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Keith Phipps

Keith Phipps
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) Rather than crafting a setpiece worthy of the atmosphere he's created, Harper falls back on easy, throw-the-boogens-in-the-audience's-face scares. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/5 25% Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1994) Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh is content to rely on easy jolts and an overabundance of fake-out scares, rather than hard-earned suspense. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) It's a film of small gestures, stately pacing, and forbidding snowscapes that give way to darkness-drenched interiors that occasionally erupt into memorable setpieces.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) Big Eyes still has a fascinating story to tell, re-creating the world of Beat-era San Francisco and shooting a Hawaiian honeymoon in glowing Technicolor tones. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
2.5/5 72% American Sniper (2015) The film's interest in exploring the psychological and spiritual price of all that killing even in the service of a just war waxes and wanes throughout the film.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
4.5/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) Above all, Leigh's generous approach to capturing the fullness of Turner's life, through unhurried rhythms and scenes, makes Mr. Turner memorable. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2014
2.5/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) His direction snaps to life in the big moments, which have an energy and drive missing from the rest of the movie. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2014
3/5 72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) Workman has made a brisk, entertaining film, but there's material for whole documentaries in any given five-minute stretch of Magician.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
4.5/5 74% Inherent Vice (2015) The names pile up, the narrative becomes harder to untangle, and it all feeds into an atmosphere that mixes dread and wistfulness.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
5/5 100% The Conformist (1970) It's yesteryear remembered with a combination of nostalgia and repulsion, a queasy combination that defines the film and gives it a kind of hideous allure.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2014
3.5/5 84% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) There's a sense that the band has left its mark on Sheffield as surely as the city left its mark on the band. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2014
2.5/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) Even at its best, the film plays like the comedy equivalent of a legacy act reuniting for a tour fueled more by nostalgia and goodwill than inspiration.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2014
2/5 32% Elsa & Fred (2014) As hard as MacLaine and Plummer try, the film can't sell their romance, because the script never conveys who the characters are beyond broad strokes. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 73% Fedora (1978) There's a lot of awkwardness to Fedora, from a sluggish pace to an awful bit of last-minute overdubbing that mars two performances, but there's a lot of fascination in it.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
3.5/5 71% Interstellar (2014) The film is at its best when it's unafraid of challenging storytelling, particularly since Interstellar never has trouble finding visuals to match its heady concepts.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2014
4/5 88% F for Fake (1974) It's a dynamic piece of filmmaking that doubles as a sleight-of-hand act.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2014
4/5 85% Watchers of the Sky (2015) It isn't a hopeful story, but it is a story of how committed people have fought and struggled to create the possibility for hope in the future.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 100% The Lusty Men (1952) Portrayed with Ray's usual sympathy for outsiders, the central threesome are decent, flawed romantics .‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
2/5 47% The Judge (2014) The emotions underlying the conflicts never seem like the point of the film, only the conflicts themselves, and the possibilities they create for the actors performing them. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
2.5/5 61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) It's a painfully minor movie that doubles as an accidental study in how pros handle themselves when given less-than-challenging material. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
2.5/5 29% Annabelle (2014) There's real craftsmanship to the film, but it's in service of a story that can't quite support it. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2014
1.5/5 56% Inner Demons (2014) Once those twists have been established, the film has no more tricks as if the writer and director thought a couple of innovations would be enough to keep the movie going.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2014
4/5 86% Macbeth (1971) It's a model of how to stay true to Shakespeare and film without sacrificing one for the other, and if that wasn't evident in 1971, it ought to be obvious now.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2014
1.5/5 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) The film aims for twee, but lands on torturous - It's narcissism blown up to a global scale, in the guise of a quirky voyage of self-discovery.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2014
3.5/5 67% Space Station 76 (2014) Space Station 76 plays it dry, often a bit too dry. It's a film of many chuckles and few big laughs. When the laughs do come, they're considerable.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/5 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) 20,000 Days On Earth is itself an act of performance, a chance for Nick Cave to offer his own version of Nick Cave to the world.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2014
5/5 97% Out of the Past (1947) Out Of The Past is undeniably a film noir, and rightly regarded as one of the genre's best. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2014
2.5/5 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) The film feels more thrown-together than thought-through.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2014
0% Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) An action film starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever looks like a video-game promo, has a story that plays like the fifth episode of a struggling syndicated action show, and feels like a headache waiting to happen.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
3.5/5 95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) By turning her attention to an underreported chapter in recent history, Kennedy has found a trove rich with unreal imagery and stories of heroism in the face of defeat.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/5 70% Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) (1990) Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! comes from a transitional phase in Almodóvar's career, one in which he was using bigger budgets to hone his aesthetic, create characters with greater depth, but still indulge a punkish urge to shock.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2014
2.0/5.0 36% If I Stay (2014) Even with the supernatural elements, If I Stay is never particularly compelling.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014
4.0/5.0 95% Love Is Strange (2014) Sachs conveys a sense of their entire long relationship and the history around it by depicting a difficult, late chapter whose uncertain outcome underscores what they mean to each other...‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2014
2.0/5.0 7% Are You Here (2014) A film about a couple of lifelong friends in the midst of parallel identity crises, it's almost shockingly formless, underthought, and visually indifferent given those behind it...‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2014
3.5/5.0 72% Dinosaur 13 (2014) ...director Todd Douglas Miller offers a clear, though not exactly objective, look both at what made Sue such an important discovery and at the legal quagmire that followed.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2014
3/5 70% Motel Hell (1980) ...a low-budget shocker that's picked up a sizable cult following over the years, thanks in no small part to Calhoun, whose welcoming smile and aging matinee-idol looks made his turn as a villainous madman fond of human flesh all that more effective.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 80% Get On Up (2014) Yet the energy never flags, the film conveys a deep love of Brown's music (which fills almost every scene), and Boseman remains magnetic whether onstage or in quiet moments...‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Gunn... has found a way to bring funkiness and humanity to a galaxy-spanning blockbuster, one filled with dogfights and floating fortresses, but also with heroes quick with a quip, fast on the draw, and more than a little beaten up by the universe.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 68% The Big Chill (1983) ...even though it's aware of their narcissism, The Big Chill still views its characters sympathetically, even when they do little to invite much sympathy themselves. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2014
B+ 71% The Ring (2002) Gore Verbinski creates an air of dread that begins with the first scene and never lets up, subtly incorporating elements from the current wave of Japanese horror films along the way.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2014
10% I Dreamed of Africa (2000) In the opening segment of I Dreamed Of Africa, Kim Basinger breaks her leg. The rest of the film is so dull, you can almost hear the bone heal.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2014
1.5/5 44% Wish I Was Here (2014) The film is as phony as they come.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
15% Dead Man on Campus (1998) It's all handled so poorly that it comes off as more ghoulish than anything else, although those who find the word "bong" instantly entertaining and are easily distracted by the presence of flickering images may be amused.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2014
25% Fathers' Day (1997) Add to these problems the fact that Fathers' Day is a comedy starring two reputedly hilarious people who don't make you laugh once, and you have a movie that would be great if everything about it weren't terrible.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 80% Scanners (1981) The generous selection of bonus features includes vintage elements, like a trailer made up almost entirely of the exploding-head scene, a handful of radio spots, and a 1981 talk-show appearance in which Cronenberg discusses his work up to that point.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) A visceral film, one of movement, action, unexpected developments, and disarming poignance.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2014
5% The Avengers (1998) This big-screen version of the classic '60s TV spy show The Avengers can be added to the ignominious heap of updates, remakes, and adaptations that really didn't need to be made.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2014
2/5 49% Earth to Echo (2014) This brazen summoning of ghosts of Spielberg movies past might have worked if director Dave Green...had the classic technical chops to pull it off.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) Projecting the problems of today into a science-fiction tomorrow, [Snowpiercer] also ties them to a compelling story that keeps shifting under its characters' feet.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2014
5/5 94% Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Picnic At Hanging Rock is determined to keep its secrets to itself. Yet it's as beguiling as films come.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2014