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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/5 36% Friend Request (2017) We've literally just seen this, in 2015's Unfriended. Tedious wannabe scarefest misses the true horrors of Facebook and cultivates a personality-free blandness.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
2/5 35% American Assassin (2017) It's tormented hotheads all around with a hero and villain who are almost indistinguishable and same-old spy stuff racing to a seen-it, been-there ticking-clock finale.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
4/5 68% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Charming based-on-fact British costume dramedy gently snarks about power and propriety but cuts a lot deeper when it comes to bigotry and bootlicking.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 92% My Pure Land (2017) Behold a modern-day feminist western set in deeply patriarchal Pakistan. Stark and spare, with a heroine full of mean grace, it's even a true story.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
0/5 68% mother! (2017) Darren Aronofsky's self-pitying cinematic rending of garments is repulsive, transparent, and pointless. A grotesquely wrapped gift box of utter banality.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2/5 85% It (2017) The Goonies, Stand by Me, and Poltergeist went into a blender with a pinch of E.T. and John Hughes to smush into a mess of retro 80s mush.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
1/5 22% The Vault (2017) Psychologically risible and paranormally inconsistent heist horror gives us not a single character to like or root for, or even to cheer dying.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
5/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Bitter, snide, and ultimately brutal, exactly the movie about social media we deserve; a satire that is barely satirical. Aubrey Plaza is hashtag savage.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
3.5/5 76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) Lush sensationalism and Dickensian social justice collide in 1880s London, and if there isn't quite enough of either, it's still a slice of satisfying gothic horror.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
4/5 98% God's Own Country (2017) A wonderful portrait of life in a harsh, lonely place, and of romance as a prompt for personal growth and changing traditions. Raises the bar for British indies.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4.5/5 82% Detroit (2017) Tense, gripping, enraging, but only about things that black Americans already know. This is a primer about racism for white people, and we must pay attention.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4.5/5 100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) An action masterpiece newly remastered in gorgeous 4K (and rejiggered for superfluous 3D) reveals how fresh it remains not only technically but thematically.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
3/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Fun enough and diverting enough while you're in the middle of it, but hints of something much richer and more satisfying dangle just out of its reach.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
4.5/5 100% California Typewriter (2017) A winsome spell of romance and nostalgia and adorably dorky passion. This is not a portrait of people with an odd hobby: it is a hymn to mechanical beauty.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
4/5 69% Pilgrimage (2017) Moody, atmospheric, even beautiful in its grimness; a medieval adventure unlike any we've seen before, with a sharp attention to psychological and moral realism.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
0.5/5 73% Ballerina (2016) Cheesy Euro ballerina-porn cartoon is full of dated animation, cringeworthy attempts at humor, bizarre anachronisms, and a terrible message for little kids.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
5/5 100% La Soledad (2016) An extraordinary blend of documentary and fiction, a strikingly intimate, humane tale of a family, a house, and a nation. Like nothing you've seen before.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
1/5 38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Reluctant-buddy action comedy feels like unfunny, warmed-over '90s leftovers. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson look like they'd rather be elsewhere.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
4/5 95% Step (2017) Covers ground - the lives of black teen girls - that mostly goes unexamined onscreen. It couldn't be fresher or more important. It's also wildly entertaining.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
1/5 14% Overdrive (2017) More plot holes than plot, this overly convoluted, deeply stupid Fast and Furious wannabe is crammed with clichés and memorable only when it's laughable.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
2.5/5 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) The living, breathing, bleeding life of the breathtaking fight scenes cannot overcome confusingly twisty spy intrigue and multiple male gazes on the story.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 84% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Toho's reboot of its most famous kaiju is, amidst intense monster action, a bitter satire on bureaucracy and a cautionary tale about humanity's collective folly.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
1/5 68% Annabelle: Creation (2017) All familiar funhouse spooks telegraphed a mile out, with no spiritual or psychological weight, but with some very young girls terrorized for your entertainment.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
1.5/5 32% Fun Mom Dinner (2017) Stereotypes and contrived shenanigans don't seem to actually offer much catharsis for harried moms seeking escape. And the dads inevitably butt into their me-time.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
1/5 50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) There is barely an original thought in this wackadoodle sci-fi panto, just a lot of tiresome passé attitudes skidding among bug-eyed-monster set dressing.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/5 74% Landline (2017) A charming delight in a retro timeslip. Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate continue their rampage of creating wonderfully, memorably flawed women onscreen.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4.5/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) A rom-com for people who hate rom-coms. A painfully funny movie, full of enrapturing emotion that captures the glorious contradictions of all kinds of love.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
1/5 89% Hounds of Love (2017) Lurid, pointless thriller teases us with a teenaged girl's sexual and mortal peril, creating awful suspense around her abuse. Her terror is your titillation.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/5 100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) An enraging, essential documentary rundown of all the ways that women's rights, agency, and bodily autonomy are under attack in the US. It's not just about abortion.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Sweet, subversive, and absolutely hilarious, at once a snarky superhero sendup and an unironically joyful celebration of friendship and imagination.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2/5 47% Scribe (La mécanique de l'ombre) (2017) This would-be faux-70s paranoid thriller piles on too-obvious intrigue and embarrassing clichés, and lacks suspense, thrills, and a protagonist to care about.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Primal and exhilarating, full of dread and tension. Drops us right into the chaos of war to tell an intimate story about fear and intensity of purpose.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
5/5 99% City of Ghosts (2017) A devastating portrait of Syrian citizen journalists, of the sacrifices they make to tell of ISIS occupation, and a cautionary tale for Western culture, too.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
1/5 18% Wish Upon (2017) Simple, yet stupid. A magic box grants a teen wishes... that don't come free. Apparently they're not making eighth graders read 'The Monkey's Paw' anymore.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 95% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) A slyly wise, hugely entertaining portrait of an Orthodox Jewish community that loses its joy when a newcomer sows discord. You don't have to be religious to love it.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) Three movies in, and this world of sentient driverless cars still creeps me out, and still does nothing except advertise a mountain of related merch for kids.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) A beautifully sketched portrait of a community under strain, one you do not have to be Jewish or even religious to take great pleasure in.‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
5/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A triumph of science fiction storytelling: a sweeping tale of mythological scope told with astonishing FX wizardry that brings emotion and intelligence to nonhuman people.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
4.5/5 85% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) The chemistry of two formidable actresses fuels an extraordinary yet subtle clash in a nuanced, unsentimental story about how women's friendships shape our lives.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
2/5 37% The Last Word (2017) Cantankerous old grump teaches directionless young people about life... in a way that is totally obnoxious and not in the least bit convincing.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Thoroughly charming. Spider-Man's signature light comedy works surprisingly well even as this story is uniquely steeped in the darker Marvel Cinematic Universe.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Edgar Wright used to send up cinematic clichés with gusto and with huge humor. Here he just embraces them - and his sullen, unengaging hero - unironically.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2017
.5/5 17% The House (2017) The hint of a seed of a bitter satire is buried under inept, momentum-free comedy. They should have developed the script's rough first draft instead of shooting it.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
4/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) If Jane Austen wrote a horror movie. An almost serene sinisterness infuses female-gazey carnal intrigue... but it could be even more feminist than it is.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
4/5 84% Megan Leavey (2017) This deeply satisfying military drama demonstrates that a simple, even familiar story can be powerfully effective when told with big heart and solid craft.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 44% The Bad Batch (2017) Filmmaker-to-watch Ana Lily Amirpour again shakes up a familiar genre - here, the postapocalyptic adventure - in unexpected ways, but stumbles a bit in the process.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
5/5 85% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) An exquisite miniature puzzle-box pop-up-book of a movie. All is color and light and exhilaration here, a fantastical lark that is sheer mischievous joy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2.5/5 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) Originally slated for a VOD release, and it feels like it: the few moments of simple tension quickly dissipate in the murky and not very shark-infested depths.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
2.5/5 68% The Journey (2017) This fictional dialogue inspired by a private meeting between real-life enemies can't muster up more than the usual banalities about the ethics of politics and war.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Wedding Invitation (2017) This strained comedy might have been progressive in the 1960s, but today it reeks of an infantilization of women that warrants squashing, not celebrating.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017