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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 100% It (1927) It's all very standard romantic-fantasy stuff, but it moves with the rhythm of a hot jazz tune, and Bow lights up every moment she's onscreen. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
2.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) F. Gary Gray, of "Friday," "The Italian Job" and "Straight Outta Compton," takes the wheel, and he manages to hang on. He doesn't improve on anything, but he doesn't stall out, either.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3.5/4 94% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) With Still Walking and his new After the Storm, he has instead slowly taken a... lovely, profound, Ozu-like path.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3.5/4 97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) It's a slow-building film, more interested in occupying a place and time rather than spelling it out for an audience, but it's prickly and tense, and, in its way, quite powerful.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3.5/4 87% Their Finest (2017) Scherfig's touch here is vivid and rich, like a tapestry. She stays at ground level and avoids any kind of pandering to the audience.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
1/5 24% Unforgettable (2017) A better title for this terrible thriller would have been Unforgivable. Hamstrung by clueless writing and directing, it fails on just about every level, trying to wring thrills by pitting mean characters against dumb ones.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/5 88% The Lost City of Z (2017) James Gray makes intelligent, good-looking, grown-up movies that are admirable but somehow rather reserved; this real-life adventure tale is a more sprawling work, but the result is similar. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/5 66% Free Fire (2017) Obviously inspired by Quentin Tarantino's movies, as well as 1970s shoot-'em-ups, this action movie tries to be stripped down and clever, but it only succeeds at being laughably violent. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Hjemve (Just Like Home) (2007) Highly enjoyable. Plays like a very good Hollywood rom-com.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
4/4 61% Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) Playwright John Patrick Shanley made his movie directing debut with this defiantly strange, totally under-appreciated, yet completely wonderful romantic comedy. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
3/5 30% The Assignment (2017) On the one hand, this thriller starts out with a ludicrous, wrong-headed idea, but on the other hand, as directed by Walter Hill, it's so skillful and pulpy that it could become a cult classic. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
2/5 39% Aftermath (2017) Schwarzenegger and McNairy give powerful performances in this dire, downbeat drama, but the filmmaking frequently undermines them, choosing shortcuts over deeper, more soulful exploration. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
2/5 15% Queen of the Desert (2017) It's rather confounding that one of the world's boldest, most curious filmmakers could take a bold, curious subject like Gertrude Bell and make such a dull, inert (if pretty) movie about her. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
2/5 28% Salt and Fire (2017) Usually a director of fascinating films and documentaries about humans clashing with their environments, director Werner Herzog delivers a misfire with this puzzling, uncentered drama. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
1/5 46% The Ticket (2017) While nicely filmed and decorated with soft visuals and tones, this otherwise heavy-handed, unappealing message drama tries to get its blunt point across in an awkward, obvious way. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
4/5 78% Colossal (2017) 2016's Swiss Army Man, as well as Kaufman concoctions like Being John Malkovich previously ventured into this kind of fresh, bracing territory, and now Colossal joins them.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
3/5 92% From Nowhere (2017) Director Matthew Newton delivers an earnest drama that's more about its highly relevant message than its technique. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
3/4 58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Caro's overall approach to the film finds a respectable balance between horror, preaching, and sentimentality.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
3/4 46% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Not a single shot goes by that doesn't make you gape in astonishment. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
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 68% 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 37% 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 67% 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 49% 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 40% 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 45% 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 78% 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 80% 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 77% 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 41% 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 91% 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