Jeffrey M. Anderson


Jeffrey M. Anderson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
The Passion of Joan of Arc, Sherlock Jr., Chimes at Midnight, Rio Bravo, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Cat People, Dead Ringers, Modern Times, Life and Nothing More, Eyes Wide Shut, Late Spring, Detour
Location: San Francisco
Official Websites: combustiblecelluloid.com

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Not only good, it also manages to deepen the characters that were so silly and lovable in the first film. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2/5 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) This juggernaut-sized sci-fi movie mechanically rehashes a huge collection of genre cliches while bashing its way through an onslaught of visual effects, bad dialogue, and dull, lifeless characters. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 71% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) This might have been a pretty good kidnapping story, but writer/director Asghar Farhadi goes soft; he slows it down to the point of almost stopping it and emphasizes goopy, over-the-top soap opera. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) While "The Lego Movie 2" doesn't tower over its predecessor, it adds to the franchise's bricky structure with a satisfying click. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 73% Cold Pursuit (2019) In so many action movies, death is arbitrary, but here it counts and is accepted, as are the myriad ways humans respond to death. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 88% Arctic (2019) With a refreshing lack of exposition or padding, this lean, minimalist survival thriller rises far above the genre's usual examples, with much credit going to the sturdy, determined lead performance. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
5/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Director Peter Jackson's assemblage of restored footage -- colored and rendered in 3D, with added sound effects, voices, and narration -- is an astonishing achievement, a distillation of war itself. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 34% King of Thieves (2019) Based on a true story, this movie about "old codger" criminals feels a little dry/routine, but the great cast still strikes enough sparks to make it worth a look. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 21% Serenity (2019) Starting out promisingly, like a glossy, heated, modern-day film noir tribute, this thriller eventually begins to reveal its twist, and everything that was working until then simply collapses. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) Depending on how ready you are to embrace (or forgive) M. Night Shyamalan's nerdy, talky, intertwined comic book mythos, this trilogy closer is surprisingly enjoyable on many levels. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 14% An Acceptable Loss (2019) This political thriller is ambitious and timely, but it's also disappointingly awkward, with stilted performances in the first half and a second half that gets increasingly routine and ridiculous. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/5 11% Replicas (2019) This frustrating failure of a sci-fi thriller is so full of lapses in logic and is so consistently nonsensical that its many mistakes completely eclipse all attempts at story and character. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/4 100% Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) (1932) Renoir keeps it all beautifully, humorously on track. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/4 No Score Yet Swamp Water (1941) [Renoir's] first American film... almost feels like the work of someone else, although it still contains a few of its maker's signature themes, and it's an excellent entertainment in any regard. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/4 94% Christmas in July (1940) It's a small gem, almost too short to mention (67 minutes), but glitteringly perfect nonetheless. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/4 100% The Last Picture Show (1971) The deep-shadowed, dusty black-and-white cinematography by the legendary Robert Surtees... helps elevate the story beyond the realistic and anticlimactic, making it mythic and poetic. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's colorful and diverting, and it truly is good to see Mary again. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/4 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Many have admired it, but I'm afraid it just didn't really work for me. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/4 81% Washington Square (1997) Not even the usually twinkle-eyed Maggie Smith, here playing Catherine's aunt, can buoy the material. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 38% State Like Sleep (2019) As the title suggests, this so-called thriller could be trying to suggest a dreamlike or sleepwalking state, but instead it tells a terminally disjointed, boring story in a way that can induce sleep. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/5 50% American Hangman (2019) This modest but pessimistic drama about social ills may feel a little familiar, but the intelligent banter, a superior central performance, and one or two likable supporters keep it crackling along. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/4 48% Escape Room (2019) Succeeds in unlocking raw, primal human fear and adrenaline. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Gentle, affectionate portrait of aging legendary comics. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 72% Destroyer (2018) Driven by Kidman's forceful, demolishing performance and a deliriously complex, snaky screenplay, this mature, intricately designed crime drama is more memorable and more haunting than most. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 66% Vice (2018) A comedy veteran , writer/director Adam McKay brings a strong irreverence and some quirky humor to this biopic, yet it can't disguise its sheer outrage; its laughs come through openmouthed dismay. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The casting and acting here are the high point. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Though 'Cold War' falls far short of its predecessor, it still has enough striking moments to recommend it. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 6% American Renegades (2018) Another of Luc Besson's compact, lightweight action movies, this one has a bit too much bravado, but it ultimately finds its way and provides a measure of silly, breezy fun. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 93% Bumblebee (2018) Set in 1987, this breezy, bright, summery movie is steeped in 1980s culture, feeling a lot like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Short Circuit, and other movie adventures of the day. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) The screenplay must have had the line "suddenly, they are interrupted by an explosion" copied and pasted randomly several times throughout. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 59% The Last Dragon (1985) Taimak and Vanity come to the screen with a great deal of presence and likeability. Schultz brings energy and style to both the fight scenes and the musical moments, mostly staying out of their way and avoiding fast cutting and clunky choreography. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 39% Maniac (1980) Though it's about as grungy as a film can get, it feels like a professional job, with a brisk flow and a hard, gritty, urban look and feel. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/4 100% Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers) (1954) 'A Story from Chikamatsu' will make you angry, but first it will move you to the core. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A highly accomplished piece of filmmaking. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
1/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Simpleminded and mechanical, this movie clumsily borrows from every sci-fi/fantasy movie of the last 40 years, smushing everything together with inept filmmaking and a total lack of logic or emotion. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) Eastwood directs this drama at the same high level as his best work; his classical sure-footedness overcomes potentially goopy material. And fans can likely forgive him a few politically incorrect missteps. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
1.5/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) [A] dull, chunky ornamental iceberg. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Not quite like anything you've seen before. It's amazing, astonishing and spectacular. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 80% Ben is Back (2018) Between this and Beautiful Boy - another harrowing drama about a young person's addiction to drugs - I think I dislike Ben Is Back slightly less. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 60% Vox Lux (2018) This drama set in the pop music world has plenty to say, but its delivery of its message doesn't quite work. Still, Portman's nervy performance and the movie's dazzling cinematography and haunting music make it worth a look. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) "Anna and the Apocalypse" is out to thwart expectations. It will knock you sideways, but the more you think about it (and the more it's viewed during the holidays), the more you'll like it. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/5 41% Dark Skies (2013) The story is oddly pessimistic. Nothing is learned, no victory is achieved, and even the expected "twist" ending is curiously dull. It's as if the aliens have already won. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/5 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Both its tone and its songs get a little melancholy as the movie goes along, but this frequently exuberant Christmas-zombie-musical is wonderfully creative, with a touching emotional center. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/5 17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) This demon-possession horror movie has enough good moments that it's a shame the filmmakers didn't try harder; for every effectively moody scene, there's another that's lazy, twitchy, or shopworn. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.5/4 91% Mirai (2018) A soaringly beautiful film, as open-aired and pulsingly rhythmic as the best anime. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.5/4 93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) If you love cinema, then you must love Ingmar Bergman, and this documentary will justify your love. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.5/4 79% Green Book (2018) Farrelly's pacing is impressive, turning in a whopping 130-minute movie that simply flies by, and never feels too heavy or too long, and never outstays its welcome. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Transylmania (2009) It's 90 minutes of idiotic, annoying characters, some haphazard plotting and filmmaking, and little else. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/5 58% Mystery Team (2009) Happily, even when the shock wears off... remains funny, thanks to the decision to make its three hapless, stuck-in-adolescence detectives totally naïve and untouched by all the depravity. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) [This] sequel... is quite a bit weirder, and possibly even disturbing in parts, but some clever ideas and the strong friendship between Vanellope and Ralph - and our love for them - carry things through. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018