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Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) Animated in form but completely listless in content.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
2/4 56% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) It sticks mostly to one track, taking audience members on a journey that, sadly, via the movies or their own lives, they already may know a little too well.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/5 100% 16 Acres (2012) 16 Acres is a 9/11 documentary, but not that kind of 9/11 documentary [...] it explores the stew of hope, frustration, ambition, and PR spin-cycling involved in the decade-plus effort to rebuild what terrorists so quickly tore down.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2014
1.5/5 7% Authors Anonymous (2014) [...] Perhaps because the fake-doc construct has become so familiar [...] the bar for turning that approach into something fresh and genuinely funny is simply too high for this movie to clear.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2014
2.0/5 24% Goodbye World (2014) This film can't decide whether it's a Noah Baumbach-ian character study or an episode of NBC's Revolution.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2014
1/5 No Score Yet Evil - In the Time of Heroes (2014) It tries to make up for what it lacks in coherence and character development by splattering guts-and, occasionally, the head-spiraling prophecies of Billy Zane-all over the place. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2014
3/5 76% Anita (2014) [...] If [director] Mock had dug deeper [...] she could have made a documentary about a still-maddening moment in America's not-so-distant history that was not merely good, but truly great.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) [The film] treads in some traditional teen-movie territory[...] But it also subtly conveys the stillness and sense of purpose that comes from scanning the skies [...]‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2014
1.5/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) Even the more jaw-dropping camera angles and shocking smash-ups start to feel redundant after director Scott Waugh revisits them for the third or fourth time.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/5 9% The Bag Man (2014) As it is, The Bag Man is always teetering on the edge of amateurish absurdity, before being tugged back from the edge by its actors. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
4.0/5 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) It's Stritch at her Stritchiest: swaddled in fur, showing off those stockinged gams that still refuse to quit, and parking her eyes behind a pair of those signature oversized glasses that look like two full moons resting on her face.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/5 69% About Last Night (2014) The new About Last Night clearly wants to honor the old, [but] it needs to embrace the new more often.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.0/5 8% Cavemen (2014) Cavemen shows occasional glimmers of promise, but ultimately winds up feeling just like Jay's blowjob story: meandering, somewhat dull, and with little payoff.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
1.0/5 0% Best Night Ever (2014) Nearly every one of the film's attempts at comedy is clichéd, tasteless, or forced-sometimes all three at once‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2014
1/4 39% Here Comes the Devil (2013) "Here Comes the Devil" is a horror movie. The problem is that writer-director Adrián García Bogliano can't decide what kind of horror movie he wants it to be.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2013
2.5/5 14% Merry Christmas (2013) Unlike the movies it echoes, however, Merry Christmas crucially lacks a sense of narrative focus.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2013
2/5 23% Angels Sing (2013) Angels Sing is a heartfelt but less-than-polished piece of work that isn't for everyone...But graded on a Christmas-movie curve, it actually isn't bad.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
1/5 29% Plush (2013) Plush is just a B-movie B-side that few will take note of, a modern riff on Fatal Attraction that shoots for edgy, and lands on silly.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2013
2.5/5 65% Broadway Idiot (2013) Broadway Idiot [is] a spirited look at bringing American Idiot to the stage that lacks a strong narrative to propel it forward.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2013
3.5/5 86% We Are What We Are (2013) In We Are What We Are, an Americanized, more methodically plotted version of the 2010 Mexican shocker...Jim Mickle really brings the goods.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/5 93% Sample This (2013) As an enjoyable documentary about the history behind a surprising game-changer of a song, this film works well. But it misses the opportunity to take its material to the next level and say something bigger.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2013
3.5/5 50% A Single Shot (2013) Its ongoing reveal of interconnected, rough-edged characters, as well as a tone that's a twangy, noirish brew of the Coen brothers, Alfred Hitchcock, and Winter's Bone, are ultimately what make the movie unsettling and absorbing.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2013
3/4 89% The World's End (2013) Let's hope Wright, Pegg and Frost concoct more wild doomsday scenarios together. Their work makes for a good time at the movies ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2013
1.5/4 25% Planes (2013) This film is 100 percent devoid of surprises. It's the story of an underestimated underdog that's like every other kid-friendly, life-coachy story about an underestimated underdog.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2013
3.5/5 64% The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (2013) There are no Hollywood endings here. There's just the truth, which Gurchiani has proved she's committed to capturing.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2013
1/4 42% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) It's a shame that the millions of readers who fell in love with Riordan's classic-meets-contemporary children's stories have been handed such limp adaptations of the material.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2013
2.5/5 No Score Yet Congratulations (2012) This relationship study gets off to such a promisingly comic start that it's a shame it increasingly takes itself so seriously‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2013
2/5 No Score Yet Happily Never After (2012) At a mere 78 minutes, Happily Never After meanders a bit too leisurely on its path toward a jarringly gimmicky conclusion.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2013
2.5/4 67% Turbo (2013) A derivative but nevertheless good-hearted movie that's peppered with enough clever touches to engage adults as well as moviegoers of the smaller, squirmier variety.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2013
1/5 36% The Hot Flashes (2013) The leads in The Hot Flashes come across as one-dimensional, pseudo-feminist clichés whose conversations seem contrived and whose jokes land with the thud of airballs clunking on hardwood.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2013
2/4 35% The Internship (2013) The fact that this overlong, often preposterous comedy succeeds at all (which it does, only occasionally) proves that the Vaughn/Wilson charm can still work a measure of magic.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2013
2.5/4 69% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Fast & Furious 6 is much like the other Fast & Furious films. Which is to say it does its thing pretty well.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 24, 2013
2/4 20% Arthur Newman (2013) Well-acted but ultimately unmemorable ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2013
0/4 15% Temptation (2013) Look, we know what's going to happen. The movie's called Temptation, okay? Yet we still have to sit through more than an hour of flirty glances and repetitive conversations between Judith and Harley until anything vaguely adulterous occurs.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2013
1/4 25% Fun Size (2012) A 90-minute theatrical release from Nickelodeon Productions that, if anything, should have aired as a half-hour Nickelodeon special.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2012
2.5/4 86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) This somewhat disjointed but refreshingly earnest movie ultimately establishes itself as a charmer.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2012
1.5/4 24% The Words (2012) A well-acted but narratively limp indie that's undermined by a failure to connect emotionally with its audience.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2012
2/4 30% Total Recall (2012) While it may not be a fully realized take on Dick's forward-thinking work, it's still a far better film than the Verhoeven version.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
2/4 60% Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011) [It] would have worked just as well as a heavily promoted special television event broadcast over Thanksgiving weekend.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2011
2.5/4 75% These Amazing Shadows (2011) "Shadows" is an 88-minute valentine to cinema, a reminder of why we continue returning to the multiplex, and an abiding faith in the power of film to transport us to faraway places.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 27, 2011
3/4 70% Joueuse (Queen to Play) (2011) There's something particularly enjoyable about settling into a film whose pleasures reside in quiet moments, understated performances and the reading of subtitles.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 13, 2011
2.5/4 61% The Beaver (2011) Despite some missteps, this film stands as a moving portrait of a husband and father who reclaims his will to live with the unlikely help of a hand puppet. And the main reason it's so moving? Mel Gibson.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 6, 2011
1.5/4 22% Country Strong (2011) [A] disjointed drama filled with one-dimensional characters and melodrama so Lifetime movie-esque that it careens into unintentional comedy.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2011
1/4 70% Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010) [It's] certainly an immersive experience that's decidedly difficult to shake. The problem is that it's also the most excruciating sit in recent cinematic memory.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2010
2/4 81% Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) (2010) Much of it plays like an unintentional mash-up of the numerous wrong-side-of-the-law sagas that preceded it.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2010
0.5/4 4% Vampires Suck (2010) Perhaps the filmmakers deserve credit for their one show of restraint: No jokes in this movie have been made at the expense of Justin Bieber.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2010
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) An engrossing and classically suspenseful story‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2010
1/4 8% Furry Vengeance (2010) Even the obligatory blooper reel that runs during the closing credits is painful in its desperation to generate laughs.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2010
0.5/4 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) All we can think of is how much we miss the Robert Englund Freddy. Man, that guy knew how to have a killer good time.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2010
2/4 26% Why Did I Get Married Too (2010) [It] plays like an empty but diverting beach read. Your brain recognizes that the dialogue, for example, doesn't come from any place that remotely resembles relationship reality.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2010