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Gabriel Shanks

Gabriel Shanks
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 64% What Doesn't Kill You (2008) Little more than a middling variation on gangster thematics, better explored in The Sopranos and elsewhere. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 10, 2008
B 92% Frost/Nixon (2008) An indisputably superb entertainment with a dubious claim to veritas. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 9, 2008
B+ 61% The Reader (2008) One of the most eloquent documents of personal awakening ever to be committed to celluloid. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 8, 2008
C+ 78% Doubt (2008) Judging it against the play may be unfair; taken on its own merits as a pop entertainment, Doubt, the movie, is far from a complete waste of time. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 4, 2008
B- 57% Defiance (2009) Undercuts its own dramatic concerns by alternating heavy-handed moralism with the style of contemporary action franchises, dulling and smoothing out the horrifying edges of murder. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 3, 2008
B+ 98% The Wrestler (2008) The slow-burning engine at the heart of the film is Rourke, whose tender, subtle turn is a revelation. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 2, 2008
B 67% Revolutionary Road (2008) An actors' showcase for its iconic duo...and both have grown impressively since they last swooned shipside. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 2, 2008
B+ 55% Australia (2008) A wildly enjoyable experience, reconstituting some of the great traditions of the art form in engaging, unexpected ways. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 1, 2008
B+ 94% Milk (2008) In Van Sant's hands, it's both a story for the ages, and a story for our age. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 27, 2008
B- 72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) The most important word in the title of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is "curious." ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 26, 2008
B 88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) Watching this sublime actress, utilizing a minimum of text and a slow-burn intensity, is one of the more exhilarating experiences to be had in a cinema ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 17, 2008
A- 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) Easily one of the best films of the year. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 17, 2008
B+ 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) Owes more of a karmic debt, in stylistic terms, to Paul Greengrass' Bourne Supremacy than to the amused elegance of Sean Connery. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 17, 2008
C 66% The Kite Runner (2007) Fights a losing battle to reconcile authenticity with performances that vary widely in quality. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 2, 2007
A- 89% The Savages (2007) Eloquently makes the case that Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney are the most dextrous actors of their generation. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 2, 2007
B- 94% Juno (2007) A quirky comic indie with a too-too-clever screenplay, dialogue that seems tailored to the club-kid generation, and a sentimental streak a mile wide. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 2, 2007
C- 36% Southland Tales (2007) If Mulholland Drive had a prettier, younger, and developmentally-challenged sister, it would be Southland Tales. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 2, 2007
B+ 88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) The real kudos should go to screenwriter Kelly Masterson, who provocatively mixed a crime drama premise into a film exploring the legacy of damage family members impose upon one another. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 2, 2007
A 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) Like The Crying Game, Pulp Fiction and other films that shift paradigms in mid-stream, there's more happening than meets the eye....Stark and spare, it's often a gasp-inducing, armrest-clutching experience. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Oct 25, 2007
B+ 90% Michael Clayton (2007) In some scenes, Clayton is the kick in the pants the whodunit genre desperately needs ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Oct 16, 2007
C 82% Into the Wild (2007) Contrary to the lessons we learned in Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man, large bears will not always eat irritating hippie man-children. Damn shame. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Oct 7, 2007
C- 53% Across the Universe (2007) The thin narrative wobbles like an alcoholic after last call. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Sep 16, 2007
B+ 91% Hairspray (2007) A film that nearly screams its desire to please in every frame; in its very design, it demands your attention, has you tapping your toes before the opening montage is through, and frames its soft messages of tolerance so broadly that only Hitler could be ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Jul 20, 2007
B 76% Sunshine (2007) Like the films it grandly and unabashedly pays homage to, Sunshine is serious science fiction for those who prefer to think of space's real possibilities rather than escape into fantasy. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Jul 8, 2007
B 82% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) In this fourth film, John McClane becomes a retrofitted icon; unadorned and simple, brutally back-to-basic, he's an action hero for an America uncomfortable with the rapid changes of the new millennium. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Jun 26, 2007
A- 97% Once (2007) cleaves through the conventions of the musical form, leaving the raw emotion but junking the showy glitz. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Jun 21, 2007
94% Three Kings (1999) With characters you can root for and a story that is both engaging and honest, Three Kings goes for the gold and comes out a winner. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted May 11, 2007
A- 71% Boy Culture (2007) Brocka leaps into the small circle of leading queer filmmakers of our time, sculpting an unpredictable romance that is complex, sophisticated and thoughtful. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Apr 12, 2007
B 83% Grindhouse (2007) As a glimpse into the minds of two iconoclastic directors -- both of whom came of age watching the films they now pay homage to -- this retro-electric trip is sheer bliss. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Apr 8, 2007
A- 87% The Lookout (2007) This unlikely heist movie is really another showcase for rising star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Apr 8, 2007
C+ 66% Miss Potter (2007) A perky style reminiscent of second-rate Jane Austen....a parable of female empowerment and class strife swathed in bustles and British witticisms. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Dec 13, 2006
D 95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Too adult for children and too simplistic for most adults, it ultimately leaves us with some of the prettiest cinematic pictures of the year. And nothing more. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 13, 2006
B+ 74% The Painted Veil (2006) [The] finest moments are the small, barely perceptible pinpricks of human cruelty...especially those induced by race, gender, and class. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 10, 2006
A 78% Dreamgirls (2006) A triumph of execution, of a marvelous narrative and iconic characters, of a dazzling score and a winning production design. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 7, 2006
B+ 51% The Fountain (2006) You have to look back to Malick or Kubrick to find an American filmmaker offering up such a challenging vision to a mainstream audience without apology. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 27, 2006
B- 92% Children of Men (2006) Whatever else may or may not work, Children of Men at least has this: a great idea. It is too bad, then, that the movie surrounding the idea is not equally great. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 14, 2006
C+ 65% The History Boys (2006) The move to celluloid has defanged the piece, leaving a shaggy, smartassed and sentimental dramedy in its place. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 6, 2006
C- 51% For Your Consideration (2006) For Your Consideration feels under-cooked, with easy potshots at an indulgent Hollywood studio system and a pervasively dull atmosphere. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 5, 2006
A- 87% The Last King of Scotland (2006) Whitaker and McAvoy inhabit their roles so fully that the film around them transforms into a major document of 1970's cultural myopia. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Oct 23, 2006
C+ 71% The Science of Sleep (2006) Even though the visual fireworks of Gondry's mind keep you attentive, his clumsy stutterings about love and honesty are painfully underdeveloped. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Sep 11, 2006
B+ 76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) If fashion is indeed a special brand of terrorism, then Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), editrix of the fictional magazine Runway, is the Osama bin Laden of Fifth Avenue. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Jun 21, 2006
A 91% United 93 (2006) It has more to say about our collective failure, our rage, our sadness, our faith, our courage, our mistakes, and our regret than a million reviews (including this one). ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted May 1, 2006
C 57% Kinky Boots (2006) Far too insubstantial to make any interesting use of its social agenda, and the easy answers it finds about prejudice and bigotry strain credibility. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Apr 8, 2006
C 74% Unknown White Male (2006) Suffers under a cloud of nostalgia and emotionality that turns the film's investigation into a fuzzy meditation on existence and memory. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Feb 13, 2006
C- 62% The New World (2005) In Malick's hands, Pocahontas' story becomes a metaphoric seduction straight out of Nabokov. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 11, 2005
C- 50% The Producers (2005) Carries its lumpy theatrical bulk like a rucksack instead of as the dazzling firecracker it is. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 8, 2005
B 77% Match Point (2005) A surprising return to form for the venerated director, recalling (if not matching) his best work from the 80's. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Dec 1, 2005
A+ 87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) The Marlboro Man has reawakened as an archetype fully realized, brimming with ambivalence and complexity. ‐ Mixed Reviews
Posted Nov 28, 2005
C 35% Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Instead of revealing the inner sanctum of Japan's traditionalist heart, Geisha wades clumsily through a series of beautiful sets, hackneyed plots and stunning costumes. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 25, 2005
A 46% Rent (2005) Heart is the core and foundation of Rent, and it is what powers the film past its flaws into a truly transformative experience. ‐ Modern Fabulousity
Posted Nov 13, 2005