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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 22% Collide (2017) This action thriller is plagued by poor camera work and a screenplay that's riddled with holes and implausibilities; the only worthwhile thing about it is the bad guys' wild scenery chewing. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) For every assured, effective camera placement - Peele takes inspiration from Polanski, Roeg and Kubrick - he also provides a troubling and compassionate look at racism and blackness.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Cinematically ambitious and impeccably designed, this freaky thriller is often exciting and intriguing, but viewers may find themselves wishing they could unsee certain disturbing images. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
1/5 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) The sixth movie in this violent sci-fi/horror series feels cursory and carelessly made. The cluttered, clunky footage is nearly unwatchable, and it's difficult to care about the flat, lifeless characters. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
2/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) A special kind of bad movie, borne out of loopy misguided ideas rather than lazy, callous ones (the latter is far more common).‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/5 94% Midsummer in Newtown (2017) Though it's not exactly cutting-edge journalism or thought-provoking commentary, this deeply moving documentary takes a tender, humble approach to a community's suffering and its attempts at healing.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/4 50% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) The pace is snappy, the sets and colors are always eye-popping, and the whole thing has a good, fun spirit. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
2.5/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) It's actually more of a soap opera, but without flourish -- dreary and hopeless.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Other Kids (2016) This is an extraordinary, non-judgmental work, a seamless blend of fiction and non-fiction.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
1/5 7% Rings (2017) This lethargic, sadly unnecessary horror sequel attempts more of the same mythology but quickly proves to be utterly boring, with dull characters, no genuine scares, and nothing to say. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The many long, exhausting fight scenes in "John Wick: Chapter 2" are captured in sustained takes and vivid backgrounds unique to the personality of each scene.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3.5/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Maybe this is what Zack Snyder's DC Universe needed, a little color, a little zing, a little cleverness, a little humor, and a little heart. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/4 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Dog movies get a bad rap, and they're certainly not easy to make well. Maybe they're a like a doggie lick in the face, a little annoying and a little wonderful, and, depending on the moment, they can elicit a frown or a smile. This one gets a smile.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/4 36% The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror) (1963) Once you know the story behind the movie you can't help but love it.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/4 82% The Founder (2017) Combined with Keaton's canny performance, ['The Founder'] creates a strong portrait of a man who clawed his way to the top of the American Dream, but didn't care if his claws left marks.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
3.5/4 96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) Often it's the simplest ideas that are the most ingenious. Get this one: zombies... on a train. That's it. Ingenious. And, amazingly, the South Korean film 'Train to Busan' gets just about everything right with this scenario. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/4 95% Black Girl (La noire de...) (1966) Running only 65 minutes the movie is compact, but extremely potent; Sembene's simple camera setups articulate great poetry. It's a movie of dashed hopes and unexpected beauties, and it's a masterpiece. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 90% Into the Inferno (2016) 'Into the Inferno' is fascinated by the impermanent nature of our world, and is perhaps a strong reminder to appreciate what we have while we have it.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 100% Tampopo (1985) It's one of the greatest food movies of all time, taking time to appreciate the look and feel of the noodle soup.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1/5 6% Shut In (2016) This shockingly empty thriller has a great cast, but, while delivering its jump-scares, it completely ignores the story's looming, daunting psychological and emotional ramifications. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 46% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) This thriller begins with a strong, relevant idea -- using a fake terrorist attack to mask another crime -- but the poor storytelling soon demotes it to a forgettable throwaway. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Like its predecessors, this action sequel is heavy on stunts, noise, fights, shoot-outs, and the objectification of women -- but very light in the areas of writing or intelligence. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 0% Life on the Line (2016) The filmmakers behind this earnest, heartfelt drama truly want to honor the brave men who do this job, but the movie is packed with cliches and doesn't really grasp the details of hard work. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) This new movie, while slight, is also dazzling, diverting and wonderful fun.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Award-winning director Ang Lee assembles a collection of effective scenes in this serious effort, but it also several moments that don't really work; in the end, it doesn't seem to add up to much. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 89% Loving (2016) "Loving" is the real deal. It's not a sermon. It's just a snapshot that proves we are all more than our skin colors. We are people, and we are capable of great love.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 46% Detour (2017) Hardly the first crime movie to play around with timelines (and not always successful at doing so), this thriller gets away with it due to intriguing characters, a snappy pace, and a few surprises. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 19% Sleepless (2017) Though it suffers from minor plot inconsistencies and some shaky camerawork, this thriller offers a fun, entertaining, "B"-level story; the terrific characters help fill in the blanks. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A short capsule review cannot do this documentary's depth of intelligence justice, but suffice to say that it uses history and literature to peel back old wounds and reveal fresh ones.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2.5/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The hand-drawn animation is absolutely gorgeous... Yet I found The Red Turtle to be relentlessly depressing, tainted by cruelty. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) The fifth movie in this supernatural action/horror series isn't the worst, but it isn't very good, either; it has moments of mindless fun, but also too much seriousness and mood-killing awkwardness. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) "Live by Night" has slipped into theaters without a stir. The reason, regrettably, is that it's unexpectedly lifeless.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1/5 23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Many horror movies are bad, but it's rare to find one that, like The Bye Bye Man, is so bad it's funny. Whether the problem was in the puzzling screenplay or in the production itself, something went dismally, hysterically wrong. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 89% Elle (2016) Director Paul Verhoeven's first movie in French features an elegant, powerful Isabelle Huppert; she adds weight to what's really a pretty basic, stretched-out story filled with sex and violence. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 93% Fences (2016) The performances are on the large side, but they're of an extremely high quality, and emotionally rending. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) The story is a good one, and the movie never feels too heavy or preachy.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) I'd rank Paterson among [Jarmusch's] very best films. It's a treasure, and the best American film of 2016.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
5/5 84% Silence (2017) This religious epic, a dream project of director Martin Scorsese for decades, is somewhat difficult and unwieldy, as well as a bit gory, but it's also magnificent, beautiful, and masterful. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) I liked these characters, and the movie mostly avoids squeamish moments of uncomfortable comedy, but it just went on and on with no real payoff for its extreme length.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2.5/4 89% 20th Century Women (2017) It all seems like an excuse for writer/director Mike Mills to revel in the time and place and play lots of cool music.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Despite a high-class cast, this fantasy-battle movie -- based on a video game series -- is disorienting, makes very little sense, and, worst of all, is a terrible, humorless bore. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 84% Julieta (2016) Spanish director Pedro Almodovar adapts three stories by Nobel Prize-winning writer Alice Munro; though his sensibilities are quite different from her style, the result is surprisingly satisfying. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 81% Patriots Day (2017) For this tense real-life drama, director Peter Berg weaves a wide, vivid tapestry of Boston; it's an admirable feat, but his unrefined techniques grow exhausting after a long 130 minutes. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2.5/4 39% Why Him? (2016) If, at the end of Cranston's run on "Breaking Bad," we all wondered whether he'd ever find a movie role as good as Walter White, this one is cause to shake our heads sadly.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 38% A Kind of Murder (2016) Often, Patricia Highsmith's novels are adapted into high-class affairs, but this thriller feels refreshingly small-time and pulpy, getting closer to the story's raw emotions and impulses. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 93% La La Land (2016) It can be exhilarating, thanks to Chazelle's marvelous use of space and color, and thanks to Justin Hurwitz's lovely score.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 95% Neruda (2016) Chilean director Pablo Larrain's biopic twists the formula around and explores surprisingly intimate and universal themes, while still guiding expert performances.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Though it's certainly worth a look, "Rogue One" is a minor "Star Wars" story. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 24% Solace (2016) Though it has a decent premise and a great cast, this supernatural thriller can't seem to overcome its crushingly mediocre screenwriting and filmmaking techniques. It's highly forgettable. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 36% Sugar Mountain (2016) This ridiculous thriller centers on just about the dumbest scheme ever invented for a movie, yet the filmmakers don't show any awareness of the plan's absurdity; it's played dismayingly straight. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017