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Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% The Beguiled (2017) 'Beguiled' '17 is not as straight-up weird as the '71 version; it's a comparatively muted movie stylistically, as Coppola is (surprisingly, perhaps) more of a classical filmmaker than the much older Siegel.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
62% Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) It speaks to the commercial and critical success of Shanley's 1987 hit 'Moonstruck' that he was handed, by a major studio, the resources to make a movie as unapologetically weird as this one. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
19% All Eyez on Me (2017) It's a film chock full of thirty-second scenes that provide plot points and biographical bookmarks, and nothing more; the script is credited to three writers, but it plays like they just filmed his Wikipedia page.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
48% Rough Night (2017) It's worth celebrating that, for once, we have a wild comedy about and for women that's directed by one. You know what'll be even better? When a comedy about and for women can just *be funny.*‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
10% Batman & Robin (1997) Schumacher is like a bad stepdad who thinks we'll love him if he just feeds us candy all day. (Yes, Burton is the daddy in this metaphor - the manic-depressive, annoyingly emo daddy.)‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
93% The Beguiled (1971) A rather daring experiment in subverting audience empathy - almost an art-house 'I Spit On Your Grave,' in which the assault/revenge elements that may satisfy one half of the audience will probably piss off the other, and then vice versa.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) 'Beatriz at Dinner' is a slender movie (83 minutes, with credits), and that's as it should be - it's a short story, really, about polite society and unspoken power, keenly observed and delicately played. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
54% War Machine (2017) The real problem is that, in (presumably) trying to be ambiguous and complicated, the film ends up without any perspective at all on its main character.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) There's something to be said for getting lost in a four-hour movie, set adrift from the traditional markers of time, so that by the film's conclusion, you feel like you've been on a journey too.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
34% Ishtar (1987) It's a film that resists categorization, staking a claim on a weird, absurdist territory of its own. For that, in the maddeningly generic landscape of '80s multiplexes, it was crucified. Now it's celebrated. And rightfully so.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
87% It Comes At Night (2017) That's the genius of 'It Comes at Night''s ambiguity: its horror is widely applicable, and its title both makes a promise and asks a question (What is "it," and why is it coming?) that it doesn't answer. And, frankly, it doesn't have to.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) It's no small relief that 'Wonder Woman' is a decent piece of pop art, messy and unsuccessful in spots, yes, but engaging nonetheless, and an almost incalculable improvement on its predecessors in the "DC Extended Universe."‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
72% The Wizard of Lies (2017) A team-up of talents like this would've been a big, splashy theatrical release not too long ago. The multiplex's loss is HBO's gain.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) David Lynch's prequel film, maligned upon its initial release, can now be seen as a hinge in his filmography - and a hint of what's to come.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
35% Snatched (2017) The recycled plot mechanics and sappy sidebars keep gumming up the works. Why are people afraid to just make a comedy?‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Director Ridley Scott clearly wants to give us more than *just* an 'Alien' movie. But his film is best when it aims for that simple goal.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Rodney King (2017) 'Rodney King' is a powerful piece of work, putting us in his head during that still-shocking beating, Smith counting off the baton hits in a manner that returns this historical event into the realm of the visceral and personal.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) 'Let It Fall''s construction is shrewd: it moves fast from the verdict into the riot, far faster than the other films, but effectively dramatizes the speed with which the conflict escalated. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
No Score Yet Burn, Motherf*cker, Burn! (2017) The film's main virtue is the clarity with which it lays out the cause and effect relationships.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
33% The Handmaid's Tale (1990) The early '90s were also not exactly a robust period in political cinema, and the influence of the Moral Majority - so clearly felt in Atwood's text - wasn't as pronounced in the Bush I White House as it had been in Reagan's. But, sadly, it sure is now. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
86% LA 92 (2017) The results are visceral, scary, and infuriating all over again, a true miscarriage of justice that turned into a civil uprising that asked more questions than it answered.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet The Family I Had (2017) The Family I Had sensitively and emotionally engages with the enormity and complexity of this situation, which transcends true crime and approaches Greek tragedy, and it just plain knocks the wind out of you.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) It masterfully weaves together past and present, not only telling the story we've come to see, but the larger one besides.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
91% The Reagan Show (2017) The political documentary counterpart to bootleg records, where the most telling moments are often the studio chatter.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet True Conviction (2017) It's an inspiring yet imperfect film - but the fictionalized version would make a helluva TV procedural.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% A Gray State (2017) This is a harrowing portrait how easily our own darkness can take us over, if we let it.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet I Am Evidence (2017) Most of all, Adlesic and Gandbhir's cameras listen to their stories, and give them the attention they deserve. For once.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet Acorn and the Firestorm (2017) Most of all, it's a nimble analysis of the FOX echo chamber - and, ultimately, the impossibility of out-shouting it.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% Elián (2017) This is a well-crafted and well-paced film, and a thankfully complicated one as well.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet Copwatch (2017) It's uplifting and emotional, and there's a glimmer of possibility in an interaction with an officer near its end that turns both thoughtful and productive.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet Hondros (2017) A celebration of a unique artist who died doing the only thing he could imagine doing.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% City of Ghosts (2017) Ghosts becomes a portrait of true, and terrifying, heroism - but with a devastating personal and emotional price.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet The Departure (2017) There's something tremendously profound about his mission and how he approaches it, and Wilson's sensitive approach honors it, following his example of listening, sympathizing, and respecting the complexity of human emotions.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet The Farthest (2017) There's a real sense of wonder here, and of playfulness; this is an important story, but one told with a sense of humor and style.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet Shadowman (2017) It's a harrowing movie (towards its end, it feels like we're just watching him fall apart), but a captivating portrait of the modern art world, and the manner in which it repackages and resells its icons.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
55% Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait (2017) Even if you know of his work only passingly (guilty), you'll come away inspired by Schnabel, and most likely reaching for a paintbrush, or camera, or keyboard yourself.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet Frank Serpico (2017) Familiarity is a handicap Antonino D'Ambrosio's documentary can't quite overcome.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet Gilbert (2017) An appealing, amusing look at a true original.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) [An] engaging profile.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
43% Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story (2017) Taken for what it is, Can't Stop is engaging - and beautifully done ...‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
88% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) It's a heartbreaking movie, transcending rubbernecker voyeurism and sensationalism to tell the story of a magnetic performer who never found the happiness and peace she deserved.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
83% Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017) Perkel packs in a lot of information, plenty of tasty stories, and some marvelous archival clips.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet No Man's Land (2017) Byars's fly-on-the-wall approach ... lays bare the macho posturing at play here, and how it ratcheted up the tension in an already heightened situation.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
89% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) An engrossing portrait of a real bag of garbage, whose accumulation of power tells us much about how we've ended up where we are.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) How many times is it funny or unexpected to score an action/sci-fi set piece with an incongruent '70s pop song? In the first film, it was a novelty, but nothing kills novelty like monotony.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
0% Aardvark (2017) It's not a bad movie, but it's so minor, it all but drifts away.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
51% The Dinner (2017) The tone and thrust of Oren Moverman's adaptation of Howard Koch's novel is damn near impossible to pin down, which can be a compliment, but isn't here.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
80% Abundant Acreage Available (2017) This is a modest story, but one rooted in big emotions.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
79% Chuck (2017) Schreiber [is] flat out excellent at not only conveying Wepner's neighborhood-guy charm, but at delivering his wry narration, which borders on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang levels of self-awareness.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
100% Saturday Church (2017) Even when dramatics are cluttered, the emotion is unassailably genuine; this is a film of great warmth, humor, and love.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017