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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 88% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Juliette Binoche's search for midlife love is drenched in ennui and punctuated by weary philosophizing. There's not a lot of satisfaction in it, nor much by way of resolution. Very French.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 75% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) A wonderfully old-fashioned tearjerker, with a thoroughly delightful cast, where cosy quaint Englishness is leavened by a harsh reality of World War II that pop culture has ignored.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/5 60% Every Day (2018) It's not as daring as its endearing protagonist, and its fantastical scenario plays out rather lifelessly. But its gentle exploration of the fluidity of human physical and emotional expression is very welcome.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4.5/5 89% Funny Cow (2017) This is scorched-earth cinema that challenges us to find moments of grace and triumph among misery, cruelty, and emotional frugality. Maxine Peake is absolutely incendiary.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/5 78% Beirut (2018) A same-old story of a white man's angst, set against the 'exotic' backdrop of 1980s war-torn Beirut. This brand of Hollywood myopia is tired, uninteresting, and no longer acceptable.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
1/5 18% The Titan (2018) The science is ludicrous, the story is almost entirely free of drama, and the finale descends into the hoariest, most ridiculous clichés of the genre. But the future smart-house porn is lovely.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
No Score Yet A Painted House (2003) The worst - and best - that can be said about it all is that it's inoffensive.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Meeting (2004) Students of the period will appreciate the dynamic dramatization of the differences in the two men's philosophies and the common ground to be found between nonviolent resistance and violent revolution‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
3.5/5 50% Rampage (2018) Raises the bar on big dumb fun, with The Rock's social-justice-warrior badass and his genuinely charming relationship with a gorilla, plus a ton of goofball sci-fi monster action turned up to 11.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
0/5 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Infinitely small, petty, cruel; appallingly sociopathic even grading on the dumpster-fire-horror-flick curve. But forget the supernatural element: the human 'drama' is the most ridiculous thing here.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2.5/5 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) Transforms a straightforward story of domestic violence into something like a horror movie, and it's so harrowing and so incredibly tense that I'm not sure that it's not exploitive.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
5/5 100% Even When I Fall (2017) An incredibly inspiring story about two young women who come back from dehumanizing experiences to advocate for change. A film of great grace, dignity, beauty, and power.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) Excruciatingly suspenseful and unexpectedly moving portrait of the on-court rivalry between the two great tennis players... and the intriguing secret layer to the public dynamic between them.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3.5/5 80% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) In this centenary year of the end of World War I, this story of a real-life dog who served in the trenches is a gentle, engaging way to introduce kids to an essential piece of history.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) A sweetly old-fashioned romance about a young man who falls in love over email... with another young man. Tender, funny, sometimes heartbreaking, enormously human and honest.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/5 83% Ghost Stories (2018) Not an anthology of complete short tales but the highlights from much longer stories only briefly sketched and left maddeningly unfinished. Barely a movie at all, more a tease of one.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3.5/5 45% The Hurricane Heist (2018) A peanut-butter-in-my-chocolate movie, this Die Hard meets Twister monster is so ludicrous it comes all the way back around to being awesome and hilarious.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
4/5 69% Finding Your Feet (2018) A tart, sharp, life-affirming dramedy, one that is slightly more edgy and far less predictable than it probably has any right to be. Celia Imrie and Imelda Staunton are magnificent.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 30% Madame (2018) What starts out as a genial drawing-room satire on class and snobbery soon turns to a sly romantic comedy about the fantasy of romance and the crushing expectations placed on women.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) An apocalypse unlike any onscreen before. A film often almost unbearably tense, in part because it audaciously reconsiders the role sound plays in eliciting our emotional response.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
2.5/5 16% All I Wish (A Little Something for Your Birthday) (2018) It's too predictable and too disingenuous about the realities of what it means to be an 'older' woman. But Sharon Stone is totally charming.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 82% Blockers (2018) It's oddly structured, doesn't seem to know whom its audience is, and indulges in too much distracting grossout humor. But the sex-positive message and the delightful cast make it just about worthwhile.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4.5/5 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Absolutely delightful and utterly original, with its lovingly crafted stop-motion animation bursting with sweetness but also with a winking mockery. I have just a few caveats...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
1/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) A nightmare of nothingness, of empty, soulless w*nkery, that serves only to reassure male dorks that their pop-culture obsessions make them special, and will make cute girls like them.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/5 84% Journeyman (2017) Sensitive drama about traumatic brain injury, featuring an extraordinary performance by Paddy Considine and much brutal honesty about men's inability to deal with their own emotions.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
4.5/5 79% I Kill Giants (2018) A movie as thrillingly weird as its protagonist. We are totally enrapt by the wonder and the terror of her imagination, and the power of it to create joy and solace.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Enormously likable characters make this feel like a big friendly rambunctious dog that you can't help but get a kick out of, but it fundamentally misunderstands the appeal of its predecessor movie.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
3/5 75% Crowhurst (2017) A little bit psychedelic, a little bit queasy, a little bit experimental, a lot existential, this is a jarring, visceral portrait of the around-the-world sailor in over his head.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/5 16% Midnight Sun (2018) Ah, it's another 'teen falling in love while dying beautifully' romance. When it isn't sappy and predictable, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Its young couple is perfectly charming, though.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/5 82% Prodigy (2018) This low-budget science-fiction film has an ambition that exceeds its reach, and has nothing to surprise the self-respecting geek a movie like this one is aimed at.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 79% Unsane (2018) As a piece of craft, this is a smack in the face to Hollywood's bloated blockbusters. As a piece of pulp, it brings a sharp, smart feminist twist to familiar tropes of cinematic paranoia.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
5/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) A fiercely feminist and proudly revisionist historical drama that offers a powerful and much-needed rebuke to modern Christianity. Enrapturingly beautiful and intensely emotional.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/5 49% Tomb Raider (2018) Another videogame adaptation in which empty avatars run around perfunctorily because that's what the plot requires of them. There's no humor, no fizz, no movie magic at all.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
.5/5 51% Submission (2018) In the moment of #MeToo and #TimesUp, this tale of the relationship between an older male professor and his young female student is howlingly out of step and outrageously tone deaf. And that's on top of its tedious clichés.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1/5 73% Mom and Dad (2018) A brilliant, if demented, concept could have been The Purge for parenthood, but it is inadequately explored, and then abruptly dropped by a sudden ending. The entire third act of the film is missing.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3.5/5 77% In the Land of Pomegranates (2018) The state of affairs in the Middle East may actually be thornier than it seems from afar: that is the position this brave, intimate perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to take.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
2.5/5 62% This Beautiful Fantastic (2017) An ostensible fairy tale of the creative life in London that tries too hard to be eccentric, while also trying too hard to be grounded and realistic. This is one of those idiosyncrasies that you really can't have both ways.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
1.5/5 41% Gringo (2018) Woefully undeveloped characters, a thin yet convoluted plot, and a lack of humor in the black comedy. This is what it looks like when a hastily scribbled first draft goes straight into production.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3.5/5 100% Traffic Stop (2017) The assault to which King is subjected is shocking, brutal, obviously entirely unjustified, and difficult to watch... and yet watching is essential...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3.5/5 89% Knife Skills (2017) A hugely positive example of how to pay it forward and help make the world a better place one person at a time. As a film, though, there's little unexpected in it.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4.5/5 86% Edith+Eddie (2017) Heartbreaking and enraging. Checkoway's approach is intimate, giving space for emotions such as rage and grief and loneliness to play out in a way that brings us inside the pain. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4/5 100% Heroin(e) (2017) The simple lesson of this doc, which is surprisingly breezy and cheerful given the subject matter: a softer touch and a gentler approach is better in this terrible situation.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
5/5 100% Heaven Is a Traffic Jam On the 405 (2016) A marvelously moving portrait of artist Mindy Alper. Her blunt openness about herself... is a challenge to us all to know ourselves as well as she seems to know herself, even when it's incredibly painful and difficult to do so.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4.5/5 100% The Eleven O'Clock (2016) A blast of Monty Python-esque comic absurdity, right down to its 1970s setting and visual palette.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4.5/5 100% My Nephew Emmett (2017) Beautifully photographed, with the weight of abiding horror in its dour sepia tones...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4.5/5 100% The Silent Child (2017) It's an unusual sort of bigotry on display here, one that many of us who aren't personally touched by the issue may not even be aware of. Absolutely heartbreaking.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4.5/5 100% Watu Wote (All of Us) (2017) Deeply moving in its message of compassion and principled refusal to descend into brutality.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4.5/5 91% DeKalb Elementary (2017) Quietly shocking. A formidable counterargument to the bombast from certain quarters about arming teachers in order to meet such violence with more violence.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
1/5 80% Dear Basketball (2017) This short is so toothless that it doesn't even rise to the level of convincing advertising, even though it is a clearly calculated attempt at a rebranding of Kobe Bryant in the wake of a credible accusation of rape...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3.5/5 91% Revolting Rhymes (2016) A good slice of storybook fun with some funny dark twists...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018