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Amy Nicholson

Amy Nicholson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 66% Life (2017) We, too, are just collections of cells, and Espinosa plays our nervous system like a flamenco guitar in concert with head-pounding drums and nauseous trombones. ‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B+ 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Creedence Clearwater Revival thrums on the soundtrack - has any '70s movie managed to avoid it? - but when the giant spiders start stomping, Vogt-Roberts earns the right to blast "Run Through the Jungle."‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
A 89% Raw (2017) Raw is about discovering your own appetites, your kinks, the secret joys that make you feel full.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
C 67% Before I Fall (2017) Being spineless is its own form of evil, yet Russo-Young makes Samantha such a languid, lovely waif that you forgive her as soon as she smiles.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
A- 92% Logan (2017) This is the collapse of the sprawling X-Men family that Wolverine only begrudgingly joined in the first place. ‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
A- 99% Get Out (2017) In most slasher flicks, a guy like Chris would die first. Peele's joke is that the cliché has it backwards. Young black men know their lives are in peril from the first frame.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
C 35% The Great Wall (2017) Damon's wild-haired gringo claims to have soldiered under "many flags," which would explain his shape-shifting accent that's Irish except for when it sounds beamed from Mars.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
B- 96% Kedi (2017) In Istanbul, cats don't meow. They miyav. The cat sounds the same; it's humans who hear and see things differently, as our species seems to do when we're halfway around the world.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
B- 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The movies aren't so bad they're good. They're so brilliantly bad they're genius, with Foley dutifully presenting every inane plot point while gifting us excuses to laugh.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
A 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Any pulp flick can make a man bleed. John Wick smartly keeps the focus on this universe's crazy culture.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
A 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) This Batman is a synthesis who's synthetic three times over, cartoon lore begetting factory-stamped plastic begetting pixels -- the perfect mini-figurehead for a film that's truly post-human‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
C+ 17% The Space Between Us (2017) The plot points feel preordained by horoscope, as though Gardner's astral backyard gave him control over the stars. Yet, Butterfield nearly makes the nonsense feel real.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
C- 25% The Comedian (2017) Leslie Mann is one of my favorite loons. When she gets upset, she has a magical way of channeling all of her heat into her nose until she's all red and stuffy.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
B 75% Split (2017) Shyamalan's popcorn picture is head-scramblingly strange - a chiller where both the bad guy and his victims are, well, victims.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
C 83% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
B+ 85% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
C 34% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
B 83% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2017
B 93% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
A 80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
B- 89% Jackie (2016) Pablo Larraín's Jackie is an elegy to two slandered traits: self-consciousness and superficiality. ‐ MTV
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
D 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Bad Santa 2 doesn't hate Christmas. It just hates women.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
A- 86% Divines (2016) Divines isn't feminist. But it's thrillingly, fiercely female.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
B- 46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
C 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Muggles, we're a long way from home. ‐ MTV
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
A- 97% The Love Witch (2016) No man can resist the perfect female fantasy - and she certainly is a fantasy. ‐ MTV
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
A- 97% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
C- 71% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
C 44% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
B+ 84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
B- 54% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
C- 40% Morgan (2016) Thanks to Morgan, we know what bedtime stories Ridley Scott told his kids.‐ MTV
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) Since wrapping The Hangover trilogy, Phillips's creativity hasn't developed - it's devolved.‐ MTV
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
C 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016