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Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
69% Wonderstruck (2017) Like Hugo, it's a children's book for grown-up movie lovers... ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) It's a balancing act so delicate, you all but hold your breath.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
52% Wonder Wheel (2017) Allen is, by all appearances, still filming first drafts, full of placeholder scenes and dialogue in sore need of polish, and releasing first cuts, full of narrative dead-ends and scenes that don't work.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
97% The Florida Project (2017) This is a deeply humanist filmmaker, and he's sympathetic to these characters, flaws and all.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
84% The Ice Storm (1997) Among its many virtues, 'The Ice Storm' keenly captures the sheer, visceral terror of puberty-of grappling with these urges, trying to do what you think you're supposed to, and lashing out when you can't. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
60% The Edge (1997) It's not hard to read Charles' journey in 'The Edge' as analogous to its author's: the library-dwelling intellectual using his wits to brave rougher elements.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
91% Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) 'Fast, Cheap' is about nothing less than our grand experiment - the struggle not only to be human, but to create order in a world bereft of it. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It does something sci-fi movies rarely do anymore, and sequels do even less: it shows us things we've never seen.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
50% The Unicorn Store (2017) It's easy to dismiss 'Unicorn Store' as cutesy pap, but Larson is so warm and open - as a character, as an actor, and as a filmmaker - that you're rooting for her, which goes a long way. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
90% I, Tonya (2017) The neat trick of Gillespie's movie is how he both appreciates the unavoidable buffoonery of Harding's story, and acknowledges the trial that was her life.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
57% I Love You, Daddy (2017) This is a fascinating piece of work, and compelling autobiography/personal essay, but it never quite comes together as drama; the parallels and subtext end up filling all its silences, in a manner that's just untenable in a feature comedy.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
65% Downsizing (2017) The success of the execution is questionable; there are entire scenes and subplots that don't land at all. But there's no denying or dismissing the picture's ambition.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
98% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The ways in which the writer/director keeps repositioning these people, and letting them motivate each other's *better* nature, is a welcome oasis of warmth in what could've easily been a sneer-fest.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
96% The Death of Stalin (2017) Armando Iannucci pulls off a balancing act that's more remarkable the more you think about it: this is a movie that's both mercilessly grim and uproariously funny.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
19% Woodshock (2017) Sure, some of 'Woodshock' is film school nonsense. But how often is anyone even willing to take these risks anymore?‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
96% Stronger (2017) Its interest in personality over symbolism makes 'Stronger' much better than your average based-on-an-inspirational-true-story situation.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
100% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) 'Scotty and the Secret History' is a fascinating portrait that neither lionizes nor judges its subject. It merely lets you take him for what he is.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
93% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) 'Film Stars' could've been a dull bio-drama, and for fleeting moments, it is (in particular, their cycle of fights and reconciliations gets dreary fast). But Bening's charisma and verve gives the picture a much-needed goose.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
92% Disobedience (2017) At the film's climax, we simply hold on Nivola's face, and then the camera moves on, allowing each of these characters to consider this impossible situation. No words, just faces. With the right actors, in the right story, that's all you need.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
86% Who We Are Now (2017) Richly written and sensitively acted, and if some of the big monologues are a touch theatrical, well, these actors really move the merchandise, so that doesn't much matter.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
56% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017) Unless you're partial to Spurlock's fluffy style of cutesy, self-satisfied juxtaposition, music cues, narration, animation, man-on-the-street interviews, and on-screen text, there's not much of value that you couldn't just pick up from a good article.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
89% Lean on Pete (2017) 'Lean on Pete' is a good old-fashioned boy-and-his-horse story, wandering through a series vignettes - each with the inner life and rich characters of a McMurtry short story, each with their own pleasures and curveballs.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
69% mother! (2017) It doesn't all work; long stretches, in fact, don't play at all. But it's formally impressive and deeply disturbing, and the mere fact that it exists at all is a testament to either Aronfsky's salesmanship, Lawrence's star power, or both.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
71% Hostiles (2017) The slower tempo means the out-of-nowhere attacks and shoot-outs hit harder, and some of the imagery is straight-up horrifying.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
75% Outside In (2017) Shelton's best-known films are comedy/dramas with an accent on the former; this one leans more towards drama, which is a bit of a disappointment, since she's honed such a specific and welcome comic voice. But it's full of little flashes of truth.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
10% Euphoria (2017) Watching Green play a depressed dying girl is like watching Michael Jordan when he was playing baseball.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
95% First Reformed (2017) Unique in contemporary cinema, it's a film that takes religion and scripture seriously, and because it does, it must go to the very dark place it eventually goes.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
95% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) The democracy of his filmmaking is, as ever, striking; this is one of our most American artists, and 'Ex Libris' is the very definition of what he does well.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
97% The Shape of Water (2017) In this Cold War-era fable, del Toro constructs a world of old movies and scratchy records, period details and practical monsters. It's like it was shot in his traveling museum exhibit, and I, for one, didn't want to leave.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The problem is that King's story is so much more compelling than Riggs', so (in spite of Carell's best efforts), the character just becomes a distraction - and the filmmakers seem weirdly invested in letting him off the hook. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
55% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Washington crafts an eccentric yet engaging performance, but in tuning the movie to the key of an unconventional and, in many ways, unbendable leading character, Gilroy can't quite find the story's rhythm. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
94% Novitiate (2017) In a way, 'Novitiate' is like a companion piece to 'Silence,' pondering some of the same big questions of faith and affirmation. It's not quite the film 'Silence' is, but few movies are.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
81% Brad's Status (2017) You may have to be of a Certain Age for 'Brad's Status' to land. But for those who are, it rings loudly with hard truths.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
75% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' opens with a giant close-up of a heart in mid-surgery, pumping away as operatic music blasts over the soundtrack, an image that's basically a pre-emptive rebuke - "yes, there's a heart beating somewhere in this movie."‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
86% The Final Year (2017) At 89 briskly-paced minutes, 'The Final Year' skimps a bit on some topics, and has a tendency to portray POTUS 44 through rose-colored glasses. But it's nonetheless a fascinating peek at how this stuff works.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
94% Molly's Game (2017) 'Molly's Game' is smart and funny, and though there are a couple of typical Sorkin #problematic moments, they're fleeting. This is a major step forward, for both the first-time director and his talented star.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
85% It (2017) It's well-executed, marvelously acted, and has a few scary sequences. It also has just as many that are not, as well as a wobbly command of tone and trouble sustaining its own momentum.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
57% Ninja III: The Domination (1984) It's quite a thing, 'Ninja III,' less a movie and more a Buzzfeed list of 23 Things Only '80s Kids Will Remember.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
83% Patti Cake$ (2017) It has some emotional resonance and its fair share of laughs. But it's a story we've seen a million times before, and that seems like the one quality a big-sale indie film shouldn't boast.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) It would be a fabulously funny and endlessly entertaining summer treat no matter who was making it - though it's hard to imagine anyone making it as well as Soderbergh.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
73% Cop Land (1997) 'Cop Land' holds up as a pretty good little thriller, a Sidney Lumet movie in a Martin Scorsese movie's clothing.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
89% Good Time (2017) It's a rattling experience, a one-long-night-in-New-York movie that's set in the present but filtered through the scuzzy gaze of the city's past. I kind of loved it.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
96% Unforgiven (1992) That's the truly subversive act at the heart of 'Unforgiven': Clint Eastwood is puncturing a Western mythology he helped create.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
29% Who's That Girl? (2003) 'Who's That Girl' is so eager to please, it ends up being a very hard movie to hate. Sure, it's formulaic and overcooked, but it's ultimately a pretty typical '80s comedy, no better or worse than average.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
82% Detroit (2017) The film has a documentary immediacy; Bigelow captures the hair-trigger intensity of this unbearably tense situation, via the restless, unsettling camerawork, the itchy framing and cutting, and the rich sound design.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
58% Raising Cain (1992) Movies don't get much more De Palma than 'Raising Cain,' and in its new and improved form, it can finally get the praise it deserves.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
97% Lost in America (1985) It's an endlessly funny and often uncomfortable piece of work, featuring some of the sharpest, deftest writing Brooks and frequent collaborator Monica Johnson ever crafted. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
57% Strange Weather (2017) It's hard to imagine another actor in the world who could elicit those particular responses to those moments, or who could make the wild narrative swing of the climactic encounter not only play, but play credibly.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
0% Jaws: The Revenge (1987) 'Jaws: The Revenge' bears the marks of its rushed production, from the seemingly first-draft screenplay to its sloppy execution to the slender running time (under 90 minutes without credits) to the generally cheap look and feel.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) A genuinely powerful and emotionally resonant glimpse into the fog of war, told viscerally and masterfully by a top-notch filmmaker in full command of his gifts. But Nolan indulges in a structural flourish that, for this viewer, simply doesn't play.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017