Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson
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T-Meter Title | Year
D 41% Rebecca (2020) Certainly the source material deserved to at least be a spectacular failure rather than another example of modern mediocrity, but at least we'll always have the 1940 version, which does a better job of implying what this movie refuses to even consider. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
B- 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Thank goodness for Sorkin's gift for dialogue, since what could be overwrought becomes righteous anger, and the liberties he took go down smoother than they should. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
D 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Sometimes you should just stay home rather than going big, and the more the movie tries to tap into rather than adapt to every global phenomenon, the more its humor, which is rooted in personal interaction, falls flat. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
B- 86% On The Rocks (2020) It is a safer, lighter concoction than what we've come to expect from Coppola, but it goes down easily. A bit too easy, actually, much like a cocktail whose lack of an aftertaste isn't due to a bartender's skill, but an absence of character. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
40% D.E.B.S. (2004) The action sequences tend to lack urgency and suspense, and they're actually rather boring. The love story is the interesting part, and it's both a product of its time and ahead of it - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
83% Bright Star (2009) Jane Campion's "Bright Star" manages to accomplish quite a bit, not the least of which is a love story where the lovers not only rarely get any time alone together, but fall in love in front of the whole family. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
70% Point Break (1991) Bigelow makes all this fun, tragic, and yes, deeply sexy without lingering too much on the bodies of the various surfers, male or female. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
81% Born in Flames (1983) Sisterhood becomes powerful, as does their anger, which practically leaps from every frame as "Born in Flames" as it gives a rousing call to action for all women to unite. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
D 28% Antebellum (2020) If there is any redemptive quality in "Antebellum," it's due to Monáe's awe-inspiring skills as an actress, which are on full display as the camera lingers on her endlessly expressive face. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
B+ 78% Eternal Beauty (2019) Roberts keeps easy conclusions to a minimum, refusing to box Jane into territory verging on uplifting or inspirational. His approach to her mental state is a complex one, with medications easing Jane's pain but not ending it. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
B+ No Score Yet Misfit Heights (2012) If you occasionally see strings, and some of the puppets have human hands for more complex tasks, it's easily forgivable, even enjoyable, when such budgetary restrictions are apparent. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
A- 93% Residue (2020) Be it a person or a city, "Residue" is a kind of poetic depiction of what essentially constitutes a literal erasure of an identity to fit the desires of the affluent. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
A No Score Yet H0US3 (2019) [Manolo Munguia] packs more scares just from putting a group of people in a single location and letting us watch them talk and go on their electronics than most filmmakers do with every effect in the world at their disposal. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) "[Park]'s clearly a believer in the Roger Ebert school of thought, which favors appreciation over deconstruction." - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
C+ 89% Sputnik (2020) The movie's major disappointment is ironically Tatyana herself, who spends much of the first half as a complex personality bent on discovery, only to deteriorate into a one-dimensional heroine who becomes practically angelic by the end. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
11% Batman & Robin (1997) Batman & Robin was definitely not the late great Joel Schumacher's best accomplishment, it's one that will definitely live on in infamy, and a movie that people are still able to find joy from, in spite of its many flaws. Excess never dies. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
B- 96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Even if the result is a stirring call to action in a time when younger activists can and are taking inspiration from a beloved figure, it's also a rather simplistic one. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
A- 91% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) "Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets" is one of those films that contains a multitude of stories, not just from the bar flies who flock to the dive bar that's become a warm, welcoming place for them in contrast to the harsh, sepia toned Vegas outside. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) Skill like this also goes a long way towards excusing plot holes, and this is one area where "The Old Guard" is by no means an exception... Good thing there's the incredible action scenes to distract. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Stewart is eager to satirize a concept he clearly believes in, but it's difficult when almost no one in the small, stereotypical Wisconsin town has much of a personality. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
B- 77% Judy & Punch (2020) If Wasikowska's and Herriman's performance elevate the material, Foulkes likewise incorporates modern touches that incorporate the present into a past that feels like something more sinister than a safe distance away. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
88% Shirley (2020) If writer Sarah Gubbins nimbly navigates the slow psychological terror of women on verge of a nervous breakdown, director Josephine Decker is her partner in crime, bringing the same splintered manic energy that was so spellbinding in "Madeline's Madeline" - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
8/10 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) It might devolve a little too much into a writer's version of a fairy tale, but How to Build a Girl does successfully repurpose the kind of epic journey that's previously been the sole province of men. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
97% The Half of It (2020) Hopefully we don't have to wait 15 years before Alice Wu's next film, which will hopefully be another exploration of the many ways love can enrich our lives. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
A- 80% The State of Texas vs. Melissa (2020) That Sabrina Van Tassel is able to convey the bafflingly wide array of information available in a fairly calm and reasonable manner is an accomplishment in itself. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
B+ 100% Cowboys (2020) Writer-director Anna Kerrigan doesn't just have a deep knowledge of the state she's portraying (and a commitment to cast a child actor who was non-binary or trans), she has a deep affection for it. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
C+ 90% P.S. Burn This Letter Please (2020) There's also little acknowledgment of any other decade besides the 80s, when AIDS tore into the community with the force of a destructive tornado. Such neglect of the some the rich characters who go underexplored in the film feels like a crime itself. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
A- 100% Through the Night (2020) "Through the Night" won me over though, not because director Loira Limbal has any illusions about objectivity, but because she prefers to step back and show the toll inequality takes on the very people our culture supposedly reveres most - families. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
99% Lady Bird (2017) Marion and Lady Bird's bond is very real, strong, and complicated like many mother-daughter bonds tend to be. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
89% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) It's one of those rare films where a director's perspective also feels like an insider's view of an invisible, almost parallel history as seen via a great love story, one that happened to be between two women. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
B+ 94% Come As You Are (2020) Watching these four is hilarious as genuine friendships form and vulnerabilities are revealed with compassion, wit, a fair amount of insight, and no small amount of skill.The film also skillfully avoids cheap sentiment, no small feat here. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
A+ 95% Goldie (2020) With another director, this might be the stuff of shallow melodrama, but Sam de Jong keeps the retro flourishes coming, along with the vibrant humor. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
B+ 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Eliza Hittman has written and directed a film with compassion bursting from every frame, despite its quietly simmering tone. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
C+ 88% Swallow (2020) Calling your movie feminist, or even giving a woman the lead role, does not make a movie so if it mostly reduces that lead to the men in her life, or in this case, in her past. "Swallow" comes closer than most, but as the song goes, almost doesn't count. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
B- 71% Tomboy (2020) Audiences also have needs beyond basic nutrition, and Lindenbaum's desire to show rather than tell at all costs means that what could have been a far richer feast comes off as rather flavorless at times. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
89% The Dilemma of Desire (2020) Director Maria Finitzo's presence is continual as she guides "The Dilemma of Desire" through the myriad complexities of its own topics, with a respect for her diverse subjects other filmmakers mostly dream of achieving. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
B- 93% Critical Thinking (2020) The aftermath of just where those students ended up isn't fully revealed, but what "Critical Thinking" does choose to focus on at least comes off quite well. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
F 33% Rare Beasts (2019) It's the ultimate contradiction that even nihilism has to have some kind of coherence to it, and "Rare Beasts" is just too frustratingly erratic to make anything stick. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
100% The Watermelon Woman (1997) The film is very aware that the lives of the people who did manage to create will always be a mystery to a certain extent, but the film refuses to reduce any of its subjects to mere victims. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
B+ 88% Onward (2020) The movie does manage to build an platonic love story between brothers around it, with enough charm for the family experience Pixar does so well. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
C+ 51% Burden (2020) Such a predictable story and environment doesn't exactly lend itself to depth. It can even ironically end of reassuring those who most need to reflect on their role in where we've found ourselves today. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
A- 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) "Birds of Prey" isn't just female-fronted, it's actually diverse... Even if the story is rather thin, you'll want to keep coming back to it, if only because it might just have one of 2020's best movie moments. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 93% And Then We Danced (2020) A dance which embraces a fluid sexuality where he (Merab) reclaims the Georgian identity that doesn't want to claim him, feels like a triumph, an opportunity his home is refusing to take. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) In essence, "Miss Juneteenth" is an ode to black mothers in all their imperfect glory. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
82% The Courier (2020) Ironbark pulls no punches when it details just what they're up against, or the consequences if their activities are discovered. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
D 64% Bad Hair (2020) The truly ironic twist is this puts black women in the same kind of sexist situation white women typically occupy in cinema... That could be a twisted kind of progress I suppose, but nothing resembling a real solution. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
0.5/5 69% Amulet (2020) Juri and Secareanu also try to make their budding relationship a kind of possession which threatens to engulf one or both of them, but Garai, who also wrote, just doesn't give them enough of a foundation to truly evoke much of a reaction. - Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
87% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) At least the film doesn't pretend that any of the various cultures Amy is struggling to navigate will ever do right by her, although it does offer another way between extremes, where perhaps true freedom can be found. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
79% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) It would've been far more interesting if the film had been from Nikki's perspective as a woman born into a time and place with few options... As it is, she's stuck in another wasted opportunity. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
85% Advantageous (2015) The credit goes not only to director Jennifer Phang, but lead Jacqueline Kim, who also co-wrote the screenplay in addition to giving an incredible performance. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020