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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 19% The Darkest Minds (2018) The YA dystopia is now just another fantasy setting for teen romance. We have normalized the apocalypse. Superpowered kids are being held in concentration camps, but OMG, will Ruby and Liam get together?!‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/5 48% The Meg (2018) Jason Statham versus a giant prehistoric shark. It's never less - yet also never more - than you expect, and never more suspenseful or scary than it is cheesy. But whatev. Go, and enjoy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
1.5/5 62% Dog Days (2018) Two rom-coms, a grossout comedy, a family drama, and a platonic May-December melodrama, all connected by stilted humor, sloppy schmaltz, implausible human interaction, and - least convincingly - dogs.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
1/5 94% Sicilian Ghost Story (2017) A cruel film that hopes to use its fantastical surreality to find some sort of redemption in the senseless, violent, and real-life abuse of a child. There is no magic here, and no meaning.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) The superhero movie we need, and also the one we karmically deserve. A riot of hilariously zippy animation that gleefully shreds the clichés of the genre while also lovingly embracing its self-referential geek experience.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/5 83% Puzzle (2018) Kelly Macdonald is exquisite, bringing a lovely freshness and authentic life to a familiar sort of character. Even a script that is often improbable and strained cannot detract from her journey, hard as it tries to.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
4.5/5 100% Apostasy (2017) A scathing critique of inhumanity in the name of religion - in this case, Jehovah's Witnesses - made all the more chilling by its drab colorlessness and mute suffocation.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 90% 93Queen (2018) An enormously entertaining portrait of Hasidic women who started their own all-female EMS team in Brooklyn. Eye-opening and stereotype-shattering.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Masterful. I had so much fun with this, often laughing out loud in relief when the tension of a breathless action scene finally broke. So why am I feeling a bit meh about it?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
3.5/5 89% The Receptionist (Jie Xian Yuan) (2018) Gloomy, authentic, essential: this auspicious feature debut from writer-director Jenny Lu is an anti-fairy tale of forgotten women and the false promises of end-stage capitalism.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
4/5 52% The First Purge (2018) This shrewd sci-fi horror franchise is as sharp as ever as it reaches yet further down into the unpleasant flipside of the American myth. A rare prequel that doesn't feel superfluous.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
5/5 88% Whitney (2018) Deeply moving, truly tragic; a biography with a keenly journalistic but hugely sympathetic eye. Powerful compassion and a get-up-and-dance deployment of Houston's music may well bring her a new generation of fans.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/5 51% Boundaries (2018) Mildly wacky road-trip shenanigans meet mildly uncomfortable family dramedy. The saving grace? The cast is a joy to spend time with.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 100% Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) Epic yet intimate, this is a visual gorgeous and emotionally lush fantasy drama about love and hope set in a violent but beautifully realized invented world.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3/5 90% Eating Animals (2018) The philosophical and the sentimental trump the practical in this exposé of factory farming that, while effective in showing us the horrors, offers only simplistic solutions.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 74% The Happy Prince (2018) Writer, director, and star Rupert Everett's labor of cinematic love, about the last years of Oscar Wilde, is a small wonder of contradictions: nightmarish yet sanguine, a bit sordid yet full of grace.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) Breezy fun that sticks a shiv into Hollywood's - and the larger culture's - disdain for women. Wonderfully subtle comic performances from a great cast having a ball make for a perfectly suitable light diversion from the world right now.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
5/5 96% Studio 54 (2018) A hugely entertaining exploration of the mythology of the legendary nightclub as something truly worth celebrating, and a towering Scorsese-esque drama of the men who invented it brought down by hubris.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3.5/5 78% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) There's nothing fawning and plenty ironic about this essential first documentary to cover a major female fashion designer, a woman whose life is almost a perfect reflection of the trajectory of 20th-century feminism.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
4/5 100% Half the Picture (2018) Authoritative and insightful, this essential film gives much needed cultural breathing room to some remarkable Hollywood women to discuss how they are undermined or shut out entirely from the industry.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
5/5 100% McQueen (2018) There's so much fresh air in this stunningly good biography that it feels like you've never encountered a rags-to-riches, tortured-artist story before. Not just for fashion lovers.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Hollywood finds a way. To keep telling the same stories over and over again, that is. There's too much going on in Fallen Kingdom, and yet somehow not enough, either. Still: dinosaurs!‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) The sinister ambiance has a terrible grace, but its raw and honest portrait of grief and guilt is ultimately diminished by the supernatural horror that is also at play.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
4.5/5 52% A Kid Like Jake (2018) A movie as generous and as nonjudgmental as its protagonists, as frustrated yet as gently questing as they are. Claire Danes and Jim Parsons are extraordinary.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4.5/5 79% My Generation (2017) A brilliantly thrilling look back at the flowering of creativity and freethinking spirit of 1960s London, through the thoroughly charming perspective of Michael Caine.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4.5/5 94% The Breadwinner (2017) Beautiful and startling, bursting with both brutality and hope, this animated adventure is too intense for young children, but the brains and bravery of its young heroine will inspire older kids and adults alike.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
4/5 68% Edie (2017) This is no twee old-lady adventure. The magnificent Sheila Hancock crafts a portrait of elder womanhood as a tangy triumph of risk-taking over regret, and resolution over resignation.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
2.5/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) A Star Wars-flavored juice drink* of a movie (*contains 10% real juice) that tells us nothing of significance we didn't already know about Han Solo, in an incarnation that lacks his essential charisma and precarious danger.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
4.5/5 96% 1945 (2017) A quiet horror movie about grief and regret as spiritual possession, about rationalization and denial as immorality. We don't tell ourselves stories that whisper, as this one does, 'The Nazis had help.' We need to.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
1.5/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) This stilted, utterly implausible film manages the astonishing feat of being both histrionic and monotonous at the same time, trolling us with absurd clichés, yet doing so with a quiet solemnity.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
.5/5 17% Show Dogs (2018) Embarrassingly bad CGI; pratfalls; genital humor; denigration of cat ladies; horrible clichés and stereotypes. This is the cinematic equivalent of stepping in dog poop. You know, for kids!‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
0/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) This is the death of the comic-book movie. Or it should be. The savage, inhumane nihilism here says, Yup, comics haters are right: this is dangerous nonsense with no morality or redeeming qualities.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 100% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) Laetitia Dosch burns with a passionate anxiety in French writer-director Léonor Serraille's debut, a clever, wise, wildly unsentimental portrait of a woman learning how to be herself.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 91% Saving Brinton (2018) A charming tribute to one remarkably dedicated cinema fan and historian, and to his decades-long hard work to save an essential piece of the pop-culture past and cultivate its story for the future.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 92% Revenge (2018) This rape-revenge action horror is solid as pure grindhouse exploitation. But the rendering of its rage-fueled female protagonist is too salacious for this to ever be considered feminist.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/5 40% Anon (2018) This sci-fi riff on the end of privacy is not as provocative as it would like to be, and its mystery completely falls apart in the end. But its visual worldbuilding is fascinating.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2.5/5 25% Breaking In (2018) This perfunctory home-invasion flick can't whip up much suspense, and it strains for a feminism that it doesn't know how to engage. But Gabrielle Union's movie-star charisma shines through.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
1/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) The complete lack of conflict overshadows even the cringeworthy attempts at physical comedy. Where's the story in a woman who positively sails through her midlife crisis? The endearing McCarthy deserves so much better.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2/5 28% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) A flimsy treasure-hunt plot, a sexy song-and-dance number, and more of the same Elton John songs deployed with trite, lazy tedium. They mean to keep cranking out these dumb, dull movies, don't they?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/5 67% They (2017) Tender and contemplative, but as it meanders to its not-quite conclusion, it misses a ripe opportunity to give a stronger voice to a character the likes of which isn't often heard.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
4/5 100% New Town Utopia (2018) A lovely, melancholy documentary about the planned community of Basildon in England... but really about squandering of postwar optimism with the rise of neoliberalism.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
4/5 100% The Judge (2018) A portrait as delightful as its subject: Kholoud Al-Faqih, a pioneer of Islamic jurisprudence and as fiery as any Western feminist. Essential viewing for its smashing of stereotypes.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
5/5 86% Tully (2018) A movie unlike any we've seen before, one deeply, intimately sympathetic to modern motherhood - to modern womanhood. Brilliantly wise and funny, and profoundly moving.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
5/5 94% RBG (2018) A marvelous, funny, deeply moving biography of Ruth Bader Ginsberg from her rise as a legal champion of women's rights in the 1970s to her ascension as a Supreme Court justice and social-media hero "Notorious RBG.'‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
3.5/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Ten years of Marvel superheroism culminates in a battle for the universe itself. Exhausting, bitterly humorous, and gripped in a stunning finality, it's almost too much to take in, yet somehow not enough.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
5/5 94% Beast (2018) Electrifying and genre-busting, this romantic mystery thriller toys with our expectations and plays with ambiguity. Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn are mesmerizing separately and explosive together.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 100% Mercury 13 (2018) An essential documentary look at yet another example of historical feminism that should never have been forgotten: the first American in space might have and probably should have been a woman.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
4/5 95% Sweet Country (2018) As harshly beautiful as its landscape, this is a stark corrective to the American western it echoes, and a pragmatic confrontation with the deep, tenacious roots of modern racism.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
3/5 85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Juliette Binoche's search for midlife love is drenched in ennui and punctuated by weary philosophizing. There's not a lot of satisfaction in it, nor much by way of resolution. Very French.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 79% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) A wonderfully old-fashioned tearjerker, with a thoroughly delightful cast, where cosy quaint Englishness is leavened by a harsh reality of World War II that pop culture has ignored.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018