Jared Mobarak

Jared Mobarak
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 76% Never Look Away (2019) [The film] really draws you into this chaotic and fractured world to see truth rise from the ashes and memories that won't allow themselves to be buried away forever. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet 2050 (2019) To simply dismiss it because of surface notions is to ignore the slippery slope of where we are going as a population ruled by new technological advancements everyday. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
7/10 88% Arctic (2019) That's all you can ask from a survival film such as this: honesty. It's not therefore about life or death, but humanity's perseverance. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
B 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) This trilogy secures our respect as a crowning achievement in animated cinema that should stand the test of time. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
6/10 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) That short-changing of political intrigue for shallow relationship melodrama is the film's ultimate downfall. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
7/10 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) A kindred spirit to Attack the Block [in its] under-appreciated and dismissed characters [using] the traits society uses to keep them down as strengths to save the day. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
5/10 21% Serenity (2019) It unfortunately seems Knight believed the "coolness" factor of his premise would overshadow his inability to render it authentically. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
8/10 96% Zama (2018) It's a comedy of errors of bleakly dystopian existentialism, the farce of his successes leading him right where we thought his failures would nothing short of brilliant. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
7/10 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Because there's also something to be desired in each alone, though, the feature-length construction definitely helps [it prove a unified success]. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
B- 68% Lords of Chaos (2019) [It] could ultimately care less about the music when the psychology of this scene's progenitors is what intrigues. This is about aesthetic, notoriety, and paranoia. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
79% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Review: The 2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
90% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) Review: The 2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
100% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) Review: The 2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
7/10 75% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) There's a throw-down beat-it-up with Bigfoot at the end, but action is otherwise limited. This is instead about the man behind the legend and the heartache that defines him. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
9/10 72% Destroyer (2018) Wigs and make-up aside, it truly is like we're watching two different people with Kidman leaving [her] celebrity behind to deliver one of her finest performances to-date. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
8/10 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) In lesser hands the film would ask us to pity the Shibatas' impoverished plight. The way [Koreeda] presents them, however, has us basking in their independence, love, and joy. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
C- 14% Outlaws (2019) Without that nuance to rip their wounds open, though, it's tough thinking anyone but hard-drinking criminals already in an MC to crack skulls will find much appeal. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
B+ 100% This is not Berlin (2019) Sama refuses to simplify the complexities of adolescence at a time of rebellion (something you could argue is adolescence by definition). - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 83% Dirty God (2019) Dirty God isn't some contrived pity project tugging on heartstrings. Polak is legitimately engaging with the aftermath of a real-life nightmare. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 89% The Last Tree (2019) He ensures we recognize the mother and son as headstrong, their stubbornness leading to mistakes and also the precedent for their refusal to ever be contrite. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 88% Braid (2019) Time becomes malleable [as Pierone] removes the pathways from one scene to another so we can find ourselves in the same bottomless rabbit hole as her characters. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
B- 63% Then Came You (2019) The final result isn't without flaws, but it's so much more than appearances presume. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
7/10 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) What was a document of love enduring against all odds becomes one of love's corruptibility. [Pawlikowski has] delivered an exposé on love's power to blind us to everything. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
B- 72% Piercing (2019) It proves impossible to know where things might go next thanks to the physical manifestation of internal turmoil and the hallucinatory blur between life and psychosis. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
7/10 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) With two-thirds of the run-time dealing in their joy of being on-stage, you might be surprised to discover just how poignant things will soon get. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
C+ 34% King of Thieves (2019) With the sheer joy of seeing these actors comment on their careers through these characters, a good time should be had. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
6/10 37% Glass (2019) So while what happens is cool, it comes at the cost of being a better standalone than sequel. [It's] more about the twist than the journey, something his best work [avoids]. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
A- 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) The Standoff at Sparrow Creek isn't about finding hope in a hopeless situation through a broken man willing to be the hero rather than villain. No, it wants to show the monstrousness of complicity and the helplessness of a conflict too far-gone to solve. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
7/10 80% Ben is Back (2018) The reason we look beyond the strings is a result of Roberts and Lucas Hedges buying into their characters' flaws and responsibility for what's happened. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
7/10 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) [Its convention never] detracts from the film's purpose of getting its message out about how important a figure Ginsburg is to America's hope for real egalitarianism. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
8/10 87% Nancy (2018) The film proves a beautifully composed character piece refusing to languish in hopeless melancholy for added drama to see what can be accomplished by simple and honest grace. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
7/10 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) In this case I think we should do well to push aside historical inaccuracies and treat the message lying beneath as paramount. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
6/10 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Ensures we drift off into reverie for those old scenes it's cribbing from instead of making new memories. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
B 100% Communion (Komunia) (2019) The film becomes a document of Ola's lost innocence, hardening her to the reality that faith only gets us so far. She prays for happily ever after, but never deludes herself from knowing happiness is a reprieve from more pain. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
9/10 97% Brooklyn (2015) The look of 1950s Brooklyn and Ireland is beautiful-each glimpse more idyllic than the next to render the film a fairy tale of sorts... - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
6/10 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Kunis and McKinnon are here to truly save the whole from falling prey to its objective shortcomings. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
C+ 84% Rust Creek (2019) These characters are sufficiently complex and intertwined to remain interesting, but how they interact can be uninspiring. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
6/10 66% Vice (2018) Vice isn't scathing enough to offset its inherent humanizing geniality. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman dares to be its own beast. And with a charismatic hero at its center to bridge the divide, DC remembers playfulness can actually be a boon. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
7/10 93% Bumblebee (2018) Hodson and Knight therefore go beyond just creating the franchise's best chapter. They expose how toxic the others are. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
9/10 94% Wildlife (2018) Don't treat this as a family's end when it's actually three separate lives readying new beginnings. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
8/10 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) [Rohrwacher] provides the truth of our collective contemporary paranoia. Rather than see [Lazzaro] as a saint to exploit, he becomes a devil harboring ulterior motives. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
8/10 96% Roma (2018) It's a love letter to mothers when all is said and done: biological and otherwise. And it succeeds in large part due to a stunning debut performance by Aparicio. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
8/10 94% The Favourite (2018) It might be Lanthimos' most straightforward piece since Dogtooth, its dry humor keeping us sharp and ready to expect the unexpected. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/10 60% Vox Lux (2018) I applaud Corbet for swinging for the fences because his message can spark conversation. Unfortunately that message is spoken so loud and clear that [it stops being metaphor]. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
9/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) For too long [Sony] has attempted to rework an old origin tale to the present. Finally the current generation exists onscreen as more than a layer of polish atop the last. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
6/10 94% 1985 (2018) [I] appreciate that Tan embraces complexity, flaws, and compassion when he could have ignored them for a bow-tied catharsis. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
7/10 95% Dark Money (2018) There's a lot of information, but it's all given proper context with which to comprehend its explosive ramifications. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
8/10 93% Private Life (2018) We know these characters on an intimate level so the tough scenes can exist with contextual introspection and not knee-jerk vitriol. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
7/10 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) The finished work is more akin to home movie than politically driven exposé, its desire to give its subjects a voice over platform enough to force viewers to relate. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018