Jessica Baxter

Jessica Baxter
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T-Meter Title | Year
43% Night Sweats (2019) Despite these issues, a discernible micro-budget, and a poorly-realized degenerative brain ailment, the film could have worked were it not for the big reveal... - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
57% Buck Run (2019) Buck Run would have worked better as a short. But as it stands, the cinematography and performances carry the film and it's worth a look. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
78% Speed of Life (2019) It speaks to [director Liz Manashil's] talents that she can make something so resonant whilst being forced to dance around the emotional core of the film. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
71% Most Likely to Succeed (2019) Most Likely to Succeed depicts real lives, unscripted tragedies, triumphs, roadblocks and boons. Littky's film exposes the lie that we're told: That everyone has an equal shot in this country. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
93% Anya (2019) An excellent first effort into narrative storytelling for Okada and Taylor. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
75% Sunday Girl (2019) Frustration was my prevailing emotion throughout the seemingly interminable 78-minute run-time. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
86% Freaks (2019) Maybe these stories will seem tired if we ever find ourselves in a world where they're no longer thematically relevant. For now, I think there's value in all of them. Especially if they make an effort to find new ways to deliver them. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
100% Banana Split (2018) There's good reason for the authenticity Banana Split exudes and the chemistry shared by its leads. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
81% Porno (2019) The story follows some familiar beats, but the effectively eerie score by Carla Patullo, as well as some great practical gore effects makes Porno a fun romp from start to finish. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Wild Nights is, first and foremost, a comedy. But, like any comedy worth its salt, a deep pathos lurks just beneath the surface. People don't give Molly Shannon enough credit for her ability to deliver a line as dry as the Sahara. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
No Score Yet This World Alone (2018) This World Alone is an excellent film, tonally, it's a tough hang. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
No Score Yet King of Beasts (2019) The film's title is a sardonic double entendre. It refers to the lion, but also to the man who has deemed himself worthy of taking these "lesser" lives. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
83% 9 Full Moons (2014) 9 Full Moons is full of complex characterizations, which is part of what makes it so special. You can't sum up Lev or Frankie in a couple of words. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
31% Mapplethorpe (2019) This is an honest film above all else. It doesn't excuse Mapplethorpe's transgressions, but it manages to celebrate his work in spite of them. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
86% All About Nina (2018) All About Nina is a dramedy that's heavy on the dram. But it's also a breath of fresh air because it confronts the toxic masculinity that infects the comedy world. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
90% Skate Kitchen (2018) Skate Kitchen feels like an empathetic portrayal of youth, rather than an out-of-touch adult interpretation. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
54% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) It's here that the price of admission pays off because the sisters manage to kill their impromptu performance whilst simultaneously engaging in conversation using only their faces and vocal intonations. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
73% The Long Dumb Road (2018) [Jason] Mantzoukas plays to his strengths as a wild card who is as endearing as he is unhinged. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
94% Blindspotting (2018) A candid, and occasionally humorous, look at the systematic oppression of the disenfranchised residents of Oakland, CA. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
89% Prospect (2018) It's a working-class view of the future where the stakes are high, nothing works properly, and there's no one coming to save you. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
81% That Summer (2018) Big and Little Edies' pre-existing fans will relish this early look at the eccentric recluses who lived in squalor despite their familial connection to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) [Coralie] Fargeat has re-appropriated rape revenge with an extremely satisfying and empowering horror film that's also pretty to look at when you're not trying to keep your dinner down. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
88% Scary Mother (2017) Scary Mother is a quietly riveting film that is richly layered with themes of identity, traditional gender roles, sacrifice, and hypocrisy filtered through the lens of a middle-aged mother of 3. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
74% Clara's Ghost (2018) Bridey [Elliot] is clearly a studied filmmaker. She doesn't just understand her father's signature comedy formula that so deftly combines pathos and lowbrow humor. Her brand of comedy is doused with the dark paranoia of a Roman Polanski film. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) Wells is more than just a great storyteller. She also has a fantastic cinematic eye, choosing to shoot on good old 35 mm. The warmth of celluloid is no less than a beautiful city like Austin deserves. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet Driftwood (2016) Historically a cinematographer, Taylor's debut feature is a cerebral cinematic experience. Without dialogue, the weight of the story falls entirely on the expressions and body language of the actors. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
100% Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) A good documentary will prompt a deep dive into the work of the film's subject, and Pollard's film definitely qualifies. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
60% Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape (2016) Documentary Mix-Tape is an enjoyable trip down memory lane - one that will certainly stir viewers of a certain age and educate young hipsters who are drawn to the world of analog. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
97% Lost in America (1985) Packed to the gills with Albert Brooks' signature dialog, and played to the hilt by both leads, Lost in America has a long set-up. But it's a testament to Brook's clever characterization. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
69% Les Misérables (2012) Hands down, the best part of Les Misérables is the singing. Sacre bleu! - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
35% The Thing (2011) Watching The Thing, I was absolutely stunned by its complete and utter lack of creativity. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
No Score Yet Finding Kind (2011) Ultimately, however, there's a hopeful freshness to Finding Kind, inherent in the perkiness and idealism of its two determined heroines. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
83% Lemmy (2011) Even if you're not a fan of Motorhead, or heavy metal for that matter, [Lemmy] will be enjoyable because so much of it has the rhythm and timing of comedy. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
56% Killing Bono (2011) Despite having plenty of guns, drugs and danger,[Killing Bono] isn't really all that dark. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
10% Red Riding Hood (2011) Until women stop making movies about girls who are independent only as far as what man they choose to be with, they're never going to be considered for anything meatier. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
32% Burke and Hare (2011) Burke and Hare fails at every turn. It's a romantic comedy without jokes or romance. It's a horror film without the horror. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
91% The Punk Singer (2013) The Punk Singer is so much more than just a music doc. It is absolutely essential viewing for anyone interested in learning about the feminist pioneers who dared to stand up for themselves. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
65% We Bought a Zoo (2011) Crowe's emotional maturity is Benjamin Button, aging in reverse. Unfortunately, this means that We Bought a Zoo is an excruciating film for anyone not wearing rose-colored glasses. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
27% Fantastic Four (2005) Fantastic Four is anything but, and should serve as an indication that maybe its time to put the brakes on the current avalanche of comic book adaptations. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
No Score Yet Vote Jesus: The Chronicles Of Ken Stevenson (2009) In making what one assumes is an anti-propaganda film, [Stevenson] and director Vic David actually kind of make a propaganda film. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
42% Wonderful World (2010) Many of Ben's complaints are totally valid. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
100% Wonder Women! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines (2012) It's the personal stories that really got to me. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
76% Splice (2010) Though Splice has viscera a-plenty, the horror of it isn't in the gore. It's in the notion that sometimes children end up evil and it might be entirely our fault. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
88% Phantom Boy (2016) Despite all its whimsy, Phantom Boy manages to cater entirely to children without feeling patronizing. What kid doesn't love the idea of a child hero? - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
64% Sleeping with Other People (2015) Regardless of your feelings about When Harry Met Sally, make sure to put Sleeping with Other People on your watch list. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
67% The Nightmare (2015) The Nightmare is a tremendously successful film on many levels. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
80% Those People (2016) Those People is a benchmark of advancement in cinema themes. It's one of the first times in which a filmmaker is able to tell a story about gay men wherein the focus isn't on their sexuality. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
No Score Yet La Once (2014) Picturesque close-ups of the assembly of beautiful cookies, sandwiches, cakes, and steeping tea are only half of what makes Maite Alberdi's Tea Time (La Once) so compelling. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
60% Circle (2015) There are one or two missteps in the performances. But nearly everything about Circle is deliberate and dense. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
100% Manson Family Vacation (2015) Writer/director J. Davis plays his debut film for pathos. And he pulls it off like gangbusters. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017