Chance Solem-Pfeifer

Chance Solem-Pfeifer
Chance Solem-Pfeifer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters Willamette Week
Publications: PopMatters, Willamette Week

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 88% Clapboard Jungle (2020) Clapboard Jungle is saddled by the sheer, narrow tedium of McConnell's projects' constant fits and starts, amid a repetitive if enlightening deluge of filmmakers testifying to industry pitfalls. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
1/4 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Excluding dadcore classic The Hunt for Red October, the history of films based on Tom Clancy's doorstop military tomes is as long, flat and drab as an aircraft carrier. The Michael B. Jordan-led Without Remorse only further squashes that reputation. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/4 93% Limbo (2021) El-Masry transforming Omar's calm dignity into unshoulderable doubt is one of 2021′s best performances thus far. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/4 88% Our Towns (2021) The most useful takeaway from Our Towns is a psychological prophecy. The Fallowses note that although Americans are routinely intransigent when it comes to their national politics, they often believe their communities' outlooks to be different. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/4 85% F.T.A. (1972) F.T.A. is a convincing testament to the theater kid's particular tools of discord. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
3/4 62% French Exit (2021) Its more serious elements tend to drag, but there's a curiosity and empathy toward the Prices' ridiculous position. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
2/4 43% Boogie (2021) Ultimately, if most every other variation on these hoop dreams has been told, Boogie at least deserves the court time. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
2/4 82% Nobody (2021) Nobody can't get over the fact that it cast Bob Odenkirk instead of letting the incredibly versatile actor tangle with the meaning of all this carnage. If only it took its own premise more seriously. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
98% The Father (2021) Robbed of truth but not his showy, sparring personality, Anthony isn't an unexpected character from Hopkins, but the performance is a gauntlet and his best in 10 years. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/4 74% The Mauritanian (2021) French Algerian actor Tahar Rahim imbues Salahi with intelligent, casual, almost finicky humanity, refusing to play the Mauritanian as a figurehead. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/4 98% Minari (2020) Fully deserving of its nearly full year of acclaim since Sundance 2020, Minari is the rare immigrant story to seek meaning almost entirely beyond immigration itself. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Distracting though the leaps from gonzo thriller to credible rom-com to edgy character study may be, the ambition of Promising Young Woman is impressive. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
2/4 78% Greenland (2020) The latest Gerard Butler vehicle doesn't add much to the global disaster genre. Hell, it doesn't add much to this year. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Light Years (2019) The result is a bit like if Charlie Kaufman directed (and interrogated) a Mike White comedy for less than $100,000. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/4 62% American Dharma (2019) Unfortunately, Morris keeps his rebuttals to a career minimum in American Dharma -- bad timing, considering his subject is an active fire-starter, not a regretful, dried-out war hawk. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/4 100% Higher Love (2020) Higher Love reveals utter extremity becoming dismally banal. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2/4 14% Chop Chop (2020) The fact that Rony Patel's would-be slasher film pivots so quickly and aggressively away from an unstoppable-monster bloodbath is potentially to his creative credit, but unfortunately, no part... that follows works anywhere near as well. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/4 90% Kajillionaire (2020) Crushing, hilarious and hopeful. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
45% LX 2048 (2020) What's missing here is not imagination but a more nuanced observation of human relationships as a mystery unfolds. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Bloody Nose waltzes at the forefront of creative cinematic nonfiction. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2/4 92% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) ...the documentary actually tips its hat to all three of those ideas, which only really serves to highlight the more melodramatic approach... - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/4 100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) If it's felt as though democracy has been on the ropes this month, this year, this century, A Thousand Cuts is a harrowing snapshot of its knockout. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/4 68% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2020) For the most part, A Girl Missing is a writing achievement. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
3/4 100% Days of the Whale (Los días de la ballena) (2020) Days of the Whale is an artist's manifesto: It believes in the transformative value of creation. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) There's value in fixating a war movie so fully on process that the glory is sapped out of violence. But Greyhound veers too sternly toward lifelessness. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
72% Carmilla (2020) That kind of social commentary requires an insightful dramatic core, and Carmilla too often shoehorns in horror elements for convenience. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet My First and Last Film (2020) Peeking at an unfamiliar life can be a very worthwhile empathy exercise. Anything longer than a peek, though, is why documentarians exist. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/4 90% Blood Quantum (2020) You won't know whether to pump your fist or dry your eyes. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet The Sound of the Wind (2020) It's just...committed to what? A vessel for unambiguous pain, not a character... - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/4 88% Deerskin (2020) Dujardin keeps Georges innocent, almost paternally daffy, as he shuffles toward madness... - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/4 94% Bad Education (2019) There hasn't been a smarter streaming original this quarantine season. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2/4 70% Butt Boy (2020) The execution of Butt Boy is a little like holding court with a one-of-a-kind dirty joke but pausing constantly to insist it's not a joke. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
48% Greed (2020) Beyond certain outlandish gags, the satire doesn't reveal much, especially in over-obvious rock-'n'-roll flashbacks and a deposition-framing device. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
98% 63 Up (2019) With 63 Up, the quiet wonder of simply executing such a project reigns -- the potentially mundane resonates profoundly when watching a human life arc or veer before your eyes. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/4 97% Midnight Family (2019) [An] 80-minute gut punch. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Matching and then topping Stanley's weirdness, Cage continues his late-career momentum in hyper-violent indie horror... - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
1/4 47% Underwater (2020) While Stewart plays her role of traumatized engineering expert with tact and sobriety, the rest of the movie is a dour game of "pick off the supporting cast". - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/4 68% Troop Zero (2020) The movie's best feature... is a vastly overqualified Viola Davis playing troop leader Miss Rayleen. Davis carries the movie by treating the children (both as characters and actors) like adults, cherishing them as sounding boards for self-reflection. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/4 85% Just Mercy (2020) Really, the only problem with this real-life death penalty drama from Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle, Short Term 12) is that it's quietly average. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/4 84% Waves (2019) Perhaps the back half of Waves should simply be the whole... - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
82% The Report (2019) There's no way writer-director Scott Z. Burns could have predicted how relevant congressional investigations would be leading up to his film's release, but The Report arrives with an almost cautionary resonance. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Every strong point of Jojo Rabbit -- it's playful, pleasant, easy to watch -- creates equal and opposite distraction. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
1/4 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Worst of all, Cohn might actually fancy this condemnation. In treating him as a devil, its most cogent argument is for the continued power and relevance of a long-dead man. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory quite rightly asks its audience to appreciate Almodóvar while he's still mining his soul for melodrama every few years. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 100% Desolation Center (2019) Even if time has softened interviewees once so set on blowing up boulders or destroying power tools to create art, Desolation Center carves its documentary niche with no apologies. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 97% Love, Antosha (2019) Love, Antosha is an illuminating farewell. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
87% Luz (2019) There's a compelling devil lurking in the film's technowave soundtrack and copious fog, but how alluring is a forked tongue with nothing much to say? - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale defies all kinds of movie logic: It challenges the audience both in the sheer volume of pain depicted and with prejudices we're used to seeing stamped out of a victimized protagonist like Clare. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense ultimately becomes a low-octane indie version of the '80s martial arts thriller that it's half-skewering but is saddled with too much rigid self-awareness and script baggage to fight freely. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Though never unpleasant -- after all, it's Maron reunited with some of his best podcast interviewees -- Sword of Trust ends up feeling more like a recessed charade than the measured adventure it promises. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019