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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 96% Knives Out (2019) An entirely entertaining murder-mystery jape; dryly funny, deliciously retro yet decidedly modern. Whenever you think you've got it figured out, it trips you up again... and you love it for doing so.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
5/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) This wonder of a film wrecked me. In the best possible way. It directly confronts cynicism and misanthropy, and asks us to let them go if we can. I really needed its message. The whole world does now.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
1/5 50% 21 Bridges (2019) Bland, predictable cop and crime clichés lacking all urgency and any of the claustrophobia that should come from its high-concept premise. Shutting down Manhattan has zero impact on anything here.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
1/5 0% Radioflash (2019) Inept post-EMP survival thriller is no more thrilling than it is plausible, and inexcusably casts its resourceful teen heroine as a victim constantly at the mercy of others and in need of rescuing.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
5/5 99% For Sama (2019) A heartbreaking testimony of a patriot defending her nation. Wise, beautifully observed, inspiring; has much to say to us Westerners worried about the paths our own countries seem to be heading down.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
5/5 97% The Cave (2019) Syrian doctor Amani Ballour is a hero(ine) for our times, one whom most of us could not fathom the sacrifice, bravery, and audacity of; this harrowing doc does an excellent job of conveying it to us.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) Love and life are pain, the glitz and sparkle of Christmas are but a momentary reprieve from it, and everything is pretty much unrelentingly awful. But Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding are adorable!‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
2.5/5 64% The Good Liar (2019) We expect a film about a con man to con us, but it's not fun here: it's absurd. This limp thriller might fancy itself smart, sharp, twisty, and probably feminist, but it just made me groan out loud.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
100% Hamlet (2009) It's all far more wonderfully dynamic than I was ever expecting it could be, both capturing the feel of the stage production while taking advantage of the possibilities of television.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/5 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A winning (if overearnest) depiction of manly friendship, with some pretty thrilling (if only technically so) racing stuff. But it doesn't see its potential to be actually culturally significant.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4.5/5 98% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Enlightening, thrilling masterclass in the art of cinematic sound, from every moment of groundbreaking history to the difference between sound editing and sound mixing. (Win your next Oscar pool!)‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4.5/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) A wonderfully unexpected sort of horror movie, beautiful and delicate, but unsettling, too, with an authentic plausibility to the dichotomy between the invented uncanny and the human response to it.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) An electrifying style lights up this geek adventure of the intersections between science, culture, and capitalism in the 19th-century battle to power our world. Cumberbatch and Shannon are brilliant.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Fight the future. Change the future. Watch the future reset itself so that everything ends up much the same way anyway. Repeat. This time-travelling franchise is, ironically, stuck in the past.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4.5/5 74% Harriet (2019) Tubman's heroics are excellent movie-movie fodder. This 'origin story' embraces her towering legend and her profound symbolic power, finally sliding her into the epic American pop-culture narrative.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/5 92% The Cat Rescuers (2019) A tiny, delicate, inspiring metaphor for the reshaping of attitudes we will need to make on a planetary scale, and for the effort we'll need to expend to clean up the enormous messes we have made.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 69% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) There are nowhere near enough movies about thrill-seeking women, so this documentary profiling the pro surfer is very welcome. But there's no need for such a heavy hand on the 'inspirational.'‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
1/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) An apparently unfairly maligned 'wicked witch' has to be redeemed again. Anyway, bitches be evil, crazy and traumatized, or sweet dumb personality-free near-morons. You know, for kids!‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 80% Abominable (2019) Lovely animation and gentle, kid-pitched life lessons can't quite overcome the familiar feel of this E.T. retread, nor the forced sense of wonder that is more convenient crutch than anything organic.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
0/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) No movie has ever been higher-concept than this: Today-aged Will Smith versus CGI-young Will Smith! It's the future of film in an anemic, tedious, ironically dated spy-action shell. Bafflingly awful.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/5 95% Good Posture (2019) A rare new expedition to the realm of messed-up young women is as unsatisfying as many of the ones about feckless young men. An unlikeable protagonist should at least be interesting. This one isn't.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
1.5/5 69% Joker (2019) Not fit to lick the boots of Martin Scorsese or Christopher Nolan, though the height of its ambition appears to be its desperation to do so. A movie as pathetically ineffectual as its protagonist.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
5/5 90% Luce (2019) Intense, uncomfortable family drama morphs into psychological suspense in a challenging tale of racial and cultural identity eliding the biases and delusions of its characters with the viewer's own.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Not a spy thriller but a story of emotional and intellectual suspense wrangling with matters of patriotism and of conscience, and of just how far journalism's watchdog role can and should take it.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3.5/5 27% Corporate Animals (2019) Corporate culture gets a delightfully twisted kick in the *ss when a 'team-building retreat' turns disastrous. As horror vies with comedy, the pitch(black)-perfect cast gets the balance just right.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Wherein the working class revels in servitude, and wealth and privilege are deserved. Deeply reactionary and unlikely to please anyone not already enamored of the show. I get Anglophilia, but really?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) This Norwegian family drama, tinged with fantasy and horror, depicts a teen girl's emotional turmoil through fantastical, yet oddly pragmatic, reveries. Newcomer Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin is heartbreaking.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) GoodFellas, except they're gals. A cinematic bonbon of delinquent deliciousness that easily wraps us up in charmed complicity. And the exquisite lack of a male gaze means it's never salacious.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 58% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) A study of the painter LS Lowry that, with sly whimsy and darkness, finds a universality of the creative psyche via the toxic relationship with his mother, who tried (unsuccessfully) to crush him.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
1.5/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) A bigger misfire than its predecessor, and a waste of a great cast. Unsupportably overlong, with a feel-good self-care denouement that's almost dangerous. The only terrifying thing here is the tedium.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
1.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) A sad retread of The Fugitive. Dumb, pointless, confused, full of contempt for its audience, and laughably unable to convince us that Gerard Butler is an acceptable stand-in for Harrison Ford.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 71% Gwen (2019) Atmospheric mood - this is a dour nightmare in the stark gloom of 19th-century Wales - and a striking performance by Eleanor Worthington-Cox aren't quite enough to sustain this near-horror film.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 59% Brian Banks (2019) There's plenty injustice here to enrage the thinking, feeling citizen, but despite a passionate performance by charismatic Aldis Hodge, this docudrama is nowhere near incensed enough on his behalf.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
1.5/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Painfully stupid faux-woke slapstick that wants to have its idiot male hero and its nods to feminism at the same time. Kids are listening, they are absorbing this garbage, and they deserve better.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Much more sweet than raunchy, and surprisingly innocent. Genuinely kind to its young protagonists as they try to navigate a culture that doesn't much care to protect them from growing up too soon.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Seriously adorkable teen is saved, in 1987, by the rock poetry of Bruce Springsteen. The Boss is still relevant today, as is, alas, the harsh political and economic setting of Thatcher's Britain.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Raiders of the Lost Ark lite for kids, but juvenile humor and a derivative plot limit its appeal for adults. Teen Dora is really cool, though, and a great role model for girls and boys alike.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) A stew of 'hilarious' toxic masculinity and nonstop violence as the solution to all problems. Sexist, stupid nonsense, tediously familiar and wholly predictable. Even the cartoonish action falls flat.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
No Score Yet Bob Saget: That Ain't Right (2007) This intolerable standup routine, which aired on HBO in August, was performed in front of a New York University audience, but to call the quality of the "comedy" juvenile is to give it too much credit. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/5 75% Armstrong (2019) Meet the 'nerdy engineer' who dreamed of a life in aviation... and landed a tin can on the Moon. A deeply moving portrait of the modest man who seems to have been destined for his historic voyage.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) The legendary literary lesbian romance, starring the incendiary duo of Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki, is criminally blah, lacking all sexual and intellectual passion. How does this happen?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
1/5 83% Midsommar (2019) It's hard to escape the sense that Ari Aster is getting off on Florence Pugh sobbing and screaming as he fetishizes her terror and torment. And none of it is in the pursuit of any meaning or message.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
4.5/5 98% Maiden (2019) The riveting tale of misogyny-busting sailor Tracy Edwards is as beautifully modulated as fiction, full of twists and turns and delicious ironies, and even sports a perfect ending. Yet it's all true.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) This astonishing assemblage of vintage footage, some never before seen, may be unspoilable (we know how it ends) but it's still hugely suspenseful, and beautifully immersive visually and emotionally.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
4.5/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) Regina Hall is glorious in this sharp yet generous portrait of women's relationships, one smart and witty about how women navigate everyday sexism. Genuinely surprising that it's by a male filmmaker.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
1.5/5 95% In Fabric (2019) A murderous dress and creepy shop clerks add up to nothing more than exhausting nonsense full of fetishizing of women and weirdness for weird's sake alone. Consumerism is killing us, or something.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) It's not interested in a world absent the incalculably enormous impact of the Beatles. It's just a lazy comedy of one running joke, a regular schmoe enjoying unwarranted success, and a blah romance.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 87% Ever After (Endzeit) (2019) This German zombie flick offers horror with a spin of feminine steel, not soft but brutally maternal, as necessary as natural selection and as nurturing as civilizational, even planetary tough love.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Superman, but he's evil. That's the whole movie. This is a depiction of violent entitled sociopathy that may think it's critiquing toxic masculinity yet is indistinguishable from a celebration of it.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The series' saving grace is that, with humor and heart so beautifully wise and stunningly rendered (CGI pun intended), even as returns diminish, a new chapter is still warm and smartly entertaining.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019