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John Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Tour De Pharmacy (2017) A mock-doc sendup of the Tour de France, drug scandals, blood-doping and, sadly, men, Tour de Pharmacy has an interesting premise and nowhere to take it.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) What The Big Sick gets at, in its obvious but necessary manner, is how America undermines traditions from other countries, and always has.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
75% The Little Hours (2017) As Alessandra and Ginevra, Brie and Micucci are alternately appalling and charming.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
75% Becoming Cary Grant (2017) The man gets his due in Becoming Cary Grant, a moody jewel of a film that draws on Grant's unpublished autobiography for much of its narration.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
54% War Machine (2017) For all its biting political satire, and cogent military analysis, War Machine is an antiwar movie that is profoundly pro-warrior.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) Amir Bar-Lev's documentary on the Grateful Dead is an epic, and one that should not be dismissed by eye-rolling millennials as just another reverie about someone else's youth, or another solemn bout of baby boomer navel-gazing.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
91% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Get Me Roger Stone... ought to come with a bottle of Purell-not just because it immerses the viewer in squalid politics, but because the filmmakers seem so shamelessly infatuated with their subject.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
88% Sacred (2017) It is purely observational, kinetic cinema and, some might say, even a kind of prayer.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2016) Ms. Tragos passes no overt judgment; the judgment lies in the juxtaposition of stories, and storytellers.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
96% 13th (2016) [DuVernay's] movie, for all its good words and bad pictures, lacks the fierce urgency of now.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Ove is marvelously entertaining, but it also has an edge of political currency.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
95% Oklahoma City (2017) Mr. Goodman gives an appallingly thorough tour of the Murrah destruction and relates various instances of horror and heroism.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
No Score Yet The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon (2016) What's poignant about Havana Moon is the sense of a recaptured past that sweetens the steamy evening.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
92% Certain Women (2016) The characters are really minimalist masterpieces, sculpted, polished and uncompromisingly female.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
52% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
61% Desierto (2016) It's not particularly nuanced. In fact, its lack of nuance is its most distinguishing characteristic.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
22% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
85% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
100% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Inevitable is how "Sully" feels. That, and a little soggy.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) An emotionally satisfying fusion of the mixed up and the magical.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
94% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) What is refreshing about The Innocents is its attempt to explain the inexplicable, without presuming any success. ‐ America Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
95% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) If all this sounds wildly entertaining, it's not.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
47% The Young Messiah (2016) The Young Messiah is a film of transcendent moments, if not sustained engagement.‐ America Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
87% The Club (El Club) (2016) The story remains fully accessible yet shrouded in mystery.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016