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Sam Fragoso

Sam Fragoso
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
33% Monster Trucks (2017) These elements are all well and good, but if you're above the age of 12, it becomes considerably harder to reconcile the sporadic tone-deafness. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 14, 2017
15% Incarnate (2016) Strident rhetoric is required for describing Brad Peyton's latest film, a maddening hodgepodge of ideas that range from undercooked to unoriginal. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 2, 2016
3% Shut In (2016) The presentation is dull, the plot is plodding, and the characters are sketches of people we've seen in better films. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 11, 2016
88% Elle (2016) A deeply disturbing film that, at its best, serves as a meditation on the intersection between power, inequitable relationships, and retribution. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 11, 2016
77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) In the final 20 minutes, West seems to finally figure out what kind of a movie he wanted to make. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 19, 2016
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Equal parts horror masterclass and internal home-invasion thriller, Ouija is as chilling and nerve-racking as they come. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 18, 2016
0% Max Steel (2016) A spectacle without the spectacle, an autumnal, amorphous blockbuster that just sits there, suspended in mid-air, as you soak in its ceaseless banality. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 14, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) It's a brisk 72-minutes, compact with hard-hitting data, rare behind-the-scenes footage of police activity (training, private discussions, on-the-job combat, etc.), and compelling personal anecdotes. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 5, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Nothing in what appears during the movie's 107-minute running time seems to truly honor those whose lives were irreversibly altered during this national tragedy. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 13, 2016
20% The Secret Scripture (2016) Disjointed and disinterested in entertaining any and all prospective viewers, the overlong slab of melodrama is one of the most vanilla experiences at the movies in quite some time. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet Daguerrotype (Le secret de la chambre noire) (2016) Needlessly elongated, amorphous, under-cooked. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 12, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins and McCraney have artfully cobbled together something that is impressionistic and wondrous, like a compendium of half-remembered memories, tinged by sadness. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 2, 2016
20% Yoga Hosers (2016) What makes Smith a dynamic podcaster -- his shambolic, off-the-cuff storytelling -- is his undoing as a filmmaker. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 2, 2016
12% The Sea of Trees (2016) McConaughey and Watts seem to be reading from a tired script of unhappy, protracted matrimony. The dialogue feels rehearsed, and not in a good way. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 25, 2016
95% Spa Night (2016) Together, Ahn and cinematographer Ki Jin Kim approach moments of sensuality subtly, as the camera languidly wades into the steamy saunas and the monochromatic showers where David's interest in the unknown begins to percolate. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 18, 2016
73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) Jessie assures Vincent that she has limited knowledge of her husband's professional life, and that she doesn't ask questions. Unfortunately, neither does Disorder. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 11, 2016
99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Rarely does contemporary cinema so bluntly (and accurately) depict envy in its most insidious iteration. It's about the vexing confluence of emotions upon seeing their friends excel while they stagnate, a toxic amalgamation of happiness and jealousy. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 21, 2016
71% Holy Hell (2016) Does a sub-par job probing the psyches of both Buddhafield's leader and its members. ‐ TheWrap
Posted May 26, 2016
B- 62% Mr. Pig (Sr. Pig) (2016) "Mr. Pig" warrants praise for refusing to offer up a convenient, unearned reconciliation. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 29, 2016
B 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) "Hunt For The Wilderpeople" is a perfectly amicable dramedy that makes a concerted effort to avoid offending or provoking. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 29, 2016
C- 89% Morris from America (2016) Lazy stereotypes in our day-to-day lives -which are dangerously interested in who someone ought to be, rather than who they may be - are no longer acceptable. Why, then, should they be tolerated in our movies? ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 23, 2016
71% The Final Girls (2015) A satirical confection in the same vein as "Cabin in the Woods." ‐
Posted Sep 28, 2015
B 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) "Born to Be Blue" is a good movie about a great artist. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2015
D+ 25% Kill Your Friends (2016) "The film doesn't trust its audience enough to keep up with the joke. As a result, the movie toggles back and forth between a pulpy crime drama and a zany satire. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 12, 2015
87% The Royal Road (2015) A breathtaking cinematic essay. ‐
Posted Feb 11, 2015
B+ 56% #Stuck (2014) Through these characters the film cuts through our romantic affectations by digging beyond the artifice, and eventually, and perhaps a bit unexpectedly, finds its way into our hearts. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3/4 71% Interstellar (2014) It's an experience. ‐ SFBay
Posted Nov 9, 2014
3.5/4 91% Dear White People (2014) Arguably the most vital film to come out of Hollywood in 2014. ‐ SFBay
Posted Nov 5, 2014
2/4 77% Fury (2014) Ayer's overlong, 134-minute screenplay never pops with any urgency, passion, or fire. ‐ SFBay
Posted Nov 5, 2014
3.5/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) A hypnotic confluence of action, comedy and hysteria that is at once unnerving, exhilarating and unlike anything I've ever seen. ‐ SFBay
Posted Nov 5, 2014
A 84% Listen Up Philip (2014) A masterpiece. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Oct 19, 2014
3.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) A galvanizing portrait of defective love that twists, turns, and unfurls until you don't know what to think anymore. ‐ SFBay
Posted Oct 3, 2014
2/4 39% Two Night Stand (2014) A foreign film without subtitles - a movie whose language is incomprehensible to anyone who has truthfully been involved. ‐ SFBay
Posted Sep 29, 2014
B- 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) Walks the tightrope between nausea and uplift, but Pegg pulls through. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 26, 2014
1/4 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) We are, at least in some small measure, partly responsible for the abhorrent, radioactive hazmat that is Shawn Levy's latest film. ‐ SFBay
Posted Sep 24, 2014
C- 59% Bird People (2014) A textbook example of ambition undercut by tonal and pacing inconsistency. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 19, 2014
A 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) A searing satire of an antiseptic Hollywood system, a meta-commentary on "Celebrity" culture, a melancholic evocation on the impermanence of youth, a pensive portrait of clandestine love ... ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B 86% Top Five (2014) Rock's third directorial effort proves to be his strongest and most similar to his rollicking standup routines. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 19, 2014
D 49% Manglehorn (2015) A movie so listlessly written and constructed that it nearly redefines tedium. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 19, 2014
D 19% Let's Be Cops (2014) If you like your movies in which two males treat women poorly, mock homosexuality and repeatedly slap each other in the face, this film is for you. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Aug 14, 2014
D+ 21% Into The Storm (2014) Into the Storm isn't the unmitigated disaster it appears to be. It's much worse. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Aug 8, 2014
C 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Gunn's listless adventure through space is not as uproarious as the Iron Man series, as thrilling as the Spider-Man franchise, or as dramatically serious as Nolan's Batman trilogy. ‐ Bullett Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2014
B+ 52% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) A jubilant and delightful trifle that - much like many of his other 44 films - ponders the rhyme and reason of our existence, however futile or fruitful that may be. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jul 25, 2014
.5/5 10% Among Ravens (2014) The emotions feel calculated, not earned. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/5 33% Drones (2014) Drones is in constant combat against itself, poorly balancing searing commentary on excessive drone use and rampant stupidity. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 76% The Last Sentence (2014) Like the man himself, the film, with its immaculate black-and-white compositions and cluttered plotting, is riddled with virtues and vices, high and lows ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B+ No Score Yet Remembering The Artist Robert De Niro, Sr. (2014) The film excels beyond a mere home-video replete with nostalgia and admiration, instead morphing into a living testament of De Niro Sr's profound work - an art galley so big and beautiful not even a Peggy Guggenheim exhibit could compete. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/5 96% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) Rasoulof's dissident return to filmmaking is ultimately little more than a sporadically searing, unfocused and listless treatise on the pervasive censorship enforced by the autocratic Iranian government. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 12, 2014
C- 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) A tired exercise in scatology, a film laced with enough poop, piss and penis joke to last you a lifetime. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 29, 2014
C- 42% Words And Pictures (2014) From the opening frame to the closing credits it's clear that Words and Pictures is not too concerned with either of its eponymous art forms. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 23, 2014