Walter Chaw

Walter Chaw
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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 93% Honey Boy (2019) I'm not sure I'm compelled by the case it's trying to make, particularly as this story has more to tell, but there's a power to its piquant grace and love and acceptance. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 91% The Lighthouse (2019) [I]n The Lighthouse, Eggers engages us in a struggle for consciousness that is as ancient as it is essential. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 92% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2019) How To the Ends of the Earth ends is as lovely--and strange--as anything from one of countryman Takashi Miike's forays into different forms and genres. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 50% Stray Dolls (2020) Were the bad guys, in the end, less central-casting and more mundane, Stray Dolls would be something like a neo-neorealist masterpiece. As it stands, it's a cathartic yawp announcing the arrival of a vibrant, raw voice in Sinha. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/4 92% Lucky Grandma (2019) There's promise here as a feature debut. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3.5/4 100% Driveways (2019) A sentimental film neither cheap nor schmaltzy, Andrew Ahn's sophomore feature Driveways is a rare beast in more ways than that. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/4 No Score Yet Just 6.5 (6.5 Toman Per Meter) (Metri shish-o-nim) (2019) Just 6.5 feels hopeless and manic in the same breath. It's timely as hell. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 100% Straight Up (2019) Straight Up is a fine showcase for an emerging voice who is smart enough to keep things tight. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet A French Woman (2019) The problem with A French Woman is that if one must approach something so well-trod, it needs to be special just to distinguish itself. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/4 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) If Doctor Sleep is the product of two powerful fathers, the end result of the union is that unlikeliest of mules: a viable one. I'll be seeing it again. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
94% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) For it to find a wide audience speaks to its quality, sure, but also to the urgency with which we all need to pay attention to things like canaries in coal mines. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
58% The Last Dragon (1985) a tantalizing glimpse at how things were supposed to go. It's the truth. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
65% Babe: Pig in the City (1998) It's a bracing shot of inspiration: the darker it gets, the more important kindness becomes. It could've been made yesterday. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
79% Pump Up the Volume (1990) 'Pump Up The Volume' Still Shines In Its Exploration of Depression and Trauma - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
79% Angel Heart (1987) Parker's text is impossibly rich, impossibly complex. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
53% Alien Nation (1988) "... a sometimes-brilliant metaphor for the experience of Asian immigrants in the United States." - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
43% Flashback (1990) "the message of the film is that there's hope yet and time enough for the young to find their voice and their courage." - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) All of this to say that Dark Fate is a deep and complex satire of contemporary gender roles, the danger of massive lurches in military and surveillance technology, and the broken state of our national politics. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
1/4 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) [A] largely unremarkable movie that trafficks in sentimentality and a Pollyannaish worldview... - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) It's a proof of concept, not a feature; a high-concept, not a screenplay. It'll have a half-life, but for all the wrong reasons. There's your metaphor. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/4 85% Waves (2019) It has the best of intentions, no question, but I've seen this story told in this voice before. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/4 50% 3 from Hell (2019) 3 From Hell is smart and committed exploitation filmmaking--discomfiting and surreal and fully-engaged in creating a universe where the only way to win is not to play. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is one half imagistic masterpiece and one half that director's commentary where all they're doing is listing what's on the screen and repeating the dialogue. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) It's that rarity of a film that believes it's smarter than you and then proves it. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/4 79% A Hidden Life (2019) It's a supreme act of hope appearing in the middle of a period of collective hopelessness. Gorgeous, too. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 95% The Climb (2020) I loved watching The Climb, though. I can't wait for the filmmakers' next time at bat. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It 2 is about how everything is terrible, but there's hope strong enough to fight it if we believe in our friends. And if they believe in us. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite goes from Shoplifters to Get Out to Sorry to Bother You in a breakneck way so unsettling you don't notice it happening. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/4 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Portrait of a Lady on Fire is as smart as it as emotionally trenchant. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
0/4 72% The Aeronauts (2019) The Aeronauts is an expensive project propelled by cheap emotional manipulation. The jokes about hot air or gas sort of write themselves. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2.5/4 81% The Report (2019) It's too late to matter when what we used to do to people we thought were terrorists, we're doing now to people coming to this country seeking asylum. The Report is just too late. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
1.5/4 83% Judy (2019) So the only people Judy is for are people who know this much and no more: that they love her as a tragic figure and an entertainer and so will continue to suck her dry through their eyeholes with the same ravenous vigour that sucked Judy dry... - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
1/4 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Motherless Brooklyn has passion about it, and like all great acts of passion it has an almost suffocating narcissism about it, too. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/4 96% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story respects not only its cast enough to give them room to fully inhabit a person and that person's space, but also its audience enough to resist easy manipulations and the instinct to want to switch sides. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3.5/4 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories says there's nothing that matters save telling the right stories. It's a call to arms to the resistance that doesn't necessarily believe it can save anyone yet pushes the idea that it's meaningful to be on the record all the same. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/4 87% The Nightingale (2019) As it is, it's a really good feel-bad movie that finally makes you feel kind of good. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/4 70% Darlin' (2019) A promising and at times exceptional hyphenate debut. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood is a film lover's paradise, of course, but it also plays with knowledge of the Summer of Love and how when people refer to "the '60s," they're really talking about the decade's last couple of years. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
1.5/4 59% Astronaut (2019) In a film about shooting for the stars, there's a certain irony about the kind of film Astronaut is content to be. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
.5/4 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A single joke stretched to feature-length, The Dead Don't Die asks a few of the most interesting actors on the planet to perform in the middle-school ecology pageant. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
.5/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) MiB4 makes no good decisions. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is a work of genuine humanism not all that dissimilar from Milton's Paradise Lost. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix is entirely of this moment and entirely its own thing: child of trauma, song of defiance. They lost, but they went out full of rage and purpose. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1/4 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The worse it gets out here, the more desperate it gets in there. Godzilla: King of the Monsters suggests it's hell out here. It's not wrong. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
1/4 57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin oscillates madly between lock-step recitation of the animated film without the cartoon's vivacity and a tone-deaf cabal of social issues presented with a disturbingly straight face. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Three movies in, they remain the best argument that Americans still have a voice in the action game. They still feel fresh, but for how much longer it's hard to say. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
1.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is the thing that thinks it's helping but isn't helping at all. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) In other words, without a diversity of voices, what are doubtless good intentions feel like paternalistic tokenism. It wouldn't be as frustrating if the solution weren't obvious. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/4 83% Her Smell (2019) Her Smell is a horror movie about trust and love that shows how people who are drowning can find some debris to float on for a while, maybe longer. It's amazing. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
1.5/4 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The picture's not a total failure (partly thanks to Seimetz), but it's hollowed-out and insubstantial. The cat's good, though. - Film Freak Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019