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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0/5 18% 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 78% 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 76% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The sparse, cold satisfaction that could be wrung from Trainspotting's punk insolence has been replaced by an exhausted cynicism.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 80% 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 79% 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 70% 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 74% 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 78% 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 40% 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 71% 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 94% 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 91% 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
4/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) This delicately realized portrait of an intellectual Tehran couple could easily be taking place in New York, London, or Tokyo. The empathy machine strikes again.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
4/5 82% Denial (2016) A terrific legal procedural about defending factual truth and smacking dishonest sowers of doubt. An essential film for our era of 'alternative facts.'‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
1.5/5 71% The White King (2016) This sad mess of a vaguely sci-fi coming-of-age tale seemingly could not be more plugged into current fears, and yet it feels utterly irrelevant.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4.5/5 98% Under The Shadow (2016) A sinister tapestry of urban unease and feminist fury that turns an ordinary domestic setting into a place of skulking terror. Original and deeply creepy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2.5/5 42% Gold (2017) Not a terrible excuse for entertainment, just very, very familiar, all paradigms that desperately require a shift, in Hollywood and in the real world.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2/5 75% Split (2017) Lurid and squicky, Split treads water and keeps too many secrets on a dull path to the revelation of its self-satisfied cleverness.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3.5/5 92% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) A deeply personal memoir from the scientist with a 'wild empathy for the planet' who locked down the human responsibility for global warming.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/5 83% The Founder (2017) Rather brilliant and kind of inspiring until it turns frightening and even sinister. A dark tale of the beginning of end-stage capitalism as profit above all.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
0/5 23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) One of the most inept films I've ever seen. Cheaply made, poorly directed, badly acted, oddly edited, and ultimately insultingly stupid.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) A marvel. Funny and exuberant and bittersweet and cliché-busting and unexpected as hell. We are going to need more movies like this one.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
4.5/5 91% Zero Days (2016) Fascinating and horrifying. A gripping detective story and an impassioned call for public debate over terrifying weapons that have already been loosed.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/5 85% Silence (2017) This overlong, underpowered tale of Christian martyrdom, in which iconography and allusion stand in for character, is a challenge to even the Scorsese faithful.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
1.5/5 34% Live By Night (2017) Commits the cardinal sin of cinema: it's boring. Feels like two hours of highlights from a 20-episode miniseries that only hint at a rich story tapestry.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/5 70% Operation Avalanche (2016) This Apollo-era would-be suspense-thriller mockumentary is more an exercise in 'look how film-school cool and clever we are' than anything else.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
1/5 32% Monster Trucks (2017) What if 'monster trucks' actually meant - wait for it - that there were monsters in the trucks? From an idea by a four-year-old (really), and it shows.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
5/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) A fairy tale of the Grimm sort: no happy ending, no heroes or villains, just hard truths about life and human nature. Important, beautiful, heartbreaking.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
0/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Appalling and sadistic. How can anyone who is not a sociopath look at this horrible attempt at feel-good fantasy and say, 'This is fine, this is healthy'? ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
0/5 31% Passengers (2016) After a few quick nods to the profoundly unethical act at its core, the movie shrugs it off and uses it as the basis for a fairy-tale romance. This is not okay.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
5/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) The it's-about-damn-time true story that puts paid to the notion that only white men had the Right Stuff. Often funny, ultimately feel-good, hugely exhilarating.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4.5/5 73% Sing (2016) Smart, sweet, gently funny, with a wonderfully exuberant voice performance by Matthew McConaughey that hints at fresh new realms animated movies can reach.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) There's genuine fun here, but the humor is cynical, the heroics are tinged with regret, and it's all delivered with a cold smack of - yes - political relevance.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016