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Walter Chaw

Walter Chaw
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 90% Hereditary (2018) When it's bad, Hereditary feels like the wrong kind of exploitation flick, one that doesn't inhabit its traumas deeply and so believes a character as beautifully performed as Annie's deserves to be the butt of a cosmic joke.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 has something to say that's big and messy... It's not a perfect film, but it might be an important one.. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/4 96% The 39 Steps (1935) The 39 Steps is light, urbane, sexy as hell, and as so much of Hitchcock was so often, right about everything.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
1/4 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo is 'prequel bad,' and as anyone who really loves this franchise knows, there aren't a lot of things worse.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
2/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It's stunning to realize that their attempts to do so are the most emotionally affecting things in the whole of the perfectly-named Infinity War: people valiantly, desperately trying to evoke humanity in the midst of a machine that makes that impossible.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2.5/4 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Without Nutmeg, Isle of Dogs doesn't seem to be about anything other than Anderson continuing to disappear into his meticulously-constructed, obsessively-controlled terrariums. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
1/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is so unmoored from anything like subtext or complexity that without a keenly intelligent and efficient script, its seams start to show almost immediately. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
1/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is the first Spielberg film I can remember that feels contemptuous.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
1/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Turning Reese Witherspoon into a smug piece of salad is probably not the best use of all those millions of dollars.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
1/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) It'll attract a cult--one it genuinely deserves--for all the wrong reasons.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3.5/5 87% Annihilation (2018) What's impressive is Annihilation's willingness and ability to evoke the soul-sickness that leads to great moments of art, great moments of self-destruction, and an equation of the two.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2/4 87% The Post (2018) It's an earnest, timely(TM), important(TM), awards-season(TM) prestige picture(TM)...‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
1.5/4 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It is exactly what it seems to be: an obsequious waste of time that feels like a relic from twenty years ago and will be forgotten almost immediately. It's not even worth this conversation.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) By being easily the most unconventional film in the octet, The Last Jedi underscores exactly what Star Wars was always about. Hope. We need it now more than ever.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
.5/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards assumes the aspect of world-weary malcontent but is really just a patronizing scold.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
1/4 40% Justice League (2017) DC's superhero team-up dirge Justice League shambles into unnatural half-life with a message of apocalyptic doomsaying presented now without puke filters, so that it looks like a movie my mom watches on her television with the motion-smoothing turned on.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ... funnier than the usual Marvel product because it's directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows)... ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
1/4 8% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman is a pratfall by the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi. It's not without interest, and it deserves every ounce of the opprobrium it's attracted.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is painfully good. [Sean] Baker has arrived.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2.5/4 63% The Foreigner (2017) The Foreigner isn't a great film, but it's an interesting one for all its mediocrity. That's because [Jackie] Chan made it on a very particular personality. ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) I didn't like Blade Runner 2049 very much in the hours after first watching it. I didn't like the way it resolved the previous film's storylines--how stolid it was in its exposition and how eager it seemed to talk about what was on its mind.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
1/4 84% 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 96% First Reformed (2018) Paul Schrader has made his masterpiece.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/4 99% 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 69% 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 85% 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 67% 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 51% 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 85% 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 92% 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 49% 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 92% 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 44% 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 15% 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 66% 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 30% 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 83% 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 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Just sort of silly and twee.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017