Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
The Passion of Joan of Arc, Sherlock Jr., Chimes at Midnight, Rio Bravo, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Cat People, Dead Ringers, Modern Times, Life and Nothing More, Eyes Wide Shut, Late Spring, Detour
Location: San Francisco
Official Websites: combustiblecelluloid.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 84% Crawl (2019) Insidiously simple, compact, and clever, this killer alligator movie, complete with slowly rising floodwaters, is relentless and absolutely terrifying. It's a career best for director Alexandre Aja. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Thunder Bay (1953) Mann stages some thrilling sequences, notably a pounding storm, and while Thunder Bay is no masterpiece, it's still worth a look. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/4 No Score Yet The Last Warning (1929) A spirited, vibrant mystery with comedy and horror elements. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Gone to Earth (1950) Its bracing imagery still makes it worth a look. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 89% First Name - Carmen (1983) One of Jean-Luc Godard's more coherent efforts of his later years. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 96% Le Doulos (1962) Le Doulos is all about style and trenchcoats and hats, and, while I tend to prefer Melville's later, color films (Le Samourai, Army of Shadows, Le Cercle Rouge, Un Flic), this one is still recommended. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/4 91% Alphaville (1965) It really does feel like Godard has transported us to some other world, even if it's all a colossal put-on. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 23% Phil (2019) This dramedy (Kinnear's directing debut) has its touching, thoughtful moments, but mostly it relies on a creaky old sitcom-like "lie" plot that douses nearly every potential laugh. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 43% Stuber (2019) Bautista and Nanjiani are likable enough together, and the movie has a few laughs, but overall it feels rushed and routine. It's difficult to care about the lazy plot or the characters' involvement in it. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 85% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Set in a flat, pale city and spoken in deliberately artificial dialogue, this quirky dark comedy has an unusual rhythm that grows slowly more hilarious, but only for those who manage to tune into it. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 82% Midsommar (2019) Set in broad daylight, during the time of Northern Europe's midnight sun, this horror movie isn't about getting the creeps so much as it is about the slow, methodical unmasking of horrors most human. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2.5/4 59% Ophelia (2019) Director Claire McCarthy provides a gorgeous, lavish landscape for the story to take place. But it runs into several inevitable roadblocks. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/4 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) "Annabelle Comes Home" is definitely scary, from a sequence in which a blood-spattered bride circles a room, to one in which Daniela watches images of herself on a haunted TV set. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3.5/4 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Although the plot focuses on Pixar's exciting, expertly done rescues and escapes, "Toy Story 4" makes its masterstroke after those have played out. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 27% Anna (2019) Writer/director Luc Besson returns with another action movie that prizes swift economy and slick entertainment over depth and meaning, but centers on a powerful, strong leading woman. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) This reboot of the infamous "killer doll" slasher series bases its story in a good, much simpler idea that increases the emotional stakes. It then incorporates human characters with fresh doses of humor and pathos. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/4 53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A subversive surprise, a possible cult classic for brainy cineastes. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) The fourth movie in the sci-fi/comedy series arrives at much the same place as the other sequels; it's fine but flat -- it's not as funny, surprising, or wondrous as the 1997 original. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/5 31% Shaft (2019) The banter between cool-cat father and nerdy, uptight son is somewhat funny, but lazy writing and wrongheaded stereotyping quickly send this sequel down the shaft. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Crisis Hotline (2019) The film sometimes even has a Lynchian feel, with moments that are just so unreal as to feel nightmarish. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 63% Changeland (2019) Marking Green's feature writing and directing debut, this endearing dramedy explores its relaxing, lush visuals while contemplating an inert, introverted, but surprisingly relatable character. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) With Ernst Lubitsch-like pacing, Talbot allows humor to grow in spaces between moments... the jokes are hard to describe, but easy to get. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 100% The Lavender Scare (2019) Josh Howard's brief, simple documentary covers some ground that will be familiar to many, but, when it gets to the heart of things, its stories are undeniably enraging, moving, and inspiring. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 55% Ma (2019) It's as if the makers of "Ma" were having fun slumming, giggling and snorting, but with no concept of how a movie could be truly affecting or disturbing. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 33% Domino (2019) Thanks to a troubled production and a thin story and characters, this thriller from suspense veteran Brian De Palma doesn't rank with his best. But his still-masterful, bravura touches make it worth a look. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/4 89% Non-Fiction (2019) The talk is definitely intelligent, but it's also... talky. And if not for the fact that Assayas always merges a talky scene into one more emotional (and physical), then Non-Fiction might have toppled into art-house oblivion. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 88% We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019) Based on Shirley Jackson's great gothic novel, Stacie Passon's movie is perhaps a bit on the light side, but she nonetheless creates a strong, vivid atmosphere in which the characters can flourish. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) This attempt at a fresh take on superhero movies falters just after its setup, never really exploring its potentially interesting theme. Instead, it just becomes a gory Omen knock-off with superpowers. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) This wise, funny, compassionate high school comedy succeeds wildly on almost all counts, thanks to its strong, lovable characters and fresh, bracing approach. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/4 96% House of Games (1987) Regardless of whether the film still delivers its intended zing, it's still hugely satisfying to watch all the moving parts click into place. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 57% Aladdin (2019) There's no... real reason for a remake, other than the very rare chance that a remake is going to be better than the original. Like most, Aladdin isn't. But it is momentarily diverting, in a pleasant way. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 67% Just Say Goodbye (2019) Though it first feels like a low-budget after-school special, this indie drama quickly shows that it's heartfelt, caring deeply about its characters' feelings. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 90% Q Ball (2019) Splitting its time fairly evenly between on-the-court action and soulful subject interviews, this film effectively and movingly demonstrates the healing power of teamwork and positive thinking. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Stahelski, a former stuntman, knows how to stage fights, but unlike most stuntmen, he knows how to film them, too, with clean, graceful camera moves, head-to-toe framing, and very few cuts, like a Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musical number. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 68% Dead Snow (Død snø) (2009) It's a movie that doesn't mind standing on the shoulders of giants, so long as it can take a chainsaw to the giant's neck. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/4 96% My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) Lewis's direction is clean and tight without ever looking shoddy. It feels leisurely and opulent, rather than a quickie from poverty row. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 95% Shadow (2019) It's a mixed bag, but at least it's better than Zhang's other wuxia films (I'm looking at you, 'Curse of the Golden Flower'). - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 14% The Hustle (2019) It's a con-woman story in which the best cons happen off-screen, and what happens onscreen is the creakiest re-treads of old slapstick jokes imaginable. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 100% General Magic (2019) This documentary explores one of Silicon Valley's most essential stories; it's told in a pretty ordinary way, and it's stretched too thin, but it's ultimately still enlightening and inspiring. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 51% Tolkien (2019) Hoult and Collins are likable enough in the centerpiece roles, but this polite, cautious biopic can't compare with the real-life imagination that brought about Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf, and the rest. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Reynolds' voice and caffeinated charm flow with the huggable Pikachu, the little yellow fellow with bunny ears, pink cheeks and supercool lightning tail who skitters and bounds. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/4 75% The Wedding March (1928) The current school of critical thought is that 'The Wedding March' is a minor Stroheim effort, but I find it to be one of his most complete and most satisfying films. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 74% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) The movie's very slowness and quietness makes all the wrongdoing and violence resonate a great deal more; as it goes, we consider consequences more than in any normal film. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
1.5/4 31% The Intruder (2019) Merely ridiculous and laughable, "The Intruder" is all mechanical. Nothing anyone does comes from a place of belief or honesty or passion. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 35% El Chicano (2019) While an all-Latinx crime drama is an all-too-rare occurrence, the film's attempt to create a cool new hero feels sadly flat. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Strange Door (1951) It's actually a pretty limp costume movie that never really makes much sense. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet The House of the Seven Gables (1940) Manages to be a high-class movie, yet unafraid to wallow in the lower depths of human foibles. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 68% Stockholm (2019) Its emotional purpose, showing how Bianca could possibly form a connection with Lars, is effectively achieved. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/5 65% The White Crow (2019) Except maybe for dance fans, it's unclear what, exactly, viewers are supposed to make of this portrait of a deeply unpleasant man whose talent is more spoken of than displayed. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The climactic war is more than just a CGI-laden smash-fest. Every corner of the chaos, every maneuver and turn, represent an important moment in the lives of the characters. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019