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Derek Smith

Derek Smith
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The Hitman's Bodyguard sometimes just appears to be parodying the sort of mess it ends up being.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
1.5/4 45% 6 Days (2017) 6 Days boils down the intricate relationship between Iran and the West into a tense standoff of conflicting ideals where the values and perspectives of only one side really matter.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
1.5/4 67% Pilgrimage (2017) It remains too uncompromisingly black and white as a character study and a story of the conflicts of faith.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
2/4 31% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) The film's emotional resonance feels hollow, watered down by an overstuffed plot that bites off more than it can chew.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
2/4 36% Kidnap (2017) Kidnap is an efficient vehicle for the delivery of some lean action that's frequently weakened by a scarcely whip-smart script.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
1.5/4 33% Fun Mom Dinner (2017) The film is lazily content to simply put its female characters through the potty-mouthed, gross-out comedy ringer.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
2/4 77% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The film is usually transparent in its unbridled and excessive adulation of Al Gore.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
0/4 5% The Last Face (2017) The Last Face's shameful exploitation of Africans doesn't stop with the mere privileging of its two wealthy white doctors and their trivial personal struggles within the narrative. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
3.5/4 100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) The film creates a deeply rooted sense of realism that contrasts the austere, surreal illustrations. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2.5/4 96% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Endless Poetry eventually, like young Alejandro, opens itself up to the world in all of its beauty and complexities.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
1/4 20% Austin Found (2017) Will Raee's film takes its cue from the Toddlers & Tiaras school of reality TV child exploitation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
2/4 75% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) Review Aside from further vilifying the Nazis, the film's ideological endgame remains a bit too slippery. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/4 88% Paulina (La patota) (2017) It's unsettling and disconcerting in its complex examination of the gray area that lies between the morals we conceptually hold and the actions we're willing to perform to affirm those beliefs in the world.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
.5/4 No Score Yet The Recall (2017) Mauro Borrelli's The Recall has the look of a SyFy original movie and the self-seriousness of Ridley Scott's recent Alien films. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
1.5/4 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) Like Lisa and Kate's pendular swings between hope and despair, Johannes Roberts's film can't help alternating between the genuinely terrifying and the just plain dumb. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
2.5/4 41% The Hunter's Prayer (2017) The Hunter's Prayer packs its brisk 85 minutes with an impressive array of car chases, gun fights, hand-to-hand combat, and foot pursuits, all cut with a precision and an economy that heightens the impact of every hit. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
1/4 44% Vincent N Roxxy (2017) Its gory conclusion is presented with an ostentatious grandiosity that the rest of the film simply doesn't justify.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
.5/4 50% Black Butterfly (2017) Black Butterfly's undercooked and incoherent turn of events attempt to stupefy us into mistaking its deeply flawed internal logic for ingenuity.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
1.5/4 75% Wakefield (2017) The more curious Howard's circumstances become, the less vitality the harsh realities of his escapades away from home have. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
73% Night on Earth (1991) Throughout, Jim Jarmusch playfully blurs the line between driver/passenger, servant/customer, and native/immigrant.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/4 90% Hounds of Love (2017) Hounds of Love builds to a crescendo that earns its emotional catharsis while staying true to its roots as a truly chilling and intense thriller.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
2.5/4 69% The Wall (2017) The Wall packs a surprisingly savage punch by boiling the exploits of battle down to its essential elements.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
1.5/4 31% 3 Generations (2017) The main character is too often pushed to the sidelines so that the filmmakers can indulge tired family-drama tropes.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
1/4 32% Voice from the Stone (2017) In none of its manifestations is grief as tidy and meticulously arranged as in Eric D. Howell's film.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
1.5/4 47% Sand Castle (2017) Unwittingly perhaps, Sand Castle reveals itself as a microcosm of America's foreign policy in the Middle East.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
3/4 89% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) The film allows the sorrows of losing a life and the joys of saving it to remain congruent.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
1/4 16% Mine (2017) The film has absolutely no interest in the dilemmas or after-effects of war and occupation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
2/4 48% The Ticket (2017) The Ticket abandons the potentially complex web of drama it initially sets up and moves toward a limp, shallow critique of superficiality itself.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
1/4 0% All Nighter (2017) In constantly shifting its genre allegiances, the film reveals itself to be a cinematic jack of all trades and a master of none.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
3/4 100% My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi) (2017) My Happy Family casually lays out the domestic space where the story's events takes place with acutely detailed cultural specificity.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
2/4 73% The Other Half (2017) The film's emotional resonance is consistently stifled by excessively gloomy aesthetic and stylistic tics.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
1/4 35% The Last Word (2017) Its main character's transformation isn't significant enough to justify her complete redemption in the eyes of those around her.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
1.5/4 45% Youth in Oregon (2017) Joel David Moore's film is too often distracted by irrelevant emotional grandstanding.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
1/4 40% 100 Streets (2017) Throughout the film's three interconnected stories, Jim O'Hanlon favors the blunt, maudlin manipulations of Crash.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
1/4 26% Solace (2016) It joylessly coopts the hoariest stylistic tics and narrative tropes from your run-of-the-mill 1990s thriller. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) It is tender and melancholy, yet its absurdist twists, played with the straightest face, make it one of the most uniquely rewarding experiences I've had at the movies all year.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
92% Yourself and Yours (2016) Yourself and Yours is another delightfully charming comedy from the Korean master whose lightness of touch never belies the emotional depth lurking beneath the surface.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) While The Salesman doesn't quite hit the emotional highs or deft narrative moves of his earlier films, it's certainly at least a worthy addition into his filmography.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) Adam Driver's wonderful performance and his sweet rapport with his on-screen wife, played with delicate compassion by Golshifteh Farahani, along with a hilariously expressive bulldog, are enough to save the film from its more obnoxious idiosyncrasies.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) If you're a fan of the topic, it's at least mildly entertaining, but it rarely feels like anything more than a glorified DVD extra feature.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) One of the year's more delightfully offbeat and pleasurable films.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
3.5/5 98% The Fits (2016) If nothing else, it introduces Anna Rose Holmer to the world as another bright young female director with a unique perspective and, especially for a debut feature, a surprisingly impressive command of pacing and tone.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
3/5 85% Tyson (2009) Compelling as Iron Mike is to listen to, it's hard to fault the filmmaker for not wanting to interrupt him.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
2.5/5 77% The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) The duo also seems too focused on justifying their own controversial actions and harping on the humor element in the sequel.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
3.5/5 73% Julia (2009) Risky, genuine, and alive.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
2/5 83% The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheun-nom, Nabbeun-nom, Isanghan-nom) (2010) It isn't the film's style-over-substance approach that prevents it from being as engaging and entertaining as it desires; it's the lack of cohesiveness and discernible rhythm.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/5 88% FILM IST. a girl & a gun (2009) Using clips mostly from obscure, silent, and often explicit films, along with quotes by Plato, Hesiod, and Sappho, Deutsch constructs his own unique history of love, lust, desire, and violence on the silver screen.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
3.5/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) It still comes off as another unique entry in the Linklater canon in its careful balancing of full-on machismo-filled bro-down comedy with more tender scenes of genuine male bonding.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
3/5 92% Notfilm (2015) As tough as it is to sit through at times, it's worth the effort to get to the beautiful nuggets of gold it occasionally mines.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
2.5/5 73% Valley Of Love (2016) As weak as Valley of Love is for much of its first hour, its final act, where the two characters are confronted with the reality of their son's request and Gerard's revelation about his own personal health, is at least more palatable.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016