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Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Of Time and the City (2009) [Director Terence] Davies once again proving to be a master at reconstituting the moments that have marked him most deeply.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
71% Curling (2010) Haunting, humane, a bit mysterious, and often very funny, Curling succeeds as a story of two characters whose escape routes from despair are as idiosyncratic as they are.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
69% Rubber (2011) In the hands of nearly any other filmmaker, the result probably wouldn't match the standards expected even by the least discerning Troma Studio devotee.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
72% Heartbeats (2011) Though intermittently engaging, the contents seem both overcooked and undernourishing.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
96% Chop Shop (2008) Precisely and sensitively rendered... ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
77% Putty Hill (2011) It's not triumph-of-the-human-spirit territory, but... For these kids in these circumstances, a little bit of grace is plenty.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
94% Hugo (2011) Beyond its value as a technical marvel, Hugo's most rewarding aspect may be the spirit of kindness and community that fills the final act.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
52% Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012) For devotees of science-fiction cinema at its most synapse-frying and voluptuously horrifying, the mother lode is exactly what [writer/director Panos] Cosmatos delivers.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
78% The End Of Time (2013) At the end of these many and varied travels, we arrive at a film that is Mettler's most readily engaging since Picture of Light... ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
84% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) A cunningly crafted, slyly satirical, and deeply unsettling tale... ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) ... a saga that somehow manages to synthesize a satisfyingly salacious showbiz tell-all, a decidedly toxic gay romance, and a cautionary parable about the possibilities and limitations of the flesh.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
No Score Yet The Oxbow Cure (2013) From these wintry depths, a terrible beauty is born-you'd best make a fire to keep it from freezing over again.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
No Score Yet Asphalt Watches (2013) Of course, it all goes on way, way too long, but no story that involves a cross-Canada trek could ever feel authentic without stretches of ass-numbing tedium.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
No Score Yet Oktober November (2014) Alas, a similarly high calibre of acting skill proves to be the only real virtue of October November, a disappointingly drab and shapeless drama that has little of its predecessors' power.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
No Score Yet Waste Land (2014) ... Waste Land's ambitions far exceed what it can competently handle.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) .. the team most succeeds is the abundance of exquisitely staged gags... ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
No Score Yet Nobi (Fires on the Plain) (2014) ... it dives into the abyss at the earliest opportunity and just keeps falling and falling.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
77% Ned Rifle (2015) To be fair, Ned Rifle is a slight step up from Fay Grim (2006)... But it's not good, either.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
64% Cut Snake (2015) Nevertheless, lumpy, repetitive plotting keeps matters at a low simmer.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
84% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) There's a wealth of valuable and urgent info in Robert Kenner's study of how business and ideological interests... create the illusions of debate and doubt over such issues as climate change in the media arena when none ought to exist.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
100% La creazione di significato (The Creation of Meaning) (2015) Under the rustic relics of the past and the calamities of the present, [writer/director Simone] Rapisarda Casanova uncovers a few traces of the infinite, as well as some fresh iterations of a decidedly cosmic sort of joke.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
87% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) ... the film falls prey to strategies that seem laborious rather than admirably labour-intensive.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
97% It Follows (2015) Yet even though It Follows fails to entirely convince whenever it most closely adheres to genre trappings, the underlying notes of tenderness and sadness are as acutely rendered as they were in [writer/director David Robert] Mitchell's first feature.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
86% Sleeping Giant (2015) Sleeping Giant comes far closer than most teen-centric dramas to conveying the damage that young people can inflict on each other as they constantly jockey for power... ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) Viewers who come under the apprehension that this is any kind of sports film are bound to be thrown by the wryly funny, mild-mannered yet deeply felt movie they find here. ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
88% It Comes At Night (2017) Shults's adoption of a more vicious mode sharpens his already discomfiting take on families in states of extreme duress in his debut feature Krisha.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
81% Southbound (2016) Southbound delivers more than its fair share of pulpy, grisly thrills with its quintet of creepy tales set on a suitably desolate stretch of highway.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
95% Creed (2015) Surprisingly thoughtful and stylish.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2016
No Score Yet Melancholia (2008) We feel less like observers than travelers on the same path. No wonder Melancholia evokes such a feeling of liberation during the occasional eruptions of noise.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
90% Hunger (2009) In such extreme circumstances, the human body may be the last desperate frontier of protest. Hunger makes this all too clear.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
74% Enemy (2014) Gyllenhaal faces the tricky task of conveying the subtle differences of two men whose identities are thrown into flux. The result is his most nuanced performance since playing another sleuth caught out of his depth in Zodiac.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
36% Radio Free Albemuth (2014) Simon hews closely to his source. That decision is likely to endear him to Dick fans.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) With the man's passing, American film lost not just an inimitable figure but a voice that was as forceful and distinctive as it was ubiquitous.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2014
8/10 64% The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013) Thompson's intention is not to explain the nature of evil but show how it contaminates the rest of us.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
100% Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) (1994) It may sound absurd to say that a seven-hour movie has hardly a wasted moment -- as famously insisted by Susan Sontag -- but Tarr's minimalism has maximum impact, especially when the film's satiric nature becomes more prominent in the final hour.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
7/10 60% Three Night Stand (2015) Canadian efforts to replicate the blend of raunch, smarts, and heart of the Judd Apatow comedy factory have mostly missed the mark but this savvy rom-com succeeds where others have failed.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2014
8/10 72% Blood Brother (2013) In spite of his clear love and admiration for Braat, Hoover is also brave enough to consider the ethical questions that arise from any well-intentioned First Worlder's attempts to alleviate suffering on the other side of the planet.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2013
9/10 82% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) A bold, big-hearted Belgian drama about love and loss, The Broken Circle Breakdown is as full of joy and sorrow as any of the bluegrass ballads performed by its central couple. ‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2013
7/10 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) Pleasingly old-school, Thor: The Dark World has a greater kinship with the science-fiction movies of the 1950s or even the first Star Wars cycle than the more earthbound adventures of Tony Stark and the rest of Thor's fellow Avengers.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2013
7/10 55% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) Less provocative for its assault on the false ideals of corporate-controlled family fun than its clever repurposing of many of the same German expressionist and gothic horror tropes that are at the root of much Disney iconography.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2013
8/10 94% All Is Lost (2013) As a rugged yet wise exploration of manhood and mortality, All Is Lost gives great Hemingway.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2013
6/10 93% Captain Phillips (2013) What opens as an often perceptive study of ordinary men struggling to cope with forces beyond their grasp becomes a juiced-up action thriller, full of angry exchanges of bullets and bullet-point dialogue.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2013
7/10 79% The Dirties (2013) Very smart and very dark.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
6/10 85% Under the Skin (2014) The most striking passages deliver a heartily Kubrickian dose of science-fiction erotica but the movie's menacing allure evaporates midway through, followed by the last vestiges of a comprehensible plotline.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
9/10 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Jim Jarmusch's most lucid, satisfying, and flat-out gorgeous feature since Dead Man.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
7/10 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Though the subject matter inevitably seems a little sexed-up and contrived compared to recent docs like How to Survive a Plague, director Jean-Marc Vallée rarely wastes an ounce of Matthew McConaughey's gusto.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
7/10 67% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) The lack of original Hendrix music is a serious hindrance, but director John Ridley is far less interested in any onstage displays of flamboyance than more fraught fragments that point to the artist's inner turmoils and frustrations.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
8/10 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) There's none of Django Unchained's revenge fantasies or tomfoolery here, only a sober depiction of the cruelty and oppression that defined a long and very ugly chapter of American history.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
9/10 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) Music docs with untold stories about unsung talents are an increasingly scarce commodity. But Muscle Shoals hits pay dirt with this vivid history of two recording studios that became crucial hotbeds of deep Southern soul and funky rock 'n' roll.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
9/10 99% Wadjda (2013) Though the influence of Italian neorealism is clear in Wadjda's unshowy style and generosity of spirit, this film remains a singular achievement for all the best reasons.‐ The Grid
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013