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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 36% Glass (2019) Earnest and humorless, this is a faux-intellectual Comic Book Guy ponderously well-actually-ing us about shallow superhero tropes and clichés as if those are the most intriguing bits of these stories.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4.5/5 71% Destroyer (2018) Nicole Kidman's pitiless performance completely upends genre expectations in Karyn Kusama's tense, grim crime noir. Uncompromising and subtly challenging, like a cerebral itch you can't quite scratch.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
4.5/5 96% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Slice-of-life and stream-of-consciousness, this is unlike any documentary before about what it's like to be poor and black in America. RaMell Ross is an important new voice in American cinema.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Coasts on the awesomeness of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a way unadventurous if solidly crowd-pleasing. But the depiction of her incredibly supportive marriage to a feminist man is intensely satisfying.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 83% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) A marvelous paean to everything that goes into making great art: hard work, complicated humanity, taking risks, and trusting one's own instincts. Anastasia Shevtsova is tremendous as a young woman with an indomitable spirit.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 92% Bumblebee (2018) Nostalgic without being mindlessly retro; a sweet, heartfelt girl-and-her-alien-robot-car action-adventure buddy dramedy that hits all the right notes. Hailee Steinfeld is terrific, and there's not a whiff of Michael Bay to be found.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/5 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The plastic terror of The Polar Express melded with the kooky charm of Forrest Gump is a bad, sometimes outright icky, way to tell a tale of trauma and recovery, and does a disservice to Steve Carell's sensitive performance.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
1.5/5 64% Aquaman (2018) When it's not tediously predictable in its clichés, its complete lack of narrative or thematic daring, and its colorless meathead hero, it's a mess of incoherent action and noisy psychedelic chaos.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie command the screen in this delicious anti costume drama with an earthy ethos, replete with movie-movie internecine spycraft and a sly, smart feminist parable that resonates for us today.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1.5/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Like the book it's based on, the worldbuilding is intriguing, but the characters and story are strictly cliché. A lazy, confused, and derivative disaster, with plot points and visual and thematic motifs shamelessly stolen from far better movies.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Has a verve rare in big-budget movies at the moment. Fun and fresh and legitimately engages with its source material on the levels of story, visuals, and mythology all at once. It feels like discovering storytelling anew.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 84% Dumplin' (2018) A lovely movie that warmly embraces a wide(ish) range of girls-and-women-as-people, one that doesn't reduce its large heroine - the amazing Danielle Macdonald - to nothing more than her size. This should not feel so damn radical, but it is.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
1/5 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) A zombie musical comedy set at Christmas should be a can't miss. But this one isn't scary or funny; its characters are one-note, and the whole shebang - blah songs included - is emotionally flat.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 100% Family in Transition (2018) Frank and bittersweet, this is a quietly remarkable portrait of one father and husband's gender transition, and how the family coped - and didn't - with dramatic upheaval in the most intimate of settings: home.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/5 83% Creed II (2018) Can't quite manage to continue the first film's smart, unsentimental examination of male emotion and men's relationships. At best achieves a draw with a genre path that is already extremely well worn.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2.5/5 92% Mirai (2018) This tenderly animated Japanese film about sibling rivalry is lovely with its fantasy, but too convoluted for children and too slight for adults.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 72% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Kurt Russell's hot biker Santa is naughty and nice, but this otherwise discount holiday schmaltz is only half onboard with him.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) A rote crime action thriller - very car chase! such gunshots! - that drains its protagonist of much of the raw power that has made her so fascinating in the past.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
0/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) Ugly, garish, anachronistic like a small mean child playing with matches, and completely lacking in anything Robin Hood-y: there's no fun, no romance, no virtue. Instead? Bizarre 'aesthetics' and even worse politics.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
.5/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It certainly is MORE than the first movie: more incoherent, more confused about who its protagonist is, more crammed with contrivance and coincidence. Even the title is more nonsensical this time.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/5 91% 3 Days in Quiberon (3 Tage in Quiberon) (2018) A raw and uneasy film about tortured celebrity - mid-20th-century European film star Romy Schneider - and the endless female struggle to break free of the small boxes our culture tries to confine us to.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 81% Green Book (2018) The tune may be familiar, but it is performed with virtuoso style, its central characters drawn with wit, charm, and complexity and brought to life via the absolutely gorgeous performances of its stars.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3.5/5 35% Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (2018) This unexpectedly gentle black comedy about depression and suicide gets the tone just right, and could prompt as many empathetic conversations as it does compassionate laughs.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 88% Under the Wire (2018) A harrowing portrait of the slaughter of civilians and the urban destruction that was the siege of Homs in 2012, and a terrific honoring of journalist Marie Colvin, who died getting the story out to the world.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4.5/5 89% A Private War (2018) A moving and important portrait of legendary Times of London foreign correspondent Marie Colvin. We need more movies like this, about fearless, badass women this outrageously good at their vitally necessary work.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3/5 97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) There's a poignant eeriness to this modernization of WWI footage: we are looking into a past that feels touchably close and immediate like never before. But this is a novelty. A solemn one, but a novelty nonetheless.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
4.5 91% Widows (2018) A heist movie that is gripping and badass, elegant and assured. You could ignore all the social-justice-warrior stuff and just enjoy this as a popcorn thriller. But what makes this so special is how it reexamines the genre's clichés.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1.5/5 81% Overlord (2018) This Nazis-with-supernatural-weapons horror schlock drags its feet getting to its fantastical elements and then does absolutely nothing interesting with them, just wallows in dull, rote gore and grue.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/5 58% The Grinch (2018) Candy-colored slapstick and kindergarten-level humor make this perfectly suitable for small children, and perfectly bland and inoffensive to the adults accompanying them. Somehow, I don't think Dr. Seuss would entirely approve.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4.5/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) Snappy Sorkin-esque banter, 80s nostalgia, and Hugh Jackman in a bad wig yet still hot as hell. But also an enraging, ironic look at how a reality-TV resume ended up becoming a legit qualification for the American presidency.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 88% Prospect (2018) Smart, gritty-stylish indie science fiction that is actually about ideas, and about building a future world that is authentic and lived-in. It has a really memorable teen-girl protagonist, too, who is badass but still a real kid.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
1/5 65% Peterloo (2019) The saddest ever Regency cosplay. Behold, a tableaux of thespians who shall teach us about the Corn Laws! Well-intentioned this would-be epic may be, but it's dull and dry as dirt.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
1/5 39% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) This unfunny, unscary mess is a series of missed opportunities that has no idea what to do with its attempted class-warfare satire. It's cheap but not even cheesy: that would require some passion, which is completely lacking.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Rami Malek brings warmth, humor, and a down-to-earth humanity to the larger-than-life Freddie Mercury. But it is the power of Queen's music - the rousing good cheer, its sheer rock 'n' roll joy - that fills up this pure brash entertainment.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 88% What They Had (2018) Simultaneously sharp and tender portrait of longstanding family squabbles and resentments finally coming to a head. Achingly affecting performances and poignant details ground it in melancholy authenticity.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
45% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) Yes, I wanted to smack every character in this film, but mostly I wanted to smack Isabel.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/5 100% Weed the People (2018) A smart, vitally important documentary look at medical marijuana, how it is helping real Americans right now, and why Big Pharma has ignored its healing properties.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) This portrait of drug addiction and its impact on a family may be Hollywood sleek and smooth, but its authenticity is in the empathy, in the lack of judgment. Steve Carell is absolutely heartbreaking.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) In his latest righteous broadside, Michael Moore takes on Donald Trump as but a symptom of the political rot in the United States. Upsetting, enraging, exhausting... which is just as it should be.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
1.5/5 37% Hunter Killer (2018) The Hunt for Red October as made by a Michael Bay wannabe who can't even rise to the level of giving-a-propagandistic-crap. Absurd geopolitics and laugh-out-loud clichés abound; tension and excitement do not.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
2.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) A minor fan-fiction take on the franchise's mythology: Hey, maybe middle-aged Laurie Strode likes guns LOL? Nowhere near as feminist or as psychologically incisive as it thinks it is. And it's not even scary.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4.5/5 81% Sadie (2018) This tale of a teenaged girl's crossing the boundary from childhood to too-early adulthood, simultaneously a portrait of a society quietly yet inexorably collapsing, has a disturbing power that sneaks up on you.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Pili (2017) A wholly remarkable film, just barely fictionalized from the lives of its cast of nonprofessional actors, about the indomitable spirit of the women of East Africa. Pili's life isn't unrecognizable to women worldwide, though.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Better than the unfunny first one, not as witty as the clever second one. But it has a bit of sly Brexit bite that is very welcome right now. Laugh until you cry!‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
1/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A self-indulgent, faux-woke mashup of noir crime, black comedy, and Tarantino-esque ultraviolence. Some great performances, including a spectacular feature debut from Cynthia Erivo; shame they're so wasted.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
5/5 88% First Man (2018) Damian Chazelle finds a dreamlike reverie amidst rocket-powered mechanical brawn. As wonderfully, nerve-wrackingly exhausting as it is movingly intimate.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
1/5 29% Venom (2018) A dull, dated comic-book clunker that is somehow even smaller and lesser than the sum of its noisy, junky, clichéd bits. So perfunctory that it saps even its excellent cast of all their charisma.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Instantly sweeps us up in its passion, its electricity, its music, and characters to fall in love with. Lady Gaga is a revelation. It's impossible to believe Bradley Cooper has never directed before. I adore this movie.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
4.5/5 87% All About Nina (2018) Hail Mary, full of rage. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is utterly incendiary in this own-worst-enemy dramedy that gender-flips a tired genre to give angry new voice to a woman speaking her own truths.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
4.5/5 98% Science Fair (2018) Meet some of the most brilliant teenagers alive, high-school students from all over the world competing at the World Cup of genius geekery. Funny, sobering, and inspiring.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018