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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 97% The Fits (2016) Its ambiguities make possible a fusion of dread and intrigue that reminds us of ways in which we've experienced adolescence, alienation, rites of passage, or self-discovery. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 23, 2017
100% Cameraperson (2016) This is poetic cinema par excellence. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 6, 2017
97% 13th (2016) With startling interviews, ugly statistics, kinetically charged animation, and shocking man-on-the-street footage of American history, 13th reintroduces Americans to their very own criminal justice system. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B 85% Sully (2016) This is a quietly powerful story about the importance of mastering, rather than surrendering to, machines. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Sep 12, 2016
A- 75% The BFG (2016) Feels like it's made by someone who has rediscovered the joy of reading fairy tales, and who has remembered what it's like to go wandering for the sake of discovery. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Aug 31, 2016
B+ 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) While I could go on and on about what good company Neill and Dennison are, it's an actress named Rima Te Wiata who works the most magic. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Aug 18, 2016
A- 96% Sing Street (2016) It's like Say Anything meets Billy Elliott meets The Commitments - in the best possible way. ... Joy is the film's reason for being, and joy wins the day. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jul 15, 2016
B+ 94% Finding Dory (2016) Despite the familiar narrative scaffolding ... the most memorable joys of the journey are the things that artists undoubtedly discovered in the course of spontaneous play. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jun 29, 2016
A- 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) Name one movie directed by a woman, filmed by a woman, focused primarily on female characters, and deeply concerned with matters of faith. This is a remarkably rare event. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jun 5, 2016
B 75% Last Days In The Desert (2016) Directed with admirable patience and spaciousness by Garcia ... Last Days achieves something very few Jesus films have achieved: Strangeness. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted May 15, 2016
B 95% The Jungle Book (2016) It doesn't treat kids like second-rate intellects, and it doesn't swing too far in the directions of Cute or Crass. As a high-adventure story ... it's 'just so.' ‐ Looking Closer
Posted May 7, 2016
B- 98% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) By the time the film finally brings the heroes face to face with the villains, these two hours are beginning to feel more like three. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Apr 23, 2016
C 81% The Revenant (2015) Every event in the story ... seemed staged more to give Iñárritu a chance to show off technical virtuosity, to beat his own chest the way these characters beat their own. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 27, 2016
B+ 94% Room (2015) Room has strong staying power. ... [I found] something deeply, hurtfully familiar about it. We all can name a 'Room' that we've experienced. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 25, 2016
C+ 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) As Hansel says, 'Let's talk about what worked.' What worked? Just enough that I can say I'm glad I saw it, but not enough that I recommend anybody pay the full ticket price. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 15, 2016
B+ 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) This is one of those rare occasions where the Coens' aesthetics upstage their writing and unbalance their momentum. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 3, 2016
B 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) It's like [Abrams] put Episodes IV, V, and VI in a blender. It's an act of love, no doubt about it. ... [But it] lacks any image of its own that is truly iconic. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 26, 2015
A- 87% A History of Violence (2005) Hopefully [it will] encourage a sobering sense of responsibility and a more truthful perspective on identities (individual and national). ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 10, 2015
A- 89% Zodiac (2007) [It's] a story about the elusive nature of evil in a world that thinks information ... will eventually solve our problems. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 8, 2015
C+ 45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) The movie ends up like Davy Jones himself -- many-tentacled, full of bluster, and devoid of a beating heart. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 8, 2015
A 96% Ratatouille (2007) There is so much to enjoy and celebrate here, Ratatouille deserves more than a review: it could (and probably will) inspire books about creativity and good taste. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 8, 2015
C 36% Radio (2003) Despite the fine efforts of Harris and Gooding, Jr., Radio nearly drowns in James Horner's overbearingly sentimental music. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 30, 2015
B+ 83% Mistress America (2015) Mistress America moves with a vitality that makes moviegoers justified in recalling it as a high-spirited musical. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 29, 2015
B- 77% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) While the James Bond series is leaving behind campy cartoon action for a dustier, grittier 'realism,' Indy is speeding headlong into Looney Toons absurdity. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 25, 2015
C 81% Ant-Man (2015) The same tepid, timeworn routine with a few chocolate sprinkles of 'fun' on top. ... Marvel has become its own antonym. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 21, 2015
A- 96% Spotlight (2015) McCarthy's screenplay keeps things moving at a furious pace, so that it feels like an action movie with a time bomb ticking in the background. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 21, 2015
A 98% Inside Out (2015) I don't think I've ever seen a film that more powerfully portrays the fierce intelligence, but also the fragility, of a child's mind for moviegoing audiences. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jun 19, 2015
A- 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) It's bursting with imagination, wit, enough real-world stunts to create a sense of high stakes, and performances that register with real emotion in the midst of absurdity. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jun 15, 2015
B+ 91% Something, Anything (2014) Harrill has made something quiet, observant, and quite contrary to the popular narrative of American love stories. ... It's poetic, profound, and often very beautiful. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 21, 2015
A 99% Selma (2015) It is artful, inspiring, perfectly cast and powerfully acted, beautifully shot, scored with sensitivity rather than sentimentality, efficiently edited, profoundly dignified. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 7, 2015
B+ 83% As It Is In Heaven (2014) This suspenseful film was shot without any special effects over the course of 17 days. This is powerful filmmaking, admirable for the resourcefulness of the artists. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 6, 2015
C+ 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) It bears little resemblance to the [source material]. But in its fictions, technical execution, and visual artistry, it has some admirable qualities. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 12, 2014
B+ 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) A police procedural cake pan [filled] with horror-genre cake batter. It [delivers] troubling questions about evils committed by humankind and ... evils done by something else. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Oct 24, 2014
B+ 98% Boyhood (2014) Isn't this what good therapists do -- help people understand trouble, hurt, hopes, and dreams by digging deep into memory and experience? ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B+ 99% Gloria (2014) You will probably warm to this odd and unglamorous character. You'll come to appreciate her expressions, her wit, her imagination, and her courage. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jul 5, 2014
B+ 96% Ida (2014) Anna's journey will leave her deeply conflicted about what she has seen, just as I feel conflicted about this film. It's been three weeks, and I can't stop thinking about her. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Jun 17, 2014
A- 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) This is Jim Jarmusch's dark and mournful version of Wim Wenders Wings of Desire ... immortals watching over a decaying city ... burdened by disappointment. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted May 9, 2014
B- 85% Under the Skin (2014) Avoids the adrenalin-junkie tactics of most sci-fi ... [but it] could have taken us to more interesting places. Glazer's too preoccupied with his bait-and-devour scenario. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Apr 23, 2014
B+ 76% Noah (2014) There is so much here that is wonderful and strange, my problems with the film are not much more than quibbles. ... I think Noah is Darren Aronofsky's Take Shelter. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Apr 11, 2014
A- 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) I was so busy delighting in its breathtaking aesthetic complexity that I suspect the story will work magic on me in later viewings. That's what happened with The Life Aquatic. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Mar 14, 2014
B 91% The Great Beauty (2013) I don't know that I've ever seen a film in which the visual glory on the screen was so at odds with the philosophy evident in the screenplay. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 22, 2014
A 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) A movie with more laughs-per-minute than any recent comedy I can remember ... and a thrilling summons to unleash our own creativity. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Feb 8, 2014
A- 95% Her (2013) Jonze's sci-fi scenario glorifies relationships that are based on love, fidelity, honesty, close listening, and, above all, in-person intimacy. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 25, 2013
B+ 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) The Coens ... rein in their wilder, wackier impulses here. Inside Llewyn Davis mopes its way through bogs of bitter irony and murky misfortune, ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Dec 21, 2013
B+ 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) The lingering effect is, 'Yeah, these nightmares really happened. People can be horrible. God have mercy.' I just don't find that the movie has given me much to think about. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Nov 3, 2013
B+ 35% The Counselor (2013) Like David Fincher's Se7en, one of this movie's closest spiritual cousins, The Counselor ultimately delivers a diagnosis that tells the awful truth. ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Oct 26, 2013
C+ 96% Gravity (2013) ... a Worst-Space Scenario, in which everything that can go wrong does. It's basically 'Sandra Bullock and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Space Walk.' ‐ Looking Closer
Posted Oct 4, 2013
A 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) ... exquisite character development, observant filmmaking, and storytelling that just might change the way people live. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 2, 2013
A 94% Museum Hours (2013) As we learn how to look at the Kunsthistorisches' masterpieces, we're also learning how to watch this movie. ... And better: we're learning how to look at our lives. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 2, 2013
A- 89% The World's End (2013) The most grown-up film of the trilogy. ... Instead of giving us characters who find happiness by rediscovering their youth, they show us the folly of resisting adulthood. ‐ Response
Posted Aug 30, 2013