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Alison Willmore

Alison Willmore
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) It all escalates into a group showdown that's gloriously fun and genuinely sad, because if you've made it through eight years of Marvel features, you care about these quippy oddballs and their imperfect alliance. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted May 4, 2016
7% Mother's Day (2016) No one's asking Mother's Day to be a masterpiece, but it doesn't even manage the hokey "aw" that's the reason a movie like this exists. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 28, 2016
84% The Meddler (2016) The Meddler is a mash note to compulsive nurturers -- to, in particular, women who've devoted their lives to figuring out what other people need. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 25, 2016
17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Here's hoping that any future installment ditches the Huntsman the way that Snow White was shunted aside, because the evil queens are where it's at. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 22, 2016
99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Dexterous at distilling that nauseating mix of happiness, enviousness, and fear of losing contact that can accompany a friend's sudden success. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 21, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) The new Jungle Book proves movie technology still has the power to create a sense of wonder. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 14, 2016
89% The Invitation (2016) The mysteries of grief form the emotional core of director Karyn Kusama's unsettling thriller. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 8, 2016
93% River of Grass (1995) It's not exactly action-filled, but its main character is explicit about what's on her mind and how deep-seated her desire to escape is. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 1, 2016
86% H. (2014) This mesmerizing film from directors Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia is filled with images that suggest connections to myth - like the head of a giant classical statue that's shown floating, impossible, down the Hudson River. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 1, 2016
100% Everything Is Copy (2016) As tributes go, Everything Is Copy is as loving and as well-behaved as you might expect of a doc directed by its subject's son - journalist Jacob Bernstein - to be. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 1, 2016
76% Baskin (2016) Part art film slow burn and part extreme splatterfest, Baskin is best enjoyed as a movie that features the memorable image of a man gouging out someone's eyeball with a knife and then French-kissing the bloody socket. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 1, 2016
98% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) While the film tells a rollicking, sometimes barbed story about oppressive governments, secret labs, selfishness, and the point where science meets ethics, it's the world-building that really delights. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Apr 1, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) Cheadle's freeness with his format and willingness to try to express Miles' inner life with rich visuals shows plenty of promise to his future as a filmmaker. But the main liberty he takes with Davis's story is the film's sticking point. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 29, 2016
20% I Saw the Light (2016) I Saw the Light trudges through Williams' life with bafflingly little sense of highs and lows. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 29, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) It's ultimately the story of someone whose insecurities line up perfectly with his habit, creating a cycle from which he just can't escape. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 29, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) [A] glum, cool-toned behemoth that labors to lay groundwork for a DC cinematic universe while setting up two famous characters on a collision course, and lobs out big ideas like an underprepared undergrad sweatily pitching off-the-cuff thesis topics. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 24, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) It summons a shrug more than it does astonishment, but at least it looks good on the way. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 23, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) The film itself has an ease that's addictively cozy, whether its characters feel familiar or far removed. They're an endearing bunch of -- well, bros. In Linklater's dexterous hands, it doesn't feel like such a bad word. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 21, 2016
37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) The joke at the heart of Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy The Brothers Grimsby [is] an enjoyable one, even when the film as a whole weaves between being just hilariously foul and incoherently sloppy. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 17, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 10 Cloverfield Lane is rewardingly claustrophobic, keeping its focus tight on the characters and their cramped space while whatever disasters there are loom outside the bunker. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 11, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) An angst experience, delivering a simulacrum of a man's search for meaning as he soaks up the delights of the plush purgatory Malick makes L.A. out to be: an endless corridor of cocktails, palm trees, and lithe ladies. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 10, 2016
83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) The wave itself is a masterfully believable bit of cinematic destruction in which everyone tries to rush for higher ground on narrow roads not meant to handle a rapid evacuation. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 4, 2016
53% Triple 9 (2016) The movie involves a pair of heists, a prisoner abroad, corrupt cops, mobsters, gangsters, and more, and the parts are considerably better than the messy, unfocused whole. But oh, the parts can be a pleasure. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 4, 2016
81% Southbound (2016) What makes Southbound stand out is how all-round solid it is, its scary segments joined by a setting (driving through the desert) and a theme (guilt). ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 4, 2016
96% Nina Forever (2016) The Blaines tackle mourning and letting go with nuance and intelligence while managing to include an abortive threesome with a corpse, and that's not something you come across every day. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 4, 2016
100% Frankenstein (2015) Rose doesn't force his monster into a metaphor for anything; he just brings the narrative into the present day and allows it to resonate as one about the people who are shunted to society's outskirts and treated as less than human. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 4, 2016
97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) The languidly paced movie requires some surrendering to, but it's well worth it. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 4, 2016
16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Sometimes Gods of Egypt has fascinatingly go-for-broke visuals. Other times, 1997 Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush... glowers on his boat in space between breaks fighting chaos, as represented by a toothy cloud worm. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 3, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) It's a world in which race does not exist. But species certainly do, and they provide a fuzzier, cuddlier way for Zootopia to get at some thorny issues of prejudice and profiling. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Mar 2, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) The Coen brothers' new comedy isn't quite an homage to 1950s Hollywood, but it's not a spoof of it either -- it strikes that tone of crisp drollness that's their specialty and that some people misread as aloofness or contempt. But it's not. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Feb 12, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) It's fun for a while, and then it all becomes deeply disheartening, because calling attention to the more businesslike mechanics of superheroics isn't subversive when you're also playing right into them. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Feb 12, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Turner deserves this treatment; he deserves a film that doesn't soften the era or apologize in any way for his anger; and he deserves a salute for making it happen. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Jan 28, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The finest possible incarnation of the sort of starry, delicate drama that is a festival standard. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Jan 28, 2016
85% Christine (2016) Christine is excruciating, by design and in its very concept. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Jan 28, 2016
81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Kate Plays Christine is an exercise about storytelling, but it's also one about empathy and turning someone's life into a statement. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Jan 28, 2016
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) A deeply conflicting version of fun. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Jan 22, 2016
60% Joy (2015) A movie that doesn't just do a disservice to its subject and its lead, but to the women it attempts to speak for. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 23, 2015
43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) The vintage grotesquerie of the regular old whaling process turns out to be more disturbing than the dark adventures that are In the Heart of the Sea's reason for being. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 16, 2015
81% The Revenant (2015) The Revenant is so prettily constructed that it's painful to admit how ridiculous it actually is. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 16, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) Its excellent intentions are only undermined by how boring it really believes its subject matter to be. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 16, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) It's not just a comment on Disney's inescapable marketing barrage, but a sincerely intended complement that the fresh-faced heroes and antiheroes The Force Awakens introduces feels like future friends you've heard a lot about but are only just meeting. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 16, 2015
83% Sanjay's Super Team (2015) Sanjay's Super Team feels like it's in a league of its own. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 9, 2015
98% Mustang (2015) Mustang offers some nearly surreal looks into a culture fixated on virginity and women as spoilable objects. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 4, 2015
89% Mediterranea (2015) It's a slow-burn study in feeling powerless and unwelcome, anchored by Seihon's performance as a man patient and adept at sussing out and adapting to what others need until he just can't do it any longer. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 4, 2015
91% James White (2015) It's Abbott who's the revelation, showing off all sorts of previously unseen leading-man potential. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 4, 2015
97% Heart of a Dog (2015) Heart of a Dog is a unique, indescribable beast, Anderson narrating over a collage of 8mm home video, iPhone footage, canine-level camera, and animation. If it sometimes wanders a little far afield, it snaps back quickly with some sharp observations. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 4, 2015
93% Breathe (2015) Breathe is a deftly observed look at teen power games and how closeness can turn to animosity in one miserable night out. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 4, 2015
94% Best Of Enemies (2015) This doc about the 10-night series, directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville (who won an Oscar last year for Twenty Feet From Stardom), provides an entertaining and, ultimately, depressing peek into TV at a pivotal moment. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 4, 2015
80% Chi-Raq (2015) [Lee has] been better at lobbing fireballs than aiming them. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 4, 2015
76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) If The Good Dinosaur falls low in the rankings of the company's now 16 titles, it is still leagues finer than the flurry of frenetic colors and screwball pacing of the standard children's animated movie. ‐ BuzzFeed News
Posted Dec 3, 2015