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Walter Chaw

Walter Chaw
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0/4 41% Irresistible (2020) Jon Stewart's Irresistible hates you, absolutely loathes you.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
4/4 78% Tommaso (2020) Tommaso is an extraordinary work of both extreme arrogance and excessive humility--the deconstruction of a selfish man, a narcissist perhaps, beset by demons of self-loathing and too much time spent in furious introspection.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
2.5/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) What Never Rarely Sometimes Always excels at is portraying how the world is incredibly challenging for young women to navigate.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
3.5/4 71% Vivarium (2020) Vivarium is wonderful.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
3/4 79% The Last Man on Earth (1964) It's actually an exceptional film in an exceptional year for film, a beautiful, occasionally stunning piece about loneliness and alienation.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
2/4 88% Onward (2020) Onward isn't, alas, something that deserves this much time spent thinking about it.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
4/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man is a masterpiece... ‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/4 54% Guns Akimbo (2020) Guns Akimbo is finally a well-directed film, edited with clarity and a keen sense of pacing by the team of Luke Haigh and Zaz Montana.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
3.5/4 96% Blood on Her Name (2020) Blood On Her Name is alive and invested in its characters so much that it allows them to go where they would for reasons that make sense to them.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
1.5/4 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) The Call of the Wild is a propaganda piece.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
.5/4 36% The Night Clerk (2020) Yeah, The Night Clerk is awful.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
1/4 34% Seberg (2020) Stewart's too good for this. She's an inspired choice to play Jean Seberg. Both star and subject deserved better.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
1/4 64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The complaint isn't that there's nothing new here (arguably, there's nothing new anywhere), it's that this movie is just pieces of other movies, chewed up and then reconstituted a little bit wrong.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) I gotta say, though, that for as long as they've been waiting, women deserve better than middling, pandering stuff like Captain Marvel and now Birds Of Prey.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
1/4 90% Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness (2020) As it is, Yalda, which overstays its welcome even at a brisk 80 minutes (the last five minutes feel like 80 by themselves), doesn't know what it wants to say, and so it says the worst possible thing it could say. What a shame.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2020) Still, there's more than enough genuine beauty in This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection to merit it a look and Mosese some serious credibility.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 89% Luxor (2020) [A] beautiful, poignant metaphor for where we can get to if we're very wise and very lucky.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 90% The Evening Hour (2020) Weighty stuff, and The Evening Hour handles it with agility and charm.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
1.5/4 70% Beast Beast (2020) Though I agree with its politics, I cringe at its execution.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
2.5/4 80% Summer White (Blanco de Verano) (2020) The actors are so good, in fact, that the film leaves a mark despite trying too hard to leave a mark.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
1/4 67% La leyenda negra (2020) [I]t's juggling so much outrage and portent that it doesn't have room to follow any single thread through to its end. Frustrating, because you want it to be better.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
2/4 92% Leap of Faith (2019) Leap of Faith, then, becomes something like an endorsement of effect over process, and its interest in effect over process should be something that gives pause to both the director and this documentary.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3.5/4 78% High Tide (2020) High Tide is a sophisticated, thorny, adult thriller aligned with something like Body Heat in its moral ambiguity and viciousness.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
1/4 89% Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (2020) It's like one of those basic-cable docuseries with misfit reject hillbilly duck-decoy-making millionaries who weigh six-hundred pounds or something.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/4 76% Amulet (2020) It's a lovely debut, smart and fruitfully repugnant--an able showcase for Garai as a filmmaker possessed of a nice sense of pacing and a good, gothic eye for object placement and gore.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/4 92% And Then We Danced (2020) And Then We Danced is about the things we hold on to for our lives. Candles in the dark.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
1/4 92% Be Water (2020) Be Water is hamstrung by its unwillingness to take a hard look at Lee's actual, defining battle against racism in the U.S. and Hong Kong.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3.5/4 100% La Llorona (2019) We live in graveyards in the company of ghosts, and we're cast only to grieve for all the days of our lives.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
2/4 83% Aggie (2020) Which is to say, it isn't that Aggie lacks purpose so much as it's a hagiography... with a collection of talking heads who think the title heroine is the kindest, the most generous, just the best. And there's nothing wrong with that.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
4/4 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) There's nothing pat or easy about The Painter and the Thief; itself a work of poetry and art, the film plays with the meaning of its own title at several points.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/4 88% Black Bear (2020) I have nothing against working for my art, mind. I just wish I thought there was something in it for me.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Between the vicious knifings, the well-choreographed gun and fist battles, and the literal dropping of cars on people, it dawns that this movie isn't just able garbage but somehow...good?‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
2.5/4 87% Color Out of Space (2020) Fun is enough, don't get me wrong, yet Color Out of Space could be more.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/4 20% The Grudge (2020) I've seen films more gory and violent than The Grudge, but I haven't seen very many that are more brutal.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
2.5/4 38% Black Christmas (2019) I love the mass murder of a bunch of rapist Kavanaughs as much as anyone, believe me, though I'm not sure the catharsis it proffers is anything but temporary--or, worse, merely palliative.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
2.5/4 48% Underwater (2020) Underwater is big, noisy, unpretentious fare.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
1/4 89% 1917 (2020) Making a hollow spectacle of war is ignoble. Sometimes it's dangerously irresponsible.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
2/4 94% Little Women (2019) There's an element of calculated appeasement here that I wish was not.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
1/4 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker could be described as a mere compendium of betrayals it commits against itself.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/4 92% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is a work of great intelligence and craft, but most of all it's a diagnosis, like so many of the films in this, the first disastrous years of our corpulent lord Trump, of the tumours that will kill us...‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Whatever one thinks of it as an expression of Eastwood's politics, that contrast captures in a nutshell what makes Richard Jewell an occasional delight in spite of its limitations...‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3.5/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) I'm not sure I'm compelled by the case it's trying to make, particularly as this story has more to tell, but there's a power to its piquant grace and love and acceptance.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 90% The Lighthouse (2019) [I]n The Lighthouse, Eggers engages us in a struggle for consciousness that is as ancient as it is essential.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 93% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2019) How To the Ends of the Earth ends is as lovely--and strange--as anything from one of countryman Takashi Miike's forays into different forms and genres.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 74% Stray Dolls (2020) Were the bad guys, in the end, less central-casting and more mundane, Stray Dolls would be something like a neo-neorealist masterpiece. As it stands, it's a cathartic yawp announcing the arrival of a vibrant, raw voice in Sinha.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/4 96% Lucky Grandma (2020) There's promise here as a feature debut.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3.5/4 100% Driveways (2019) A sentimental film neither cheap nor schmaltzy, Andrew Ahn's sophomore feature Driveways is a rare beast in more ways than that.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/4 89% Just 6.5 (6.5 Toman Per Meter) (Metri shish-o-nim) (2019) Just 6.5 feels hopeless and manic in the same breath. It's timely as hell.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 92% Straight Up (2020) Straight Up is a fine showcase for an emerging voice who is smart enough to keep things tight.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet A French Woman (2019) The problem with A French Woman is that if one must approach something so well-trod, it needs to be special just to distinguish itself.‐ Film Freak Central
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019