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Walter Chaw

Walter Chaw
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 32% Live By Night (2017) I could go on. The film certainly does. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 16, 2017
1/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) It's the kind of movie where you compliment the performances and then trail off because there's nothing much left to say that won't make you sound like a jerk. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/4 90% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women, itself melancholic, is a medicine for melancholy. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/4 95% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch was always funny, but there's warmth now, too. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 16, 2017
2.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) an effective weepie, yet there are moments where it demonstrates that it could have been a good deal more than that. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 16, 2017
1/4 31% Passengers (2016) It's the feature-length adaptation of that article about how to talk to a girl wearing headphones. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 16, 2017
1/4 95% Fences (2016) Get it? Gabriel with his trumpet? Man, you ain't even listening. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 16, 2017
3.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) A deep cut for Star Wars fanatics, ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jan 16, 2017
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Understanding both its failures and its attraction is the only chance we really have. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 6, 2016
2.5/4 95% Moana (2016) What works best about Moana are its moments of cultural peculiarity. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 6, 2016
1/4 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It's an intensely personal picture. That's its greatest strength, along with its greatest weakness. It may not be for anyone else. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 6, 2016
2/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) I hope Steve Kloves decides he wants to write the next one. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 6, 2016
3.5/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Fede Alvarez is the real deal ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 5, 2016
2.5/4 88% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2016) fitfully-fascinating ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 17, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) I've wondered often since seeing Manchester by the Sea how Lee is doing. Well, I hope. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 90% Into the Inferno (2016) He's an old softie, now. That's incredibly boring. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 83% Una (2016) These two have a genuine fission in their interplay that makes it all feel dangerous. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 85% Sully (2016) An elderly film by an elderly filmmaker for an elderly audience ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight is always in tension with itself. Sometimes it wins and turns into something absolutely, rapturously lovely. Sometimes it loses. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 6, 2016
1/4 93% La La Land (2016) Step Up 6: Awards Season ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 6, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) It's the fulfillment of what great fiction can do, particularly genre fiction. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 6, 2016
0/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Brutally bad ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 11, 2016
4/4 97% In a Lonely Place (1950) It's a deeply Freudian film that happens to understand Freud--testament to its enduring, unshakable nature. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/4 91% No Way Out (1987) No Way Out is a secret noir. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) You can find fault, and easily, with its prose, but when it's right, it's right in exactly the right way. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3.5/4 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Bridging the gap between Charlie Kaufman movies ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 11, 2016
2/4 57% The Dark Half (1993) another variation on the Monkey Shines conceit of Jungian shadows and Freudian id manifestations ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 11, 2016
1.5/4 50% Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear (1988) a lot of awful performances in the service of a lousy script. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 11, 2016
1.5/4 75% Knightriders (1981) feels less "spartan" on purpose than "affectless" by accident. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 11, 2016
0/4 10% Dirty Grandpa (2016) There are many ways you could go in attacking something like Dirty Grandpa. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
1.5/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) bland, empty, crowd-pleasing, middlebrow gruel for the sedate appreciation of people who are almost dead. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
1/4 35% Ghost Story (1981) The Shining is about decay. Ghost Story talks about decay. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
4/4 91% The Witch (2016) I can't wait to see it again, but I'm afraid to. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
3.5/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) the cinema of delight ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
4/4 46% Knight of Cups (2016) Writing about Malick now inspires flights of poesy. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
4/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) the Coens at their most and least cynical. Amen and hallelujah. - ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
2/4 84% Deadpool (2016) The primogenitor of Deadpool is Dennis Miller's '90s standup: sneering, smarmy, arch, and peppered with pop-culture references ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
4/4 96% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) says something wonderful about who we are when we're at our best. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
3/4 60% Jack's Back (1988) A quintessential dirty '80s thriller ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
0.5/4 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) two full hours of things happening solely because they're the next thing ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
3/4 98% Zootopia (2016) The illness in our society comes from the artificial stratification, and defensive denial, of original difference. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 26, 2016
2/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) It'll make you feel like s***. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 23, 2016
2/4 65% Krampus (2015) It's the kind of thing that only really worked when it was Gremlins. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 10, 2015
1/4 12% Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood (1996) In the history of active sabotage, this one's right up there. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 35% Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (1995) Lightning in a bottle. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 95% Creed (2015) I love this movie. I do. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) the last hour of Hunger Games 3.2 is good enough that deeper readings of this text would actually hold water in a way that previous attempts to politicize it have failed. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 65% Spectre (2015) plotting is convoluted, maybe even tortured, though I do wonder if all its conspiracies and turns don't constitute a MacGuffin. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 10, 2015
1.5/4 61% Lord of Illusions (1995) Clive Barker is the Douglas Sirk of splatter. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2/4 36% Nightbreed (1990) Clive Barker is the Douglas Sirk of splatter. ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Dec 10, 2015