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Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Thanks to its stars, and the work of directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, it's peppy, wistful, and a little transgressive all at once. ‐ Vox
Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) The movie starts off looking like a conventional children's fantasy story, but it morphs slowly into something surprising, and all its own. ‐ Vox
Posted Jan 5, 2017
5/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Rather than taking the joke-a-minute slapstick approach, Toni Erdmann slow-burns its humor, winding up to the punch with care and pathos that renders the punchline all the more poignant. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 29, 2016
4/5 92% 20th Century Women (2017) [20th Century Women is] a multigenerational story that's light on its feet, funny, and wide-ranging, full of bright performances, evocative music, and the occasional experimental flourish. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 28, 2016
2/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) While Assassin's Creed is by no means the worst movie based on a video game -- it's not even the worst released this year -- it's not a very good movie, either. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 28, 2016
1.5/5 70% Sing (2016) From the first few minutes of the movie, it's clear exactly how it will end. There is not one moment of surprise. A few kids with costumes and a stage could dream up something much more fun. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 28, 2016
5/5 96% Paterson (2016) Paterson doesn't give answers, but it holds a lot of wisdom regardless. Jarmusch directs our attention through Paterson's and gives a glimpse of goodness that's in short supply, both onscreen and in the real world. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures is charming, smart, capable, and uncompromising -- just like its subjects. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 23, 2016
2.5/5 79% Patriots Day (2017) By seeing this kind of story in the context of ultimately triumphalist entertainment, we risk seeing every tragic event, every terrorist activity, as just more fodder for big-screen storytelling, rather than as part of a larger picture. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4.5/5 83% Silence (2017) It navigates the tension between missionary and colonizer, East and West, Christianity and Buddhism and political ideology, but refuses to land on definitive answers. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) Passengers isn't one movie so much as three distinct movies stuck together with narrative duct tape that doesn't quite cover the seams. One of those films is pretty good; one is uneven but sometimes charming; and one is downright bad. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Office Christmas Party is about going too far in order to close a deal, but the movie, curiously, still plays it way too safe. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 16, 2016
4/5 95% Fences (2016) The word tour de force is an overused critical cliché, but it's the only appropriate one here. But there's more to the movie than its actors. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 16, 2016
2/5 36% A Kind of Murder (2016) Good source material does not guarantee a good movie, and A Kind of Murder, a new Highsmith adaptation directed by Andy Goddard from a screenplay by Susan Boyd, is not a good movie. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) At times its self-indulgence borders on self-parody, but it captures the mood of the book while also doing something new with the material. Nocturnal Animals is no Single Man, but it's definitely all Tom Ford. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 9, 2016
4/5 93% La La Land (2016) La La Land is a romance, and everyone is in love with everything -- most of all, old Hollywood dreams. It is, quite simply, magic. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 7, 2016
1/5 11% Man Down (2016) It is, unfortunately, a slight film, more dependent on visual trickery than a solid script for its emotional impact. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 77% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) The Eyes of My Mother is effective and unsettling, and as a first movie from Pesce, promises much more in the future. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) It's a revelation, a steady gaze into the early years in which the American presidency was a site for crafting an image not just for the history books, but for the cameras. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4.5/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Things to Come is a limpid, often surprising meditation on what it is to be a woman casting an eye both toward the future and onto the past. ‐ Vox
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 88% Lion (2016) Lion is moving, beautifully shot, and clear-eyed about its aims. It's the kind of inspirational movie even a film snob could love. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/5 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Rules Don't Apply is a strange bird, but it's not a bad one, if you're up for four or five movies crammed into one, coupled with an earwormy musical number and some senseless wandering around. But it's not really a good movie, either. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 23, 2016
3.5/5 61% Allied (2016) They may not make movies like they used to, but Allied is a good approximation. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Love Witch (2016) While The Love Witch leans heavily on its inspirations, it isn't like anything you've seen before. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 22, 2016
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) I've found it really hard to write about Manchester by the Sea, because it sunk into my bones so deeply it's hard to extract. Yet just thinking about it now, my heart is in my throat. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 22, 2016
1.5/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) If you loved the first movie for its weird nihilism -- or believe that comedies are best when they don't just aim for the lowest common denominator -- sit this one out. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 95% Moana (2016) Whether or not Moana is the movie we need right now I can't say definitively, but I think it was the movie I needed. And I suspect I won't be alone in that feeling. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Bleed for This is utterly devoid of tension, making for a limp entry in the fighting-film lineage. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) A delightful and honest teen comedy with a mature soul. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival is one of the best movies of the year, a moving, gripping film with startling twists and imagery. It deserves serious treatment as a work of art. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Hacksaw Ridge, the first movie Mel Gibson has directed in a decade, is about as Mel Gibson as you can get: grisly, devout, and patriotic, with a deeply complicated core. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 8, 2016
4/5 89% Loving (2016) In making the political personal, the movie pulls off an even greater feat: infusing an easily politicized story with complexity and quiet passion. The result is beautiful. ‐ Vox
Posted Nov 2, 2016
90% Into the Inferno (2016) Into the Inferno is a strong argument for feeling a sense of wonder in the face of things you don't understand. ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 28, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) [Inferno] has no sense of wonder at all, no respect for the weight of its conclusions. Cheap tricks and symbols are all it has. ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/5 23% American Pastoral (2016) The movie feels flat and small, lacking the novel's energy and expansive ambition. ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 24, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Reacher has no personality. He has no interests. He has no one-liners that land. He is, frankly, just a handsome, dull guy who happens to be adept at knocking people out. ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 21, 2016
1.5/5 51% The Accountant (2016) The Accountant wants to be a thriller, a shoot-'em-up, and a sensitive argument for neurodiversity all at once. What it actually is is stupid. ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 14, 2016
97% 13th (2016) Vital, searing, and engaging. ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 7, 2016
1.5/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) About the only good call in The Girl on the Train was the casting, which gives us two hours of Emily Blunt shredding her soul, soaking it in vodka, and then setting it on fire. The rest is a mawkish, retrograde misfire. ‐ Vox
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2.5/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) I know stories of misfits are meant to be inclusive and empowering. It's an admirable goal. But maybe there's some way to tell the now-familiar story anew -- or at least value what makes us different without pretending it makes it easier. ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3.5/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Evoking war is an effective tactic for Deepwater Horizon, which is more interested in reminding audiences about a recent disaster that dropped out of national headlines years ago than it is in indulging anyone's love of disaster porn. ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 28, 2016
4/5 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Entertaining and engrossing and funny and heartwarming. ‐ Vox
Posted Sep 23, 2016
100% Cameraperson (2016) Cameraperson is a marvelous film, and I plan to watch it again and again. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 8, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Nothing here is overwrought. The real-life drama is real enough. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 8, 2016
60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Instead of flattering romantic fantasies, it digs into the difficult truth about the world, and comes out with a hopeful realism that seems, after all, quite beautiful. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 89% Fatima (2016) It's sometimes funny, but always empathetic, and Faucon wisely leaves many of the most dramatic moments off-screen. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 26, 2016
43% The Hollars (2016) John Krasinski directed and stars in The Hollars, which belongs to a genre I rather like: the small family comedy about the city kid who comes home when something happens to a family member, and then learns some Life Lessons. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 100% Ixcanul (2016) A mesmerizing, understated tragedy. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 19, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) Give me... Ben-Hur -- with its pulsating battles and chariot races, its proclamation that mercy and sacrifice are more revolutionary than anything you can cook up with swords or chariots -- over any of this summer's exhausting superhero movies. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 18, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) I've seen a whole string of lovely family-oriented films this summer, but Kubo and the Two Strings might be the most stunning. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 18, 2016