Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson
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T-Meter Title | Year
43% The Addams Family (2019) It doesn't make for a great film, but it also doesn't make for a terrible one. Rather it's another average family film that plays it safe despite its claims to edginess. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
D 63% The Mountain (2019) [The Mountain] doesn't allow its characters to make much of an impression. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/10 83% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger incredible efforts can't save it despite throwing herself into the role with an abandon that most likely would've been appreciated by the much-missed Judy Garland. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
A+ 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite conjures up images of a creature which takes from a victimized host without a thought of giving or the consequences thereof, but as Joon-ho Bong's latest bit of brilliance unfolds, it's unclear just whom is feeding on whom. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
A- 77% Jojo Rabbit (2019) The dark humor it uses won't be to everyone's taste, but the fact remains that Jojo Rabbit manages to make a case for resilience and love in one of history's darkest moments while being pretty damn funny. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
91% Sound of Metal (2019) It's not only thanks to [Darius] Marder's direction, but [Riz] Ahmed's passionate intensity, that Sound of Metal succeeds in its own right. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
62% Harriet (2019) Harriet feels like a wading pool of a movie that never leaves safe waters. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
A- 93% The Lighthouse (2019) You'll never really figure out just what the hell is going on in The Lighthouse, but it's one of the few cases where a lot of confusion isn't too much of a bad thing. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
9/10 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood deftly sidesteps the schmaltz to give us a genuinely moving portrait of sincerity. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/10 68% Joker (2019) This movie is indeed terrifying, but that's because it's horrifically, unintentionally insightful of how such men are viewed, both from without and within. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B+ 99% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out is enjoyable not just due to performance from the likes of Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, and Jamie Lee Curtis, but for the way others play against type. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
D 86% The Nightingale (2019) Anytime Nightingale focuses on Clare's personal story, it's a tale that still resonates today to a despairing degree, but the wider world needs that the same respect, rather than being painted with the same blood-soaked brush. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B+ 89% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not will make you shed a tear for the company once known as Fox Searchlight. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
A- 99% One Child Nation (2019) 85 minutes is a relatively short time to bring such a wide range of stories to light, but it can't be said that "One Child Nation" doesn't make the most out of what it chooses to focus on. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/10 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) That a movie would twist its message so much is enough to be thankful that lobotomies have gone out of fashion. But embracing this movie might just require one. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
A- 100% Jezebel (2019) Such an environment is rarely depicted with any kind of nuance, but [Numa] Perrier disdains the hysterics and melodrama which so often accompany such depictions to deliver a deeply complex portrait of sex workers and the industry. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
C- 59% Brian Banks (2019) Yes, Brian Banks suffered a terrible injustice... but it shouldn't have to come at the expense of so many other victims. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/10 43% After the Wedding (2019) With such willful blindness, even actresses as talented as [Michelle] Williams and [Julianne] Moore can't do much with a film that refuses to acknowledge any hint of complexity. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
9% Catwoman (2004) If there was ever a movie capable of stopping years of progress in its tracks, this would be the one. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
B- 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) The Pieces I Am does an excellent job of reminding us that before [Toni] Morrison, few, if any, novels discussed slavery from a female perspective, took Black girls seriously as characters, or focused so much on female friendships. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
D 53% The Lion King (2019) Director Jon Favreau clearly knows how to put real soul into potentially soulless technological marvels, but even he can't inject some passion into a film that could never be anything but a lifeless husk. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 59% Ophelia (2019) This Ophelia risks being just as much a caricature as the female characters of old, merely trading more traditional stereotypes for a more modern dressing, despite the period trappings. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
6/10 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) [Jake] Gyllenhaal and [Tom] Holland make this a coming-of-age story that's still worth enjoying, but otherwise it's the film's last ten minutes that changes everything for Spider-Man while bringing back a beloved fan favorite. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
B+ 83% Midsommar (2019) What makes [Midsommar] so enjoyable is Ari Aster's awareness of just how much our most beloved fairy tales have in common with our darkest nightmares. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
9/10 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man is as much a tribute to a city that provokes love and despair in equal quantities, that can't seem to help trying to crush the very people who helped make it what it was. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
71% The Last Unicorn (1982) This is a surreal, highly enjoyable tale which mixes fun animation, imagery, and symbols to make a truly unique experience. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) One thing that's kept the Toy Story franchise so solid after so many installments is its commitment to whatever emotional crisis its beloved gang of sentient toys is facing. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B+ 23% Men in Black International (2019) While Men In Black International hardly charts new ground, at least it forges enough of its own path to keep things fun. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
D 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) In the end, Dark Phoenix gives women permission to be emotional, as long as their emotions are properly directed towards the family. Yay? - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
6/10 89% The Third Wife (2019) It's difficult to imagine anyone but the arthouse crowd enjoying the slow, incremental ways May comes of age. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) It is a horror story as the most frightening cautionary tale, one that applies to all of us. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
A- 89% Rocketman (2019) [Taron] Egerton swirls in the beautiful rhythms of Rocketman, complementing its unapologetic embrace of everything that made Reggie Dwight become the beloved Elton John in the first place. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B+ 54% Ma (2019) Octavia Butler is gleefully selling the hell out of this. Black women rarely get substantial roles in horror, let alone the chance to lead them as a villain who is as sympathetic as she is terrifying. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
A+ 92% Luce (2019) Octavia Spencer gives what might be the best performance of her career, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. embodies Luce as a young man who may be capable of great or terrible things. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
A- 92% Monos (2019) Even if Monos refuses to tie up its own loose ends, the human nature it portrays is terrifyingly real, as everyone proves capable of dizzying levels of kindness, compassion, and most frightening of all, cruelty. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B- 88% Light from Light (2019) Everything may end, but at least Light From Light is able to embrace the value of connection in the meantime. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B+ 97% Booksmart (2019) I enjoyed so many things about "Booksmart." There was the fun script, the easy way it incorporated progressive values, the friendship it depicts, the skilled cast, which ensured all the jokes not only landed, but landed spectacularly. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 57% Brightburn (2019) Elizabeth Banks gives an incredible standout performance as the cool artistic mom who must grapple with the son she's raised becoming more and more unrecognizable to her. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B- 95% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is very much a midnight movie, fully embracing its 70s aesthetic without bothering to explain any of the very weird shit that occurs. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
C+ 89% Saint Frances (2019) [Kelly] O'Sullivan shows incredible promise in not only slowly building her characters, but humanizing them. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B+ 86% Greener Grass (2019) If you're a fan of midnight movies, you'll mostly enjoy the ride as a new female-centric cult classic is born before your eyes. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
D- 73% The Perfection (2019) [Allison] Williams and [Logan] Browning are an incredible pair as they try to sell the hell out of this, but the material just isn't worth the effort. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
A- 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Director and co-writer Flavio Alves manages to bring Tina to life in all her complexity and concerns. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
97% Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Kiki has given girls another way to express themselves and a whole new set of aspirations. She's achieved the artistic dream, not only finding a way to fly higher but encouraging others to do so as well. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/10 88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) If everything in it didn't feel so irrelevant in the face of the very real and lasting changes occurring in communities far more interesting and worthy of our attention, Non-Fiction would be every bit as enjoyable as it obviously believes itself to be. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
99% Selma (2014) In a time where dedicated activists are speaking their own truths to leaders who are often even less responsive, movies such as Selma feel more essential than ever. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
A- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The film may be slightly overstuffed, but the movie uses its epic runtime to keep its numerous characters not only busy, but done justice, occasionally even in ways that will surprise you. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/10 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The fact that most of this isn't too frightening is partly due to the inept direction of longtime collaborators Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, who rely on CGI rather than any kind of atmosphere. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/10 66% Peterloo (2019) It doesn't do its inspirations justice, but Pet Sematary at least makes the story its own in a world full of reboots and remakes. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
7/10 93% Diane (2019) Diane has a refreshing lack of easy answers or conventional realizations, and many of the performances have the kind of indie sensibility where actors add years to fleeting minutes. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019