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Chuck Bowen

Chuck Bowen
Chuck Bowen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 70% XX (2017) These shorts follow female protagonists as they wrestle with exclusion and implicit social standards that may or may not extend to their male counterparts.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
1.5/4 24% In Dubious Battle (2017) Bits of editorializing dialogue throughout James Franco's In Dubious Battle suggest the resonant film that might've been.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
2.5/4 75% Stray Bullets (2017) What distinguishes Stray Bullets from so many other low-budget crime films is Jack Fessenden's sense of quietness.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
1/5 7% Rings (2017) Rings is unsure as to whether it's a sequel to the other entries in the series or a contemporary reboot.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/4 57% War on Everyone (2017) The film is in love with the tropes it ridicules, and it doesn't take long for that love to dwarf any possibility of critique. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
2.5/4 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) The film celebrates the unbridled force of energy for its own sake.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4/4 98% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Asghar Farhadi's film yields a tonal and emotional friction that's simultaneously tragic, transcendent, and comic.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
1/4 46% Trespass Against Us (2017) The efforts of a slumming cast dwarfed by clichés and opportunistically scattershot class pity.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
3/4 93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Director Michael Dudok de Wit is drawn to transcendental refinement, seeking to provide us refuge from the excess of our world.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
2.5/4 71% Master (ma-seu-teo) (2017) The film is seemingly terrified of boring us, offering one elaborate montage of catch and release (or of survey and flee) after another.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
1.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls is both governed and straitjacketed by director J.A. Bayona's competent impersonality.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Trollhunters blends the tropes associated with Guillermo del Toro with the anonymous tics of generic fantasy.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
2.5/4 93% Fences (2016) Fences is a scathing study of how white society destroys a promising black man's sense of self.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
1/4 31% The Hollow Point (2016) Gonzalo López-Gallego's direction isn't confident enough to allow us to ignore The Hollow Point's contrivances. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
1.5/4 66% Frank & Lola (2016) Frank & Lola occasionally benefits from the weird energy shared between Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3/4 95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) Johnny Ma's Old Stone is a lean, nasty entry in a subgenre that could be termed the bureaucratic noir.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
0/4 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Though the film strives to be audacious and galvanizing, it's easily shaken off as an exercise in stunted necrophilia erotica. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
3.5/4 96% The Love Witch (2016) It has an artisanal intensity that prevents it from turning into a smug and predictable exercise in political revision.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
3/4 78% The Monster (2016) The film has an eerily WTF arbitrariness that should be the domain of more films in the genre.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 100% The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016) The plaintive plain-spokenness of the interviewees, the way they matter-of-factly speak of atrocity, is transcendent and intensely haunting. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2.5/4 90% Into the Inferno (2016) The busy-ness of its conceit grounds Werner Herzog in a documentary procedural form that's surprisingly conventional by his standards.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
3/4 94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) In terms of formal orchestration, Creepy is as sublime as any prior Kiyoshi Kurosawa film.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2/4 50% 31 (2016) It collapses into repetition and unintended self-parody, as it's devoid of the subtext and empathetic audacity.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) With The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook has made a gigantic leap as an artist, but he retreats to lurid cartoonishness just as he's earned your trust.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
2.5/4 80% Theo Who Lived (2016) The film pushes through one story point to the next, occasionally prizing velocity over texture.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/4 93% Blue Jay (2016) Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson have extraordinary chemistry, painting a cumulative portrait of the fragility and rareness of being truly in sync with a partner. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2016
2.5/4 82% The Rehearsal (2016) A civics lesson in the film tethers a promising tale of artistic toil to the strictures of melodrama. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2016
3/4 69% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) The film changes gears whenever one is lulled into believing that it has finally settled into a recognizable narrative pattern.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
2/4 29% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête) (2016) Christophe Gans's telling of Beauty and the Beast abounds in impersonal and unsatisfying sumptuousness.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
86% Tanna (2016) The film blends the Bard with National Geographic, failing to make a case for the inexplicability of their union. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
2.5/4 70% Operation Avalanche (2016) The film attains a chilly existential quality as Matt Johnson's character discerns the weight of his actions.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
50% Lady in Cement (1968) The political resonance of Frank Sinatra's sleepwalking is unsubtly reactionary.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
60% Tony Rome (1967) The political resonance of Frank Sinatra's sleepwalking is unsubtly reactionary.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 100% As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016) Leyla Bouzid displays considerable talent for dramatizing how young people eroticize peril and risk due to a lack of experience.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
4/4 84% To Sleep With Anger (1990) Charles Burnett bridges theatrical dialogue, portentous omens, and presentational acting with masterful grace.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
1.5/4 43% Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) It relies less on in-camera stunts than editing that renders vague gibberish of the altercations.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
2/4 35% Max Rose (2016) It occasionally and promisingly suggests an obsessive and free-associative paean to regret.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2016
2.5/4 47% Complete Unknown (2016) Underneath the impersonal formal beauty and good acting is a familiar moral about self-imposed limitations.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
3/4 83% In Order of Disappearance (2016) The film has been executed with a sense of formally stylish and thematically symmetric panache. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
2.5/4 89% Blood Father (2016) Jean-François Richet's film shrewdly capitalizes on Mel Gibson's off-screen embarrassments and controversies.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
3/4 61% The Lost Arcade (2016) The film's images have a loose, rough, textured liveliness that honors the spirit of Chinatown Fair.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
3/4 71% Ants on a Shrimp (2016) It offers lively and layered images that reveal the chefs both as individuals and components of a larger social organism.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
2.5/4 96% Gleason (2016) One comes to distrust Gleason's pathos, because it always appears to be selling something. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
3/4 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) It displays an intimate chemical understanding of the exhausting and unrelentingly impotent agony of failure.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
3/4 72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) Maïwenn fashions a bracing film about co-dependency, capturing the erotic contours of subservience and flattery.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
2.5/4 93% The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) (2016) It offers a visual reprieve from the cumbersomely mechanized aesthetic of so much contemporary fantasy.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
1.5/4 11% Cell (2016) The film insufficiently connects the book's prophecy with its present-day, real-world forms of realization.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
1.5/4 61% Carnage Park (2016) The film covers The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by way of Rob Zombie, Quentin Tarantino, and Ti West. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
0/4 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) The film does nothing satiric or fleetingly parodic with the notion of a world united in the midst of alien annihilation.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/4 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) It infuses an outdoorsy survival tale and a coming-of-age story of friendship with Taika Waititi's penchant for distaff flakiness.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016