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Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Finding Dory (2016) "Finding Dory often goes, if you'll forgive the maritime metaphor, to a level a few fathoms below the cruising depth of its much-loved predecessor. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 15, 2016
92% Anomalisa (2015) "Whatever combination of practical effects and digital wizardry went into the technique that gave rise to Anomalisa's otherworldly yet very human narrative universe, I hope it will be used to tell more stories, perhaps by this same storyteller. " ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 31, 2015
97% 45 Years (2015) "45 Years is about the relationship of the present to the past and of our past loves to our present lives-a relationship that, like any good marriage, remains a total mystery. " ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 22, 2015
60% Joy (2015) "Joy the movie never cohered, for me, into a story with forward motion. The minute the film begins to find its footing in one tonal register, it switches to another ... " ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 22, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "Like their Star Wars forebears, Boyega's Finn and Ridley's Rey are brave, funny, and admirable but also imperfect, uncertain, and sometimes afraid. That is to say, they're genuine, multisided characters with believable motivations. " ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 17, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) "One of the most appealing things about this very appealing movie -- a stylistic Chex Mix of storytelling, satire, advocacy, and clip art -- is its high regard for the intellect of the viewer. " ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 14, 2015
69% The Danish Girl (2015) "In the early days of Einar's transformation, Redmayne conveys the degree to which gender is, for all of us, a skill acquired through observation and imitation. " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 25, 2015
94% Carol (2015) "The director Todd Haynes and the novelist Patricia Highsmith fit together like a hand and glove-a beautifully manicured hand and a sleek gray-green leather glove, two images that figure prominently in Carol ... " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 19, 2015
91% James White (2015) "There's a foggy, drifting quality to Mond's storytelling style that befits this portrait of a young man who is himself adrift in the adult world. " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 12, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) "Once in a while a good movie about journalism comes along to remind you that behind every important news story stand the men and women who researched, interviewed, and fact-checked to make it that way. " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 5, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "This is a film that, though its story (inspired by true events) begins in 1957 and spans a period of about five years, uses that era to hold a mirror to our own. " ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 16, 2015
70% Crimson Peak (2015) "For the two hours it lasted I wasn't asking any questions, only giggling, squirming, screaming, and swooning. " ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 15, 2015
94% Room (2015) "Though it goes to places as dark as any you could imagine, Room carries at its heart a message of hope: Two people in four walls can create a world worth surviving for, if they love each other enough. " ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 14, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) "It's all too neatly staged to make for dynamic cinema, even if the dialogue does crackle with a delicious nastiness. " ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 9, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) "The animating humanism of Scott's film is irreducible. It's a wry tribute to the qualities that got our species into space in the first place: our resourcefulness, our curiosity and our outsized, ridiculous, beautiful brains. " ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 1, 2015
75% Black Mass (2015) "Depp's performance as Bulger is as strong, and as energized, as anything he's done on screen for years. " ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 18, 2015
93% Sicario (2015) "Sicario opens on a power chord of fear, nausea, and dread that resonates throughout the whole movie. " ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 17, 2015
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) "The Second Mother isn't just a backdrop for Casé's bravura acting, nor for the equally well-observed performances of the whole ensemble cast. Muylaert's camera -- the cinematography is by Barbara Alvarez --moves with fluid expressiveness. " ‐ Slate
Posted Aug 31, 2015
64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "The screenplay doesn't lack for memorable zingers, and thanks to Cody's script and Streep's performance, Ricki emerges as a complex, self-contradictory person (even if most of the supporting characters don't). " ‐ Slate
Posted Aug 6, 2015
91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "I greatly enjoyed it and would watch it again ... " ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 30, 2015
96% The Look of Silence (2015) "[It] isn't quite documentary filmmaking, but it certainly (and sickeningly) isn't fiction either. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 17, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "[Schumer] takes the romantic-comedy heroine and the onscreen treatment of feminism to places they've seldom, if ever, been before. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 16, 2015
97% Tangerine (2015) "A sneaky slice-of-life indie that comes on all casual and cinéma-verité in the early scenes, then slowly coalesces into a romantic comedy as intricately constructed as any door-slamming stage farce. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 10, 2015
88% Dope (2015) "Dope's biggest strength lies in its affectionate and honest portrait of a different kind of young urban blackness than we're used to seeing on movie screens. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 19, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "Only in the medium of animation could a conceit as elaborate as Inside Out's be dramatized, and only animation this well-designed and executed could bring such a story so vibrantly to life. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 18, 2015
72% Jurassic World (2015) "You don't go to the fourth Jurassic Park movie for up-to-date gender politics. You go for the crunchy dino-on-human action, and Jurassic World provides plenty of that. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 12, 2015
94% Spy (2015) "Spy lampoons sexism without abandoning sex-a tough tone for a comedy to strike but one that Feig and McCarthy manage to accomplish with both a sense of justice and a sense of humor. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 4, 2015
72% American Sniper (2015) "American Sniper has a perspective that's recognizable from the classic Westerns Eastwood has long been associated with, both as an actor and a director. It's an existential critique of violent machismo that doubles as a celebration of violence. " ‐ Slate
Posted May 31, 2015
49% Tomorrowland (2015) "Tomorrowland is a highly original, occasionally even visionary piece of sci-fi filmmaking, but that doesn't necessarily make it a good movie. " ‐ Slate
Posted May 21, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Essentially, the story is one extended, spectacular car chase, which changes directions mid-movie to retrace its own footsteps as the stunts grow bigger and more outrageous with each passing mile. " ‐ Slate
Posted May 12, 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Age of Ultron, then, shows what happens when an unstoppable force (Joss Whedon's imagination) meets an immovable object (the Disney/Marvel behemoth). " ‐ Slate
Posted Apr 28, 2015
61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "The cast offers up an impressive variety of grotesques, even if no performance seems to occupy quite the same tonal register as any other. " ‐ Slate
Posted Feb 26, 2015
87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "One of the countless sad things about losing Hoffman is the realization that we'll never get to watch him single-handedly elevate an otherwise OK movie again. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jan 5, 2015
90% The Imitation Game (2014) "This film about one of the past century's smartest humans at times treats its own audience like a classroom of remedial learners. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jan 4, 2015
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "It seems like a lot of satirical hue and cry about a social problem I'm not sure the nation is currently plagued by. Are local TV news stations really conducting daily bidding wars over the goriest footage random freelancers can bring them? " ‐ Slate
Posted Jan 4, 2015
89% A Most Violent Year (2015) "For me A Most Violent Year remained an abstract idea of a great period crime drama, rather than a fleshly incarnation of one. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jan 2, 2015
71% Into the Woods (2014) "Instead of being a rueful meditation on the inevitable disappointments of adulthood, the last act plays out as a generic dystopian bummer. " ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 24, 2014
99% Selma (2015) "By focusing on the power of cannily staged collective action to turn the tide of public opinion, Selma achieves a contemporary relevance that few historical dramas can ... " ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 19, 2014
98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Writing about Mr. Turner a few weeks after seeing it, I feel a craving to be again immersed in its world, which is rich with colors, textures, and, it sometimes almost seems, smells ... " ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 18, 2014
88% Still Alice (2015) "Glatzer and Westmoreland don't need to stack the emotional deck on Alice's behalf ... They just leave the camera on Moore's beautiful but increasingly faraway face, and our tears come on their own. " ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 5, 2014
90% Wild (2014) "The story Wild cares about, and tells with admirable honesty and cinematic grace, has less to do with the out-of-doors than with the inside-of-head. " ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 4, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) "The Babadook makes everyday domestic life seem like the most natural possible place to encounter monsters of every description, including the monsters that we ourselves have the capacity to become. " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 28, 2014
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "IMockingjay's placeholder status is a little too evident in its choppy, shapeless structure, this dark third chapter does have stretches of somber beauty. " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 20, 2014
82% Beyond the Lights (2014) "It's a movie about a rising superstar that features two of them-Mbatha-Raw and Parker, both enormously appealing, impossibly attractive performers with big futures ahead of them. " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 14, 2014
89% Foxcatcher (2014) "Miller (who in his previous two films, Capote and Moneyball, showed a similar interest in the power machinations of lonely, obsessive outsiders) doesn't need a lot of dialogue or backstory to create a haunting mood of tension and menace. " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 14, 2014
77% Rosewater (2014) "Though at times Rosewater is clearly the work of a first-timer still finding his voice, Stewart is indisputably a real filmmaker. " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 13, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "Big Hero 6 qualifies as a better-than-average kids' movie with enough cross-generational appeal to make it a fine choice for a family weekend matinee. " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 7, 2014
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "What is the idea of romantic companionate marriage, in all its crackpot "till death us do part" absolutism, if not a theory of everything? " ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 7, 2014
71% Interstellar (2014) "A movie I snickered at more than once but never stopped staring at in wonder. " ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 30, 2014
93% Force Majeure (2014) "Intellectually and visually enthralling and often savagely funny, but it also demands a significant investment of both patience and stamina on the viewer's part. " ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 24, 2014
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