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A.S. Hamrah

A.S. Hamrah
A.S. Hamrah's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Phoenix

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) The Coens' Hollywood is an empire, where fraud is cheerful, natural, invisible - where people can live as they want to, so long as they don't trouble the system that keeps them employed. Everything goes fine there until the Commies show up.‐ Harper's Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The film's political resonances are as mutable - and as muddled - as those of its predecessors.‐ Harper's Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call Me by Your Name's strength is that it really does seem like the character played by Timothée Chalamet made the film himself.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
85% Darkest Hour (2017) It's unclear whether Joe Wright, the film's director, is trying to fight fire with fire in Darkest Hour by using a filmic style associated with the rise of Hitler to tell the story of an outmatched England preparing to fight the Nazis.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
92% Dunkirk (2017) I longed for just one moment where something wasn't perfect, to remind me that humans had made this study of improvised naval success.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
96% Mudbound (2017) Since Netflix produced Mudbound, many viewers will watch it on laptops, which is unfortunate because Rachel Morrison's cinematography is so carefully burnished. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
88% The Post (2018) Democracy dies in darkness, sure, but if Spielberg really wanted to make a movie about the fate of journalism in America, he should have made one about the founding of USA Today in 1982.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
78% All the Money in the World (2017) Nine days to reshoot the scenes in which Christopher Plummer replaced the tainted Kevin Spacey as the elder Getty...Since the film's virtues are its shoddy, knock-off quality and its '70s phoniness, shooting faster might have brought that out even more.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Buried within Molly's Game is what may be the best Hollywood movie on poker, better than Rounders (1998), but Sorkin overstuffed it with back story. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
90% I, Tonya (2018) The ice skating in I, Tonya left me wanting more winter sports, not less. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Like everything James Franco directs, The Disaster Artist is a work of appropriation art. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird is populated by actors who, like Gerwig herself, can do no wrong. That enhances the film's goody-goody quality, which falls over the movie like a warm blanket. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
93% Logan (2017) The movie is tough and unyielding before overexposure to these kids sets it. The warning in Logan's trailer should have mentioned that it's not mayhem you have to worry about. Saccharin will get you in the end.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) It's an unhappy ending, the wrong unhappy ending for this film. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
52% The Boss Baby (2017) The Boss Baby began with a lot of promise, like most babies. As usual, though, time passed and the baby got annoying. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) As Saint Darryl F. Zanuck, who is depicted holding a red pencil, wrote in a memo, a little humility goes a long way.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Often morose, it livens up when Shannon is tasering the fishman or engaged in bloodletting and beatings. It is a kind of horror movie, it's true, but those scenes overpower the film's invocation of desperate forbidden love. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
84% The Square (2017) It illustrates, with great patience and wit, something I once read that the artist Kurt Schwitters wrote: "Banality is bourgeois style." ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) The literalism of this kind of sound design, even if you would never notice that sound in real life, is as distracting as an unasked for pot of tea shuffled into the room when you are working.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Professor Marston and the Wonder Women makes an argument for the emancipatory effects of polyamory, but the whole thing comes off as quaint.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
83% Marshall (2017) Marshall, in any case, is kind of a superhero movie. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Baumbach's ability as both a screenwriter and a director of actors has never been more in evidence. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
71% Happy Death Day (2017) The scariest and most mysterious thing about it is that midway through we find out the film takes place in Louisiana. That's what you call a random reveal.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
85% It (2017) As an evocation of '80s childhood, It depends on the existence of prior Stephen King adaptations like Stand by Me and the earlier It TV miniseries, as well as The Goonies and recent nostalgia items like Stranger Things. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Gen X was the original audience for Blade Runner, but this film is an insult to it, or maybe just an unnecessary recapitulation of how things are for that generation. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
96% The Florida Project (2017) It joins Moonlight in a new pantheon of Florida-based cinema defined by harsh reality and beautiful sunsets. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
69% mother! (2017) The film is murky from attic to basement. If it has a saving grace, it's that it's funny sometimes, like an absurdist play, and equally prone to violence and collapse.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
20% Woodshock (2017) Woodshock is not afraid to be boring, or to seem pointless, repetitive, and overlong. There is little dialogue; the film could play as gallery art. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
92% Good Time (2017) Josh and Benny Safdie have created a masterpiece in Good Time, a film of nerve, audacity, and ugliness that recaptures the cheap and broken energy of color 1970s New York crime movies. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
51% Doomsday (2008) Doomsday does for the 1980s-style post-apocalypticism of Road Warrior what Grease did for the 1950s. It turns it into a kiddie musical. The difference is that people liked Grease. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
33% Boarding Gate (2008) The movie itself is pathetic.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
76% Paranoid Park (2007) Even when I was trying to appear indifferent I was still boiling inside and horrified by everything around me. I don't see that in Van Sant's teenagers; I don't recognize them.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/4 92% Another Year (2010) The film is heavy, even when the characters are gardening, but great, one of Leigh's best and one of the best of the year.‐ Boston Phoenix
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2011
3.5/4 45% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Can films be mellow and bitter at the same time? Starting with Match Point in 2005, Woody Allen's movies have deepened and become more gimlet-eyed about the human condition.‐ Boston Phoenix
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2010
2.5/4 80% Little Children (2006) As commentary on our time, it may be accurate. As movie drama, it isn't so much overheated as reheated in the microwave on high.‐ Boston Phoenix
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
3.5/4 67% Bruno (2009) Brüno is wall-to-wall jokes, but it never loses sight of its targets, which are many and in the end all-encompassing.‐ Boston Phoenix
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2009
55% Undertow (2004) It's hard to work up much sympathy for this orally fixated 10-year old who eats paint and rust, or for an orally fixated movie that lingers over his finger licking so lusciously.‐ Boston Phoenix
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2004