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Keith Phipps

Keith Phipps
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Dudok de Wit makes every scene gripping. It also doubles as an example of the universal power of visual storytelling. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Jan 19, 2017
24% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Never less than diverting, especially in these long weeks when a solid PG-13 horror movie offers the best thrills around, The Bye Bye Man's most inspired moments make great use of its creepy location. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Jan 12, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Both women shine so brightly here - apart but especially together - that it drives home the enormity of their absence. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Jan 6, 2017
82% Julieta (2016) Suárez and Ugarte both do remarkable work in the midst of another complex, unblinking character study told in the language of classic movies and playing out in the sort of striking colors usually found only in dreams. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Dec 23, 2016
70% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane's heroine is driven by her craftiness, but the film has all the subtlety of a hammer repeatedly hitting an anvil. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Dec 1, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) The film struggles figuring out what it's trying to say but it does so with a lot of craftsmanship and panache. Call it pleasantly unsatisfying. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 23, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Edge of Seventeen captures and elevates the voices of people who care about each other deeply but also how to hurt each other with laser-like accuracy. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Nov 16, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The film runs nearly two-and-a-half-hours, but that's just the right amount of time for Park to turn up the heat a few degrees at a time. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Oct 21, 2016
85% Christine (2016) It treats Christine's tragedy as a question without an answer, letting it play out and leaving us to wonder what it all means, and contemplate how over 40 years later we're no closer to finding an answer. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Oct 14, 2016
98% Under The Shadow (2016) Its slowly intensifying approach, use of shadows and suggestion, unsettling soundtrack, and well-deployed special effects allow it to stand nicely next to a recent horror classic, Jennifer Kent's The Babadook. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Oct 6, 2016
92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Here director Mira Nair, working from a script by William Wheeler, brings a lot of thoughtful shading to a tale of triumph over adversity, resulting in a film that's at once rousing and moving. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Sep 22, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Like most reunions, it's at once awkward, comforting, and ends up feeling like it belongs to another time. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Sep 15, 2016
71% White Girl (2016) It's the story of a white girl, but also about how being a white girl shapes how the rest of the world sees her, and the ways it creates buffers that slow her descent as she makes one bad decision after another. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Sep 2, 2016
40% Morgan (2016) Morgan devolves quickly into a glossy but familiar horror film content to bloody one member of its remarkable cast to a pulp after another. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Aug 30, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Any of its ten chapters could probably have sustained features of their own. But an overarching vision emerges anyway, even if it's one Herzog never states explicitly. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Aug 19, 2016
89% Morris from America (2016) It's a fundamentally sweet film, but one that understands that no matter how hard parents work to make their kids feel safe they're not always a match for a world seemingly determined to make them feel lost. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Aug 19, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) The unhurried approach both ratchets up the tension and allows more time to get to know the players, who often talk around what they want to say in barbed, witty, Elmore Leonard-inspired dialogue. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Aug 17, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) The film moves beautifully, but it's also beautifully moving. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Aug 17, 2016
89% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Miss Sharon Jones! benefits from Jones' willingness to let Kopple keep filming no matter what. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Aug 16, 2016
60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Catching up with Patsy and Edina provides a weirdly comforting sense of permanence. The world keeps turning, and they keep on running in a desperate attempt to catch up. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Aug 16, 2016
76% Lights Out (2016) As a scare machine, however, Lights Out works like gangbusters, especially once all the main characters are gathered under one roof. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Jul 21, 2016
90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) The brisk but rich Raiders! doubles as a story of how creative partnerships, even those of many years, can fall apart and how childhood dreams can linger deep into adulthood. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Jun 20, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) It commits to its silliness but, following Johnson's lead, it takes its characters, silliness and all, seriously. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Jun 16, 2016
97% The Fits (2016) Just like its heroine, The Fits never gets swallowed up by the darkness that surrounds it. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Jun 3, 2016
66% The Pillow Book (1997) A surprisingly humane, satisfying film. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 2, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) It's understated, insistent, bittersweet, and doesn't linger a moment too long, animated by Baker's spirit to the end. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Apr 5, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) A formula has crept into Malick's recent work, one that worked beautifully in Tree of Life and less so ever since. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Mar 2, 2016
97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) If Embrace of the Serpent's revelations are a bit familiar, its approach makes them feel otherwise. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Feb 19, 2016
58% Die Another Day (2002) By the end of Die Another Day, the character's potential to wind up beaten and broken has vanished amid the pixels and laser beams. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 2, 2015
57% Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) By sticking to the formula so religiously, Tomorrow Never Dies sells itself short. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 1, 2015
98% Finders Keepers (2015) It's one of the weirdest stories put to film this year, but it's what makes it familiar that makes it haunting. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Oct 1, 2015
89% Mississippi Grind (2015) Mississippi Grind captures the ecstasy of a good role of the dice and the desperation of a bad turn of the cards -- and provides a sense of why some keep going even when it becomes clear they've lost their shot at a happy ending. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Sep 25, 2015
No Score Yet It's one of the weirdest stories put to film this year, but it's what makes it familiar that makes it haunting. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Sep 25, 2015
80% The New Girlfriend (2015) Though it winds its way to a much different destination (and features far more crossdressing), The New Girlfriend is, like Vertigo, very much a film about loss and what we do to fill the spaces vacated by those who leave us. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Sep 18, 2015
72% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) There's much to recommend it... thanks to some sharp lines from screenwriter Steven Knight and first-rate performances. ‐ Uproxx
Posted Sep 18, 2015
86% X2: X-Men United (2003) Fortunately, bigger usually equals better here, and when it doesn't, it equals just as good. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 14, 2015
44% Daredevil (2003) There's good stuff in the margins. But on the heels of such successful comic-book adaptations as X-Men and Spider-Man, Johnson's film makes Daredevil look like the second-rate hero he never really was. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 95% Amy (2015) Kapadia provides a heartbreaking reminder of what we lost when we lost her. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/5 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) The film almost completely falls apart in the second half when it becomes as loud as it is tedious. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/5 89% A Borrowed Identity (2015) It uses moments of dark humor to great effect in the midst of an otherwise-sober film. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2.5/5 89% Fresh Dressed (2015) Jenkins clearly knows the territory and has access to all the right people, but he doesn't really push in the places that could benefit from pushing. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4/5 100% Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959) Wicki brings a tremendous sense of confidence to the project, letting the details of life on the home front heighten the tragedy to come. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 22, 2015
3/5 89% Dope (2015) All three leads are charming, and together, they convey a real sense of camaraderie, the kind that only develop between misfits who find each other. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 18, 2015
1/5 29% Burying the Ex (2015) it doesn't take long for the awful Burying The Ex to evaporate its conceptual promise into a cloud of smutty jokes and half-considered ideas. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/5 49% Manglehorn (2015) But while Pacino is, as ever, a compelling presence, David Gordon Green's latest is simultaneously overwrought and curiously slight. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 17, 2015
3.5/5 43% Madame Bovary (2015) It's an effective treatment of the book, only occasionally made distracting by the hodgepodge of accents sported by an international cast performing in English. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 17, 2015
3/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) The effects haven't really improved that much since Jurassic Park, but everyone involved has clearly had fun dreaming of new ways for dinosaurs to terrify humans. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/5 58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Its pleasures are familiar and its frightening bits less frightening than before, but it still does right by a series that's served as proof that, in horror, less can be more. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3.5/5 91% Love & Mercy (2015) An earnest attempt to convey the essential truth of Wilson's extraordinary career and difficult life animates both halves of the film, and both performances. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3/5 65% Ladyhawke (1985) It's a likable-enough adventure that feels much smaller than the widescreen landscapes in which it takes place. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 2, 2015