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A.A. Dowd

A.A. Dowd
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 52% Trespass Against Us (2017) A scraggly and much too familiar British family drama. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 19, 2017
B- 43% Between Us (2017) Feldman, who played Ginsberg on Mad Men, and Thirlby, who's probably still best known as the best friend in Juno, lend shading to characters whose personal and professional lives seem stuck at the first-draft stage. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 5, 2017
A 96% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch, that aging ambassador of cool, sincerely respects both the the ordinariness and the artistry of his blue-collar hero. One does not contradict the other. They are intimately related. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 21, 2016
B+ 90% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women proves that Mike Mills is the real deal, that his previous success story was not a fluke but the announcement of an exciting new voice. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 20, 2016
B 79% Barry (2016) Barry doesn't so much offer glimmers of the man Obama would become as lay experiential groundwork for his later life choices. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 14, 2016
A- 93% La La Land (2016) Song and dance in the key of life: That's the irresistible appeal of La La Land. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 8, 2016
C 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) This is a "bawdy" big-screen comedy any nervous HR representative could rubber stamp. In its own R-rated way, it's safe for work. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 8, 2016
100% Hush (2016) An effectively straightforward exercise in suspense, one that further positions Flanagan-who also made the year's well-received Ouija prequel-as a filmmaker with a strong grasp on horror's fundamentals. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 1, 2016
B 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) If Ingmar Bergman had helmed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, it might look something like this exquisite nightmare. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 1, 2016
A- 89% Jackie (2016) For Portman, this isn't so much the role of a lifetime as maybe the roles, plural: The notion of multiple Jackies affords her a range of personas ... ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 1, 2016
C 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Bad Santa 2 is the kind of sequel that makes you appreciate the intangibles of the creative process. It demonstrates how a lousy movie can be made from basically the same ingredients as a good one. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 22, 2016
B 61% Allied (2016) If Allied doesn't land the gut-punch it winds up to deliver, there's nevertheless plenty to admire in a blockbuster craftsman and two beautiful stars paying tribute to the spirit of an older Hollywood. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 22, 2016
A 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) This is a staggering American drama, almost operatic in the heartbreak it chronicles, that's also attuned to everyday headaches, like forgetting where the car is parked and hitting your noggin on the freezer door. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 17, 2016
B- 71% Bleed For This (2016) It sees something inspirational, not psychotic, about its hero's punishing perseverance, his willingness to put his body through hell for the sake of glory. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 17, 2016
C+ 78% The Monster (2016) It's an intriguing combination in theory, but the individual elements both feel a little half-baked, and stirring them up into one doesn't help. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B+ 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival has come, like a visitor from the cosmos, to blow minds and break hearts. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B- 89% Loving (2016) Nichols doesn't much embellish this true story, instead simply observing two lovers standing their ground on what will slowly become the right side of history. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B 90% Doctor Strange (2016) The 14th installment in the ever-expanding MCU is the first to really exploit the possibilities of CGI -- to use state-of-the-art technology to its full, jaw-dropping advantage. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 2, 2016
B+ 60% I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) Can a horror movie get by on nothing but atmosphere, on the the je ne sais quoi of its unsettling mood? I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House suggests that maybe it can. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 27, 2016
D 23% American Pastoral (2016) There was reason to expect more from American Pastoral, and just as much reason to figure it was doomed from the start. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 21, 2016
A 98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight tells a coming-of-age story in passages, each possessed of enough stand-alone power to operate as a wonderful short film, even as the whole proves much greater than the sum of the parts. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 20, 2016
D 50% 31 (2016) 31 may well satisfy the witching-hour masses. But will it get under anyone's skin? Dream on. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 20, 2016
C- 0% Max Steel (2016) Given that the character began life as a hunk of plastic with a cool name, it's hardly surprising that writers have reshaped his biography on the fly, with all the consistency of kids playing with their toys in the backyard. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 14, 2016
C 51% The Accountant (2016) At various times, The Accountant aspires to a slick corporate-espionage thriller, a no-nonsense action flick, a tortured family drama, a quirky romantic comedy, and an earnest PSA about autism. At nearly all times, it's preposterous. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 13, 2016
B+ 90% Certain Women (2016) Like a lot of really strong short story collections, Certain Women is greater than the sum of its parts, even if one of those parts is also significantly greater than the others. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 13, 2016
A- 97% 13th (2016) DuVernay keeps it all chugging and churning along, propelled by the force of her montage and the sheer volume of damning, gripping material. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) This is very much a debut feature, a passion project from an enthusiastic director still learning the craft. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B+ 93% Newtown (2016) Relying heavily on talking heads is usually the mark of a documentary without much imagination, but what more should a movie on this subject do than create a space for these people to discuss their pain and trauma? ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B 98% Under The Shadow (2016) Under The Shadow ... demonstrates how two movies you've seen many times before-an Iranian social-issues drama and a Blumhouse-style poltergeist thriller-can be combined to create one you haven't. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 5, 2016
C- 31% Masterminds (2016) Hess has traded the deadpan shtick of his debut for the kind of insult-and-injury farce that wouldn't be out of place in a Kevin James production. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C+ 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) For all of Burton's twisted touches, the film adheres to the storytelling template of the worst YA: the endless mythology, the tired boy-meets-girl romance, the boring self-actualization arc. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 28, 2016
B 77% Goat (2016) As a vision of toxic masculinity and the insecurities that inform it, Goat is shrewdly perceptive. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 22, 2016
B- 36% Blair Witch (2016) It administers its jolts with impeccable timing and may well satisfy those who felt swindled by the hype surrounding the much-more-suggestive original. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 15, 2016
B- 87% Other People (2016) It's a little easy, a little obvious, but there's still an undeniable specificity to it-the sense that it comes from someplace genuine. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 8, 2016
D 20% Yoga Hosers (2016) Yoga Hosers isn't really a movie. It's a quarter-to-1:00 a.m. SNL sketch, nightmarishly distended into oblivion. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 1, 2016
B- 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The Light Between Oceans sucks you in with the beauty of its landscapes, the elegance of its period detail, and the chemistry between two blindingly attractive stars who might actually be in love. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 1, 2016
B+ 87% Don't Breathe (2016) It leaves the audience in the same place as the characters: gasping for air. ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 25, 2016
B+ 91% Southside With You (2016) It's a bit like Before Sunrise, only with the leader of the free world in the Ethan Hawke role. ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 25, 2016
B 81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Some movies blur the lines separating fiction and nonfiction, performers and characters. Kate Plays Christine makes those lines the whole show. ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 24, 2016
B 89% Morris from America (2016) Without compromising its low-key charm, the film acknowledges the stereotypes black kids have to navigate around even in "enlightened" society. ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 18, 2016
B- 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Lo And Behold approaches the internet with the same mixture of wonder and dread that the director previously applied to pitiless nature, but the subject matter is inherently less cinematic. ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 18, 2016
A- 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Audiences have been down this dusty backroad before. The thrill of High Of High Water is in its skillful, offbeat execution. ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 11, 2016
B+ 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) The film overhauls its source material into a soulful recovery fable for kids, establishing in the process that bad movies-the kind that squander their premises-are much more ripe for remaking than good ones. ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 11, 2016
B- 93% The Little Prince (2016) Better ... to think of this handsome, inoffensive Little Prince less as an adaptation than as a tribute-one that makes the relationship between the book and those who love it a central focus. ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 4, 2016
C 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Rather than push this character or story forward, the film cravenly hits the reset button, doing more of the same with much less passion and skill. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 28, 2016
B- 66% Nerve (2016) Bright, brisk, and enjoyably silly ... ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 28, 2016
C 76% Lights Out (2016) The film is blatantly, unmistakably about mental illness, and that makes it hard to ignore or forgive what it ends up saying (hopefully by accident) on the subject. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 21, 2016
C 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) As is too often the case with studio cartoons, a gaping blast crater separates the effort level of the animators from that of the writing team. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 21, 2016
B- 70% Café Society (2016) Neither especially funny nor particularly dramatic, but appealing enough in its handsome melancholia to create the phantom impression of Allen firing on all cylinders. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 14, 2016
C 9% Cell (2016) It's not a good sign when a movie leaves you wishing that Eli Roth had directed it instead. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 7, 2016