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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) An enraging, essential documentary rundown of all the ways that women's rights, agency, and bodily autonomy are under attack in the US. It's not just about abortion.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 85% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Sweet, subversive, and absolutely hilarious, at once a snarky superhero sendup and an unironically joyful celebration of friendship and imagination.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2/5 40% Scribe (La mécanique de l'ombre) (2017) This would-be faux-70s paranoid thriller piles on too-obvious intrigue and embarrassing clichés, and lacks suspense, thrills, and a protagonist to care about.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Primal and exhilarating, full of dread and tension. Drops us right into the chaos of war to tell an intimate story about fear and intensity of purpose.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
5/5 100% City of Ghosts (2017) A devastating portrait of Syrian citizen journalists, of the sacrifices they make to tell of ISIS occupation, and a cautionary tale for Western culture, too.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
1/5 20% Wish Upon (2017) Simple, yet stupid. A magic box grants a teen wishes... that don't come free. Apparently they're not making eighth graders read 'The Monkey's Paw' anymore.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 95% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) A slyly wise, hugely entertaining portrait of an Orthodox Jewish community that loses its joy when a newcomer sows discord. You don't have to be religious to love it.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2/5 67% Cars 3 (2017) Three movies in, and this world of sentient driverless cars still creeps me out, and still does nothing except advertise a mountain of related merch for kids.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) A beautifully sketched portrait of a community under strain, one you do not have to be Jewish or even religious to take great pleasure in.‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
5/5 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A triumph of science fiction storytelling: a sweeping tale of mythological scope told with astonishing FX wizardry that brings emotion and intelligence to nonhuman people.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
4.5/5 86% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) The chemistry of two formidable actresses fuels an extraordinary yet subtle clash in a nuanced, unsentimental story about how women's friendships shape our lives.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
2/5 35% The Last Word (2017) Cantankerous old grump teaches directionless young people about life... in a way that is totally obnoxious and not in the least bit convincing.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/5 93% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Thoroughly charming. Spider-Man's signature light comedy works surprisingly well even as this story is uniquely steeped in the darker Marvel Cinematic Universe.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/5 94% Baby Driver (2017) Edgar Wright used to send up cinematic clichés with gusto and with huge humor. Here he just embraces them - and his sullen, unengaging hero - unironically.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2017
.5/5 18% The House (2017) The hint of a seed of a bitter satire is buried under inept, momentum-free comedy. They should have developed the script's rough first draft instead of shooting it.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
4/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) If Jane Austen wrote a horror movie. An almost serene sinisterness infuses female-gazey carnal intrigue... but it could be even more feminist than it is.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
4/5 83% Megan Leavey (2017) This deeply satisfying military drama demonstrates that a simple, even familiar story can be powerfully effective when told with big heart and solid craft.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 44% The Bad Batch (2017) Filmmaker-to-watch Ana Lily Amirpour again shakes up a familiar genre - here, the postapocalyptic adventure - in unexpected ways, but stumbles a bit in the process.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
5/5 89% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) An exquisite miniature puzzle-box pop-up-book of a movie. All is color and light and exhilaration here, a fantastical lark that is sheer mischievous joy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2.5/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) Originally slated for a VOD release, and it feels like it: the few moments of simple tension quickly dissipate in the murky and not very shark-infested depths.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
2.5/5 68% The Journey (2017) This fictional dialogue inspired by a private meeting between real-life enemies can't muster up more than the usual banalities about the ethics of politics and war.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Wedding Invitation (2017) This strained comedy might have been progressive in the 1960s, but today it reeks of an infantilization of women that warrants squashing, not celebrating.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
4.5/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Everything about this joyful, sincere origin story feels like a retort - a very welcome and much needed one - to traditional male-centered superhero stories.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2.5/5 53% Dough (2016) Its message of interfaith understanding is an undeniably necessary one; too bad it's delivered with the obvious broad humor of a sitcom Very Special Episode.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2/5 49% Churchill (2017) This low-stakes, emotionally limp portrait may be intended to humanize a towering, almost mythic figure, but instead just needles and undercuts him.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
.5/5 19% Baywatch (2017) A beach-slap to anyone with a brain. Embodies everything that is wrong with Hollywood today. It is proudly dumb. It is proudly sexist. It is proudly pointless.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
1/5 75% Wakefield (2017) An appalling elevation of toxic masculinity to something poignant, radical, and heroic. As unpleasant and as passive-aggressive as its horrid protagonist.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
1/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) The franchise finally overstays its welcome with this cacophony of CGI spectacle, a contrived and confusing plot, and a newly cruel and stupid Jack Sparrow.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
1/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Derivative, rote, devoid of heart and hope. Guy Ritchie has found no reason to retell Arthur's story, or to render a mythic hero as a self-serving thug.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
2/5 40% Whisky Galore (2017) The cast is charming, but this listless and mysteriously unfunny cover of the 1949 Ealing comedy doesn't seem to have bothered to look for a good reason to exist.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2/5 92% The Levelling (2017) Wants to tackle huge personal and societal problems - toxic masculinity; the collapse of traditional ways of life - but it only displays them freak-show style.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
.5/5 33% The Last Shaman (2017) Tragic hipster indulges in the tribal Amazonian divine. Credulous, sophomoric garbage full of the slick salesmanship of a vaguely spiritual sneaker commercial.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) A rote disappointment. There is nothing shocking or even mildly unexpected here. But there is an ironic weakening of the power of the xenomorphs to terrify.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
3/5 24% Unlocked (2017) There's stuff in this spy thriller that's fresh, and lots that's familiar, but Noomi Rapace using her brains and brawn to fight bad guys is a genuine thrill.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3.5/5 90% Mindhorn (2016) A wonderfully silly sendup of fandom and nostalgia... and an absolutely hilarious smackdown of actorly pomposity and delusions of celebrity grandeur.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 55% Lowriders (2017) This melodrama about men unable to express themselves emotionally except through heavy machinery isn't only clichéd: it doubles down on the clichés.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
5/5 80% Colossal (2017) Wonderfully strange and weird and funny and dark and bitter. A deliciously geek-flavored metaphor for how damaged people heedlessly spread around their damage.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
1.5/5 22% Below her Mouth (2017) Lesbian and not-quite-sure-if-she's-a-lesbian have a weekend fling. Sometimes unintentionally hilarious, this is little more than soft-core porn.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
5/5 90% Lady Macbeth (2017) An astonishing tale of privilege and power: stark, searing, and brutal, almost a Victorian companion to Get Out. Florence Pugh is a force of nature.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2.5/5 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Thinks it's edgy and transgressive, the punk little brother of all those other stodgy comic-book movies, but it isn't. It's just slightly more candy-colored.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 16% Queen of the Desert (2017) This may be Werner Herzog's most conventional film, but its mostly untold true story knows what it means for a woman to choose a life of adventure and intellect.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
0/5 26% Unforgettable (2017) Sure, Ice Queen is the villain here. She's the one who's in the wrong for doin' ALL THE THINGS she was supposed to do, and her promised man-prize was stolen.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
2.5/5 14% Finding Fatimah (2017) There's lots to like in this mostly sweet British Muslim rom-com. Pity, then, that it tries too hard, instead of trusting its characters, and sabotages itself.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/5 97% Clash (Eshtebak) (2016) Challenging and provocative, but the limitations it places on itself restrict the appreciation for anyone not already steeped in its culture and politics.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
5/5 81% Letters From Baghdad (2017) One of the most cinematically beautiful documentaries ever is a phenomenal portrait of a shamefully forgotten woman who helped shape political history.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 91% Raw (2017) Cinema as a punch in the gut and not for the squeamish, casting female desire as ravenously predatory in a way that few films have ever had the audacity to do.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
3.5/5 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) An adventure of the intellect and of the heart with the real-life explorer who inspired Indiana Jones, one more about the journey than the destination.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
2/5 67% Free Fire (2017) A 90-minute shootout that never makes us care who lives and who dies. In attempting to send up a cinematic cliché, this only becomes a tedious example of same.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
2.5/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The intrigue, shifting alliances, and twisted revenge? Delicious, pulpy fun. The male-gazey soft-core porn that undermines the female protagonists? Not so much.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
1/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) EMPs and nukular codes and cyber crap and submarines, oh my! 'What does this have to do with us?' Michelle Rodriguez cries, and I'm like I know, right?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017