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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 91% Widows (2018) This thing doesn't have the luxury of time; it can't develop the characters or complexity it needs. ‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B+ 88% First Man (2018) As when he made Whiplash and La La Land, Chazelle is interested in what compels some to reach for the stars ... perhaps even more in what it costs those who do.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B+ 83% Puzzle (2018) Kelly Macdonald shines in the lead. Her face is a powerfully expressive text ... representing hairpin turns of understanding and decision that are always convincing.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
B- 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The camera ogles over the dresses, the jewelry, the houses, the cars, the feasts ... with a determination to render us helpless by sheer relentlessness.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
A 99% Eighth Grade (2018) It's like Burnham had the film tested for authenticity by real eighth graders. ... It ends with my favorite big-screen conversation of the year, a joy in its spontaneity. ‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
A+ 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Neville makes a quiet movie about a quiet man. ... [It] plays like a vivid, urgent beacon from a lighthouse during a storm.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
B 92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) If I stumble onto Hearts Beat Loud on TV, I'll probably decide to 'watch a few minutes' and end up watching to the end. It's just so easy, enjoyable, and cost-free.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
B+ 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) You might begin to wonder if this isn't a documentary at all, but an unnervingly lifelike sci-fi/horror film.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
B+ 88% Prospect (2018) What might be the film's most powerful advantage is its Pacific Northwest rainforest setting. ... If Terrence Malick were making hardcore science fiction films, they would look a lot like this.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
B+ 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace immerses us in rugged and rain-saturated terrain, where it is easy to get lost and even easier to get into trouble.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
A- 97% The Rider (2018) The Rider has a wisdom all its own. ... It becomes a film about how the pain of loss and disappointment enables us to bear one another's burdens. ‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
A- 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Just as Elastigirl is stretched past recognition and restored to her proper definition, this is Brad Bird's demonstration of spectacular flexibility -- and a return to form.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
C 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Soderbergh's movies live on the Ebert principle: 'The movie isn't about what it is about -- it's about how it is about it.' But Ross's film lacks any interesting 'how.'‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
B+ 93% First Reformed (2018) A rare and intriguing example of theological inquiry in American cinema ... driven by an aching conscience.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
C 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) File Solo under 'Frivolous Fan Fiction.' ... The starship streaking into light speed here is strictly the millennials' Falcon. ‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
B+ 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) A new high in Anderson's visual pageantry ... [but it] is also, for me, the least affecting Anderson narrative.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
B+ 88% The Post (2018) It's a sentimental, hagiographic history lesson ... but [moviegoers] would do well to studyhow the electricity intensifies, scene by scene, in a way we rarely experience.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
B+ 91% Good Time (2017) In his monstrous compulsion to lure others into his schemes, drain them of resources, and cast them aside, Connie's the first real vampire that Robert Pattinson has played.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
B+ 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Watts and Company give us a new Parker and a new Spider-Man entirely sufficient to the task of course-correcting and extending the webslinger's adventures on the big screen.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
B+ 89% Maudie (2017) Shines as a substantial illustration that love can take root even in the context of failure, frailty, and poverty --in fact, those things just might be what make it possible.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
B+ 92% Dunkirk (2017) It's high on noise, chaos, and anxiety, and low on visual poetry. [But] it provides a necessary corrective to the dangerous machismo of most war films.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
A- 98% Get Out (2017) Peele comforts the afflicted ... and he afflicts the rest of us, the comfortable, who often perpetuate racist behaviors and vocabularies even when we have the best intentions.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
B 98% Don't Think Twice (2016) Even when Birbiglia's storylines takepredictable turns, he finds the most discomforting way to make those turns. And yet none of the anxiety or awkwardness feels forced. ‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
A- 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Once again, [Stewart plays] a personal assistant who loses herself by supporting somebody else. ... It's a self-effacing performance made of raw nerves. ‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
A- 70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) Doctor Jenny Davin is one of those rare characters who proves that a protagonist can be conscientious, humble, empathetic, quiet ... and compelling.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
B 93% Baby Driver (2017) Wright calibrates the noises of sirens, squealing brakes, even gunshots to participate in its pop-to-punk playlists, bringing new bursts of inspiration to familiar tracks.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
B+ 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman is not just exciting to watch -- she Wonder-fully undermines DC Comics' endorsement of vigilante justice and glorified bloodshed. ‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
A 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) At heart, this film is less about -- The art of poetry -- And more about life lived for truth -- And not mere piety.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted May 13, 2017
B 43% Song to Song (2017) The scenery is more interesting than the movie stars moving through it -- until we're blessed by this Malick movie's version of a priest: punk rock high priestess Patti Smith.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
B- 84% A United Kingdom (2017) Fortunately for moviegoers, Assante's two leads are so adorable and charismatic together that it's easy to root for them.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
A- 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It's a rare thing to see a movie that spoofs all of the others in its genre while beating them at their own game.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
A+ 96% Paterson (2016) Paterson's bus is non-articulated, but he's as articulate as they come. ... Think Taxi Driver reimagined by Fred Rogers.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
A 98% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
99% Cameraperson (2016) This is poetic cinema par excellence.‐ Christianity Today
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
A- 74% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
B+ 96% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
A- 95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
A- 94% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2016
B 77% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 7, 2016
B- 96% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2016
C 78% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
C+ 22% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2016
B+ 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) This is one of those rare occasions where the Coens' aesthetics upstage their writing and unbalance their momentum.‐ Looking Closer
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
B 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015