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Christopher Schobert

Christopher Schobert
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Into the Spider-Verse" is the only animated film this year that can comfortably fit on the Top 10 list for a 10-year-old superhero junkie and a late-thirtysomething film critic.‐ Filmswoon
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
C- 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There's a lot riding on "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." Sadly, the film is a dud - the first real miss of the "Harry Potter" series.‐ Filmswoon
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- 88% First Man (2018) Chazelle has directed a story of pain, sacrifice and, ultimately, triumph, that will resonate with audiences. ‐ Filmswoon
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B 75% Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) The casting of Stewart and Dern is inspired, and they make Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy a tasty, satisfying version of one of the most gobsmackingly wacky literary hoaxes of the last two decades.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
A- 93% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jenkins has written and directed an exquisite, timeless film about a place and historical period-Harlem in the 1970s-that feels painfully connected to the present.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B 80% Destroyer (2018) Kidman gives one of her best performances, and Kusama keeps us interested even when we know what's coming.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
C- 43% Tell It to the Bees (2018) The ingredients are all there, but the execution is faulty.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B- 80% Freaks (2018) "Freaks" is a fine example of doing a lot with a little. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 91% Widows (2018) This is precision entertainment, a crackling, pulse-pounding heist movie with a sterling cast, a whip-smart script, and undeniable social resonance, calling to mind heavyweight champs like The French Connection and Heat.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 91% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is most effective when it breaks free from conventional storytelling and relies on image, sound, emotion, and mood.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
C+ 11% Siberia (2018) The scenes between Reeves and Ularu are the film's best and, with its enigmatically appealing stars, Siberia might have worked better as an offbeat love story rather than a thriller.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
D+ 8% Basmati Blues (2018) Basmati Blues is an inoffensive trifle. It does not warrant outrage; it's not bold enough to risk it. Yet there is some heart, and undoubtedly, some ambition.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
B+ 95% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country is many things - a stark western, a gripping chase story, a tale of slavery and self-defense, and a searing drama in which the stakes are horrifically high.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
A- 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Calling it a "kids film" is a disservice; Paul King has directed an of-the-moment family comedy that rivals any in recent memory.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
C- 15% Euphoria (2017) Euphoria is undeniably a missed opportunity at creating a drama of frayed sisterhood that feels fresh and unique.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
4/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Like Tim Burton's classic "Ed Wood," "The Disaster Artist" is a testament to the communal joy of movie-making. But more than that, it's an unforgettable appreciation of the pleasures of movie-watching.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/4 66% Wonderstruck (2017) If there's any justice in the world of cinema, Wonderstruck will prove the type of unexpected, unhyped film for young adults that becomes a generational touchstone.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) More Fifth Element than Avengers, more John Carpenter than Jon Favreau, Thor: Ragnarok is an often riotously entertaining interplanetary romp.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The performances are uniformly excellent.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/4 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Faces Places is truly a joyous documentary, and qualifies as a must-see for any lover of cinema. If it is indeed Varda's final film, it's hard to think of a more effective goodbye.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/4 91% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) Mauréry makes the film worth watching.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 56% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The storytelling is often over-adrenalized and the visuals eye-popping, but the humor and sweetness make The Lego Ninjago Movie a winner. And if you're a 7-year-old, it might even be the best movie ever made.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/4 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) Dawson City: Frozen Time is a truly important effort. It is also genuinely haunting. ‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
C- 40% Mary Shelley (2018) With just about 15 minutes or so left in its 120-minute running time, Mary Shelley comes alive.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
4/4 97% Columbus (2017) Columbus is the debut from Kogonda, and it marks him as a filmmaker to watch closely.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B- 92% Porcupine Lake (2017) If "Sleeping Giant" was a shout, "Porcupine Lake" is a whisper. Told with style, warmth, and restraint, this knowing, delicate film from director Ingrid Veninger should be a modest crowd-pleaser.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
A- 100% Mademoiselle Paradis (2017) "Mademoiselle Paradis" is the fifth film from director Barbara Albert, and for both she and star Maria Dragus, it is a stunning success. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B+ 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) There's never been a Denzel Washington performance like this one, and there's never been a protagonist quite like Roman J. Israel.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
B 83% Molly's Game (2018) Molly's Game is slick, flashy, highly entertaining, and hugely forgettable.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
A- 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird will surely go down as one of the year's best films, but Greta Gerwig's feature is also a contender for having some of the strongest insightabout the winding path of adolescence this decade.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
2/4 29% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) While I Do ... Until I Don't is fiercely unmemorable, it does not diminish the success of Bell's career. There's no doubt she'll be back with a far better creation than this one, and soon.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2.5/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) The reason to see Ingrid Goes West, ... is for the performances. ‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 81% Brigsby Bear (2017) When the credits roll, it's nearly impossible not to be smiling.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
88% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) With quirky characters, a somewhat meandering plot, quick jumps between humor and shocking violence, the Netflix release brings to mind past festival favorites like Joel and Ethan Coen's Blood Simple.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The Dark Tower is a crushing disappointment for Stephen King fans.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 77% The Hero (2017) There are no surprises here, and the whole affair is a bit too modest. But Elliott's voice and his face have a lived-in quality that is unforgettable. The actor makes The Hero an enjoyable, worthy drama.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/4 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) It depends on who you ask. But make no mistake, a film with a climactic "dance fight" set to Madonna's "Into the Groove" can't be all bad.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
4/4 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) It's one of the year's essential releases - maybe its most essential.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3.5/4 87% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night is very close to a masterpiece. Enveloped in dread and oozing with tension, it's one of the great recent studies of the fear that comes from a desire for survival. ‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3.5/4 90% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) The Art Life is a must-see for Lynch obsessives, but it's also worth watching for anyone with an interest in the creation process. ‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2.5/4 76% The Void (2017) Thanks to some noteworthy visual flare from the directors, enjoyably creepy effects, and a game cast (especially Welsh), The Void warrants a recommendation. But just barely.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
46% The Discovery (2017) With its bold premise, it's designed to provoke discussion, and should make a greater impact in homes than on the big screen. ‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3.5/4 87% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) It's one of those overused lines in film criticism: "You've never seen anything like NAME OF MOVIE!" But in the case of Polish horror-fantasy musical The Lure, it's accurate.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) While The Zookeeper's Wife never lands an emotional knockout punch, there's a decency in the actions of Antonina Żabińska and Jan Żabiński that's downright heartwarming.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3.5/4 98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Yes, it's an odd title, one that sounds much better in its native language ("Ma vie de Courgette"). It's also a wonderful tremendously moving film about an emotionally wounded little boy, and the family unit that develops at a foster home for orphans.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
87% Ocean Waves (Umi ga kikoeru) (2016) These visual flourishes are not always matched by the story. Ocean Waves is slight, and there's no getting around that. Still, the film never loses its innate likability, and is a brisk 76 minutes.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/4 71% XX (2017) XX is a horror film that should inspire real discussion and real scares, and that's an accomplishment.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
3/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) This mini-Dark Knight might not be the Batman we deserve, but he's certainly the one we need right now.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Director Øvredal lets the tension and claustrophobia build, and the end result is chilling.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/4 83% Silence (2017) The film is a grueling, often painful experience. But this is essential cinema, and for Scorsese, a story he needed to tell.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017