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Michael J. Casey

Michael J. Casey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 93% Shirley (2020) Bad movies are bad movies, but almost good movies are somehow worse. The story is compelling, the performances are good, and all the components are present. You can see what the filmmakers are going for, and you want them to get there, they just don't.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) Simultaneously micro and macro, the story of everything told in a single blade of grass.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
4.5/5 99% Blow the Man Down (2020) An accomplished debut blending a Hitchcockian macabre sense of humor with a clockwork plot.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
2/5 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Wolf takes so long setting the table that by the time he gets to the meal, you're ready for bed.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
4.5/5 36% Lo Straniero (The Stranger) (1967) It's a stroke of genius that nothing in "Lo Straniero" feels scripted, not even Meursault's final confession.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
2.5/5 84% Deerskin (2020) An odd, bloody piece of work, obsessed with the color brown. ‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
4.5/5 100% Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) (1994) Stunning and intoxicating. You can't look away, and director Béla Tarr won't let you.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
No Score Yet Nightcrawlers (2020) Rarely has depravity been presented this bluntly - and poetically.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3/5 85% The Booksellers (2020) Earnest, but also by-the-numbers filmmaking. In another world, it would be a nice streamer, but in a world where we cannot visit bookstores, caress spines, and inhale their musty aromas deeply, "The Booksellers" functions as a viable surrogate.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
2.5/5 70% Butt Boy (2020) It's a bonker's premise, but there's not much here beyond it.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/5 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Feels like two, maybe even three movies stitched together-and it mostly works.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3.5/5 81% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) Like similar music docs, Once Were Brothers relies heavily on archival footage, familiar photographs, and outtakes from photography shoots. ... Yet, the beauty of Rohr's documentary is how engagingly he arranges it.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
4.5/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Raw but tender. Hittman neither condemns Autumn, nor judges Skylar. The movie has no need, or space, for a clear-cut villain. The many barbs in the world are more than enough.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
3.5/5 61% Hope Gap (2020) Without Bening, "Hope Gap" wouldn't work. Her accent is off-putting, but her performance is a tightrope act of shrill pettiness masking vulnerability. Nighy is equally good: Slender, slight and crumpled. His whole body looks like it's weathered her storm.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
2.5/5 88% Onward (2020) If you're hankering a game of catch with dad, "Onward" will tug on those heartstrings. If you're not, then at least the pictures are pretty.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/5 86% Emma. (2020) An earnest adaptation of Jane Austin's 1815 novel with a lackluster pace.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
4/5 100% Daguerréotypes (1976) A work of kindness and curiosity that will leave you breathless.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
4/5 91% The Assistant (2020) Strong stuff and not one to miss.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4.5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) There's a bit of Hemingway in the way director Robert Eggers tells the tale of "The Lighthouse." From masculine relationships to the ability to weave old myths through new images, Eggers presents it all as a long-lost artifact.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.5/5 96% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) A son's fascinating love letter to his mother, and the woman who might not be interested in receiving such a thing.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 99% Midnight Family (2019) Exhilarating filmmaking, and at a brisk 81 minutes, you'll be in the parking lot, halfway to your car, before the ethics of it finally catch up to you.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Exists in the cinematic neighborhood down the street from the Bourne series, but manages to find its own way some of the time. Some of the time it doesn't. And some of the time it drags.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) Feels more like a GQ photo-shoot come to life than the tightly constructed Rube Goldberg plot Ritchie thinks it is.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
97% The Cave (2019) A human portrait of frontline heroics with moments of levity.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
98% One Child Nation (2019) Wang spins the political out of the personal; preserving and presenting an atrocity with the hope that empathy might be the only way to move forward in this world.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) Director Destin Daniel Cretton handles courtroom scenes well but resorts to bland visuals elsewhere - except for scenes set in prison, particularly one night on death row.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Whenever Carroll Shelby or Ken Miles slide behind the wheel, it's a giddy work of combustible energy.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
98% 63 Up (2019) A fascinating watch and a unique social experiment.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Feels like Harold stepped off the pages of a Dostoyevsky novel and landed in the streets of New York City. And Sandler makes a meal out of it.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
80% A Hidden Life (2019) Quiet and moving. It sticks to the ribs, and not just for its ecstatic message of faith and defiance, but for its stunning cinematography and moving performances.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's like watching a runner trip mid-stride: Keep moving forward, no matter how clumsy it looks, or fall flat on your face.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) Few books in the American canon are as beloved as 'Little Women,' or as adapted. In Gerwig's version, it's four sisters, similar but different, trying to find their way in an America trying to find its footing.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Rhetoric as exciting as action and two solid performances. ‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) One of the year's funniest films.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Skewers the adult skepticism often heaped on the children's television host while also making a case for the holy ground between the screen and the viewer. Strong stuff.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
82% The Report (2019) Well acted and tightly constructed, The Report is a gripping piece of work until it falters in the finale.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) The animation is more refined, more realistic, and the story isn't a simple rehash of the first installment. Not a bad showing for a piece of pop entertainment designed for the whole family.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) Two good leads do not a movie make.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Works on every possible level. And it's unbelievably moving.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
100% Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (2019) The aesthetics of the movie might be foreign to Western audiences, his story is anything but.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Feels safe. And a little smug. ... And yet, it's an enjoyable, funny movie for most of its 108 minutes.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
88% The Bigamist (1953) Lupino's treatment of an adulterous husband is so even-handed, so sympathetic, you don't just feel for him; you understand him.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) It's a sweet movie, though a bit saccharine and preachy at times. Then again, it's hard not to be when you crack some sort of cosmic code. ‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
82% Judy (2019) Zellweger is the reason to see Judy. The supporting cast is equally compelling, but the movie is ultimately let down by a lackluster presentation of a rote story.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
68% Joker (2019) A profoundly upsetting movie that is powerfully constructed. There's a precision to the camerawork, but the images are gritty and dank. It's as if the film stock is rotting away before our eyes.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) It's not a celebration of a singular focus; it's a celebration of the teamwork necessary to make even the smallest moment in a movie happen.‐ Boulder Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) There's an odd cynicism running through Late Night that has less to do with being who you are and more to do with being the person everyone wants to you to be.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
88% American Woman (2019) American Woman does not move the way you think it might. It is a strong, confident piece of work that unfolds the way it wants to at the pace it feels it ought to.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A mellow take on the zombie genre, one less interested in jump scares and gore, and more interested in riffing on George Romero's zombie-hypothesis.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
86% Ms. Purple (2019) Though director Justin Chon seems to be going for something authentic, the use of languid camera moves, slow motion, moody lighting, and a droning score adds little and frustrates much.‐ Michael J. Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019