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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 No Score Yet Open Water 3: Cage Dive (2017) With basically no association with Open Water 1-2 other than the "stranded with sharks" set-up, this sequel is so dreadful that it will have you rooting for the sharks. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
2/5 67% Pilgrimage (2017) Brendan Muldowney directs this historical dirge, which is plagued by snooze-inducing seriousness, a dutiful reliance on genre chestnuts, and an overall lack of excitement. Game of Thrones this most certainly is not. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Bedeviled (2017) Directed by brothers Abel and Burlee Vang, this horror movie looks great and busts open a few old genre chestnuts, but it's also predictable, bland, and not all that scary. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 57% Strange Weather (2017) This slight drama doesn't have very much to it, but any movie about a middle-aged woman is a welcome rarity, and in it, Hunter proves she can still bring life and spirit to any kind of material. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 90% Good Time (2017) Directing brothers Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie have created an ode to intense 1970s New York crime cinema, but with their own vivid, confined close-up take, bathed in artificial, carnival colors. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 79% Brigsby Bear (2017) This dramedy from several SNL veterans has a pretty strong case of the cutes, and it doesn't always connect, but at the same time it's genuinely imaginative and sweetly likable.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 49% The Glass Castle (2017) Based on Walls' best-selling memoir, this drama could have been edgier, but it follows a certain genre type, comfortably presenting itself as a four-hankie weepie graced with fine performances. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 67% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Director David F. Sandberg takes on this fourth film in the Conjuring franchise, and although it offers little that's new, it's so skillful and spirited that it works. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) Actor-turned-screenwriter Taylor Sheridan makes his directorial debut with this smart, solid crime movie that, while not without its flaws, makes excellent use of open spaces and haunting quiet.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
5/5 83% Detroit (2017) Essential drama about violent chapter in U.S. history. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
1/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Based on Stephen King's novels, this sludgy science fiction/fantasy dud reduces King's epic vision to a series of mindless cliches, surrounded by lazy dialogue and half-baked visual effects. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/5 36% Kidnap (2017) Despite having spent some time on the shelf, this thriller is far from a dud; it's surprisingly taut and gripping, relentlessly suspenseful, and takes only a few not-too-bright shortcuts. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3.5/4 77% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) "An Inconvenient Sequel" is a more personal film, finding Gore in moments of self-reflection.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3.5/4 87% Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (2017) It will have you digging out your old copies of 'Energy' and 'Kerplunk!' for a fresh listen.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
1/5 5% The Last Face (2017) This romantic war drama -- Sean Penn's fifth feature film as director -- is an all-around dud. It's poorly shot and edited, crushingly heavy-handed, woefully misguided, and, to top it off, miserably long. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/5 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Theron fights, punches, kicks, and shoots her way through this beautifully choreographed, narratively complex, but slightly sluggish action movie...‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4/4 83% Detroit (2017) "Detroit" is yet another masterpiece from that most singular of American directors, Kathryn Bigelow.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/4 73% Landline (2017) It still can't quite transcend its sitcom structure - but it's at least honest and funny.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
3.5/4 100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) This is a sheerly enjoyable film that shed a little more light on how the movie biz works, as well as how the human heart works.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
3.5/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Watts does his bit with a remarkable job of pacing, clarity, action, humor, etc. His action scenes are genuinely exciting and tense, and his character interactions are funny and warm. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
1/5 9% First Kill (2017) Low-budget action movies don't have to be dull or uninspired, but this one sure is. The actors phone in their performances, playing characters who are blandly unaffected in any way by the silly plot. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/4 96% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) 'Endless Poetry' raises the possibility that artists young or old can still challenge barriers and ask questions about life.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/4 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) It manages to feel quietly moving and quietly profound in unexpected ways, and I think it is Morris's best film in a long time.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan's first non-fantasy movie is bold, visceral, and powerful, with many moving sequences -- though some of his filmmaking choices can be challenging. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/5 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Some of the movie's images -- such as an immense marketplace in an alternate dimension, or the complex structure of Alpha itself -- are absolutely breathtaking. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) This very special movie casts a fine, delicate spell; many may resist it, but those who go along with it may find themselves profoundly moved, transported to a soul-stirring, poetically cosmic place.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2/5 18% Wish Upon (2017) This modern-day, teen-centric take on W. W. Jacobs' classic horror story The Monkey's Paw is a not-scary dud that suffers from both uninspired scares ad extremely shallow, annoying characters. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2/5 20% Austin Found (2017) Packed with talented comedy stars, this misguided misfire isn't just unfunny; it doesn't seem like it was ever supposed to be -- it wanders, lost between a serious crime drama and a biteless satire. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 86% Okja (2017) The general playful tone... helps a great deal, and the cinematography and editing are appealingly glossy and smooth throughout.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Not only smart, dazzling and entertaining, it speaks to fears and concerns that are as relevant today as they were in the 1960s when the series originated.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 99% City of Ghosts (2017) Heineman's documentary may be a little static, but with its sympathetic depiction of fear and hiding, it paints a vivid, terrifying portrait of life under a powerful, evil regime. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/4 87% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) The film has a remarkable patience and beauty, taking the time to live in its offbeat, unsettling moments.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/4 76% The Little Hours (2017) A wry delight.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3.5/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) An exciting, gleeful movie.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) Plotwise, director Sofia Coppola doesn't change much from Clint Eastwood's 1971 take on novelist Thomas Cullinan's story, but moodwise, she gives it her own special, dreamy-thoughtful visual style. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2/5 16% All Eyez on Me (2017) Newcomer Shipp Jr. is well cast as Tupac, but the movie, unlike Tupac's own storytelling, is sluggish and generic; it doesn't adequately capture the artist's unique genius. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
4/5 44% The Bad Batch (2017) Though definitely not for mainstream tastes, Ana Lily Amirpour's bizarre, beautiful film feels like an arthouse movie from an earlier time, more of a dare than a comfort, more active than passive. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
4/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) An extremely simple idea unfolds into a no-frills thriller that's so insidiously gripping that it verges on throttling; shark fans shouldn't miss seeing this on the big screen. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
4/5 87% Maudie (2017) Hawkins turns in a heartfelt performance as real-life painter Maud Lewis (1903-1970), carrying a biographical drama that's lovely and gentle without ever becoming soft or sentimental. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
3/5 23% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) Another in a long line of Tarantino-inspired, multi-character comic crime capers, this movie stays on its toes during a whirlwind of sly humor, cool-headed characters, and colorful situations. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
4/4 87% Runaway Train (1985) It's a great, simple story, and, in the history of action movies, ought to be considered alongside Die Hard and Speed. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3.5/4 100% The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) This is my favorite of the movies adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel, and the first one in color. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) "The Big Sick" definitely gets extra points for its real-life factor.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 68% Cars 3 (2017) Manages to stay on the road with a measure of charm and goodwill, as well as a nice touch of the bittersweet.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/4 16% The Mummy (2017) Plays as if its creators spent too much time trying to guess what people wanted to see, and not enough on what kind of movie they'd like to make.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
4/5 78% The Hero (2017) Director Brett Haley manages to take an underused subject, i.e. a character over 70, and make a movie that's deeply soulful and sweetly easygoing. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Working with what he has, and doing what he does best, Michell has still created an emotionally gripping tale.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) Trey Edward Shults, who made the powerful, harrowing Krisha, returns with a dark movie that's meticulously crafted and highly intelligent but also relentlessly pessimistic and deeply unsettling.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3.5/4 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) It's another example of [Loach's] brand of keenly-observed social realism, with moments that are genuinely touching.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
4/5 90% You Don't Know Jack (2010) Director Levinson provides some stylish angles and sequences, but his real achievement is shaping Pacino's performance and keeping the material fresh and passionate.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017