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John Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Both camps will find much to move them in Bright Lights, especially the profound bond between its subjects and the obstacles that were overcome to make it last. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 6, 2017
100% Every Brilliant Thing (2016) The subject is grim, the delivery buoyant: Mr. Donahoe is an ingratiating host -- at times overly so -- and as the Narrator he maintains a breakneck pace through an hour of reminiscence. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 27, 2016
79% Barry (2016) [Barry's] search for an identity is the ignition and combustion of the film. The exhaust, however, comes courtesy of Philip Morris. And the odor, like that surrounding the film itself, is of provocation in service of no cogent point. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 16, 2016
No Score Yet Mariela Castro's March: Cuba's LGBT Revolution (2016) Mariela Castro's March: Cuba's LGBT Revolution... is, at best, weak filmmaking and, at worst, pure propaganda. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 28, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Manchester by the Sea is a film that knocks politely on the door of the mind, and the heart. The advice here is to let it in immediately. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2016
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) [Lee] has a new palette at his disposal and uses it with intellectual rigor, changing the look of the film to accommodate the emotions he's after in ways far more dramatic than were possible in the past. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Once the outrage and indignities of their arrest and jailing have come to pass, the film spends a lot of time on their daily lives, and the portrayal of their day-to-day existence is not as compelling. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Exhilaration and melancholy are dispensed in equal doses by Moonlight, destined to be one of the better-reviewed films of this year, and for good reason: It's a masterpiece -- an overused word, but not the wrong one. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 20, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) While the fabled boyishness of Mr. Cruise is a vanished commodity, there hasn't been as radiant an aura of self-importance surrounding an action movie since the heyday of Steven Seagal. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 20, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Like a Victorian settee infested with vipers, Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden mixes the elegant and the dangerous, the refined and the venomous; it affects refinement and crawls on its belly. It's also apt to bite. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 20, 2016
96% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) Ms. Wang shows an inordinate amount of courage, a kind of guerrilla tenacity, in following Ms. Ye through her protests in Hainan, and her subsequent harassment. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 14, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) The characters are really minimalist masterpieces, sculpted, polished and uncompromisingly female. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 13, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) The Accountant, which stars Mr. Affleck as a math savant/marksman/martial artist who uncooks books and kicks backsides, is an effective and even affecting pop thriller. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 13, 2016
60% Desierto (2016) It's not particularly nuanced. In fact, its lack of nuance is its most distinguishing characteristic. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 13, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) No, the movie can't escape its maelstrom of bad PR, and reviews aren't written in a vacuum either. But lest the point get lost, what Mr. Parker has committed to the screen is a righteously indignant, kinetic and well-acted film. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 6, 2016
25% 37 (2016) It is a haunting movie, one in its director's total control, full of disturbing ideas and no short amount of magic. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 6, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The film never quite succeeds, simply because the book's core virtues do not lend themselves to cinema. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 6, 2016
87% Amanda Knox (2016) The complexities of the arrests and investigation are too much to go into here, but "Amanda Knox" does a good job of laying them out. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 30, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone's filmmaking is so off-putting one is likely to forget that the issues he is dressing up with cloak-and-dagger adornments and rom-com simplicities are some of the more tormenting issues of our time. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2016
No Score Yet The White Helmets (2016) Mr. Von Einsiedel is convinced that his subjects are "true heroes." Viewers will be convinced of the same. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 16, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Inevitable is how "Sully" feels. That, and a little soggy. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Regardless of how The Light Between Oceans affects you -- visually, dramatically or through the fierce, tormented emotions it provokes -- affect you it will. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 1, 2016
20% Yoga Hosers (2016) Writer-director-comic-book-artist-cult-figure Kevin Smith's latest exercise in questionable taste goes literally from bad to wurst. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 1, 2016
40% Morgan (2016) The film, directed by Luke Scott and laden with high-tech eye candy, should have been a lot more complex and psychologically interesting than it is. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 1, 2016
45% Hands of Stone (2016) Roberto Durán is a role that requires both subtlety and brutality. Mr. Ramirez obliges. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 25, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) An emotionally satisfying fusion of the mixed up and the magical. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 25, 2016
93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) What is refreshing about The Innocents is its attempt to explain the inexplicable, without presuming any success. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Any fan of Pixar already knows what they are going to get at Finding Dory: a mix of charm, wit and intelligence, combined with animation so routinely spectacular that a reviewer might not even think to mention it until the end of his review. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) He's allowed to ruminate, largely, and what's revealed is an artist impulsively self-reflective, whatever side of the camera he's on. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) If all this sounds wildly entertaining, it's not. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted May 26, 2016
92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Zero Dark Thirty is a magnificent movie, if we ignore the moral ambiguities. But can we? ‐ America Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2016
A 97% The Dark Horse (2016) Contrary to the standard Hollywood diagnosis of mental illness, it doesn't improve according to how much love a sufferer receives, although there is a lot of love in The Dark Horse. ‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Posted Apr 1, 2016
46% The Young Messiah (2016) The Young Messiah is a film of transcendent moments, if not sustained engagement. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2016
51% Risen (2016) Curtis, who imbues Yeshua with a palpable, eloquent kindness, vaults the perceptual impediments that usually accompany the casting of Jesus. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2016
61% Race (2016) The close-ups tell you where to look; the music tells you how to feel. Which is not to say the indelicately titled Race is less than entertaining. It is just obvious and old-fashioned. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2016
96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) For all its intrinsic Nordic absurdity, Chaplinesque pathos and unsettling use of vastness, writer-director Grímur Hákonarson's "Rams" is also a moving, deftly told tale about various kinds of loss. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 4, 2016
87% The Club (El Club) (2016) The story remains fully accessible yet shrouded in mystery. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 4, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "Hail, Caesar!" verifies a suspicion long held here, that the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, really hate the movies. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 4, 2016
91% The Lady In The Van (2015) The Lady in the Van seems like it could be one of those Christmas movies that is not really a "Christmas movie" but works with the season, because it is about all the right things. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2016
31% Daddy's Home (2015) First and foremost a humiliation comedy of the most cringe-inducing variety. But in its vulgar, antic way, it also raises questions about modern manhood ... ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Dec 23, 2015
No Score Yet The Flight Before Christmas (2015) A TV film that more or less revels in holiday conventions, with plot tip-offs as big as Santa Claus. But as Lifetime has found, there's a solid audience for traditional holiday narratives. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 4, 2015
No Score Yet The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs (2015) The Spymasters is at its best when the subjects are confronted head-on, even if they're avoiding the subject or contradicting each other. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 30, 2015
90% A Place at the Table (2013) [A] revelatory new documentary about hunger in the United States. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2015
45% The 33 (2015) The world may have seen the outcome, but it's still convincing, a story of courage without platitudes, and it features one of Antonio Banderas' best performances in years. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
95% Sembene! (2015) Sembene! should be a major step in drawing attention back to a titan of world cinema, whose influence was never contained by the frame, or the screen. ‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Posted Nov 9, 2015
2.5/4 95% The Forbidden Room (2015) Maddin's singular brand of cinematic reinvention goes a little over the top. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 6, 2015
1/4 70% Miss You Already (2015) The film is a soulless parade of movie conventions and rote acting. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 6, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) An emotional tour de force. ‐ TIME Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2015
62% Truth (2015) One of the things Truth is quite honest about is the oxymoronic ethos of the news business in general -- i.e., always be right, always be first. ‐ America Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2015
4/4 81% The Assassin (2015) Not for everyone, but gloriously cinematic, utterly absorbing. ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 22, 2015