Jared Mobarak

Jared Mobarak
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T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 37% Reminiscence (2021) The right beginning and end are present, the journey is just too convoluted and overstuffed to gracefully connect them. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2021
7/10 100% Becoming Cousteau (Cousteau) (2021) Rather than devolve into talking heads, [Garbus] understands that the [restored] documentaries are the draw. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2021
9/10 95% Mass (2021) Change the identities of their sons and you probably get the exact same film but with each actor playing the reverse. And that's the point. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2021
6/10 71% Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021) There's excitement in that sense of the unknown, but also frustration. I feel the former outweighs the latter, but it wouldn't take much for someone to believe the opposite. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2021
7/10 84% No Time To Die (2021) No Time to Die looks and feels like a Skyfall while playing like a Spectre-good and bad comingling in a way that's almost fitting. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
8/10 86% The Harder They Fall (2021) This is a multi-disciplinary artist finding his voice by infectiously marrying sight and sound with undeniable panache. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
8/10 96% The Rescue (2021) Beyond showing what went into getting those boys out, Vasarhelyi and Chin are documenting the Herculean effort that went into even believing it could be done. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2021
6/10 39% Halloween Kills (2021) The film is a bridge between new beginnings and presumed conclusions. Don't therefore expect anything of real substance to happen. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
7/10 100% Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago (2020) We get a nice overview of [Chicago] through Gifford's eyes and imagination as well as Christopher's research matching artifacts to words. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
7/10 90% Son of Monarchs (2021) It's a powerfully dramatic exploration of who we are through the eyes of someone forever trapped straddling an invisible line between worlds that aren't so far apart. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
5/10 60% Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Does Serkis succeed at delivering what we expect from a film like this? Yes. Does it begin to exit that box and give us something worth investing in? No. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
B- 36% Needle in a Timestack (2021) I don't think John Ridley's Needle in a Timestack quite reaches the full potential of its conceit, but it comes close while overcoming any early preconceptions. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
7/10 86% Bergman Island (2021) All I know is that the emotions are authentic, the avenues taken worthy of investment, and the locale a gorgeous place to get lost for two hours. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
B+ 100% Introducing, Selma Blair (2021) This film is not an easy watch. [But] Blair uses comedy to diffuse her own discomfort as much as those experiencing her struggles. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
8/10 97% The Velvet Underground (2021) It's a measured assault, though-meticulously crafted and engineered for optimal consumption with speed and rhythm matching that of the music. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2021
9/10 98% Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) Some moments carry the emotional weight that's scarred us all, some surprise with a knowing wink of humorous intent, and others prove undeniably charming in their earnestness. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2021
8/10 94% Catch the Fair One (2021) The odds of a happy ending are slim, but her Kaylee knows that her life cannot turn itself around until she tries. It's now or never. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2021
6/10 79% Halloween (2018) More entertaining than its predecessor, but only at the expense of ingenuity and suspense. Because nothing here is really shocking or meaningful. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2021
B+ 89% Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez (2021) His uncompromising demeanor made him special while his uncompromising work made him an underground legend deserving of this posthumous deep dive into an unforgettable life. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
C 42% South of Heaven (2021) Despite so much going on, none of it rises above the consistent drone of a single frequency pulling us forward without any real stakes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2021
4/10 30% The Addams Family 2 (2021) While I could ignore the [original's] noise and embrace the messaging beneath, [this one] seems to have amplified it louder to the point of making its vacuous drone the draw. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
7/10 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) It's personal, obvious, and exposition for forthcoming, bigger-scale entries. A fun, exhilarating ride that entertains while sharing one more piece of the MCU's [puzzle]. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
B+ 95% Old Henry (2021) This western is dialogue heavy with sharp bursts of violence before the big fight, thriving on the internal tumult of its characters. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
B+ 100% Arrebato (Rapture) (2021) [Zulueta's] not interested in the release, just the rapture. He wants us to chase the high and live in its glorious potential. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
5/10 69% After Blue (Paradis sale) (2021) Because while [it's] undeniably bold, beautiful, transgressive, and singularly memorable, it possesses nothing of substance for me to care about the journey. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
6/10 78% Earwig (2021) From full-screen geometric glare patterns to a mirrored dinner of orgasmic pleasure, it's a stunning work of cinematic art. I'm unsure, however, of its depth. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
B 88% Quickening (2021) Arooj Azeem is fantastic in the role, moving from panic attack dread to sanctimonious rage on a dime as she seeks footing in the one place that matters: her own skin. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
B 57% Arthur Rambo (2021) Instead of viewing the film as a commentary on public perception and the media's cutthroat desire for clicks we should be seeing it as an awakening to the power of our voices. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
B 91% As in Heaven (2021) That Lindeburg and cinematographer Marcel Zyskind make it look so beautiful only enhances the inherent danger within its madness. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
C+ 71% The Middle Man (2021) Revelations come to light that set-up a truly macabre climax perfectly suited to tie things off with a bittersweet bow only for the filmmakers to abruptly stop short. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
B 88% Good Madam (2021) Bass and company are carefully crafting the comparison between what we know is true to how it makes us feel before giving the latter physical form by way of horror. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
B No Score Yet Terrorizers (2021) Uses the inherent misogyny of its circumstances to expose it. They take us to uncomfortable places by showing how easily we jump to conclusions without the full picture. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
B- No Score Yet Ste. Anne (2021) There's obvious power emanating from Ste. Anne whether you fully understand what it is that's occurring on-screen or not. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
B 100% Silent Land (2021) While [this marriage's] dissolution would prove captivating enough on its own, Woszczynska and Litwin have chosen their setting with intention beyond one compromised couple. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
6/10 45% The Addams Family (2019) The whole possesses a bit of a randomness filling the thin plot with comedic set-pieces, but none goes against the message of inclusion to render any moments out-of-place. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2021
6/10 90% The Village Detective: A Song Cycle (2021) A clip show worthy of a legend of stage and screen. An appetizer for an extensive body of work it leaves you to seek out for yourself. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
8/10 86% The Card Counter (2021) It all leads to the only logical conclusion it could and yet Schrader finds a way to give it extra weight in its minimalistic and matter-of-fact delivery. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
6/10 29% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Merit does therefore exist in telling this story. I do, however, believe Levenson could have found a [different] way to tell it. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
7/10 82% Copshop (2021) Louder's inclusion help its case too by providing a perfect mix of her co-stars' repertoire with a wry severity that endears her as the type of hero we'll pull for to the end. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
7/10 100% One Second (2020) Yimou achieves that sense of kinship with heartfelt drama and the unforgettable pairing of anguish with contrition. It's a slight journey beautifully glued together with hope. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2021
B 82% Zalava (2021) Zalava is a satirical take on mob mentality and the circles those caught under its spell will run to prove the most insane explanation for any given event is the sanest. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2021
D+ 92% The Other Tom (El otro Tom) (2021) The Other Tom is thus rendered a conversation ender. It shuts every argument down just like Elena does and Tom is left suffering alone. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2021
A- 86% Drunken Birds (2021) More than one romance, however, Drunken Birds reveals itself as a tapestry of life's unfortunate penchant to keep lovers apart. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2021
B- 100% Whether the Weather Is Fine (2021) While I can't ignore the lulls and the scenes that fell flat, I can without a doubt applaud the audacity Manatad shows in the attempt itself. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
B 100% Saloum (2021) Herbulot has a definite flair for suspense and entertainment while compiling a fantastic cast that understands its task. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
B- 65% Silent Night (2021) Griffin has made a comedy, but she pulls no punches. This is both to the film's success and detriment because, while a lot of fun, Silent Night is very blunt in its delivery. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
B+ 70% Costa Brava, Lebanon (2021) Mounia Akl [has] in effect put Walid and Souraya at the epicenter of an existential struggle the entire country has been trying to reckon with for years. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
8/10 97% Flee (2021) More than that main interview-the first time Amin ever told the whole truth-is also a look at the psychological impact of enduring so much tragedy and fear at a young age. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
B 84% Medusa (2021) Silveira is carefully pushing us through a looking glass of sorts as that which frightens Mari at first become markers for a sense of freedom she's never truly known. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
C 67% Charlotte (2021) It's a compelling journey often rendered inert. Charlotte's use therefore falls short of its ambition, more companion than equal [to the book]. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021