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John Semley

John Semley
John Semley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Maclean's Magazine, Globe and Mail, Slant Magazine, AV Club, NOW Toronto

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95%

Medium Cool (1969)

"Criterion painstakingly restores and beautifully packages Medium Cool on Blu-ray, positioning the film as a definitive document of the political tumult in late-1960s America." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2013
98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"This Is Not a Film brilliantly marries high-modernist artistry with urgent political provocation. A masterpiece." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted May 31, 2013
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Crimewave (1986)

"Beyond its wadding of auteurist interest, Crimewave is a singularly entertaining watch, a platform for its makers' most wildly unchecked, brazenly silly, excesses." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted May 15, 2013
98%

Repo Man (1984)

"With their immaculate rerelease of Alex Cox's astoundingly original debut, Criterion not only further verifies their dedication to streams of both classic and cult films, but effectively (and correctly) resuscitates a cult object as a certifiable classic." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2013
51%

This is 40 (2012)

"Packed to the rafters with featurettes, bonus jokes, and extended riffs, This Is 40's home-video release will give the film's admirers much to pore over, while arming its deterrents with more "white people problems" fodder ("My Blu-ray's too stuffed!")." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2013
74%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"This slight package does Killing Them Softly no real favors. But the film itself may prove enduringly fascinating, if only in its function as an arch object of its era." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2013
64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"A top-shelf presentation of one of last year's baggiest, most unnecessary films, this combo pack confirms An Unexpected Journey's status as little more than pricey techno-bauble." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2013
96%

Argo (2012)

"The top-notch packaging reveals Argo for what it really is: less a nail-biting chamber-piece character drama and more a coolly realized, wildly reckless, actioner." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2013
89%

White Zombie (1932)

"The release is made considerably better by its buried alternate cut "extra," as well as film's interest for zombie diehards eager to bone up on the genre's pre-boilerplate origins. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2013
16%

Stolen (2012)

"Though entirely derivative and undercooked, Stolen nonetheless proves a proficient "Cager" and suitable excuse for wasting half an afternoon." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2013
89%

Compliance (2012)

"Less weighty moral inquiry than astute, well-managed provocation, Craig Zobel's Compliance effectively splits the difference between American indie art-house solemnity and direct-to-video bad-object tastelessness." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2013
80%

The Story Of Film: An Odyssey (2011)

"Essential viewing, if not for only for its edutainment factor, but for the dynamism and felt resonance of its maker's bounding enthusiasms." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 3, 2013
78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"One of the best films of the past year-bracing, funny, uncompromising-arrives on home video in a package that makes good on its swelling rep as an American indie video nasty." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2012
76%

Alps (2012)

"Alps significantly improves (or at least expands) on the surrealist exercises of Yorgos Lanthimos's predecessor, the Oscar-nominated Dogtooth. Though you'd never know it by its rote dumping to home video." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2012
100%

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

"Kino's hi-def releases of Strike and Battleship Potemkin still embody the ideological character and formal-intellectual rigor of Eisenstein's early films...but they've got a new box." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2012
100%

Strike (Stachka) (1925)

"Kino's hi-def releases of Strike and Battleship Potemkin still embody the ideological character and formal-intellectual rigor of Eisenstein's early films...but they've got a new box." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2012
100%

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

"The trilogy proves as compelling in its warts-and-all portraiture of backwater America as its more subtle explorations of the limits and capabilities of the documentary form." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2012
91%

Paradise Lost 2 - Revelations (2000)

"The trilogy proves as compelling in its warts-and-all portraiture of backwater America as its more subtle explorations of the limits and capabilities of the documentary form." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2012
100%

Paradise Lost: Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

"The trilogy proves as compelling in its warts-and-all portraiture of backwater America as its more subtle explorations of the limits and capabilities of the documentary form." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2012
83%

Fear and Desire (1953)

"There's no reason for Kino's welcome release of Kubrick's impressive debut to feel like anything but an overdue, completists-only offering." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2012
94%

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

"A necessary package for any fan of the franchise, at least until the folks at Lucasfilm dust off another forgotten making-of feature or, God forbid, green light another Indiana Jones adventure." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
85%

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

"A necessary package for any fan of the franchise, at least until the folks at Lucasfilm dust off another forgotten making-of feature or, God forbid, green light another Indiana Jones adventure." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
88%

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

"A necessary package for any fan of the franchise, at least until the folks at Lucasfilm dust off another forgotten making-of feature or, God forbid, green light another Indiana Jones adventure." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
77%

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

"A necessary package for any fan of the franchise, at least until the folks at Lucasfilm dust off another forgotten making-of feature or, God forbid, green light another Indiana Jones adventure." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
91%

Arachnophobia (1990)

"A pretty (sub)standard package for a pretty serviceable B movie, this new Arachnophobia discs function foremost as a reminder that, hey, the film exists." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2012
38%

Lockout (2012)

"A film this refreshingly flip rests as much on the passable competence of its director(s) as the enduringly shrugging shoulders of its protagonist. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2012
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