Jared Mobarak

Jared Mobarak
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
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 72% 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- 75% 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 61% 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+ 74% 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 60% 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
6/10 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch as a representation of his mother that must survive no matter what becomes visible, but the denouement proves flippant about the violence [endured as a result]. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
B- 87% Depraved (2019) Rather than the world being unready to accept [Adam] for what he is, though, [he's] who cannot [accept himself]. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) We easily fall in love with who she is as a person and the songs she's left behind whether for the first time or all over again. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It's about self-empowerment rising to defeat the self-doubt and self-loathing spawned from vicious external sources that were often supposed to be their protectors. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
8/10 88% Jauja (2015) While Jauja itself is a fabled city of riches and happiness, Alonso uses the word to describe conquest alone. [The characters get lost] psychologically, [not physically]. - Jaredmobarak.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B 94% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Bielenia delivers a fantastic performance as his character overcomes insecurities and regret to speak the words he knows from experience can help those who've lost their way. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B- 100% This Is Not a Movie (2019) While [Fisk's] tenacity and confidence does make him someone the film refuses to question, those traits also let him be the kind of devil's advocate we need. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B 67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) So much of what works throughout Pelican Blood hinges on our belief that [Kaya] can destroy them all and she absolutely earns that fear. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
C+ 78% Loro (2019) Loro has a ton of style and effective performances across the board. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ 100% Son-Mother (Pesar-Madar) (2019) The lives of mothers and children in Iran are rendered forfeit by the men coercing them to conform to their selfish wants and desires. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
C No Score Yet Nobadi (2019) [That] we only get the [heart-wrenching moments via] the "convenience" of murder means any empathy I might have felt was negated by Markovics' pursuit for hollow provocation. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B- 88% Tammy's Always Dying (2019) The film excels at embracing [Catherine's] rage. Johnson and company let [her] get angry without a need to apologize for it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
B No Score Yet I Am Not Alone (2019) We get first-hand accounts from the ground as well as recorded interviews in the aftermath of all the major players-[protagonists and antagonists alike]. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019