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Keith Phipps

Keith Phipps
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 15% The Lazarus Effect (2015) Despite an intriguing opening and an overqualified cast, The Lazarus Effect can't shake a been-there/resurrected-that vibe.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2015
3.5/5 79% Bluebird (2014) Shooting on 35mm, Jody Lee Lipes makes the harshness look beautiful and unforgiving, and in a film filled with strong performances, Morton's work stands out.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/5 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) Maps To The Stars is never less than queasily compelling.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2015
4/5 75% Fellini Satyricon (1969) It's, by design, an overwhelming film, and sometimes an exhausting one, but the melancholy and wariness keep it grounded. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2015
4/5 58% The Wild Angels (1966) It's the Hollywood version of biker life, sure, but one that's swapped in a lot of ugly authenticity. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2015
3/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) The film never entirely figures out what it wants to do with the myth of the superspy, but at least it has fun along the way.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/5 98% 101 Dalmatians (1961) However much the film breaks with Disney tradition, it's still a winning effort that mixes cuteness with dry wit in the service of a fast-paced, emotionally charged adventure tale.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
4.5/5 96% The Palm Beach Story (1942) Even as Colbert and McCrea trade fast-paced dialogue and fall into each others' arms, they sell their characters' marriage as one whose fire desperately needs tending.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
2.5/5 36% Project Almanac (2015) If Project Almanac didn't bungle it all with a shrug of an ending, it would be easier to recommend. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2015
3.5/5 75% Amira & Sam (2015) Starr and Shihabi, a charming newcomer, play off each other beautifully, and even when the film becomes a little too heavy-handed, their relationship keeps it grounded. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2015
1.5/5 25% Ratboy (1986) The film gestures at whimsy and heartbreak while making the broadest possible comments about Hollywood and how the machinery of fame grinds up the innocent. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2015
1.5/5 18% Strange Magic (2015) Strange Magic plunges directly into its convoluted plot without pausing to create a reason viewers should care about any of the characters going through the convolutions. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2015
3/5 55% Spare Parts (2015) The film refreshingly portrays its kids as part of a diverse group trying to succeed in a country in which they can never find secure footing.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2015
3.5/5 98% Paddington (2015) In the hands of King and a well-chosen cast, the spirit of Bond's books remains intact. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/5 75% Match (2015) Stewart claims the part as his own. He's charming by nature, then by design, as charm becomes a defensive weapon. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2015
1.5/5 11% Taken 3 (2015) Megaton brings a cheese-grater approach to the editing of the action scenes, flitting from one angle to the next with no apparent concern for the effectiveness of any of them.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
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 71% 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 97% 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 37% 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 64% 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 35% 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 93% 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