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
87% Always in Season (2019) A stirring and substantial look at the United States' legacy of racial injustice. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Setting an anti-hate satire from the perspective of a 10-year-old in Nazi Germany sounds like a questionable task but Waititi & co. nail it. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A lovely, best-case scenario for a film about Fred Rogers, right up to its sweet and understated final scene - a real trip to the Neighborhood. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% 17 Blocks (2019) A harrowing documentary told using home-video footage that uses the story of one family to explore under-reported aspects of the American experience - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
100% For Sama (2019) A unique perspective on war - and raising a child in a war zone. Utterly unforgettable. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
92% Monos (2019) A steel-toed boot to the head, a soaking wet surreal story about growing up with nothing to grasp onto. Its heart pumps with bloody mud. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) An impressive debut feature and a great example of how to cast a film with proper representation in mind. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) A soulful look at what it means to be the last of one's kind facing chaotic change. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
64% Mister America (2019) Unclear how well this will work for audiences not immersed in the On Cinema universe, but it should really hit the spot for members of the On Cinema Family. Oscar, are you watching? - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) A grim and nihilistic swan song for America's former jingoistic poster boy questions the cost of hyper-violence. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
22% Running with the Devil (2019) Nicolas Cage may be an instant ticket for many viewers these days, but it doesn't mean the movies around him are half as interesting or watchable as he is. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) A light documentary with a strong heart. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
61% Falling Inn Love (2019) The equivalent of cinematic easy listening. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
43% After the Wedding (2019) Relaxing in that none of the drama lingers long without characters competently express their feelings and resolve their issues. Anti-drama. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
18% The Fanatic (2019) An awkward entry in the growing genre of Travoltasploitation. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) A feel-good end to the Summer. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
99% One Child Nation (2019) A harrowing look at the impact of One Child by those who lived it. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
92% Luce (2019) A thrilling interpersonal drama. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Steadily paced, safely built, dependable, unremarkable and ultimately a decent action experience that feels made for cable play. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) If American Factory has any immediate takeaway, it is that regardless of where you are working in the world, there is always someone in power looking to exploit you - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
95% Shadow (2019) Intrigue drawn in ink. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
64% Them That Follow (2019) An empathetic thriller with standout performances. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
85% Luz (2019) Such a good homage to 1980's Eurohorror that it feels like a forgotten classic. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) Heartfelt and sweet. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
28% Into the Ashes (2019) Good performances and atmosphere give way to an unsatisfying climax. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
82% Crawl (2019) A perfectly tuned big-monster thrillride. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Jessie Buckly's star turn is breathtaking. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
94% My Days of Mercy (2017) A kind romance with a stellar turn by Ellen Page - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) An unnecessarily busy sequel to "Homecoming" that never gels together. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) A fantastic sequel that adds greatly to the franchise. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Too much CGI, not enough magic. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) Destined to be a throwaway joke in a future reboot. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) A disappointing end. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) A magnificent conclusion to the show, and a classic Western in its own right. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
33% Domino (2019) Behind-the-scenes drama resulted in B-movie schlock with A-list talent. Surprisingly enjoyable. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) A return to form for the Godzilla franchise. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Hits all the right beats. Will Smith is particularly good. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) Delivers as advertised: Superboy wrecking stuff and being nasty for 90 gore-drenched minutes. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Hampered by a miscast leading voice and a mystery without much flavor, "Detective Pikachu" feels more like a great tech demo than a satisfying adventure. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) An expressive oddity made for a small audience -but if you jive with it, it's extremely rewarding. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) A future schlock classic. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
66% The Public (2019) The thoroughness of Estevez' script brings the cornier aspects home in this well-meaning story. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Lightning doesn't even strike once in Shazam! - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) A flawed but compelling introduction to Marvel's newest hero. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Touching - the right kind of movie to show in school. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) A well-realized but standard survival tale. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Not complex enough to be engaging; not simple enough to be exciting. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Lord Business was Right, and the more we accept that fact, the easier it is to understand why "The Lego Movie 2" just doesn't hit the mark. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird flies high with a tight script, strong performances and reliably excellent direction from retiree Soderbergh. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Sam Eliott's "Old Soldier" story has more going for it than a catchy title. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019