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Stephen Danay

Stephen Danay
Stephen Danay's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Under the Radar

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
.5/10 5% 211 (2018) 211... is a shoe-in for worst film of the year, and frankly belongs in the conversation for worst films of the century thus far.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
7/10 92% Revenge (2018) Revenge, the debut film by Coralie Fargeat, is unapologetic in its use of the genre as a brash, blood-and-guts crowd pleaser. Its contribution to social discourse may be limited, but it should be a good time for any midnight movie crowd.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
7/10 48% Flower (2018) But any miscalculations in tone or narrative are well worth the opportunity to spend ninety minutes with Deutch, who brings a tremendous amount of depth, humor and energy to a character that feels like a breath of fresh air.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
75% M.F.A. (2017) M.F.A feels less like a throwback and more like a fresh part of the zeitgeist.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
2/10 67% It Happened in L.A. (2017) Sadly, a few quality gags can't save the film from its flat direction, dull characters and eye-rolling morals about life and love.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
6.5/10 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) There's nothing inherently wrong with ambiguous endings or obscure motivations in art, but film's ultimate moral question seems to suggest a purpose that is clearer than the one the film presents.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
8.5/10 90% Super Dark Times (2017) Super Dark Times appeals to the tactile and sensory memories of anyone who grew up in a middle-class suburb around the turn of the century.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
90% Lady Macbeth (2017) For all the murder and mayhem that ultimately ensue, Lady Macbeth is a quiet, measured film.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
9.5/10 96% The Florida Project (2017) These characters are the detritus left behind by a 21st-century America with increasingly less room for the poor and undereducated. The Florida Project never looks at them with pity, only understanding and sympathy.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
8/10 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ingrid is a toxic blend of insecurity, FOMO and Terminator-like perseverance ... Plaza has found the ideal vehicle for deconstructing her persona in Ingrid Goes West.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
4/10 87% Wind River (2017) Wind River fails to clear the incredibly high bar set by [Sheridan's] previous films.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
4.5/10 87% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) Unfortunately, The Incredible Jessica James isn't quite as incredible as Jessica James.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
4/10 69% To the Bone (2017) To the Bone never quite succeeds ... The direction is too pedestrian, the script too generic and the film as a whole is more concerned with reassurance than with confrontation.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
7/10 98% The Big Sick (2017) On paper, it sounds over-the-top wacky and saccharine, but The Big Sick treats its subject matter seriously and mines humor from the characters realistically reacting to awkward and extreme situations.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
6/10 86% Okja (2017) For all its messy tonal whiplash, Okja is an entertaining and occasionally thoughtful adventure tale that will hopefully find an audience on Netflix, if not the theaters.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
7/10 78% The Little Hours (2017) Funny and irreverent as well as visually interesting and thoughtful.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
5/10 69% Free Fire (2017) Where the film really misfires is in its action and thriller elements.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
2/10 14% Mine (2017) It's hard not to feel bad for Armie Hammer through all of this. ... he's asked to do little more than endure suffering, like Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, except less interestingly shot.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
4/10 80% Colossal (2017) Fans of Hathaway will likely enjoy seeing her in something that isn't a dopey rom-com or an obvious Oscar plea, but Colossal ultimately feels more likely to be remembered as a flawed curio than a cult classic.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
7.5/10 71% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) A unique and compelling take on a pulpy, well-worn subgenre of horror.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
6.5/10 73% Headshot (2017) Definitely worth the time of any martial arts fan eager to see Uwais in action while they await the inevitable third entry in The Raid series.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
4.5/10 58% War on Everyone (2017) It seems unlikely that, in an America ravaged by police shootings and generally teetering on the edge of authoritarian dystopia, audiences will be endeared to a pair of gleefully corrupt cops who resort to violence for kicks.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
6.5/10 98% Kedi (2017) Given how easy it is to pander to cat lovers, Kedi deserves credit for never stooping to outright mawkishness or cheap emotional manipulation.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
7.5/10 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) While The Salesman forgoes the expansive, knotty moral tapestry of A Separation for a simpler narrative, it maintains the same sharp focus on the complexities of human interaction and moral dilemmas.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
8/10 88% 20th Century Women (2017) After a thirty-year career and four Oscar nominations, Annette Bening seems to have found her magnum opus in the form of Dorothea.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
6.5/10 86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Although it frequently traffics in cliché, The Autopsy of Jane Doe is an effective horror film, using many familiar elements -- mirror scares, creepy old-timey music, eerie sound design and lighting -- to great effect. ‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/10 31% The Hollow Point (2016) All the fine actors, narrative subversions and dusty landscapes in the world can't save a film that thinks it's saying a lot without saying much at all.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
5.5/10 47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) Ultimately, The Take makes a better case for itself as an extended TV pilot than as a film.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
8/10 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Although The Handmaiden could easily rest on its violent, sexy laurels, Park and what must have been an army of set decorators, prop masters and costumers have created a dense, fully-realized world.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
6.5/10 77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) Turning his recent slide into middle-aged paunch to his advantage, Travolta allows a glimmer of the charisma he wielded in Pulp Fiction to shine through.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
8/10 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) The Eyes of My Mother regards atmosphere and dread both as its engine and its endgame.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
8.5/10 98% Moonlight (2016) A work of art all its own, thoughtfully made and deeply affecting.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
5/10 61% Desierto (2016) Desierto seems destined to be a historical curio for future generations, an artifact of a dark chapter in American history that will hopefully seem distant and strange.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
7/10 93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) Dream is Destiny is unlikely to convert anyone who isn't already interested in Linklater, but fans of his work will find it a comprehensive and engaging overview of his career and philosophy.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
2/10 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) Maggie's Plan reads like indie dramedy filmmaking 101 ... It's unfortunate then that film plays like a stiff, awkward parody of the genre.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
7/10 64% The Trust (2016) Anyone with any appreciation for small-scale crime stories or the two leads would do well to give it a look.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
4.5/10 26% Colonia (2016) Watson has come a long way from her cartoonishly broad performances in the early Harry Potter films, but still feels a bit stiff as Lena.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) It's terrifying how little modulation it takes for [Stewart's] comforting baritone to convey utter hopelessness.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
7.5/10 88% The Invitation (2016) The endgame [feels] slightly over the top compared to the painstaking screw-tightening of the first hour, but the film remains purposeful and specific even when it finally lets loose.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/10 72% Darling (2016) Purely a stylistic exercise.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
3.5/10 53% Triple 9 (2016) Triple 9 would have had a much greater chance of success as a season of a cable drama than as a two-hour film.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
7/10 84% Deadpool (2016) Deadpool is arguably the most faithful and entertaining cinematic interpretation of the character that fans are likely to see.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
7.5/10 79% The Revenant (2015) The Revenant is as gripping as film can get.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
7.5/10 98% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) [The film] nicely intertwines the reverence Bergman's fans will have for the icon she was on the screen with the fact that she was a very real person, extraordinary but far from perfect.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
6.5/10 74% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) Combines the city-folk-besieged-by-rural-horror of Straw Dogs with the dark fairytale appropriation of Pan's Labyrinth and the grotesque practical monster effects of The Thing and Alien.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
6/10 43% Cooties (2015) Every performance seems calibrated to wacky, yet pitiful, which keeps the film entertaining even if you're not actually rooting for any of the characters.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
8.5/10 92% Breathe (2015) Joséphine Japy and Lou de Laâge are painfully genuine as two very different but equally lost young women.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
6.5/10 79% Z For Zachariah (2015) Director Craig Zobel is less interested in sex or thrills than he is in what people value when their past and future have ceased to exist.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2015
6.5/10 43% American Ultra (2015) Splitting its time between stoner comedy, violent spy action and indie romance, American Ultra executes its varying aspects well but never successfully synthesizes them into a singular vision.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
5.5/10 79% Tom at the Farm (2015) Shadows seep into nearly every frame of the film, but true darkness never coheres.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2015