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Melanie McFarland

Melanie McFarland
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Between the World and Me (2020) Coates' writing packs clarity into its lyricism, and at just shy of an hour and 20 minutes Forbes' film honors the book's relative economy while enriching every frame with poignance, augmented by Bradford Young's arresting cinematography. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
84% Belushi (2020) His fatal flaw was that he could never be completely satisfied. Fortunately anyone watching this documentary is bound to be precisely that.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
90% Crazy, Not Insane (2020) It's the names of the murderers that draw us as opposed to the doctor who spoke with them... But filmmaker Alex Gibney is careful to centralize Lewis and her work, creating a fascinating portrait in personality contrasts. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
63% Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine (2020) Happily for everyone involved and the audience, it works. This is in no small part due to Cooper knowing her audience's expectations and limitations.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) It is enormously entertaining and for the reasons listed above a healthy treatment to whatever anxieties plaguing us a little more than a week leading up to the election. Whatever faults it has aren't deadly.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
67% American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself (2020) The terrifying part about this documentary is that it's highly likely that any American who watches will recognize a version of themselves in here -- and Pelosi doesn't put a pretty filter on any of what her camera captures.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
97% What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Between Schreck, Ciprian, and Williams What the Constitution Means to Me becomes a hopeful vision and reminder that the Constitution a living document, but one that needs to be brought alive constantly by successive generations.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It may be messy, but it's fleet-footed and it means well, and in the way of any good caper flick it extols the virtue of breaking the law for all the right reasons, come what may.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
99% Totally Under Control (2020) It reconstructs recent history to remind us of how recently and quickly this pandemic changed life as we know it. Simultaneously, it calls attention to the many missed opportunities officials could have seized that may have altered the course we're on.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
87% Kingdom of Silence (2020) In examining Khashoggi's professional life from its beginning... to its untimely end, Rowley draws a map of how journalistic censorship can extinguish a nation's democratic ambitions almost overnight.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
63% This Is Paris (2020) This Is Paris isn't apt to change the minds of any Paris Hilton detractors. But as a whole, it stands as a fascinating study of what happens when a human being's personality is entirely subsumed by the construct she creates.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
55% Coastal Elites (2020) It's about as direct in its play to the anti-Trump crowd as it can possibly be. Nevertheless, I can't help but wonder who actually has the stomach for Rudnick's Trump-enraged quarantine view into the left-leaning electorate psyche.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
89% Unpregnant (2020) The insouciant spirit fueling Unpregnant is admirable, in fact, and amply pumped up by Ferreira and Richardson's ebullient performances.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
81% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) Hopefully we care about these violations. Those who don't aren't going to be moved by this movie. However, #Unfit successfully makes its case concerning why Trump's psychological instability should be of concern to the public.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) Whether you think of yourself as a marshmallow or believe you have a heart of steel, there's a strong probability that The One and Only Ivan is going to make you cry... or well up, at least. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
87% Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn (2020) Voices past and present give Storm Over Brooklyn a piercing relevance in the here and now, whether by what they're saying or what they represent. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
63% On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries (2020) On the Trail opens the door to important conversations regarding objectivity and bias, and the deeply flawed tendency to perpetuate false equivalency in the effort to appear objective and unbiased.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
95% Black Is King (2020) Black Is King is as carefully realized a construct as Beyoncé's previous videos and visual albums with the sort of vibrant cinematography and international scope tailor made for the Disney brand.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) In drawing our attention to who these characters are as opposed to leaning upon the awe-inspiring moves they can pull off, the movie opts to be rich with emotional resonance as opposed to lousy with quips and explosions.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) An illuminative work that never feels entirely safe, placing the observer in the midst of its subjects in moments where not even they can be entirely sure they'll make it.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
98% Disclosure (2020) With absolute precision Disclosure makes the case that the all-too-common portrayals of transgender characters on TV over the years have contributed to this epidemic through the reckless objectification of transgender people.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Foremost among its accomplishments is the confident ease with which it traverses many shades of human experience... Lee does this by skillfully fading discrete genres into each other over the course of its two hour and 35 minute runtime.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) It belongs in that category of movies each should ask to be left out of any career achievement retrospective montages awaiting them down the road.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) Maybe you plan to settle in for an 89-minute feel-good experience that allows you to bask in Obama's calm dignity... If that is all you desire, "Becoming" will oblige you.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
17% The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003) "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer" managed to stun this critic by being substantially more dreadful that the original, and offensive to boot.‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
52% A Christmas Carol (2019) It might have been successful had it included enough optimism to countervail all the misery. But Knight unwisely and a bit heartlessly chooses to forgo that kindness to sink us into the bleak of it all, and does so during the darkest days of the year. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey is basically designed to take the edge off of 2019 life, the visual equivalent of half a Valium chased by a flute's worth of champagne.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
100% The Color of Friendship (2000) Cutesy interludes don't diminish the movie's impact. "The Color of Friendship" is certainly one of the better films you'll see on the channel, and certainly worth setting aside family tube time.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
35% Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Sticks & Stones exists as a defiant design to intentionally offend large swaths of the audience Chappelle deems too thin-skinned and easily outraged.. while serving up simple, low-bar yucks to anyone yearning for validation of their anti-P.C. stance.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
86% Untouchable (2019) A clarifying documentary like Untouchable is in order, because the cascade of allegations and headlines that have spilled forth since late 2017 has resulted in a mass forgetting of how this all started. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) "Deadwood: The Movie" does precisely what everyone who has waited all these long years for it hopes it would do, capturing nearly all of its magnificence by way of a grand send-off.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) To African Americans it's a love letter to black culture and history, a celebration infused with intentional symbolism and artistry presented to the wider world with no apology.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
78% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Gibney urges us to look Holmes in the eyes for two hours. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
No Score Yet The State Within (2006) The State Within is what we'd get if the producers of 24 wanted to make us think instead of accept ever-widening leaps of logic. ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
No Score Yet Helen of Troy (2003) The whole thing makes you feel, oh I don't know, a little dirty.‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
No Score Yet Ice Bound: A Woman's Survival at the South Pole (2003) If you want to be moved by a powerful story this weekend as opposed to gratuitously tickled, [Dr. Jerri] Nielsen is the heroine most deserving of your attentions.‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
97% Free Solo (2018) The visuals are stunning, offering head-spinning views with the comfort of total safety.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
60% The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004) Set the bar very low and you may appreciate its stupidity.‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
69% The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) The film is awash with psychedelic visuals, '60s cinematography and a dizzying mishmash of devices reminiscent of iconic films like Dr. Strangelove and The Pink Panther. However, like [Peter] Sellers himself, Life and Death lacks genuine personality.‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
No Score Yet Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' (2004) Five People [You Meet in Heaven] is your basic Hallmark Entertainment fuzz, yet many scenes defy the brand's typical saccharine, tempering the light with a welcome grit.‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
No Score Yet Michael Jackson: The Man in the Mirror (2004) Surely nausea was not what Moyle was shooting for. But I guess that's what happens when you try to make uplifting TV "biopoetry," and nobody has the decency to slam you before it's too late.‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007) [Battlestar Galactica] Razor's best service, beyond reminding us why Galactica is one of the best television shows on the air, is in filling in the story's historical gaps. ‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
No Score Yet Category 6: Day of Destruction (2004) [Category 6: Day of Destruction], a miniseries one step beyond devastatingly awful.‐ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
0/4 36% Gummo (1997) Instead, [Gummo is] a gaudy, reckless collage of perverse images that lack any value.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
63% Bird Box (2018) Is it good? Not really, but it doesn't need to be.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
92% Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (2018) It also makes her more real to everyone - to her fans and anyone else who has an immutable notion of who she is without taking into account the expectation of who we expect her to be.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
67% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) The film's no great shakes, but Russell's star power in "The Christmas Chronicles" is a gift anyone should be happy to claim.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
95% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) In some sense one might think of it as the mother recipe of the American Christmas special.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Aliens (1986) Beyond dispute, however, is the film's timeless worth as a cathartic work, especially in terms of its accidentally commentary on the sexism of the corporate structure.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
94% RBG (2018) At the same time, although West and Cohen get around to the version of Ginsburg that has become a meme for Millennials and a symbol of resistance, the greater part of the film celebrates her tireless determination.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018