Felicia Feaster

Felicia Feaster
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I am a longtime journalist based in Atlanta and have been writing film criticism since 1994, full-time for decades at the Atlanta alternative weekly Creative Loafing and now at the online arts magazine Burnaway.org and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I hold an undergraduate and graduate degree in film from, respectively, the University of Florida and Emory University, where my master's thesis became a book: Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Film. My film writing has also been published in Film Quarterly, Cineaste and Charleston City Paper. I am the co-founder of the Atlanta Film Critics Circle.
Critics' Group: Atlanta Film Critics Circle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
69% American Psycho (2000) Graced with a smart, pathos-laden meditation on male competition and the blood-drawing ferocity of a money-centered culture, along with screenwriter Guinevere Turner, Harron does a transformative voodoo on an often repugnant source. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
79% Punch-Drunk Love (2002) [T]here's very little to hold onto in this lackluster, uninspiring film with the disappointing inertness of a deflated balloon. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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96% Raising Victor Vargas (2003) Few films capture how hostile and enormous the world can be for children and the defenses they create to cope, but this easygoing, lovely film does, to great, tender effect. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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35% The Ten (2007) More than simply unentertaining, The Ten comes from an America of silly, laddish self-regard and hollow protest. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
77% Lady Chatterley (2007) Pascale Ferran's Lady Chatterley is as exquisite and memorable for the way it burrows beneath its characters' skin, into the discrete and lonely worlds they occupy. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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24% Masked and Anonymous (2003) Bloated by self-regard, Masked and Anonymous is the essence of the self-aggrandizing benefit concerts it weakly parodies. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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85% Spider (2002) Cronenberg's thoroughly creepy and hypnotic film often has the texture of damp wool, his evocation of claustrophobic brooding so intense you can nearly smell the mildew. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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92% Talk to Her (2002) Unfortunately, the Spanish enfant terrible's iconoclastic artistic hysteria never rises to the surface in Talk to Her. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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71% Auto Focus (2002) For all its tantalizing forays into the narcotic, head-swimming loss of self and perspective in addiction, Auto Focus never quite extends its sympathy to its characters or convinces us that they are real people. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
87% The Quiet American (2003) The Quiet American is an accurate if not entirely soul-quaking adaptation of Greene's style to film. It establishes such a believable atmosphere of quiet, old-fashioned gentility that when a moment of violence occurs, the carnage is even more devastating. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
75% Frida (2002) The strangest of birds - a film about a Communist, bisexual, hirsute, maverick artist aimed squarely at a mainstream audience - Frida may, in fact, turn out to be more radical than it first appears. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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94% Wordplay (2006) Diverting though Wordplay may be, when it moves into tournament-mode, the film suffers from the essentially undramatic nature of this solitary "sport." - Creative Loafing EDIT
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99% The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) (2004) Twilight Samurai contains a powerful pacifist message about a hero free from the supposedly innate male taste for violence. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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98% Murderball (2005) Murderball tends to buck the feel-good vibe and good guy-bad guy arc of that genre... Instead, the film depicts a more profound and lifelong battle waged between these men and the circumstance they find themselves in. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
67% Everything is Illuminated (2005) Rather than aiming to please, the film expects a certain patience on the viewer's part as it ambles and slowly shifts from an often forced quirkiness to a bone-deep melancholy. That change of tack proves worth waiting for. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
36% Art School Confidential (2006) Art School Confidential is as visually uninteresting as it is idea-parched. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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81% One Hour Photo (2002) While honoring the suspense-building engine of a thriller, One Hour Photo creates a nightmare portrait of American life. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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38% Birth (2004) Glazer leaves narrative threads dangling and a purposeful ambiguousness that seems less a desire to subvert Hollywood closure as a fey, fancified gesture of presumed depth on the film's part. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
86% The Namesake (2006) [Nair's] film covers so much ground that it's hard to sustain emotional investment in its characters. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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89% Kandahar: Le soleil derrière la lune (2001) Less interesting as a Westerner's primer on Afghanistan's horrors, the film becomes truly transfixing when it assumes the languid, neorealist style of the Iranian cinema. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
65% We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) [A] ponderously "important" but emotionally hollow analysis of infidelity's cruel undertow. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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32% Pretty Persuasion (2005) Pretty Persuasion is a slutty little movie pretending to be an important one. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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43% XX/XY (2003) A film about the necessity of growing up could have profited from its own advice. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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85% Old Joy (2006) If you succumb to its unique rhythms and let it, Old Joy is a film that will break your heart. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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88% Girl on the Bridge (La Fille sur le Pont) (1999) Girl on the Bridge is pure, buttery fantasy with all the attendant empty calories. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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60% Forty Shades of Blue (2005) Their script is infused with the romantic highs and lows of a million country songs. But it's the haunting melody, soaked in longing and agony that words can convey only in small part, that really gets you. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) It's hard to fault Anderson for striving - with clearly considerable effort - to create a film world more complete and satisfying than the real one. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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51% Color Me Kubrick (2007) Color Me Kubrick is not without its wacky charms principally driven by John Malkovich's contortions as Conway. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Marrying extreme set design and sublime casting... Burton's film showcases his usual interest in gothic effects and the original Willy Wonka's psychedelia. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
71% Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela (2004) What is clearly a sacred event to the Indian and non-native participants becomes a crazed, depth-less spectacle of cinematic tourism in the hands of the filmmakers, who drop us into the midst of the fracas with no sense of perspective, insight or voice. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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37% Sylvia (2003) When there are so few stories dedicated to female creativity and pathos, you resent this one all the more for mishandling what might have been. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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87% Jesus Camp (2006) After the filmmakers' 200th shot of kids weeping at the words of the lord, the message changes from educational to freak show. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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82% Inside Deep Throat (2005) [S]o much of the material is served up with a wink and "a giggle," the possibilities for real revelation are scarce. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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80% Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007) [A] bizarre, often riveting film about contemporary Brazil. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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13% Town & Country (2000) A film of low expectations, Town & Country feels like the kind of calculated, lifeless product written by jaded Hollywood hacks in response to what they think middle-America might want. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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52% American Pimp (2000) American Pimp is for the most part a depressing, crashing bore, full of sanctimonious, money-obsessed predators with taste that would make Minnie Pearl cringe, selling a dirty business as a higher calling. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
61% Oliver Twist (2005) Polanski's Oliver Twist is a flawed but harrowing, empathetic view of the world seen through the eyes of its most powerless and invisible citizens. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
90% Knocked Up (2007) Knocked Up crafts pathos and spit-takes from the truism that life will invariably make adults of us all whether we like it or not. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
82% Delirious (2007) Delirious is definitive DiCillo: goofy and cartoonish at the edges, at times a little obvious in its caricature of our celebrity-obsessed culture, but humble and funny enough to compel viewers to overlook its flaws. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
34% Breaking and Entering (2007) Minghella takes Haneke's gravitas and transforms it into the brand of sorrowful yuppie chow and shallow treatment of alienation favored by angsty Hollywood melodramas such as Crash. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
80% Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) When rendered in visual terms, many of the most delicious qualities of Bridget Jones's Diary also become highly smelly, like a wedge of cheese that's overstayed its welcome. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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61% Blue Crush (2002) Something just feels right about a girl-power movie in which the football players are the spoiled, clueless ones and the rough-around-the-edges surfer girls look far more world-weary and tough. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
36% Wet Hot American Summer (2001) But like many a "Saturday Night Live" gag, Wet Hot American Summer also can overstay its welcome and drag interminably on, its joke about the longest day in the world backfiring as it moves sputteringly toward a resolution. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
59% Dark Blue (2003) Dark Blue is a bitter, often stunning sewer elegy for the little-man-as-monster, the nobody who thinks he's somebody but who is just a stooge trapped within a corrupt system. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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87% Nico and Dani (Krámpack) (2000) A brutally, often uncomfortably frank film about the fierce, intense friendships that develop between teenagers. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
43% The Clearing (2004) An evolutionary thriller, The Clearing not only reinforces the status quo, it grinds the face of the economy's losers in the dirt and does a victory dance on their head. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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82% The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003) [A] subtle and scrupulously intelligent film. - Creative Loafing EDIT
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35% Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Marshall has instead crafted a mildly smarmy, heavy-breathing fantasy about some super-hot babes knocking each other down to get to the man meat while ignoring the fact that they are essentially sex slaves. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
87% A History of Violence (2005) [An] intense, thoughtful, morally ambiguous film. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
92% Sicko (2007) In Sicko, Michael Moore's irreverent comedy has become less bleating and more purposeful, perhaps in part because the times we live in have become more desperate. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020