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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) In terms of artistry, George Tillman Jr.'s The Hate U Give is a decent enough movie, but in terms of its social and emotional power, it's an essential document for these terrible times.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 88% First Man (2018) Yields at least two spectacular scenes... The rest is a little more uneven. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 64% Stella's Last Weekend (2018) This effective indie dramedy unravels a bit in the end as it eagerly attempts to wrap up each and every one of its conflicts, but before then it's a rowdy, touching, keenly observed slice of life. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 71% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Despite many strong attributes, it lacks the tightly-coiled surprise of Christie and the violent crackle of Tarantino.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 64% Beautiful Boy (2018) Expertly acted to be sure, this drug-addiction drama is also grueling and repetitive; it wobbles between making drug use look sexy and being an after-school special. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/4 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) The movie is probably already too far in [M.I.A.'s] court to win over any new fans, but if you're an old fan, you'll thoroughly enjoy the blunt, brisk energy here.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) it's not a particularly great or profound movie, but it's a hugely enjoyable one, with so many amazing scenes that it hardly matters whether they add up to anything.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 31% Venom (2018) It moves quickly and is fairly good-natured, but otherwise this flatly written, uninspired comic-book action movie feels more like a paycheck-driven business decision than an artistic inspiration. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/4 89% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) One couldn't ask for a lovelier final film than 'The Old Man & the Gun.' And though it may sound like hyperbole, after such an esteemed career, it's one of [Redford's] very best.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/4 No Score Yet The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) Thoroughly satisfying film noir.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 43% Hell Fest (2018) Reveling in the kind of scares that were popular in the 1980s, this slasher fest is far from great, but the characters have an appealing realness, and it's spirited and fun overall. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3.5/4 73% Smallfoot (2018) The film is surprisingly smart; the characters quickly grow to be quite lovable.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 89% All About Nina (2018) Eva Vives' extremely dark, brutal drama is made lighter by Winstead's aching, acidly funny performance -- as well as by the difficult hope that honesty and sympathy can eventually win the day.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 69% Assassination Nation (2018) Not the first (or last) movie to tackle social media hysteria, this violent, satirical entry ramps things up. It asks questions about primitive mob mentality and the thirst for revenge, as well as the meaning of identity. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
1/5 20% Patient Zero (2018) This quasi-zombie action movie eventually wanders cluelessly off track, but, as it consists mainly of yelling, sudden loud noises, and camera-shaking, it gets aggravating long before that happens.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2.5/4 64% Lizzie (2018) The movie could have been hot pulp, but instead it plays like a drastic costume drama, with characters sitting grimly in rooms while other characters enter and talk sternly to one another.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 78% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Moore's film is a proudly subjective patchwork that scampers in many directions, but it's also by far his most vital, cautionary, and urgent work; it's unmissable.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) This enjoyable revisionist Western based on Patrick DeWitt's novel focuses on male relationships. But it's also somewhat tonally uneven, swinging from scenes of brutal violence to scenes that could be described as "cuddly." ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It takes a few magical moments to savor the wonder and magic of the title house before all heck breaks loose.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) Has just about as much flash and swagger as the 2001 reboot of Ocean's Eleven, and more than the 1960 original or the sequels.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/5 59% White Boy Rick (2018) This gritty biopic starts well, with fine casting and performances and vivid emotional bonds, but it eventually becomes a stern cautionary tale and sinks into a downbeat, hopeless final act. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 34% The Predator (2018) It's very fast, very funny, and, as with all Black works, gleefully embraces genre cliches and turns them sideways.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/4 12% Oscar (1991) Despite all the running around, the movie still feels slow, dragging sluggishly toward the end of its long 109 minutes. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2.5/4 21% Color of Night (1994) It's far from the disaster it's said to have been, but it's also not much to write home about, either. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2.5/4 76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) seems obsessed with capturing the weirdness of the European cinema of the past, but without much of an idea where it stands in the present. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 26% The Nun (2018) Sadly, this fifth chapter in the Conjuring franchise is, despite a temptingly promising locale/premise, nowhere near as scary, inspired, or coherent as its predecessors. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/4 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) It's the "Hoop Dreams" of dog documentaries.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2.5/4 54% The Bookshop (2018) An uneasy mix.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/5 43% Destination Wedding (2018) This story about two narcissistic, cynical characters could quickly have become irritating, but the tone stays light and prickly, and the enormously appealing stars have fine chemistry. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/4 65% The Little Stranger (2018) It remains trapped, lost between opulence and ruin, between humans and ghosts. It might have made the blood run cold, but instead, the movie itself is cold-blooded.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 59% Operation Finale (2018) Weitz softens the edges of this true Holocaust-related story, providing a familiar Hollywood thriller template that works without demeaning the events at the center.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3.5/4 92% Support the Girls (2018) Hall is most impressive here; she truly spreads her wings her and gives a fully-rounded performance, touching and somewhat tragic, but fully lovable.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 93% Searching (2018) Perhaps inspired by the success of 2014's Unfriended, this mystery ventures in fresh, new directions while being superbly constructed, emotionally satisfying, and culturally relevant. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
1/5 33% Blue Iguana (2018) Yet another in a long series of 10th-rate Tarantino knockoffs, this wretched crime-comedy is confusing, ugly, and noisy. And despite Rockwell's welcome presence, it doesn't have any worthwhile characters. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Despite some good ideas, a likable cast, and a halfway decent mystery, this vulgar, naughty puppet show is far more interested in being juvenile and shocking than in being entertaining or inventive.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/4 100% Minding the Gap (2018) One of the year's great, small treasures, Bing Liu's extraordinary documentary "Minding the Gap" is like a deluxe skateboarding video, yet so much more.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 71% Do You Trust this Computer? (2018) This documentary covers a wide array of examples of the potentially scary downside of artificial intelligence, none particularly in depth but with enough ingenuity to cause alarm. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2/5 7% Slender Man (2018) Based on a viral 2009 internet meme that gave plenty of people the creeps, this lazy horror movie is filled with stale, worn-out scares, crude effects and jump-scares, and poor storytelling. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) This romantic drama is slight and narrow in scope, but its performers are dedicated, and its passions run deep.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
4/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Even though it sings with the funky energy of the 1970s, "BlacKkKlansman" is absolutely current. Among all the movies that have become supercharged by the terror of our modern times, it's arguably the most essential yet.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/5 45% The Meg (2018) Sadly, not even the shark is very interesting.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/4 100% Dead Shack (2017) This spirited, silly horror movie isn't particularly fresh or scary, but it has enough charm to be worthy of a viewing by genre fans. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) It's a dark, melodramatic story tacked onto a black comedy, and it just doesn't work.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2.5/4 45% Generation Wealth (2018) Unfortunately, as personal as she gets here, she fails to tie everything together into a cohesive thesis‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) With an earthy, realistic tone, this timely drama is fairly straightforward; it's geared toward the source novel's YA fans/audience, but it's patient and warmly sympathetic enough for others. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 71% Christopher Robin (2018) "Christopher Robin" misses the point. In trying to rescue the hero from his seriousness, the busy film hasn't the faintest idea how to play.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 80% Oldboy (2005) Great but extremely brutal, vicious revenge story. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) The plot is pretty predictable, but the silliness that swirls in and around each familiar twist is fresh and funny. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/4 64% Dagon (2001) Dagon isn't as outright funny as Gordon's Re-Animator or From Beyond, but it has moments of spunkiness to puncture the incredible strangeness of it all. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Astounding, gripping, heart-pounding set pieces. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018