Jared Mobarak

Jared Mobarak
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T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 91% Wild Rose (2019) Rose-Lynn is engaged in a tug-of-war between the life she's always wanted and that which she regrets creating. Choosing one above the other will only guarantee more heartache. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
7/10 95% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) "Blood" [chapter three] is conversely magnificent enough to render the whole worth checking out alone. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
6/10 57% Aladdin (2019) It puts a spotlight on the cartoon's issues, but can't quite fix them in a satisfactory way. [It] becomes a nice companion piece to the other rather than improvement. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
6/10 88% Framing John DeLorean (2019) It's history lesson, editorial, and crime drama all rolled into one. And for the most part it works. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/10 No Score Yet New Money (2019) We find we can enjoy the performances more than the characters. We believe their emotional investment in isolation, but not in regards to the bigger picture. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
6/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) While Kinberg obviously wants [to give] Jean [a Logan-esque end], the film yearns for bow-tied binary carnage. There's enough to like, but hardly enough to leave fulfilled. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
7/10 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Contrivances come from [putting] everyone in the perfect [plot-specific] place. The "why" of those actions, however, is consistently steeped in what we know of their nature. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
6/10 71% All Is True (2019) The result is a well-made and well-acted piece of historical fiction whose big picture construct is sadly in opposition with its small picture intrigue. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
7/10 79% Late Night (2019) Late Night [teaches] inclusivity and diversity as a means of reinvigorating creativity. [It] falls short of [its] potential, but the good still easily outweighs the bad. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
C+ 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The filmmakers surely thought they were providing a nervous character the means to be brave, but the optics of doing so in this gendered and aged way can't help feeling misguided in today's world. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
8/10 80% Leto (2019) Serebrennikov is obviously having fun with his history lesson of mood above drama. And since I've been listening to Kino ever since, I guess I was too. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
7/10 92% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Just because this zany streak is where the film's replay value lies, however, doesn't mean the filmmakers didn't also pack plenty of emotional weight. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
8/10 89% Rocketman (2019) The filmmakers seek to delve deeper than appearances to highlight the existential struggle behind [his] choices. This isn't our perception of Elton John's life. It's his. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 100% What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2019) Despite blatantly targeting the fans that helped crowdsource it, the much loftier goal of contextualizing DS9 within the annals of sci-fi and television history is also met. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Into the Mirror (2019) Into the Mirror moves fluidly through memory, present self-imprisonment, and future's promise with a majority of its information shared in the absence between cuts. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/10 89% Non-Fiction (2019) These pseudo intellectual Parisians present theses, state bias, and move on. It's like Assayas wrote them with the same algorithms he says have replaced taste-making critics. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
8/10 100% The Russian Five (2019) I'll never stop hating the Red Wings, [but I can now] appreciate and respect what the organization did to change the league's entire landscape through its astronomical rise. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2/10 32% Domino (2019) The film declares the CIA as shady but necessary and the families of POC unworthy of even being spoken about alongside those of white knights with badges. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
8/10 80% Fast Color (2019) [The metaphor] doesn't have to be [hidden] when it's so smartly interwoven with the fabric of such a personal narrative concerning a single family under duress. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
7/10 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) [It's] more musical than generic actioner wherein the choreography and players serve as visual lyrics augmenting the pared down plot punctuated by staccato bursts of detail. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
9/10 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) If you were to tell me Sunset was set in a "Westworld" type amusement park, I wouldn't have batted an eye. Írisz becomes innocence itself trapped in a world at war. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
8/10 97% Hail Satan? (2019) [Lane's] film is a platform to cut through the laughter and protests by Christian celebrities galvanizing their ranks when it should expose hate and entitlement at their back. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
8/10 97% Booksmart (2019) The first [half] sees Molly and Amy falling into the usual tropes these comedies love exploiting for laughs while the second mines deeper to show the [hidden] poignant truths. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/10 90% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) If your success is truly that pure-own it. Don't pretend otherwise because you think it would be more compelling [only to show each hardship is but a hiccup]. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
6/10 66% The White Crow (2019) You don't need to know [Nureyev] or care about his art. This story is about [his defection]. [This is] a good thing since Rudi is a very difficult character to like. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
6/10 30% Red Joan (2019) This isn't about trading secrets as much as accountability and how we're so willing to punish the symptom rather than the disease itself. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
8/10 85% Fugue (Fuga) (2018) Muskala [provides] them all a second chance. Whether it's one that finds them together or apart shouldn't matter as long as they work towards the happiness that eluded them. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
4/10 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It's this unfortunate reality that Velvet Buzzsaw can never escape: its pedestrian genre mechanics. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) I do think fans of the franchise will get more out of Detective Pikachu simply because what these characters can do becomes Easter egg fodder they can anticipate and enjoy beyond the constraints of the plot. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
8/10 89% The Spanish Prisoner (1997) Mamet plays with our preconceived notions to keep us off-guard and unaware of the machinations unfolding beneath his façade of already questionable activities. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
8/10 84% Her Smell (2019) [As fun as] Moss' loathsomely uncontrollable character is, seeing her [outside] that armor with the pain of everything etched upon her brow is what you'll remember most. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
8/10 92% High Flying Bird (2019) McCraney's fast-talking, dialogue-heavy script is married perfectly with Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven pacing and subterfuge. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
7/10 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) For someone like me who really did know her as a comedic footnote in pop culture, Ask Dr. Ruth proves crucial to restoring her legacy. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
8/10 82% High Life (2019) Denis isn't interested in holding our hands, [she instead lets] her sensory economy speak for itself by ensuring no excess clouds the details we'll need to interpret intent. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
7/10 76% Family (2019) It's a great flip on the usual script by ensuring this ugly duckling's lesson won't be empowerment through conformity. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
6/10 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Think "Drunk History" but filtered by sarcasm instead of alcohol. As such, the film does carry with it a tone one could say is an acquired taste. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
7/10 81% Long Shot (2019) We ultimately care about Fred and Charlotte beyond their union. That's rare in rom-coms. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
B- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The resulting chaos is still punctuated by the suspense, melodrama, and heroism necessary to provide gratifying closure to one of cinema's greatest serial storytelling feats. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
B- 73% I Trapped The Devil (2019) That the events on-screen exist [as delusion and supernatural] only shows how the more horrific explanation is often the one where demons and ghouls are erased. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
7/10 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) While their ever-changing romance is the film's lynchpin, its ability to contrast them against each other proves more crucial than that which they are or aren't as a unit. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/10 17% Rottentail (2019) I can look past subpar acting and shoddy effects if the script is sounder than a sexist, man's man pissing contest. Rottentail is not. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
7/10 57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Because of the controversy surrounding [JT LeRoy], you [must] question when one of the principle players is given creative control. [But the film works in that context.] - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
6/10 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The final product might be slight, but the suspense is palpable enough to make the journey worthwhile. After Annabelle, this being better than it should is a victory. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
7/10 64% 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 89% 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+ 96% 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+ 93% 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+ 17% 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