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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 99% Cameraperson (2016) Gives viewers a chance to sit back and ponder questions and thoughts about the nature of being human and our relationship with the world.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) The end result is transporting, but also moving; it's a wake-up call, asking us to think about how much attention we really pay to what's around us, and - perhaps more importantly - what to do about it?‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 66% Frank & Lola (2016) Much like Elvis & Nixon, Michael Shannon stars in another small-scale film, focused mainly on two characters, and excels at it. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Jessica Chastain plays a fascinating role, an unapologetically powerful woman, capable of ugly behavior as well as kindness, and refreshingly unexplained.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's an interesting story, and it's very prettily told, but Ford doesn't seem to get inside the grisly, Straw Dogs-like themes of the story-within-the-story.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 15% Incarnate (2016) This horror movie tries to set itself apart from other demon-possession movies by inventing an interesting new mythology, but eventually it gets tired, bogged down and lost in its own rule book. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 11% Man Down (2016) This war drama contains an earnest plea, a call for sympathy and understanding for soldiers suffering from PTSD; but the movie is so scattershot, somber, and confusing that it never comes together. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) One of those rare teen movies that actually gets teens right.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's extremely simplistic, but it's also rousingly effective.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/4 86% Lion (2016) Middlebrow mediocrity served up by the Weinsteins on a silver platter for awards season. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 75% Split (2017) Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan launches a full-fledged comeback with this tense, satisfying horror-thriller. Split is refreshingly infused with thoughtful ideas and sly suggestion, rather than gore or brutality. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2.5/4 43% Cherry 2000 (1988) The movie has a few weird, cool set designs using grungy, pastel colors.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
3.5/4 97% 13th (2016) It's an absolute must-see.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 85% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Norwegian director Andre Ovredal follows up his terrific Trollhunter with an equally smart and satisfying chiller.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) Yet another film about the Kennedy family may seem like an eye-rolling prospect, but Pablo Larrain's "Jackie" is so painfully alive, so painstakingly intimate, it rises above such simple descriptions.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
2/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) The original Bad Santa found just the right tone for its dark, vulgar humor -- but this sequel feels like a too-little, too-late attempt to recapture faded glory. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3.5/4 95% Moana (2016) "Moana" sails straight and true, effortlessly, and with a great deal of joy and delight. It's perhaps not as clever or funny as this year's earlier Disney offering, "Zootopia," but it's wonderful in its own island way.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
2/5 79% Evolution (2016) This strange, austere sci-fi art film may engage viewers looking for something different, but for most, it will be a queasy, unsettling experience, requiring much patience for little reward. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 62% Allied (2016) Allied is beautifully constructed, with smooth, polished camerawork and editing, as well as evocative music and design. But it's never self-consciously arty. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) A movie this deep and emotionally resonant, a movie about grown-ups without any kind of sales pitch in mind, is a beautiful and rare thing. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Rules Don't Apply is a big, cuddly Hollywood screwball comedy with a cup of romance and a dash of heart. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/5 9% The Forger (2015) The plot is a little lackluster -- the climactic heist isn't very climactic -- but director Philip Martin creates a strong sense of place and a strong sense of community among the characters.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
3.5/4 95% Gimme Danger (2016) Whether or not Jarmusch succeeds in his task is up for debate - especially for non-fans - but he at least gave me a fresh new appreciation for a band that I already loved.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3.5/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) While "Oldboy" contained a whopper of a twist, "The Handmaiden" tells its story in more measured strokes, and yet is no less lurid or powerful.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3.5/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins's setups and scenes are remarkably perceptive, and quietly textured.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) As in the previous movies based on Dan Brown's books, it seems like smart stuff is happening here, but it's really all lifeless and empty, despite the scenic locales. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) Features several strong performances.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
4/4 90% Certain Women (2016) The wonderful American director Kelly Reichardt seems to have been made for short stories. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Ouija (2014) was terrible, but this prequel takes off in an entirely new direction with its mesmerizingly weird compositions and rhythms and wicked humor. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3.5/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Offers more of what's been satisfying in the movies, and something refreshingly different.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
4/5 71% Before the Flood (2016) This is one of many documentaries about climate change; many aren't much fun, but with DiCaprio at its center, this one offers crucial, current information, as well as a measure of hope.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Recovery (2016) This gory thriller begins with selfish, unsympathetic characters and then takes them through a clumsy, routine "trapped in a house with a sadistic maniac" scenario with all its seams showing. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) This deeply thoughtful, profoundly compassionate sci-fi movie beautifully mixes realism with a sense of wonder. It keeps its mysteries at bay, and, amazingly, doesn't disappoint when all is revealed. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet God's Little Acre (1958) As a huge fan of director Anthony Mann, I'm always eager to check out anything he did, but God's Little Acre is something of an oddball curiosity on his resume. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Reign of Terror (1949) Mann's direction is quick and unpretentious. All period/costume movies should be this fun.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2016
3.5/4 89% Men in War (1957) A razor-sharp use of environment. Though the territory is wild and unknown, Mann still emphasizes clarity of action over chaos.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2016
4/5 77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) It's a worthy addition to a classic genre.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
4/5 79% American Honey (2016) With curiosity and compassion, this epic-length coming-of-age story looks at the hard corners of a splintered, dislocated America, but at the same time finds moving moments of beauty. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2/5 53% Ordinary World (2016) Armstrong trades in his day job with Green Day for a lead role in this slightly charming but thin and overly awkward dramedy about a musician's mid-life freak-out. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/5 60% Desierto (2016) This minimalist thriller is not only expertly constructed and relentlessly gripping, but it's also very timely. That said, socially aware viewers may bemoan a lack of commentary in such a simple movie. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 51% The Accountant (2016) "The Accountant" was written by Bill Dubuque, who also wrote "The Judge." Both have blandly predictable stories, but they also take time to draw interesting characters with full histories and emotional interactions. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/5 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Stirring, provocative, flawed, bloody slave-revolt story. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Many images in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" are firmly of Burton's wondrous cinematic universe.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3.5/4 90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) In the end, the doc captures that magical way that movies can speak to us and transport us, and how, for some, that feeling becomes a way of life. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) This one was always more crowd-pleaser than poetry, but it contains simple, strong messages, codes of honor that still ring true.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 0% The Disappointments Room (2016) Even though it stars an accomplished actress and has an intriguing design, this haunted-house movie doesn't have much to offer. The Disappointments Room's scares, mysteries, and character relationships are all numbingly routine. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/5 12% When the Bough Breaks (2016) Thrillers in which seemingly harmless outsiders worm their way into safe, secure, middle-class homes and then threaten them were popular in the '90s; this one feels like a pale copy. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 81% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Quite useful to watch and discuss. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/5 35% Blair Witch (2016) As it grows more unreal, this "threequel" to the original Blair Witch Project becomes intensely scary, but it's undone by a weak set-up and irritatingly dumb, shallow characters. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
2.5/4 61% Snowden (2016) An interesting, emotional companion piece to "Citizenfour." ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016