Midwest Film Journal

Midwest Film Journal is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Evan Dossey, Nick Rogers
Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Nick Rogers A furiously entertaining, unexpectedly thoughtful work of force and finesse. James Mangold's latest triumph is big-blue-yonder filmmaking that observes the holes an obsession with the line of what's possible can leave and the ones it can fill. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
1.5/5 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) Nick Rogers Where the first film is aggressively gleeful, the sequel feels like felonious assault - a cold, calculated and cobbled-together continuation from which all comedy and camaraderie has been sucked out. Your brain will eventually wave the white flag. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/5 Charlie's Angels (2000) Nick Rogers You may consider this the loosened collar or tightened noose on lightweight American action. But the film remains a kitschy, kick-butt confection that embraces the utter disposability of its severe necklines, sheer pantylines and silly plotlines. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Evan Dossey Doctor Sleep fails to establish its own identity - it may well put you to sleep. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love (2019) Evan Dossey Philophobia may mean 'fear of love,' but this is clearly a labor of it. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Evan Dossey Rian Johnson once again subverts expectations to tremendous success. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
1.5/5 Midway (2019) Nick Rogers Lumping this in with other nations' jingoistic efforts insults the inherent confidence and conviction behind propaganda, however mighty and just the moral outrage it provokes. Instead, "Midway" finds itself stuck squarely in a dollar theatre of war. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4.5/5 In Fabric (2018) Nick Rogers Peter Strickland elevates garden-variety consumer satire into a rarefied air of exquisite laughter & explosive shock value. The most horrifying thing in a film about a killer dress? Just how lonely the indignities of everyday life can feel. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Primal (2019) Evan Dossey Pure Cagesploitation and nothing more. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Lady and the Tramp (2019) Evan Dossey Another 'good enough' live-action remake that benefits from a small-scale story and the use of real dogs. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Evan Dossey Linda Hamilton brings so much to her role as Sarah Connor that the movie lives and dies depending on whether she's on the screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Evan Dossey A great primer on sound design. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Parasite (2019) Evan Dossey A once-a-decade social satire masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Evan Dossey True folklore. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Evan Dossey The powerful performances create such intimate characters that the melancholy lasts long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Trick (2019) Evan Dossey Trick is all treats from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
1/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Nick Rogers To cite Tallahassee's coin-flip nomenclature: If Double Tap represents everyone's idea of waiting 10 years to make sure they got it right, they'd have been better off with "shut up." EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Always in Season (2014) Evan Dossey A stirring and substantial look at the United States' legacy of racial injustice. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Evan Dossey Setting an anti-hate satire from the perspective of a 10-year-old in Nazi Germany sounds like a questionable task but Waititi & co. nail it. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Nick Rogers Vince Gilligan's poetically poignant spin on the classic Point Blank template certainly presents an enjoyable coda. But it shows how even watershed peak-TV achievements like Breaking Bad can be made to feel like hangout series. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Evan Dossey A lovely, best-case scenario for a film about Fred Rogers, right up to its sweet and understated final scene - a real trip to the Neighborhood. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 () Sam Watermeier A beautiful portrait of a basketball legend's humility. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
1/5 Gemini Man (2019) Nick Rogers Ang Lee continues his free-fall of futzing around with fancy technology to a fruitless result. Some upside: The last time he made a movie this bad, Brokeback Mountain followed. Maybe instead of frame-rate folly, he can clone that. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
17 Blocks (2019) Evan Dossey A harrowing documentary told using home-video footage that uses the story of one family to explore under-reported aspects of the American experience EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
For Sama (2019) Evan Dossey A unique perspective on war - and raising a child in a war zone. Utterly unforgettable. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Monos (2019) Evan Dossey A steel-toed boot to the head, a soaking wet surreal story about growing up with nothing to grasp onto. Its heart pumps with bloody mud. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
The Garden Left Behind (2019) Evan Dossey An impressive debut feature and a great example of how to cast a film with proper representation in mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Honeyland (2019) Evan Dossey A soulful look at what it means to be the last of one's kind facing chaotic change. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Mister America (2019) Evan Dossey Unclear how well this will work for audiences not immersed in the On Cinema universe, but it should really hit the spot for members of the On Cinema Family. Oscar, are you watching? EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Nick Rogers Although sometimes a smidge too shapeless, Zach Galifianakis's feature-length expansion of his web shorts has something smart to say about challenging the well-known in conversation rather than sitting them down for silly, sophomoric cool-kid games. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Nick Rogers Threads a needle of insanity, absurdity and humanity that's adventurous enough to forgive its occasional fumbles. Here's a film that pushes the potential of its chosen sci-fi milieu while infusing it with a frighteningly relatable malaise and unease. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Evan Dossey A grim and nihilistic swan song for America's former jingoistic poster boy questions the cost of hyper-violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Running With the Devil (2019) Evan Dossey Nicolas Cage may be an instant ticket for many viewers these days, but it doesn't mean the movies around him are half as interesting or watchable as he is. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Evan Dossey A light documentary with a strong heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Falling Inn Love (2019) Evan Dossey The equivalent of cinematic easy listening. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Evan Dossey Relaxing in that none of the drama lingers long without characters competently express their feelings and resolve their issues. Anti-drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
The Fanatic (2019) Evan Dossey An awkward entry in the growing genre of Travoltasploitation. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Sam Watermeier Rather than swinging for big scares to haunt your dreams, this film is more of a horror adventure in which the characters' compassion lights the way through the darkness. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Evan Dossey A feel-good end to the Summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
3.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Sam Watermeier The film isn't exactly a new horror classic, but it's certainly a fun time at the movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Evan Dossey A harrowing look at the impact of One Child by those who lived it. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Luce (2019) Evan Dossey A thrilling interpersonal drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Evan Dossey Steadily paced, safely built, dependable, unremarkable and ultimately a decent action experience that feels made for cable play. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
American Factory (2019) Evan Dossey If American Factory has any immediate takeaway, it is that regardless of where you are working in the world, there is always someone in power looking to exploit you EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Shadow (2018) Evan Dossey Intrigue drawn in ink. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Evan Dossey An empathetic thriller with standout performances. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Luz (2018) Evan Dossey Such a good homage to 1980's Eurohorror that it feels like a forgotten classic. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Sam Watermeier Scary Stories probably won't scar you forever like the book series. But this tender, nostalgic embrace of horror makes for perfect viewing on a crisp autumn evening. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 Weird Science (1985) Nick Rogers Think of Weird Science as a Vanilla Sky for John Hughes. It's anomalous to his usual genre but analogous to the trials and tribulations found in his other work. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
1.5/5 The Kitchen (2019) Nick Rogers The choppy, sloppy film too often asks its inherently feminist premise to prop up everything that transpires in place of legitimate character work. Of the many reasons it shouldn't miss, not even pulling the trigger is the most disappointing. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019