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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 39% State Like Sleep (2019) As the title suggests, this so-called thriller could be trying to suggest a dreamlike or sleepwalking state, but instead it tells a terminally disjointed, boring story in a way that can induce sleep. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/5 50% American Hangman (2019) This modest but pessimistic drama about social ills may feel a little familiar, but the intelligent banter, a superior central performance, and one or two likable supporters keep it crackling along. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/4 53% Escape Room (2019) Succeeds in unlocking raw, primal human fear and adrenaline.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2018) Gentle, affectionate portrait of aging legendary comics. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 73% Destroyer (2018) Driven by Kidman's forceful, demolishing performance and a deliriously complex, snaky screenplay, this mature, intricately designed crime drama is more memorable and more haunting than most. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 63% Vice (2018) A comedy veteran , writer/director Adam McKay brings a strong irreverence and some quirky humor to this biopic, yet it can't disguise its sheer outrage; its laughs come through openmouthed dismay. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The casting and acting here are the high point. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Though 'Cold War' falls far short of its predecessor, it still has enough striking moments to recommend it. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 6% American Renegades (2018) Another of Luc Besson's compact, lightweight action movies, this one has a bit too much bravado, but it ultimately finds its way and provides a measure of silly, breezy fun. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 92% Bumblebee (2018) Set in 1987, this breezy, bright, summery movie is steeped in 1980s culture, feeling a lot like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Short Circuit, and other movie adventures of the day.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 64% Aquaman (2018) The screenplay must have had the line "suddenly, they are interrupted by an explosion" copied and pasted randomly several times throughout.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 59% The Last Dragon (1985) Taimak and Vanity come to the screen with a great deal of presence and likeability. Schultz brings energy and style to both the fight scenes and the musical moments, mostly staying out of their way and avoiding fast cutting and clunky choreography.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 39% Maniac (1980) Though it's about as grungy as a film can get, it feels like a professional job, with a brisk flow and a hard, gritty, urban look and feel.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/4 100% Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers) (1954) 'A Story from Chikamatsu' will make you angry, but first it will move you to the core.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A highly accomplished piece of filmmaking.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
1/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Simpleminded and mechanical, this movie clumsily borrows from every sci-fi/fantasy movie of the last 40 years, smushing everything together with inept filmmaking and a total lack of logic or emotion. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 66% The Mule (2018) Eastwood directs this drama at the same high level as his best work; his classical sure-footedness overcomes potentially goopy material. And fans can likely forgive him a few politically incorrect missteps. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
1.5/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) [A] dull, chunky ornamental iceberg. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Not quite like anything you've seen before. It's amazing, astonishing and spectacular.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 79% Ben is Back (2018) Between this and Beautiful Boy - another harrowing drama about a young person's addiction to drugs - I think I dislike Ben Is Back slightly less. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) This drama set in the pop music world has plenty to say, but its delivery of its message doesn't quite work. Still, Portman's nervy performance and the movie's dazzling cinematography and haunting music make it worth a look. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 76% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) "Anna and the Apocalypse" is out to thwart expectations. It will knock you sideways, but the more you think about it (and the more it's viewed during the holidays), the more you'll like it. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/5 41% Dark Skies (2013) The story is oddly pessimistic. Nothing is learned, no victory is achieved, and even the expected "twist" ending is curiously dull. It's as if the aliens have already won.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/5 76% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Both its tone and its songs get a little melancholy as the movie goes along, but this frequently exuberant Christmas-zombie-musical is wonderfully creative, with a touching emotional center. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/5 17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) This demon-possession horror movie has enough good moments that it's a shame the filmmakers didn't try harder; for every effectively moody scene, there's another that's lazy, twitchy, or shopworn. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.5/4 92% Mirai (2018) A soaringly beautiful film, as open-aired and pulsingly rhythmic as the best anime. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.5/4 93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) If you love cinema, then you must love Ingmar Bergman, and this documentary will justify your love. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.5/4 81% Green Book (2018) Farrelly's pacing is impressive, turning in a whopping 130-minute movie that simply flies by, and never feels too heavy or too long, and never outstays its welcome. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
1/5 0% Transylmania (2009) It's 90 minutes of idiotic, annoying characters, some haphazard plotting and filmmaking, and little else.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/5 58% Mystery Team (2009) Happily, even when the shock wears off... remains funny, thanks to the decision to make its three hapless, stuck-in-adolescence detectives totally naïve and untouched by all the depravity.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) [This] sequel... is quite a bit weirder, and possibly even disturbing in parts, but some clever ideas and the strong friendship between Vanellope and Ralph - and our love for them - carry things through.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
3.5/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) As easy as it is to be appalled at the horrible conditions that caused this situation, it's just as easy to become involved with the characters and their little triumphs and tragedies.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
2/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) Whether this is the worst Robin Hood movie ever made is up for debate, but it's certainly all kinds of terrible, from the lazy writing to the crummy, confusing action scenes. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
4/5 94% The Favourite (2018) Director Yorgos Lanthimos adds a dose of wicked, whiplash humor to his usual bleakness in this largely effective costume movie, filled with deep-focus visuals and strong, ferocious women. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) A poetic, crystalline visual glory, demonstrating Cuaron's graceful, effortless, yet complete command over light, space, and rhythm. It recalls films like 'Sunrise' and 'The Night of the Hunter...' But thematically, it's all Cuaron's.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
3.5/4 81% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe's deeply committed performance unquestionably drives the movie, and possibly ranks above all other cinematic portrayals of the great painter.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
3.5/4 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) The mysterious, entrancing "Burning"... is like a weird dream you'll want to try and remember after waking up.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 58% The Grinch (2018) This Grinch's brevity and bright, bold colors may be just the kind of thing to relax and get lost in this holiday season. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Talented writer though she is, Rowling doesn't seem to be capable of cramming what would be a 900-page book into a 135-minute movie. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Will not be to every taste, but for a few of us it's a treasure trove worth re-visiting, whether in small dips, or in another deep-dive. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/4 100% A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) The third in the great trilogy of year-end "Charlie Brown" half-hour holiday specials, this one is just as inspired, with its makeshift dinner of toast, popcorn, pretzels and jelly beans.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/4 92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) It's impossible to watch and not get excited about the genius of Keaton's films in particular and the possibilities of cinema in general.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 89% A Private War (2018) Colvin continually stresses finding the personal within her stories, and the movie itself fails to do just that.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) This fifth movie in the "Girl" series offers Foy as a strong new Lisbeth Salander, but the movie doesn't quite work. It takes itself far too seriously for its ridiculous plot and flat supporting characters. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 81% Overlord (2018) This ultra-gory hybrid movie is more fun than a typical war movie and more intense than a typical horror movie. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/4 97% A Little Princess (1995) Purely innocent, whimsical, and imaginative. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/4 88% Platoon (1986) Oliver Stone based his movie on his own experiences and attempted to make a more "realistic" Vietnam movie, simpler and more grounded than things like Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter... and he succeeds, truly making this war look like hell.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/4 92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) A surprisingly touching film, and one that makes you want to go back and look at The Other Side of the Wind some more.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
4/4 82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) I think it's a great film, and one that will interesting to re-visit and re-assess.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The music sequences in this drama (especially the Live Aid performance and the recording of the title song) are electrifying, and Malek is magnetic, but overall the movie is slavishly by-the-numbers. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018