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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0/5 24% 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 88% 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 73% 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 60% 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 88% 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 No Score Yet 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 No Score Yet 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 30% 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 50% 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
4.5/5 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) An essential history lesson with a smart smack of relevance for today (because feminism always has to be relitigated). It's also warm, funny, and hugely entertaining.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
1.5/5 17% 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 33% 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 30% 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 86% 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 10% 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 76% 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 69% 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 49% 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 92% 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 17% 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