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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 85% Brakes (2016) This ultra-low-budget indie uses its own rough edges to great effect in its skewering of the happily-ever-after rom-com fantasy. Bleak, brutal, absurd, and painfully realistic.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
4/5 86% The Party (2018) Sally Potter's brutally snappy take on the classic British drawing-room comedy hauls it into the 21st century with a cutting takedown of the anxieties and hypocrisies of well-off left-wingers.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Classic comic-book stuff made fresh by drawing on underexplored mythologies and cultures, yet still deeply resonant and deeply universal. An exhilarating pulp-fiction dream that ups the ante on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/5 9% Basmati Blues (2018) Part hamfisted critique of Big Ag, part strained romantic comedy, and part insipid musical that's not much like the Bollywood tribute it's meant to be. An accidental parody of itself.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
0/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Clint Eastwood turns a terrorist attack into a bit of post-hoc reality 'entertainment' with the stunt casting of the actual heroes as themselves in a stilted, tone-deaf piece of Christian-American propaganda.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Black Hollow Cage (2018) [An] unpleasant, nonsensical hash of pseudo science fiction, savage horror, and adolescent angst.... A chilly and ultimately pointless experience.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
1/5 11% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) My Fifty Shades of Grey fantasy: Anastasia Steele gets a restraining order against Christian Grey, writes a tell-all book about him, and becomes a #MeToo/#TimesUp heroine. Mmm, sexy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
4/5 71% The Mercy (2017) An unsettling true story smartly told, from a moment in time at once uniquely its own and a harbinger of things to come. Colin Firth is subtle, unflinching, extraordinary.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2.5/5 11% Scorched Earth (2018) Gina Carano roams a mild yet tedious postapocalyptic wasteland as a bounty hunter, and either you are here for this lady badass of our feminazi dreams, or you are not.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
1/5 59% Peter Rabbit (2018) Tosses out the very sentiments that make Beatrix Potter's work so beloved and so enduring in favor of the sullen bratty championing of cruelty and disenchantment. Nihilistic money-grubbing garbage.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
73% Hostiles (2018) But I'd hate for you to think that the film does anything radical, like present Yellow Hawk and his family as complicated human beings. The Native Americans here are strictly one-dimensional, which is all Blocker's redemption requires. ‐ Missoula Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
2/5 11% Winchester (2018) The story of a fascinating woman retold in the most reductive, least resonant way possible, while actually sidelining her. Even cast as a simple haunted-house tale, it's not even a little bit scary.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
4/5 97% Journey's End (2018) A descent into the muddy trenches of World War I that is intimate and immediate, melancholy and profoundly moving. An experience as visceral as it is intellectual.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Adele and Everything After (2017) Sensitive, marvelously engaging portrait of the extraordinary relationship between one woman and her service dog. A remarkable story told with intense empathy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
2/5 81% Early Man (2018) A huge disappointment, crude and simple compared to Aardman's earlier, more sophisticated and multilayered work. No satire or subversion, just a bog-standard triumph-of-the-underdog story.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
3.5/5 54% 12 Strong (2018) Tense but never sensationalized action adventure about the first post-9/11 US foray into Afghanistan, an extraordinary culture clash and mashup of medieval and modern technologies.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4/5 56% Please Stand By (2018) A lovely, gentle geek adventure that appreciates the importance of fandom as a source of inspiration and comfort, with a subtle and resolutely unsentimental performance by Dakota Fanning as an autistic fan.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
1.5/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The Auto-Tuned boy-band version of the apocalypse. You will forgive that every plot point that isn't a cliché is in fact a plot hole because the hero is so dreamy and impossibly perfect, right?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
4.5/5 100% The Cinema Travellers (2016) A marvelous film, so full of the wonder of movies, so melancholy about the changing cinema landscape, so hopeful that though the technology is changing, the love will endure.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
4/5 83% 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 40% 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 91% 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 82% 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 82% 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 32% 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 51% 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 91% 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 57% 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 90% 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 71% 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