Tasha Robinson

Tasha Robinson
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T-Meter Title | Year
23% Thunder Force (2021) Thunder Force might help illustrate why there are so few pure superhero comedy movies... It's almost as if being a superhero is hard, but being funny is much harder. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
68% The Crazies (1973) Romero does build some intense tension around the scenario, and the questions of who's going to survive it, and whether they'll deserve to. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
45% Doors (2021) [Doors] starts with an energetic idea, then dissipates it with a series of aggressive wrong moves. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
71% Cryptozoo (2021) Cryptozoo winds up as a window into a decidedly uncommercial mind, and a form of storytelling that isn't the practiced, polished committee effort that comes out of animation houses like Disney and DreamWorks. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
33% Earwig and the Witch (2021) It's barely more than a short story, and Ghibli's adaptation adds little to the stripped-down narrative. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
69% How It Ends (2021) It's a pleasant enough hangout movie, and someday it may be held up as a slanted portrait of what mid-2020 felt like for people privileged enough to ignore politics. But it still feels like a minor movie in the face of a major catastrophe. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
97% Sound of Metal (2020) The film is startlingly artful for a directorial debut, and endlessly surprising. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) The film features its share of trauma and tragedy, and the final sequence is bittersweet, but it's also one of the most purely entertaining, magnificent moments on film in 2020. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
95% Soul (2020) It's funny, surprising, and powerful, but above all, it feels like Pixar returning to the core values that used to define it as a creative house, and returning to the inspiring industry leader it used to be. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
52% Skylines (2020) It's perfectly passable low-key science fiction, almost certainly destined for a fast trip to Netflix, where it can be taken up as an amiable evening's viewing. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
100% Alien Xmas (2020) There's nothing particularly wrong with Alien Xmas, a cute supplement to a long canon of Christmas-in-peril stories. But there's nothing here that would make it a classic worthy of inspiring future canon entries, either. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) As with all things Sorkin, it takes liberties with the truth - this is not a film to watch in place of reading up on the history - but it's a damn good supplement for that history, and taken as a comment on our modern justice system. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
95% Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro) (1979) It isn't just a stellar installment in the ongoing Lupin adventure, it's a Lupin story so specific and carefully calculated that it helped define the character for decades to come. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
81% Over the Moon (2020) Over the Moon's emotional journey is solid and well-expressed. Again, it draws on calculated iconography... But Fei Fei's emotional journey is a universal story about feeling pain and learning to move on. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
45% LX 2048 (2020) Guy Moshe's dystopic science-fiction movie LX 2048 feels particularly timely and on-point, essentially channeling the nightly climate-change news (floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and so forth) into a wry, fantastical form. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
84% Scare Me (2020) it's easy to get swept up in the ride, if not the scares... Even if viewers never entirely lose themselves into these stories, they can at least feel like they're fully in on the joke. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
71% Trolls World Tour (2020) The songs are kinda boring and the plot's pretty rote, but this film is shockingly beautiful and thought-through in all the design elements. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
78% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) A surprisingly sweet and passionate story. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
93% Ride Your Wave (2020) Ride Your Wave winds up feeling like [Masaaki] Yuasa's richest and most adult film today, without ever losing track of the youthful wildness that makes his projects so special. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
No Score Yet The Legend of Hei (Luo Xiaohei Zhan Ji) (2019) Packed with colorful and memorable characters, and big explosive action. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
96% Groundhog Day (1993) Re-watching Groundhog Day yet again was pretty enlightening, actually! - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
95% First Cow (2020) Finds a warm balance between tension and the pleasure of just watching two kindred types find each other and make a life for themselves in a difficult place. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
95% Well Groomed (2019) Well Groomed is one of the most wholesome, joyous, purely enjoyable documentaries in the streaming world, and [filmmaker Rebecca] Stern doesn't aspire to anything more. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
78% Archive (2020) With such a gorgeous world housing so many vibrant emotions, it's a particular frustration that Archive doesn't follow through on any of them. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
95% Lupin III: The First (2020) The versions of Lupin and his familiar friends and enemies in the new CG movie live up to the high expectations set by decades of over-the-top animated adventures. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) The story of The Vast of Night is nothing particularly special. The storytelling, though, is spectacular. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
94% Bad Education (2019) Bad Education doesn't seem to fully understand why he did it, but it suggests that it's enough to have Rachel's access to the facts, and her confidence in making a clear and thrilling story out of all of it. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
80% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2020) There's an almost Lovecraftian sense of horror to The Platform, in that the characters are stuck in a vast, indifferent place they can't fully understand, and the answers aren't forthcoming. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
95% Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro) (1979) This caper film possesses Miyazaki's usual good-hearted charm, but he injects a manically energetic humor that his more sedate children's films never quite achieve. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
88% Onward (2020) It's colorful and charming, and it's certainly unique in its story specifics. But it also feels safe, simple, and soft-edged compared to Pixar's wilder swings for the outfield. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
87% Nine Days (2020) An absolute masterpiece. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
90% Kajillionaire (2020) It's the kind of tale Miranda July specializes in... another distinctive, funny, gently sympathetic portrait of people who are poorly suited for society, but condemned to live in it anyway. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
95% Palm Springs (2020) The story may be familiar... But the execution here feels fresh and playful, with a new energy coming from Samberg and Milioti's go-for-broke performances, and some new iterations on the formula. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
92% Relic (2020) [Robyn] Nevin does a terrific job of building sympathy, then abruptly puncturing it. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) There are so many laughs, and so many telling and relatable moments, and so many fascinating, colorful characters here, Boys State is utterly mesmerizing. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
29% Come Away (2020) Audiences may resist the moral of this movie, but they're likely to get caught up in the execution. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
91% Weathering with You (2020) This is the kind of film where viewers can let themselves flow with the film's emotion, or entirely ignore the action and just get lost in the beauty of the imagination. Either way, it's a luscious trip to take. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
B+ 72% Labyrinth (1986) While the off-kilter rock songs Bowie wrote and performed for the film are far from his best work, his character performance is gloriously iconic, a perfect blend of predatory, leering rock star and hurt, rejected emo lover. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Even as The Rise of Skywalker's characters claim their ultimate triumph, the film feels clumsy, hurried, and above all, like an admission of creative defeat. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
96% I Lost My Body (2019) I Lost My Body is fundamentally weird and potentially off-putting. But it's also visually and emotionally beautiful, one of 2019's most ambitious, engaging films. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
68% Joker (2019) It's hypnotic just how horrifying Arthur's existence is, just as Phoenix's performance is hypnotic as he spirals from fragile hope into increasingly outsized and confident acts of destruction. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
58% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) It's a tightly wound thriller with a surprising speculative element. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) It lacks Hitchcockian tension or Christie-level dignity, but it's funny, surprising, and intriguing in the way it flips the usual murder-mystery script. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) There are laughs in the gap between Jojo's self-image and the reality... Jojo Rabbit could use more of that dynamic, and more of Waititi's subversive voice and willingness to upend cinematic norms. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
92/100 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It's a breathless and admirably well-assembled movie that proves the Marvel formula still isn't tired. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) MIB:I is a perfectly fine piece of summer entertainment, easy on the brain and big on the shiny spectacle. But it feels polished to a fault. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B+ 79% The Dark Crystal (1982) The story is a standard fairy-tale concoction, but the New Agey philosophy about healing and heroism makes for a classic Henson story, all heart and rapturous wonder at the world's incredible possibilities. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
A 80% Perfect Blue (1999) Perfect Blue's success lies in the twisted, self-referential storyline that intercuts reality with fantasy so fluidly that viewers inevitably take on Mima's shattered point of view, unable to distinguish the truth until the stunning conclusion. - Sci-Fi Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
A+ 95% Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro) (1979) Monkey Punch's lanky, flapping heroes contrast somewhat oddly with Miyazaki's fine-featured, trim subsidiary characters, but "Castle" moves along at such a brisk pace that it's hard to concentrate on anything but keeping up with the ride. - Sci-Fi Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It was designed to cap a decade of buildup around a single gigantic story... In that sense, it's certainly a triumph: it's ambitious, towering, and above all, daring in its difference. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019