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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/5 74% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/5 53% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
5/5 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
2.5/5 19% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
2/5 64% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2016
4/5 67% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
5/5 83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
5/5 82% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 89% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/5 61% Down Under (2016) [M]ocks the hypocrisy of those who decry diversity while enjoying it... and dings the toxic masculinity that drives men to prove themselves with rage and violence. It's all almost too dark to be outright hilarious, but it certainly is bleakly droll.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
5/5 89% Chasing Asylum (2016) Australia's deplorable treatment of asylum seekers gets a devastating takedown... This is an international crime, one that much of the world is unaware of, and it cannot be allowed to continue... [U]rgent and essential journalism.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
4/5 86% A Date for Mad Mary (2016) Seána Kerslake... infuses warmth and intelligence to Mary's reflexive lashing out and a sneaky poise to a proudly ungraceful character. A terrific dramedy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
5/5 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) Stakes out its own fresh place in an SF subgenre that is well played out, and rehumanizes it ways that are both extraordinarily moving and deeply unnerving.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
5/5 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) It is a movie that is everything we go to the movies for. Do not miss it.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
4/5 67% Finding Altamira (Altamira) (2016) Couched in a tale of scientific discovery is a lovely portrait of a father-daughter relationship grounded in intellect and curiosity, a rare thing onscreen.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) There's not a lot new here, but the vintage footage is fab, as is the much-needed reminder that the supposedly innocent past was hardly innocent at all.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
1.5/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) An entirely superfluous attempt to recapture the magic of the original film. A remake masquerading as a sequel that goes nowhere and has nothing new to say.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
5/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Alongside plenty of heist-movie humor and suspense is a bleak fatalism grounded in depressing reality and resignation to the miserable necessity it demands.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
3/5 66% Anthropoid (2016) Familiar-feeling tale of a real-life plot to kill a high-ranking Nazi in 1942 Prague manages some suspense thrills but mostly misses the emotional ones.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4.5/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Magic, music, and monsters come together to create a marvelous fairy tale that's scary, sweet, and full of tough emotions that kids' movies often avoid.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Bridget Jones is not cute. She is not charming. She is unstable, irrational, and just plain awful.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
3.5/5 94% Starving The Beast (2016) Lays out with calm, terrifying clarity how US public universities are being turned into profit-making ventures at the expense of students and education.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) It's not great. It's not terrible. It is bland manufactured entertainment product. It's fine. Hollywood is not creatively bankrupt. Everything is fine.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/5 15% The Wild Life (2016) A bland electronic babysitter, suitable only for small children still distracted by bright colors, slapstick cartoon animals, and simplistic wordplay.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
2.5/5 40% Morgan (2016) Eschewing the compelling SF questions it raises, Morgan resorts to violence and would-be cleverness, and makes concrete what it should have left ambiguous.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
1.5/5 60% Zoom (2016) This is what happens when men try to tell a story primarily about women - and also try to ape Charlie Kaufman - and fail miserably.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 89% Sid and Nancy (1986) Riveting and repulsive, with a claustrophobic perspective that mirrors its subjects: all id, all in the moment. But it's also shallow, all on the surface.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
2.5/5 81% Equity (2016) We've never seen this before, multiple female characters open about ambition, power, and money. But representation alone does not make for a gripping tale.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
2/5 81% Equity (2016) It's a shame that the film seems so focused on being 'important' and 'groundbreaking' that it forgets that its primary concern should be telling a cracking story.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016