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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 95% 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 50% 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 (2017) 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 73% 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 91% 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 93% 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
4/5 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) The infuriatingly tragic true story of the Hollywood superstar whose brain was ignored because she was beautiful. A stupendous tribute to a remarkable woman.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) There's charm and wit in its fanciful depiction of the creative process, but the film downplays the social activism that Dickens fully embraced in his work.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
1/5 40% Justice League (2017) The cinematic equivalent of Trump and Brexit as awfulness brought upon ourselves. Incoherent and cheap-looking. There are no heroes, and everything is broken.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
2.5/5 85% Wonder (2017) Reminders to be kind are all very well, but it's time to move past the idea that it's up to people who are different to inspire everyone else to be better people.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3.5/5 88% Only the Brave (2017) Familiar in its overall storytelling arcs about risktaking and redemption, but also a sincere tribute to our new firefighting heroes for a warmer planet.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
4/5 80% A Murder in Mansfield (2017) An honest and brave portrait of the trauma and grief of those in the immediate periphery of a terrible crime. A simple, intimate film, and a powerful one.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) There is such kindness here, such humanity, such warmth and optimism. This is a fantasy of unique scope and astonishing emotional depth beneath the silliness.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) An emotional feast full of humor and pathos about the audacity, the wonder, the horror that is female adolescence. Beautiful, bittersweet, and very generous.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet Strad Style (2017) Wonderful; so funny and strange and human. An amazing portrait of a fascinating character, beautifully told with enormous suspense and tenderness.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
0/5 30% Inconceivable (2017) This preposterous, stilted, often hilariously terrible domestic thriller twists maternal yearnings into a toxic parody of femininity.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
2/5 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Doubly dated, lacking in humor and subtext, its impressive cast deliberately underutilized, this is little more than an exercise in gorgeous production design.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
4/5 100% The Light of the Moon (2017) A tough, uncompromising depiction of a rape and its aftermath that serves as a formidable corrective for how this subject is typically seen onscreen.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
5/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) A quietly chilling nightmare of human frailty and strength, tense with a nameless disquietude. A supremely accomplished little film.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
1/5 28% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) This rushed sequel is an insult to its progenitor movie. A cheap knockoff that doesn't understand what made Bad Moms so smart, funny, and feminist-wise.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
4/5 46% Bushwick (2017) There's fierce tension in this breathless urban survival thriller as anarchy comes to New York streets. Terrific, innovative low-budget action filmmaking.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
4.5/5 100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Film legend Agnes Varda and photomuralist JR take us on a road-trip art project that is joyful, funny, and invites us to see the world through truly open eyes.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Breezy, jokey, crammed with clever sci-fi ideas; the funniest MCU flick yet. Director Taika Waititi brings a new geeky verve we didn't realize the series needed.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
5/5 86% Makala (2017) Gorgeously enveloping... [M]ore an anthropological document that nevertheless feels like a fictional narrative. And one with mythic overtones...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/5 94% Gemini (2017) [A] supersleek neon-drenched flair and a smart feminist vibe. [But] rush[es] through its resolution to the mystery and cut[s] itself off abruptly...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1.5/5 84% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) [A]n interminable samurai gorefest... [Never] deviate[s] from its one emotional and tonal note, a sort of gray resignation that takes no fun in over-the-top vengeance. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
5/5 97% The Death of Stalin (2017) Audacious, outrageous, bleakly funny. Not since Charlie Chaplin sent up Hitler and invited us to laugh at terrible reality has there been a movie like this.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
1/5 13% Geostorm (2017) Almost hilariously terrible: absurd plot machinations, dubious politics, not a single character to care about. And it doesn't even give good disaster porn.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
0/5 8% The Snowman (2017) A clichéd loose-cannon cop is on a case of murdered women in faux Norway. And it's not even a decent procedural. Sexist, pointless, thoroughly awful.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
4.5/5 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) A sweet, romantic story about the polyamorous triad that created a beloved superhero... and about the power of comic books to speak to our inner lives.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
4/5 71% The Ritual (2017) A horror movie for grownups, dripping with the dread of a fairy tale of yore, primitive and atavistic, drawing on profound human pain and fear.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/5 66% Breathe (2017) A romance and a real-life adventure, full of life-and-death peril and unexpected cheerful good humor, about a pioneer in disability rights and dignity.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
2.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Visually, this dying future world is immersively hellish. Intellectually, though, its ideas haven't kept up with the rapidly evolving science-fictional conversation.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
4.5/5 58% Maya Dardel (2017) [Its] feminist boldness crosses into the exhilarating. This is an unapologetic dare to accept a woman, with all her genius and all her faults - all her humanity - on full defiant display.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
0/5 29% Hello Again (2017) Appears to believe it has something poignant and universal to say about love and sex, but it hits not one plausible or emotionally authentic note.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
1/5 5% Flatliners (2017) The reboot no one asked for of a movie no one much remembers has landed... and it's dead on arrival, with nothing new to say and no new way to say it.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 100% Pecking Order (2017) An absolutely hilarious and very pointed exploration of politics and culture on the smallest possible scale. And a lot of good-lookin' chickens.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Mukoku (2017) [A] bit overwrought at times and doesn't quite have enough meat to justify its 125-minute runtime, [but] director Kazuyoshi Kumakiri ... does find some small, delightful surprises...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
100% Oh Lucy! (2017) Touching and unnerving, in the best way.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
1/5 31% Home Again (2017) Precious, fatuous, Nancy Meyers-lite rom-com about a privileged rich white lady with no real problems who can't help but mom her much-younger new boyfriend. Barf.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 87% American Made (2017) Style and humor galore, and a hugely entertaining performance from Tom Cruise. But should a true story of immense governmental corruption be quite this fun?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
0/5 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Save us from male artists who think they are dangerously, uniquely innovative. This stew of toxic masculinity and CGI-cartoon violence is nothing but tediously mundane.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017