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Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Clumsy exposition aside, the dialogue feels authentic, tossing around the shorthand and lingo of the job, and the script is precise on the details without getting overwhelmed by them. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Jan 17, 2017
78% Patriots Day (2017) The kind of all-star disaster movie you might've seen in the 70s (with photos of Simmons, Goodman, Bacon, and the rest of the supporting players lined up in a neat row at the bottom of the poster), complete with half-baked backstories and dopey romances. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Jan 17, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) HBO moving 'Bright Lights'' premiere could play as a rather ghoulish bit of exploitation. But it doesn't, because the film is such a celebration of both extraordinary women, and the bond they shared right up to their final days. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Jan 17, 2017
95% Paterson (2016) 'Paterson' is a film extraordinary in its ordinariness, in its willingness to show us people like these, and to suggest that these will be their lives, and that there's nothing disappointing or shameful in that. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Jan 4, 2017
92% Hidden Figures (2017) It's both a vital and important piece of our history and a strikingly slapdash movie, clumsily executed and filled with scenes that are barely half-written, if that. These two facts can co-exist. One may matter more to you than the other. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Jan 4, 2017
32% Live By Night (2017) The beats of the gangster movie have become so familiar that you almost have to rebuild the thing to make an impression. Strangely enough, once the overly run-of-the-mill first scenes are done with, Affleck does just that. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Jan 4, 2017
90% 20th Century Women (2017) Every character is fully-formed and every performance is a gem; each actor has a scene or a line or a gesture that tells us everything about these people, and by the end, all you want to do is hang out with them for a couple more hours. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Jan 4, 2017
95% Fences (2016) Washington's direction can't match his acting - 'Fences' is great filmed theater but not exactly great cinema. But there's no questioning Washington's skill as an actor's director, and the ensemble is first-rate, particularly Davis. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Jan 4, 2017
71% The Ref (1994) It's not just a Denis Leary vehicle. It's a real movie, with drama and grace and intelligence (and slapstick and drunk Santa gags and crude laughs). ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Jan 4, 2017
96% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) The most urgent movie of 2016, which seems a strange thing to say about a movie written in the 1980s, predominately about the 1960s. But here we are. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Dec 10, 2016
24% Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) There's no warmth to the movie, no good cheer or happiness, and (at risk of bathing in bathos), ne'er a hint of what makes the season special. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Dec 10, 2016
84% I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) A film about the joy of being young and a little bit crazy, ruled by the organizing principle of all Zemeckis and Gale's early work: barely controlled chaos. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Dec 3, 2016
95% Moana (2016) It's a treat, for family audiences and musical theater geeks alike. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Dec 3, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) After waiting this long for new Beatty, it gives me no pleasure to report 'Rules Don't Apply' is not terribly good. But, as is so often the case with gifted filmmakers, it's not terribly good in some really fascinating ways ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 20, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Kelly Fremon Craig's characters aren't dumb, and neither is her movie; it's fast, and sly, and funny, and so keenly observed it hurts. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 20, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) There's a modesty here that's too often absent in fall prestige pictures, a sense that the director is protecting his characters, rather than exploiting them. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 20, 2016
No Score Yet Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon (2015) There's still a lot to like here, particularly for comedy nerds: great footage (new and old), insightful interviews, and a genuine love for what Close strived for. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 18, 2016
62% Rainbow Time (2016) Phillips - as both director and actor - has trouble with the film's key character; he's so insufferable, he upsets the delicate balance they seem to be going for. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 18, 2016
81% My Blind Brother (2016) This is a funny movie, with just enough edge to keep you off-balance. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 18, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Lord know we don't need another biopic of a troubled but brilliant musician, but writer/director Robert Budreau dives into the psychology of a figure like Baker with a depth that such films rarely muster. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
100% Silicon Cowboys (2016) A fast-paced and lucid time capsule, thanks to the kitschy vintage ads, archival footage, and news clips. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
No Score Yet Ovarian Psycos (2016) The personalities are vivid and the filmmaking is both mournful and exuberant, capturing these streets, their stories, and their world. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
82% Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016) A complicated and unexpectedly challenging exploration of vital and timely subjects. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
100% Orange Sunshine (2016) Fast-paced and energetic, and a brisk and eccentric snapshot of an era. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
49% Hardcore Henry (2016) The camerawork is impressively nutty and it moves like nobody's business, but it's ultimately just a wind-up toy, and once it's done going in its tedious circles, there's not much left for anyone who can vote and doesn't subsist on Red Bull. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
60% Black (2015) The filmmaking is aesthetically sublime, but that's about all it's got going, and by its climax, you're just waiting for them to check the double-murder boxes. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
20% The Arbalest (2016) By the time Pinney gets to his frustratingly hollow concluding scenes, his film has become off-puttingly infatuated with its own presumed subversiveness. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
No Score Yet Before the Sun Explodes (2016) It's a tricky, complicated movie, and Dawes and Butler generate a great, weird chemistry. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Hunter Gatherer (2016) Royo keeps the picture grounded, and its closing passages vibrate with real power. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
60% War on Everyone (2017) Stylishly executed and ruthlessly paced, it's got a giddy shoot-the-works spirit and, yes, a moral compass buried deep in its cold, black heart. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) Nichols does so many things so well, and all at once, that it sort of takes your breath away. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
No Score Yet Operator (2016) See it because it's uproarious and lyrical and (aha) human. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 17, 2016
44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) By the end of the film, rather than settling into the variation in the medium and forgetting about it, Lee has only managed to make us hyper-aware of the artificiality of the entire movie-making process. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 12, 2016
66% Heist (2001) We watch a movie like 'Heist' for the virtuosity of the execution, for the wit with which Mamet writes his way through the conventions, and the pleasure his actors take in chewing on his dialogue, in all of its repetition, shop talk, and artful profanity. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 12, 2016
16% Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994) Though Henkel's script broadly apes memorable moments from the first film, the echoes only serve to underscore how short he's coming up here. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 5, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) If it's not great storytelling, at least it's good spectacle, and that seems like the minimum these movies can provide. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Nov 5, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) A globe-trotting mystery that's a good deal less challenging than they believe. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 29, 2016
76% True Stories (1986) An exuberant and wonderfully oddball stew of deadpan comedy, character drama, music video, and art installation. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 29, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) This is a vivid and tremblingly lived-in portrait of young black manhood and sexuality, rendered with genuine power and grace. I've never seen anything quite like it, and most moviegoers probably haven't either. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 29, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) A bland and generic action flick, not just forgettable after the fact, but during. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 29, 2016
76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) But once he gets a rhythm going, and gets the audience tuned in to it, it's hard not to get swept up. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 15, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) A movie so clear-eyed in its singular, stupid vision, I honestly can't believe it made it all the way from the page to the screen, with a real director and major studio attached. It's a strange kind of shrug-worthy miracle. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 15, 2016
93% Newtown (2016) Snyder's filmmaking is elegant but basic, and it needs not be more. She's not there to dazzle us. She's there to bear witness. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 15, 2016
100% Tower (2016) 'Tower' isn't looking back on the tragedy - it's living in it, a tick-tock of an afternoon's terror, as uncertain of its causes or its outcome as the people on the UT campus were that afternoon. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 15, 2016
67% Personal Shopper (2017) It's somehow a cross between 'Clouds of Sils Maria' and 'The Conjuring,' and even more improbably, it works. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 15, 2016
55% Mommie Dearest (1981) The character is rendered such a grotesque, its moments don't accumulate to an arc or even a readable profile. They just pile up, like cars in a traffic accident, and all we can do is gawk. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 15, 2016
82% Julieta (2016) The best kind of movie from an old(er) master, one that resonates with the storytelling powers they've accumulated over time, yet reveals that they still have the capacity to surprise us. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 15, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) An absurdly executed, sluggishly paced, flatfooted secondhand cartoon. Maybe you have to have read the book. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 15, 2016
16% Graffiti Bridge (1990) He abandons even the semi-realism of 'Purple Rain' for something closer to a good, old-fashioned, backlot musical - something we get even less of these days, so enjoy the novelty. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 15, 2016
33% Under the Cherry Moon (1986) It's strange that so few critics seemed to understand that it's a silly film, purposefully so, and tried to use their prose to laugh at it - as if Prince weren't laughing way ahead of them. He was TELLING the joke. ‐ Flavorwire
Posted Oct 15, 2016