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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 97% Schindler's List (1993) The devastating cultural experience Spielberg's masterpiece presented to us 25 years ago felt then like a piece of history. Today, from the bowels of 2018, it feels like a warning, a premonition, a harbinger.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 99% Selma (2014) A magnificent film, vital and alive, with the most profound sense of immediacy I think I've ever felt in a historical story.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2015
5/5 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Charts a path to a future that refuses to get mired in nostalgia. Yet all the Star Wars notes are here, remixed into a glorious new arrangement.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
5/5 97% Hell or High Water (2016) Alongside plenty of heist-movie humor and suspense is a bleak fatalism grounded in depressing reality and resignation to the miserable necessity it demands.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
5/5 86% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) It is a movie that is everything we go to the movies for. Do not miss it.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
5/5 86% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) Stakes out its own fresh place in an SF subgenre that is well played out, and rehumanizes it ways that are both extraordinarily moving and deeply unnerving.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
5/5 91% Chasing Asylum (2016) Australia's deplorable treatment of asylum seekers gets a devastating takedown... This is an international crime, one that much of the world is unaware of, and it cannot be allowed to continue... [U]rgent and essential journalism.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
5/5 82% Ma' Rosa (2016) [E]lectrifying... [A] deeply sympathetic portrait of a woman navigating the rules of her unfair world as best she can...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
5/5 94% All This Panic (2017) More abstract and philosophical than a traditional documentary, wafting along on the dreams and fears and hopes of the girls... [A] lovely, careful, compassionate slow-reveal of the psyches of adolescent girls...‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
5/5 83% Divines (2016) [A]n absolute corker of a coming-of-age tale with a vividly drawn heroine and a blistering eye for the ironies of a life of crime.... [T]he performances from the trio of women at the center are mesmerizing, lively, and uniquely unforgettable.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
5/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Lefty, loud, proud (and heartbreaking and infuriating with it). Rages against systems once meant to help people that have become machines intended to crush them.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Intelligent, intense, grownup science fiction that will thrill genre lovers and satisfy fans of moving human drama. A beautiful, thought-provoking film.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Luminous and plaintive, Moonlight is emotional virtual reality, transforming a unique human experience into something universal and unforgettable.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
5/5 96% Moana (2016) A wonderful mythology of demons and demigods. A heroine who embodies the bold spirit of her people. Another sweet, funny, exciting triumph from Disney.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
5/5 84% A United Kingdom (2017) Insistent chemistry between David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike fuels a true story of passionate romance with an urgent message about love as radical and political.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
5/5 82% Chi-Raq (2015) Furious, funny, and deadly serious, this is an audacious, searing satire that swells into a raw, electrifying fantasy about how we might put aside savagery.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
5/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) A hugely gripping thriller about politics and money that offers a grim object lesson: Are progressives and liberals gonna have to start fighting dirty?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
5/5 83% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) There's genuine fun here, but the humor is cynical, the heroics are tinged with regret, and it's all delivered with a cold smack of - yes - political relevance.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
5/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) The it's-about-damn-time true story that puts paid to the notion that only white men had the Right Stuff. Often funny, ultimately feel-good, hugely exhilarating.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
5/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) A fairy tale of the Grimm sort: no happy ending, no heroes or villains, just hard truths about life and human nature. Important, beautiful, heartbreaking.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
5/5 91% La La Land (2016) A marvel. Funny and exuberant and bittersweet and cliché-busting and unexpected as hell. We are going to need more movies like this one.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
5/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) I would give the Oscar in a three-way tie to the Syrian-themed nominees, which offer stunningly intimate observations on the ongoing humanitarian crisis.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
5/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Poignant and hilarious and wise, a melancholy ode to a moment when the world was changing for women (and men)... and how it still and always is.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
5/5 89% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) A great Batman movie, a great superhero movie, and a gloriously bonkers expression of the sublime silliness of crime fighters in capes, and our love of them.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
5/5 90% Prevenge (2017) Fresh feminist horror of a very welcome taboo-smashing kind. Nasty, hilarious, outraged and outrageous, and as poignant as it is blackly funny.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
5/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary (2017) I would give the Oscar in a three-way tie to the Syrian-themed nominees, which offer stunningly intimate observations on the ongoing humanitarian crisis.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
5/5 93% Logan (2017) The X-Men series - the entire superhero genre - has never seen a film like Logan before: raw, rageful, tormented, human. Best of the series yet.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
5/5 98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Simply a lovely film, with some of the most striking - and haunting - animation I've ever seen, and full of a remarkable and palpable warmth and humanity.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
5/5 98% Get Out (2017) Shattering and deep-down bone-chilling. A viciously unsettling nightmare of race and privilege that carves out a much-needed paradigm shift for genre film.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
5/5 90% Their Finest (2017) Delightful dry and snarky satire on wartime propaganda, sharp feminist commentary, and a brilliant cast make this snappy historical dramedy a real corker.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
5/5 83% Letters From Baghdad (2017) One of the most cinematically beautiful documentaries ever is a phenomenal portrait of a shamefully forgotten woman who helped shape political history.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
5/5 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) An astonishing tale of privilege and power: stark, searing, and brutal, almost a Victorian companion to Get Out. Florence Pugh is a force of nature.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
5/5 80% Colossal (2017) Wonderfully strange and weird and funny and dark and bitter. A deliciously geek-flavored metaphor for how damaged people heedlessly spread around their damage.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
5/5 86% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) An exquisite miniature puzzle-box pop-up-book of a movie. All is color and light and exhilaration here, a fantastical lark that is sheer mischievous joy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
5/5 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A triumph of science fiction storytelling: a sweeping tale of mythological scope told with astonishing FX wizardry that brings emotion and intelligence to nonhuman people.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
5/5 98% City of Ghosts (2017) A devastating portrait of Syrian citizen journalists, of the sacrifices they make to tell of ISIS occupation, and a cautionary tale for Western culture, too.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Primal and exhilarating, full of dread and tension. Drops us right into the chaos of war to tell an intimate story about fear and intensity of purpose.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
5/5 100% La Soledad (2016) An extraordinary blend of documentary and fiction, a strikingly intimate, humane tale of a family, a house, and a nation. Like nothing you've seen before.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
5/5 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Bitter, snide, and ultimately brutal, exactly the movie about social media we deserve; a satire that is barely satirical. Aubrey Plaza is hashtag savage.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Audacious, outrageous, bleakly funny. Not since Charlie Chaplin sent up Hitler and invited us to laugh at terrible reality has there been a movie like this.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
5/5 88% Makala (2018) Gorgeously enveloping... [M]ore an anthropological document that nevertheless feels like a fictional narrative. And one with mythic overtones...‐ Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 26, 2017
5/5 87% It Comes At Night (2017) A quietly chilling nightmare of human frailty and strength, tense with a nameless disquietude. A supremely accomplished little film.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
5/5 100% Strad Style (2017) Wonderful; so funny and strange and human. An amazing portrait of a fascinating character, beautifully told with enormous suspense and tenderness.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) There is such kindness here, such humanity, such warmth and optimism. This is a fantasy of unique scope and astonishing emotional depth beneath the silliness.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
5/5 97% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (1947) One of the most beloved British films ever is now even more lush, more gorgeous, more humanist in a glorious new restored edition.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
5/5 48% Downsizing (2017) Absolutely stupendous: smart, funny, poignant, a true original. A thrilling odyssey of ideas that takes its sci-fi concept to the very edges of extrapolation.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) You can feel the stillness and the heat of this sultry, sensual summer in Italy. This is a glorious romance about falling in love with life itself, and living with gusto.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Classic comic-book stuff made fresh by drawing on underexplored mythologies and cultures, yet still deeply resonant and deeply universal. An exhilarating pulp-fiction dream that ups the ante on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
5/5 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A quiet yet resolute portrait of bravery and resilience in the face of unconscionable bigotry, and distressingly moving. Specific yet universal, and wonderfully human.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
5/5 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) My pick: I think the quietly shocking 'DeKalb Elementary' may win for its very of-the-moment story about a school office worker's attempt to de-escalate an invading gunman's rage via patience and empathy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018