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David Keyes

David Keyes
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 75% Split (2017) Split sees M. Night Shyamalan elevated back into the veil of the serious filmmaking contenders.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2.5/4 44% Funny Lady (1975) A strange anomaly of a film that rarely works and often bores to the point of exhaustion, but how thrilling that a pair of committed actors can pay their own amusement forward in a synergy that defies most traditional outcomes.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/4 93% Funny Girl (1968) In lesser hands this would fall flat because nothing is written to comfort the supporting players. They are extras with names and blurred faces.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
1/4 53% Basic Instinct (1992) Here is a film so utterly devoid of art and intellect that nothing remains other than a husk of ridiculous ploys.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/4 95% Moana (2016) The story is an echo of that ever-so-familiar journey in which young heroines become restless with the grind of their routines and wander beyond the borders of their world, usually against the wishes of strict parental figures.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
No Score Yet Those that will go to "Princess Mononoke" one time are doing so as eager adventurers, but those that are incited to revisits are provoked to become more than mere gazers of color and movement. ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The first act is the frenetic embodiment of the Hollywood machine, but the final 30 minutes is a rousing climactic battle on the empire's home turf.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) No one, not even a skilled professional, asks these kinds of questions with the same distinctive slant as Werner Herzog.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
No Score Yet Honest Man: The Life Of R. Budd Dwyer (2010) How refreshing that a filmmaker finally came along to audaciously ask the questions that needed some level of emphasis. This is a film as relevant as it is sobering.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) We continue to reflect on the movie's lessons long after the laughs have diminished because they are sound, relevant and conveyed by the talents of actors who offer legitimate stakes in the material.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman (2013) A rather thoughtful documentary, not so much about the great Swedish filmmaker as it is about the plethora of directors he helped create.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) By the end, regardless of how one feels about any number of his pictures, there is no question that he was a man who made movies exactly the way he intended. ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 94% Arrival (2016) In times when audiences are trained to be enamored by special effects and simplified narrative patterns, Arrival is an unusual discovery: a movie that requires us to think beyond the polished surface and contemplate our own place in the universe.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2.5/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The plot loses its foothold just as the momentum should be taking over, leading us into a barrage of meandering episodes that lack the compelling gravity you would expect out of this ambitious world.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) A film far more rich, entertaining and intellectual than the promotional trail of glitzy images and ambitious visual effects would have you believe.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) An audacious, emboldening injection into the fabric of the American consciousness, a film that will be remembered as a watershed among followers as the reality of modern film is carved into the walls of important history.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
3/4 82% Denial (2016) Humble, well-acted and has its mind in the right perspective, and in a society that is eager to use political hyperbole as a weapon against the oppressed, how remarkable that any movie right now is content to be eloquent in that conviction.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
3/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Not the sort of excursion that is alien to the eccentric Tim Burton, but unlike a plethora of the director's recent output it sticks to you with a certain romanticized clarity, as if plucked from some untapped corner of his exhausted imagination‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
2/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) A strange excursion into the tackiest of subject matters: the sort that builds its leads up into objects of a misogynist agenda that is extremely mean-spirited, even by definitions of any normal thriller about sex and violence.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
1.5/4 82% Trick 'r Treat (2007) Those that have grasped its intentions have every reason to be happy with the end result. And to that end, mere words in a movie review cannot express how much I just don't care.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
45% A Serbian Film (2011) There exists a hard, bitter audience for the likes of A Serbian Film, one of the most graphic depictions of human suffering I have ever seen committed to the screen. I am not among them. ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
3.5/4 98% Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) Enjoyment is the greatest of lost sensations at scary movies, and Evil Dead II endures as an obstinate token of those simpler times.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
2.5/4 62% Unfriended (2015) There are some noteworthy thrills amongst a plethora of urgent details.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
3.5/4 64% Funny Games (1998) So much of it is elevated to engrossing observation because it is a movie that takes these ideas seriously, not as tools meant to turn a stomach.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
3.5/4 85% Terror at the Opera (1987) Movies like Opera can be treasures for minds inclined to dip further into the shadows. They are reminders that terror begins with uncertainty, not with howls of obvious pain.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
0.5/4 45% Clown (2016) In the era when context means everything, Clown makes the fatal mistake of believing its audience just doesn't care about one.‐ David Keyes' Cinema 2000
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
1/4 20% Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) A strange and off-putting experience, filled with endless miscalculations in nearly every detail it attempts to build up, including performances by actors who ought to have known better.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
1.5/4 33% Madman (1981) There's nothing remotely enjoyable about the experience of Madman, which misses the opportunity to exploit unlikely punchlines and buries its situations in a compost pile of muck, boredom and insufferably miscalculated technical merits.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
3/4 79% Red Eye (2005) The movie gains an effective footing by, basically, thoroughly exploiting one's fear of being blackmailed into something dangerous.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
3/4 63% Cabin Fever (2002) A divisive moment between opposing tones of horror movies, and a relentless symbol of the director's unfiltered panache for the macabre.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
2/4 69% Candyman (1992) The goals of the picture never come into focus, usually because it is too busy bouncing between the methodical deviations of the villain and the silent absurdity of injustice.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
1.5/4 30% Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987) Every scene, every exchange and delivery lacks finesse, and actors move through the motions of a choppy screenplay with all the charm of underachievers in an after-school special.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
2.5/4 42% Prom Night (1980) As I came to the movie for the first time in a very recent marathon of classic horror pictures, I was baffled, aghast and left overcome with insurmountable eye-rolls. But I was never bored.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet The Entity (1982) This is a film that intends to travel added miles in convincing us of the power of supernatural dangers.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) There is no doubt that Alvarez has a knack for creating effective framing devices, and the movie is chock-full of good suspense.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 25% Halloween (2007) Most filmmakers would simply amp up the visual assault for the sake of stirring the minds of desensitized viewers; Zombie is brave enough to depart from the source and take insightful back roads that consider the psychology of the subject.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 84% The Tree of Life (2011) Malick's points are more enriching than the mere mutterings from a confused filmmaker. One might even say he understands more about this strange existence than he is willing to admit in front of a camera.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 35% Blair Witch (2016) There is a lot of good stuff going on here, not the least of which is a climax so well-orchestrated that it plays right into our urge to peak at the screen behind clenched fingers, arguably the greatest of litmus tests for fear-inducing journeys.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) A film of nourishing visual insights and visionary storytelling that inspires as thoroughly as it dazzles.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/4 65% Watchmen (2009) A remarkable film, in many respects.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
3/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Not a happy portrait of a figure unburdened by the hard edge of criticism; it is a sad retelling, showing a woman who used the stage as a means to silence the nagging alarms of her demise.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
3/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Funny, enjoyable and beaming with positive energy, and nowadays that's more than enough to warrant the excursion.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
4/4 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) One of the most profound filmmaking experiences of my lifetime.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
92% Into The Abyss (2011) A mark of tremendous insight that plays like another notch in the social dashboard from which Werner Herzog continues to find his inspiration.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
3.5/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) A film that is equally as good as the original: a tightly-wound, precise and frightening excursion into the shadowy odyssey of paranormal dangers.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/4 97% Jaws (1975) Relentless and intense, with characters that are the accurate realizations of their behaviors and special effects that dwarf the limits of the time.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
3/4 78% The Shallows (2016) A delivery of careful and well-modulated tension when it could have merely been another run-of-the-mill bloodbath with bad special effects.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
2/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Much of this sounds rather exciting and whimsical when you paint a portrait in a movie review, but replace the dogs and cats with inanimate childhood objects and what you basically have is Toy Story.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
2.5/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Represents the thumbprint of a filmmaker who is inspired enough by the injustice of the world around him to see it as a viable laboratory for film observation.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
2/4 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) The screen becomes immediately occupied with the earlier survivors, but who wants to see them at all, especially when their entire existence has become a morose consideration of the past rather than a trod through steady recovery?‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016