Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
The Passion of Joan of Arc, Sherlock Jr., Chimes at Midnight, Rio Bravo, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Cat People, Dead Ringers, Modern Times, Life and Nothing More, Eyes Wide Shut, Late Spring, Detour
Location: San Francisco
Official Websites: combustiblecelluloid.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) As eye-poppingly fresh and startling as Sam Raimi's Evil Dead films were in the 1980s. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 37% Primal (2019) This thriller has a fun premise, but it feels both too lazy and too serious; rather than really playing with the concept, the film does little more than let loose cannon Cage carry the load. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) While it could never compare to Stanley Kubrick's original, this sequel is a leisurely, likable mix of character development and effective scares, though it's marred by intense violence toward kids. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) With this masterpiece, Scorsese shows he's not ready to go gentle into that good night. He proves that this old bull can still rage. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 67% Krampus (2015) The movie sometimes gets lost in all its monster fights, but then the ominous, somewhat ambiguous ending ties everything together. Krampus may be too much for sensitive viewers, but lovers of alternative holiday viewing will rejoice. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) A magisterial entry in his long and masterful career, Martin Scorsese's crime epic is no mere nostalgia trip; reflective and melancholy rather than kinetic, it's touched by both greatness and loss. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Gallows Act II (2019) Marginally better than its found-footage predecessor, which isn't saying much, this horror sequel still falls prey to the usual clichés, from cheap jump scares to not-very-smart characters. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3.5/4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse is as downright unsettling, as totally disturbing, as any black-and-white nightmare since David Lynch's Eraserhead. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) This sixth Terminator movie erases the events of the previous three (dud) sequels but winds up feeling half-erased itself. It's like a dull, pale, irrelevant carbon copy of a once-glorious hit. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 72% Harriet (2019) For her superb new "Harriet," Kasi Lemmons has daringly taken a positive approach, inviting viewers into her narrative, rather than talking down to them. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/4 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) To my eyes, "The Current War: Director's Cut" is a terrific film, vibrant and constantly crackling, like electricity. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/4 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It works beautifully, each moment bursting with playfulness (and impeccable timing), and yet never losing sight of kindness. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 93% Western Stars (2019) At age 70, Springsteen forgoes his more typical, invigorating concert experience for an intimate, reflective live show; it's achingly beautiful, tender, and personal, with strains of regret and hope. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 25% Countdown (2019) Despite a few mildly amusing scenes of comic relief, this horror movie offers little more than a set of ideas borrowed from other horror movies paired with flat, dull characters. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 70% The Kill Team (2019) This war drama, written and directed by Dan Krauss and based on his own same-named 2013 documentary, is tense and compact but also morally nuanced. It stays complex rather than finding solutions. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) This biographical comedy follows the beats of similar showbiz-related movies, but its rambunctious, playfully vulgar sense of humor and infectious can-do attitude make it a satisfying winner. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 22% Pretenders (2019) James Franco's love triangle is clearly enamored of film history and the French New Wave, and that enthusiasm helps somewhat, but the characters never really come to life or connect with one another. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) An intensely personal work, a painful, yet somehow serene exposing of Almodóvar's innermost thoughts and fears. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/4 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) It features an insane pulp fiction-type plot, with many characters and situations, but it's all so kinetic and explosive that it's fun to just buckle up and go along for the ride. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
1/5 4% Mary (2019) Despite the acting talent involved, this waterlogged haunted-boat horror movie feels like a bunch of odd, used pieces strung together. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho already has an impeccable track record, but he's stepped up his game with this brilliant, powerfully revealing social satire. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) This sluggish, dull, special effects-driven actioner fails twice: In engaging with an intellectual discussion of clones and in its attempt to find strong emotional ground on the same subject. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/4 69% Joker (2019) [Phoenix] moves like a balletic contortionist spider, all limbs and big shoes and flapping bell-bottoms. When he explodes into full-bore killer clown mode, his release is not entirely monstrous; it's also heartbreaking. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/4 83% Judy (2019) Avoiding the dull, broad scope of something like Bohemian Rhapsody, but also missing a chance at something delicate and lovely like Stan & Ollie, the biopic Judy lands squarely in the middle. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 13% Prey (2019) From the start, this ridiculous horror-suspense movie is fraught with nonsense and a head-scratching lack of logic; though it eventually goes crazily over the top, it's too late to care. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Does have some laughs, but ultimately, poor Richard's death is more than a joke, and his strange legacy casts a lengthy shadow worth pondering. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 23% Zeroville (2019) I can't even figure out how to rate it other than to say that I think it's probably not a very good movie, but that I kind of love it. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Though it (vainly) tries for some of the human soul that drove the 1982 original, this fifth entry in the Rambo series is ultimately little more than a cheap, gory revenge fantasy. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/5 27% Corporate Animals (2019) This mostly laugh-free dark comedy plunges into icky territory, with largely unlikable characters; aside from trying to mock the American workforce, it doesn't seem to have much of a point. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 84% Villains (2019) Yes, there have been cleverer movies, but this creepy comedy more than gets by on its breezy pace and weirdly lovable characters, as well as smart, measured performances that keep them in check. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 22% Running with the Devil (2019) This crime procedural is consistently fascinating as it charts the minutiae of the drug business -- but it also tries to be a bit too clever and neglects the characters in the process. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Easier to admire than adore. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/4 85% Empathy, Inc. (2019) 'Empathy, Inc.' advertises its low-rent look right from the start, with its wonderful throwback black-and-white cinematography. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/5 69% Haunt (2019) The promise of a fun, Halloween-set haunted-house movie is quickly dashed by a batch of weak, thinly drawn characters, poor decisions, and a preoccupation with torture. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Imprisoned (2019) An earnest but uninspired attempt to tell a strong story about the Puerto Rican people, this prison/revenge drama comes across as a serious soap opera, flat and full of overly familiar elements. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/4 88% Freaks (2019) [I]t's an inventive, ingenious little low-budget sci-fi horror film that presents big ideas in a small arena. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/4 88% Ochazuke no aji (Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice) (1964) Comes at a wonderful middle period [in Ozu's career], between Late Spring and Tokyo Story, as more questions were being asked and themes became more appealingly layered. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/4 100% And Life Goes On (Zendegi va digar hich) (Life, and Nothing More) (1996) Yet another masterpiece and perhaps the first film on which the filmmaker really began playing around with space and reality. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/4 80% Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) (1994) Patient and observant, with a brilliant awareness of various layers of creation and creativity, it's a great film. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) "It Chapter Two" is less scary; like early "Evil Dead" films and other 1980s horrors, its crazy creatures inspire surprised laughter more than terror. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Long overdue, and most welcome. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Horror films can often get close to real-world terrors, often indirectly implying a connection and letting the audience bridge the gap. Issa López's extraordinary Tigers Are Not Afraid gets a little closer than that. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2/5 61% Satanic Panic (2019) This horror-comedy might have had the potential to provide shocking delights and ghoulish laughs, but it ends up unappealing and flat, with overly broad attempts at humor and not much horror. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2/5 19% Killerman (2019) It has a few potent moments, but this violent, vulgar crime drama doesn't use its amnesia theme for any kind of creative storytelling or character development; it's just too long and too predictable. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2/5 15% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) Overly serious, slow, clunky, and confusing, this generic thriller tries to take aim at sexual predators, but it ultimately can't shake its grim attitude toward its own female characters. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/4 No Score Yet Day of the Outlaw (1959) André de Toth's black-and-white winter Western Day of the Outlaw is a flat-out masterpiece, filled with nuance and visual splendor. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 17% The Fanatic (2019) Travolta throws his whole being into an extreme, torrential performance that's difficult to dismiss, but it's unfortunately at the service of a shockingly mean, ugly, shallow movie. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Wordy, disjointed, and not exactly dynamic or visual, this fact-based political drama nonetheless gets by on sheer righteous anger, painful relevance, and a few stand-up-and-cheer moments. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 73% The Perfection (2019) A horror-thriller with humorous elements and a playful structure. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 72% Jacob's Ladder (1990) Though [Lyne] arguably focuses more on the thriller elements than the existential ones, he still manages a seductive, nightmare-like quality. - Combustible Celluloid EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019