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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) Her official final work, a straightforward and yet endlessly fascinating look at her career. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
1/5 0% The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson (2020) If it weren't so flat-out cruel to the real-life people involved in its tragic story, this true-crime "thriller" might have entertained cult audiences willing to laugh at its jaw-dropping awfulness. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/5 16% The Grudge (2020) A curiously talented and interesting cast was somehow lured into -- and subsequently wasted in -- this pointless, tired, reboot/revival of the long-running Ju-On Japanese-based horror series. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
3.5/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) [Sandler] has perhaps his second-best-ever role (after Punch-Drunk Love) in Benny and Josh Safdie's frantic, caffeinated 'Uncut Gems.'‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 41% Seberg (2020) Once it becomes clear that this biopic is really only half about Jean Seberg, then it starts to work in its own fascinating, tragic way, driven by Stewart's fierce, fervent lead performance. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 74% Richard Jewell (2019) Yet another sturdy, classical work from one of America's greatest filmmakers.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/4 90% 1917 (2020) A truly impressive war movie, one that ranks with the genre's very best. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) 'Marriage Story' is a definite step up for this filmmaker.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 95% Little Women (2019) May not supplant the previous versions, but it's good enough to stand alongside them. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) It follows a pretty traditional arc, but this prison/courtroom drama is still effectively tense and moving thanks to fine performances and the picture it presents of simmering racial injustice. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 82% A Hidden Life (2019) No one quite captures nature's beauty and slowness as well as Terrence Malick does, but his mastery only barely saves this three-hour-long story that's full of misery, despair, and hopelessness. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 97% I Lost My Body (2019) This hand-drawn animated movie from France starts with genuine amazement, suggesting the promise of something we've never seen before.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 92% Clemency (2019) Austere and resonant, this drama about the horrors of the death penalty roots itself in a vivid, pain-wracked, soul-tired main character and still manages to get its message across without preaching. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 67% Bombshell (2019) I'm not entirely sure if I enjoyed 'Bombshell' as a movie, or as revenge...‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 40% Black Christmas (2019) Having little to do with either the 1974 classic or the very poor 2006 remake, this holiday horror reboot is a strong attempt at a feminist statement that often either goes haywire or not far enough. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Until now, the documentary 'For All Mankind' (1989) looked to be the definitive word on the 1969 moon landing, but this one easily tops it. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 53% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Abrams opts for completeness rather than pacing... Still, this final movie concludes satisfyingly, with a mix of joy and sadness.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 79% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Even if it never really does a memorable deep-dive into psychological or emotional territory, this effective horror movie starts with a good idea and stays true to it throughout its running time. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 94% In Fabric (2019) Inspired by Italian and English horror movies of the 1960s and '70s, this surreal nightmare offers inspired imagery and unsettling sound design, but it may run a little too long to sustain its spell. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) This delightful, hilarious, clever mystery-comedy is a total entertainment, with expert, precision work at every level -- but also with an irresistible, gleeful sense of fun bursting from the screen. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) This New York City cop action drama has a bit of a stiff start and a somewhat silly ending, but in between, it's a brisk, no-frills entertainment, thanks mainly to Boseman's star charisma. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/4 84% Waves (2019) A masterly effort, more fully-realized, emotionally mature, and cinematically inventive than just about anything else out there.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Heller makes 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' into a movie-movie, designed to give you the feels... but this is fine, given that this is what the movie is actually about. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) Issue-oriented movies aren't uncommon, but this essential drama feels starker and truer than most; it's patient, unafraid, and stripped of any kind of hollow self-congratulations. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/4 61% Clue (1985) If you're open to a weirdly atmospheric comedy that dashes from deadpan to manic and back again, it's a delight. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
3.5/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) Director Har'el gives all this a tender touch, with sequences verging on the dreamlike... 'Honey Boy' is a great act of empathy, and a catharsis. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 82% The Report (2019) Essentially a movie about people in suits sitting in offices, staring at computers, and talking to each other, this fact-based drama somehow eventually gathers up enough tension to click. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) This enjoyable fact-based racing movie runs a little long, but it manages to keep up a good, breezy pace, focusing more on pure entertainment than on trying to be dutifully "important." ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/4 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) As eye-poppingly fresh and startling as Sam Raimi's Evil Dead films were in the 1980s.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 39% Primal (2019) This thriller has a fun premise, but it feels both too lazy and too serious; rather than really playing with the concept, the film does little more than let loose cannon Cage carry the load.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) While it could never compare to Stanley Kubrick's original, this sequel is a leisurely, likable mix of character development and effective scares, though it's marred by intense violence toward kids. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) With this masterpiece, Scorsese shows he's not ready to go gentle into that good night. He proves that this old bull can still rage. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 67% Krampus (2015) The movie sometimes gets lost in all its monster fights, but then the ominous, somewhat ambiguous ending ties everything together. Krampus may be too much for sensitive viewers, but lovers of alternative holiday viewing will rejoice.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) A magisterial entry in his long and masterful career, Martin Scorsese's crime epic is no mere nostalgia trip; reflective and melancholy rather than kinetic, it's touched by both greatness and loss.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
2/5 0% The Gallows Act II (2019) Marginally better than its found-footage predecessor, which isn't saying much, this horror sequel still falls prey to the usual clichés, from cheap jump scares to not-very-smart characters.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3.5/4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse is as downright unsettling, as totally disturbing, as any black-and-white nightmare since David Lynch's Eraserhead.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) This sixth Terminator movie erases the events of the previous three (dud) sequels but winds up feeling half-erased itself. It's like a dull, pale, irrelevant carbon copy of a once-glorious hit.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 74% Harriet (2019) For her superb new "Harriet," Kasi Lemmons has daringly taken a positive approach, inviting viewers into her narrative, rather than talking down to them.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/4 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) To my eyes, "The Current War: Director's Cut" is a terrific film, vibrant and constantly crackling, like electricity.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It works beautifully, each moment bursting with playfulness (and impeccable timing), and yet never losing sight of kindness. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 94% Western Stars (2019) At age 70, Springsteen forgoes his more typical, invigorating concert experience for an intimate, reflective live show; it's achingly beautiful, tender, and personal, with strains of regret and hope. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 25% Countdown (2019) Despite a few mildly amusing scenes of comic relief, this horror movie offers little more than a set of ideas borrowed from other horror movies paired with flat, dull characters. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 70% The Kill Team (2019) This war drama, written and directed by Dan Krauss and based on his own same-named 2013 documentary, is tense and compact but also morally nuanced. It stays complex rather than finding solutions. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) This biographical comedy follows the beats of similar showbiz-related movies, but its rambunctious, playfully vulgar sense of humor and infectious can-do attitude make it a satisfying winner. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 20% Pretenders (2019) James Franco's love triangle is clearly enamored of film history and the French New Wave, and that enthusiasm helps somewhat, but the characters never really come to life or connect with one another. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) An intensely personal work, a painful, yet somehow serene exposing of Almodóvar's innermost thoughts and fears. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/4 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) It features an insane pulp fiction-type plot, with many characters and situations, but it's all so kinetic and explosive that it's fun to just buckle up and go along for the ride.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
1/5 4% Mary (2019) Despite the acting talent involved, this waterlogged haunted-boat horror movie feels like a bunch of odd, used pieces strung together. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho already has an impeccable track record, but he's stepped up his game with this brilliant, powerfully revealing social satire. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) This sluggish, dull, special effects-driven actioner fails twice: In engaging with an intellectual discussion of clones and in its attempt to find strong emotional ground on the same subject. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019