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Todd VanDerWerff

Todd VanDerWerff
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 19% CHIPS (2017) "Neither here nor there" is also a great description of CHIPS, which always seems to be on its way somewhere else. It never gets there.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
4/5 89% Raw (2017) In the hands of writer-director Julia Ducournau, the film becomes a fascinating, metaphorical exploration of becoming an adult - or female sexuality, or animal rights, or something like that.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1.5/5 44% The Belko Experiment (2017) Every time Belko gets into a groove, with some fun plot twists or inventively gory moments, it pauses to make some point or another about the modern workplace that feels at least a decade out of date.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) I wish I liked Skull Island as much as I like individual moments in it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2/5 67% Before I Fall (2017) A deeply dull, deeply confused movie.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4.5/5 96% Kedi (2017) This is the kind of movie I love best - one that starts small, then reveals, slowly but surely, that all of life is contained somewhere inside of it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4.5/5 92% Logan (2017) The best X-Men movie since 2003's X2.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The John Wick movies capture, better than any other action movies, the peculiar feeling of being an American in the 21st century: blessed with immense power but always kinda bummed out about it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
1.5/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Lots of good actors sit in front of a locked-down camera and deliver some of the blandest work of their career.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It's a flawed movie, but a good one, sometimes more interesting as a concept than a story. But, oh, what a concept!‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/5 48% Almost Christmas (2016) Movies where a large family gathers to celebrate Christmas only have to nail one scene, and Almost Christmas does, more or less.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2/5 46% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) This film struggles to translate Fountain's novel into something with its own strong point of view.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2/5 74% Trolls (2016) It's reasonably entertaining, with some good musical numbers and at least one goofily endearing performance. But it's also just a little bit all over the place, with a story that often seems like a fairy-tale greatest hits album.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
5/5 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The Handmaiden is a nearly flawless movie. Every frame, every movement of the camera, every performance feels perfectly calibrated for maximum effect.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
67% Lucy (2014) It's a film that takes great delight in her essentially co-opting a long series of tropes and storylines typically reserved for men in stories of this type, which is an old trope in the feminist action movie wheelhouse.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
52% The Interview (2014) Even the film's most ardent champions would likely concede that The Interview is a spectacularly weird film to end up at the center of a free speech brouhaha.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
95% Nightcrawler (2014) Nightcrawler, on its surface, is a relatively straightforward thriller, built around a slightly improbable but very effective main character, a man who starts as an antihero and plunges straight ahead toward villainy.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
97% Moonlight (2016) One of the year's best films, one of those movies that sneaks up on you and packs a wallop in the end.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
83% Una (2016) Una really wants to make you interrogate some of your deeply held beliefs about the subject matter. And that's going to be tough to stomach for just about anyone.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) It's pretty good! There are places where it rises above the controversy and takes wing under its own power. And there are places where it becomes incredibly difficult to separate the film from the man who made it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
90% Elle (2016) I'm not sure Elle completely adds up... but I appreciated how epic its scope was for a film that is, ultimately, about a few weeks in the life of a middle-aged woman.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) My goodness is La La Land magical.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
2.5/5 40% Morgan (2016) It's rare to be able to pinpoint the exact moment when a movie goes wrong, but it's possible to do so with Morgan‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
4.5/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) Disney's Pete's Dragon remake is one of the summer's better movies -- and that would have been the case even in a summer that wasn't largely dominated by lousy sequels and tired franchise extensions.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
1.5/5 25% Suicide Squad (2016) This movie dearly hopes it can skate by entirely on attitude, but forgets to develop said attitude. It wants to stand out thanks to its team dynamics, but forgets that a team is made up of many individual characters.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) For a completely unnecessary movie, Jason Bourne isn't bad.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/5 76% Lights Out (2016) Lights Out, the new horror movie about a monster that can only strike when, well, the lights are out, is a near masterpiece of scary movie craft.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
2/5 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Collision Course is mostly an uninteresting attempt to keep making Ice Age movies.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
4/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's a surprisingly joyful throwback to everything that makes the Star Trek universe great.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
0/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Independence Day: Resurgence is the worst kind of bad movie: one that seems indifferent about its own existence.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3.5/5 96% De Palma (2016) The documentary's commitment to being thorough is admirable. But that urge to be comprehensive is also how De Palma shoots itself in the foot.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
5/5 100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) Could one man simultaneously embody such grace and such brutality? Sure. Just look at the country he grew up in.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2016
3.5/5 28% Warcraft (2016) I kinda liked it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/5 98% The Fits (2016) In terms of capturing that adolescent ennui, it's as good as any movie I've seen.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
1/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) One of the more unnecessary sequels in an age of unnecessary sequels.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
99% Selma (2015) Selma isn't a discrete story of one moment in time that we can observe safely from the sidelines. It is all around us, every day.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
1.5/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Angry Birds could be gonzo; instead, it's just kinda... there.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
2.5/5 57% Money Monster (2016) Money Monster... is a slick piece of work. But like many slick pieces of work, it's ultimately hollow.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
3.5/5 77% Keanu (2016) Keanu just wants to give you a fun night at the movies, and it succeeds at that admirable task. But Key and Peele aimed so much higher on their TV show that it's not hard to want to see them rewrite the rules of film comedy, too.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 1, 2016
4.5/5 90% Green Room (2016) Somewhere in its black little heart, it has something interesting to say about human resiliency and the reckless moral code of youth. And at just over 90 minutes, it never overstays its welcome.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
2/5 22% The Boss (2016) It doesn't have a story beyond, "What if Melissa McCarthy played the boss?" That it almost succeeds is a testament to her strengths as a performer and the rest of the game ensemble cast.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
5/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) At once brilliantly structured and seemingly effortless.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
4.5/5 98% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) It's a loose, scrappy tale that blends pulpy adventure with a young woman's coming of age, and then adds a healthy dollop of mad science.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
3/5 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) In short: If a person in your life is really excited to see this movie, it is unlikely to let them down. That's usually true of movies, but it's really true of this one.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
4/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) It's a conclusion that won't be to everyone's liking, but I can't fault a climax this weird when it produces a final shot as perfect as 10 Cloverfield Lane's -- though you'll have to go see the movie to find out what it is.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
2/5 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) I was mostly on board with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot until its third act, when it completely derails. Kim, confronted with a serious personal crisis, does something that's frankly unbelievable and baffling.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
4.5/5 98% Zootopia (2016) It's goofy and joyful. It has an actual message that it's not shy about expressing directly, one that's filled with depth beyond "be nice to each other." And its screenplay is surprisingly clever on a structural level.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
3.5/5 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) Eddie the Eagle fits snugly into one of my favorite sports movie subgenres -- films about how sometimes losing is better, if it means that you stay true to your own moral code.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
5/5 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) I've never seen a movie quite like Embrace of the Serpent.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
5/5 91% The Witch (2016) The Witch isn't a horror film where the scares come from big spooky jolts, or from gore. No, The Witch is a horror film that creeps up on you, spreading its tendrils slowly across the landscape of your mind.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016