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Tasha Robinson

Tasha Robinson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
22% The Boss (2016) A slick shrug of a movie that feels like closer to an Adam Sandler comedy than to McCarthy's past projects. ‐ The Verge
Posted Apr 7, 2016
98% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) It's a rousing, thrilling adventure, beautifully animated in rich, deep hues with a look that meets neatly between the flow of hand-drawn cels and the smoothness of digital animation. ‐ The Verge
Posted Mar 29, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) That fight comes late in the game, and it's so grim, humorless, and vicious, it stops being thrilling early on. It isn't in the service of any of the themes the film has struggled to express, it's just a meat-headed, brutal throwdown. ‐ The Verge
Posted Mar 23, 2016
97% Krisha (2016) Shults is telling a personal story here, but he's also wisely drawing on a familiar set of tropes, ones that implicate the audience in all sorts of interesting ways. ‐ The Verge
Posted Mar 16, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a tragic lark, and an enjoyable enough experience. But it winds up feeling like about half a story, and not always the more meaningful or satisfying half. ‐ The Verge
Posted Mar 4, 2016
19% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016) Sword Of Destiny suffers endlessly by comparison to Ang Lee's groundbreaking 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for the comparative smallness of its vision, its visuals, and its budget. ‐ The Verge
Posted Mar 2, 2016
61% Race (2016) Relying on the thrill of the running scenes, on what Owens accomplishes, lets Race come by its uplift through action, instead of big speeches. ‐ The Verge
Posted Feb 18, 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) The book at least looked for resonances between zombie tropes and the comedy of manners. Steers, by contrast, never really finds a meaningful reason for this version to exist. ‐ The Verge
Posted Feb 12, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) As Coen movies go, this is one of the most upbeat and optimistic, one of the few to suggest that good people can have happy endings. Classic Hollywood wouldn't have it any other way. ‐ The Verge
Posted Feb 12, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) Where the first film was content with straight-faced silliness, Zoolander 2 tries to blow the same silliness out to epic, world-spanning proportions, and it just winds up feeling overstretched. ‐ The Verge
Posted Feb 11, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) Deadpool's relentless pace is refreshing, and so is the sense that viewers will be able to keep up. ‐ The Verge
Posted Feb 11, 2016
63% The Finest Hours (2016) A much stronger film than the familiar disaster-movie treatment of its trailers suggests. ‐ The Verge
Posted Jan 28, 2016
16% The 5th Wave (2016) A horrifying scenario that's played without the horror, almost offhandedly. ‐ The Verge
Posted Jan 22, 2016
94% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) This strange, lovely creation really is one of the year's absolute best animated films. ‐ The Verge
Posted Jan 22, 2016
50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) 13 Hours is sometimes crass, sometimes silly, and often broad. But it's still the most direct, and even honest, Benghazi movie we're likely to get. ‐ The Verge
Posted Jan 14, 2016
96% Son of Saul (2015) If most Holocaust films are about survival, Son of Saul is a stunning portrait of a specific kind of survival: the kind where, in extremis, people radically reduce what success looks like. ‐ The Verge
Posted Jan 7, 2016
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) As much as it wallows in the worst mankind has to offer (and has little of importance to say about those impulses), it still showcases Tarantino's skills with memorable characters and high-impact dialogue. ‐ The Verge
Posted Jan 7, 2016
60% Sisters (2015) Not every joke works, on paper or on screen. But Fey and Poehler at least look like they're having fun, and they make it easy to get pulled along for the ride, no matter how awkward it gets. ‐ The Verge
Posted Dec 17, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) The actors take second place to Hank Corwin's fast-paced editing, easily the film's single most valuable asset. It's about as obtrusive as film editing gets, but it gives the film a reckless, nervy energy to go with the characters' discomfiture. ‐ The Verge
Posted Dec 11, 2015
60% Joy (2015) With a few more drafts, Joy could have found a specific, insightful identity. Instead, it's a bald and clumsy fairy tale about a good girl, some bad people, and a mop. Even the mop's story deserved better. ‐ The Verge
Posted Dec 11, 2015
43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "From Hell's heart I stab at thee," Captain Ahab cries in Moby-Dick... Heart of the Sea never expresses anything so strongly. "From a purgatory of apathy, I grumble at thee" isn't much of a epitaph, but it's about what Howard's film can muster. ‐ The Verge
Posted Dec 11, 2015
81% The Revenant (2015) While the style may outpace the substance, that doesn't make the style any less magnificent. And when it comes to sheer customer satisfaction, The Revenant checks nearly every box, up to and including the man vs. wild throwdown. ‐ The Verge
Posted Dec 4, 2015
80% Chi-Raq (2015) Hudson has nothing but sadness to sell, but she brings it across beautifully. Jackson has become strutting personified. No one sells raging melancholy like Bassett. ‐ The Verge
Posted Dec 2, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) It's about the rewards of hard work and a dedication to truth. Even without fireworks and firefights, it's immensely satisfying to watch. ‐ The Verge
Posted Nov 25, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) As wobbly as Mockingjay - Part 2 is, it's powerful because its characters and conflicts have become so familiar in the culture, and because it completes a long and painful journey. ‐ The Verge
Posted Nov 25, 2015
38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) The love story, the crime story, and the political story never cohere. ‐ The Verge
Posted Nov 25, 2015
76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) The animation in The Good Dinosaur retains all the ambition and boundary-pushing of Pixar's best films, but the story beats echo too many predecessors to feel fresh, and the script feels unfinished. ‐ The Verge
Posted Nov 25, 2015
83% Sanjay's Super Team (2015) A fast-paced, dynamic superhero throwdown, full of Tron-worthy, bright, glowing colors and a tremendously effective sound design. It's sweet and intense, and it treads new ground in diversity for Pixar... Bring on the Sanjay movie. ‐ The Verge
Posted Nov 25, 2015
24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) It has a wide range of elements: slapstick, gothic horror, romance, meta in-jokes, action, and fiery spectacle. But it stitches them all together into a loose, shambling creation that feels like it was never entirely meant to live. ‐ The Verge
Posted Nov 25, 2015
1.5/4 81% Entertainment (2015) The Comedian is an ugly man with an ugly soul, and an ugly sense of comedy that at one point literally includes making fart noises for 90 full seconds as he pretends to gun down his silent audience with a soccer trophy. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 13, 2015
C 70% Miss You Already (2015) Tonally, Miss You Already is a slapdash mess of achingly sincere moments and tasteless jokes. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 5, 2015
B- 73% Trumbo (2015) A patchwork film that dives into whatever character is in focus at any given moment. ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 5, 2015
45% The 33 (2015) Setbacks and fights arrive on cue and prompt new inspirational speeches. The whole film becomes as mechanical as the oversized drills in play at the rescue site. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 25, 2015
B- 61% Extraordinary Tales (2015) In spite of the common source material and tone of oppressive psychological horror, these shorts feel like they could be the work of five different people. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 22, 2015
C- 9% Rock the Kasbah (2015) A comedy that's openly afraid to seem too sincere or too mawkish, and doesn't fully commit either to its comedy or its uplift. Like Murray, it's wry and presented largely in air quotes, with an accompanying eye-roll. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 22, 2015
C+ 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) After an hour and a half of mechanical 10-minute action cycles that start with, "Maybe we're safe now, for the moment," and end with "Aaaah! Run!" the pattern gets as wearying as the level of emotional brutality. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 17, 2015
C+ 85% Meet The Patels (2015) Meet The Patels is unquestionably navel-gazing, but the average navel is only so deep, and Ravi seems uncomfortable with his own. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 10, 2015
B- 98% Welcome To Leith (2015) The directors capture some striking moments, though those sequences often seem more like they belong in a horror feature than a doc ... ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 9, 2015
D 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) It's contemptuous of the world in a way that rapidly becomes one-note and tiresome. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 2, 2015
B 92% Grandma (2015) It's an artful, funny, endlessly surprising little acting and writing showcase that shows just how far it's possible for writers to take tired, clichéd characters, by treating them as human beings and caring what goes on underneath the surface ... ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 20, 2015
C+ 66% Learning To Drive (2015) Toothless, amiable, and bland. ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 20, 2015
19% Self/less (2015) Deep under the skin of this shrug of a movie is a solid metaphor rooted in an appealing fantasy. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 12, 2015
3.5/5 78% Zarafa (2015) Zarafa is essential viewing simply because it foregrounds and normalizes black and Arabic characters in a medium that's usually focused on Caucasian protagonists ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/5 100% Stray Dog (2015) Stray Dog is often powerfully moving, due to Granik's intimate access to Hall and his family, and the overwhelming and openly expressed feelings on display. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/5 81% Batkid Begins (2015) The footage is simultaneously spectacular and intimate, with plenty of adorable-child moments. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4/5 83% Gabriel (2015) Culkin's terrifically effective performance and Howe's pitch-perfect writing and directing make it the kind of insightful, project that makes cineastes feel good about feeling bad. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 18, 2015
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) Inside Out not only evokes that profundity of emotion of Pixar's best films, it does it with emotions capable of examining their own response. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 17, 2015
85% The Wolfpack (2015) It's a deeply strange success story, but it's self-aware and humorous, and full of frankly amazing revelations. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3.5/5 100% Der Samurai (2014) It's so evocative on an instinctive level that its panting excitement overwhelms the sense of questions unanswered, and often unasked. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3.5/5 94% Charlie's Country (2015) The whole film feels not like a call to arms against Australian policies, so much as a study of life adjacent to them. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 4, 2015