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Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Plotting isn't really what 'T2' is about, and they know it; it's about coming to terms with one's past, and how it informs what you've become.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
54% Song to Song (2017) Of course you don't have to conform to traditional filmmaking norms. But you have to replace them with something, anything, and what began as bold formal experimentation has quickly collapsed into monotony. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) I've got no quarrel with a good, goofy monster movie - I'm the guy who liked 'The Great Wall.' But that film at least felt bound by a singular vision, by a director and his personality. 'Kong: Skull Island' is spare parts, held together with Scotch tape.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
No Score Yet Ape (A*P*E ) (Attack of the Giant Horny Gorilla) (Hideous Mutant) (1976) They managed to get it into theaters two months before the DeLaurentis 'Kong,' reportedly shooting a mere 14 days on a $23,000 budget. Yet if you watch the movie, you'll still wonder what they spent all that time and money on.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
92% Logan (2017) Credit where it's due: this is a grown-up movie that's a drama first and superhero story second. Maybe you shouldn't give points for effort, but maybe you should when you're talking about a subset of films as locked-in to their formulas as these.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
92% What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) What so often gets lost about 'Baby Jane' is that it's a real thriller, dark, suspenseful, and intense.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Peele's film, which mixes horror, comedy, and social commentary with astonishing confidence and skill, takes hold of its provocative ideas and sees them all the way through. At this socio-political moment, it shakes the theater like an earthquake.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) Once you grant the film its fundamentally ridiculous premise, it becomes so much more enjoyable than some artful, respectable epic. It's a B-movie - a mega-budgeted, multi-national Roger Corman production.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
61% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) It's missing, entirely, the humanizing elements of the 'Office; series - presumably because Gervias, the sole writer/director/star (and sole performer to cross over from that series) has vastly overestimated the character's appeal.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Even someone with Johnson's considerable charisma can't get any heat going with a block of wood like this. Actually, to call his performance wooden is an insult to wood, which is a fine natural resource that demonstrably makes our world a better place. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
71% Beat the Devil (1953) It operates under the assumption that everyone in it is drunk, lusty, a little crooked, and a little crazy, and once you tune in to their wavelength, it's fun to just hang out with them for an hour and a half.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The 'LEGO Movie' spin-off spoofs the ethos and aesthetics of the Bat-films so well, it's hard to imagine taking them seriously again.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) There's an art to this; at times, the 'John Wick' movies are less narratives than dance recitals.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
84% They Live (1988) Carpenter's primary objective was to make a tough action flick, which he does; it fits snugly into his filmography's subset of urban mayhem movies (alongside 'Escape from New York,' 'Assault on Precinct 13,' and parts of 'Big Trouble in Little China').‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
25% The Comedian (2017) Hackford's never been much good at pacing, and the film sort of sloshes from one scene to the next, which calls greater attention to its considerable flab - it's full of full scenes and subplots that could disappear without any real damage.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
18% The Happening (2008) For reasons still unknown, Shyamalan wrote the dialogue this stiffly, and instructed his performers to act like they'd never said words or interacted with each other before. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
42% Gold (2017) The director is Stephen Gaghan, helming his first theatrical feature since 2005's 'Syriana,' and I have no idea what the wait was for if he was waiting for this. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
100% 78/52 (2017) '78/52' is thoughtful, verbose, and very funny, but more than anything, it's a celebration of film, and what it's capable of. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
67% Golden Exits (2017) These thoughtful people are paralyzed by their ability to look at their lives, and the lives around them, from too many angles. It's enlightening to listen to them, and perhaps a little too familiar.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
83% Marjorie Prime (2016) It's not an easy movie to engage with - the antiseptic settings and anthropological approach can keep the viewer at a distance. But those who can tune in to its wavelength will find it strangely satisfying.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
100% Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press (2017) A call to arms, a reminder that, after all, a free press is "part of the bedrock of democracy." It's an upsetting movie. But it's an increasingly necessary one.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
No Score Yet Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (2017) In style and structure, this is very much at PBS documentary. But it's an excellent PBS documentary; after all, there's nothing wrong with conventional form when the content is this compelling.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
70% Lemon (2017) This is not a conventional comedy; in fact, it barely qualifies as a comedy at all, staking out a claim in its own, strange territory. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
64% The Polka King (2017) A frisky and energetic comedy with a snappy, screwball spirit, which isn't exactly a given, considering the subject matter:‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
78% Manifesto (2016) This could've been an unbearably pretentious and self-important work. But instead, it's inspiring and inspired, as well as (and this helps) very funny.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
100% Gook (2017) Chon doesn't quite have the instincts of a great filmmaker yet, but if 'Gook' is occasionally amateurish, it also burns with a young artist's raw intensity. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
48% Wilson (2017) Wilson's dialogue is peppered with colorful vulgarity and provocative pronouncements, but the movie is trying so hard to be "outrageous," it ends up covered in flop sweat.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
82% Wind River (2017) With this, his third produced feature, Sheridan's limitations are starting to show; I found myself finally understanding some of the complaints I'd brushed off regarding 'Sicario' and 'Hell or High Water.' But when it works, it really works.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
80% To the Bone (2017) There's much of 'To the Bone' that sounds hoary or hokey. But it plays gracefully, thanks to the honesty of Noxon's approach; she recognizes that moments of high emotion can be both powerful and a little silly, and isn't afraid of that duality.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
67% Before I Fall (2017) It's almost as if this were the result of one of those asinine pitch meetings at the beginning of 'The Player': "Okay, it's 'Groundhog Day' meets 'Mean Girls,' but it's a serious teen drama!"‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
69% The Hero (2017) Alas, the movie mostly falls apart when it has to start putting an actual story together, presenting and resolving conflicts, that kinda thing.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
96% Mudbound (2017) Rees's first film, 'Pariah,' was a small, bracing character study; here, she makes a sweeping period drama, and in one film has catapulted herself from a promising newcomer to a thrilling master filmmaker.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
96% The Big Sick (2017) Its authenticity and candor is part of what makes 'The Big Sick' shine so brightly - it's got the lived-in coziness and complicated wit of a James L. Brooks movie. But, y'know, one of the good ones, like 'Terms of Endearment' or 'Broadcast News.'‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
47% Person to Person (2017) The writing and playing is so shambling and affable (there's a real 'They All Laughed' flavor to it), we don't mind how scattershot it seems.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
74% Ingrid Goes West (2017) It's a troubling character, but she manages to invoke sympathy, without shying away from the real darkness at the center of the story. A movie like Ingrid is a balancing act of tones and styles, and yet, somehow, it barely wobbles.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
94% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) 'Jessica James' isn't much of a movie - it's slight and underwritten, and even at 85 minutes, a lot of it feels like padding. But it does one, important thing well: it's a totally serviceable "J-Willie is a movie star" demo reel.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
75% Landline (2017) Robespierre is working with more serious themes and tones this time around, and proves just as adroit painting with those colors. If 'Obvious Child' was her 'Annie Hall,' this is her 'Hannah and Her Sisters.'‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
86% The Little Hours (2017) It's juvenile and bawdy and stupid and crude, but reader, I'm sorry, I laughed. Frequently. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
72% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) It's not that 'Sequel' isn't valuable - it's full of startling footage and important information. It's just... not much of a movie.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
100% Trophy (2017) It's an emotional issue that requires nuanced discussion and solutions, and kudos to'Trophy' for giving them their proper weight.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
100% Quest (2017) 'Quest' is a film with a bit of surface flash - the family's patriarch Christopher is an aspiring music producer/promoter - but that element aside, this is very much a portrait of a regular family. Regular, yet seldom seen in mass media.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
95% Oklahoma City (2017) The opening credits run under close-ups of one of those string-and-thumbtack cork-boards, moving from smaller incidents of government conflict with fringe groups into this earth-shaking one, and the movie operates under the same M.O. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
96% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
93% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
35% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
88% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
93% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017