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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) If there's one underlying unifying theme [here], it's this: 'How do white men feel about racism, and how does it affect them?' This is very low down on the list of concerns about racism... ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Aug 1, 2016
1/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) [M]anage[s] to come up with a version of [Tarzan's] story that is even more retrograde than anything [Burroughs] invented... [Goes] out of [its] way to avoid any pretense of relevance or significance to modern audiences... ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Aug 1, 2016
4/5 89% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Cheer-worthy portrait of a singer for whom overcoming adversity has been a mainstay, and a testament to the power of music and family to keep a gal going. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 29, 2016
4/5 77% Into The Forest (2016) An atypical disaster movie, less about the failure of technology than the failure - and perhaps the resurgence - of the human spirit in the face of that. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Everything looks great on paper here: Damon's brawny presence; the smartly staged action, etc. And it's not unfun. But it feels less black ops than old hat. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 26, 2016
2/5 73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) Moments of genuine tension are few in this would-be suspenseful thriller, which can't settle on a state of mind for its protagonist, or for its own story. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 25, 2016
4/5 96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) This South Korean hit is an oozy doozy of a horror-thriller; confidently spins out its own unique - and breathless - take on familiar genre tropes. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 23, 2016
4/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Intense action; smart, funny nods to its roots while moving in a new direction; and explicit confrontation of a problem always at the heart of Star Trek . ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 21, 2016
1.5/5 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) The Ice Age flicks are the cinematic equivalent of drive-through nuggets of reconstituted chicken slurry served by a bored teenager in a cardboard hat. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 18, 2016
No Score Yet Love Between The Covers (2015) Delightful. A sharp, affectionate peek inside the cozy, supportive community of writers and readers that drives multibillion-dollar romance book publishing. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 13, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Kate McKinnon's gleefully reckless physicist is brainy comic mayhem, unlike any female character we've seen before. And there are more reasons to cheer. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 12, 2016
34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The delicately balanced foolishness of Now You See Me gives way to impossibly supernatural magic tricks aimed at thwarting the least menacing villain ever. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 8, 2016
60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Sends up one-upwomanship, egotistical self-help, and reflexive hedonism with zing. It is a sheer triumph to see two older women being really funny onscreen. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 8, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) Hugely watchable cautionary tale of Shakespearean proportions about 21st-century politics. Beautifully, nastily perfect in its ironies and twists. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 7, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Charming. A cleverly constructed and amusingly rendered fantasy adventure that sings with a sweet, wistful devotion to home, family, and friendship. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 5, 2016
3/5 91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) Michel Gondry's latest is charming but slight, and its typical teen-boy obsessions about boobs and bullies are already well-trod ground. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 1, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Smartly elegant; the fantastic cast makes it worth your time. But it does feel as if it belongs on the small screen spread across six or eight hours. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 30, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) Fantasy meandering twists into something more action-oriented, and there's little magic in it. This is not what we expect from a master cinematic fantasist. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 30, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Precis of Report on Readiness of Planet YD56201.3 to Join Galactic Alliance: The Invitation Committee fears that this fictional popular entertainment reflects Human tendencies to illogic, lack of imagination, and rank sentimentality. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 29, 2016
94% Parched (2016) Beautifully photographed, sometimes brutal, ultimately uplifting: a lively and amusing journey of four women pushing back against India's patriarchy. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 17, 2016
90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) Thoroughly hilarious, surprisingly poignant portrait of fandom, friendship, and the filmmaking odyssey that consumed the teenage years of three movie lovers. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 17, 2016
100% A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P) (2016) Denmark's smash-hit Nordic noir series Department Q arrives in the US... and this third chapter is menacing, creepy, and morbidly engaging. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 15, 2016
92% Margarita with a Straw (2016) Open, frank, funny romantic dramedy about a young Indian woman living with cerebral palsy. A perfect antidote to the disability pity porn of Me Before You. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 14, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) Plays with hierarchies and rivalries of women's lives that often aren't seen onscreen, and embraces women as powerful. But it's just not very funny about it. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 9, 2016
80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) 'Less Ed and Lorraine' and 'more cheese and cardboard' is precisely the last direction a sequel to the classy original should have gone in. Yet here we are. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 8, 2016
45% Approaching the Unknown (2016) I wish I could figure out what this would-be trippy space odyssey wants to say. I was hoping for sci-fi philosophy. I got nothing but lifeless nonsense. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 7, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) Like all Frazetta fantasy posters came to life all at once. A masterpiece of cinema that truly speaks to the interests of white male teenage nerds from 1987. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 6, 2016
86% Time To Choose (2016) Quickly dispels oh-no-not-more-doom-and-gloom climate-change trepidation with the optimism embodied in the title. There is hope for us, but we must act now. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 3, 2016
78% Holding The Man (2015) Told with a lovely romantic sweep and full of raw, honest emotion, this is a gay love story that's also just a great love story, full stop. Yay. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 3, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) Two fun characters played by two great actors with fantastic chemistry together go in search of a movie, and - spoiler! - never quite find it. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 3, 2016
58% Me Before You (2016) This miscalculated romantic dramedy is pathetically simplistic about morally complicated issues, and kind of offensive to those living with disabilities. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 1, 2016
38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Leaden and witless, though it obviously believes there is humor in its loud, chaotic juvenility. It would be an insult to cartoons to call this cartoonish. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 30, 2016
16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Hilariously, casting white Westerners as mortals and deities of the ancient Nile is the least offensive thing about this crime against goofball cinema. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 28, 2016
84% Victoria (2015) The two-hour-plus single-take gimmick disappears into the background as the implausibility and the flatness of the protagonist come to the unfortunate fore. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 25, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Believes six impossible things - like implausible character motivations, or big emotions - because they're in the script, without bothering to earn them. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 24, 2016
83% The Sacrifice (1986) The dread chill of the film is a stark reminder of the zeitgeist at the time, which was full of nuclear doom.... What constitutes the tragedy here is what is left open to question. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 21, 2016
100% The Mirror (1975) [D]eeply, sometimes abstrusely impressionistic... What's real and what isn't, what's past and what's present is difficult to untangle... [O]ften seductively beautiful to look at... ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 21, 2016
100% Ivan's Childhood (Ivanovo detstvo) (1962) [A] subdued depiction of warfare as mostly a lot of waiting around for brief explosive action... The orphan kid - who several times describes himself as 'jittery' - is a more openly shell-shocked version of all the adults around him. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 21, 2016
21% Welcome To Happiness (2016) Its self-conscious eccentricity is so banal that it feels like a parody of 'the American indie.' Behold magic rocks and a Significant fortune cookie! ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 20, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) About precisely nothing other that pure pulp comic-book soap-opera rigmarole, overshadowed by clichés, implausibilities, and missed opportunities. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 19, 2016
43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) What the heck is this? Some sort of meninist political statement attempting to vindicate male anger? In a kids' movie? Maybe men shouldn't make movies... ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 16, 2016
89% The Invitation (2016) A chillingly crafted portrait of quiet menacing uncertainty. Balefully replicates the precariousness of not being able to trust one's own instincts. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 12, 2016
80% The Family Fang (2016) Strikingly original, a truly rare pleasure in a cinematic environment clogged with cookie-cutter films. Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman are splendid. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 10, 2016
43% Bite (2016) Pro tip, ladies: A pregnancy test that comes up positive might just mean you are incubating some exotic fish-bug nasties. Ask your doctor! ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 10, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Teenaged girls behaving badly, depicted with a positive vibe. Progress? Turns out grossout movies don't work even when they're kind of feminist. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 9, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) When FFJ sticks to farce, it works wonderfully, like something P.G. Wodehouse might have loved. But the longer it goes on, the more maudlin it gets. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 6, 2016
81% These Final Hours (2015) It's the end of the world. Finally, a legitimate reason for a man to experience emotion. We've seen this all before... except not quite so ridiculous. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 5, 2016
77% The American Side (2016) Invoking fascinating conspiracy theories surrounding Nikola Tesla only to turn them into a macguffin, this neonoir detective flick ultimately disappoints. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 3, 2016
72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Yet another installment in the long-running series Dead Women Make Men Feel Things. Seething with unspoken emotions, all of which are elusive and abstruse. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted May 2, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Tough, unanswerable human questions frame spectacular, innovative action sequences that are like superhero ballets. This series just keeps getting better. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Apr 29, 2016