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Walter Chaw

Walter Chaw
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 67% Loving Vincent (2017) It's a sideshow curiosity: The Incredible Bad Idea; the Graduate Art School Project Gone Wrong. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/4 94% First Reformed (2017) Paul Schrader has made his masterpiece.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/4 100% Lady Bird (2017) A miserabilist story about the horror of adolescence that is obviously helmed by a first-timer, Lady Bird is redeemed by a cast so sterling that I actually wished the film were longer. It's that kind of movie.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/4 67% mother! (2017) [mother!] resembles all the great symbolist films because it's one of them.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/4 88% First They Killed My Father (2017) [First They Killed My Father] is a very beautiful film of horrific things happening in a garden of earthly delights. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/4 83% Darkest Hour (2017) Darkest Hour is a timely film, then, a call to arms from the Brits to the Yanks again that the bad guys are actively plotting the end of the world and isn't it time America did something. Isn't it?‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2.5/4 73% Wonderstruck (2017) I liked Wonderstruck a lot because it gave me a sense of hiraeth.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/4 85% It (2017) The motor that drives It is the dread that there's no safety net: that the world is chaos and the only bridge keeping us above it is the ties we use to bind us. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
0/4 68% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing is a movie that thinks it's smarter than you by a filmmaker who thinks it's all right to have this sort of Asian character as long as he cushions the racial slapstick with a facile, heavily-mocked liberal agenda.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
.5/4 88% Battle of the Sexes (2017) What Battle of the Sexes misses is the opportunity to make a movie that isn't a stupid, self-satisfied situation comedy with a "big match" at the end.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/4 96% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is as strange and brave as people can be strange and brave, especially the quiet ones, the weird ones you don't think that much about.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The Dark Tower is not, in fact, the worst. It's pretty bad, but it's also impossible to hate a movie that has Idris Elba dressed like Wyatt Earp.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
1.5/4 50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The feature-length equivalent of that repetitive noise your 9-year-old son makes when you're driving him to a friend's house.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
1.5/4 93% Dunkirk (2017) The bits of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk that are good are so good. The bits of it that are bad are just awful.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) I let out a visceral trill of delight every time I saw an ape on horseback. It's an unbelievably cool image. If this concludes Reeves's run with the series, deficiencies aside, it'll stand as one of the good ones.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2.5/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming has the benefit of a brilliant young lead in Tom Holland and a fantastically-layered villain turn by Michael Keaton, but it bears the burden of all the films that came before it and all those yet to come.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
4/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled is fantastic.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is just good enough to highlight the many ways it could've been a masterpiece.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2/4 68% Cars 3 (2017) [Pixar has] become just like everyone else. And nothing so very special after all.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
0/4 46% Rough Night (2017) Rough Night is unbelievably poor. Some of its relentless sloppiness would be forgiven if it were ever funny, but it never is.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
1/4 16% The Mummy (2017) It took me a while but it finally clicked about an hour into Alex Kurtzman's hilarible The Mummy that the whole thing wasn't a really bad movie, but a really bad videogame in bad-movie form. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) The film is successful for what it is because it's directed by a woman. It's worth considering the nuclear-grade disaster this could have been with a guy at the helm.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
1/4 70% Alien: Covenant (2017) The problem with Covenant, beyond the howling boredom of its first hour and the remarkably-poor CGI employed in the manufacture of its various beasties, is that it's all references and no referents.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
0/4 36% Snatched (2017) It occurs to me that the only way this film could have been good would be if Tom Green were starring in it and it was twenty years ago.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It's a fresh take on a story so worn and exhausted that it should only probably ever be revisited this way: irreverently, by a director who's made a name for himself already in this style and thematic peculiarity.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Feels like a parody of Guardians of the Galaxy. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2.5/4 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Ghost in the Shell is a terrible Ghost in the Shell movie. But it's a great Scarlett Johansson movie.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) I recognize that I love Personal Shopper for the mystery it builds not intratextually, but intertextually. There is a larger play in Assayas's work.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
1/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Just sort of silly and twee.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
1/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) At the end of it all, the picture's only real saving grace is John C. Reilly as a castaway WWII airman who lands a few one-liners the way that only Reilly can, while off-setting the general shittiness of the rest of the human interaction.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
4/4 93% Logan (2017) Logan when, in the aftermath, our heroes navigate a battleground littered with non-combatants. For all the wrestling in the Marvel Universe with collateral damage, this is the best, most devastating representation of it.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
3/4 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) The innovation of Girl is that Melanie is, in fact, a monster... Horror films are best when they borrow from and reflect reality. There isn't anything scarier than truth; dig it.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
1.5/4 34% The Great Wall (2017) Gloriously, fantastically stupid from beginning to end, Fifth Generation legend Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall is also, you know, not terrible on the grand scale of terrible things.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
3/4 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Gore Verbinski's A Cure for Wellness is lurid unto beautiful, exquisite pulp, just barmy enough to attract a cult and just smart enough to deserve it.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
3.5/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick: Chapter 2 isn't perfect. Doesn't matter. It's fantastic.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
1.5/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) A low bar for inauthenticity, and by the third or fourth joke about how corny the old TV show is, you remember the old TV show had more meta intelligence in any ten minutes of a given episode than the whole of this exhausting exercise.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
4/4 84% Silence (2017) Like the resolution of Ted Chiang's Tower of Babylon, there is no answer in inward faith: there's only the outward expression of grace. Silence is a masterpiece.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
3/4 99% Get Out (2017) Get Out works the way it does because of its emotional purity. Chris's discomfort is real; Rose's chagrin with the way her family is behaving is real.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
2/4 35% Live By Night (2017) I could go on. The film certainly does.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/4 88% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women, itself melancholic, is a medicine for melancholy. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch was always funny, but there's warmth now, too.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
2.5/4 88% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
1/4 30% Passengers (2016) It's the feature-length adaptation of that article about how to talk to a girl wearing headphones.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
1/4 94% Fences (2016) Get it? Gabriel with his trumpet? Man, you ain't even listening.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
2.5/4 96% Moana (2016) What works best about Moana are its moments of cultural peculiarity.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
1/4 56% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016