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Chance Solem-Pfeifer

Chance Solem-Pfeifer
Chance Solem-Pfeifer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters, Willamette Week

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 62% American Dharma (2019) Unfortunately, Morris keeps his rebuttals to a career minimum in American Dharma -- bad timing, considering his subject is an active fire-starter, not a regretful, dried-out war hawk.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/4 100% Higher Love (2020) Higher Love reveals utter extremity becoming dismally banal.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2/4 17% Chop Chop (2020) The fact that Rony Patel's would-be slasher film pivots so quickly and aggressively away from an unstoppable-monster bloodbath is potentially to his creative credit, but unfortunately, no part... that follows works anywhere near as well.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) Crushing, hilarious and hopeful.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
43% LX 2048 (2020) What's missing here is not imagination but a more nuanced observation of human relationships as a mystery unfolds.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
91% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Bloody Nose waltzes at the forefront of creative cinematic nonfiction.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2/4 92% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) ...the documentary actually tips its hat to all three of those ideas, which only really serves to highlight the more melodramatic approach...‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/4 100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) If it's felt as though democracy has been on the ropes this month, this year, this century, A Thousand Cuts is a harrowing snapshot of its knockout. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/4 70% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2020) For the most part, A Girl Missing is a writing achievement.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
3/4 100% Days of the Whale (Los días de la ballena) (2020) Days of the Whale is an artist's manifesto: It believes in the transformative value of creation. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) There's value in fixating a war movie so fully on process that the glory is sapped out of violence. But Greyhound veers too sternly toward lifelessness.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
71% Carmilla (2020) That kind of social commentary requires an insightful dramatic core, and Carmilla too often shoehorns in horror elements for convenience.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet My First and Last Film (2020) Peeking at an unfamiliar life can be a very worthwhile empathy exercise. Anything longer than a peek, though, is why documentarians exist.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/4 90% Blood Quantum (2020) You won't know whether to pump your fist or dry your eyes.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet The Sound of the Wind (2020) It's just...committed to what? A vessel for unambiguous pain, not a character...‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/4 87% Deerskin (2020) Dujardin keeps Georges innocent, almost paternally daffy, as he shuffles toward madness...‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/4 94% Bad Education (2019) There hasn't been a smarter streaming original this quarantine season. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2/4 70% Butt Boy (2020) The execution of Butt Boy is a little like holding court with a one-of-a-kind dirty joke but pausing constantly to insist it's not a joke.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
47% Greed (2020) Beyond certain outlandish gags, the satire doesn't reveal much, especially in over-obvious rock-'n'-roll flashbacks and a deposition-framing device.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
98% 63 Up (2019) With 63 Up, the quiet wonder of simply executing such a project reigns -- the potentially mundane resonates profoundly when watching a human life arc or veer before your eyes.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/4 97% Midnight Family (2019) [An] 80-minute gut punch.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Matching and then topping Stanley's weirdness, Cage continues his late-career momentum in hyper-violent indie horror...‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
1/4 47% Underwater (2020) While Stewart plays her role of traumatized engineering expert with tact and sobriety, the rest of the movie is a dour game of "pick off the supporting cast".‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/4 68% Troop Zero (2020) The movie's best feature... is a vastly overqualified Viola Davis playing troop leader Miss Rayleen. Davis carries the movie by treating the children (both as characters and actors) like adults, cherishing them as sounding boards for self-reflection.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/4 84% Just Mercy (2020) Really, the only problem with this real-life death penalty drama from Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle, Short Term 12) is that it's quietly average.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/4 84% Waves (2019) Perhaps the back half of Waves should simply be the whole...‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
82% The Report (2019) There's no way writer-director Scott Z. Burns could have predicted how relevant congressional investigations would be leading up to his film's release, but The Report arrives with an almost cautionary resonance.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Every strong point of Jojo Rabbit -- it's playful, pleasant, easy to watch -- creates equal and opposite distraction.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
1/4 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Worst of all, Cohn might actually fancy this condemnation. In treating him as a devil, its most cogent argument is for the continued power and relevance of a long-dead man. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory quite rightly asks its audience to appreciate Almodóvar while he's still mining his soul for melodrama every few years.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 100% Desolation Center (2019) Even if time has softened interviewees once so set on blowing up boulders or destroying power tools to create art, Desolation Center carves its documentary niche with no apologies.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 97% Love, Antosha (2019) Love, Antosha is an illuminating farewell. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
87% Luz (2019) There's a compelling devil lurking in the film's technowave soundtrack and copious fog, but how alluring is a forked tongue with nothing much to say?‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale defies all kinds of movie logic: It challenges the audience both in the sheer volume of pain depicted and with prejudices we're used to seeing stamped out of a victimized protagonist like Clare.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense ultimately becomes a low-octane indie version of the '80s martial arts thriller that it's half-skewering but is saddled with too much rigid self-awareness and script baggage to fight freely.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Though never unpleasant -- after all, it's Maron reunited with some of his best podcast interviewees -- Sword of Trust ends up feeling more like a recessed charade than the measured adventure it promises.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The irony here is that Far From Home blatantly declares the need for a vacation. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) reeling Peter back in doesn't feel like the call of duty so much as the corporate office demanding he come in on a weekend.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Plenty of times Midsommar barges past metaphor into a glaringly incomplete storyline. But as a cathartic effigy to bad boyfriends, so-called sanity and the American way, Midsommar earns its flower crown.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
1/4 33% Shaft (2019) This isn't a tale of musky, polyamorous noir; it's a cautionary one about trying to mass-produce an artifact and ending up with a movie from nowhere, about nothing, for no one. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 92% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Gentrification has many casualties: family, security, institutional memory. But rarely has a movie tapped into the tragic, bone-deep irony of a city's shape-shifting quite like The Last Black Man in San Francisco.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Kaling and Thompson's clash of the earnest cub and lioness in winter sustains the film's core, but this subgenre of the romcom argues that work is life. You can't get the work wrong.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
89% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir is intended as a patchwork of memory, not a document. This side-door approach is as elusive and dissatisfying as revealing and true. Experiences are not life lessons until they're over.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 92% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ryan White ends up with a film conspicuously less intriguing than its subject. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 84% Her Smell (2019) Moss' performance has a way of not only alleviating these shortcomings but swallowing them. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 55% The Beach Bum (2019) Best to simply bask in one of the more ludicrous performances an A-list actor has ever committed to the screen. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 82% High Life (2019) Deep as it runs thematically, High Life isn't note-perfect.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 95% The Mustang (2019) Any horse trainer (or even someone who loved The Rider) could spot the missing virtue here-patience. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
1/4 38% The Dirt (2019) At least The Dirt has the decency not to pretend Mötley Crüe made important music, but then you're just watching a poorly lit TV movie about misogynists who had it out for hotel furniture.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Call it subversion, call it suppression - the result is an artful malaise.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 89% To Dust (2019) Even if the "why" is deep and bizarre, the "how" in To Dust is a little easy.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019