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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) Here's a film directed by a relative newcomer, Asghar Farhadi, that feels just as fresh as films by his predecessors, yet it also turns slightly inward, getting a little closer to the more turbulent human emotions.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
3.5/4 67% The Two Jakes (1990) The Two Jakes is the best Chinatown sequel anyone could reasonably expect, and it's very much worth a look. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
2.5/4 67% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) It's a movie in which characters seem to be doing things, speaking to each other, but no one ever seems alive. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2/5 35% Brimstone (2017) Though this Western is interesting and artistically daring, it's far too brutal and sadistic (and far too long) to recommend for casual viewing; it requires strong resolve and a stomach to match.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/5 66% Life (2017) This sci-fi creature feature doesn't really do anything we haven't seen before, but its execution -- including smooth camerawork and tense editing and music -- makes it reasonably gripping. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/5 44% The Belko Experiment (2017) Relentlessly bleak and hopeless, as well as grisly and gory, this well-made thriller still paints an interesting portrait of human nature and the divide between perceived strength and kindness. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
4/5 38% Wilson (2017) Like Daniel Clowes' earlier Ghost World, this adaptation of his 2010 graphic novel is filled with vulgar, adult humor -- but it's also extremely funny, truthful, and touching. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
4/5 48% Song to Song (2017) Terrence Malick fans will be pleased, and detractors will be annoyed; this drama is filled with Malick's usual trademarks: beautiful wanderings, poetic thoughts, an existential portrait of longing. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/4 100% Love & Taxes (2017) I'd recommend going back and checking out Haiku Tunnel, and, if you enjoy it, then rush out and see Love & Taxes.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/5 90% Raw (2017) This French-language cannibal-horror movie reportedly made audiences in Cannes and Toronto vomit, pass out, and/or walk out; it's not really that bad, but it is playfully queasy and artfully gory. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/5 77% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Director Danny Boyle's sequel, arriving 20 years after his groundbreaking original, maintains an energetic visual flair, as well as confronting, rather than ignoring, the passage of time.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) As directed by Bill Condon, the movie casts a delightful spell, and yet is unafraid to edge slightly into darker territory.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/5 21% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Unabashedly old-fashioned and romantic, this World War I-era movie fearlessly plucks at the heartstrings while offering glorious, big-screen cinematography ... and a bit of revisionist history.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Working for the second time with French director Olivier Assayas, Stewart gives a superb performance in this mysterious, compelling story, balanced cleverly between the known and the unknown. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) A well-crafted, intense ride that derides shoot-first, think-later military rationale, and champions curiosity and compassion.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/4 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) This stop-motion film from France does what the greatest children's stories do: it refuses to avoid darkness, fear, and sorrow. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2/5 39% Wolves (2017) While the performances are strong in this coming-of-age drama, it suffers from being too familiar and predictable, with wobbly, hand-held camerawork continually breaking the storytelling's spell. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/4 92% Logan (2017) Raising the stakes on superhero movies by a significant margin, "Logan" could be the cinematic equivalent to Frank Miller's legendary comic book "The Dark Knight Returns."‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/4 100% Lola (1961) Has a springy, musical quality to it.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
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 6% 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 90% 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 33% 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 83% 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 (Busanhaeng) (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 46% 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 18% 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