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      Cinemania is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Dan Jardine.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      This Is Not a War Story (2021) Dan Jardine Writer/director/star Talia Lugacy has crafted a thoroughly compelling examination of the challenges faced by veterans returning to civilian life.
      Posted Aug 03, 2021
      Steps (2017) Dan Jardine Populated with excellent performances by the central actors, and infused with a humanity that supports these performer's fine work.
      Posted Jul 28, 2021
      73/100
      Before/During/After (2021) Dan Jardine Before/During/After is a heartfelt and honest look at something we have seen before, but not quite like this.
      Posted Jun 22, 2021
      62/100
      Too Late (2021) Dan Jardine If you are able to overlook the slightly flat ending, Too Late could prove a sufficiently tasty treat.
      Posted Jun 22, 2021
      Transference: A Love Story (2020) Dan Jardine Howard Hawks once famously suggested that a good movie has three great scenes and no bad ones. Transference: A Love Story passes this test with ease.
      Posted May 27, 2021
      76/100
      West Michigan (2021) Dan Jardine the story emerges naturalistically out of the situations and quite lovely western Michigan settings, and we feel there is truth in the storytelling and characterizations.
      Posted Apr 30, 2021
      88/100
      Memories of Murder (2003) Dan Jardine There is an "everything including the kitchen sink" quality to a lot of S. Korean films. They either have no respect for the rules of genre, or are such big fans of various genres they want us to experience them all in one flick. I love the results here.
      Posted Mar 12, 2021
      84/100
      Gunda (2020) Dan Jardine Farm noir. Definitely on the level, though, ground level Bub, no Dutch angle about it
      Posted Mar 12, 2021
      70/100
      New Order (2020) Dan Jardine The way the intensity ratchets up during the military's fascist quelling of the uprisings is particularly compelling and completely plausible. I just wanted to spend more time with the peasants. Do they have an end game? What is their "New Order?"
      Posted Mar 12, 2021
      80/100
      Black Bear (2020) Dan Jardine Hits home as an exploration of the multiple dangers of using one's personal life as fodder for one's creative expression, with a dash of method actor-y meta-commentary added for flavor.
      Posted Mar 12, 2021
      76/100
      Family Obligations (2019) Dan Jardine The story and themes the movie explores are familiar, but they are examined with enough nuance and eccentric charm to distinguish the film from others of this ilk.
      Posted Mar 03, 2020
      76/100
      Chameleon (2019) Dan Jardine Chameleon is a taut thriller that rewards an observant viewer.
      Posted Dec 27, 2019
      52/100
      Trauma Therapy (2019) Dan Jardine The director shows no flair for the genre, as he generates little tension in the therapeutic sessions, and fails to use the setting to create feelings of dread or claustrophobia
      Posted Dec 24, 2019
      82/100
      ANYA (2019) Dan Jardine Anya may be small in budget, but it is big in humanity, intelligence and emotional impact
      Posted Nov 04, 2019
      80/100
      Sunday Girl (2019) Dan Jardine Ambrosio has a very good eye for symmetrical compositions and creative camera placement, as well as an astute sense of detail in the costumes and set design.
      Posted Oct 21, 2019
      60é100
      Human Capital (2019) Dan Jardine The overlapping narratives drag the simple story out, making a relatively short 97 minute film feel like a bit of a slog.
      Posted Sep 11, 2019
      74/100
      The Riot Act (2018) Dan Jardine While there are a few narrative implausibilities, they never derail the story, and while the story takes on a bit more thematically then it can ultimately deliver, it is generally preferable that a film's reach exceeds its grasp.
      Posted Sep 02, 2019
      70/100
      The Iron Orchard (2018) Dan Jardine A toe-tapping score and well-paced narrative drive round out the film's many competencies
      Posted Aug 01, 2019
      67/100
      Ophelia (2018) Dan Jardine It is not entirely successful, but has enough going for it at the purely technical level that it may find an audience. I am not it, however.
      Posted Jun 24, 2019
      71/100
      Ghost Light (2018) Dan Jardine Ghost Light is a success in a minor key
      Posted Jun 09, 2019
      56/100
      The Outsider (2019) Dan Jardine The Outsiders suffers from a lack of a single moment of narrative surprise or subtlety, as it follows the conventions of the genre slavishly.
      Posted Jun 02, 2019
      76/100
      Bull (2019) Dan Jardine Bull could easily slide into sentiment, but maintains the course as a quiet, naturalistic film set in a dying corner of the country, involving characters on the outer periphery of society who participate in an industry that is in atrophy
      Posted May 17, 2019
      79/100
      Tater Tot & Patton (2017) Dan Jardine Writer/director Kightlinger is to be commended for choosing a low-key approach suitable to the material, while guiding his actors to follow the lead of his script and direction.
      Posted Apr 15, 2019
      71/100
      America Adrift (2016) Dan Jardine a familiar story infused with intelligence and directorial elan
      Posted Mar 12, 2019
      52/100
      Streaker (2017) Dan Jardine Long gone are the days when watching grown people running naked on a field of sport is very much fun, but this film manages to drain the last few drops out of that particular humour barrel.
      Posted Mar 12, 2019
      58/100
      The Remarkable Life of John Weld (2018) Dan Jardine The key problem with the film is its lacks a thematic focus. While a lot of interesting things happened in Weld's life, there is no larger theme that provides his life with significance.
      Posted Feb 10, 2019
      68/100
      Stay Human (2018) Dan Jardine Stay Human is an affecting and engaging document, and one that could not be more well-timed.
      Posted Jan 23, 2019
      70/100
      A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) Dan Jardine A wee fable whose ability to charm will be in direct correlation to one's default cynicism setting.
      Posted Jan 14, 2019
      90/100
      The Florida Project (2017) Dan Jardine The pathos of the film proves to be gut-wrenching
      Posted Mar 15, 2018
      76/100
      Diner (1982) Dan Jardine The male quintet of friends is amusingly lampooned in Levinson's clever and cutting script, a refreshingly honest depiction of an era often bathed in sepia-toned nostalgia.
      Posted Jan 10, 2016
      93/100
      City Lights (1931) Dan Jardine City Lights is a paean to our best impulses, a plea for humanitarianism and justice.
      Posted Jan 10, 2016
      87/100
      Captains Courageous (1937) Dan Jardine An unlikely love story of two opposites splendidly directed by Fleming.
      Posted Jan 10, 2016
      82/100
      Amarcord (1973) Dan Jardine Fellini shoots much of the film in muted colors that seem slightly out-of-focus, as if he were attempting to transport us into a dreamlike state.
      Posted Jan 10, 2016
      91/100
      Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Dan Jardine Sherlock Jr. is Keaton's signature statement, and mind-warping flight of fancy on the dreamlike nature of films and the fluid nature of our ontological existence.
      Posted May 29, 2015
      54/100
      Frank (2014) Dan Jardine The film tries very hard for quirky, but (barely) manages annoying.
      Posted Feb 20, 2015
      The Theory of Everything (2014) Dan Jardine The treatment of the subject matter goes over to what is essentially religious adoration.
      Posted Feb 20, 2015
      68/100
      Get On Up (2014) Dan Jardine The film's relative lack of any actual drama in the narrative is ultimately the result of a biographical approach too dedicated to flattery.
      Posted Feb 20, 2015
      89/100
      The Firemen's Ball (1967) Dan Jardine I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard that I cried, but I did for The Firemen's Ball, and more than once.
      Posted Feb 11, 2015
      71/100
      Wild (2014) Dan Jardine A solid entertainment that treats the central story of redemption with honesty
      Posted Feb 11, 2015
      62/100
      Alan Partridge (2013) Dan Jardine The creaky premise of the plot is behind the times by decades, not years.
      Posted Jan 25, 2015
      90/100
      Ida (2013) Dan Jardine The film's moral complexity is laudable
      Posted Jan 25, 2015
      82/100
      Nightcrawler (2014) Dan Jardine Nightcrawler gives us what we want--a "happy ending"-- as well as what we deserve-- a deliciously ironic comment on what passes for success in contemporary society.
      Posted Jan 23, 2015
      87/100
      Force of Evil (1948) Dan Jardine The film cleverly uses illicit numbers running as a metaphor for unethical business practices in post-war America
      Posted Jan 09, 2015
      82/100
      The Killing Fields (1984) Dan Jardine Ngor's naturalistic and empathic portrayal of his character's desperate fight for survival is the key to this film's visceral power.
      Posted Jan 09, 2015
      88/100
      Chimes at Midnight (1965) Dan Jardine Welles fearlessly inverts the Shakespearean emphasis on Henry's rise to power, instead encouraging us to look at the world from the perspective of those he left behind in his climb to the top.
      Posted Dec 30, 2014
      89/100
      Scarface (1932) Dan Jardine The pre-noir gangster genre was in many ways defined by the innovative approaches taken by Hawks in this film.
      Posted Dec 30, 2014
      69/100
      Time Bandits (1981) Dan Jardine Gilliam opts for an acerbic and often nasty tone that risks offending the very audience at which it purported to be aimed.
      Posted Dec 30, 2014
      70/100
      Kagemusha (1980) Dan Jardine The film swings like a pendulum between stillness and action, an occasionally jarring mix of David Lean-like panoramas with intimate character study.
      Posted Dec 27, 2014
      76/100
      Stardust Memories (1980) Dan Jardine Woody Allen's altar is the art of filmmaking, and Stardust Memories is his crisis of faith.
      Posted Dec 27, 2014
      77/100
      Jean de Florette (1986) Dan Jardine Jean de Florette is as melodramatic as any soap opera, but its treatment is just a little askew, just off-center enough for the film to evolve into a moving and powerful pastoral tragedy.
      Posted Dec 27, 2014
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