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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 80% Kangaroo (2018) A heartbreaking, deeply upsetting exposé of 'the largest wildlife slaughter anywhere in the world,' one that has much to say about us humans and our relationship with the natural world.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
1/5 44% Attraction (Prityazhenie) (2017) It has a spectacular opening sequence, and features a few minor tweaks to alien-invasion tropes. But the teen romance at its center reduces this to a very inconsequential first contact.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4.5/5 92% Phantom Thread (2018) A conundrum of a film that defies genre as it twirls us around a wickedly fascinating triad of gently, quietly manipulative people. A cinematic experience of sly eeriness and oblique mystique.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/5 73% Hostiles (2018) Sure, millions of Native people dead and ancient cultures destroyed, but who has to live with that? All the good soldiers who were just following orders, that's who. Won't someone think of the white man?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
1.5/5 57% The Commuter (2018) A lazy, insulting xerox of better movies about Liam Neeson growling into cell phones at enigmatic villains. Devoid of tension and mystery, and rife with plotholes that derail the trip.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
2.5/5 86% Darkest Hour (2017) A feature-length Oscar clip, two hours of Gary Oldman stomping around in a Winston Churchill suit. There's too little drama and too much inevitability in what amounts to a reanimated Madame Tussaud's waxwork scene.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/5 78% Final Portrait (2018) A bleakly funny, genteelly twisted gloss on the clichés of temperamental creative genius, via the relationship between an artist and his subject, one that questions the sometimes high personal price of great art.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
5/5 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) You can feel the stillness and the heat of this sultry, sensual summer in Italy. This is a glorious romance about falling in love with life itself, and living with gusto.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
2.5/5 81% Brad's Status (2017) Ben Stiller is having another midlife crisis, and only his sincere, heartfelt performance saves this pile of unchecked white male privilege from self-parody. But only just.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
2.5/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) The most interesting thing about this all-over-the-place drama-thriller is Ridley Scott's last-minute Hail Mary pass to replace a disgraced cast member. The finale is tense and exciting, but it's a slog to get there.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
4.5/5 81% Molly's Game (2018) Bold, tough, hugely entertaining. Like a new GoodFellas, except about a woman caught up in her own impudence and daring. Jessica Chastain is badass.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
4/5 88% The Post (2018) Crackles with life and energy, depicting a grand adventure in journalism from almost half a century ago with vigor, suspense, and an urgent relevance for today.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
0/5 27% Bright (2017) Trolls the viewer and condescends to genre fans. A smirking, tone-deaf parable about racism that is itself racist, including about its made-up orcs and elves.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
0/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The slim charms of the previous movies have been tossed away in favor of cringe-inducing cattiness and a ridiculous plot. There's barely even any music. Aca-palling.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
5/5 50% Downsizing (2017) Absolutely stupendous: smart, funny, poignant, a true original. A thrilling odyssey of ideas that takes its sci-fi concept to the very edges of extrapolation.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Culturally clueless cinematic vomit, a cynical undertaking embracing the most diminishing clichés it can apply to its characters. Low stakes, and low humor.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
4.5/5 90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Upends expectations, demythologizes the mythos, and takes an iconic series in a bold new direction with a story full of humor, courage, and dazzling imagery.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3.5/5 96% Mountain (2017) Dizzying and dazzling, this is a stirring meditation on the allure, the mystery, and the danger of the world's highest summits, as places but also as ideas.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
1/5 54% The Unseen (2017) A portrait of grief and guilt that's only mildly engaging, until it morphs into a wannabe psychological thriller and turns limp, laughable, and just plain icky.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
4.5/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) A black comedy about domestic violence, parental abuse, and low self-esteem (and it works!), one that challenges our appreciation of how true based-on-fact might be.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 97% Menashe (2017) A bittersweet, deeply human tale, one with a documentary sense of discovery to its setting: a little seen, highly insular ultraorthodox Jewish community.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
4.5/5 70% Ferdinand (2017) Goofy, charming, faithful to its sweet source material, and all while advancing the standard 'Be yourself' message with fresh challenges to gender expectations.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4.5/5 92% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) Enraging, and eye-opening, the beginning of the antidote for how black women's lives get erased in America. Tells a story that we should recognize as epic.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
5/5 96% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (1947) One of the most beloved British films ever is now even more lush, more gorgeous, more humanist in a glorious new restored edition.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3.5/5 75% 11/8/16 (2017) An important portrait of America on the day that changed it for the worse... but difficult to watch, with the impact of the election still spiraling out of control.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4.5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) A hilarious ode to talentless passion. James Franco gives the bizarre Tommy Wiseau depth without solving his mystery, but skips a deserved zing at Hollywood.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
2/5 43% Love Is Thicker Than Water (2016) This would-be modern Romeo-and-Juliet tale is little more than a pile-on of class stereotypes, contrived dialogue, and one whopper of a coincidence.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/5 85% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) The true story of an Estonian sports hero offers a lovely twist on a familiar tale. A cinematic triumph from a nation that's been missing from the global film stage.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
0/5 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Goes well beyond the typical mindless array of slapstick and humiliation to reach disgusting new depths of coarseness. Not just appalling, but actually dangerous.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
4/5 99% Jane (2017) Combines new insight from famed primatologist Jane Goodall on her early work with astonishing vintage footage to craft a portrait that is simple yet profound.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
1.5/5 59% Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (2017) With more sexy baths than any movie about a male scientist has ever seen, this biopic undermines the battle Curie fought to be taken seriously that is depicted here.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
4/5 97% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) The infuriatingly tragic true story of the Hollywood superstar whose brain was ignored because she was beautiful. A stupendous tribute to a remarkable woman.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) There's charm and wit in its fanciful depiction of the creative process, but the film downplays the social activism that Dickens fully embraced in his work.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
1/5 40% Justice League (2017) The cinematic equivalent of Trump and Brexit as awfulness brought upon ourselves. Incoherent and cheap-looking. There are no heroes, and everything is broken.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
2.5/5 85% Wonder (2017) Reminders to be kind are all very well, but it's time to move past the idea that it's up to people who are different to inspire everyone else to be better people.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3.5/5 88% Only the Brave (2017) Familiar in its overall storytelling arcs about risktaking and redemption, but also a sincere tribute to our new firefighting heroes for a warmer planet.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
4/5 67% A Murder in Mansfield (2017) An honest and brave portrait of the trauma and grief of those in the immediate periphery of a terrible crime. A simple, intimate film, and a powerful one.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) There is such kindness here, such humanity, such warmth and optimism. This is a fantasy of unique scope and astonishing emotional depth beneath the silliness.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) An emotional feast full of humor and pathos about the audacity, the wonder, the horror that is female adolescence. Beautiful, bittersweet, and very generous.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet Strad Style (2017) Wonderful; so funny and strange and human. An amazing portrait of a fascinating character, beautifully told with enormous suspense and tenderness.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
0/5 30% Inconceivable (2017) This preposterous, stilted, often hilariously terrible domestic thriller twists maternal yearnings into a toxic parody of femininity.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
2/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Doubly dated, lacking in humor and subtext, its impressive cast deliberately underutilized, this is little more than an exercise in gorgeous production design.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
4/5 95% The Light of the Moon (2017) A tough, uncompromising depiction of a rape and its aftermath that serves as a formidable corrective for how this subject is typically seen onscreen.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
5/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) A quietly chilling nightmare of human frailty and strength, tense with a nameless disquietude. A supremely accomplished little film.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
1/5 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) This rushed sequel is an insult to its progenitor movie. A cheap knockoff that doesn't understand what made Bad Moms so smart, funny, and feminist-wise.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
4/5 44% Bushwick (2017) There's fierce tension in this breathless urban survival thriller as anarchy comes to New York streets. Terrific, innovative low-budget action filmmaking.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
4.5/5 100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Film legend Agnes Varda and photomuralist JR take us on a road-trip art project that is joyful, funny, and invites us to see the world through truly open eyes.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Breezy, jokey, crammed with clever sci-fi ideas; the funniest MCU flick yet. Director Taika Waititi brings a new geeky verve we didn't realize the series needed.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
5/5 75% Makala (2017) Gorgeously enveloping... [M]ore an anthropological document that nevertheless feels like a fictional narrative. And one with mythic overtones...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/5 94% Gemini (2017) [A] supersleek neon-drenched flair and a smart feminist vibe. [But] rush[es] through its resolution to the mystery and cut[s] itself off abruptly...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017