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Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 66% Life (2017) Life starts out as one of those hopeful-seeming films, but in thwarting our expectations, it becomes much more dismal - and we realize that it was never really making a point about life so much as the folly of optimism.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3.5/5 48% Song to Song (2017) Though Song to Song can get repetitive and directionless, it's also dynamic and satisfying by its conclusion.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
93% The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006) What [the film] does best is take all that frustration and put it into one man's story. As he suffers, we feel his pain and irritation by proxy. That kind of humanity is often missing from debates about policy - but there's nothing more important.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 76% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Trainspotting evoked in its audience its characters' experience, and T2 does as well. Choose life, as Mark would say, and choose a sequel that lives pretty comfortably in its predecessor's shadow.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 71% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) It posits that the best thing we can do is love each other and try to do our best, and apologize when we don't. Packaged into a story told sensitively, that's a lesson worth remembering.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4.5/5 99% Get Out (2017) In the tradition of the best social thrillers, Get Out takes a topic that is often approached cerebrally -- casual racism -- and turns it into something you feel in your tummy. And it does it with a wicked sense of humor.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
2.5/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) It is big. It is eye-popping. It is about China. And it is definitely about a legend. It also doesn't have a single thought in its noggin, but it does have armies of toothy monsters.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) It is a thoroughly distracting film, entertaining a lot of the time, and ambitious in the way studio movies rarely get to be. So in its own way, A Cure for Wellness is an accomplishment. But it's also a bewildering viewing experience.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) If a bunch of 10-year-olds who'd obsessively watched every Batman movie were equipped with a ridiculously excellent, eclectic Lego set, the result might be The Lego Batman Movie.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
99% Cameraperson (2016) Watching Cameraperson, we take Johnson's rich images into ourselves. Having watched them, experienced them, they become entangled with us, too.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
33% Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time (2017) Trumped is a missed opportunity.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 25% The Comedian (2017) Thanks to its talented cast, it sidesteps most of the maudlin traps implied by its premise.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
5/5 92% A Ghost Story (2017) Remarkable meditation not just on the hereafter, but the here and now.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
3/5 69% The Discovery (2017) The Discovery invites us to reflect on our own lives through a slightly bent lens.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
4/5 74% Ingrid Goes West (2017) It's the impeccable comic timing of Plaza and Olsen that really makes Ingrid Goes West fly, along with the outstanding O'Shea Jackson Jr.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3.5/5 100% Novitiate (2017) Novitiate captures something many religious people can understand: the idea that beating oneself (both figuratively and, sometimes, literally) as an act of devotion will make God love us more than he loves other people.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
4.5/5 81% Lady Macbeth (2017) The remarkable thing about Lady Macbeth... is that it refuses to allow the audience to have the emotional reactions we want to have. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3.5/5 83% The Founder (2017) Keaton's performance as Ray is what keeps The Founder moving, his affected accent and aw-shucks demeanor slowly morphing into something more calculating and even, perhaps, sinister. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 75% Split (2017) A solid encapsulation of what Shyamalan is all about.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
4/5 88% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
1.5/5 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures is charming, smart, capable, and uncompromising -- just like its subjects.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
2.5/5 80% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
4.5/5 85% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/5 41% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
4/5 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 76% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 86% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/5 55% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/5 97% The Love Witch (2016) While The Love Witch leans heavily on its inspirations, it isn't like anything you've seen before.‐ Vox
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) A delightful and honest teen comedy with a mature soul.‐ Vox
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/5 87% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016