Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson
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T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 99% Booksmart (2019) I enjoyed so many things about "Booksmart." There was the fun script, the easy way it incorporated progressive values, the friendship it depicts, the skilled cast, which ensured all the jokes not only landed, but landed spectacularly. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 59% Brightburn (2019) Elizabeth Banks gives an incredible standout performance as the cool artistic mom who must grapple with the son she's raised becoming more and more unrecognizable to her. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B- 95% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is very much a midnight movie, fully embracing its 70s aesthetic without bothering to explain any of the very weird shit that occurs. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
C+ 89% Saint Frances (2019) [Kelly] O'Sullivan shows incredible promise in not only slowly building her characters, but humanizing them. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B+ 100% Greener Grass (2019) If you're a fan of midnight movies, you'll mostly enjoy the ride as a new female-centric cult classic is born before your eyes. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
D- 86% The Perfection (2019) [Allison] Williams and [Logan] Browning are an incredible pair as they try to sell the hell out of this, but the material just isn't worth the effort. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
A- 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Director and co-writer Flavio Alves manages to bring Tina to life in all her complexity and concerns. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
97% Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Kiki has given girls another way to express themselves and a whole new set of aspirations. She's achieved the artistic dream, not only finding a way to fly higher but encouraging others to do so as well. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/10 88% Non-Fiction (2019) If everything in it didn't feel so irrelevant in the face of the very real and lasting changes occurring in communities far more interesting and worthy of our attention, Non-Fiction would be every bit as enjoyable as it obviously believes itself to be. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
99% Selma (2015) In a time where dedicated activists are speaking their own truths to leaders who are often even less responsive, movies such as Selma feel more essential than ever. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
A- 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The film may be slightly overstuffed, but the movie uses its epic runtime to keep its numerous characters not only busy, but done justice, occasionally even in ways that will surprise you. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/10 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The fact that most of this isn't too frightening is partly due to the inept direction of longtime collaborators Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, who rely on CGI rather than any kind of atmosphere. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/10 65% Peterloo (2019) It doesn't do its inspirations justice, but Pet Sematary at least makes the story its own in a world full of reboots and remakes. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
7/10 93% Diane (2019) Diane has a refreshing lack of easy answers or conventional realizations, and many of the performances have the kind of indie sensibility where actors add years to fleeting minutes. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The real reason Hotel Mumbai feels different is that unlike other films where the horror takes place in foreign countries, Hotel Mumbai puts more effort into the people who actually reside in the country where the bloodshed takes place. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
C- 47% Dumbo (2019) It's rather ironic that a film that's trying to criticize conformity would conform so strictly and safely to conventions. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
B+ 94% The Mustang (2019) The fact that [Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's ] does get so much right and gets us to empathize with Roman in her feature debut is a mark of what will hopefully be a long career. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
A+ 100% Well Groomed (2019) Well Groomed may be lighter fare, but unlike other docs that explored into similar worlds, Stern's directorial debut skips the condescension for a genuinely engaging experience that feels equal parts adorable, emotional, and even triumphant. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
D 28% The Aftermath (2019) Many movies have not only done what The Aftermath is trying to do, but done it with a courage and conviction this one obviously lacks. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
B- 94% Us (2019) Peele's miss is a lot more enjoyable than most hits, but Us still ends up being a concept in service of blood, not the other way around. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
9/10 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Make no mistake, director/co-writer Benedikt Erlingsson is unmistakably on Hala's side, and he's skilled enough to turn her story into a non-escapist crowd-pleaser rather than another forgettable, overly serious thriller. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
B+ 100% Human Nature (2019) The topic is actually surprisingly dull as Human Nature insists on going into detail about how this process works, but things liven up considerably once it gets to all the implications. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
A- 100% Alice (2019) In the hands of Josephine Mackerras and lead Emilie Piponnier, what could be soap opera melodrama or another hooker with a heart of gold story becomes a complex drama about a woman who refuses to remain victimized and takes her life into her own hands. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
D 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) There are many baffling things about the new teen weepie Five Feet Apart, but the most mind-boggling is how little it resembles itself in its unintentionally hilarious third act, when it completely comes apart at the seams. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
B+ 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) There's a tremendous amount of skill here, but how enjoyable it is depends at least partly on how willing you are to suspend your sense of artistic democracy, shall we say. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's damn fun to see Larson as a hero coming into her own, complete with 90s staples that includes a great soundtrack and references to Blockbuster, but it's hard to get truly invested since we know so little about Carol. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
B+ 59% Greta (2019) The film really shines in this buildup, as we see the painful effects stalking can have on a victim. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
A- 76% Never Look Away (2019) The message of Never Look Away isn't exactly defeatist, and even more astoundingly, it never feels long even at three frigging hours. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
A- 92% Little Monsters (2019) As their situation becomes more desperate, the film's saving grace becomes its humor, which shines in its quieter moments as well as the most dangerous ones. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
C+ 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The ending is far more mature than kids' movies are typically allowed to be, but so much is left out beforehand that it can't help but feel like somewhat of an unnecessary sacrifice. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
7/10 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Much like the rom-coms Isn't It Romantic skewers and celebrates, it succeeds because it recognizes we're all suckers for sincerity, even as it takes pains to update message for a more empowering one that cynics and romantics alike can embrace. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- 63% Native Son (2019) It's understandable why the filmmakers wanted to avoid the worst of what we are capable... but it also makes the story become something far more common, and thus less than [Novelist Richard] Wright's vision. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
A- 100% Rendezvous in Chicago (2018) It's light fare without feeling dumbed down or pretentious. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
A- 100% Among Wolves (2019) Even amidst the trauma the movie discusses from a quiet distance, Lija makes it clear that none of his humanitarian work is due to the war. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
B+ No Score Yet This Is Personal (2019) It's a whole lot of ground "This Is Personal" covers, and occasionally its ambitions exceed its many accomplishments. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) "Extremely Wicked" may play on our common fascination with violence, especially when it's committed by a charming, attractive (male) sociopath. But the film mostly avoids becoming another clichéd horror story by a less than common perspective. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
A+ 92% Southside With You (2016) Much like the smooth-talking man who would become President, Southside makes balancing many expectations look easy. Topics such as race, class, and especially gender, are touched upon with amazing ease. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ 88% Don't Breathe (2016) It's been called Hitchcock on steroids, but Hitchcock was actually Hitchcock on steroids. His influence is clear, but "Don't Breathe" has no problem standing on its own. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
C- 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Strip away all the marks of prestige, and it's about as deep and as realistic as a Lifetime movie, reduced to just another predictable homage to the power of forgiveness. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- 93% Life, Animated (2016) Some movies have an irresistible pull. "Life, Animated" certainly does, and not just because of its feel-good message. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B- 99% Under The Shadow (2016) [Babak Anvari] makes masterful use of a time and place that is a hotbed of extreme self-righteousness, where something as basic as a woman's education and choice of clothing are under the microscope. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ 91% Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016) [Captain Antarès] Bonassieu may be a familiar hero, the kind of strong silent warrior who is nevertheless passionately devoted to his men, but his increasingly desperate attempts to find his absent comrades is genuinely heartbreaking. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
C- No Score Yet Christopher Darling (2017) The movie Christopher Darling, much like its eponymous protagonist, is lost in the usual sea of ennui that's even less sympathetic for its dullness. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B- No Score Yet Milwaukee 53206 (2016) The personal stories are incredibly moving, as we see how being imprisoned affects a person's chances of being reintegrated into the community, but a bigger picture is needed. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ No Score Yet There Are Jews Here (2016) There Are Jews Here is a touching love letter to close-knit small towns, but including a few more pressing issues of the present would've rounded it out nicely. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
C+ 75% Umrika (2015) "Umrika" gets too distracted by unnecessary sidelines when it could be focusing on its intensely likable characters and investing in its own intriguing concepts. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ 86% Embers (2015) Embers indicates that even when everything is taken from us, hope, love, and even connection can still flourish. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ 93% AWOL (2017) [Lola] Kirke gives an amazing performance, but it's [Breeda] Wool who has the harder role, and effortlessly shines. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ No Score Yet Home Care (Domaci Pece) (2015) Sometimes the movie feels a bit too quiet and overly long, but mostly it is a moving depiction of life, even as the darkness beckons. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
D 91% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) The movie would actually be much improved with some very heavy, very skilled editing. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019