Jared Mobarak

Jared Mobarak
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/10 41% The Laundromat (2019) Because Burns and Soderbergh choose to show a lot without saying anything, it's impossible to care. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B No Score Yet Age Out (2019) Utilizing the style he honed as Terrence Malick's editor and on his directorial debut The Better Angels, Edwards supplies Richie's inner turmoil through poetic imagery. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
8/10 90% The Souvenir (2019) We shake our heads at what Julie does, but it's not because her actions are unbelievable. It's precisely because we've made those same mistakes that she demands our empathy. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
C- 21% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) The filmmakers push hard to beat us over the head with a dynamic of good versus evil that's already intrinsic to the circumstances. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
6/10 64% Rockaway (2019) It shines [in] its desire to retain the darkness that's intrinsic to its drama [despite focusing upon kids]. Youth doesn't exempt us from the cruel world in which we live. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
8/10 96% The Irishman (2019) Whether Sheeran was as prolific a triggerman as he admitted doesn't factor into [the film's] success because the honesty of his loneliness and regrets outshine the details. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
8/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ken is the story's hero. And it's great to see Bale excel in that space with some brilliant comedic flair to go with his trademarked brooding temperament. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
C+ 88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) [Despite the number of] subplots, Christmas Eve slows things down to make the camaraderie of preparing [dinner] an excuse to go into a trance of unadulterated joy. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
8/10 95% Bisbee '17 (2018) Greene introduces his premise as though a game and then lets the camera capture personal truths his amateur actors learn in the process. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
B 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Morrone poignantly portrays [a] war within by always showing the sadness beneath each smile. Dale is a force as he runs the full spectrum of emotions. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
8/10 60% Screwdriver (Mafak) (2018) Whether Ziad is a martyr, hero, or terrorist-Jarbawi reveals how nothing has changed. Self-defense becomes aggression in a world where empathy equates to treason. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Cause of Death (2018) Katz isn't filming a cold case gone hot, but a man's quest for answers beyond his brother's heroism being used as a shield his champions can hide behind. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
8/10 100% Advocate (2019) Advocate is a document of a hopeful figure willing to block out the screams for fealty to a flag when an obligation to human life should forever be of greater importance. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
7/10 100% VFW (2019) Marry that carnage with performances hinged upon authenticity specifically because of what kind of film this is rather than despite it and you're in for an entertaining treat. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
8/10 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) It all leads to a rousing climax of violent surprises and poignant commentary as far as where [forgotten] communities stand against behemoths with unlimited resources. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
8/10 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) That starkly dangerous tone is probably Doctor Sleep's best attribute because it refuses to forget the futility we felt while watching The Shining. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
8/10 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Salvador says he writes to excise pieces of himself too difficult to face when it actually renders him vulnerable enough to revisit and embrace the fondness [that remains]. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
7/10 73% Harriet (2019) We're very much watching the origin story of a superhero guided by God's hand. When Tubman speaks, every man stops to listen. That's more than power. It's respect. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
B- 80% Cold Brook (2019) Cold Brook is an adult fairy tale that embraces its broad interpretations to remind its leading men about what truly matters most. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
8/10 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Even though we're talking about a citywide issue moving well beyond these individual characters, Motherless Brooklyn never allows itself to bite off more than it can chew. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
8/10 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) It seems Brewer's cast and crew had as good a time as Moore's did forty-five years ago. [Dolemite Is My Name] is a bona fide crowd-pleaser as a result. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
10/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A wild ride [where] privilege and exploitation prove to be traits that are at once synonymous and adversarial depending on who wields which and upon whom. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
8/10 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) [It] ultimately finds itself growing very heavy while approaching its climax. Waititi does well to make certain this shift [from irreverence] doesn't arrive out of nowhere. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
5/10 90% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) It's fun to see these characters again and be back in this world, but "Better Call Saul" does exactly that in a substantive manner. El Camino is saddled with a hollow center. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
B- 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Hardly a different film, it exists as a stronger variant of what already was. The fact this improvement was made possible at all proves a victory for artistic integrity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
7/10 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Regardless of whether you think he was a man of integrity or the reason authoritarians have risen to power, [the film] is entertaining because Cohn was himself an entertainer. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
6/10 62% Paradise Hills (2019) [A] fun ride as guilty pleasure enthusiasm usurps any flirtations with thoughtful discourse. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
6/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) [HFR 3D in a theater] is the only way to truly witness Lee's vision. While the experience is better for it, however, the film's quality isn't automatically better too. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
B 89% Burning Cane (2019) A dark metaphor with even darker results. [Youmans'] handling of the topic is unapologetic in its visually poetic yet starkly matter-of-fact honesty. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
8/10 99% Honeyland (2019) We watch capitalist greed enter this sanctuary to destroy it before moving on as though nothing happened. There's no clearer evidence of humanity's impact on nature. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
B- No Score Yet Working Man (2019) Jury has crafted an internalized drama getting to the core of our values and the way we can become warped by them in the context of love and guilt. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
C+ 71% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) For all its redundancies, authentic character growth is wholly new. These characters now add substance to their own story. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
7/10 100% Buffaloed (2019) Leave it to an actual Buffalonian to write a screenplay set in the city without one mention or frame of snow. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
C 78% Frances Ferguson (2019) [Wheless is] a hilariously off-kilter success, [but I] couldn't enjoy that aspect fully since it was built on the back of something that deserved more time to process. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
B+ 88% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) Krejcí's film possesses the necessary weight and purpose that allows its palatable genre trappings to deliver its morals to an audience that may otherwise avoid them. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
7/10 61% Crown Vic (2019) The result isn't perfect, but there's enough to peek inside this complex argument surrounding the police with nuanced emotion. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
7/10 100% Knock Down the House (2019) [It proves] a bit superficial [since it's] less about what standing up entails than the circumstances that got them to stand in the first place. [But it's] interesting enough. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
B- 73% A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) [Their fight against America's favorite pastime is] the kind of story that would make more people angry if the gender roles were reversed. [They] deserve that same allegiance. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
B 100% Rendezvous in Chicago (2018) Each chapter therefore unfolds on its own with as much levity as heart thanks to Smith understanding that they must progress on their terms rather than his. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
B 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) You can't discount what having a transgender cast does to ensure the psychology behind what's occurring isn't exploited or warped. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/10 69% Joker (2019) Everything that captivates us about Arthur is inevitably forgotten and everything he becomes is beholden to familiar tropes. It does look great, but I left feeling nothing. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
6/10 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Think of Philippe's journey into O'Bannon's imagination as a syllabus presenting an overview on a wide range of captivating topics for which Alien becomes a palatable gateway. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B- 96% Harpoon (2019) Watching [them] fall prey to impulse knowing they've all done something inexcusable they're hoping stays under wraps is fun because there's an authenticity beneath the gore. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
C+ 73% Low Tide (2019) Low Tide isn't groundbreaking or unique, but it knows its setting and characters enough to make the journey authentic despite its lack of surprises. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
7/10 83% Judy (2019) It's a complex role depicting a complex soul and Zellweger is stunning in her portrayal even if the package does little to advance the bio-pic beyond its generic machinations. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
8/10 93% Monos (2019) Intensity grows until ambiguity between childhood and adulthood fades away. Those with capacity to kill lose their virtue and those without realize there's nowhere to turn. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
8/10 88% Hustlers (2019) Where the [article] screams "revenge" on scumbag men, the film takes aim at a system these women conquered as a means for survival. This makes a huge difference. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
8/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) This is an inward journey illustrated by an outward push to our solar system's edge. [Roy] must confront where he came from to accept who it is that he's become. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/10 23% Zeroville (2019) Zeroville tries to be Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but it can't when everything happens in earnest. Purpose is lost beneath its clashing tones and hollow aesthetic. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 58% The Moneychanger (Así habló el cambista) (2019) These types of films usually star a cool customer eating people and spitting them out. This time our lead is the one being spit. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019