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Eileen Jones

Eileen Jones
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Dunkirk (2017) Other than bits of Memento and those great Joker scenes in The Dark Knight, this may be [Nolan's] finest hour (and forty-six minutes).‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It saddens me to report that, though there are still great scenes of primate conflict, the third film of the trilogy succumbs in the end to fatal chicken-heartedness.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola maps her own cossetted worldview onto every project, and so The Beguiled once again treats its viewers to a dreamy vision of leisure and plenty for the beautifully dressed but emotionally troubled.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Before I saw Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation, I wrongly believed that he might do something worthwhile, because of his seemingly brilliant revisionist use of that title. But now I give up.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) This film is a fawning biopic that adds a thousand details to a portrait of Snowden that are only relevant if your goal is becoming president of the Edward Snowden fan club.‐ Washington Babylon
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
74% Ghostbusters (2016) A forgettable piece of junk.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
46% Free State of Jones (2016) Go ahead and dedicate 139 minutes of your life to The Free State of Jones. There are absolutely redeeming elements.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) These are tidings of great joy for admirers of the English novelist, who have longed for the day when some canny filmmaker would decide to foreground her satirical wit, which is especially sharp when aimed at tangled issues of class and gender.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) I generally can't sustain thoughts about Linklater's work. I only retain a general sense of having periodically wasted hours of my life that I'm never getting back.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
85% Boom Bust Boom (2016) Treating our historically specific economic system as an extension of human nature, one which can be diagnosed by studying incipient monkey-capitalists, isn't much of an analysis. ‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) For those who know almost nothing about the sinister side of Scientology-presuming there is any other side than the sinister side-Going Clear will be a terrific revelation. ‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) Kyle Patrick Alvarez's The Stanford Prison Experiment is a grim slog of a film, but it capitalizes effectively on the morbid fascination the 1971 study has always inspired.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
86% Trainwreck (2015) There are laughs, even if you have to suffer for them.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
90% In Country (2015) At least In Country attempts an honest assessment of the various ways people respond to real and recreated combat. For some of them, war isn't always hell, or at least, other hells are worse.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
84% Dirty Wars (2013) You become uncomfortably aware of scene-staging. How much re-enacting have we got going on here?... Once you become aware of it, this creeping subversion tends to gnaw away at the rest of the film. ‐ Not Safe For Work Corporation
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) Ryan Coogler's film is very sad and will make you cry, and maybe that's a good thing. I acknowledge it's important to devote time and care to such portrayals of abuse and injustice, and Coogler has certainly done that.‐ Not Safe For Work Corporation
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) It's one of the hammiest films I've seen in recent memory, full of those big phony "moments" when the whole room stops so someone can say his or her big line and get a big contrived reaction.‐ Not Safe For Work Corporation
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
96% Citizenfour (2014) For all the film's superficial slickness, it's a mess.‐ Pando
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
32% Chappie (2015) Chappie's a messy film, but it's still an interesting one, made by one of the few talented young filmmakers currently working in genre film.‐ Pando
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
67% Lucy (2014) A short, fast, violent, outrageously overconfident film full of ludicrous pseudo-science and crazy pop-philosophy.‐ Pando
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
74% The Hateful Eight (2015) Only Quentin Tarantino's immense popularity, based on his films' cathartic gouts of blood and dialogue, could have allowed him to make such a crazy and compelling Grand Guignol Western.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Dawn and the other films of the franchise are constantly evoking bleak events in human history. It's part of their whole design, creating a sense of entrapment within a cyclical momentum endlessly replayed.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
93% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) The Coens convey with great precision the kind of maddening details that consume the lives of people who are down and out, and create relentless chains of small, dark comic incidents leading to potentially dire consequences.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Extraordinarily muddled and boring.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) If it's possible to create a tribute to popular film that's both completely loving and completely scathing at the same time, the Coens have managed it. It's a mind-blower.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2016
65% The Visit (2015) The majority of the film, when the very young are being terrorized by the very old, is highly effective.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
71% Jurassic World (2015) The price you pay for delightful dinosaur carnage is, as always, dwelling in the Spielberg-patented world of regressive gender roles and worship of the white middle-class nuclear family.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
99% Selma (2015) There are sections in Selma that I treasure.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
71% Interstellar (2014) I can't remember an apocalyptic film that's taken less interest in this planet as it's destroyed.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
87% Gone Girl (2014) The game of Team Amy versus Team Nick is the perfect reaction to a Fincher film. He's made our American horror show into good unclean fun for the whole family.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
80% The Revenant (2015) The Revenant promised to be a wow of a revenge film, but in trying so hard to be complex and meaningful in his patented overeager way, Iñárritu dilutes its impact.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) I can't claim Anderson doesn't have a certain power as a filmmaker. But after watching The Grand Budapest Hotel, it seems clear he doesn't use his power for good.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) How long are you fans going to put up with this kind of slack nonsense?‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) For me, there's nothing to be done during Star Wars films but wait for the occasional bit of comic relief.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Even the wondrously choreographed stunting that keeps everything flying, flipping, careening, and cartwheeling in every direction starts to look like some demented Cirque de Soleil performance with a demolition derby theme after a while.‐ In These Times
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
96% Gravity (2013) The environment is entirely alien, the technology necessary to live in it has gone far beyond our ken, and humans float around haplessly waiting for the next systemic breakdown... It's hard not to identify with that set of circumstances.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2013
31% The Lone Ranger (2013) If you see The Lone Ranger and actually pay attention to all the maddening elements that resist fitting together, you might find it's a more enjoyable film to think and talk about than it is to watch.‐ The Jacobin
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2013
79% Monsters University (2013) It's a typical Pixar film, so loaded with gloppy sentimentality and sugary-sweet candy-colored characters and naggy moralizing I see no reason why it shouldn't make three hundred million dollars, easy.‐ Not Safe For Work Corporation
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2013
90% Lincoln (2012) This movie is all-politics all-slavery all-the-time, just what was needed to restore some balance to Lincoln movies heavily titled toward youthful promise and political vagueness.‐ Not Safe For Work Corporation
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2012
77% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) A big-budget, corny, by-the-numbers sequel designed to please legions of nostalgic fans.‐ The eXile (Russia)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2011
52% Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) My main objection boils down to this: if the filmmakers set up an anything-goes policy of outraging all notions of human dignity, they're obligated to live up to it without respecting age, race, creed, class, nationality -- or gender.‐ The eXile (Russia)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2011
86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) It's rare that entertainment with such a lofty pedigree also offers generous portions of things people actually like: revenge, violence and viscera, a protagonist we can root for, occasional humor, nice tunes. Is that so much to ask?‐ The eXile (Russia)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) The movie makes absolutely no f---ing sense whatsoever. [And] it takes almost three hours in which not to make any f---ing sense and is very loud and chesty about it.‐ The eXile (Russia)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
93% No Country for Old Men (2007) The plot is adapted from Cormac McCarthy's novel but seems ready-made for the Coens, putting them back on familiar stomping grounds, the hellish Texas they showed us in their debut film, Blood Simple.‐ The eXile (Russia)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
41% Hancock (2008) The trouble with Hancock is that its wry, reflexive commentary on the pressure of being Will Smith gets lost in the more typical reflexivity of the big-budget Hollywood fiasco.‐ AlterNet
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
18% The Happening (2008) Whether or not you'll like The Happening might very well depend on how much you like apocalyptic scenarios in your movies. I love 'em, myself. Show me an ad for a lurid doomsday flick and I want to be there opening day, right down front.‐ AlterNet
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2008
67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) It's all very plotty and ponderous.‐ The eXile (Russia)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2008
65% Stop-Loss (2008) A protest movie about the war that -- follow me closely here -- doesn't actually protest the war.‐ The eXile (Russia)
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2008