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Oliver Jones

Oliver Jones
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 87% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Kore-eda's film... is nonetheless a quiet, Gallic gift to these orphans in the dark who are forever sorting through old stories and new movies in an attempt to find beauty in both the truth and the lies.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
1/4 41% Irresistible (2020) Irresistible takes the bloated piñata that is the corrupting influence of money in electoral politics and proceeds to beat it with a wet noodle.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/4 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods sees Spike Lee continuing in his late-career tour as Mr. Lee, everyone's favorite radicalized and truth-telling AP U.S. history teacher.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2.5/4 72% The King of Staten Island (2020) Even for those who are keenly attuned to Davidson's limitations, there is a certain charm, not to mention hard-won truth that informs his sheepish honesty.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
3/4 88% Shirley (2020) By the time Shirley draws to a close, you end up feeling pleasingly spent, like you just stayed up all night drinking a bottle of Canadian Club while discussing literary theory with a dear old confidant you hadn't seen in years.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3.5/4 69% The High Note (2020) The High Note is both a comic lark and a profoundly transporting cinema experience that comes at a time when such a thing has hardly ever felt less possible and more necessary.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
1.5/4 65% The Lovebirds (2020) The humor is meant to derive from how out of place these two are in this seedy milieu, but it is difficult to have a fish out of water comedy when all you have is a couple of empty hooks.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
1/4 25% Inheritance (2020) Inheritance may have been more successful if it had been willing to embrace its own strangeness. Instead, despite the bizarre set-up, there is a paint-by-numbers quality to the writing and the storytelling.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
2.5/4 50% Scoob! (2020) The series' trademark blend of character comedy and absurdist sight gags is in full display, served up with just the proper amount of postmodern self-awareness that adds to the fun rather than detracts from it.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
2.5/4 49% Arkansas (2020) No matter the size of the screen or the corniness of dialogue, Arkansas proves that strong acting from game performers can make even the most harebrained of endeavors brim with vitality and necessity.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
3/4 58% All Day and a Night (2020) More than simply being a showcase for violence, what All Day and a Night presents with intimate and devastating authority are the sad rituals surrounding gun death and poverty that mark life for too many.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/4 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Kurzel's film doesn't simply show us the shattered masculinity and class rage that fueled Kelly's infamous late 19th-century crime spree, it shoots that energy outward like sparks from a forge.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
1.5/4 89% Selah and the Spades (2020) Selah and the Spades comes off as little more than a artfully rendered location and a cool concept that is desperately in search of a story to tell that's as compelling as its trappings.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
2/4 77% The Banker (2020) Unfortunately, the film is too soft-edged and incurious about the world that forced its story.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The reason The Invisible Man holds you in an emotional vise grip for so much of its running time is thanks almost entirely to Moss.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
1.5/4 88% Onward (2020) Despite its title, Onward is a regressive film, sometimes painfully so.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
3/4 73% The Photograph (2020) All of it combines into not only a profoundly romantic experience, but also an exploration of a number of different kinds of love and connection.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Even when grappling with potentially heavy themes like government-sponsored drone warfare and situational depression, Sonic the Hedgehog never loses its buoyant sense of storytelling.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
2/4 74% The Lodge (2020) The Lodge is just another one of many single-set horror films that have been blooming annually in multiplexes since Jason Blum started releasing Paranormal Activity movies over a decade ago.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/4 29% The Rhythm Section (2020) Blake Lively is a compelling central force that grounds the film's tornado of contrivances.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
0.5/4 12% The Turning (2020) Only The Florida Project's Brooklynn Prince makes it out of the proceedings unscathed. She brings a playful naturalism to the dark imp Flora. If she keeps it up, she's this generation's Margaret O'Brien.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Did anybody ask for this? No, but perhaps we should have.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
1.5/4 14% Dolittle (2020) Even given his tragic backstory, Downey's doctor evinces little inner life, nor do his relationships with his CGI costars possess much depth. He is truly a man on an island.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) Rarely if ever has the death penalty-and the damage its inequitable application inflicts on everyone from prison employees to family members of the accused-been given such a thorough and gripping rendering as it is here.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3.5/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The fullest expression of Sandler and his singular talents that we have witnessed in his sometimes confounding and often infuriating 30-plus-year career.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Like a rocky shore at dusk or the bloom of first love, it's something that needs to be experienced rather than described.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
2/4 77% Frozen II (2019) While the visuals sometimes have stunning beauty and motion, there is little on screen or in the soundtrack that feels truly unknown, or carries any of the freshness of the snow that covers Elsa's kingdom.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
2/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) The depth of talent behind the screen and the appeal and attractiveness of the two stars should have resulted in something with slightly more than what we get here, which is essentially a Hallmark Christmas movie...‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong... harnesses the precise anxieties everyone of us is currently sharing-top of that list, the growing income gap and the crumbling planet-and uses them to make every scene in this blackhearted comic thriller crackle with energy and purpose.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
1.5/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's not just that Jolie's character is more captivating and engrossing than pretty much anything else in the movie, it's that her clothes are too.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Sometimes we look on confused and shaking our head, but more often we stare with glassy-eyed wonder at a world-and a movie-that is teeming with all sorts of messy life.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
0.5/4 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) This sloppily conceived and muddily rendered Rambo picture does not merely insult any audience member unfortunate enough to see it; it does something far worse. It insults Rambo.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Combined with the film's lavish technical achievements, [Pitt's] classic movie star sturdiness makes Ad Astra a memorable filmgoing experience even as the story it tells slips off into the ether.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
2/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) The new chapter doesn't bring much fresh psychological shading to this process. Instead, the film bombards us with plot and monsters that pile up like toys in the attic.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 83% Official Secrets (2019) As concisely informative as an Economist article and as gripping as a beach read.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) It is a doom-invoking, cathartic and strangely satisfying head-trip that's also a bit ridiculous.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
1.5/4 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) As troublesome and overstuffed as Blanchett's performance might be, it's also one of the few interesting things going on in this troublesome and overstuffed misfire of a book adaptation.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) It's far from subtle, more than a little sudsy, but also pleasingly direct and full of heart.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 80% Good Boys (2019) We may wish the boys had found another path, but at the same time, we feel fortunate to accompany them on their journey.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
1/4 24% The Kitchen (2019) Give us real characters; give us good writing; give us a compelling story. Otherwise, don't bother.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/4 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) An effective answer to the question of what to do with the kids who have aged out of trick-or-treating but still want to do something fun.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Ultimately, The Art of Racing in the Rain has a dog's pure-heartedness that manages to beat strongly despite generic direction, milquetoast performances, and twelve cubic tons of Costner voiceover.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The real problem is not simply the paucity of squealing rubber on road; it's the filler that pads the more than two-hour film while we wait impatiently for fixes of fuel-injected mayhem to arrive every half hour.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2/4 91% Luce (2019) The film comes off as an icy cross between Ordinary People and Six Degrees of Separation.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/4 95% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Belkin uses entirely existing footage to tell a story not just of a man's life but also the evolution of broadcast journalism. It's both a novel choice and a largely effective one.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) Kent provides the ultimate response to and corrective for every colonization myth we have ever been force fed, whether by grade school textbooks or widescreen Westerns.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
1.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) This Lion King is retrograde-a cinematic expression of the kind of toxic nostalgia that has infiltrated our national discourse.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) While he may look like a white-haired hippie shaman on his last legs, the David Crosby of today may be more musically vital than ever before.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/4 98% The Farewell (2019) A film that movingly shows the importance of taking advantage of fleeting chances and closing windows is itself the rarest of opportunities.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
2/4 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) If Spider-Man Far from Home is a triumph, as many will argue and its box office will undoubtedly confirm, it is a triumph of capitalism, not art.‐ Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019