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John Anderson

John Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
19% 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
86% 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
46% 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
52% 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
60% 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
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
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
90% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
90% A Place at the Table (2013) [A] revelatory new documentary about hunger in the United States.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2015
46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
1/4 70% Miss You Already (2015) The film is a soulless parade of movie conventions and rote acting.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) An emotional tour de force.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2015
4/4 80% The Assassin (2015) Not for everyone, but gloriously cinematic, utterly absorbing.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 75% A Ballerina's Tale (2015) Warm, compelling, slightly adoring.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3.5/4 86% Experimenter (2015) Fascinating work by Michael Almereyda, a mix of audacious artifice, ruminations and reality.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) Yes, such things happened. Gavron's touch, though, renders them melodramatic.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 83% Victoria (2015) Exhilarating, slightly improbable, and shot in a single two-hour-plus take.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/4 81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) Big, sturdy, righteous and romantic.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
62% Truth (2015) Vanderbilt has a great sense of forward motion and wrings suspense from an idea-driven story.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
27% Pan (2015) There's no denying that Pan is one ambitious fairy tale. But what's being labeled a "wholly original adventure" feels far from new, never mind necessary.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
A- No Score Yet Sleepless in New York (2015) As regards much of current nonfiction, it goes its own way stylistically, structurally, musically and sonically in telling the stories of people in the throes of a recent breakup, and how they cope -- or, obviously, not.‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) It's not heavy; it's not wildly significant. But A Walk in the Woods has a redemptive tone, a gentle lesson about aging and limitations and never giving up despite any required climb, uphill or otherwise.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
79% Z For Zachariah (2015) Z is dramatically sound -- Robbie, in particular, is wonderfully understated and gentle and Ejiofor is consistently one of the best actors currently working‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
3/4 79% Time Out Of Mind (2015) Fascinating, both for what it is and what it does.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
88% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2015) The filmmaking is fluid and electric; the acting, precise; the archetypal storytelling, seamless and brutal.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
33% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015) People are burned alive, crushed like insects, hurled from rooftops. They may not deserve all this. But neither do we.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
28% Dirty Weekend (2015) Mr. LaBute is not a moralizer as much as a lamenter-his people usually bring unhappiness upon themselves. In the gently joyous "Dirty Weekend," though, they are capable of finding a flight path to contentment.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/4 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) Thoughtful, fun, and Redford and Nolte are both in the zone.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2015
3/4 82% Mistress America (2015) Astute, bittersweet, funny, and needed a better ending.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
3.5/4 94% Rosenwald (2015) Revelatory biography of Rosenwald, whose beneficence made him an influence on much of 20th century American life.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
3/4 74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015) Fewer and fewer people have a first-person memory of her, unless they're old enough to have watched Ed Sullivan, but William Gazecki's heartfelt portrait all but brings her back to life.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/4 98% Phoenix (2015) Provocative, profoundly moving and the acting is virtuosic.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
2.5/4 60% Samba (2015) "Samba" tries to be too many things to too many people, although you can't say it doesn't have heart.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
2/4 52% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) A commercial for Legos.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015