Jared Mobarak

Jared Mobarak
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 100% Totally Under Control (2020) Rather than move the voter gauge, this documentary is primed to move the historical conversation that will continue to be written over the next decade or more. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
6/10 65% Bad Hair (2020) Similar to Anna being disregarded because of appearances, the film's intellectual drive is consumed by its superficial, mainstream genre façade. [But] it's not a total loss. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B+ 57% The Sounding (2020) The end result is a powerful metaphor for our world's prevalence to marginalize. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
B- 44% Rebecca (2020) Wheatley's Rebecca is still a very good film when judged on its own. Certain decisions may render the whole more one-note in some aspects, but never less effective. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
B 93% Love and Monsters (2020) Love and Monsters proves itself a pretty well rounded adventure for both its target audience and those older looking for a bit of escape that's still firmly rooted in reality. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
B- 33% The Devil Has a Name (2020) Olmos is therefore the "cool" teacher presenting serious subject matter in a colorful way. And to that end he succeeds. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
9/10 100% Minari (2020) Minari [is packed] with layered metaphors, multiple focal points, and a dense environment full of examples every character can lean on to learn the error of their way. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
B- 79% The Kid Detective (2020) It's a good role for Brody by simultaneously feeding on the typecast nature of him being neurotic Seth Cohen from The O.C. and rejecting it by toning down the sarcasm and replacing it with fatigue. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
B 89% Black Bear (2020) They are bringing to life the bleakest and harshest corners of their craft through situations in which they have most definitely been on both the giving and receiving end. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
7/10 83% Undine (2020) Petzold uses the plausibility that make-believe, reality, and grief can each be layered atop one another to keep what's going on shrouded in uncertainty. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
7/10 100% Freeland (2020) Freeland becomes an intriguing look at a culture for which we're familiar impacting an industry of which many are not. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
7/10 93% Mandibles (Mandibules) (2020) [Manu is] a character perfectly suited for writer/director Quentin Dupieux's surreally absurdist comedies of which [this] might be the tightest (77-minutes) and silliest yet. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
A- 89% Rose Plays Julie (2019) Rose Plays Julie is nothing if not a powerful journey into the heart of darkness of this trio's personal suffering. Justice doesn't need to be loud to be potent. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
B+ 93% Lapsis (2020) Lapsis says and does a lot with its lo-fi aesthetics because it knows when to utilize its modest budget on computer enhancements and when to let its cast take the reins. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
B 90% An Unquiet Grave (2020) [The filmmakers] have crafted a horror film under the name of the [folksong] An Unquiet Grave [wherein] a return to happiness will inevitably be short-lived if it arrives. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
B No Score Yet Small Town Wisconsin (2020) Small Town Wisconsin is always proving itself to be more than its familiar premise thanks to Naczek's ability to infuse a lot more drama into the mix than one custody battle. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
B+ 100% Tahara (2020) That Peace and Zeidman can take this funny, catty, high school comedy of immature kids and transform it into a weighty drama with authentic consequences is no small feat. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
B+ 83% The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019) Kalu and LeRoi not adhering to time loop convention becomes a powerfully conscious choice rather than a mistake. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
B- 100% Frank & Zed (2020) Blanchard makes good on his promise of an orgy of blood with the final third of Frank & Zed's runtime bringing it to life in an unapologetic light. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
8/10 76% Jumbo (2020) Jumbo is more akin to a children's film [than Cronenberg] with its protagonist discovering something impossibly amazing only to be dismissed outright by adults. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
C+ No Score Yet Paper Spiders (2020) To tackle something [as] complex [as delusional disorder] is therefore commendable whether or not Paper Spiders proves a complete success. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
B 100% Run (2020) They've set a complex and nuanced trap with multiple layers ensuring every new discovery comes with another puzzle to solve. Every answer doubles as deflection. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
B 100% County Lines (2019) Blake ensures his feature debut County Lines exposes the complexity behind every aspect of what Tyler running drugs across London means for those involved. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
B+ No Score Yet Time of Moulting (Fellwechselzeit) (2020) Mertens is always juxtaposing the visual beauty of the mundane with the psychological dread of potential nightmare. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
D+ 44% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) I honestly wished the "moody" drizzle of Gatsby's romantic fantasies would eventually turn into a tidal wave and wash them all away because they're all so very insufferable. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
7/10 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) [Blank] puts the ups and downs from the past couple years into this fictionalized version of herself who faced so many of the same questions and struggles she did. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
8/10 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It's a project tailor-made for Aaron Sorkin [that] was surely catnip to write. No wonder its 129-minute runtime flies by like nothing. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
6/10 76% 12 Hour Shift (2020) It's a thrill ride of conveniences with real consequences and that matters more than you might think. That futility proves its best feature. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
B 74% Once Upon a River (2020) Rose acknowledges this empathy at the back of Campbell's story and ensures that it takes center-stage despite the inescapable horrors lodged within [the actors'] eyes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
8/10 92% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Consciousness and flesh merge together until faces are crushed and worn in a fever dream of memories transformed into nightmares. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
B 80% Eternal Beauty (2019) So while Eternal Beauty is oftentimes funny, it's almost always dramatically profound and emotionally complex. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
D+ 34% Death of Me (2020) What happens during and after the climax vacillates between faith having power and "faith" stealing power. You can't have both. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
C+ 85% American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) Popplewell's film is an expertly researched prologue to a much-needed conversation it avoids. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
8/10 88% The Nest (2020) Durkin exposes the danger of the allure of 80s materialism that was propped up as the American Dream by spotlighting the destructive potential of its cracks. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
8/10 100% The Wanting Mare (2020) Bateman projects his own ancestral lineage through a fantasy prism to manufacture a world that speaks about our shortcomings and promise... - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
7/10 100% Buck Alamo or (A Phantasmagorical Ballad) (2020) The result is a sweetly sorrowful tale of a man who simply cannot help himself from tilting reality in a way that softens its blow. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
9/10 89% Clerks (1994) The two men at the film's core feel three-dimensionally rendered despite our knowing little about them besides a single day's activities. This is a testament to Smith's ability to write skit-like gags in a way that add depth. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
7/10 100% The Swerve (2020) The Swerve embraces its heavy subject matter with a fearlessness that ultimately sends us towards a conclusion marked by intense despair. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
7/10 89% The Honeymoon Phase (2020) It's this uncertainty surrounding everyone's motives that makes what follows unpredictable. The obvious "Black Mirror" comparisons make it so nothing is off the table. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
B+ 90% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Mikkelsen is at the forefront of [the emotionally heavy moments], but the rest of the cast is right beside him where authenticity and complexity are concerned. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
B- 100% Underplayed (2020) By documenting the struggle, Underplayed preserves the artists' voices and shames the gatekeepers so history can't be retroactively rewritten without receipts. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
7/10 100% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2020) Scars aren't the only means with which to grow. Suzanne and Raphaël can remember what it is to be alive without sabotaging the lives they live. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
7/10 81% Last Call (2020) Where one-take dramas often lose their propulsive drive, this is a tight 77-minutes composed of a continuous fight or flight adrenaline rush whether dialogue is spoken or not. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
C+ 74% Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Those who enjoy a good hoot and holler with a midnight crowd will surely revel in [its chaos] while those who don't will roll their eyes and wonder what's happening. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
C+ 91% The Water Man (2020) The family stuff [and message of hope] is great. [But] I think Oyelowo's refusal to go all the way with the fantasy makes what little there is trivial. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
B 92% Wildfire (2020) Brady will expose the dominoes that fell to lead Kelly and Lauren here in good time. It's just important to understand how isolated their trauma makes them first. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
7/10 76% Concrete Cowboy (2020) While you've watched other films tackle [this] subject, you probably haven't seen it through the lens of Black cowboys riding [outside] one of the largest cities in America. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
A- 53% Good Joe Bell (2020) Wahlberg [delivers] what might be the best performance of his career [in a] beautifully drawn cathartic therapy session comprised of memories, epiphanies, and regrets. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
B 95% Beans (2020) Beans is simultaneously a metaphor for what's happening and a depiction of its horrors [that's] astutely rendered and universally understood. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
B 81% Violation (2020) Cheery façades of family members putting on a smile despite the chaos and turmoil crashing within begin to crack so that ugly truths can spill out as cruel defense mechanisms. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020