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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 77% The Little Hours (2017) A wry delight.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3.5/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) An exciting, gleeful movie.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/5 78% 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 17% 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 53% 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 89% 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 22% 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 77% 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 75% 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 89% 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
3/5 85% Band Aid (2017) Indie actress/screenwriter Lister-Jones makes her directing debut here, and while the characters' frequent arguing makes it a less-than-pretty experience, it's impressively, emotionally real. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3.5/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) This is the kind of movie that includes fart jokes, but also includes its own built-in critique and aesthetic appreciation of fart jokes. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/5 50% Black Butterfly (2017) Thanks to smart casting and fine use of chilly, damp mountain locations, this "B"-level thriller packs enough of a punch -- and has enough surprises up its sleeve -- to make it worth a look. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/5 78% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) This quasi-biographical drama could have been a dry-as-a-bone history lesson, filled with exposition and explanation, but instead it turns into a glossy romance. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 63% Dean (2017) Writer/actor/illustrator/stand-up comic Martin successfully adds "director" to his resume with this somewhat familiar but still funny and emotionally truthful dramedy. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) "Wonder Woman" is a thing of hope and beauty; it'll give you a lump in your throat and make you want to cheer.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/4 70% Alien: Covenant (2017) Scott... once again he shows why he was always the man for the job.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/4 95% Prevenge (2017) Frequently quite funny, in an extremely dark way. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/4 95% Radio Dreams (2017) Thoughtful and amusing.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3.5/4 83% The Lovers (2017) The Lovers is a most wonderful, grown-up romantic comedy with a dash of cynicism.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
4/4 95% Panic in the Streets (1950) It, too, uses social commentary but it's so expertly folded into the story, and so gripping, that it succeeds as both art and entertainment. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/5 79% Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2017) Written and directed by Jeff Grace, this laid-back, bittersweet comedy at first seems a little formulaic, but as it goes along, it relies less on silly situations than on interesting characters. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2/5 55% Lowriders (2017) It's admirable that this film depicts a culture that's tragically under-represented on the big screen, but the movie is so overwritten and simplistic that it almost comes across as condescending. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
4/5 67% The Wall (2017) This kind of compact storytelling can be difficult to pull off, but Dwain Worrell's screenplay makes it look easy; this is a tense, tight, bracing film, recalling many "B" movie classics. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2/4 36% Snatched (2017) It does contain a few minor giggles, mostly throwaway lines or momentary bits of slapstick, but because of its ill-conceived characters and situations, it's a bore.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/5 40% Phoenix Forgotten (2017) This found-footage horror/sci-fi movie emerges as one of the most interesting and gripping efforts in a typically tired genre. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/5 72% Sleight (2017) Director by J.D. Dillard brings this under-the-radar drama close to genre cliches but deftly avoids them with his strong characters, fine storytelling, and vivid atmosphere. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 51% The Dinner (2017) Though it's admirably complex and intelligent, this talky drama quickly gives way to exasperation as its relentlessly irritating, chronically demoralizing parts pile up to form a bleak whole. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/5 80% Chuck (2017) Based on the true story of Chuck Wepner, this biopic seems more like an anecdote than a story, but the lack of important events allows room for the character to come alive. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3.5/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It adroitly balances art and entertainment, character and sensation, laughter and poignancy, and the personal with the packaged.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3.5/4 97% Microcosmos (1996) The movie is rated G, and it's very much recommended to children who are fascinated with all things squirmy.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
4/4 100% Ana-ta-han (Anatahan) (1954) Anatahan is as completely regimented and rigorous as any movie ever made, with just about every aspect of it under Sternberg's control. And yet it's a movie about losing control, about yielding to animal instincts. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
2/5 17% The Circle (2017) This information-age thriller tries to tackle relevant topics like privacy and accountability, but its presentation is so opaque and plasticky that it might have come from a computer on Prozac. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
3.5/4 83% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) There is, of course, beautiful food to salivate over, but "Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent" is far from "food porn."‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
3.5/4 100% It (1927) It's all very standard romantic-fantasy stuff, but it moves with the rhythm of a hot jazz tune, and Bow lights up every moment she's onscreen. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
2.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) F. Gary Gray, of "Friday," "The Italian Job" and "Straight Outta Compton," takes the wheel, and he manages to hang on. He doesn't improve on anything, but he doesn't stall out, either.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3.5/4 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) With Still Walking and his new After the Storm, he has instead slowly taken a... lovely, profound, Ozu-like path.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3.5/4 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) It's a slow-building film, more interested in occupying a place and time rather than spelling it out for an audience, but it's prickly and tense, and, in its way, quite powerful.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3.5/4 88% Their Finest (2017) Scherfig's touch here is vivid and rich, like a tapestry. She stays at ground level and avoids any kind of pandering to the audience.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017