M.V. Moorhead

M.V. Moorhead
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T-Meter Title | Year
60% Hamlet/Horatio (2021) Suffers from uneven acting and a somber, glacial pace. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
No Score Yet We All Think We're Special (2021) There's no denying the movie has some power. Overall, though, it isn't much fun. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
96% In the Heights (2021) The numbers through which these stories unfold are thrilling in the way that only a beautifully written, well-performed, well-directed, well-edited musical can be. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
94% The Amusement Park (2019) There are some touches that have an unfortunate student-film quality, but they don't lessen the overall emotional impact. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Like the first film, this one has dubious elements... But Krasinski's taut yet passionate direction carries us past such objections while we're watching the movie. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) Cruella is a fairly enjoyable spectacle, but, like Maleficent, it shrinks its title character a bit. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
100% The Dark Hobby (2021) As with last year's My Octopus Teacher, the movie also makes the case that marine animals are not mindless beings driven only by instinct, but that they are self-aware, capable of pain and pleasure and curiosity and friendship. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
92% Final Account (2021) It's a powerful document overall. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral, though it isn't boring, is too crass and silly for that much effort. But I enjoyed it anyway, because of Rock. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
100% Tu Me Manques (2019) The real power of Tu Me Manques is the performances of Barbosa and the Argentinian star Martinez, who lash out at each with electric fury, yet always with an undercurrent of their shared love. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
100% Sam and Mattie Make a Zombie Movie (2019) Without exaggeration, I can say that I have seen "professional" horror and action movies with dialogue and situations no less disjointed, and not nearly as pungent and witty. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
100% YouthMin: A Mockumentary (2021) It's surprisingly candid and self-deprecating about the moral issues people might have with this version of Christianity, and it's (blessedly) foul-mouthed and sexually frank. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
92% Limbo (2021) Written and directed by Ben Sharrock, this comedy-drama is quiet in tone, at times achieving an almost Beckett-esque atmosphere of comic suspension. But there's a humane hopefulness under the melancholia that keeps the movie from becoming downbeat. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) As long as debuting director Simon McQuoid keeps the action and carnage coming, it's possible to enjoy this nonsense, in a mindless sort of way. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) The men, some of them in their eighties, are marvelous, peculiar, vital characters, and they bring the movie a warmth and humor that balances the poignant sense that we're seeing a dying culture. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
26% Voyagers (2021) [Voyagers] starts a little slow, but in its second half becomes fairly tense and gripping, with flashes of eroticism. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
63% French Exit (2021) French Exit is a comedy, and at times it's laugh out loud funny. But there's also an aching sadness to it, and a sense of wounded entitlement that's almost infuriating. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
76% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) This is what I want my summer blockbusters to be: fast, funny, unpretentious, with dash of heart. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
65% Crisis (2021) Evangeline Lilly (whose name somehow sounds like a big pharma company) shows serious chops, getting across the woman's grief with painful believability. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
No Score Yet Rain Beau's End (2020) It has the polished surface of, say, a Hallmark movie, but in its low-key, leisurely way it's a tough, honest and unsentimental take on parenting, and the performances of Janelle Snow as Hannah and Amanda Powell as Jules are moving. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
70% Tombs Of The Blind Dead (Noche del terror ciego) (1972) It gets a little more engaging, I suppose, when the Blind Dead at last get up and around and back in the action. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
No Score Yet Giant from the Unknown (1958) It's not a great movie by a long shot, but it has some capable vets in the cast. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
75% The Mauritanian (2021) It's a well-acted, compelling movie and it can boil your blood. And it should. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
98% Minari (2020) This may be the best film I've seen so far this year... The story-telling is simple, but the problems these people have with the land, and with each other, are anything but. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) Scripted and directed by Chloe Zhao, this adaptation of Jessica Bruder's nonfiction book feels like a true original, heartwarming without sentimentality. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
90% M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (2018) This narration, spoken with Cleese-worthy buoyancy and a touch of comic pomposity by Stephen Fry, is one of the movie's best assets; it's the perfect seasoning to the feast of Escher's images. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
80% The Undertaker's Home (La Funeraria) (2020) The acting is top-notch. Better yet, though the tale has a psychological subtext, writer-director Mauro Ivan Ojeda keeps the film fun-scary instead of depressing-scary by playing rigorously by the hokey rules of the ghost story. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
93% Saint Maud (2020) Much of the movie's power derives from the Welsh actress Morfydd Clark... and Jennifer Ehle, as Amanda, monstrously inconvenienced by her illness but keen-eyed for any diversion, is no slouch. These performances are heavenly. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Fennell and Mulligan maintain an edge of caustic wit that gives the film a charge. It ends with a smile, but not a smile that lets us off the hook. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
33% Half Brothers (2020) The film has warmth, and some potent depictions of the horrors of the Mexican immigrant experience. And, perhaps taking a cue from the French bulldog in Due Date, it has an adorable little goat. When in doubt, put in a cute animal. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) It's all a bit fuzzy around the edges, but it doesn't take itself too seriously, and like the first movie, though perhaps more so, it has a generous spirit. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
No Score Yet Sunny Side Up (2020) Hunter Davis, who plays Greg, holds our sympathy, but the movie's conceit threatens to wear us out. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
100% HAM: A Musical Memoir (2020) In its broad strokes, it's a familiar story, but a story that works every time, and Harris shuttles effortlessly between the heartfelt and the comically over-the-top. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
76% The Croods: A New Age (2020) The New Age isn't especially deep, but it's admirably freewheeling and festive and heartfelt. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
No Score Yet Wild Daze (2020) It's a strong movie, but who, exactly, is it aimed at? - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
73% All Joking Aside (2020) It works in this Canadian production because the veteran Markinson and the relative novice Harewood are both charming, and director Shannon Kohli, working from a script by James Pickering, captures an unforced chemistry between them. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
84% Freaky (2020) It's pretty entertaining just the same. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
No Score Yet True to the Game 2 (2020) [Erica Peeples] balances a sophisticated, self-possessed reserve with an open-hearted manner. She's a heroine you can root for. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
No Score Yet Gammera The Invincible (1966) As silly as it is, it's a beguiling movie, shot in a gorgeous, charcoal-drawing black and white. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
100% J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs & The Church of the SubGenius (2020) Overall, this portrait suggests a positive, even comforting religious experience. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
100% Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) The story is inspirational, and as with the Linda Ronstadt documentary, it's told against the background of that peerlessly dramatic and beautiful voice. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
29% The War with Grandpa (2020) [De Niro's] costars here include Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken... and it's fun to see the four of them work together, even in this silly stuff. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
98% Time (2020) This isn't like any documentary you've seen before. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) Artsy, theatrical flourishes are a drag on this two and a half hour movie, and add little depth to our understanding of its story or heroine. The Glorias is worth watching, but it isn't as glorious as it could have been. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
100% Public Trust (2020) Much as I admired its tireless subjects, the principal effect it had on me was to boil my blood, and maybe raise my blood pressure. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
59% Shortcut (2020) It's atmospheric, there are some scares, the actors are capable and attractive, and at just 80 minutes it doesn't tax our patience too much. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
90% Kajillionaire (2020) Jenkins and Winger are so brilliantly, oppressively repulsive that the movie might be unwatchable without the fresh air that Rodriguez riotously provides. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
84% The Way I See It (2020) Despite at least one too many corny montages to inspirational songs, the movie is an absorbing chronicle, drawing much of its power from the potency of Souza's epic yet intimately observed pictures. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
100% Our Time Machine (2020) Introduces a potentially major new international artist--introduced him to me, at least - in a particularly personal, intimate and touching way. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
65% Entwined (2020) Co-writer and director Minos Nikolakakis generates an intriguing mix of spookiness, eroticism and poignancy, even though it isn't especially hard to see where the story is heading. - Less Hat, Moorhead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020