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Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) Barriers and boundaries are established and only partially torn down in this laudatory but nevertheless moving film about one of the most famous and overanalyzed women to ever breathe oxygen.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
20% Dirty Dancing (2017) In summary, the new Dirty Dancing is disappointing and a bit all over the place. But its biggest sin is that it's bloated and boring.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
66% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Winfrey delivers a performance that's on another level. It can be challenging, even when she's convincing in a film or on a series, to forget that we're watching Oprah. But as Deborah Lacks... Oprah Winfrey completely disappears.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) A significant, necessary piece of work, one that stays with you long after you rise out of your theater seat.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) No matter how unsinkable you are, no matter how hard you try to use The Force, it's impossible to look at that image of mother and daughter, fiercely by each other's sides, and do anything other than cry.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, while amusing in spots, too often plays like a moderately decent TV-reunion show that's diminished by its attempt to be a theatrical feature.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) Even though it contains a few scary moments, I think this is a movie that parents should take their elementary school-aged children to see.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Vardalos, who once again wrote the screenplay and also stars, has built this sequel on the premise that everything that happened in the previous film should be recreated in the second, but in a way that feels even less organic.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) After Allegiant, some moviegoers may decide their work with this franchise is done here.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) Practically every moment of its seven-and-a-half-hour running time is thought-provoking, astonishing, sobering, hilarious, tragic, and sometimes all of those at once.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) Even professionals sometimes take a loss, and that's what Money Monster ultimately feels like: an investment that doesn't quite pay off.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
0.5/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) After paying good money to take your family to see this film, you may be dealing with some anger-management issues of your own.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
1/4 6% Mother's Day (2016) When Aniston's character casually mentions Groundhog Day and Flag Day in conversation, I immediately thought to myself, "Be quiet, you, or Garry Marshall will get even more bad ideas."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
3% Nina (2016) It's difficult to watch Nina and not compare it to What Happened, Miss Simone?... because the non-fiction version paints a more complete, nuanced portrait of a complicated woman.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
3.5/4 98% Zootopia (2016) The best animated film of the year, as well as one that conveys a message rarely heard in movies for children: Getting exactly what you hoped for isn't the end of the journey.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Kung Fu Panda 3 follows that same template almost to the letter and punctuation mark. But it's so engaging and entertaining that its reliance on that well-worn hero's journey narrative doesn't feel stale.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
48% How To Be Single (2016) When a modern love story elicits a few laughs while also showing off a New York that, under the direction of Christian Ditter, looks like a glimmering fairy land... you probably, honestly, won't really care that it doesn't reflect reality.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
1/4 9% Norm of the North (2016) Think of every trope associated with animated family movies and you'll find them all in Norm of the North, a thoroughly uninspired story of a polar bear attempting to save his habitat from a hypocritical hippie seeking to develop condos in the Arctic.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2016
78% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) A Very Murray Christmas, which deserves to exist for the sake of its title alone, is very Murray, but it's more understated, Wes Anderson-era Murray than, say, madcap, Caddyshack Murray. ‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
1.5/4 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) As Radcliffe says from the beginning, we know this story. Since we already do, the longer this particular version of it continues, the more we wonder why we're bothering to sit through it.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
34% By The Sea (2015) It's a movie where every pause is long and every line of dialogue is supposed to carry great meaning, but ultimately sounds weighed down by excess pretension.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
29% Burnt (2015) Burnt is plated beautifully but lacks the complexity of flavor it so desperately wants to achieve.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
71% Crimson Peak (2015) When Guillermo del Toro set out to co-write and direct Crimson Peak, a work of Gothic horror as gorgeous as it is preposterous, the word "restraint" must have been missing from his movie-making mission statement.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
0/4 18% Love the Coopers (2015) "Love the Coopers" is one of the most jumbled, tonally misguided holiday movies in recent memory. It is an insult to tidings of comfort as well as joy, and a complete waste of the time and talents of its ensemble cast.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 94% East Side Sushi (2015) Lucero compensates for ... missteps with subtly persuasive visual choices and narrative restraint.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
86% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Maybe the best thing about The Peanuts Movie, with detail so perfect that it brings tears to my eyes, is the way that Charlie Brown daydreams.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 35% Big Stone Gap (2015) The warmth of spirit behind this project allows its missteps to be mostly forgiven.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/4 85% Meet The Patels (2015) It's impossible not to care about the people on screen.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 55% Sneakerheadz (2015) Perhaps "Sneakerheadz" needs a sequel, one that more directly interrogates the shoe manufacturers themselves about the hazards of pumping up so much hype about their product.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) It's a thoroughly subjective and effective attempt to capture how it must have felt to be Marlon Brando.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Who needs words when every frame is worth a thousand of them?‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/5 92% Mala Mala (2015) Co-directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini approach their subjects with healthy curiosity and consistent respect.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
2.5/5 56% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) It's almost as if everyone involved in Set Fire To The Stars got a little too understated for their own good. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/5 91% Sunshine Superman (2015) The portrait of BASE jumping founding father Carl Boenish, effectively captures the irrepressible energy of a man who never tired of taking flying leaps.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted May 20, 2015
2/5 31% Every Secret Thing (2015) The most observant movie-watchers, especially those conversant in the language of crime dramas, will see some of the narrative curveballs coming long before the wind-up. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted May 13, 2015
4/5 83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) This is a profile of a decent man who is permanently associated with a revered pop-cultural icon.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted May 6, 2015
3.5/5 100% Emptying The Skies (2015) Emptying The Skies, a documentary based on Franzen's story that borrows its headline as its title, ultimately makes a more searing imprint on the psyche. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/5 90% In Country (2015) Attie and O'Hara do a wonderfully restrained, effective job of portraying the never-ending repetitive loop that is military life. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015
2.5/4 80% Furious 7 (2015) "Furious 7" buzzes with a frenetic energy so contagious, there's no sense in resisting it. Like its predecessors, this film has no shame about being its high-octane, gloriously ridiculous self.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Hand That Feeds (2015) As it stands, The Hand That Feeds is an illuminating sidebar to the conversations around the U.S. economy and immigration reform. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2015
2/4 80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) There's something about this project that, despite checking all of the requisite plot and sensibility boxes, doesn't convey as an organic work of SpongeBob-ishness.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
1/4 10% No Good Deed (2014) A few scenes succeed in generating legitimate tension, but this movie isn't so much a nail-biter as a very occasional hangnail-chewer.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 59% My Old Lady (2014) What ultimately gives My Old Lady its structure and heft are the moments when two of the actors get stuck in a room together, and let the dialogue fly. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2014
1.5/5 13% Innocence (2014) Innocence is about what it means to confront death and mortality. But what it needs more than anything is some life in it.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2014
3.5/5.0 75% A Will For The Woods (2014) ...A Will For The Woods transforms into a truly moving experience, and a testimony to the difference that a single life can make in the lives of others.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2014
3/4 75% Happy Christmas (2014) If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decides to add an Oscar category called Best Performance by a Toddler in an Indie Film Directed by His Own Father, Jude Swanberg would easily smoke any precocious competition.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 80% Get On Up (2014) These kinds of Hollywood pop stardom portraits usually flop or fly based on their casts and the ebullience of their musical scenes. "Get on Up" wins on both fronts.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/5 67% The Almost Man (2014) ...as a tightly constructed look at the more serious symptoms of Peter Pan syndrome, The Almost Man mostly works.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 66% A Five Star Life (2014) A frequently sumptuous pleasure to watch.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 64% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) [...] directors Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina have made a documentary that, like its protagonist, overflows with wild tales of con jobs, diamond-pilfering, and daring dashes from law enforcement‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted May 28, 2014