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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 100% Minding the Gap (2018) One of the year's great, small treasures, Bing Liu's extraordinary documentary "Minding the Gap" is like a deluxe skateboarding video, yet so much more.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 75% Do You Trust this Computer? (2018) This documentary covers a wide array of examples of the potentially scary downside of artificial intelligence, none particularly in depth but with enough ingenuity to cause alarm. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2/5 11% Slender Man (2018) Based on a viral 2009 internet meme that gave plenty of people the creeps, this lazy horror movie is filled with stale, worn-out scares, crude effects and jump-scares, and poor storytelling. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 61% Juliet, Naked (2018) This romantic drama is slight and narrow in scope, but its performers are dedicated, and its passions run deep.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
4/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Even though it sings with the funky energy of the 1970s, "BlacKkKlansman" is absolutely current. Among all the movies that have become supercharged by the terror of our modern times, it's arguably the most essential yet.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/5 48% The Meg (2018) Sadly, not even the shark is very interesting.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Dead Shack (2017) This spirited, silly horror movie isn't particularly fresh or scary, but it has enough charm to be worthy of a viewing by genre fans. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) It's a dark, melodramatic story tacked onto a black comedy, and it just doesn't work.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2.5/4 46% Generation Wealth (2018) Unfortunately, as personal as she gets here, she fails to tie everything together into a cohesive thesis‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 82% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) With an earthy, realistic tone, this timely drama is fairly straightforward; it's geared toward the source novel's YA fans/audience, but it's patient and warmly sympathetic enough for others. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 70% Christopher Robin (2018) "Christopher Robin" misses the point. In trying to rescue the hero from his seriousness, the busy film hasn't the faintest idea how to play.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 80% Oldboy (2005) Great but extremely brutal, vicious revenge story. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) The plot is pretty predictable, but the silliness that swirls in and around each familiar twist is fresh and funny. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/4 64% Dagon (2001) Dagon isn't as outright funny as Gordon's Re-Animator or From Beyond, but it has moments of spunkiness to puncture the incredible strangeness of it all. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Astounding, gripping, heart-pounding set pieces. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/5 59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) This sequel effectively uses the same design and execution as its predecessor, but the story here is less spooky and more brutally disturbing, closer to real-world terrors than to the supernatural. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/5 52% Equalizer 2 (2018) This sequel to The Equalizer, itself based on the 1980s TV series, is more of the same, with (too) familiar screenwriting, a compelling lead character, and inventive action scenes. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
4/5 94% Blindspotting (2018) This indie dramedy could have been a hard-knock urban story, but instead it's funny and insightful, with heartfelt characters, as well as astute enough to explore many sides of the issues at hand. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/4 98% Eighth Grade (2018) Surely one of the year's most notable writing and directing debuts, Bo Burnham's "Eighth Grade" gets as close to the heart, mind and soul of a young person as a movie can.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
4/5 75% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Director Gus Van Sant takes a dizzying approach to this biopic, using shifting timelines and an anarchic tone to tell Callahan's story, though supporting actors like Black and Hill come out sharpest. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) White it may seem to have very little at stake - it's not the emotional powerhouse that some of the other Marvel movies are - it's a sheer joy, a breath of fresh air.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/5 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) This impossible to categorize movie starts off as a hilarious satire and then veers into territory so unexpected (and queasy) that it may alienate many. But others will find it a rebellious mess that's difficult to dismiss. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2.5/4 48% Skyscraper (2018) The sequences of finely-crafted popcorn filmmaking almost - almost - bring "Skyscraper" up to code.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3.5/4 100% Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion) (1995) A pure pleasure to watch. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 6% Siberia (2018) Slow but intelligent, moody, and mature, this thriller isn't exactly thrilling, yet it's hypnotic in the way it zooms in on little messy, unexpected human behaviors.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) 'Leave No Trace' gets across its simple, beautiful ideas as lightly as poetry. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 52% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) Susanna White's biographical drama is a little traditional and occasionally a little stiff, but the growing relationship between Weldon and Sitting Bull at its center offers rich emotional rewards. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
1/5 52% The First Purge (2018) The fourth movie in this popular series is perhaps the worst, with amateurish filmmaking and too many movie cliches combining to betray its attempts at serious social commentary and satire. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/4 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) "Sorry to Bother You" is certainly here to bother, and is not sorry at all.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/4 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) More ordinary, perfectly serviceable, somewhat smart and mostly entertaining.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/4 63% Code of Silence (1985) It's still a Chuck Norris movie, of course, but it focuses on strong characters, interesting situations, and an appealingly gritty, urban realism.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3/5 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) This sequel to Sicario is solid enough in its storytelling, with some inspired elements (as well as some lazy ones). But the special touches that made the original great are glaringly absent. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2/5 51% Boundaries (2018) Though blessed with outstanding performers, this indie dramedy/road movie never really sparks to life; it's a little too aware of its plot and character components and comes off as mechanical. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/5 73% Damsel (2018) This very odd Western, which is peppered with dryly comical moments, is definitely out to thwart viewers' expectations. It succeeds nicely but only intermittently, as it often stretches its quirky moments a bit too far. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/5 53% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) There's very little at stake in this spunky little indie comedy, and that's part of its charm; Davis is endearing, and the SoCal locations and characters are warmly, lazily quirky. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2.5/4 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) While there's certainly more here than in, say, a "Transformers" sequel, "Fallen Kingdom" is still a sequel that doesn't have much to add to its series. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
1/5 0% Gotti (2018) Travolta clearly put in great effort to play John Gotti, but he's stuck in an incomprehensible mess of a movie that was shot like an uncomprehending knock-off of a Martin Scorsese gangster epic. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
2/5 51% Superfly (2018) This remake of the 1972 blaxploitation classic is smoother, with a cool, subdued lead character and lean, strong scenes, but it's also frequently silly and eventually goes on too long.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/4 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Some [Pixar] sequels have felt needless (or awful: "Cars 2"), while others have been most welcome. The 20th Pixar feature "Incredibles 2" is definitely in the latter camp.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/4 95% Filmworker (2018) I thought I knew a lot about Stanley Kubrick, but I didn't know about Leon Vitali. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3.5/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) The movie's point isn't so much to be a juicy expose on a TV celebrity, but to ask hard questions about how he was in the world, and to ask: why can't there be more like him? ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) This clammy, creeping horror movie is deeply rooted in classics from the 1960s, '70s, and beyond, but it also builds on them; it's deliberate and severe, and it's not afraid to cross a line or two. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3.5/4 73% A Bucket of Blood (1959) It was perhaps Corman's first film to establish a really rich atmosphere, filled with nighttime shadows and a general edginess, which only grew richer on the subsequent Poe films.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/5 20% Action Point (2018) As with Knoxville's surprisingly likable Bad Grandpa, this movie is appealing and often funny, in a reckless, naughty way. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/4 54% The Lodgers (2018) Brian O'Malley's The Lodgers may not be flat-out scary, but it gets points for its Gothic atmosphere and for its patient, careful approach to a pretty good story. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2/5 73% Adrift (2018) Switching back and forth between a drippy romance before the storm and intense amounts of anguish and suffering after it, this based-on-a-true-story survival movie is overly reverent. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3.5/4 85% Upgrade (2018) It's not too much to suggest that a movie like Upgrade, with its low budget, lack of stars, and hands-on practical effects - while still being exciting and visual enough to see on the big screen - fills a much needed void.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4/5 86% American Animals (2018) For this true-crime movie, writer/director Bart Layton attempts a new angle and succeeds.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/4 83% Game Night (2018) It's surprising how well it works, and how funny it is.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
4/4 100% Moonrise (1948) Moonrise is a truly great film, strange and sympathetic. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018