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Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
24% Proud Mary (2018) Proud Mary is still worth watching for two reasons. One: Winston is a talented actor, one worth keeping your eye on, and the chemistry between him and Henson as a mother figure is genuinely affecting. And two: Henson is just the greatest.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
3/5 50% Downsizing (2017) ... its unwieldy, occasionally baffling progression has a charm all its own.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1/5 27% Bright (2017) In the end, Bright pulls off the uncommon (and not at all admirable) hat trick of being confusing, boring, and vaguely insulting about the matters it wants to appear smart on.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) While the tale is interesting, All the Money in the World never quite makes clear why we should care about watching it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1.5/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The new third entry in the series isn't interested in character development or logical storylines or anything resembling innovation. It's lazy and limp and profoundly weird, and not in any meaningful way a "good movie."‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/5 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Right now there's something especially uncomfortable about watching a character based on the father of entertainment spectaculars praising exaggeration, falsehood, and ignorance for its pure pleasure value, reality be damned.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
88% Titanic (1997) What I can tell you, risking puns, is that it swept me off my feet almost from the get-go, a grand epic romance-disaster that reminded me, in the middle of my overstuffed-with-movies life, of what we mean when we talk about the power of cinema.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) A workmanlike comedy with some fun surprises hidden along the way...‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
4.5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Star Wars has been with us for four decades now, telling that same essential story in a format that's overwhelming and engulfing. With wit, skill, and love, The Last Jedi takes up the torch and carries it for a new generation.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 88% The Post (2018) The Post is a humdinger of a historical journalism tale that manages to be about many things -- women and power, competition, friendship, and most of all the First Amendment -- while also being a rollicking, enjoyable time at the movies.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Though there are moments of brightness, the movie's a slog, with a central conceit that feels more like a sophomoric film school exercise than the work of an established writer-director.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
3/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Darkest Hour is a stirring film and an entertaining one, and it feels inspiring at the end of a trying year.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
5/5 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) ... remarkable for how it turns literature into pure cinema, all emotion and image and heady sensation.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/5 97% Coco (2017) ... while Coco brings a lot of sweetness and light with it (and, undoubtedly, a lot of happy tears), not one story beat includes something to startle the adults in the audience into realizing something new.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 85% Wonder (2017) While the movie's premise feels prone to the maudlin, it's ultimately quite poignant... ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4.5/5 96% Mudbound (2017) You couldn't call it a hopeful film, exactly. But there is plenty of hope around the edges.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Murder on the Orient Express is a whodunnit, but there's only really one mystery: Why is it so hard to care who done it?‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) ... Gerwig is by far one of the most talented filmmakers working today, both onscreen and behind the camera, confident and winsome in a way nearly unparalleled by her contemporaries.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/5 74% Last Flag Flying (2017) Whether the film works for you largely depends on how much you can tolerate these three characters bouncing off one another for two hours.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/5 54% LBJ (2017) Directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Joey Hartstone, the movie jumps around in time in a way that doesn't serve the story, and it feels caught between cynicism toward and valorization of Johnson.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2/5 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) A Bad Moms Christmas is thin and silly, like an overlong Christmas episode of a sitcom you pair with some reheated lo mein when you can't figure out what else to do on a stray weeknight.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/5 94% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) I can't shake the feeling that we ought to have been listening to Joan Didion more carefully all along.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/5 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Thank You for Your Service is moving and unflinchingly honest - and its release comes at a time when its central theme feels depressingly relevant. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
0.5/5 13% Geostorm (2017) ... the level of boredom I experienced during Geostorm ought to qualify as at least a second-degree felony in the state of New York.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
4/5 81% The Square (2017) The Square at times feels more like longform performance art than a narrative film. It's social satire by way of art-world comedy, and no woke participant is exempt from its barbs.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
4/5 95% One of Us (2017) ... it's broadly understandable, too, which makes One of Us a bridge into empathy even for the outsider.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
.5/5 7% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman does have the distinction of being so bad it's almost worth watching, just to recalibrate your movie-viewing meter.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 83% Marshall (2017) What we get of Marshall in Marshall is fascinating; if only there was more.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It could stand to have as much clarity afforded to its narrative and thematics as to its visuals.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2/5 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) It has romance and danger and a few funny quips. And, of course, it has Idris Elba.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2.5/5 87% American Made (2017) "Glib" is probably the right word for American Made, a movie that seems to exist purely to be Tom Cruise's rebound after his disastrous attempt to reboot The Mummy earlier this summer.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
2.5/5 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) At times, it works. But at others, it struggles to find its footing, and sometimes it flat-out falls down.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
4/5 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Martin McDonagh channels Flannery O'Connor's humor and sensibility in a film that looks at the absurd world and laughs.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
39% I Love You, Daddy (2017) I'm not convinced it's thoughtful, and suspect it's nothing more than clever and funny provocation for provocation's sake.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4.5/5 97% The Death of Stalin (2017) The Death of Stalin is Iannucci's most complex and almost nihilistic rendering of what politics is: A team of bumbling and weak-minded people who lack any real conviction other than a desire for power and position.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) [I, Tonya] is unexpectedly resonant.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It is a difficult and beautiful dream - and del Toro makes it feel like just a bit less of a fantasy.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3.5/5 82% The Final Year (2018) ... the movie just lets its subjects speak and trusts the audience to connect the dots. That's an effective and even illuminating approach, though it can make it hard not to watch the film through parted fingers.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
2.5/5 34% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) But for its faults as a movie, the story is still compelling as a bit of history, and more so in the midst of a presidential administration that at times seems to be taking all the wrong lessons from Nixon.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 69% mother! (2017) Mother! is a mad fantasia of fire and water and insanity, a spinning, flaming plume that is not here to make you like it, though it wouldn't mind if you decided to just bow down in worship.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
4/5 81% Molly's Game (2018) It's glorious to see [Idris] Elba working with great dialogue, but the movie belongs to [Jessica] Chastain, who throws herself into this role with abandon and vigor, and sells it completely.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
1.5/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) It makes a run at cleverness, trying to be a dark screwball commentary on America's race problem. But instead it's just a spectacular flop.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/5 32% Home Again (2017) "Charming" is the best word for Home Again, and how could it be otherwise?‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2/5 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) It's a shame, mostly because The Hitman's Bodyguard had the potential to be a weird, funny summer flick. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
4/5 92% Logan Lucky (2017) But the best part of Logan Lucky is that from the get-go you know you're in confident hands, and whatever's about to happen, it's going to be great.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2.5/'5 50% The Glass Castle (2017) The Glass Castle seems to be missing a sense of purpose. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/5 87% Wind River (2017) Wind River is a good movie, and very nearly an excellent one.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/5 84% Detroit (2017) Its goal is to make us into witnesses and bystanders -- to put us into the shoes of those who stand by and watch, feeling helpless even when we're not -- something it achieves through confident, pulsating filmmaking and emotional performances.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
0.5/5 9% The Emoji Movie (2017) Looking back, it seems so obvious. We should have seen The Emoji Movie's utter awfulness coming. But as with so many other things in 2017, hindsight is not so much 20/20 as a giant regret generator.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/5 80% Brigsby Bear (2017) This movie is great, and far more fun to watch if you have no idea what it's about. So if you're already inclined to go, then you're making the right choice. Go forth and enjoy.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017