks impoverished academic eggheads collaborating in crime to survive. A dark parody of Italian bourgeois rage, in the web of the downwardly mobile EU economic disaster." — NewsBlaze
Posted Jun 14, 2014
100% Cement Suitcase " A bittersweet when not refreshingly ballsy comedy that isn't especially about cement or suitcases, the film seems inevitably yet another spotlight on the economic plight of youth today. A smartly scripted concoction of sobering and weirdly kooky charm." — Critical Women
Posted Jun 14, 2014
76% Lucky Them (2014) " A zany collection of colorful characters while concurrently probing scarred emotions and existential angst, nicely blending the daffy and dark sides of life. Along with the ambiguity of fame, and the essentials of existence that get lost in the process." — NewsBlaze
Posted Jun 5, 2014
—— L'intrepido " A stinging and sobering portrait of the struggle for subsistence and dignity in the face of economic despair, while laced with muted comedic charm. And a cautionary triumph steeped in magical realism, melding political reality and personal human pain." — Critical Women
Posted Jun 5, 2014
86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " A compact but cautiously reverential film portrait of the late, brutally eloquent social commentator. While delving into whatever happened to the phenomenon of the literary celebrity, of which Vidal counted himself the last of that breed - and why." — NewsBlaze
Posted Jun 3, 2014
43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " On rare occasions a movie says more about a time and place by just displaying that world rather than dissecting or divulging it, and this lavish male-centric biopic seemingly unintentionally, does just that. Yves Saint Laurent: A man and his 'man'equins." — NewsBlaze
Posted May 30, 2014
50% Age of the Uprising (2014) " Medieval mumblecore. And social conflict as secondary to the scenery in this dramatic momentum-free travelogue, a treat solely for arty snobs and couch potato political dilettantes. Poverty porn as high art, and most memorable, a pregnant horse in labor." — Critical Women
Posted May 30, 2014
80% Redwood Highway (2014) " Knight shines in this contemplative, unrushed road movie on foot, with a rare, respectful focus on the existential despair of an older woman. And a solitary journey that is a female take on voyaging through those woods that are lovely, dark and deep." — NewsBlaze
Posted May 26, 2014
31% The Girl and Death (2014) " With far too much focus on form and feeling rather than a coherent story and character depth, the filmmaker diminishes what the meaning of cinema is all about. And opts instead for the silent imagery and still gaze more suited to the medium of fine art." — NewsBlaze
Posted May 17, 2014
52% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Half of a truth. A generic take on the plight of the wealthy in war just about anywhere. And as a contrived cover for the real issues - how colonialist instigated chaos is always about oil and religion, and how Neo-Crusades in league with NGOs, kick in." — WBAI Radio
Posted May 15, 2014
—— Clutter (2014) " Carol Kane infuses this eccentric scarred woman with vividly captivating charm. In a story delicately deciphering with patient clarity and sensitivity, raw human feeling linked to the many layers dwelling beneath the emotional meaning of material things." — NewsBlaze
Posted May 13, 2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " A boisterous anger mismanagement road movie of sorts - if you count chasing all around Brooklyn back streets in part by hijacked taxi. With Robin Williams lending depth to a furiously flaky role, while Kunis plays doctor as guilt tripping femme fatale." — NewsBlaze
Posted May 11, 2014
12% Walk Of Shame (2014) " Banks telegraphs a sassy strut in this mean streets LA underbelly romp. A satirically served up slice of life flaky fugitive satire, bent on pegging the really shameful party here - a commercial media whose narrow focus ranges from dishonest to shallow." — NewsBlaze
Posted May 6, 2014
23% Devil's Knot (2014) " Devil's Knot or Devils Not? Egoyan deciphers difference intolerance. And though criticism has been about skimming over facts, that may be a bid for something new and different, beyond the overly visited details. And delving not into so much how, as why." — NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 28, 2014
—— Miss Meadows (2014) " Sinister sitcomish Katie Holmes does Uzi And Harriet. Suggesting a daffy while disturbing schizoid mix in this culture - at ease with exporting a blend of Hollywood and war, and a system increasingly in bed with death squads and self-righteous torture." — NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 27, 2014
—— Silenced " Truth as a whole lot scarier than fiction, not to mention chilling and disturbing. As this whistleblower doc thriller plays out in the increasingly pervasive US surveillance state, a sinister domestic espionage grounded in both persecution and profit." — NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 25, 2014
—— Les grandes ondes (à l'ouest) (Longwave) " A slim satire on the 40th anniversary this April 1974, of Portugal's Carnation Revolution, ending the longest fascist dictatorship in Europe outlasting Hitler and Mussolini by three decades. But a cautionary challenge to dumbing down of the media today." — WBAI Radio
Posted Apr 25, 2014
40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " Labor struggles and mass movements are the most difficult to pull off in this strictly status quo society, and the same could be said for movies re-enacting any of that suppressed US history. But this heroic and healing yet candid biopic does just that." — NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 17, 2014
64% The Cold Lands (2014) " Best when dramatizing how the land itself comes alive and serves as a character in its own right, resurrecting the buried history of the US Anti-Rent Resistance Movement of the 19th century. And perhaps a lesson well taught to an endangered rebel child." — NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 16, 2014
100% Big Men (2014) " US oil exploitation in Africa, stretching from Texas to Nigeria and Ghana, and how the director managed to infiltrate oil oligarch boardrooms and subversive jungle hideaways alike. Detailed and informative, but lacking analysis and a big perspective." — NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 16, 2014
50% Fuck For Forest (2014) " Not exactly the IMF turning up in countries with dubious offers that fuck and enrage economically enslaved unsuspecting countries, but these jungle sex tourists bear some negative similarities. In you might say, an accidentally important film." — Critical Women
Posted Apr 7, 2014
92% The Turning " Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne desperate housewives down under. And as much an ordeal for admittedly clueless audiences unfamiliar with the source material as for the characters. But for those with patience, the periodic pleasures of these bracing yarns. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 6, 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Magical sadism, sex noir and porn for eggheads. As genres and genitals collide, with Trier seemingly psychoanalyzing himself. And while porn dresses up bare behinds in moral taglines, he blankets his ensemble backsides with pretentious arthouse chatter. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Apr 4, 2014
69% No God, No Master (2014) " With this suppressed US history of rebellion, anarchism, the Palmer raids and the IWW resurrected at the movies, this moral thriller gets points for just existing. Even if somewhat a reticent victim itself of the government intimidation it indicts here." — WBAI Radio
Posted Apr 4, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Chris Evans takes charge on this truth as strange as science fiction express to nowhere, as a deprived but dashing commuter warrior on wheels. While facing off against a terror tycoon's lookalike dead ringers for the menacing hooded neo-nazis of Kiev. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Mar 30, 2014
—— Nothing Without You (2014) " A moral thriller with a highly unusual provocative twist, that women even when most questionable can be complex, empathetic beings. Unconventional, courageous filmmaking, subverting stereotypical notions of politics and seemingly scary women on the edge." — Critical Women
Posted Mar 29, 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Whether One or Two of this cinema interruptus teaser is more an ordeal in a perhaps closet biopic, is a tossup. And with Trier very possibly in surrogate self-psychoanalysis mode, don't be surprised if his shrink puts in a bid for a screenwriting credit." — Critical Women
Posted Mar 28, 2014
—— Turks & Caicos " Undercover Brits and Yanks toe to toe in the tropics. As a thieves' den of sinister capitalist slackers sip post-colonial cocktails, while plotting further takeovers around the planet. Though MI5 tends to get a pass while fuming over secret CIA torture. " — NewsBlaze
Posted Mar 24, 2014
83% Thelma & Louise (1991) " An enduring classic radically redefining women in movies - or at least some of them. And should finally put to rest the intended ending as not self-obliteration, but a burst of magical realism in flight 'out of this world and into the mass unconscious.'" — WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 21, 2014
90% Big Joy (2014) " Best when offering immensely pleasurable readings of the poet's verses. But the fawning male-centric focus is too conveniently dismissive about his discarded women and offspring. Including eminent critic Pauline Kael, reduced to a cameo irritant here." — Critical Women
Posted Mar 21, 2014
92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " Delves into the cyber-martyr's legacy and early prophesy of doom regarding NSA revelations and the surveillance state. And illuminates the unique traits of fearlessness and the courage to risk acting on convictions, that define human beings like Aaron." — WBAI Radio
Posted Mar 15, 2014
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