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Melanie McFarland

Melanie McFarland
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Baltimore Rising (2017) There are many such moments of human frailty and humor in Baltimore Rising, and Sohn presents all of it without specific judgment or an agenda beyond capturing as many voices as possible and corralling them as efficiently as possible. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
88% The Problem with Apu (2017) The Problem with Apu ... welcomes viewers into the conversation by gently weaving the narrative between Springfield and the real world.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
No Score Yet Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968) It is no small boast to make on behalf of the 1968 film to call it a work richer and more resonant than what I have no problem saying is James' best ghost story. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
94% Spielberg (2017) Lacy consistently seduces us through its two and a half hour running time without ever slackening the energy or glossing over his shortcomings.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
33% Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) Nothing about Sharknado 5 is worth recommending even if you consider it to be an American summertime tradition, as so many people do.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
66% To the Bone (2017) An admirable and empathetic work that does not romanticize anorexia or the young woman being ground into nothingness by the disease, as some have feared.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
72% The Wizard of Lies (2017) What Wizard of Lies lacks in terms of a broader historical span is compensated for by telling Madoff's tale as a classical tragedy about hubris and human cost - only in this case we watch as the villain's wife and children take the brunt of the toll.‐
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
3.5/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) In its artfully drawn frames, a simple and universal story unfolds.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
100% Tower (2016) A gripping examination of human bravery and frailty in the face of barbarity.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Bright Lights plucks [Fisher's] star and that of her mother down from distant heights and lets us gently hold them for a time, reassuring us that their brilliance and humanity was real, their mutual endearment unbreakable.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
81% Barry (2016) Gandhi's direction brings out superior performances in the film's cast, particularly in Terrell, whose imitation of Obama's singular ways of speaking and mannerisms is nearly flawless.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
No Score Yet Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (2016) The pop culture portions of the miniseries may be the most enticing element of Black America Since MLK because these contain the African-American faces with which mainstream America is most familiar. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
100% Hamilton's America (2016) Hamilton's America... smoothly marries the very personal nature of the musical's story with Hamilton's impact on the nation and the world, adopting Miranda's iconoclastic flavor in the process.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
63% Killing Reagan (2016) Someday there will be an engrossing cinematic portrait of Reagan that explores the man's faults and merits with equal measure. Killing Reagan is not that film.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
1/4 3% Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) The video game is much more fun, of course.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2014
1.5/4 10% Woo (1998) Woo disappoints on so many levels, lacking in wit and intelligence, characters with any sense of dimension and a coherent story line.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2014
1/4 40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) The majority of the film is mired in magazine cliches and tired gags. Oh, look, the foreign exchange student only knows how to say he's a sex machine, haw! And the nerd's getting drunk! Hoo!‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2014
4/4 92% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2013
1.5/4 14% Ghost Ship (2002) Truly a cinematic albatross, Ghost Ship should be enjoyed after sipping some Halloween grog.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 25, 2002
2/4 61% Blue Crush (2002) Blue Crush is one of those tough-to-sell late-summer flicks made for marketing impossible dreams and fashion. But its main failure is the way it undermines its heroine's drive and strength.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 16, 2002
3/4 32% Windtalkers (2002) This is one of the most intensely personal war films you will ever see.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 14, 2002
3.5/4 77% Undercover Brother (2002) A colorful, cool and completely hilarious ride that'll have you rolling through the outtakes.‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 31, 2002
2/4 66% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Yes, Episode II is beautifully rendered and better than the last. It's also duller than Tatooine's desert landscape until the last half-hour.‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 16, 2002
3.5/4 91% Nine Queens (Nueve reinas) (2002) The film seethes with a sense of something more sinister at work around us, building to the point that you're not sure who's getting played and who isn't.‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 3, 2002
3/4 60% The Independent (2001) Good but not great.‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 3, 2002
3/4 92% Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) A wonderful demonstration of how employing the aesthetic values of a subject can produce a raw, jagged exciting style in cinematic nonfiction.‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 3, 2002
0/4 19% Jason X (2002) The 10th installment of the Friday the 13th franchise is, hands down, the worst of the worst.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 26, 2002
1.5/4 29% The Other Side of Heaven (2001) As exciting as all this exoticism might sound to the typical Pax viewer, the rest of us will be lulled into a coma.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 12, 2002
3/4 43% Escaflowne: The Movie (2000) Romantic, riveting and handsomely animated.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 29, 2002
3.5/4 84% The Rookie (2002) It soars with palpable sentiment and spirit.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2002
2/4 57% Blade II (2002) There's no seduction here, no build. You might leave feeling strangely sucked dry.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 22, 2002
.5/4 13% Sorority Boys (2002) After being subjected to this painful movie ... you'll be rendered speechless. Not by any demonstrable good humor, but because of light brain damage.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 22, 2002
3/4 34% Resident Evil (2002) The best video-game-based movie so far.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 15, 2002
3.5/4 93% Scratch (2002) Edited and shot with a syncopated style mimicking the work of his subjects, Pray turns the idea of the documentary on its head, making it rousing, invigorating fun lacking any MTV puffery.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 8, 2002
1.5/4 17% Queen of the Damned (2002) For any of those die-hards still shunning daylight while anxiously awaiting the release of Queen of the Damned, I have two words for you: sunblock, matinee. Or, try this pair: dollar theater.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 22, 2002
1.5/4 46% Return to Never Land (2002) Return to Never Land is much more P.C. than the original version (no more racist portraits of Indians, for instance), but the excitement is missing.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 15, 2002
42% Big Fat Liar (2002) Unless you're part of the Nickelodeon Nation, the cold, hard truth is you're better off dropping your 'tween at the multiplex and spending that hour and a half doing something more worthwhile.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 8, 2002
56% Taliesin Jones (2002) A film about a young man finding God that is accessible and touching to the marrow.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 1, 2002
11% Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002) Kung Pow is Oedekerk's realization of his childhood dream to be in a martial-arts flick, and proves that sometimes the dreams of youth should remain just that.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 28, 2002
86% Metropolis (2002) A delightful stimulus for the optic nerves, so much that it's forgivable that the plot feels like every other tale of a totalitarian tomorrow.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 25, 2002
73% Fat Girl (2001) Get over the numb shock that accompanies the end credits, give yourself some distance from it and you may actually appreciate the complex machinations behind Breillat's brave, troubled work.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 26, 2001
14% The One (2001) It's The Matrix's less-refined cousin, the one that didn't pay full attention in cool school.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 2, 2001
96% Monsters, Inc. (2001) A marvelous combination of lollipop visuals, brilliant screenwriting, sharp comedic timing and, above all, overflowing amounts of heart.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 2, 2001
86% Donnie Darko (2001) First-time director-writer Richard Kelly draws on a number of intriguing elements ... without including a single, crucial gem that pulls everything together.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 26, 2001
14% Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) (2001) Clever one-liners supplant the lack of frights with cackling -- which you might as well do since, by the end of the movie, it's clear that the joke's on you.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2001
90% Iron Monkey (2001) A breathtaking pleasure certain to build anticipation for Yuen's future directing efforts on this side of the globe.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 12, 2001
53% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Skeptics who take a chance on this flick, beware. You may noticeably feel 98 minutes of your precious life force being sucked from your marrow and, oh, how you'll miss those lost moments!‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 24, 2001
30% Bubble Boy (2001) You may be surprised at how closely it resembles Pee-wee's Big Adventure in spirit.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 24, 2001
14% American Outlaws (2001) A guilty romp that doesn't take itself seriously.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 17, 2001
52% Rush Hour 2 (2001) Delivers its share of laughs, but offers nothing you haven't already seen.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 3, 2001