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Philip Martin

Philip Martin

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82/100 21% I Saw the Light (2016) "... like a movie about the life of Christ that elides the miracles. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 1, 2016
90/100 83% Midnight Special (2016) "Like that vintage Chevelle, it's a modest-looking machine, with a monster beneath its hood. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 1, 2016
78/100 9% God's Not Dead 2 (2016) "God's Not Dead 2 isn't a debate, it's a pep rally. Nobody rooting for the other team need pay attention. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 1, 2016
90/100 92% Anomalisa (2015) "...a fascinating and moving piece of cinema. It's funny and sad and scarier than any of those movies where demons or monsters pop out at you. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Mar 18, 2016
91/100 97% 45 Years (2015) " Haigh has overseen a minor miracle of a film. Watch it while squeezing the hand of someone you love. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 26, 2016
79/100 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "There's nothing really wrong with it that a prayerful examination of conscience wouldn't cure. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 26, 2016
88/100 98% Mustang (2015) "...the best part is how Erguven watches these creatures, these lithe little animals who lounge and roughhouse with one another.... as they mourn the lost world beyond the gates, and real steel in their determination to get themselves free. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
86/100 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) "...there's also a lot of Michael Moore, which a lot of people are going to count as a liability. But he's an effective storyteller and not a bad comedian. In many ways, this is his most optimistic and gentle film. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
89/100 96% Son of Saul (2015) " ...if the human brain is fooled by dreams, then surely making a movie like this one changes those involved. Nemes cannot take us to Auschwitz, but he has tapped into something powerfully frightening." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
85/100 51% Risen (2016) "...isn't the worst movie former Kevin Costner collaborator Kevin Reynolds has ever made. And I guarantee that Hollywood would love for you to see it. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
89/100 91% The Witch (2016) "It has a pace and an atmosphere and a sense of seriousness as it drags you into its world of shadows and faith. I " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
79/100 68% The Danish Girl (2015) "...something one can cite to advertise one's taste. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 22, 2016
85/100 73% Youth (2015) "... little like thumbing through the pages of a high-end lifestyle magazine, perhaps something with Aficionado in its name. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 22, 2016
83/100 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "As a one-off, the movie might seem like a little miracle - a fresh take on nostalgia not too different in tone from last year's delightful Turbo Kid. But stretched out... a hard crust of cynicism is apparent just beneath the sugar-dusted surface. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2016
85/100 78% Jimmy's Hall (2015) "... a soft-focus, minor film. It's not bad, but it could have been better. Hence the heartbreak. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
82/100 65% Learning To Drive (2015) "...there is a sense of worn-out familiarity that attaches to this well-intended but ultimately featherweight indie drama about a privileged Manhattan lady and her relationship with her exotic, and presumably wise, driving instructor. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
85/100 92% Grandma (2015) "...a lot more conventional than it pretends. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
88/100 92% Coming Home (2015) "...a human-size epic, a modest story of ordinary people coping as they can with enormous pain. There's a gentleness to the production that belies the savage, mindless infliction of history on individual lives. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
85/100 0% Confession of a Child of the Century "It all adds up to a curiosity, which isn't likely to make much of an impact with an incurious public. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
89/100 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) "...funny, sexy and wonderfully free of reflexive irony. It's exactly what a romantic comedy ought to be. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
88/100 80% The New Girlfriend (2015) "...an intelligent investigation of hearts that don't know quite what they want. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
86/100 73% Suffragette (2015) "An earnest, melodramatic and probably necessary history lesson... " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
85/100 94% Creed (2015) "To call Creed the best Rocky movie since the original might seem faint praise to those who reflexively deride the sequels; it is in many ways a better-made movie than the somewhat rough-hewn Rocky. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
85/100 97% Brooklyn (2015) "...the sort of movie that any decent person ought to enjoy. It is full of heart and longing, and if it fails to stir something inside you perhaps you should consider that it is you, and not John Crowley's exquisitely crafted movie, that is at fault. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
78/100 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "... a clumsy behemoth, inspiring a kind of dull awe at all the resources mounted for its realization. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
82/100 61% Concussion (2015) "It isn't a terrible movie, it's just exactly the sort of movie you'd expect from Hollywood, a platitudinous and reductive lesson that's too polite and simplistic to engage. But that's not Will Smith's fault. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
92/100 94% Carol (2015) "This remarkable, intelligent and beautifully humane film evokes the smoky, poisonous beauty of the time. Almost perfectly." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
92/100 82% The Revenant (2015) "... a movie people are going to write books about. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
94% Room (2015) "This movie is a wonder in several ways. The casting is sharp and the performances of such a caliber that awards talk is unavoidable." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 30, 2015
93% Skyfall (2012) "Expertly shot by the unlikely genius Roger Deakins -- who does spectacular work in the film's Shanghai chapter -- Skyfall is one of those movie movies that manages to impress you with its heft. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 4, 2015
88/100 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "...an audacious, winning debut -- for the director and the star ... " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 4, 2015
87/100 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "... more measured and less fun than the encounters between Buckley and Vidal. That's not the film's fault -- the live events were charged with a suspenseful energy, the sense that real violence could break out at any moment ... " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 4, 2015
88/100 83% Mistress America (2015) "Part of me believes that Baumbach is relying too heavily on his dual muses -- Gerwig and Manhattan -- and that he might have made more of this idea had he and his co-writer (Gerwig) taken another pass at the script. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 4, 2015
87/100 88% Mr. Holmes (2015) "...really, the philosophical implications are pretty slight; the best reason to see the film is McKellen's finely calibrated evocation of a soul in revolt against a failing mind and body. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
83/100 16% Aloft (2015) "... a beautiful slog, a needlessly complicated allegory that supplies us with some fraught falcon imagery and a couple of affecting moments before evaporating before our eyes, leaving us with the vague suspicion that we've missed some larger point. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
85/100 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "Infinitely Polar Bear might be called an impressive debut, a slice of life that indicates a sensitive and empathetic presence behind the camera. This might have been a movie Forbes had to make, but it's unlikely to be her best one. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
83/100 44% Irrational Man (2015) "I go to his movies ... expecting to be disappointed. I usually am, although there are flashes of insight that signal Allen is a probing artist, albeit one afflicted with a strange incuriousness about people much different from himself. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
79/100 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "...bland enough to be received by a global audience, but probably a touch too slick to gain any real purchase on the collective imagination. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
91/100 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) " I don't know precisely how accurate The End of the Tour is, I only know how true it feels. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
86/100 82% The Overnight (2015) "At times it feels naturalistic, but it occasionally veers into surreal territories. It is likely to discomfit and disturb some moviegoers ... but the overall effect is surprisingly sweet and assuring. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 10, 2015
83/100 45% A Little Chaos (2015) "... not a terrible period romance, just an ordinary one. It's all very pretty, with some startling images of the mucky natural world as well as the king's geometrically tamed gardens. Still, it squanders the talents of its key players. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 10, 2015
88/100 75% Good Kill (2015) "... more a psychological drama than a war movie, and its limited scale serves the film well. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 24, 2015
88/100 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "I did not think a documentary about The Who could possibly surprise me. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 21, 2015
87/100 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) "...a gentle yet insistent interrogation of a monkish master, an 88-year-old piano teacher named Seymour Bernstein who, in the grip of terrible stage fright compounded by existential dread, gave up a promising concert career ... " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 21, 2015
88/100 100% The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) "...a perfect symbol for the nihilistic hardcore punk rock that developed in Los Angeles - an angry and unwholesome scene that grew parallel to the more intellectual New York scene " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 21, 2015
91/100 91% Love & Mercy (2015) " a sweet and beautiful film, as effervescent and deceptively sophisticated as "God Only Knows." " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 21, 2015
86/100 54% Woman in Gold (2015) "... simply a forgettable, pretty gloss on a subject that deserves a deeper and less heavy-handed treatment than Hollywood products are equipped to give. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
91/100 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "... a rigorous if miniature work of art, a movie that betrays tremendous discipline in every aspect, from its traditional, almost formal, visual approach to the eerie score ... " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
89/100 97% An Honest Liar (2015) "...a truly revelatory and touching endeavor. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
87/100 94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "... an enjoyable labor of love " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
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