Jared Mobarak

Jared Mobarak
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 65% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo is therefore less historical document than anthropological study and ultimately might say more about our present than its own. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 90% Missing Link (2019) With less excitement comes less bombast-something you should know. I personally like that Laika is willing to work in different genres and now at vastly different paces too. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B+ 98% Little Woods (2019) Rather than pass judgment, Little Woods merely allows life to occur in its oft-depressive state of seeming futility. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
B+ 90% Rafiki (2019) What makes Kahiu's film essential beyond [a] moral and artistic victory is its ability to instill hope within a hopeless situation. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
7/10 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) You can't discount what having a transgender cast does to ensure the psychology behind what's occurring isn't exploited or warped. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
C+ 15% Hellboy (2019) There's a cake and eat it too attitude wherein this new iteration of Hellboy wants to simultaneously be trashy and dramatic. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
8/10 99% Amazing Grace (2019) To relive [this moment] in such resplendent glory is thus a gift no matter how simple the concept. This once transient moment now has the permanence to live on forever. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
7/10 81% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) Ramen Shop ends up simultaneously being a pilgrimage and exorcism [whose] heartwarming tale of love overcoming prejudice [becomes] a visual smorgasbord of food porn. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
8/10 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) By placing this epic journey through Mary's eyes we understand the sacrifice as being more than just time and energy. Her choice to follow Jesus was a betrayal to her name. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- 67% Stockholm (2019) If you take its plot at face value and accept Lars as an antihero worthy of empathy, the cartoonish nature Budreau injects will give it purpose as pure entertainment divorced from its seeming failure as a historical account. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The film isn't necessarily bad-it's just over-stuffed with two-plus decades of rewrites. But I lean on the side of praise ... barely. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
5/10 58% Pet Sematary (2019) This Pet Sematary uses its characters so that its conceit can scare us when it should be the conceit that lets the Creeds frighten us by turning a mirror onto ourselves. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
B- 60% The Public (2019) Estevez never forgets the humanity he's striving to spotlight. That's what makes The Public a success despite the convenient characters and [parallels]. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
B 79% The Wind (2019) Sutherland's script is working on multiple levels while Tammi's formal aesthetics reveal an artist in complete control of her vision. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
6/10 53% The Beach Bum (2019) So either you enjoy this never-ending frivolous dance or you tire of it. Despite being of the latter, Moondog and company's infectious allure still won me over. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
5/10 51% The Hummingbird Project (2019) You often don't think about why you root for a film's protagonist. It therefore becomes very glaring when this intrinsic emotional attachment doesn't exist. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
6/10 38% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Not only does the visual style evolve to be less cartoonish in its power zooms, but the sense of humor finds a happy medium between The Fast and the Furious' severity and 2 Fast 2 Furious' all-out comedy. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
8/10 94% Us (2019) By pitting doppelgängers against each other, [Peele] depicts our collective internal struggle. By tethering them together [they must] witness their decisions' ramifications. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
7/10 42% Zombi 2 (1980) You can laugh at the poor acting and insane scenarios, but you must also respect Fulci's handle on the gore effects and ever-rising tension. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/10 47% Dumbo (2019) It's a whole lot of filler set to amaze audiences into thinking it has purpose beyond distraction. While pretty, that inherent hollowness still shines through. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
6/10 42% Faster (2010) There is a place in cinema for self-aware genre flicks such as this and it's good to know filmmakers are willing to still make them. And, if nothing else, it's good to have The Rock back where he belongs. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/10 74% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai tries so hard to separate Indian from Lashkar-e-Taiba that it forgets to separate out Islam too [as things] quickly devolve from docudrama to survival thriller. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
B 91% Shazam! (2019) Horror director David F. Sandberg is the perfect choice to bring this character to fruition because of these nightmarish themes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
6/10 100% Cradle of Champions (2018) Luckily the broader topics of boxing as a sanctuary of mind, body, and spirit shine above [the often warring] individual narratives. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
9/10 96% Transit (2019) There's a melancholic beauty to [this] reality and Petzold does a wonderful job putting its bittersweet poetry on-screen. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
7/10 91% Gloria Bell (2019) While the movie might not be necessary, Moore's performance surely is. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
6/10 72% Climax (2019) Noé seems intent to render narrative as meaningless as possible. Who and where succumbs to the experiential act itself. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
5/10 68% Relaxer (2019) We get eighty-minutes of empty promises before ten-minutes of off-the-wall live wire insanity fulfill what we were conditioned to accept wouldn't come. Too little, too late. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
7/10 83% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Writer/director Milorad Krstic has combined his love for painting and film into an action thriller as surreal as it is familiar. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
8/10 99% Gloria (2014) There's less of an endgame than a scenario allowed to run its course. García is fantastic in the role with an attitude that refuses to stay quiet when something must be said. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
9/10 98% Apollo 11 (2019) You really do have to see it to believe it [...] because even those who watched on TV in 1969 have never seen it like this. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
5/10 44% The Wedding Guest (2019) Winterbottom is experimenting with genre conventions, but how he meshes them together strips each of the intrigue they might have brought to the table alone. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
C+ 50% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) You probably won't love Finding Steve McQueen, but [its] unyielding wholesomeness ensures you won't be able to hate it either. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
7/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Rather than watch Danvers take her human intangibles and leverage them to become a hero, we witness as a soldier of war rejects indoctrination [to see] the cost being paid. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
B- 42% The Kid (2019) We're allowed a peek behind the scenes to witness the emotional toll this lifestyle wrought and realize that what we do is sometimes secondary to what we learn. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
8/10 96% Starfish (2019) [It asks] us to confront our longing for a past mired in nostalgia that we must forget in order to forgive ourselves enough for happiness to become possible again. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
8/10 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It's childhood versus adolescence and the chasm created despite having just a couple years of separation colored by the addition of a conditioned gender divide between them. - BuffaloVibe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
7/10 69% The Invisibles (2019) Shifting readily between fiction and non-fiction gives us the best of both worlds because the proof of what we've seen arrives directly after seeing it. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
8/10 100% A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) [It] speaks about just how inseparable art and life is-the ways we use it to heal, grow, and see. Art is that which makes us human. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
8/10 100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) [It] speaks about just how inseparable art and life is-the ways we use it to heal, grow, and see. Art is that which makes us human. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
8/10 77% 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 20% 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 89% 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 60% 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 19% 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- 71% 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