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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 79%

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 69%

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"Ridiculous coincidence drives the plot, but a reliance on outdated notions of gender expectations is what makes this neonoir such an infuriating experience."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 68%

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 94%

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 90%

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 24%

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 96%

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 60%

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 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
Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 87%

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 74%

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 93%

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 94%

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 57%

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 96%

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 91%

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
38%

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
2.5/5 20%

Inferno (2016)

"Completely absurd, ultimately pointless, but also gloriously goofy: a Nancy Drew mystery with Scooby-Doo overtones and a thin veneer of bookishness." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 17, 2016
3.5/5 89%

Blood Father (2016)

"Sly observations on American hypocrisy, a fresh father-daughter dynamic, and terrific performances elevate this a cut above the typical revenge thriller." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3.5/5 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"An imperfect adaptation of an uncinematic novel is nevertheless a challenging portrait of a woman as deeply screwed up as usually only men get to be onscreen." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5 65%

The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016)

"A tough, simple story about a foster kid whose path to finding a family and a home is not an easy one. There are no platitudes here, just bittersweet truth." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/5 64%

Antibirth (2016)

"Dementedly creepy punk body-horror grossout comedy plays like a padded-out short. But Natasha Lyonne and Chloë Sevigny have a ball as cheerful wastrels." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 5, 2016
5/5 85%

Divines (2016)

"[A]n absolute corker of a coming-of-age tale with a vividly drawn heroine and a blistering eye for the ironies of a life of crime.... [T]he performances from the trio of women at the center are mesmerizing, lively, and uniquely unforgettable." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet

Spaceship (2016)

"I'm not much of a fan of experimental films, but there's a quality of dreamy questing in... the feature debut of British writer-director Alex Taylor that I found intriguingly wistful." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 4, 2016
2/5 63%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Relentlessly dull. A tour of a strange world and 'characters' little more than their 'peculiar' abilities isn't enough to whip up fantastical excitement." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 1, 2016
4/5 69%

Urban Hymn (2015)

"A startling portrait of girls at risk, with a magnificent performance by gonna-be-a-star Letitia Wright. Lovely, moving, utterly unsentimental." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 29, 2016
5/5 80%

All This Panic (2016)

"More abstract and philosophical than a traditional documentary, wafting along on the dreams and fears and hopes of the girls... [A] lovely, careful, compassionate slow-reveal of the psyches of adolescent girls..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/5 67%

Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) (2016)

"[E]legant but dull... [M]oves so slowly that it challenges our engagement, and it never delves into anything beyond the very obvious..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 29, 2016
5/5 80%

Ma' Rosa (2016)

"[E]lectrifying... [A] deeply sympathetic portrait of a woman navigating the rules of her unfair world as best she can..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Immensely intense and suspenseful. Disaster filmmaking at its most gripping, yet there is nothing in the least bit exploitive or sensationalized about it." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 26, 2016
1.5/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Humorless, rote, clichéd, and entirely unsurprising. Antoine Fuqua attempts to recapture old Hollywood magic - and fails - rather than create his own." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 24, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet

Wild (2016)

"What is, I suspect, intended as an awakening of something untamed and unconstrained in Ania comes across instead as the unleashing of a disturbing cruelty... not a triumph of feminist discovery." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 86%

Indivisible (Indivisibili) (2016)

"[T]his admirably ambitious Italian film... doesn't give us enough of a taste of any of the flavors it samples - including family dramedy, religious satire, and freak-show horror - before it has moved on to another one." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 22, 2016
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