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Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 100% The Gunfighter (1950) It has enough grit to make it seem like a model hybrid of respectable and genuine.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
3.5/4 100% Outside the Law (1920) It doesn't quite have the personal touches that Browning's later films would have, but it's a strong entertainment nonetheless. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
3/4 43% The Ape (1940) This thoroughly silly movie is worth seeing mainly for a delightfully touching, hammy performance by Boris Karloff in the lead role. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
4/4 No Score Yet I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) What haunted me about the film... is the way that Kaufman fully inhabits this shifting, twisting nightmare world, and the way that little existential clues seem to pop up everywhere. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
4/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) Coppola has done it so gracefully, so serenely, that she doesn't even seem to have tried at all... She has taken her dreamy, poetic touch and met the screwball comedy halfway.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
3/4 50% The Witches (2020) If you've seen "Hocus Pocus" one too many times and "Hubie Halloween" is just a little too dumb, then Robert Zemeckis' "The Witches" - based on the classic Roald Dahl novel - offers slick, bright fun, and just on the edge of spooky.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
3/4 84% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Regardless, even if the sequel doesn't quite feel like the explosive cultural dirty bomb that the first movie did, 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' is still a tonic for those that care to partake. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
3/5 81% Synchronic (2020) This sci-fi movie is arguably more of a chase movie than anything with deep themes, but it still nicely balances a nifty idea with surprising FX, strong characters, and classical suspense. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
2.5/4 60% Nocturne (2020) 'Nocturne' is a nice-looking film with plenty of good music, and it's passable, but it's my least favorite of the four [Blumhouse] films.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/4 100% Mnemophrenia (2019) A quiet, contemplative, hyper-intelligent drama that requires strict attention, and will likely benefit from more viewings. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/4 100% White Riot (2019) Unlike so many other movies about punk rock, White Riot actually looks punk rock, with graphics that appear borrowed or homemade. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/4 50% Evil Eye (2020) Benefits from appealing performances by Sarita Choudhury and Sunita Mani as mother and daughter, and from a non-white cast, but its straightforward narrative isn't terribly surprising.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 83% The Opening Act (2020) This indie drama features several comedians in roles of all kinds, but, oddly, it has very few laughs; still, it works in its own quiet way. with touching characters and a fascinating setting. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/5 33% The Devil Has a Name (2020) This whistleblower drama, with its odd touches of comedy and noir, certainly has its heart in the right place, but the story is frustratingly, awkwardly told and it ultimately amounts to very little. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 41% Honest Thief (2020) Simple and effective, this action/revenge movie races along on the most basic, primal emotions, and, thanks to the unpretentious performances, is so "honest" that it's easy to forgive its silliness.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 70% The Wall of Mexico (2020) This unusual political allegory comes off a little heavy-handed and obvious, but the lush, honeyed cinematography balances the mood, and it emerges as an interesting, somewhat timely curiosity.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1973) It just goes to show that, even though a maverick may not be polished or professional, if given his own prerogative, he can deliver something truly unique, and - in its own odd way - special.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 100% Totally Under Control (2020) As he has done so effectively many times before, Gibney takes a hard, clear, cool-headed look at government corruption -- and, in this case, shocking ineptitude and negligence, too. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3/4 44% The Lie (2020) "The Lie" is a sturdy thriller... the cracks emerge a little at a time, along with the suspense. And the ending will likely have some jaws hitting the floor.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
3/4 76% Black Box (2020) It requires quite a strong suspension of disbelief, but at least the characters' motives are pure and make emotional sense, and Osei-Kuffour's careful, mysterious storytelling keeps a tight grip on things.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
2/5 94% Alone (2020) Directed by John Hyams, this lean thriller works more or less in the ways it's supposed to, but it also has a strong sense of vicious cruelty, and it may leave a bad taste in your mouth. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
3/5 61% The Last Shift (2020) Despite some unexpected character choices and other small stumbles, this indie drama gets by on great performances, bittersweet humor, and many snapshots of heartbreaking truths. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
3/4 81% Warm Bodies (2013) What's remarkable is that, despite the movie's humor, it has a notable lack of cynicism. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3/4 71% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) This sequel, directed by the much more imaginative Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto, Intruders), takes the zombie invasion in a new, grim direction.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3/4 89% [Rec] (2007) Co-directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza unfold their story over a tight, tense 75 minutes, using the hand-held camera to create an atmosphere of immediacy, and never wasting an opportunity to ramp up the sense of panic, or provide a brutal scare.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Do Not Reply (2020) Intended as a cautionary tale with a message, this grim, unpleasant thriller is too close to raw exploitation to take seriously; all that remains is a picture of cruel abuse and victimized women. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
3/5 92% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Directed by Brandon Cronenberg, son of the legendary David, this graphic sci-fi/horror story doesn't have anything terribly unique to say, but it's certainly told in a powerfully disturbing way. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
3/5 81% Scare Me (2020) It goes on too long and ends up pretty much where you'd expect, but this playfully scary film is still great fun most of the time, with energetic comedic performances and clever sound and camerawork. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
2/5 28% 2067 (2020) This sci-fi tale intrigues for a while with its mystery story and striking visuals, but its long, dull setup and unsatisfying conclusion reveal a tendency for sermonizing over character or story. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
3/4 34% Death of Me (2020) When the plot finally comes together, it happily avoids cheap twists and concentrates on strong, lean storytelling. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/4 83% Misbehaviour (2020) Remains ambitious enough to offer more than one correct side to a still-pressing issue, and, thankfully, leaves more wiggle room than the standard bathing suit allows.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.5/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) The more time one spends in July's world, the more weirdly charming it becomes. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2.5/4 68% The Artist's Wife (2020) It's not difficult to see where "The Artist's Wife" is going. It gets there with a soft, syrupy piano score..., with Dolby's pretty compositions; and characters forever posed in front of gorgeous art or architecture.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 100% After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020) One journalist compares sorting through "fake news" to "bathing in garbage," and, indeed, this documentary is a very tough sit, but it also offers tools for viewers to start identifying this poison. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/4 48% Lost Girls & Love Hotels (2020) The movie could have dived into an explosive Yakuza shoot-em-up ending, or it could have gone down a more lurid path, attempting to titillate with the sex, but instead, every scene is about lostness, about forever yearning and searching and not finding. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 86% The Way I See It (2020) It feels a bit thin and politically lopsided, but this film is still very much worth seeing for several reasons: its amazing photographs, Souza's humility, and its positive, hopeful vision. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 88% The Nest (2020) A shallow story about shallowness, this drama still gets fairly gripping thanks to its director's immense skill for composition and performance, as well as dashes of patience and sensitivity. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2/5 91% The Dark Divide (2020) A good-looking wilderness trek that's likable enough for a few stretches, this biopic is, unfortunately, frequently stretched too thin, and Pyle's inexperience is often frustrating. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 85% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) It certainly won't persuade any Trump fans, but this documentary puts forth one of the clearest analyses of the 45th U.S. president's controversial, polarizing behavior. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 57% Shortcut (2020) This monster tale is by no means good in the traditional sense, but it's scrappy, late-night, popcorn-munching, guilty fun, driven by D.I.Y. teen power, old-fashioned scares, and creepy music. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2/5 58% Infidel (2020) This "inspired by true events" drama is presented in a blandly impersonal, uninspired manner, with wobbly, uneven filmmaking, a dull lead character, and a mixed collection of messages about faith. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
1/5 20% No Escape (Follow Me) (2020) A vague copycat of the successful 'Saw' franchise formula, this horror/thriller lacks interesting puzzles, likable characters, and memorable shocks and has an unsettling level of violence toward women. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/4 88% The Naked City (1948) 'The Naked City' is a classic police procedural, brilliantly told, with the tiniest details seeming like huge breakthroughs. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3.5/4 68% Dear Diary (Caro diario) (1994) Generally strikes a cross between deadpan and absurd; most of it is stuff that would likely never happen, but Moretti captures it all with straight-faced seriousness. ‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/4 94% Brute Force (1947) A breakthrough crime film for director Jules Dassin.‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 66% Rent-A-Pal (2020) Focused on raising familiar characters to compellingly intimate, emotional levels, this thriller is a bit of a letdown following the "breaking point" moment, but overall the good outweighs the bad. ‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3.5/4 100% Our Time Machine (2020) Opens with a quote from H.G. Wells about how memories can take us back in time, and dreams can carry us forward. The movie continues with these beautiful sentiments in mind, and comes out as a moving, beautiful work.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/4 85% The Hole (Dong) (2020) In a restored re-release, "The Hole" proves to be an eerily prophetic and timely movie, perhaps better now than it ever was.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/4 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) "The Broken Hearts Gallery" is shaped like an old-fashioned romantic comedy, hitting all the old familiar beats... But it checks off all the old boxes with fresh new ink.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/4 88% Immortal (2020) The movie does feature some strong performances and some intriguing setups...‐ Combustible Celluloid
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020