Jordan Raup

Jordan Raup
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Film Stage

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C- 46% Captive State (2019) Wyatt peppers intriguing details throughout but gets too tripped up in a deluge of timely messages that he loses sight of his characters in this jumbled, peculiarly-structured narrative. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
C- 67% Them That Follow (2019) Them That Follow could sell itself as a slow-burn drama, but there is no tangible burn to speak of. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B- 90% Big Time Adolescence (2019) The film's comedic pull rests on Davidson's grimy likability and he more than pulls it off. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B 100% Clemency (2019) Clemency is a thoroughly draining experience as if we're placed in purgatory with no means of escape, but it's ultimately powerful in the ways it shows how the death penalty has consequences for everyone involved. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B- 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Stephen Merchant's brand of dry, off-kilter comedy surges through what is an otherwise inspiring, but by-the-numbers tale of childhood aspirations come true. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
A- 88% American Factory (2019) This documentary feels like the beginning of a very different America and that we have such an intimate portrait of the change to come is a remarkable achievement. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
B- 94% Sweetheart (2019) By the finale, it's clear that Dillard may not have sky-high aims, but Sweetheart proves to be a contained, diverting creature feature that will get your heart rate pumping. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 57% Wounds (2019) If one wants to watch a sweaty, disturbed Armie Hammer wander around New Orleans as he's haunted by a malevolent spiritual force, Wounds satisfies on those pleasurable, if undemanding expectations with its engrossing build-up. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 91% Little Monsters (2019) Australia's answer to Shaun of the Dead, writer-director Abe Forsythe doesn't quite have the wit or visual inventiveness of Edgar Wright, but the raunchy punches he throws pack an entertaining-enough bite. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 75% Judy & Punch (2019) Putting a modern, live-action spin on this fable-esque puppet tale, director Mirrah Foulkes crafts a vibrant, brutal directorial debut, even if the ultimate catharsis leaves something to be desired. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 79% The Death of Dick Long (2019) It may end up playing as a silly lark, but along with dismantling ideas of masculinity, Daniel Scheinert has also created a singularly entertaining crime comedy built on utter idiocy. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- 90% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir melds two well-trodden subgenres and through Joanna Hogg's refreshingly unique vision makes each feel entirely original. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 83% Light From Light (2019) Those going looking for frights will be rewarded with something more substantial: an experience rich with atmosphere and humanity, and drama ultimately more enlightening than the cheap thrills that pervade the dime-a-dozen ghost stories we've seen before. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 88% Give Me Liberty (2019) As he explores the resistance of assimilation and how vastly different cultures can have a shared bond, Mikhanovsky has a unique voice, but hopefully it's better honed in his next film. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 79% Photograph (2019) Despite an unsatisfying culmination to this tale of proscribed romance, it's hard not to feel a warm affectation for his humble approach to filmmaking. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 63% The Sound of Silence (2019) The directorial debut of Michael Tyburski has a compelling hook as we go on this journey of aural perfection, but the follow-through leaves something to be desired. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 90% To the Stars (2019) To the Stars is quaint in its aims, but this compact focus brings an enveloping level of intimacy. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- 89% Cold Case Hammarskjold (2019) If there's any justice, the specifics of the jaw-dropping revelations in this thoroughly engrossing documentary will cause global attention and a demand for some kind of retribution. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 93% Monos (2019) As an intense sociopolitical lesson, Monos sheds vivid light on the costs of war in present-day Colombia, particularly when it comes to taking advantage of minds not yet fully formed. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 71% Troop Zero (2019) While this by-the-numbers crowd-pleaser goes down fairly easy as any sugary, feel-good film is designed to do, there's also a hollow emptiness at its center, rendering it to be a well-intentioned, yet ultimately forgettable experience. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 86% Adam (2019) While Adam seems almost like a rite of passage before we get more complex trans dramas in mainstream filmmaking, one can't help but feel frustrated by its missed opportunities. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 100% Divine Love (2019) Through his exquisite vision, Mascaro tells a curious tale of spiritual commitment, marital strife, and the blurred separation of church and state, leading to an ultimately surprising, powerful conclusion. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 94% The Report (2019) A student of the Steven Soderbergh school of filmmaking, it has the propulsive slickness of that director's best films, without ever feeling derivative. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
C+ 64% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Peculiar touches throughout make Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile a curiosity even if it falters in what it initially sets out to accomplish. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B- 100% Honey Boy (2019) This earnest endeavor does wonders to enact sympathy and overturn any negative public perception of Shia LaBeouf's outbursts, even if it can feel more like self-therapy than a fully-formed film. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
B 99% Apollo 11 (2019) A perhaps initially unintended result when NASA handed over this remarkably pristine footage to director Todd Douglas Miller, his documentary is also a fascinating time capsule of this specific era. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
B 89% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) MEMORY cogently shows the perfect synthesis of collaborators needed to take science-fiction in a bold, dark new step. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
B- 78% Green Book (2018) Farrelly is telling a heart-warming, comical buddy story first and foremost, and Green Book, for better or worse, feels more like a wholehearted familial embrace than a treatise on the state of race in America today. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
A+ 85% The Tree of Life (2011) The new edition gives a deeper imprint to various threads of the original, ultimately sculpting a more affecting, fleshed-out picture of a story that remains boundlessly evocative in its ambition. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
C 46% The Meg (2018) WB showed a better eye for effective imagery with their extravagant poster campaign than the tedious flatness we're left with throughout. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
B- 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The rest of the Marvel family could learn a thing or two from the scrappy small-scale of their tiniest colleague. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
C- 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) This story has run its course, but with his clear-eyed vision, J.A. Bayona is at least going to milk this milieu for all its worth. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
B- 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This story may be on its last legs, but as table-setting for an even bigger threat, Infinity War daringly leaves more questions in the air. The way this world ends looks to be not with a bang, but a whimper. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
B+ 87% Annihilation (2018) A shimmering example of what Hollywood sci-fi can achieve when the aim is high, Annihilation is a gripping, mystifying adventure and proof that a transportive experience is more rewarding than a story with clean-cut resolutions. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
B- 47% Red Sparrow (2018) While Red Sparrow ultimately doesn't earn its all-consuming, grueling dourness, there are a few thrills to be had. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
B 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You will surely strike a chord with any viewer, even if it doesn't fully cohere. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
B 63% Tyrel (2018) Like a lucid nightmare where no one can feel your alienation no matter how loud you scream out. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
B 83% Puzzle (2018) With its methodically tidy structure and a script that, beat for beat, lays the pieces to be a quintessential crowd-pleaser, Puzzle fits together like a perfect, well... you know. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
C- 19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Not containing the wit to be smart, thrilling sci-fi nor the chutzpah to embrace a fun, B-movie shlock vibe, it unfortunately feels like an uninspired TV pilot that any other network would've permanently locked in a vault. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
B+ 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) A drama of boundless spontaneity as Decker deftly examines mental illness and the potentially exploitative lines a performer may cross when pulling life into art. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary burrows deep in the brain, waiting to scare you again the next time you turn the lights off or sit down for a family meal. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B- 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) While it doesn't land with as much impact as it should, the contradictory, heart-numbing effects of such a dehabiliting program are conveyed with a keen sense of nuance by Akhavan. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B+ 69% Damsel (2018) David and Nathan Zellner have crafted an anti-western, lovingly poking fun at its foundation while slyly pulling the rug under the audience in humorous, forward-thinking, and genre-redefining fashion. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
C 72% Assassination Nation (2018) By trying to do everything, it feels like nothing is accomplished. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
A- 99% The Tale (2018) The Tale is a soul-excavating reckoning with the suppression of trauma and a testament to the courage required for a victim to confront the most damaging moments of their lives. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B+ 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) [Skate Kitchen] is such a step-up in vibrancy, scope, and emotion that it feels like the introduction of an entirely different, more accomplished filmmaker. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
C+ 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) John Callahan's life is a fascinatingly complex one, and Phoenix is certainly the ideal actor to portray him, but Gus Van Sant's maudlin, erratic approach leaves too little of an impression. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B+ 93% Private Life (2018) A generous, graceful, full-hearted drama about the complexities of desiring a child when your physiology denies you at every turn. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B 99% Eighth Grade (2018) [Bo] Burnham's comedy has always been adept at exploring human insecurities, so it's no surprise he zeroes in on the overwhelming emotional vulnerability that afflicts young teens. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
A 94% Wildlife (2018) With every new moment of restrained poeticism, it's astounding this is a director's first time behind the camera. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018