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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
0.5/4 41% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Left me deeply traumatized and suffering from injuries to my eardrums, my eyes, my mind, my soul, my aesthetic sensibility, and my sense of decency. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/4 77% Split (2017) Split is a deeply disturbing film that covers every evil human deed from kidnapping to cannibalism. But it's also wildly funny in parts. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 80% The Founder (2017) Boy, does Keaton's Kroc ever become mean, selfish, small-minded - though he's never less than fascinating. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) Paterson is easily one of Jarmusch's most accomplished films. He portrays the life of the mind and the workings of the creative soul as a kind of secret love affair, a deep, hidden well inside the most ordinary, mundane existence. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/4 32% Live By Night (2017) It's intriguing enough to suck you in, but confusing, fragmentary, frustrating. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/4 83% Silence (2017) Scorsese's adaptation is overlong and at times insufferably self-indulgent but contains sublime moments of transcendent beauty and a wealth of beautiful performances. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 4, 2017
3/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls is an engrossing tragic fantasy, sustained by genuine sentiment. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 4, 2017
3/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) The miracle lies in how the film gently touches on some of the most intractable social problems addressed by the civil rights movement, while maintaining an infectiously buoyant vibe - not to mention a bouncy soundtrack. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 95% Fences (2016) Tragic, beautiful, thought-provoking. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 40% Why Him? (2016) Like Meet The Parents on LSD, laced with rat poison. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/4 31% Passengers (2016) As serious science fiction, Passengers falls seriously short. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) It ... has great momentum, good set pieces, and so much frothy nihilism it's just plain fun. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/4 87% Lion (2016) Lion celebrates the human will and the human need to find meaning and connection in life. If the final scenes don't have you blubbering, your humanity may need some fine-tuning. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It tries so hard to be an epic masterpiece - with self-important speeches and an insanely outsize orchestral score - that it ends up a laughable parody of itself. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) Lean, mean, and utterly compelling, Ma's beautifully paced and remarkably understated 80-minute thriller Old Stone is a Kafkaesque satire about the soul-crushing effects of bureaucracy. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Madden's film offers up a banal truism - money has a corrupting influence on politics - as if it were some great dramatic discovery and trots out a fairy-tale ending that both repudiates the political process and undermines the movie ... ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2.5/4 46% The Duelist (Duelyant) (2016) A tiresome but meticulously detailed and visually sumptuous Russian melodrama about romance and intrigue amid the nobility in 19th century St. Petersburg. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 30, 2016
2.5/4 95% The Love Witch (2016) Biller's visual splendor is ... wasted on a mediocre script riddled with structural problems. Scenes follow another willy-nilly, as if moved around late in the process. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 30, 2016
3.5/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) An achingly graceful, heartfelt, working-class story about loss, grief, and family obligations. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 88% Elle (2016) Like its heroine, the film shocks by lunging back and forth between comedy and tragedy. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/4 61% Allied (2016) Allied comes off like a highlight reel that mimics the look and feel of a whole school of great films, from Casablanca to Hitchcock's Suspicion and Notorious. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 95% Moana (2016) Moana 's great heart and great humor actively subvert the violent, egocentric, macho mind-set that dominates so many popular stories. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 21, 2016
44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Overheated, existential melodrama or cool, sharp-edged satire? Despite his genius as a filmmaker, Lee simply can't give us both at the same time. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Yates and Rowling skillfully weave their bleak - and very blunt-edged - message into the fabric of the story. It might be wildly out of place in a fantasy aimed at tweens, but it's a welcome change from the usual vapid blockbuster. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/4 89% Loving (2016) A resplendent and remarkably subtle, yet deeply affecting, drama about the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3.5/4 93% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) Few filmmakers have portrayed the messy reality of human desire and sexuality as consistently, as elegantly, and as powerfully as André Téchiné. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 9, 2016
2.5/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) While I'm tired of the wretched tyranny of comic book flicks, I admit I liked Cumberbatch's picture. For the most part. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Garfield melts into his Doss character in a performance that seems impossibly still and tranquil. He's mesmerizing. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Far too good to be watched in one sitting. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 1, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) If you think art should challenge us, then you will embrace writer-director Barry Jenkins' exquisitely crafted drama Moonlight. It's a true American masterpiece and one of the best films of the decade. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 1, 2016
2/4 75% Trolls (2016) Despite the competent animation, the great tunes, and funny voice work by costars Russell Brand and John Cleese, Trolls is a lackluster entry. The story is clichéd and predictable. Overall, the film has no real magic. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 31, 2016
3.5/4 85% Christine (2016) Rich in dramatic detail and psychological insight, the film approaches its protagonist with genuine concern. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 27, 2016
1.5/4 19% Inferno (2016) Howard seems to have forgotten that the Langdon stories are supposed to be puzzles, brain-teasing mysteries. Here, the symbology that Langdon does is so absurdly esoteric, and so beside the point, the audience stops following the clues. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/4 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) An inventive cross between a haunted-house mystery, a demonic-possession yarn, and a creepy murderous-child freak-out. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) As crime thrillers go, it's an inferior product with a predictable plot. It succeeds because of its memorable characters and their shifting relationships. There's some nice action and offbeat humor. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 20, 2016
76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) The first half had me in stitches of helpless hilarity, but by the time comic Kevin Hart wrapped up his latest standup concert film with a series of tasteless sex jokes, I wanted out. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 51% The Accountant (2016) I'm not ashamed to admit that I had a lot of fun at this movie. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) A fast-moving, deeply absorbing, and thoroughly exciting directorial debut. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) A Man Called Ove won me over - if for no other reason than Lassgård's formidable talent for playing such an utterly pitiless, nihilistic jerk. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The Girl on the Train is a fun ride, despite its failings. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/4 94% Command and Control (2016) A terrifying documentary that'll have your heart racing as fast as any Hollywood thriller, Kenner's film reveals that, due to a range of errors and accidents, we were very close, more than once, to detonating a nuke on our own soil. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2.5/4 31% Masterminds (2016) Masterminds is filled with the sort of idiotic bathroom humor that has become standard in big-screen comedies, but it is enlivened by the surreal slapstick touches that made Napoleon Dynamite so good. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2.5/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) I fear Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is too uneven, too self-consciously cool to succeed either as art or as mass spectacle. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Berg's film works because it excludes anything that is not immediately involved in the actual explosion, including the full range of its causes or its long-term consequences. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) I'm sorely disappointed. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Ultimately, Queen of Katwe fosters a belief in the triumph of merit and talent. And that message is definitely applicable - to Western kids. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 63% Storks (2016) It elicited applause from adults and kids alike at a recent screening. I guess I must be allergic. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) It never feels tedious, thanks to Stone's tremendous sense of story construction, the film's razor-sharp editing - and Gordon-Levitt's masterful performance. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/4 36% Blair Witch (2016) It's nothing more than a sophisticated clone of the original, and it really overdoes the shaky-camera thing - even more than in some of the worst found-footage movies The Blair Witch Project spawned. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 92% Demon (2016) A chilling, eerie cautionary tale about the ghosts that continue to haunt Poland long after the war. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 15, 2016