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Amy Nicholson

Amy Nicholson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 80% The Founder (2017) Despite both films being made from bloody meat, The Founder is to Citizen Kane what a 15-cent hamburger is to filet mignon. ‐ MTV
Posted Jan 19, 2017
B+ 83% Silence (2017) Scorsese doesn't glorify martyrdom, and he doesn't even hate the killers. He makes death as blunt and dull and useless as a snapped pencil. The point is that there is no point. ‐ MTV
Posted Jan 13, 2017
C 32% Live By Night (2017) If there's any surprise in Live by Night, it's how good it feels to watch a gangster battle the KKK in the year 2017. ‐ MTV
Posted Jan 11, 2017
B 82% Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016) Davis' insistence on shaking hands and showing respect - the opposite of the behavior you see on Twitter - patiently chips away at the KKK's preconceptions about race. ‐ MTV
Posted Jan 7, 2017
B 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Solving institutional discrimination has proven to be harder than getting John Glenn to circle the globe. But Hidden Figures focuses on people, not numbers or policies or platitudes. ‐ MTV
Posted Jan 5, 2017
A 79% Barry (2016) Barry is about someone trying - and often failing - to fuse to any group that will have him. He uses charm like a chisel. He's always hacking into people's armor to convince them he belongs ‐ MTV
Posted Dec 16, 2016
C- 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Audiences once packed theaters to gawk at the future; now, it's to soak in the past. The emphasis is on packing in as much nostalgia as possible and tersely editing it together to resemble a film. ‐ MTV
Posted Dec 15, 2016
C 93% La La Land (2016) I wish La La Land felt more like Chazelle's personal vision - that he tap-danced his own path - instead of this eager-to-please mash-up, the movie equivalent of samba tapas. ‐ MTV
Posted Dec 7, 2016
B- 89% Jackie (2016) Pablo Larraín's Jackie is an elegy to two slandered traits: self-consciousness and superficiality. ‐ MTV
Posted Dec 2, 2016
B- 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) There's a funny sequence when Lonergan surprise-reveals that Lee fathered one, then two, then three children, who tumble out from the corners of the screen like squashed clowns. ‐ MTV
Posted Dec 1, 2016
D 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Bad Santa 2 doesn't hate Christmas. It just hates women. ‐ MTV
Posted Nov 23, 2016
A- 85% Divines (2016) Divines isn't feminist. But it's thrillingly, fiercely female. ‐ MTV
Posted Nov 22, 2016
B- 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Lee's use of High Frame Rate technology becomes a literal window into Billy Lynn's head. We're not supposed to feel comfortable. ‐ MTV
Posted Nov 19, 2016
B+ 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The entire movie is a trigger alert, a comedy where a girl sets her safe space on fire. ‐ MTV
Posted Nov 17, 2016
C 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Muggles, we're a long way from home. ‐ MTV
Posted Nov 16, 2016
B+ 94% Arrival (2016) Learning Heptapodese seems easy compared to the tough talks Americans need to have with each other. ‐ MTV
Posted Nov 11, 2016
A- 95% The Love Witch (2016) No man can resist the perfect female fantasy - and she certainly is a fantasy. ‐ MTV
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B- 89% Loving (2016) Negga... gives an Oscar-worthy performance. She's so still and powerful, she gives the film a depth the script doesn't earn. ‐ MTV
Posted Nov 4, 2016
B+ 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Defiantly old-school -- not the cozy, apple-scented nostalgia of the first Captain America film, but that cold, back-of-the-library whiff of eraser nubs and mold. ‐ MTV
Posted Nov 2, 2016
C- 19% Inferno (2016) When it was all over, I found myself googling Dante for my own clue as to what I just suffered: "He who knows most grieves most for wasted time." ‐ MTV
Posted Oct 27, 2016
A 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) A shot of both beauties from behind, their hair in twin twists, feels like Park playing to porn fantasies. Yet he respects them as individuals, even when we're not sure who they really are ‐ MTV
Posted Oct 26, 2016
A- 98% Moonlight (2016) It's a coming-of-age story that admits no one ever truly comes of age. We make choices and change shapes. ‐ MTV
Posted Oct 21, 2016
C- 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) What if the way to honor Nat Turner is to pay attention to artists who aren't shackled by the Academy's limited definition of what a black Best Picture winner is allowed to discuss? ‐ MTV
Posted Oct 7, 2016
C 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The film is polite when it should be wicked -- it's melodrama that thinks it's saving lives, like it drank too much chardonnay ‐ MTV
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B+ 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Berg and Wahlberg were among the first to realize you can make big money in Hollywood's fastest-growing niche: the docbuster, which spins a recent disaster into a bombastic action flick ‐ MTV
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C- 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Fuqua's made two clean piles separating good and evil, and in doing so, he's thrown away the film's point. ‐ MTV
Posted Sep 23, 2016
B- 53% The Dressmaker (2016) The second Winslet sets her sewing machine on the ground and snarls, "I'm back, you bastards," we're delighted to hear we're in for something fun. ‐ MTV
Posted Sep 23, 2016
C 85% Sully (2016) Sully is fascinating as a study of Eastwood's persecution complex, his fear that not everyone in the world adequately worships an accomplished white man. ‐ MTV
Posted Sep 9, 2016
C- 40% Morgan (2016) Thanks to Morgan, we know what bedtime stories Ridley Scott told his kids. ‐ MTV
Posted Sep 4, 2016
87% Don't Breathe (2016) Alvarez knows the size of his ambitions. He's written one great ghoul, surrounded him with targets, and simply let him let rip. ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 25, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) Since wrapping The Hangover trilogy, Phillips's creativity hasn't developed - it's devolved. ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 20, 2016
B+ 89% Morris from America (2016) Robinson wears his character like a second skin, filling this widowed soccer coach with life experiences the script doesn't have to explain. ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 18, 2016
C 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Picture the exec who said that scales might be too strange, as though asking kids to dream wasn't the point ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 12, 2016
B 98% Hell or High Water (2016) We don't live in an era of white hats and black hats. Maybe we never did. Today, everyone is gray - or, in Mackenzie's color scheme, faded blue and sad beige ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 11, 2016
A 83% Sausage Party (2016) Ballsy and dumb and brilliant all in one bite. You can gobble it up like empty calories, or over-chew each joke. ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 10, 2016
C 11% Nine Lives (2016) Yes, Nine Lives is dumb. Yes, it's for very young kids. Yes, Lil Bub has a cameo. And yes, I giggled anyway, as did the strange man next to me who'd smuggled in his own fish-scented snack ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 5, 2016
C- 26% Suicide Squad (2016) The closest Suicide Squad comes to the masterworks of Christopher Nolan is that, like Memento, it suffers from instant amnesia. ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 4, 2016
B 75% Lace Crater (2016) Lace Crater elbows us to think about how quickly we dismiss "crazy ladies" - women who need things we can't give, who cry and mutter and glare and ruin parties ‐ MTV
Posted Aug 3, 2016
D 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Director Paul Greengrass refuses to tangle with any of the true-life topics he's borrowing for gravitas ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 29, 2016
C+ 59% Bad Moms (2016) Bright and fast and absurd and sloppy, a flick that lives - or dies - by how much you dig watching Bell wear a pink hoodie and pretend to be an uncircumcised penis. (Answer: a lot.) ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 29, 2016
B- 66% Nerve (2016) Nerve knows we're all playing the game. ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 27, 2016
C 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Beyond doesn't have the tactile crash-smash thrill of Vin Diesel gunning a Charger. It's more like that dumb gag in Furious 7 when cars skydive from a plane. ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 22, 2016
C+ 33% Equals (2016) It's all a little slow and stoic and familiar, but we thaw whenever Hoult scoops Stewart into his arms for a puppyish hug. ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 14, 2016
B- 70% Café Society (2016) The film is so retro golden that old-timey miners would run the reels through a sieve. ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 14, 2016
B 73% Ghostbusters (2016) A middle finger to the screaming brobabiez. If girls can't be Ghostbusters, then here, guys can't do anything. ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 13, 2016
B 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) As the owner of a Maine Coon I've weed-whacked into a goofy lion cut, I gulped when Snowball the bunny, a former magician's assistant, bellows, "All of us have suffered at the hands of man!" ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 8, 2016
B- 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Once we're cruising past Taco Bells, Ben seems less like a noble pioneer from an ancient time than who he really is: an anti-establishment know-it-all flipping the bird to normos ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 8, 2016
B- 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) This Tarzan is a corrective, a vengeful Congo Unchained that reteams Jackson and Waltz. Yates mines Zirconium Tarantino, even letting Jackson cackle while blasting a machine gun ‐ MTV
Posted Jul 1, 2016
B- 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Since the first Purge was a hit, we've been forced to admit there's more anger in the world than we realized. At Trump rallies, people readily rip off that mask of civilization ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 30, 2016
C 75% The BFG (2016) The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, but writer Roald Dahl probably hoped your mind would think of something worse. His usually did. ‐ MTV
Posted Jun 29, 2016