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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 97% The Rider (2018) A remarkable, deeply moving melding of fact and fiction.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
1/5 22% Traffik (2018) Though it may have had good intentions, this movie is ultimately ineffectual, unpleasant, and borderline offensive; it's a vicious thriller that fails in its attempts to convey serious messages. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3.5/4 91% Lean on Pete (2018) This is a very tough movie that does not skimp on either the beauties or horrors of the world of horse-racing.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3.5/4 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Ramsey blankets You Were Never Really Here with a woozy daydream fabric, moments that seem to have come in-between rational thoughts and are more like impulses or intuition. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2/5 19% Submergence (2018) Veteran director Wim Wenders is comfortable with taking risks and has never been pigeonholed, but his movies have rarely been as static or flat-out boring as this depressing, message-heavy romance. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 74% Wildling (2018) Based on the primal, male-held view of changes in a woman's body being monstrous, this clever, sympathetic horror-drama offers a fresh, bracing twist on that myth. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) While this sports movie skimps on details and seems a bit rushed in spots, it nevertheless nicely balances its handling of the two tennis champs, aided in no small part by terrific lead performances. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 78% Beirut (2018) With direction by pro genre filmmaker Brad Anderson and a smart, dense screenplay by Tony Gilroy, this political thriller is a satisfying combination of snaky, heady talk and fun popcorn thrills. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 42% Spinning Man (2018) This little thriller, part lurid potboiler and part philosophical quandary, plays like a sturdy "B" movie; it won't change the world, but it might keep late-night viewers from changing channels.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/5 77% Chappaquiddick (2018) Introducing new generations to an infamous historical incident, this drama takes a detailed, matter-of-fact approach; while the result isn't exactly stirring, it's at least consistently interesting.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) It's one thing to stumble upon an idea so straightforward and pure - 'Lights Out,' a terrific 2016 horror movie, had one - that it's a wonder it hasn't been used before. It's yet another thing to execute it so impeccably so as to have not wasted it.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Freaks Of Nature (2015) This horror-comedy starts off with a good idea -- i.e. monsters learning to work together -- but doesn't take it very far. The likable characters and a few laughs are the only worthwhile things in it. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/5 70% Finding Your Feet (2018) Another attempt at a charming working-class English comedy in the vein of The Full Monty, this one unfortunately isn't very funny. Finding Your Feet is too maudlin and too long; even the choppy dancing scenes fail to satisfy. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
2/5 16% All I Wish (A Little Something for Your Birthday) (2018) The one-day-per-year gimmick at the heart of this flat romance never really clicks, possibly because Senna isn't particularly appealing, staying shallow and unchanging throughout. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
1/5 24% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) This endless, crushingly serious drama explores a disintegrating marriage between two shallow, selfish partners, and then, for its ridiculous third act, it turns into an awful thriller. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Status Update (2018) This teen comedy with a "be yourself" message is slickly artificial, grinding painfully through extremely well-worn plot mechanics and essentially failing to follow its own message. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3.5/4 74% Ready Player One (2018) An exhilarating ride as good as or better than most other films of its type.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) This monsters vs. robots sequel is, surprisingly, much more than a dashed-off afterthought; it's speedy, nimble, fun, and -- best of all -- it doesn't take itself too seriously.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
No Score Yet Images (1972) Today it can be seen as one of Altman's most fascinating -- and terrifying -- films.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The film's design and framing are not only funny, they are astonishingly beautiful. Like many have said of Kubrick, every frame in the wondrous "Isle of Dogs" is worthy of being a painting, whether it inspires a grin or a gasp.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/4 78% Unsane (2018) 'Unsane' is so skilled and so confident in its look and its performances and its story, and so much twisted, wicked fun, that I can't fault it too much. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) 'The Death of Stalin' may sound daunting, but poking at a dead dictator hasn't been this much fun since the days of Chaplin and the Marx Brothers.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/4 96% Foxtrot (2018) Maoz's approach is masterly, his camera unerringly choosing either gloomy close-ups or wryly funny wider angles. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
4/4 95% 24 Frames (2018) I saw great beauty and sadness, trying to imagine the director's final thoughts of his time on this planet, and as a result I think it's a great film, and a last masterpiece.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/5 22% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Based on real-life events, this dramatic thriller somehow lacks both drama and thrills. 7 Days in Entebbe concentrates on motivations rather than personalities, and its focus on details seems more dutiful than interesting. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
4/5 92% Journey's End (2018) This drama about the first World War is quietly moving as it conveys the horrors of war without heaviness, focusing on humanity and relying little on battle scenes. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/4 49% Tomb Raider (2018) Everything in "Tomb Raider" is noisy and frenzied, more akin to a heavy, dull, repeating bludgeon than anything close to a deft, smooth ballet of action. Where the viewers ought to get a moment to breathe, there is usually another explosion.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/4 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) This moment of women rising up and taking control of their own empowerment is the perfect time to release a documentary about Hedy Lamarr. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3/4 41% Gringo (2018) Though it runs a longish 110 minutes, for the majority of the time, it's a smart, jam-packed movie with plenty to enjoy.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2/5 35% The Leisure Seeker (2018) This soft, languid road movie benefits from accomplished actors Mirren and Sutherland; they share a genuine chemistry, but despite some lovely moments, the film meanders and becomes lost.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
1/5 37% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) This 10-years-later sequel to one of the staples of the "home invasion" horror subgenre is aggravatingly typical, with baffling lapses in logic, dumb characters, and annoying, all-powerful killers. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3.5/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) This movie is truly messed up and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Topaze (1933) Topaze is something of a pre-code comedy, but there is so much thought and sophistication crammed into its 78 minutes that it seems a shame to describe it in such vulgar terms. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) No matter how many exotic hairstyles and makeup jobs [Lawrence] gets, "Red Sparrow" does not have a breath of life in it.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
1/5 17% Death Wish (2018) Director Eli Roth's remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson movie (both based on Brian Garfields' novel) is not only awful, it's also incredibly thoughtless, with a brutish, simpleminded argument. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Death House (2018) This strange, ambitious genre movie is notable for its huge cast of horror icons from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, but it's more horrifying than scary and not always good, though certainly interesting.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3/4 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) The movie is not without its moments, especially its rare moments of quiet. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 87% Annihilation (2018) Alex Garland's second directorial outing after the excellent Ex Machina, this brainy, metaphysical sci-fi is even more ambitious and more amazing. But its challenging conclusion could be a hard sell. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 36% Nostalgia (2018) This dreamy, languid drama drifts appealingly from character to character, somehow finding profound emotional weight and layers in the relationships between people and their belongings. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
2/5 81% The Party (2018) This playlike dramedy is sharp and good-looking (in black and white), but it's also shrill and aggressive, hurling nasty, witty barbs at the speed of suffering; it's smart without being thoughtful. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3/4 82% Early Man (2018) 'Early Man' is a minor entry in the Aardman catalogue, but still quite likable and funny. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
4/4 96% Black Panther (2018) It's an excellent, proud movie, and it has a lot to be proud of.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
.5/4 0% Hell & Back (2015) Emerges with not one single laugh.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The first half of this drama is slow and awkward, mainly due to the stars' amateurish acting; but once it finally gets going, Eastwood's skilled touch reveals itself. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3.5/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Vega's performance is extraordinary and clearly the heart and muscle of the movie. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Keep Watching (2017) This horror-thriller uses its dozens (hundreds?) of hidden cameras as a gimmick, which constantly distracts from the story ... even though the story and themes are absurdly thin.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/5 8% Basmati Blues (2018) This attempt at an American-style Bollywood musical is earnest at best and sappy, naïve, and overly sweet at worst; it does have lively moments, but it mainly inspires aggravation and eye-rolling.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/5 16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) This third movie in the Cloverfield series deflects attention from a giant monster and instead focuses on an odd, unstable mishmash of moods and tones, gamely held together by a fine cast. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/4 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) The wonderful "Paddington 2" managed to be wondrous, hilarious and kindhearted, all at the same time, effortlessly. "Peter Rabbit," on the other hand, is all effort.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/5 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) Action-heavy take on classic books has peril, edgy jokes. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018