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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0/5 24% 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
3/5 100% 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 90% 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 90% 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 88% 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 66% 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
4/5 81% God Knows Where I Am (2017) A meditative, enormously sad, and sometimes angry-making portrait; provides a stark peek into a mind mentally ill yet remarkably confident and determined.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
2/5 49% The Belko Experiment (2017) A one-note scenario that never ups the ante on itself, and never even bothers to use its extreme situation to send up office politics or corporate policies.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
2/5 45% Going in Style (2017) Bland, tasteless entertainmentstuff intended to neither move nor offend, and succeeds as such. A sad pile of unfunny nothing that falls painfully flat.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2.5/5 50% City of Tiny Lights (2016) Doesn't hit all the noir tropes so much as it wrings all the gloomy joy from them, and the mystery is underwhelming and unmysterious, but still: Riz Ahmed.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
1.5/5 39% Aftermath (2017) Deeply uninvolving, often weirdly stilted and amateurish, and emotionally inert, which is pretty unforgivable given its subject matter of grief and despair.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
5/5 87% Their Finest (2017) Delightful dry and snarky satire on wartime propaganda, sharp feminist commentary, and a brilliant cast make this snappy historical dramedy a real corker.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4.5/5 61% Snowden (2016) A gripping précis of what Edward Snowden learned at the CIA and NSA, why he went public, and why it matters. Entertaining yet also deeply unsettling.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3.5/5 62% Carrie Pilby (2017) A fairly familiar romantic dramedy distinguishes itself because its awkward, immature nerd is a young woman, poignantly portrayed by the wonderful Bel Powley.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
1.5/5 38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) An adventure crammed with junky slapstick and garish animation that seems to believe it is feminist, but only doubles down on Smurfily regressive notions of gender.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2/5 47% Bokeh (2017) A pretty blur of an apocalypse happens to pretty, blurry people in this dull SF drama. This end of the world brought to you by the Reykjavik Tourist Board.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3.5/5 74% The Void (2017) It's Lovecraft by way of The Thing and Alien in this satisfyingly schlocky 80s throwback, complete with practical FX. A genuinely eerie experience.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/5 46% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Trite characters, very well-worn clichés of SF cinema, and a mystery that is completely transparent. All about production design, and even that is familiar.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
0/5 16% CHIPS (2017) Toilet humor, cars exploding for no reason, random naked boobies, and gay panic... although, weirdly, also lots of awkward, unerotic nearly naked Dax Shepard.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
1/5 79% Dig Two Graves (2017) Muddy and muddled 70s-style backwoods gothic Americana only comes to life when it rises to the accidentally silly. Little more than an incoherent showreel.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
4/5 45% Another Mother's Son (2017) Not alt-history but a true story from a Nazi-occupied English-speaking place, a hugely relevant reminder that resistance to injustice is an absolute imperative.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The sparse, cold satisfaction that could be wrung from Trainspotting's punk insolence has been replaced by an exhausted cynicism. Which is exactly right.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
3/5 81% Mean Dreams (2017) Tepid teen romance turned implausible thriller is just about saved by a powerful, and unusually disturbing, performance from Bill Paxton (one of his last).‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2017
4/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Strange and melancholy, this genre-defying portrait of grief and loneliness puts Kristen Stewart's onscreen persona of restive reluctance to very effective use.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
5/5 99% Get Out (2017) Shattering and deep-down bone-chilling. A viciously unsettling nightmare of race and privilege that carves out a much-needed paradigm shift for genre film.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2.5/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Like a theme-park mounting of the 1991 cartoon, or the blandified pop version of an enchanting signature character tune. A watered-down pastiche of itself.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
0/5 21% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Odious propagandistic attempt to enshrine Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide of World War I into cinematic history via a tepid and unconvincing romance.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 67% The Chamber (2016) A wonder of low-budget suspense, this is a horror movie with no monsters, only people in an impossible situation. Intense, claustrophobic, totally gripping.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 73% Catfight (2017) Takes women's hostility out of the realm of the passive-aggressive and gives it free comedic rein physically in a way that is hilarious, disturbing, and pointed.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4.5/5 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Boiled down to its bonkers essence, Skull Island is a Vietnam war movie with monsters, a retro analog vibe, and a dash of both Moby-Dick and The X-Files.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
5/5 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Simply a lovely film, with some of the most striking - and haunting - animation I've ever seen, and full of a remarkable and palpable warmth and humanity.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
3.5/5 100% The Last Laugh (2017) Analyzing jokes can ruin humor, but not here. This is a provocative, hilarious, and important discussion of comedy taboos, who gets to transgress them, and why.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 73% Viceroy's House (2017) Snappy, snappish historical drama about the partition of India rings with sly humor, dry cynicism, and a smack of relevance for today's divisive politics.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
5/5 92% Logan (2017) The X-Men series - the entire superhero genre - has never seen a film like Logan before: raw, rageful, tormented, human. Best of the series yet.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
2.5/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) Unfocused like a 1970s cast-of-thousands disaster flick, and with little point beyond engaging in bland and easy propagandistic cheering. Boston deserves better.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
1/5 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Ominous signs and psychological detours get tossed out and tossed away on the path to ridiculous gothic nonsense that takes itself far too seriously.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3.5/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2017) My favorite of the nominees is 'Sing,' a movie for right-now with its pushback against a bullying authority figure and its gently effective defiance.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation (2017) My pick: 'Pearl,' blending new VR tech with old-fashioned characters and emotions, demonstrating storytelling possibilities that are beginning to open up.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
5/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary (2017) I would give the Oscar in a three-way tie to the Syrian-themed nominees, which offer stunningly intimate observations on the ongoing humanitarian crisis.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Plain pure fun. At its best, it's Lord of the Rings meets Aliens, with incredible imaginative grandeur and genuinely breathtaking 3D depth.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2.5/5 72% XX (2017) My anger that women filmmakers doing a horror anthology is seen as a novelty almost overshadows my disappointment that these short films aren't very scary.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
1/5 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Thank god this insult of a movie doesn't try to fool us into believing that the controlling Christian Grey is appealing. That would be even more horrific...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
5/5 95% Prevenge (2017) Fresh feminist horror of a very welcome taboo-smashing kind. Nasty, hilarious, outraged and outrageous, and as poignant as it is blackly funny.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
5/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) A great Batman movie, a great superhero movie, and a gloriously bonkers expression of the sublime silliness of crime fighters in capes, and our love of them.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
5/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) Poignant and hilarious and wise, a melancholy ode to a moment when the world was changing for women (and men)... and how it still and always is.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
5/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) I would give the Oscar in a three-way tie to the Syrian-themed nominees, which offer stunningly intimate observations on the ongoing humanitarian crisis.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
4.5/5 90% A Good American (2017) Shocking, essential documentary looks at the shameful and avoidable failure of the NSA to prevent 9/11. All Americans (and everyone else) should see this film.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017