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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation (2017) My pick: 'Pearl,' blending new VR tech with old-fashioned characters and emotions, demonstrating storytelling possibilities that are beginning to open up.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
5/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary (2017) I would give the Oscar in a three-way tie to the Syrian-themed nominees, which offer stunningly intimate observations on the ongoing humanitarian crisis.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Plain pure fun. At its best, it's Lord of the Rings meets Aliens, with incredible imaginative grandeur and genuinely breathtaking 3D depth.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2.5/5 71% XX (2017) My anger that women filmmakers doing a horror anthology is seen as a novelty almost overshadows my disappointment that these short films aren't very scary.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
1/5 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Thank god this insult of a movie doesn't try to fool us into believing that the controlling Christian Grey is appealing. That would be even more horrific...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
5/5 94% Prevenge (2016) Fresh feminist horror of a very welcome taboo-smashing kind. Nasty, hilarious, outraged and outrageous, and as poignant as it is blackly funny.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
5/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) A great Batman movie, a great superhero movie, and a gloriously bonkers expression of the sublime silliness of crime fighters in capes, and our love of them.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
5/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Poignant and hilarious and wise, a melancholy ode to a moment when the world was changing for women (and men)... and how it still and always is.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
5/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) I would give the Oscar in a three-way tie to the Syrian-themed nominees, which offer stunningly intimate observations on the ongoing humanitarian crisis.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
4.5/5 90% A Good American (2017) Shocking, essential documentary looks at the shameful and avoidable failure of the NSA to prevent 9/11. All Americans (and everyone else) should see this film.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 98% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) This delicately realized portrait of an intellectual Tehran couple could easily be taking place in New York, London, or Tokyo. The empathy machine strikes again.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
4/5 82% Denial (2016) A terrific legal procedural about defending factual truth and smacking dishonest sowers of doubt. An essential film for our era of 'alternative facts.'‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
1.5/5 71% The White King (2016) This sad mess of a vaguely sci-fi coming-of-age tale seemingly could not be more plugged into current fears, and yet it feels utterly irrelevant.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4.5/5 98% Under The Shadow (2016) A sinister tapestry of urban unease and feminist fury that turns an ordinary domestic setting into a place of skulking terror. Original and deeply creepy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2.5/5 41% Gold (2017) Not a terrible excuse for entertainment, just very, very familiar, all paradigms that desperately require a shift, in Hollywood and in the real world.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2/5 75% Split (2017) Lurid and squicky, Split treads water and keeps too many secrets on a dull path to the revelation of its self-satisfied cleverness.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3.5/5 91% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) A deeply personal memoir from the scientist with a 'wild empathy for the planet' who locked down the human responsibility for global warming.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/5 82% The Founder (2017) Rather brilliant and kind of inspiring until it turns frightening and even sinister. A dark tale of the beginning of end-stage capitalism as profit above all.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
0/5 22% The Bye Bye Man (2017) One of the most inept films I've ever seen. Cheaply made, poorly directed, badly acted, oddly edited, and ultimately insultingly stupid.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) A marvel. Funny and exuberant and bittersweet and cliché-busting and unexpected as hell. We are going to need more movies like this one.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
4.5/5 91% Zero Days (2016) Fascinating and horrifying. A gripping detective story and an impassioned call for public debate over terrifying weapons that have already been loosed.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/5 84% Silence (2017) This overlong, underpowered tale of Christian martyrdom, in which iconography and allusion stand in for character, is a challenge to even the Scorsese faithful.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
1.5/5 35% Live By Night (2017) Commits the cardinal sin of cinema: it's boring. Feels like two hours of highlights from a 20-episode miniseries that only hint at a rich story tapestry.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/5 70% Operation Avalanche (2016) This Apollo-era would-be suspense-thriller mockumentary is more an exercise in 'look how film-school cool and clever we are' than anything else.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
1/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) What if 'monster trucks' actually meant - wait for it - that there were monsters in the trucks? From an idea by a four-year-old (really), and it shows.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
5/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) A fairy tale of the Grimm sort: no happy ending, no heroes or villains, just hard truths about life and human nature. Important, beautiful, heartbreaking.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
0/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Appalling and sadistic. How can anyone who is not a sociopath look at this horrible attempt at feel-good fantasy and say, 'This is fine, this is healthy'? ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
0/5 31% Passengers (2016) After a few quick nods to the profoundly unethical act at its core, the movie shrugs it off and uses it as the basis for a fairy-tale romance. This is not okay.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
5/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) The it's-about-damn-time true story that puts paid to the notion that only white men had the Right Stuff. Often funny, ultimately feel-good, hugely exhilarating.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4.5/5 73% Sing (2016) Smart, sweet, gently funny, with a wonderfully exuberant voice performance by Matthew McConaughey that hints at fresh new realms animated movies can reach.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) There's genuine fun here, but the humor is cynical, the heroics are tinged with regret, and it's all delivered with a cold smack of - yes - political relevance.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
1/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Hangover lite, with even more tepid notions of what constitutes debauchery, plus a true dedication to strained contrivance.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
4/5 80% Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016) This lively portrait of a young woman with disabilities and her ordinary hopes and dreams is an explicit, engaging challenge to our ideas of what 'normal' is.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/5 66% Frank & Lola (2016) Ridiculous coincidence drives the plot, but a reliance on outdated notions of gender expectations is what makes this neonoir such an infuriating experience.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
5/5 70% Miss Sloane (2016) A hugely gripping thriller about politics and money that offers a grim object lesson: Are progressives and liberals gonna have to start fighting dirty?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
4.5/5 85% Sully (2016) The ultimate anti-disaster movie. A supremely gripping and powerfully emotional film about, paradoxically, what happens when everything works as it should.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
5/5 80% Chi-Raq (2015) Furious, funny, and deadly serious, this is an audacious, searing satire that swells into a raw, electrifying fantasy about how we might put aside savagery.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) This pseudo-80s teen dramedy feels like the flip side of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, bursting with generosity and empathy for its forlorn drama queen.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Skips away every time it seems like it's about to delve deeply into something odd and fascinating. Feels like teases from a slew of other Herzog films.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
5/5 84% A United Kingdom (2017) Insistent chemistry between David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike fuels a true story of passionate romance with an urgent message about love as radical and political.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
2.5/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Hard to believe it took 13 years to get a sequel to our screens and still have it show not a hint of Bad Santa's inspiration or subversion.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
5/5 95% Moana (2016) A wonderful mythology of demons and demigods. A heroine who embodies the bold spirit of her people. Another sweet, funny, exciting triumph from Disney.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 61% Allied (2016) An elegant potboiler that judiciously balances psychological and physical suspense, one that feels like a romantic drama from WWII only recently rediscovered.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
2.5/5 76% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) This true story falls down a bizarre rabbit hole of gentle condescension about how to solve the problems of poverty and drug addiction.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 84% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) This soul-refreshing documentary celebrates difference as a beautiful thing vital to making great art, and for making a better world for everyone.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Forget about magical creatures: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them could use some help finding itself, and in figuring out who its protagonist is.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Luminous and plaintive, Moonlight is emotional virtual reality, transforming a unique human experience into something universal and unforgettable.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) If there is something new to be said about boxing, Bleed for This doesn't find it. Sucks all the energy out of a story that should have been a can't-miss.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Intelligent, intense, grownup science fiction that will thrill genre lovers and satisfy fans of moving human drama. A beautiful, thought-provoking film.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Fire Song (2015) A sensitive portrait, but often a wretched one, of young people at crossroads, set on a Canadian First Nations reservation but with resonance far beyond.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016