Jessica Baxter

Jessica Baxter
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T-Meter Title | Year
65% Here Alone (2017) A riveting film with home-hitting elements like the initial uncertainly surrounding how bad things would get with the "virus", the prevalence of masks, and how quickly one can get used to being alone, despite the mental unhealthiness of isolation. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
100% The Pink Cloud (2021) A meditative, understated disaster film from writer/director Iuli Gerbase. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
88% Censor (2021) Censor is a bit of an education in a lost era of British cinema, as well as a tribute to the horror genre, and a psychological mind-bender. Bailey-Bond is certainly a director to watch. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
100% Wyrm (2019) Wyrm is amusing and heartfelt and I recommend it to anyone who likes quirky films about sad people. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
90% Transference: A Love Story (2020) Transference is a difficult watch, but those who seek veracity in their romantic dramas, or wish to study a cautionary tale for therapeutic purposes, will find the film riveting and perhaps even refreshing. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
83% The Power (2021) Here's hoping films like The Power will shed some enough light on the corruption that it can no longer hide in the shadows. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
100% This Is Not a War Story (2021) This is Not a War Story brings us the horrors of war without having to see the war itself. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
93% Lucky (2020) No matter what the intention, Lucky brings up many topics that beg examination, and that is an unequivocal positive. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
86% Clay's Redemption (2020) Clay's Redemption isn't an instant classic, but it's a good showcase for the talents of many involved. If you enjoy cool fight choreography in visually arresting locales, there's something for you here. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
86% Busman's Holiday (2020) Shot on location before the world shut down, Busman's Holiday offers a rare glimpse at some of the world's most beautiful and remote places. It's filmed like a travelogue with postcard-perfect cinematography. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
91% Minor Premise (2020) With Minor Premise, Schultz has cemented himself as a sci-fi director to watch. I can only hope he doesn't let a budget destroy his creativity. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Honestly, this whole movie is one delicious smack in the face after another. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
95% The Ringmaster (2020) [A] film about obsession, selfishness, capitalist blinders, and addiction that will stick with you for a lot longer than would have a 30-minute show about onions rings. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
82% Happiest Season (2020) DuVall shares screenwriting credit with fellow Veep alum, Mary Holland. The script is sharp as a tack, and chock full of quotable lines. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
80% Flytrap (2015) Brooks doesn't do much to develop his characters but the 80-minute film is heavy on plot and James' captors are strange and sinister enough to hold one's attention. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
40% A Place Among the Dead (2020) A Place Among the Dead is an ultra-meta exploration on the ways in which pop culture glamorizes death and destruction whilst trading youth and beauty as currency. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
No Score Yet The Mothman Legacy (2020) For those craving a dose of Unsolved Mysteries style conjecture, Breedlove presents plenty of theories on where Mothman comes from and what it might want. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
83% Baby Frankenstein (2018) A very old school Nickelodeon/Disney-style affair with a group of unknown actors committing whole hog to a flimsy story that is nonetheless a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
82% Fully Realized Humans (2021) Despite all that darkness, this is a comedy. There are a lot of hilarious scenes in Fully Realized Humans, - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
89% The Nest (2020) Nothing really happens in The Nest, but it's chock full of drama and riveting from start to finish. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
67% I've Got Issues (2020) Fans of Bob Byington and Miranda July will be at home with the deadpan humor and synecdochal storytelling. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
43% The Mentor (2020) t's worth checking out for its atypical protagonist. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
71% Toss It (2019) There is a definitely an audience for this film, and I hope they find it. But I had a hard time getting past the heteronormative, white, upper class perspective... - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
84% I Used to Go Here (2020) Jacobs is perfectly cast in the role of Kate. She's got such a handle on conveying the multitudes of her characters. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
100% The In-Between (2019) The In-Between doesn't wrap things up in a tidy little bow, which also lends credence to the veracity of the story telling. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
76% In Bright Axiom (2019) Spencer McCall presents In Bright Axiom as a documentary, but it never feels truly real. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
93% Babyteeth (2020) Babyteeth is not always a fun hang... But by the end, you'll be glad you stuck with it. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
100% The Third Strike (2020) The Third Strike adopts the tone of Jones' subjects -- burdened but optimistic. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
64% Same Boat (2020) ...the core cast is charismatic enough to hold your interest and because I don't know anything about James' past, I truly had no idea what he was going to do. The dialog is also generally riveting... - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
80% The Carnivores (2021) Johnson and Smith keep the audience guessing about what is real and what is deranged fantasy. The meditative close-up shots both exemplify Alice's crumbling state of mind and put the audience right there with her. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
100% International Falls (2020) The best comedy (and indeed, most art) tends to come from a place of deep, unrelenting pain. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
64% Union (2019) Overall, Union is a valuable addition to the underrepresented genre of LGBTQIA+ historical cinema. - jessicabaxter.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
67% Human Capital (2020) There are some valuable messages in Human Capital. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
69% DOSED (2020) Dosed isn't an easy watch, but there are bright spots. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
46% 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
55% 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 (2020) 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
77% 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
88% 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
89% Banana Split (2020) 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
78% Porno (2020) 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
89% 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
32% 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
87% 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
89% 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