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James Clay

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE beautifully blends the visual and aural power that cinema has to offer. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
A 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) It's an overwhelming experience to see how man and dog have magnetic pulls on one another, but the journey to get to that place of trust isn't as easy as giving a dog a bit of a "Puppy Snap."‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Anxiety is only one click away.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 82% Early Man (2018) The film finds its largest success in its beautifully British disposition and its singular animation style. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
D 13% Geostorm (2017) This low-rent disaster film doesn't even have the campy charm that could and should make a movie called GEOSTORM have some form of value.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B- 75% Mom and Dad (2018) MOM AND DAD won't be an instant cult classic, but it will make you think twice before being rude to your parents at dinner.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 92% The Shape of Water (2017) [Guillermo] del Toro's love of nostalgia gets in the way of moving the story forward. It has a familiarity that hinders the newness and excitement of the downright incredible moments of character.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 89% I, Tonya (2018) This isn't a story of a life lost, but she could have been so much more and that is the real tragedy. This is about as American as it gets.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B- 28% Suburbicon (2017) Despite its roundabout way of making a point on racial ethics, the film is dipped into a half-baked murder mystery that's oddly daring and quite possibly incompetent (although the material works in a head-scratching kind of way).‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 88% Bodied (2018) The hyper-stylized world [Joseph] Kahn creates has an artistry that barrels its way into the social consciousness in a manner that few films would ever attempt. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C- 46% Porto (2017) PORTO is more of an academic exercise, rather than a film with a thesis.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 99% Lady Bird (2017) Gerwig's film isn't quirky for the sake of quirks; she connects her themes of family, faith, and freedom into a wheel of curiosity that allows you to travel along and gain a unique perspective...‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) LAST FLAG FLYING tackles what goes on the minds of not-so-happy veterans without serving the jingoistic conservatism that so many military films find themselves worshipping.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C+ 40% The Mountain Between Us (2017) An icy romance with peaks and valleys.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 73% Gemini (2018) GEMINI isn't going to be easily categorized, but it puts a premium on its storytelling while still remaining a chin-stroking puzzle.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
D 80% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is no doubt a crowd-pleaser that wears its heart on its bloody sleeve. That's fine and well, but a Christmas-zombie-musical has got to have a reason for its existence other than, "Well, this sounds fun!"‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
A- 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) KILLING OF A SACRED DEER treats love as a disease, one that must be evaporated to live an efficient life. And while the romantic side of a person is hard to turn off, the fight for survival is much stronger.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 70% mother! (2017) While [Darren] Aronofsky will be accused of taking it "too far," and he does (one scene in particular), MOTHER! exemplifies a filmmaker acting on pure id. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
A 91% Good Time (2017) But ultimately, love is what fuels this traumatic night - brotherly love, the love of the chase and the freedom that money provides. GOOD TIME traps its characters in a world lacking empathy, and as a result, there is nothing left to lose.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
A 87% Wind River (2017) WIND RIVER proves now that Taylor Sheridan is one of the great contemporary American storytellers. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 79% The Little Hours (2017) THE LITTLE HOURS dares to be different in a world of filmmaking that exclaims the only way to be successful is to assimilate.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Not only is it a fun ride as a superhero romp, but the bubbly pace will also warrant multiple viewings. This is finally a fresh take on the classic hero. Welcome home, buddy.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
A 98% The Big Sick (2017) this is a real American story about cultures clashing and finding a common ground. [Emily] Gordon and [Kumail] Nanjiani's writing shows that we as Americans have many more similarities than we realize; all we have to do is dig deeper.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 79% The Beguiled (2017) Far too many times on camera, and in real life, women are subtly and not-so-subtly informed by popular culture to suppress their sexuality, and this film is a direct comment on that notion.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 18% All Eyez on Me (2017) ALL EYEZ ON ME will, without a doubt, have value to a viewer - and even though this is a hugely flawed film, this man's life will forever be fascinating to observe and cherish‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B- 45% Rough Night (2017) ROUGH NIGHT is a mixed bag of party favors that has an acceptable amount of laughs throughout. But relying too heavily on the character dynamics was a fatal flaw. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
F 45% Everything, Everything (2017) The saving grace is the whole film's absurdity that makes it worth watching.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C- 65% The Wall (2017) [Doug] Liman can't find anything fascinating for his characters to do except writhe in the misery of being in the desert with a gunshot wound and cottonmouth.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
A- 86% The Lost City of Z (2017) It's truly a throwback that's epic in scale, yet sharp with its emotional punch.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C+ 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) GHOST IN THE SHELL isn't the disaster that the film community could have imagined. While it's visually sumptuous, the films lacks a narrative husk. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
D+ 47% Wilson (2017) Director Craig Johnson and screenwriter Daniel Clowes get so caught up in the quirks of their lead character that they forget to build the film around the central character. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 80% T2 Trainspotting (2017) For a film that doesn't fully capture the moment that we all shared in 1996, T2 finds its footing gracefully while stumbling at times to earnestly wear its heart on its sleeve. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
A- 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) This isn't the next coming of a great meta-masterpiece, but its largely a damn good retelling of one of Hollywood's most beautiful disasters.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C 43% Song to Song (2017) Though there are times when you're dying for any excuse to look away from the monotony of the montage, it's yet another vanity project that's as isolating as it is immersive.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 93% Logan (2017) LOGAN is a film that's all about family, letting go and moving on, and a heartfelt last ride for Jackman, who has given so much of himself to the role of Wolverine over the many years. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 82% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) The best way to talk about religion in film is with the tongue firmly planted in cheek. The Belgian film THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT is just that, but with flares of magic.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 84% Julieta (2016) With his latest entry, JULIETA, Almodovar weaves together many of the elements from his best works to craft a simple but elegant narrative about the universal emotion of maternal guilt.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 64% I Am Michael (2017) While the film certainly isn't a masterpiece, Kelly has created a film that dares to be different. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 92% Fences (2016) [Denzel] Washington and[Viola] Davis work in tandem and it's a wonder that any other actors would have room to breathe with those two taking up so much of the emotional space.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
B 60% Allied (2016) ALLIED is at times a sweeping story that handily delivers a successful tale of romance and espionage, but other times it's a perfect film to put on while you settle in for a mid-afternoon nap.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
A- 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is a nasty story filled with sex, murder, revenge and some of the most deplorable things one human can do to another. On the other hand, the film also finds beauty, making it impossible to look away. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
A- 96% Paterson (2016) [Jim] Jarmusch celebrates the ordinary because let's face it, most artists are struggling working class members of society who have to "fit" their passions into everyday life. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
A 91% La La Land (2016) Damien Chazelle gives this one a visual splendor that vibrates with style and never lacks substance from its wildly charming leads Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
A 98% Moonlight (2016) [Barry] Jenkin's exceptional coming-of-age drama stays firmly planted in your mind by challenging the stilted ways of the past, causing you to look inward and reflect. It's a moving, unshakable piece of cinema that is not to be missed.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
B 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) HACKSAW RIDGE will have a broad appeal to most audience goers, those who love a classic Hollywood romance and uniformed men will love the craftsmanship put into the period.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
B+ 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) . So, in a nutshell, it's all about insecurity and OASIS: SUPERSONIC dials in on the sibling rivalry with respect to the family and enough conflict to make audiences members, such as myself, salivate.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
C+ 51% The Accountant (2016) The intrigue is thrown out the window for a "guy keeps the girl safe" plotline that belongs in a 1995 Jean Claude Van Damme movie.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
C- 68% Operation Avalanche (2016) Snowballs itself into a black hole of boredom.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
B+ 80% Colossal (2017) Run to the theater as fast as possible, because this is a film that blends genre craziness with a twist to bring audiences something they've never seen.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
C+ 93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Visual splendor without a narrative shell.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018