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Leah Pickett

Leah Pickett
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) A haunting piece of high art.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/4 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here amounts to more than a Taxi Driver for our time. Despite the obvious homage, this is a Ramsay film, rooted in the Glaswegian auteur's feverish, kaleidoscope style.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/4 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) Nyoni presents one dazzling set piece after another.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Move over, Superbad: There's a new teen-buddy comedy in town. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A film that should feel overlong and overstuffed rings purposeful, weighted with existential truth even as it flashes before our eyes.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 90% The Imitation Game (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch gives a superbly nuanced performance, imbuing Turing with just the right amount of strangeness to make him endearing but not treacly‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2015
B+ 85% Trainwreck (2015) Trainwreck thunders into theaters with enough hilarity and heart to make Amy Schumer, if there had been any doubt, a bonafide movie star.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
B+ 94% Diplomacy (2014) Diplomacy induces pins and needles from the get-go and doesn't let up until the credits roll.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2015
B+ 96% Girlhood (2015) Through Girlhood, Céline Sciamma captures the emotional minefield of adolescence and, more specifically, the intensity of female friendship, with a visceral blow to wherever those memories lay dormant.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2015
3/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) What's most interesting to me about The Last Jedi is Luke's return as the mentor rather than the student, grappling with his failure in this new role, and later aspiring to be the wise and patient teacher.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Jenkins tries not only to include men on Wonder Woman's side but also to make male viewers feel better about a woman saving them.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is a formidable force and a welcome addition to the MCU. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya seems to implicate the viewer in Harding's cultural abasement, rhetorically asking: It should've been about the skating, but you didn't really care about that, did you?‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/4 87% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers, it must be said, is hustle incarnate.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Mockingjay - Part 2 is morose, gruesome, and, at times, exhilarating. We want Katniss to win, as we always have, but it's also edifying to watch our hero learn that there are no winners in war, only losers, until someone decides that the war must end.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
B 87% Gone Girl (2014) Clipping by at a speedy 145 minutes, Gone Girl suffers only slightly from a script heavy on the exposition and leading dialogue, because, ultimately, the writing is too damn good to dislike. ‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
B 65% Laggies (2014) A shrewd little dramedy directed by a woman, written by a woman and told from a woman's perspective, which on those merits alone constitutes a rare and special film worth seeing.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
2.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is hit-and-miss.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B- 65% The Maze Runner (2014) Sure, the movie is derivative and ends on a somewhat sour note. But following a long line of tepid popcorn flicks in 2014, The Maze Runner is more notable for what it does right than what it does wrong. ‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
C+ 69% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Although well-acted, cleverly executed, and spiked with a couple of series-high moments, Mockingjay, Part 1 is not nearly as exciting as the films that preceded it‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) The movie's biggest issue blooms from its core: it doesn't seem to know what kind of movie it wants to be. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
C 37% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) In look and feel, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a cross between The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Eat Pray Love and is only marginally better than those films.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2015
C- 85% Listen Up Philip (2014) The film's scarce glimpses of humanity should add up to more, but ultimately, Listen Up Philip leaves us wondering why we bothered to care.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
D+ 10% The Best Of Me (2014) The Best of Me's chemistry lives in the idea of a second chance at first love - would you take it if you could? - but not between the actors, unfortunately.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
1/4 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Freed appeals to women's biological urges-to secure a protective mate, to nest, to procreate-and depends on them leaving their brains at the theater door.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/4 36% I Feel Pretty (2018) The most damning aspect of this movie, more damning even than its pandering or blatant commercialism, is how deeply unfunny it is.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
D 50% The Zero Theorem (2014) It's a satire that's not sharp enough, an allegory that's not powerful enough, and it's all wrapped up in a garish dystopian bundle with nothing to say that hasn't been said before.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
D 73% Suffragette (2015) Suffragette falls short on inclusivity and depicting flaws within the movement, of which there were many. The women represented here are brave and often awe-inspiring, but the film could have been much braver.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2015
100% Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) The movie plays like a concerto.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% Babylon (2019) A new restoration of this 1980 British cult classic makes plain that its themes of disaffection and racial discord in south London are still relevant nearly four decades later. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
100% In Transit (2015) The nonlinear, dreamlike narrative focuses on internal as much as external journeys, with strangers connecting across racial, cultural, and generational divides to express wisdom or compassion. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
100% In Her Name (Au nom de ma fille) (2016) The film benefits from Auteuil's moving lead performance, though the narrative is less exciting than it is resolute.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
100% A Stray (2016) Despite the touchy subject matter, Syeed avoids preaching and instead focuses on the protagonist's day-to-day struggle; the understated drama benefits also from Yoni Brook's crisp cinematography and Abdirahman's multifaceted performance.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
100% A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P) (2016) Set in Scandinavia and featuring a sullen male protagonist, it's violent, hard-boiled, and psychologically disturbing. Its antihero, a clench-jawed police detective, also embodies a belief that individual goodness might be enough to prevail.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) Not wasting a minute of its two-and-a-half-hour running time, this remarkable documentary echoes O.J: Made in America by examining the Los Angeles riots.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2017) Of the five live-action shorts nominated this year, three focus on personal fulfillment... The other two shorts are overtly political, and they throb with an urgency the others lack.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Refreshingly, Simón's take on the "summer that changed everything" movie is delicate and unsentimental, earning an emotional response simply by exploring how a child interprets loss from the child's perspective and at the child's pace.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) Wells limns an authentic portrait of a rapidly gentrifying city, down to the thirtysomething cohorts of loafers and tech yuppies who vie for the same turf.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
100% Ice Mother (2017) Director Bohdan Sláma refuses to infantilize or condescend to his elderly characters.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) A winning slice-of-life drama‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
100% The Ice King (2017) Erksine forgoes talking heads for interspersed audio of Curry's peers and admirers, keeping the film's visual and emotional focus on the man himself and the transporting power of his art. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) Green's openness to learning about himself and others by going out to notice and appreciate what most overlook-a crumbled landmark, an unexpected garden-is edifying. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% Charm City (2018) Filmmaker Marilyn Ness gains extraordinary access to her subjects and apparently their trust.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
100% Desolation Center (2019) Swezey's film confirms that his scene's flame is still burning. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
100% Angels Are Made of Light (2019) Beautiful despite its ravages, somehow still glimmering with hope.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) Innis Dagg returns to the site of her innovative research, and the accompaniment of vivid color photographs and 16-millimeter footage the scientist herself took in the late '50s render the duality of the experience all the more bewitching. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel (2019) A documentary that calmly disassembles the fallacies of the religious right‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) Chances are you'll never look at a mushroom in the same way again.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) The film justifies its epic length, meshing ancient east Asian mythology and rituals with more recognizable horror tropes in a way that feels novel and unpredictable.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
98% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) Steve Hoover peels back multiple layers of Mokhnenko's story with artistry and acuity, assisted by a heady and propulsive score from composer Atticus Ross.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016