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David Keyes

David Keyes
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) A splendid entertainment, well-modulated by a steady directorial hand, and sincere in its depiction of individuals whose physical limits are meant to propel them towards wondrous - if suspenseful - adventures.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
2.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) There is simply no joy in The Last Jedi. But all great legacies, I guess, are destined to fade.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
4/4 69% mother! (2017) In a climate where we are quick to diminish and disown artists for forcing their brutal honesty on audiences, "Mother!" is a challenge worth facing.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
3.5/4 93% The Breadwinner (2017) The movie throbs with a confidence that is as alarming as it is heart-wrenching.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Disaster Artist (2017) A thoughtful, deeply humorous portrait of a man who wanted to make a movie in spite of the cynicism of others, and did so entirely on his terms - in this case, for far worse results than most.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
3/4 76% Copycat (1995) The movie creates an atmosphere that is tense and rousing without descending into caustic nihilism.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
4/4 97% Coco (2017) Coco embodies the hope and promise of what animated films can be.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
0/4 26% The Room (2003) We sit there in the dark, our eyes move over flutters of passive motion, and eventually the screen goes black. That's it.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2017
3.5/4 53% The Devil's Rejects (2005) What gives Zombie the nerve, the sheer audacity, to keep moviegoers interested in material that ought to be sneered at with contempt? Rarely has our need to dismiss an idea been replaced so thoroughly with a morbid desire to watch on in fascination.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2017
4/4 78% Shame (2011) Not since Eyes Wide Shut has any movie been so audacious to take the clothes off its characters for an interest outside of mere sexual curiosity.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2017
1.5/4 52% The Belko Experiment (2017) What goes on in the frames of this film plays like an understanding of procedure but nothing of soul.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2017
3.5/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) The film's taut, insightful arc is a reminder of the lost power of restraint.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
57% Irréversible (2002) It is telling that Noé, a filmmaker ordinarily enamored by the grueling underbelly of human behavior, can effectively contrast the nihilism of the climactic events with an almost hopeful tone overlaying the story's origins. ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
1.5/4 80% Sleepaway Camp (1983) A slog through teenage nightmares that has the gall to assume anyone is interested in social commentary, especially when it is all formulated by ideas carbon-copied from more talented filmmakers.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
2/4 29% Annabelle (2014) An outline of a horror film rather than the full embodiment, guided by general exercises instead of ambitiously-choreographed routines.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
3.5 85% It (2017) Somewhere in all of this we almost forget that we are even watching a movie and find ourselves living the experience right along with the characters - a rare and precious opportunity in times that have undermined our ability to be scared.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
0.5/4 32% The Black Dahlia (2006) Most of us come to the shadows of modern noirs to be swept up in the guilt and intrigue, not to be abandoned in the thick of nonsense.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
1/4 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) A muddle of half messages wearing a mask of false confidence, giving the director carte blanche to move his characters from one shaky ordeal to the next without having to contemplate the ramifications.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
1/4 7% Basic Instinct 2 (2006) There are plot developments occurring throughout the picture that have the subtlety of a carnival sideshow, and things never add up sufficiently as an intellectual exercise.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
0/4 1% Alone in the Dark (2005) How do you savage something this pathetic, this completely unbothered by the basic concept of passable composition?‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
0.5/4 14% Piranha 3DD (2012) Here is a follow-up that could not be any more clueless if it had been conceived in a void.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3.5/4 87% Christine (2016) The guts of the movie are anchored in performances.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
1/4 6% The Devil Inside (2012) The movie is all flash and no guts, lacking consistency, believable explanations, depth, and even a general desire to tell a plausible story...‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
1/4 58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) I despise this movie, more or less, for the promises it squanders.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/4 68% Alien: Covenant (2017) A curious film, made with the wandering eye of a provocateur who descends deeply into an abyss only to find himself tethered by the narrowed vision of a movie studio more interested in formulas of the past.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2.5/4 50% 31 (2016) As I watched Zombie's latest endeavor, I was less convinced that he was dealing with powerful philosophies and more apt to believe he was trapped on the hamster wheel of his own overwrought artistic values.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/4 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) A sequel that has charm and uproarious laughs but doesn't seem at all interested in doing much else with the personalities it assembles.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
1.5/4 72% The Mist (2007) The last 30 minutes play like a dismissive ambush, leading to a final scene so utterly misguided that I wanted to hurl obscenities at the screen.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
3/4 97% It Follows (2015) Has no qualm about paralyzing the audience in deafening silence and then unleashing fearful episodes in very gradual doses.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
0.5/4 74% The Last Circus (2011) We live in times where the sensationalism of the provocateurs is more thoroughly accepted in suitable contexts. A movie this grim owes us the courtesy of a steady hand.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
0/4 3% House of the Dead (2003) Five minutes into the picture and I felt my inner child weeping for the future of the industry.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
4/4 97% Hell or High Water (2016) A real film, full of wit and insight, and carried by actors that rise above the pointedness of their dialogue to discover something profound within their limited ideologies.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
3.5/4 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The movie is pulsating with urgency and feeling, not deadened by the suggestive framework of its premise. I could not take my eyes off any of these people.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
No Score Yet Unearthed & Untold: The Path To Pet Cemetary (2014) Succeeds at an unlikely test first discussed by Gene Siskel, who believed that documentaries about bad films could be far more interesting than the results they yield.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
1/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) Special effects gurus are tasked with the rescue of a plot that is set adrift with moronic simplicity.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
3.5/4 81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) What you see is less reflective of old glories and more indicative of a new composure that inflicts a lot of Allen's newest endeavors, in which characters are seen engaging in discussions that test the limits of their deadening comforts.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
1.5/4 18% The Vatican Tapes (2015) So many of these scenes and performances are pitched below the common denominator of acceptable movie tricks.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
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 96% 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
94% 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 75% 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
95% 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