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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 95% 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
Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/5 81% 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
Posted Jan 16, 2017
0/5 24% 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
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
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
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/5 83% 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
Posted Jan 9, 2017
1.5/5 34% 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
Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/5 69% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 22, 2016
4.5/5 70% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 29, 2016
5/5 89% 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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 21, 2016
2.5/5 75% 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
Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 86% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 8, 2016
3.5/5 100% The Uncondemned (2016) Meet the dedicated young lawyers and activists who prosecuted and convicted the first person ever to go to prison for genocide and wartime rape. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 7, 2016
3/5 51% The Accountant (2016) So convoluted, confusing, and overly crammed that it's overwhelming, and not in a pleasant way. But Ben Affleck's autistic action hero is fascinating. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 4, 2016
4/5 85% Girls Lost (Pojkarna) (2015) A beautiful film with a wonderful young cast that flows with sinister sorcery and tender sympathy for the physical and emotional upheavals of adolescence. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 4, 2016
4/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Problems with authenticity don't detract from the power of a story about a teen girl pursuing a challenging sport amongst beautiful Mongolian landscapes. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 70% Before the Flood (2016) Leonardo DiCaprio's abashed personal journey to learn about global warming, overcome his pessimism, and find hope that there's still time to make a difference. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/5 55% Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016) The filmmaker presents a standup-comedy case for Hillary Clinton for president, not as a fan of Clinton but as a patriot worried about the state of America. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 31, 2016
4/5 73% You've Been Trumped Too (2016) A British filmmaker documents the arrogance and disdain with which Donald Trump wields the power of his money... a warning for Americans come Election Day. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 31, 2016
4/5 84% You've Been Trumped (2012) Meet the people with the temerity live on land Trump wanted before he got there. Trump's behavior in Aberdeenshire, as documented by Baxter, is a microcosm of Trump's awfulness overall. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 31, 2016
4.5/5 97% Aquarius (2016) A slow-burn battle between a woman and the developers trying to drive her from her home is a melancholy meditation on aging, memory, and family. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/5 75% Trolls (2016) Cute and sweet and will put you to sleep, like a diabetic coma, and then it will smack you awake with its relentlessly cheery vivid-pastel optimism. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Busy with CGI to hide the emptiness where the emotional core should be. Even the mechanics of getting a man from mere mortal to demigod-in-a-cape are rote. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/5 57% Ordinary World (2016) May be unique in the cinematic annals of manchildren in that its protagonist goes from overgrown adolescent to midlife crisis without any intervening adulthood. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 26, 2016
1/5 14% Autumn Lights (2016) Dead and absent women cause a man to have feels, but in an ethereal way, you know, with 'artistic' female nudity and nonsensical pseudophilosophical dialogue. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 26, 2016
5/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) Lefty, loud, proud (and heartbreaking and infuriating with it). Rages against systems once meant to help people that have become machines intended to crush them. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 25, 2016
1.5/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Take True Lies and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Remove wit, sexy charm, and satire on marriage. This is a recipe for a movie anyone wants to see? ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 24, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Jack Reacher is back. And no one seems to know why. Low stakes, a rote plot, and undistinguished action add up to a pointless and unnecessary sequel. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 19, 2016