Evan Dossey

Evan Dossey
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I have been writing film coverage in the Indianapolis area for the better part of the 2010's. Along with several other critics, I own and operate the Midwest Film Journal and am dedicated to thorough and thoughtful criticism and coverage. I also contribute to The Film Yap and have served on Juries for the Heartland Film Festival. I am also a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Riders of Justice (2021) A surprisingly thoughtful & witty revenge tale. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
74% Army Of The Dead (2021) Ultimately not enough chills and spills to keep this long adventure engaging. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
100% before/during/after (2020) A kind movie that captures the totality of a woman's journey in the aftermath of an unexpected divorce. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
No Score Yet P.E.N.S. (Poetic Energy Needed in Society) (2021) A thoughtful look at an artistic community - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
86% Bad Cupid (2021) Bad Cupid has a good heart. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Hard to argue this doesn't deliver exactly what it promises: brutal violence, incoherent lore dumps, and dorky plot contrivances. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
66% Here Alone (2017) A visually engaging post-apocalyptic tale that unfortunately lacks the narrative strength to carry itself across the finish line. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
55% My True Fairytale (2021) A heartfelt semi-true story; powerful if you're aware of the true story, unfortunately tedious if you aren't. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
100% Transference: A Love Story (2020) A story about the messiness of real relationships with two great lead performances. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
100% Touch (2020) An engaging psychological thriller that feels intimately truthful about its protagonists' mental journey - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) A confused downer of a finale to an otherwise exemplary run of big-budget Kaiju movies. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
80% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) A bleak and beautiful masterpiece about starting low and going lower. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Snyder successfully balances his love of mythic imagery with a character-centric story that makes four hours feel like four minutes. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
90% Paint (2020) A funny, bleak look at what it takes to make it in the world of professional art. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
94% West Michigan (2021) Strong performances and stellar cinematography make this a best-in-class indie coming of age picture. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
67% The Mimic (2020) Reasonably funny two-handed comedy about friendships you can't shake. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Forgettable and frustrating, despite its beauty and charms. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
100% Somewhere with No Bridges (2021) An effective small-scale documentary. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
67% Parallel Minds (2020) Ambitious small-budget science fiction with lots of ideas and some cool creature effects. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021
86% Clay's Redemption (2020) Interesting fantasy-noir debut picture that succeeds at creating an aesthetic mood, even if the plot is too convoluted to follow. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
100% Crossroads of America (2020) A fully fleshed-out portrait of three women struggling on the margins. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
69% Tulsa (2020) A well-meaning faith-based film that is too long and too thin to leave an impression. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
93% Minor Premise (2020) A taught sci-fi triller that understands the best way to convey its big idea premise. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) For all its flash, "Promising Young Woman" lacks the courage of its convictions. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
95% The Ringmaster (2020) Tries to balance the story about a humble man behind a famous food and the documentarian's blind interest in crafting a movie around him, but ultimately feels like it withholds too much to be earnest. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
100% Ice Cream in the Cupboard (2020) A touching and earnest story about a a difficult subject. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
72% LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) Lighthearted and fun stuff for fans of the Sequels. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
85% The Racer (2020) And effective, no-nonsense sports drama with strong performances and style. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
67% The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) Hot Garbage. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
78% Greenland (2020) Bleak, punishing stuff on a budget. Butler & Waugh are proving themselves to be a formidable creative duo. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
43% Blind (2020) Clashing styles and lack of tension mean Blind doesn't quite hit the mark as a horror/thriller. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
75% Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) Strongest when it focuses on the most mundane aspects of the legendary festival. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
80% Cut and Chop (2020) Impressive gore and style overcomes an under-written narrative. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
49% Ravenous (1999) An idiosyncratic cannibal masterpiece about the ceaselessness of American violence. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
80% Flytrap (2015) An engrossing psychological thriller - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
83% Baby Frankenstein (2018) A silly and strange foray into Frankenstein - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
99% Totally Under Control (2020) A refresher on a year of institutional madness; enough to make you feel unhinged. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
33% Darkness in Tenement 45 (2020) Impressive independent horror feature with a smart visual style. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
100% Belly of the Beast (2020) A harrowing documentary about the practice of forced sterilization. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
100% River City Drumbeat (2020) A thoughtful and encompassing documentary about what it means to make a difference. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
100% Freeland (2020) A really empathetic look at a life left behind. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
100% 76 Days (2020) An intense look into ground zero of a disaster that has impacted all of us. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
95% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2020) A dazzling, emotional debut feature. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
92% Give or Take (2020) A very kind, authentic movie about grief and loss that takes a lot of 'coming home' tropes without succumbing to melodrama or nasty cliches. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Ambitious to a fault; sprawling and ambitious but with little for its star-studded cast to do because of it. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
100% Gutterbug (2019) A stellar debut - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) The dullness of its story is counterbalanced by set pieces action fans will never stop talking about - for better or worse. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
61% Shooting Heroin (2020) A gritty Christian film that still ends in soft rock and a foregone conclusion. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
93% Northwood Pie (2020) A prototypical twentysomething dramedy seasoned with small-budget heart & technical skill. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
89% Love & Debt (2019) Melodramatic moments aside, "Love and Debt" does a pretty good job in depicting how American capitalism perpetually crushes working-class dreams. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020