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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 66% The Lovebirds (2020) The hugely appealing Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani share terrific comic and romantic chemistry and work their everywoman and -man charm to the max. Go-to goofy escapism for, say, a pandemic lockdown.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
0/5 28% Inheritance (2020) Nothing works in this ludicrous thriller, which fails to compel us with its roster of monstrous characters. Lily Collins is woefully miscast; Patrick Warburton and Simon Pegg are criminally wasted.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
4/5 98% Lucky Grandma (2020) Wild sass, gentle comedy, shivs of poignancy, and instantly vivid characters add up to a wonderful riff on mob movies as a Chinatown granny faces off against gangsters. Tsai Chin is an absolute hoot.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
0/5 50% Scoob! (2020) A spectacularly scattershot, pandering mess of pulp junk, cheap-looking animation, and poisonous gender dynamics. A charmless cash-grab that can't be bothered with the slightest stab at originality.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
3.5/5 93% Becoming (2020) Verges on an ad for Michelle Obama's memoir, but a sincerely warm one. We glimpse a woman authentically funny, self-aware, down-to-earth. Like spending time with a friend you didn't realize you had.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
4.5/5 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Was Biosphere 2 scientific adventure or eco-entertainment? This is a gripping portrait of the billionaire's folly/performance-art project, a hippie SF soap opera with unsettling resonance for today.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
4/5 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) The hypocrisy of the world's expectations of girls gets a gently sardonic knock via an audaciously confident young woman battling to be herself. This is a lovely, goofy movie, easygoing and chaotic.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
4/5 94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) Attention, social justice warriors. French economist Thomas Piketty's howl-of-rage academic treatise is now a hugely engaging documentary, eye-opening and brutally entertaining. Man the barricades!‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
4.5/5 93% Bad Education (2019) A laugh-until-you-cry dramedy burlesque, brilliantly structured and horrifically compelling, about the endless grift that passes for an economy in America. Hugh Jackman is at the peak of his powers.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
5/5 91% The Assistant (2020) A quietly brutal film that shows the dark underbelly of an industry - of a world - dominated by often predatory straight white men. Could be an eye-opener on a larger scale... if only we listen.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
0/5 68% Extraction (2020) Who are we rooting for in this accidental parody of the empty absurdity of modern action films? Everyone is awful, or a human macguffin. This is soulless technical wankery bereft of humor or humanity.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
3/5 64% Planet of the Humans (2020) From the warnings of the 1950s to the 21st-century corporate takeover of green energy, a grim look at humanity's fate as the planet heats up. Is there any hope? This feels like only half the story.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
1/5 80% To the Stars (2020) Coming-of-age melodrama about misfit girls is at first passingly diverting, but it whips up mystery and suspense where it shouldn't be, diminishing and minimizing an already neglected kind of story.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
4/5 78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Revisionist tale of the Australian folk hero rages against the dark forces that shaped him: emotional and economic neglect and abuse forged in patriarchy and colonialism. Electrifying punk and vulgar.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
4.5/5 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) Sly, sharp, and snarkily underplayed, this instant little masterpiece of fantasy comedy is as occasionally shockingly horrific as it is nonstop shockingly funny, peopled with instant fast friends.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
1/5 41% Endings, Beginnings (2020) Love this cast, but, my god, I hate these characters. I hate this miserable take on romance, which mistakes wallowing in self-pity for introspection, and people being awful for philosophical depth.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
5/5 100% Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint (2020) Wonder and mystery dwells in the work of forgotten abstract pioneer Hilma af Klint. Sarcasm and side-eye for the male- and money-dominated fine-art establishment dwells in this superb doc about her.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
2/5 80% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2020) Not even the treasure that is Juliette Binoche can make this cynical romantic thriller palatable. Does not say the things about social media and the lives of older women that it thinks it does.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
5/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Softly savage, exposing the unspoken subtext of the lives of girls and women: the mundane but covert garbage that gets piled upon us, the knotted existence too many of us are just barely surviving.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
3.5/5 70% Trolls World Tour (2020) As pastel and glittery as its predecessor, with a silliness more glorious and less forced. Sweet, smart, sincere... but it doesn't deserve to be carrying the future of movies on its little shoulders.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
3.5/5 93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) A young Saudi doctor runs for local political office, finding her courage while more frustrated than usual by the limitations and restrictions placed upon her. Heartening, inspiring, gently ironic.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
3.5 65% Tape (2020) Messy, furious, sometimes at odds with itself, this tale of documenting a powerful man's sexual intimidation of a vulnerable woman is absolutely necessary, full of a rage that is absolutely vital.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
4.5/5 82% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2019) This sci-fi dreadfest immerses you into a shocking mystery, punches you in the gut, then grips you with a wisdom that transcends its obviousness, daring you to deny that its open savagery is our own.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
.5/5 31% Bloodshot (2020) Incoherent action sequences and strained sci-fi woo-woo can't save a clueless mashup of Robocop, The Matrix, and Captain America that makes a mockery of its protagonist. Deeply terrible.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
65% Tape (2020) How often do women have to keep telling the same stories over and over again before the world hears us?‐ AWFJ Women on Film
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
4.5/5 99% Blow the Man Down (2020) Quietly savage, weirdly funny, this feminist take on crime noir is ferocious in a way that only slowly reveals itself. Conflict and compassion wax and wane in a mystery that isn't quite what it seems.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4.5/5 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) This profoundly empathetic tale of an unlikely spiritual leader is a condemnation of the dogmatism and narrowmindedness of the Catholic Church and a provocative exploration of guilt and redemption.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
4/5 100% My Darling Vivian (2020) This is an incredible film for the rich portrait it paints of a complex, very private woman...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
3/5 73% Lost Girls (2020) Based-on-fact drama puts the focus where it rarely is onscreen: on women who are victims of male violence. Yet a terrific central performance and an abundance of empathy cannot overcome its clichés.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
4.5/5 96% Saint Frances (2020) Taboo-busting laugh-until-you-cry tale dares to speak of oft-unspoken matters of women's lives. So very necessary to open up the range of women's experiences seen as baseline. I love this movie.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
2.5/5 88% Swallow (2020) Half a century ago, this would have been radical. Today, it's banal. The slick postwar aesthetic is emblematic of a male filmmaker's understanding of women that exists only through dated stereotypes.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
2.5/5 75% Military Wives (2020) So aggressively precisely what you think it is that there's almost no point in seeing it. Flattens a true story into generic pap that isn't even that successfully, authentically feel-good, either.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
3.5/5 88% Onward (2020) Don't let the Pixar curve throw you: familiar this quest may be, but it's full of magic and wonder and humor and melancholy, and set in a fully realized fantasy world. Not a masterpiece but very good.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
4/5 74% The Photograph (2020) It's meet-melancholy in an elegant, female-gazey romantic drama audaciously mingling past and present. A swanky celebration of confident, complex women and the bittersweetness of adult relationships.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/5 100% Push (2019) Badass UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha probes the global housing crisis and breaks down the complex cause into something readily comprehensible... then enraging. (But she has a solution, too.)‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
1.5/5 74% The Lodge (2020) This exasperating movie is so obnoxious it could be deliberately trolling us. Wants to have its ambiguous cake and eat it, too, smothered in a gloomy frosting. *extremely pinches nose in despair*‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) This instantly forgettable fluff lazily relies on too many unfunny slapstick and grossout tangents. But real humor blossoms in the terrific performances and in a fast, funny, and surprising feminism.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
3.5/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) If you like these sorts of movies, you'll like this one, a solid SJW drama out to condemn, with plenty of evidence, profit-above-all capitalism that embraces willful negligence and corruption.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2.5/5 35% Seberg (2020) French New Wave icon Jean Seberg plays an unwitting game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI in a strangled blend of biopic and paranoid thriller. Not even always fascinating Kristen Stewart can save this.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3.5/5 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) An old-fashioned kiddie adventure, sweetly earnest, equal parts scary, funny, exciting, sad, and happy, with only a bit of uncanny valley in its CGI doggo star. Definitely had something in my eye.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3.5/5 77% A Simple Wedding (2020) Charming culture-clash rom-com is full of life, celebrating human universals of family and love, and embracing differences that make the world so interesting. Smart and spritely, feminist and funny.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 86% Emma. (2020) A sly, penetrating zing and a frisson of Insta-influencer horror - of the oppression of performative perfection against a marzipan backdrop - renders Austen's fluff and nonsense deadly serious.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/5 68% Olympic Dreams (2020) Guerilla filmmaking is at its most charming in this melancholy romance set - and improvised and shot on the fly - in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Village. Delightful and delicately observed.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4.5/5 100% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2020) My pick: 'Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl),' a tremendous ode to the power of sports to boost girls' self-esteem and set them free from the shackles of the limited expectations.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/5 89% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2020) My pick: The gorgeous 'Brotherhood' opens up reductive notions of Middle Eastern cultures in the Western imagination while telling a moving story of family and forgiveness that is quite universal.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
5/5 95% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) My pick: I haven't seen a short film this year that is as full of pure joy as 'Hair Love.' I'd like to think that its sweet positivity will be the thing that, at this awful moment, gives it an edge.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
3.5/5 82% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Stylistically sophisticated and psychologically insightful, this is an exquisitely ambiguous and inventively disturbing mashup of body horror, demonic possession, and Lovecraftian science fiction.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 95% Citizen K (2019) Muckraking documentarian Alex Gibney on why Vladimir Putin is so dangerous, via the tale of a Russian oligarch of the post-Soviet era turned dissident. Vital context for the state of the world today.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
5/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Behold ladyrage given full candy-colored, sparkle-sprinkled voice in an ironically comical spectacle: Haha, isn't this delightfully absurd? Or is it? This is kidding-not-kidding on celluloid.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
1/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Poor Blake Lively does her de-glammed best in this poor Xerox of much better Turn The Urchin Into A Spy thrillers. But there isn't a single human interaction in this hamfisted movie that rings true.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020