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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 85% The Final Year (2018) Filmmaker Greg Barker's documentary is both an inspiring portrait of an American leader and a shattering reality check.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/5 75% Mom and Dad (2018) This nimble, kinetic, ultra-dark horror-comedy rampages through its gleefully wicked story without overwhelming its characters. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
1.5/4 43% Den of Thieves (2018) A pretty good, tighter, shorter movie might have been rescued from this dumb, disagreeable behemoth, but nobody bothered. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/5 71% Humor Me (2018) There's no shortage of movies about male sad-sacks who are stuck in a rut, but this one, though predictable, is mildly funny and warmly likable thanks to fine casting and sympathetic performances. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
2.5/4 68% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Slow going and never quite sure of itself.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/5 92% Saturday Church (2018) This coming-out story is fairly routine, but it sets itself apart from dozens of similar stories with its deeply felt musical fantasy sequences. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) Neeson's fourth pairing with director Jaume Collet-Serra, this thriller is far from great, but the duo's usual blend of non-stop action and silly suspense still works like crazy. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
2.5/4 74% Hostiles (2018) It wants to be a very pro-Indian movie, but has very little use for them.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
2/5 31% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) This fourth entry in this successful horror series is an example of diminishing returns; though the characters are still interesting, it's clear that less care and attention were given to this movie. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
4/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) Despite now-infamous last-minute tinkering, this fact-based tale emerges as a fine pulp thriller, bathed in director Ridley Scott's trademark visual richness and with a few real-world life lessons. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
2/5 69% Crooked House (2017) Based on an Agatha Christie novel (reportedly one of her own favorites), this mystery is beautifully shot, with great set design, but it suffers from its odd pace. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
2/5 26% Father Figures (2017) This almost totally fails as a comedy, with broad, unfunny, dumb jokes (such as Wilson and a young boy urinating on each other), though it's marginally better during the goopy, heartwarming parts. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
3/5 81% Molly's Game (2018) In the directorial debut from mile-a-minute screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, he opts to get out of his own way and stick to the script; the result isn't perfect, but it's energetic and entertaining. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
4/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Director Paul Thomas Anderson takes a break from films that are trying to "say something" to return to a story about people; this is one of his best, most beautiful, and most perverse works. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
3.5/4 88% The Post (2018) It's exciting and essential, and one of my favorite films of 2017.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
3/4 78% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The movie isn't too concerned with age differences or hitting biographical highlights. Rather, it tries to get at the heart of how these two connected. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
4/5 79% The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) Writer/director Jared Moshe clearly loves and appreciates the Western genre, and here he's created one that's not only classical, skillful, and unpretentious but a fresh angle on an old story. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
3/4 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldman plays Churchill, and suffice to say that if he finally wins an Oscar, it will not be undeserved. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
3.5/4 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Recalls the talky, intellectual, but swoony summer romances of Eric Rohmer. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
3/4 98% Columbus (2017) Kogonada makes a striking debut with Columbus, a movie about architecture nerds that is itself composed like great architecture.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2/4 50% Downsizing (2017) So brutally long, and takes so many right-angle doglegs, it's difficult to imagine that earlier screenplay drafts were thrown out; things just keep being tacked on. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 90% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017) It's a zippy, appealingly off-kilter comedy that offers a pleasant evening's entertainment.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
4/5 96% Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados) (2017) Even the darkest moments, such as bird-shaped monsters or inner demons trying to cause chaos, are matched by moments of incredible beauty, light, and hope.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3.5/4 90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Certainly J.J. Abrams' 2015 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was more than satisfying, but Johnson steps it up several notches, digging deeper into characters, and even adding nuance to the "Star Wars" mythos.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Homicide (1991) I still like the movie for the way it immerses itself in each moment, and for the intense way it moves and sounds.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
2/5 0% November Criminals (2017) It's not terrible, and the characters are likable, but, much like its vague title, this teen crime thriller, which also has elements of comedy and romance, never finds its center or its voice. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
2/5 60% Daisy Winters (2017) This drama is under-directed to the point of being alternately lifeless and awkward, but the main character has an appealing spunkiness that sometimes elevates the film. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/4 95% Dealt (2017) Richard Turner is an amazing figure.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
4/5 92% The Disaster Artist (2017) Taking a cue from Ed Wood, this loving portrait of a terrible filmmaker could have indulged in ridicule, but instead it's about passion and dedication. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3.5/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) As a story, it's a frenzy, bizarre even by today's standards, and when Gillespie includes clips of the real-life participants, it's almost a shock that it wasn't fictional.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3.5/4 90% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) [Kaurismaki's] first film in some six years, The Other Side of Hope is, happily, more of the same, but with some themes relevant to today's confused world. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Perhaps [Del Toro's] loveliest film so far, easily on par with his masterpiece "Pan's Labyrinth."‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
2.5/4 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Unfortunately, this visual glory is the movie's best asset. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3 No Score Yet Lazer Team 2 (2017) Though it won't convert any new fans, this silly, breezy sequel manages to capture the same blend of lowbrow humor, affectionate characters, and love for cheesy sci-fi movies as the first movie. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3.5/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) It keeps up a whirl of color and cheerful spirit and ends with a brief but believable argument full of good cheer and goodwill toward men.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) Add... its magical array of visuals - an entire "Land of the Dead" is realized - and its kind, loving representation of Mexican culture, and "Coco" becomes a force for good in the world.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/4 96% Mudbound (2017) [A] sweeping slice of Americana, epic, but also intimate. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/4 99% God's Own Country (2017) The movie must be commended for attempting a lead character that is not entirely likable; it's only through Gheorghe that we discover something worthwhile in the sad, suffering Johnny.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/5 100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) This documentary gets the best of both worlds, building a personal story of the likable, trustworthy Nye, as well as offering a serious, hopeful love letter to science itself. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
2/5 49% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) As in his harrowing Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy tells the story of a brilliant, ill-fitting outsider in a vivid workplace, but this movie fails due to puzzling, choppy character arcs. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/4 40% Justice League (2017) The first three films in this series favored a gray, grimy look, in which the bright red and blue uniforms looked like they needed a wash. "Justice League" turns up the lights and brings back boldness and brightness. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/4 100% Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) I love all these cuddly Christmas cartoons.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
3.5/4 86% Brimstone & Glory (2017) Captures the thrill, the joy, the wonder of looking up into the night sky and seeing something uniting, something bigger than all of us.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4/4 100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Highly personal, searching, inventive, and constantly evolving in the most delightful ways.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4/4 No Score Yet The Mercenary (Il Mercenario) (A Professional Gun) (1968) Amazing.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) A striking directorial debut by Greta Gerwig, this tender, semi-autobiographical love letter to Gerwig's hometown explores the gulf between childhood and adulthood with touching, witty humor. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
5/5 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) So sharply written that it cuts, the third movie from award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh is a dramedy that starts with cleverness and wit, then opens up into something truthfully human. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/4 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The bright, fluid, elegant "Murder on the Orient Express" seems refreshingly smart and old-fashioned, like an export from the old studio days of Hollywood.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3.5/4 81% The Square (2017) It gazes disturbingly, absurdly head-on as humans unused to conflict find themselves challenged.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/5 54% LBJ (2017) Approaching this true story with his usual tendency toward lightness and simplicity (i.e. without complexity or nuance), director Rob Reiner takes a compassionate look at an unsung president.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017