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Matt Prigge

Matt Prigge
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 93% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) "The Son of Joseph" is more accessible than usual - the gateway film you'd recommend to a Eugene Green newb, though it's no sell-out. ‐ Metro
Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/5 11% Sleepless (2017) It moves fast and it has enough shiny distractions - overqualified actors, epic punch-outs, an almost Guinness-level number of twists for a movie that runs 90-some minutes - that it's easy to occasionally not notice how dropdead dumb it is. ‐ Metro
Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/5 28% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Like a less ambitious "Candyman," stripped of its pretensions towards social commentary, its iconic bee imagery and definitely its Philip Glass score. That's no knock. ‐ Metro
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 93% 20th Century Women (2017) For those following filmmaker Mike Mills' career, "20th Century Women" is a kind of revelation, the ideal he's been working towards. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 23, 2016
5/5 96% Paterson (2016) Paterson's a great character to have right now, and the movie about him - also called "Paterson," and set in the New Jersey city of Paterson - is great to watch now, too. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 23, 2016
5/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Bear with us while we sell you on the greatness of a near-three-hour German comedy that has the same plot as an Adam Sandler movie. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 23, 2016
2/5 40% Why Him? (2016) Hardly the triumphant return to comedy Bryan Cranston deserved. But it does have intentionally funny James Franco. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) It's an inversion of everything children's movies are supposed to be - which is assuming the only people who need to learn the world is complicated are children. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/5 33% Live By Night (2017) Ben Affleck no doubt began "Live by Night" with the best intentions, hoping to add flavor to our overly homogenous movie landscape. It's no fun to report that it soured into purest hubris. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Timeliness shouldn't ever be a mark for excellence. But the barndoor broad "Hidden Figures" would likely be entertaining at any time. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/5 79% Patriots Day (2017) As he did in "Deepwater Horizon," which had the fortune of being merely anodyne, Peter Berg tacks on an extended coda featuring the real survivors, asserting that he's done them right when he's done nothing of the sort. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) The ironic thing is that even when Ken Loach has made something that feels topical, it's really just Loach doing Loach. He's always done his thing, whether anyone, particularly anyone in power, was paying attention. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/5 82% Julieta (2016) The results are a bit on the self-help therapy side of things, but it's uncommonly insightful about how relationships, even those forged by blood, are like an addiction. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) There's a lot to snicker at in "Assassin's Creed," though maybe - to tinker with a quote from "Ghost World"'s Enid Coleslaw - it's so bad it goes past good but not quite back to bad again. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 19, 2016
5/5 84% Silence (2017) There's nothing on Scorsese's CV to suggest he could make a film as serene as "Silence." ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 19, 2016
1/5 31% Passengers (2016) Let's just say it doesn't end well, at least for any viewer grossed out by sick male fantasies. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/5 96% Neruda (2016) "Neruda" is meta-sorta-fiction, always calling attention to its own artificiality. But its sincere about wanting to do the impossible: understand, perhaps even forgive, someone who stands for everything you stand against. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/5 95% Fences (2016) There's a musicality, a rat-a-tat rhythm to August Wilson's patter, that you lose when you simply read his work. You need to see them mounted to get the full effect. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 15, 2016
1/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) One of those films where simply summarizing the plot doubles as a savage critique. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Boasts thin characters played by great actors scampering about far too many planets with names that sound like obscure venereal diseases. It's a "Star Wars" knockoff that happens to look a lot like a "Star Wars" movie. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 13, 2016
2/5 40% All We Had (2016) It's very far from a perfect movie, but it shows real promise, and has lots within it to recommend. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/5 65% Frank & Lola (2016) Michael Shannon is both perversely cast (as a romantic lead) and perfectly cast (as cinema's least predictable thespian). ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/5 96% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) James Baldwin's touch was gentle even when he was taking no prisoners, and he was serious without being earnest. For the most part, so is "I Am Not Your Negro." ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) It gets the job done in a pinch, but 2016 deserved a far more apocalyptic rager. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 7, 2016
3/5 93% La La Land (2016) Perfectly acceptable, sometimes overly strained, generally way too basic and, yes, periodically delightful, even at times devastating. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 6, 2016
3/5 91% Always Shine (2016) Always Shine is a psychological thriller snuggly placed over a cutting feminist tract, like a comfy sweater. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 2, 2016
5/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) In its quiet, unassuming, almost workmanlike way, this is not the movie for our scary age, but one of many, and right there on the top rung. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 95% The Love Witch (2016) Though it may seem Biller is mountain an assault on delightfully garish exploitation fare - with overemphatic titles like "Vixen!", "Score!" and "The Lickerish Quartet" - that's not quite what she's doing. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 88% Jackie (2016) Ultimately "Jackie" isn't that different from "Manchester by the Sea." Both films deal with bottomless torment, but also with the way the death of a loved one brings headaches big and small. ‐ Metro
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 77% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) A movie about isolated moments, not the big picture, that never quite comes together. But what moments - moments that will haunt your dreams, no matter where they came from. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 30, 2016
2/5 69% Miss Sloane (2016) "Miss Sloane" was produced by a French company, EuropaCorp, so our hero actually has a chance of getting America to embrace gun control. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/5 78% Evolution (2016) With Lucile Hadzihalilovic ("Innocence"), it's a treat being lost. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 23, 2016
4/5 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It offers untold grist for Golden Age Hollywood fanatics, but it might work better as a madcap, breakneck office comedy, one where the boss just happens to be Howard Hughes. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 61% Allied (2016) Once "Allied"s real plot belatedly kicks in and our heroes find themselves in the thick of it, it's one of the best things Robert Zemeckis has ever made. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) In its early stretches, "Bad Santa 2" is merely dispiriting. Give it a chance, though, and it can surprise with its own voice and own gags. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/5 95% Moana (2016) Released two weeks after you-know-what, it comes off as a battle cry, preaching hope when we need it most. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 96% Daughters of the Dust (1991) Then and today it plays like a beloved song whose words you never learned but which still occupies a profound part of your existence. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 18, 2016
2/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) It's like if "Whiplash" was intended as motivational. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Now might not sound like a great time for a movie about a teenager fuming over nonsense teenage problems. But at least in temperament, Hailee Steinfeld's Nadine is our spirit animal. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/5 89% Loving (2016) It presents its heroes as people. It stays true to them. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 15, 2016
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Both one of saddest, most unflinchingly honest films ever made about death as well as a serious contender for the year's laugh riot. But one side doesn't cancel the other out. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Even with a smaller, more compact story, "Fantastic Beasts" hobbles around, trying to get all its characters in order, all while enacting the now obligatory world building. They're charming characters, though. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 14, 2016
5/5 88% Elle (2016) Looks like a tasteful, respectable French character study, the kind your mom might enjoy. But it might be the most messed-up film Paul Verhoeven's ever made. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 48% Almost Christmas (2016) It's lazy to fall back on actors ad-libbing, but it's only a crime when they don't bring it. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Ironically for a movie boasting a brand new look, "Billy Lynn" is better to think about than to watch. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 8, 2016
4/5 94% Arrival (2016) Brainy yet expensive, "Arrival" flaunts its hope to be more like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind": slow, measured and filled with moments where the audience is supposed to collectively hush, open their jaws in unison and go awe. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 7, 2016
3/5 43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) This is Paul Schrader's "Week-End" - a cine-apocalypse instigated by a filmmaker so he can start anew. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 4, 2016
3/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Aisholpan's story becomes part observational documentary, part folk tale about a girl who proves herself. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Fitting for a film made by someone long out of the game, "Hacksaw Ridge" is a throwback, which in this case means to a type of film that was still popular only seven or eight years ago. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) When "Doctor Strange" is cooking, which is mostly in its fairly breathless second half, it keeps throwing clever and goofy set piece ideas at you. ‐ Metro
Posted Nov 2, 2016