Chris Feil

Chris Feil
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
D+ 50% Tolkien (2019) Inert biopics line the multiplex like gravestones, but seldom are they as dead on arrival as Tolkien. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
C 81% Long Shot (2019) Despite all of its welcome and well-earned charm, Long Shot is ultimately to scattered to make much of an impression. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
B 96% Little Woods (2019) A stark but auspicious feature debut... - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
B+ 65% Peterloo (2019) [Leigh] gives us a massive textbook with the dust clouding off of it as he slams it in our laps, reeking of the kind of appealingly pungent book mold that immediately promises something austere and of a bygone time... - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
B- 55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) [I}t's part Looney Tunes on downers, part Waiting for Godot at Coachella. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
B 89% Sauvage / Wild (2019) [S]hirks tidiness or the dishonesty of an overly pat, definitively complete character arc. The film is a dark night of the soul where personal demons might always remain to haunt, where darkness has as much potential undertow as optimism. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
B- 72% Teen Spirit (2019) Teen Spirit follows a very familiar pop ascension narrative trajectory to acceptably involving results, relying largely on its ultrahip playlist of pop covers. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
B 89% Missing Link (2019) As gorgeously rendered as the film's world tour of locations reveal themselves, its thematic textures feel thoughtfully realized as well. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
A 85% Her Smell (2019) By the time the film reaches its exhaustive conclusion, through angry rock and reflective ballads, it feels like we've witnessed some kind of exorcism. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
C 28% The Aftermath (2019) Luckily, and forgivably, The Aftermath doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
B 80% The Wind (2019) Capturing the emotional and topographical emptiness of the American West, director Emma Tammi's The Wind is a horror film that succeeds through its sparseness. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
B 93% Diane (2019) Like death, Diane is too indiscriminate to be called cruel, but it is quietly vicious. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
A- 94% Us (2019) Us satisfies immensely in part because Peele is as concerned with developing Adelaide's inner tension as he is in molding specific family dynamics. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
C- 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) [A] high-risk dramatic gamble that doesn't pay off. Instead, Nemes presents a vision built to confuse with condescension, one that effectively isolates but struggles to function as anything but a labored temporal exercise. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
D 36% Out of Blue (2019) It's an admirably earnest attempt at the metaphysical where we least expected, but also an unintentionally funny one as well. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
B 59% Greta (2019) It's the cinematic equivalent of an airport paperback in the best possible way, all schlocky upsides without the unrefined downsides. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
B 89% Arctic (2019) On top of the film's impressive craft, Penna keeps the film brief and relentless... - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
C- 38% Glass (2019) Suffice to say, this is not the Unbreakable sequel that that film's first fans had hoped for. The sickly mania of Split's shenanigans is more like it and then some, discarding Unbreakable's slick brooding for something tacky and dull. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
B- 65% Aquaman (2018) For some it might be an acquired taste, but it succeeds by pairing simplistic narrative ambitions with an authentically wild visual experience. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
D 67% Vice (2018) ... the kind of conceptual satire brewed up and whiffed out by dudes confusing vacuous provocation for sociopolitical sharpness. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
C+ 61% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lox is as much of an assault as it is a ghost, lingering close to making an impact on us but never really landing. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
B- 82% Ben is Back (2018) Ben is Back is largely aided by the vigor of Julia Roberts' turn as the mother Holly. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
A 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is a film of radical compassion... - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
B- 59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner is efficient, if uninspiring. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
B+ 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) ... simply a great time at the movies built to relieve through catharsis and creature comforts alike. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
C 46% The Meg (2018) Quite as you would expect, The Meg is delirious, humid nonsense. But where it disappoints is its missed opportunities. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
C+ 72% Christopher Robin (2018) It's sharpest take on the characters ... is that Tigger is the absolute worst. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B- 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Ethan Hunt has finally begun to escape being defined solely by the aura of the star that plays him. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Its high-concept satire may not land every bizarre flourish it skyrockets at us, but Sorry to Bother You's wit is both profound and satisfyingly off-the-wall. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
D+ 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Soldado is simply a hollow hell. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B+ 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade finds the healing in the horror of adolescence - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
C 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) The film finds its characters to only be the sum of their tragedies rather than human beings. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B+ 96% Ava (2018) The tension is high, and the stakes are kept punishingly human. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The film's tonal constant is the brilliant Washington, giving confident comic timing and no-bullshit charisma to match any recent star-making performance. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
C+ 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) As much as it sparks elsewhere, its central journey remains a frustrating missed opportunity. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B 83% Puzzle (2018) ... this film carries a steady, oceanic emotional undercurrent in a light package. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B+ 93% Support the Girls (2018) Writer/director Andrew Bujalski does something impossible with his newest comedy, Support The Girls: create something sweet and optimistic about American corporate misogyny and indifference. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
A- 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Madeline's Madeline is a film built to comb through its details, to question what in its characters is identity and what is performance. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
C- 92% Searching (2018) For cases like Searching, innovation isn't enough. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
C 81% Boy Erased (2018) In the hands of sophomore director Joel Edgerton ... this search for healing is detrimentally willing to sacrifice what's real. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
C+ 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) ... a lavish footnote destined to be revisited by a cult shocked by such strangeness given to children in deceptively sweet packaging. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
C 71% The Happy Prince (2018) But beyond the fleeting precise observations, the film falls mostly into dull biopic mechanics. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
A- 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It's haunting stuff, as fascinating as it is difficult to shake. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
C 79% Halloween (2018) The finale of the film is satisfying in the extreme, as primal and exacting as we wish the film entire would have been. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
C- 62% The Oath (2018) There's a steady miscalibration to both its laughs and tension, the rhythms of the film seldom clicking into place... - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
C 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The film is rather unevenly paced, with each new chapter stalling the film rather than intensifying it. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
D 86% The Wife (2018) Too bad we don't buy any of it - not the initiating circumstances of the secret, nor any of its fallout. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
C 87% Colette (2018) Colette is ultimately passive where the material begs to challenge... - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
C- 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) We can find what's real among its mess, but the film doesn't lead us there. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
B+ 90% A Star Is Born (2018) ... this update of the classic love story is crafted with a palpable affection and passion. Cooper's take is personal, ingenious, and raw. - Filmmixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018