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John Powers

John Powers
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Becoming Cary Grant (2017) Grant's story is striking by the breadth of the chasm between his wounded inner self and his seductive persona that was attentive, buoyant and up for anything.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
84% Risk (2017) Whether or not it was Poitras' intention, Risk reminds us that grand ideals are finally no grander than the flawed human beings who bring them to life.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) In lesser hands, Katniss's willingness to suffer for the whole world may seem like classic teen narcissism... But Lawrence possesses an astonishing ability to convey profound emotional seriousness without ever seeming to do anything.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) [Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's] directing of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is crackling with invention, high spirits, and love of the movie.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
94% Spy (2015) In [Melissa McCarthy's] hilarious, globetrotting new movie Spy, she's finally been given a vehicle with the speed and gloss worthy of her comic talents. ‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
83% Testament Of Youth (2015) Coolly directed by James Kent, the movie's anchored by the grave, delicately featured Vikander who's able to convey youthful romanticism without ever seeming childish.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) I can only say that it's one of the purest pieces of filmmaking virtuosity you'll see anywhere.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
55% The Age of Adaline (2015) The Age of Adaline, a sentimental romance that's more watchable and touching than it may sound when you hear the premise.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
84% While We're Young (2015) Their foibles are ideal material for Baumbach who uses this fender-bender between Gen X and Millennials to tackle something real-rapidly shifting ideas of art, truth, and integrity.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Then the lights went down, and guess what? Fifty Shades of Grey turned out to be not just entertaining-at least until the clunky, exasperating final minute-but it also knows exactly what it's doing.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Unlike the Coens, the Wachowskis' private dreams have a grandiosity that demands huge budgets they can only justify by drawing huge audiences. How long can they keep getting money by making movies like this one?‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
49% Cake (2015) Aniston's Claire takes a claustrophobic emotional journey that's at once too neat and too cute.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
87% Still Alice (2015) She captures Alice's distintegration with magisterial precision-the confusion, panic, anger, and heroic resolve to still be herself-and does it all without ever pleading for our sympathy.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
72% Beloved Sisters (2015) It's a fascinating story, and as he explores the giddiness and disillusionment of this peculiar love triangle, filmmaker Dominik Graf gives us something peculiar: a history lesson disguised as a soap opera.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
90% Wild (2014) Not surprisingly, Witherspoon nails it with a performance that's just the right blend of heartfelt and calculating-she's brainy, funny, self-exposing, and well on her way to an Oscar.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
71% Interstellar (2014) Naturally, Nolan's desire to unite high and low culture doesn't always pay off, yet even when he gets pretentious, I don't hate him for it. Better a filmmaker who fails while overreaching than one who has a hit with Transformers.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
85% The Trip To Italy (2014) Nicely directed by Michael Winterbottom, the movie is better shot, more carefully constructed, and more emotionally complex than the original.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
91% The Martian (2015) It's a little corny, of course, but a little corn can be good for the soul. You leave The Martian thinking that maybe the problems here on Earth aren't so bad after all.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
84% The Walk (2015) It's a celebration of a particular idea of America -- warm, open, and infinitely hospitable to the can-do spirit.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
91% Birdman (2014) In the end, Birdman is the art film equivalent of Riggan's Birdman movies -- more impressive for its effects than its meaning.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
96% Spotlight (2015) From the beginning, the Spotlight Team's quest sucks you in.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
B 96% Paterson (2016) I feel a tad churlish in not loving Jim Jarmusch's gently lilting film.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B- 80% Patriots Day (2017) Holding things together is Mark Wahlberg as the smart-mouthed police detective who helps break the case.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 85% Silence (2017) By the end, Scorsese's movie gets to the spiritual place it wanted to go, though I suspect many in the audience won't get there with it.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
C- 31% Passengers (2016) Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in a science-fiction love story -- what could go wrong with that? Turns out, quite a lot.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Bayona does capture the story's emotional heart, in large part thanks to an extraordinary performance by MacDougall, whose future career may well be something to behold.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 83% Julieta (2016) If Julieta lacks the high spirits we love in Almodóvar's work, it also finds this great director, now 67, in an impressive new autumnal mode, reflecting beautifully on loneliness and loss.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) The movie is filled with sympathetic solidarity for those like Daniel who work hard, treat everyone decently, receive small acts of personal kindness from decent ordinary people, and still get ground down by [the] system.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
C 93% Hidden Figures (2017) I kept wishing director Theodore Melfi had approached his trio's story with the respect it deserves. Instead, he keeps trying to make their struggle "fun," chasing easy laughs and easy inspiration.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
C- 34% Live By Night (2017) I'm fond of Affleck, who normally can be counted on, at the very least, to radiate movie-star vanity. Here, he's like a waxwork version of himself. He looks very, very tired.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
A+ 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) See Toni Erdmann, and once you have, check out Ade's previous film, Everyone Else, which is also terrific.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
A 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Although there's not much of a plot, Mills's vision spans both the small and large, capturing everything from Bening's dead-serious response to listening to a record by Black Flag to god's-eye riffs on passing time and changing history.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
65% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) While the film doesn't soar, it's an honorable labor of love that's surely one of the most unusual features ever made by an Oscar-winning Hollywood actress.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) A movie so unpredictable that you really can't be sure where it's heading.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
93% Arrival (2016) Don't worry if you can't follow every detail... Just go along for the ride with Adams, a genuinely great screen actress who anchors this movie with a beautiful, deep-souled performance that should be up for all the major prizes.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
88% Gone Girl (2014) It's hard to know for sure who's to blame -- Flynn adapted her novel herself -- but from the casting of the likable Affleck on, the movie loses much of the novel's attempt to balance its portrayals of Nick and Amy.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) While the early scenes have their sappy side, you can feel Gibson's artistic juices start to flow once the story gets to the battlefield.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
89% Loving (2016) A moving true-life reminder that the rights most Americans take for granted weren't always rights for millions of people.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) This breathless feminist thriller has the refined style of an art film but offers the disreputable fun of a guilty pleasure.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
91% The Witness (2016) The Witness also serves as a useful moral corrective.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
87% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) Mascaro plops us into a back-country reality most of us have never seen and reveals it to be stranger and dreamier than we might think.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
72% American Sniper (2015) It speaks emotionally to audiences who sense that we lost something in Iraq, yet still want to honor the heroism of those who risked their lives for the cause, whether or not it was ultimately a great one.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
92% Insomnia (2002) In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2014
85% The Trip To Italy (2014) What I find appealing about these films is their sloping, improvisational air, their quality of catching a moment of life on the wing, as when Brydon startles Coogan with a joke so good he can't stop himself from laughing.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2014
86% The Easy Life (Il sorpasso) (1962) When I first saw it 25 years ago, I couldn't wait to see it again right away. I've been waiting ever since.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
76% 8 Mile (2002) What saves all this from being purely conventional is the filmmaker's keen sense of Rabbit's essential solitude as an artist, even when surrounded by friends.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2014
96% The Last of the Unjust (2014) The Last of the Unjust has a vivid immediacy.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2014
100% The Square (Al Midan) (2013) If, like me, you watched all this on TV, the ongoing turmoil began to feel like a distant, abstract blur. Noujaim takes us inside this history by centering on three protesters, each from a different background.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2014
100% Portrait of Jason (1967) Whether Jason is laughing or crying, he holds you rapt with tales that conceal as much as they reveal.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 2, 2013
92% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) Charged with an air of impending danger, the movie just keeps building.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2012