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Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% American Son (2019) American Son doesn't really work as a movie. Its theatricality comes across as forced and curiously inert on screen, at close range to the actors, and its conversations about race and policing in particular feel stilted and contrive‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
2.5/5 72% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Dark Fate by and large pulls off recapturing the goofy fun of the original, though with a twist. It evokes the earliest Terminator films, but Dark Fate doesn't want to just rewrite Terminator's future -- it wants to reevaluate its past, too.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
2.5/5 90% The Elephant Queen (2019) The result is a nice story about elephants but not much more, making The Elephant Queen feel a bit like a squandered opportunity. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Tell Me Who I Am narrowly but successfully pulls it off by letting the brothers delve into the rawness of their relationship.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) The Laundromat is unwieldy at times, and its final scene is truly befuddling. But it's worth watching not just for its bitterly entertaining explanation of a densely confusing matter but also the way it illustrates a larger problem.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It's not entirely clear why a Zombieland sequel was necessary, but everyone looks like they're having fun, and sometimes that's enough.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 90% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) ... the fun comes from seeing your favorite characters again, not finally resolving missing pieces that have tortured your sleep for six years. And on that front, El Camino delivers.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
1/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man is a demo reel for some fancy new movie technology, an EPCOT attraction dressed up as an action flick.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) [Dolemite Is My Name is] a vivid depiction of the challenges that black entertainers have faced, particularly in Hollywood. And it is, to everyone's delight, a great Eddie Murphy performance.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
1.5/5 23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Lucy in the Sky feels unfocused, distracted, and tonally uncertain.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) [The Irishman] is lively and wry and very funny, but at times it also feels like a confession, a plea for grace, not just from its protagonist but from the filmmaker himself.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3.5/5 83% Judy (2019) Judy is mostly a pleasure, even in its most tense moments, especially because [Renée] Zellweger performs several full numbers that give you a sense of the magic [Judy] Garland brought to the stage.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 91% Waves (2019) What sets Waves apart is its complex understanding of what it actually means for love to conquer fear and hatred. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
4.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is beautiful, contemplative, and loaded with meaning -- not an action movie, but one that leaves you with plenty to ponder.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) While it's hugely entertaining, Parasite is also thought-provoking. By the time the catharsis arrives, you think you're at the end of the film, but a coda adds a new wrinkle to the whole thing. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
5/5 97% Marriage Story (2019) To get a story like this right requires a sense of the comical and the absurd along with the devastating -- and Marriage Story delivers.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) It's a worthy tribute to Agatha Christie, a light but pointed rebuke, and a delectable time at the movies, too.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) [Donna] Tartt's novel comes in at such great length because it's trying, for better or worse, to emulate that artistic technique. And in sticking so closely to the plot of the novel, The Goldfinch loses the story, and the soul, of its source.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 69% Joker (2019) Joker is a tightly directed mood piece with an unforgettable performance at its center, but it's not much more than a mask, with nothing but banality behind.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) With rising tides of hate and ignorance, where demagogues have groupies and neo-Nazis are easy to find on the internet, preying on the weak, what Jojo Rabbit has to say is both hysterically funny and grim as hell.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 81% Just Mercy (2019) In spite of its shortcomings, Just Mercy is still the sort of film that's worth watching and absorbing and discussing, because the story it tells has not stopped being relevant in the decades since [Bryan] Stevenson and [Walter] McMillian met. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4.5/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood sneaks around the barriers we throw up in adulthood, finding the kid inside of us who just wants to know we are loved.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 96% Jawline (2019) Jawline is both disturbing and empathetic, and an important peek into the glory and angst of being a teenager on the internet today.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
100% Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music (1970) [Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music] is an outstanding documentary, a joyful musical experience and a playful artifact of an era, even at its butt-busting length. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not looks and feels like a straight-ahead horror thriller, but the opportunity to do something truly mind-bending is squandered.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4.5/5 97% American Factory (2019) American Factory tackles the challenges of globalization with much more depth and nuance than most reporting on the topic, precisely because it steps back to watch a story unfold over time and resists easy generalizations.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
1.5/5 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) There's a story buried in here about a woman with a seemingly happy life who's nonetheless lost her sense of self, but it feels too pasted together from disparate parts to not leave the audience just scratching their heads by the end.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 87% The Great Hack (2019) The Great Hack isn't revealing much that hasn't been reported elsewhere, but it's powerful in the ways it does so. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) Stuber is part of a breed of summer movies that I think of as "aggressively fine": They're not unwatchable, and you'll laugh sometimes, but they're also not very good, and there's no particular reason they couldn't be. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King has always been a film with quite a lot to say bubbling below its surface. But 2019's telling adds bloat, and nothing more.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) [The Farewell] is a finely tuned drama that finds humor in the everyday absurdity that comes from belonging to a family. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) There's no cutting away from the disturbing in Midsommar (in fact, the camera prefers to push into the worst of it); you will look at this, and you will see the violence that is life and death, the movie says.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/5 96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) The Edge of Democracy is not an impartial piece of journalistic filmmaking; indeed, Costa makes no pretensions to objectivity. She weaves in her own family's story and the film takes on the quality of a lament.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/5 45% Murder Mystery (2019) It's just the kind of movie to pop on one night when you're looking for something fun, silly, and a little mysterious.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco is heartbreaking and elegiac in all the best ways. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
1.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King of the Monsters has big monster fights in the rain. But it feels by the end like you've just spent hours of your life on a fleeting amusement park ride.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) [Booksmart] is a very satisfying movie for anyone who was never cool enough to see themselves in the star of a '90s teen comedy. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood doesn't have a lot to say, in the end. And yet it manages to capture some of that old-time Hollywood movie magic.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4.5/5 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Probably the most delightful thing about The Lighthouse is that it gives Willem Dafoe the role of a lifetime. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4.5/5 79% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life is everything [Terrence] Malick's devotees could want from a movie: beautiful, poetic, hewing closely to films like Days of Heaven and Tree of Life.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman sometimes feels like it's lost its way, especially near the end. But it's still a joyous celebration, a colorful story about love that can help people heal. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Though The Dead Don't Die feels like a gently resigned take on the apocalypse, what lurks below is a pessimism and maybe even nihilism that feels very much of a piece with our time. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir is a painfully precise story of what it is to be in love with someone with addiction - to weather the disappearances, the stolen money, the lies, the heartbreak. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Whatever it lacks in narrative intelligence it makes up abundantly in visual moxie, and in a medium that is first and foremost visual, that's what makes something great.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 66% Wine Country (2019) For a group of actresses with improv comedy chops, it feels labored at times. And it doesn't have the zany, unpredictable energy of a movie like Bridesmaids.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Knock Down the House is the rare documentary about today's American political landscape that might make you shed happy tears. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 82% Someone Great (2019) Someone Great is both sentimental and melancholic, and feels a bit disjointed in the way these movies always do. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) t I appreciate the aim of Mary Magdalene, and the ways it reimagines a familiar story with modern implications, even when it falls flat. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
83% Share (2019) A sensitive, complex, important film - particularly in a world where the lines of consent and accusations of sexual assault still seem to be up for debate.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
72% The Plagiarists (2019) It's more interesting as an exercise than a film, but it's funny and clever - even if it's not truly original.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019