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Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
50% 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
88% 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
84% Listen Up Philip (2014) Listen Up Philip, the third feature from writer/director Alex Ross Perry, may be this year's most unpleasant movie I've nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed. ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 20, 2014
91% Birdman (2014) A movie that, while ultimately less satisfying than I hoped, features two breathtaking star turns: one from its lead actor and another from that camera, wielded by the indisputably magical Emmanuel Lubezki. ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 16, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) Even if you couldn't care less about jazz drumming ... Whiplash is a thrill to watch. ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 9, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) A deliciously manipulative mystery that toys with the viewer like a femme fatale with her prey. ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 2, 2014
75% The Boxtrolls (2014) Why did the story of this huggable species' attempted extinction leave me emotionally indifferent? ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 25, 2014
80% Fort Bliss (2014) Maggie's agonizing zero-sum struggle to balance a life of military service and a steady relationship with her son feels fresh, raw, and real. ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 22, 2014
90% The Guest (2014) The Guest isn't here to deliver an earnest social message about the state of veterans' affairs. Instead, the way good horror movies do, it channels our collective fear, guilt, and rage by creating a monster. ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 22, 2014
63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) It boasts (nearly) all the elements of a perfectly fine, even very good, movie, without ever quite becoming a movie at all. ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 12, 2014
86% The Skeleton Twins (2014) When Hader and Wiig are on screen together the film's shortcomings fade because the energy they give to and take from each other ... is so palpable, it's fun just watching them banter ... ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 11, 2014
95% Love Is Strange (2014) Love Is Strange is a delight to watch unfold. ‐ Slate
Posted Aug 21, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) Calvary gives Gleeson ample opportunity to explore his talent for anchoring a movie, making it deeper and richer than the script and direction might otherwise allow. ‐ Slate
Posted Aug 1, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) If Marvel is trying (in the words of one of the soundtrack's pop gems) to get us "hooked on a feeling," its job is done. ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 31, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) We Are the Best! is the rare film about childhood friendship that seems to take place inside the world of children, not filtered through an adult scrim of nostalgia. ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 21, 2014
17% Sex Tape (2014) As timid, bland, and predictable as romantic comedies come ... ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 17, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) One of the most intelligent and entertaining big-studio releases of the summer so far. ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 11, 2014
98% Boyhood (2014) I can think of few feature films in the history of the medium that have explored the power, and the melancholy, of film's intimate enmeshment with time in the way Richard Linklater's Boyhood does. ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 9, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) [An] affectionate, candid, sometimes tough-to-watch tribute to Roger Ebert ... ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 3, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) [It] seems to have been sent back to us from some distant alternate future where grandiose summer action movies can also be lovingly crafted, thematically ambitious works of art. ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 27, 2014
69% They Came Together (2014) This rough-edged parody feels both distinctive and handmade, and for those reasons alone it's a hard movie to hate, even when it temporarily loses its comic footing. ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 25, 2014
52% Jersey Boys (2014) Curiously moribund ... ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 20, 2014
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) A genial class clown of a movie. ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 12, 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) What in the name of God is wrong with me that I didn't cry once -- I, who just the day before wept through the entirety of my child's thoroughly upbeat school play. ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 8, 2014
89% Obvious Child (2014) There's something old-Hollywood about Slate's dizzy-dame charm, and at the same time, something very modern about her unapologetic ownership of her own sexuality. ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 5, 2014
86% Night Moves (2014) A slow-burning suspense thriller about a trio of eco-terrorists conspiring to blow up a dam, it's directed by Reichardt with the concision and elegance of a chess master. ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 1, 2014
50% Maleficent (2014) Maleficent doesn't reinvent any wheels when it comes to the fairy-tale genre -- but the fairy tale already comes with pretty hardy wheels, and this sweet, child-friendly adaptation creaks along on them quite nicely. ‐ Slate
Posted May 29, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) It's maximalist Hollywood filmmaking at its best, the kind of extravagant production that, like a Wagner opera, can sweep you up in a sense of mythic grandeur even as you struggle to follow what's going on. ‐ Slate
Posted May 22, 2014
74% Godzilla (2014) It's a smooth, sleek, technologically awe-inspiring 3-D blockbuster with a top-shelf cast (speaking middle-to-lower-shelf dialogue most of the time, to be sure, but they do it with style). ‐ Slate
Posted May 16, 2014