Jared Mobarak

Jared Mobarak
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T-Meter Title | Year
B 86% Burning Cane (2019) A dark metaphor with even darker results. [Youmans'] handling of the topic is unapologetic in its visually poetic yet starkly matter-of-fact honesty. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
8/10 99% Honeyland (2019) We watch capitalist greed enter this sanctuary to destroy it before moving on as though nothing happened. There's no clearer evidence of humanity's impact on nature. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
B- No Score Yet Working Man (2019) Jury has crafted an internalized drama getting to the core of our values and the way we can become warped by them in the context of love and guilt. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
C+ 71% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) For all its redundancies, authentic character growth is wholly new. These characters now add substance to their own story. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
7/10 100% Buffaloed (2019) Leave it to an actual Buffalonian to write a screenplay set in the city without one mention or frame of snow. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
C 78% Frances Ferguson (2019) [Wheless is] a hilariously off-kilter success, [but I] couldn't enjoy that aspect fully since it was built on the back of something that deserved more time to process. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
B+ 86% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) Krejcí's film possesses the necessary weight and purpose that allows its palatable genre trappings to deliver its morals to an audience that may otherwise avoid them. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
7/10 86% Crown Vic (2019) The result isn't perfect, but there's enough to peek inside this complex argument surrounding the police with nuanced emotion. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
7/10 100% Knock Down the House (2019) [It proves] a bit superficial [since it's] less about what standing up entails than the circumstances that got them to stand in the first place. [But it's] interesting enough. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
B- 80% A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) [Their fight against America's favorite pastime is] the kind of story that would make more people angry if the gender roles were reversed. [They] deserve that same allegiance. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
B 100% Rendezvous in Chicago (2018) Each chapter therefore unfolds on its own with as much levity as heart thanks to Smith understanding that they must progress on their terms rather than his. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
B 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. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/10 68% Joker (2019) Everything that captivates us about Arthur is inevitably forgotten and everything he becomes is beholden to familiar tropes. It does look great, but I left feeling nothing. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
6/10 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Think of Philippe's journey into O'Bannon's imagination as a syllabus presenting an overview on a wide range of captivating topics for which Alien becomes a palatable gateway. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B- 95% Harpoon (2019) Watching [them] fall prey to impulse knowing they've all done something inexcusable they're hoping stays under wraps is fun because there's an authenticity beneath the gore. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
C+ 76% Low Tide (2019) Low Tide isn't groundbreaking or unique, but it knows its setting and characters enough to make the journey authentic despite its lack of surprises. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
7/10 83% Judy (2019) It's a complex role depicting a complex soul and Zellweger is stunning in her portrayal even if the package does little to advance the bio-pic beyond its generic machinations. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
8/10 92% Monos (2019) Intensity grows until ambiguity between childhood and adulthood fades away. Those with capacity to kill lose their virtue and those without realize there's nowhere to turn. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
8/10 88% Hustlers (2019) Where the [article] screams "revenge" on scumbag men, the film takes aim at a system these women conquered as a means for survival. This makes a huge difference. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
8/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) This is an inward journey illustrated by an outward push to our solar system's edge. [Roy] must confront where he came from to accept who it is that he's become. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/10 26% Zeroville (2019) Zeroville tries to be Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but it can't when everything happens in earnest. Purpose is lost beneath its clashing tones and hollow aesthetic. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 58% The Moneychanger (Así habló el cambista) (2019) These types of films usually star a cool customer eating people and spitting them out. This time our lead is the one being spit. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
6/10 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch as a representation of his mother that must survive no matter what becomes visible, but the denouement proves flippant about the violence [endured as a result]. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
B- 87% Depraved (2019) Rather than the world being unready to accept [Adam] for what he is, though, [he's] who cannot [accept himself]. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) We easily fall in love with who she is as a person and the songs she's left behind whether for the first time or all over again. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It's about self-empowerment rising to defeat the self-doubt and self-loathing spawned from vicious external sources that were often supposed to be their protectors. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
8/10 88% Jauja (2015) While Jauja itself is a fabled city of riches and happiness, Alonso uses the word to describe conquest alone. [The characters get lost] psychologically, [not physically]. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B 91% Corpus Christi (Boze Cialo) (2019) Bielenia delivers a fantastic performance as his character overcomes insecurities and regret to speak the words he knows from experience can help those who've lost their way. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B- 100% This Is Not a Movie (2019) While [Fisk's] tenacity and confidence does make him someone the film refuses to question, those traits also let him be the kind of devil's advocate we need. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B 67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) So much of what works throughout Pelican Blood hinges on our belief that [Kaya] can destroy them all and she absolutely earns that fear. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
C+ 78% Loro (2019) Loro has a ton of style and effective performances across the board. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ 100% Son-Mother (Pesar-Madar) (2019) The lives of mothers and children in Iran are rendered forfeit by the men coercing them to conform to their selfish wants and desires. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
C No Score Yet Nobadi (2019) [That] we only get the [heart-wrenching moments via] the "convenience" of murder means any empathy I might have felt was negated by Markovics' pursuit for hollow provocation. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B- 88% Tammy's Always Dying (2019) The film excels at embracing [Catherine's] rage. Johnson and company let [her] get angry without a need to apologize for it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
B No Score Yet I Am Not Alone (2019) We get first-hand accounts from the ground as well as recorded interviews in the aftermath of all the major players-[protagonists and antagonists alike]. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
7/10 86% The Report (2019) The information itself is dramatic and tense regardless of whether the lead has the capacity to add more to it than an incredulous face. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B 100% Weathering with You (2020) How Shinkai gets there isn't always with the cleanest choices, but you can't ignore the journey's intent or exhilaration. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
C+ 82% Just Mercy (2019) Moments of hardship and tragedy do land and [the actors are up to exposing] their characters' pain, but too often these affecting displays arrive with paint-by-number clarity. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B+ 100% The Australian Dream (2019) What makes Goodes such an inspirational hero is the fact that he never matches hate for hate. He's teaching tolerance. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B 100% Love Child (2019) We're so quick to pigeonhole people into ready-made categories for mass consumption and vilification that a personal account of their struggle like this proves invaluable. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B 92% Jallikattu (2019) [A] sensory crescendo [that] will have you staring wide-eyed at the screen once the orgiastic rampage takes hold to burn civility to the ground-if any was even left. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B- 68% Guns Akimbo (2019) Guns Akimbo possesses Crank's adrenaline rush of action and mayhem, but with Dante from Clerks at its center instead of a tough guy bashing heads. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ No Score Yet The Rest of Us (2019) [The characters] seek an appreciation for what they've endured-[not excuses]. Their pain isn't the product of the other's joy, but a universally shared point of connection. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B 88% Bad Education (2019) Bad Education is a roller coaster ride from start to finish as the surface sheen of success is peeled back to reveal the proverbial bodies buried to achieve it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 84% Synchronic (2019) Where I could forget the genre element in [previous films] to latch onto the people therein, the opposite proves true here. While still objectively enough, I [did want] more. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B 40% The Giant (2019) Rather than take what we see at face value, those able to let The Giant wash over them will witness pieces of themselves instead. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- 79% Sea Fever (2019) Hardiman [maintains] uncertainty well after we see what the creature can do because it [confirms] that mankind will talk itself in circles [to preserve] its self-interest. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
A- 91% Sound of Metal (2019) [There's] honesty in revealing how saviors aren't beholden to their saved. Love is transformative and what we needed to survive then isn't what we need to keep surviving now. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- 73% Blackbird (2019) As sweet as it is devastating, we feel the swirl of emotions and relate to the resonant push and pull between love asking for time and knowing there's none left. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- No Score Yet Castle in the Ground (2019) [Great performances by Wolff, Campbell, and Poots] make us care about their [character's] fates-familiar journey there or not. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019