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Tirdad Derakhshani

Tirdad Derakhshani
Tirdad Derakhshani's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Philadelphia Inquirer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 83% In Order of Disappearance (2016) Swift, fleet-of-foot, and efficient, with clean lines and a sleek finish, the Norwegian black comedy In Order of Disappearance glides through the world like a perfectly engineered car or a gorgeous piece of modern furniture. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/4 40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) The shift in tone is expertly managed by Aja, who brings it on with such subtlety that we're stunned to realize we've entered a profoundly unsettling mystery that grapples with taboo themes. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 40% Morgan (2016) Pared-down, efficient, and easy to follow, Morgan dispenses with the long, complicated pseudoscientific explanations that bog down so many sci-fi movies. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) One of the most suspenseful, terrifying, and devilishly original horror pics in recent memory. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) If ever there were a film that shoulda-coulda-woulda been great, it's Hands of Stone, an ambitious but disappointing biopic about Panamanian fighter Roberto Durán. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 91% Southside With You (2016) A deceptively simple, remarkably lean, and well-paced indie pic about the young Barack Obama's first date with the young first-lady-to-be Michelle Robinson. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Kubo is a lovely, unforgettable film about creativity and storytelling - about creating one's own fate by taking charge of one's story. And about learning to love others by sharing in their stories. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 19, 2016
3.5/4 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) An elegant survey of the origins of the information revolution and a shrewd analysis of how the internet has reshaped the world. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 19, 2016
2/4 25% Ben-Hur (2016) Dominated by CGI effects, it's a soap opera better fit for basic cable. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 19, 2016
3/4 81% Equity (2016) It's an exciting, smartly sexy, suspenseful little crime drama that evokes classic Hollywood film noir. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) You're never too old to start falling in love with Meryl Streep all over again. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) Sausage Party is one of the funniest and most deeply offensive movies of the year (it's obscenely funny), which lambastes America's most sacred of sacred cows: religion. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Don't Think Twice does a nice job of satirizing this corner of the showbiz world. More than that, it's a celebration of improv, a uniquely American art form. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 26% Five Nights in Maine (2016) Curran's script gives the actors too little substance with which to work their magic. The filmmaker's minimalist style is too sparse for the material. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad does have quite a few tremendously entertaining sequences of high action and low comedy. It's a shame it never rises beyond that. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3/4 87% Phantom Boy (2016) Phantom Boy will appeal to children who have the patience and imagination to immerse themselves in the film's wiggly animation. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 29, 2016
2.5/4 66% Nerve (2016) Nerve gives moviegoers everything they'd want from a teen romance. It's a little less successful as a critique of life in the age of Instagram. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 27, 2016
3/4 100% Breaking A Monster (2016) [An] insightful and disturbing documentary ... ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 21, 2016
1.5/4 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) The best I can say of Ice Age: Collision Course is that it has nice coloring and good picture contrast. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 76% Lights Out (2016) Sandberg ... spares us from the indignity of jump scares. When he sets out to frighten you, he means it. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 29% Outlaws and Angels (2016) It seems another member of Clint Eastwood's brood is ready for stardom. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) A cross between François Truffaut's sometimes-harrowing dramas about childhood and a Steven Spielberg fantasy, Gondry's film abounds with sentiment - without falling prey to sentimentality. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/4 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) A lesser entry, but there's much to recommend. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/4 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Viewers wary of the director's reputation as a savage satirist will be pleasantly surprised by the deeply felt humanism in Weiner-Dog. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/4 95% Tickled (2016) It's fun, exciting, freakish filmmaking. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 1, 2016
2/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The violence is too tantalizing, too stylized, too fetishistic - the film features killers dressed in fanciful Halloween costumes who dance and sing as they dismember people. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/4 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Hunt for the Wilderpeople magically taps into the logic, thought processes, and emotions of a child. It's a rich, strange, and wondrous world. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 1, 2016
2.5/4 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Mixing elements from documentaries, biopics, war flicks, and Hallmark romances, Ross' film is a living history tour, but with gory special effects and a smoldering smattering of sex appeal. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3.5/4 57% The Neon Demon (2016) A bold visionary artist, Refn seems able to revel in the culture of instant gratification while also subjecting it to critique. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/4 65% Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) (2016) Rühm has an ear for the absurd that reminds one of Monty Python. But his humor is as dry as they come - Therapy for a Vampire elicits ironic smiles, not belly laughs. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/4 69% Central Intelligence (2016) Central Intelligence is actually funny. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 17, 2016
2.5/4 51% Genius (2016) Well-written, gorgeously shot, and expertly edited, the film is also an exasperating exercise in good intentions gone wrong. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Much longer, more elaborate, more dramatic, and more packed with chilling moments and hair-raising visuals than one could anticipate, even from Wan. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 10, 2016
1.5/4 28% Warcraft (2016) Just because you can come up with names such as Azeroth, Durotan, Orgrim, and Grommash Hellscream doesn't mean you're J.R.R. Tolkien, people. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3.5/4 81% Sunset Song (2016) Like Davies' best work, the movie employs classical rigor - perfectly symmetrical, painterly landscapes and interiors - with unexpected postmodern touches. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/4 95% Presenting Princess Shaw (2016) An inspiring, enjoyable - and utterly stage-managed - documentary from Israeli director Ido Haar. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 3, 2016
1/4 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) A headache-inducing $135 million sequel to the 2014 blockbuster, TMNT: OOTS becomes intolerable after about 32 seconds. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/4 97% Dark Horse (2016) Americans seem uncommonly uncomfortable discussing our own class struggles. But, boy, do we love to watch the Brits do it. I think that's one reason the inspiring and joyful Dark Horse is such an appealing film. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 27, 2016
2.5/4 97% Weiner (2016) While the documentary is not essential viewing, you're likely to be drawn in if you do decide to watch it, finding yourself engrossed, repulsed, and perplexed in equal measure. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 27, 2016
3/4 86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) Fans of Abu-Assad's earlier films may be puzzled by his subject matter, but they needn't worry that he has gone soft. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 27, 2016
1.5/4 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) A dull, formulaic theme-park ride whose only purpose is to make more pots of money. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 26, 2016
2/4 24% Being Charlie (2016) A well-crafted work that features a powerful performance by former child actor Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), Being Charlie is far too predictable, relying too often on all-too-familiar drug-story tropes. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 20, 2016
43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) I admit I fell victim to many a belly laugh watching The Angry Birds Movie. I loved Sudeikis' and Penn's performances. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 19, 2016
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) It touches on serious - and ridiculously complex - ideas but always cuts them down to manageable, middle-brow morsels. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 6, 2016
100% Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen) (1966) Dragon Inn delivers pure cinematic pleasure. I'm not sure it can be overpraised. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 6, 2016
2.5/4 60% Dough (2016) Dough's formulaic structure is made up for by the dynamic chemistry between its leads. Pryce and Holder play off each other with all the bluster and awkwardness of a real-life father and son. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3/4 88% My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016) My Big Night bears the stamp of Pedro Almodóvar's romantic comedies, and it's worthy of his best. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2/4 72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) A ponderous, overwrought meditation on grief, loss, guilt, and memory that prods and probes its characters more like lab rats than living, breathing creations. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/4 90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) Instead of offering easy answers, Barbershop: The Next Cut raises important, difficult, and timely questions. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3.5/4 98% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) April and the Extraordinary World will have your imagination doing somersaults and cartwheels. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 15, 2016