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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
2/4 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) A sci-fi-horror yarn stocked with a winning cast but hobbled by a lamebrained script and dull set pieces.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
47% Sand Castle (2017) An engaging, gripping fact-based drama starring Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) as a young machine gunner in the U.S. Marines whose platoon is put in the impossible position of saving an Iraqi village.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle is a profoundly simple meditation on the many ways we've become alienated from nature and from the Earth.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3.5/4 83% A United Kingdom (2017) A fact-based political romance about one of the most remarkable love stories you've never heard about.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2017) Offerings range from... love stories to probing political dialogues about immigration and racial identity.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation (2017) Offerings range from the cute to the transcendent.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) Offerings range from the cute to the transcendent, from love stories to probing political dialogues about immigration and racial identity.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) An exquisite, closely studied moral fable about our tendency to confuse love with ownership and our willingness in the face of felt humiliation to disavow empathy, understanding, and concern for our neighbor.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/4 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Offers an accessible but no-less rigorous look at Baldwin's prophetic analysis of racial discord in America.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
2/4 25% The Comedian (2017) There's just so much you can get out of this material and the filmmakers beat it to death.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
4/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Toni Erdmann is an immensely rich, deeply-felt exploration of human relationships that draws you in and holds you fast for nearly three hours.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3.5/4 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Visually arresting, but never precious, it's filled with ideas that have relevance to actual life, ideas that are based on a moral conviction that a question well-posed is far more valuable than an easy answer.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2.5/4 43% Gold (2017) A promising, if ultimately disappointing cautionary tale about the power of greed to twist the human soul.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
0.5/4 44% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/4 74% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 84% The Founder (2017) Boy, does Keaton's Kroc ever become mean, selfish, small-minded - though he's never less than fascinating.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) It's intriguing enough to suck you in, but confusing, fragmentary, frustrating.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/4 84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
3/4 88% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls is an engrossing tragic fantasy, sustained by genuine sentiment.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 93% Fences (2016) Tragic, beautiful, thought-provoking.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 40% Why Him? (2016) Like Meet The Parents on LSD, laced with rat poison.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/4 31% Passengers (2016) As serious science fiction, Passengers falls seriously short.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/4 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) It ... has great momentum, good set pieces, and so much frothy nihilism it's just plain fun.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/4 85% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/4 75% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
2.5/4 96% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 90% Elle (2016) Like its heroine, the film shocks by lunging back and forth between comedy and tragedy.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/4 60% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 96% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
3.5/4 94% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
2.5/4 89% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Far too good to be watched in one sitting.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
2/4 74% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
3.5/4 88% Christine (2016) Rich in dramatic detail and psychological insight, the film approaches its protagonist with genuine concern.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 52% The Accountant (2016) I'm not ashamed to admit that I had a lot of fun at this movie.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016