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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
1.5/4 75% Loving Vincent (2017) Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman's film is driven by an off-putting and oxymoronic fusion of reverence and egotism.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
1/4 21% Friend Request (2017) It predictably utilizes Facebook to superficially spit-shine another wanly Americanized J-horror retread.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2.5/4 89% First They Killed My Father (2017) First They Killed My Father is less interested in global politics than in offering an intensely experiential tapestry of war and invasion as witnessed by a child.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
3/4 92% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) In the film, Hong Sang-soo simultaneously positions filmmaking as the ultimate act of atonement and evasion.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/4 100% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Ex Libris suggests a college course and a guided tour that have been wedded together as a work of prismatic humanist art.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 80% Spoor (Pokot) (2017) Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik's Spoor is a tree-hugging, animal-loving film with a stinger in its tail.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3.5/4 71% The Day After (Geu-hu) (2017) Hong Sang-soo's The Day After homes in on the similarities between job interviews and dates, mining them for a comedy of romantic alienation and autobiographical rumination.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/4 76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) Initially colorful, the script's lurid and overripe dialogue eventually grinds the film to a halt.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
2.5/4 50% Boris Without Beatrice (Boris Sans Béatrice) (2016) The film offers an oxymoronic parable that's been utilized countless times by cinema, in loose reiterations of A Christmas Carol: The protagonist must learn humility after learning that the world revolves around him.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
1/4 24% Unlocked (2017) With its dull mixture of indifferently staged exposition and action, it suggests a primitive side-scrolling video game.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
2/4 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Goon: Last of the Enforcers faces an uphill climb that's inherent to retreads, as it's almost impossible for the film to honor its predecessor without lapsing into contrived and preordained formula.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
2/4 36% Jackals (2017) Though far more elegant in execution than most Rob Zombie-imitating films, Jackals smugly wears its violent tediousness as a badge of honor.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
3/4 93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Twenty-six years after its release on Independence Day weekend in 1991, it's difficult not to watch Terminator 2: Judgement Day through a scrim of irony. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
1.5/4 61% Lemon (2017) Lemon by Chuck Bowen 1.5 Stars Self-absorption is Janicza Bravo's focus, though--as in other smug and mock-ironic comedies--it's a topic that's less examined than indulged. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
3.5/4 91% Marjorie Prime (2017) Mapping the intersection between history and emotion, Michael Almereyda finds himself in Alain Resnais terrain. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
2.5/4 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Sunao Katabuchi displays a vivid, shattering awareness of how domestic routines can spiritually ground one during a time of demoralizing chaos.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
2/4 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) The premise of Michael Winterbottom's series has devolved from moderately diverting to actively stifling. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
4/4 96% Unforgiven (1992) Unforgiven brought the revisionist revenge film into the 1990s and, by extension, the 21st century.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
4/4 97% Columbus (2017) The seeming miracle of Columbus is its mixture of formal precision with a philosophical grasp of human mystery.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
2.5/4 57% Strange Weather (2017) There's a tough and mysterious film within Strange Weather, though it doesn't quite escape the strictures of a busy and studiously weird narrative that's governed by formula screenwriting.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
1/4 31% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) The film is so humorless and in love with its own obviousness that it grows laughable. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
2.5/4 90% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) This is history that Americans should know, and Bainbridge and Maiorana approach their film as an introductory survey course, which undercuts Rumble's aesthetic intensity. F‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
3.5/4 93% Escapes (2017) A preoccupation with the totemic materiality of cinema runs through Michael Almereyda's documentary.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
2/4 74% Landline (2017) Heroin is to Landline what abortion is to Robespierre's Obvious Child: a dangerous little variable planted to strategically unsettle the pervading cutesiness.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) One of the most beautiful and mysterious of all existentialist adventure films receives a deservedly lush and subtle transfer.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 69% To the Bone (2017) One of the film's great qualities is its casualness and willingness to be simply human and to not let sociological politics dominate.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
2/4 19% False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017) The film is a trim farce with no blood flowing under its skin, as it's all construction, setup, and payoff.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
2.5/4 44% Bronx Gothic (2017) By design, the film is intensely preachy. And this preachiness serves a therapeutic purpose, offering jolting possibilities for empathy.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
91% Straw Dogs (1971) One of the most ambiguous, neurotic, and disturbing of all American films receives a revelatory new restoration, with supplements that ably grapple with its chaos.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
4/4 86% Blow-Up (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni's film is an inquiry into the modernist concern of what art is and how it affects life.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/4 50% The Confessions (2017) Director Roberto Andò takes the form of a classical whodunit and bludgeons it with naïve indignation and sanctimony. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2017
2.5/4 83% Santoalla (2017) Andrew Becker and Daniel Mehrer get close to their subjects only to retreat when things get truly dangerous.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
3/4 77% The Little Hours (2017) For all its hip ludicrousness, The Little Hours has a point: to almost earnestly riff on how atheism has taken hold of 21st-century America, by rooting our nation's moors in a time of great austerity, sexism, classism, and persecution. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/4 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Errol Morris films Dorfman and her work with a rapt attentiveness that maps the nostalgic and regretful stirrings of her soul. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2.5/4 85% Okja (2017) In Okja, a transporting protest fantasy becomes another shrill dust-up in the waging of the culture wars.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3.5/4 100% In Transit (2015) The film's thematic organization suggests the cinematic equivalent of a short-story collection, with haunting tangents and stray notes of poetry. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2.5/4 43% The Bad Batch (2017) Ana Lily Amirpour has learned a few lessons from QT about the disreputable joys of blending kitsch and ultraviolence.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
2.5/4 85% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) Lost in Paris abounds in whimsy that, for the most part, isn't irritatingly precious-a feat that's harder to pull off than it appears. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3.5/4 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Throughout Harmonium, writer-director Kôji Fukada works in a rapt and lucid hyper-textural style that suggests a merging of the sensibilities of Alfred Hitchcock and Yasujirô Ozu.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
2/4 86% Moka (2017) Frédéric Mermoud's film makes an elaborate pretense of honoring the traditions of the observational procedural. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
2.5/4 95% Night School (2017) The high school diploma is accepted by the film too conveniently as a problem-solving MacGuffin.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3.5/4 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) Throughout, filmmaker Bill Morrison mixes documentarian detail with an ecstatic sense of poetry. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
2/4 48% Churchill (2017) The film simplifies Winston Churchill's legacy for the dubious purposes of narrative momentum and emotional lift. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2/4 53% War Machine (2017) Writer-director David Michôd's film renders existential crises of American entitlement dull and tedious.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
90% Reservoir Dogs (1992) As QT's first film as both writer and director, Reservoir Dogs indicates a remarkably fully formed cinematic sensibility.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2.5/4 92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Steve James's film is a rallying cry, and its weaknesses as art might bolster its strength as reformatory theater.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/4 90% Icaros: A Vision (2017) The film has a calming and inevitable quality, and a leisurely sense of pacing that favors image and sound over narrative propulsion, that slows our own biorhythms, fostering our sensorial empathy with the passengers. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/4 72% The Wizard of Lies (2017) The Wizard of Lies bears less of a resemblance to art than a book report.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
2.5/4 79% Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2017) In the film's best scenes, Jeff Grace displays a delicate understanding of various modes of male fragility.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
2/4 80% Chuck (2017) Like its protagonist, Philippe Falardeau's film gets lost in a haze of incidental cacophony.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017