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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

Fathers & Daughters movie review: fit to be family tied

Fri Nov 13 2015, 08:39pm | 0 comments

Experimenter movie review: the subject is you

Fri Oct 23 2015, 08:31pm | 0 comments

Steve Jobs movie review: insanely great (#LFF2015)

Mon Oct 19 2015, 04:53pm | 11 comments

Straight Outta Compton movie review: men’s anger, but only when it makes them righteous

Thu Aug 27 2015, 09:13pm | 6 comments

Ten Thousand Saints movie review: exhausted urban elegy

Tue Aug 18 2015, 10:02pm | 2 comments

Pixels movie review: blue screen of death (please)

Mon Aug 10 2015, 05:43pm | 9 comments

Terminator Genisys movie review: back from the future… again

Thu Jul 02 2015, 08:16pm | 22 comments

McFarland USA (aka McFarland) movie review: run and deliver

Wed Jun 03 2015, 08:22pm | 10 comments

The Connection (La French) movie review: not-so-good fellas

Fri May 29 2015, 02:44pm | 1 comment

The Man Who Saved the World documentary review: no nukes

Fri May 15 2015, 07:05pm | 1 comment

Wild Card movie review: hardboiled rotten egg

Mon Mar 23 2015, 12:47pm | 2 comments

The Grand Budapest Hotel movie review: best exotic nonsense

Wed Mar 11 2015, 03:54pm | 4 comments

Foxcatcher movie review: the rich are different

Thu Feb 19 2015, 09:24pm | 0 comments

Pioneer movie review: there will be oil

Wed Dec 03 2014, 09:33pm | 2 comments

Get on Up movie review: James Brown’s bad self

Fri Nov 21 2014, 02:28pm | 3 comments

Pride movie review: hanging together rather than hanging separately

Fri Sep 12 2014, 11:39am | 4 comments

Jersey Boys movie review: it’s not only rock ’n’ roll…

Wed Jun 18 2014, 10:30pm | 15 comments

The Railway Man review: a derailment on the line

Thu Apr 17 2014, 03:29pm | 3 comments

behold the power of movies to bring down dictators

Thu Feb 20 2014, 02:39pm | 21 comments

Labor Day review: Stockholm-syndrome romance

Mon Jan 27 2014, 06:48pm | 5 comments

The Wolf of Wall Street review: legitimate businessman

Fri Jan 17 2014, 04:41pm | 19 comments

Michael Shannon will cut you up (The Iceman review)

Thu May 02 2013, 06:13pm | 1 comment

porn again? (The Look of Love review)

Fri Apr 26 2013, 04:58pm | 1 comment

Koch (review)

Thu Jan 31 2013, 01:08pm | 18 comments

Barbara (review)

Wed Jan 16 2013, 08:41pm | 3 comments

Argo (London Film Festival review)

Thu Oct 18 2012, 07:20pm | 11 comments

Rock of Ages (review)

Mon Jun 11 2012, 04:50pm | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s Stayfree pads commercial

Thu May 31 2012, 07:46pm | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s Qyx typewriter commercial

Thu May 24 2012, 02:41pm | 4 comments

question of the day: Why is 1990s nostalgia being ignored by filmmakers?

Wed May 09 2012, 12:32pm | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s Crest toothpaste commercial

Thu May 03 2012, 02:23pm | 2 comments

Adam Sandler sweeps the Razzies (and other adventures in social networking)

Tue Apr 03 2012, 12:00am | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s Coca-Cola commercial with Keanu Reeves

Thu Feb 09 2012, 12:42pm | 2 comments

Project X (retro trailer)

Sun Feb 05 2012, 01:04pm | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s Polaroid commercial with James Garner and Mariette Hartley

Thu Dec 29 2011, 11:00am | 0 comments

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (retro trailer)

Sun Dec 18 2011, 10:20pm | 0 comments

Doctor Who thing of the day: the ‘K-9 and Company’ opening credits are the most 80s thing ever

Thu Dec 15 2011, 06:40pm | 0 comments

Adventures in Babysitting (retro trailer)

Sun Dec 04 2011, 03:46pm | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s Chevy Corvette commercial

Thu Dec 01 2011, 09:56pm | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s Met Life Charlie Brown Thanksgiving commercial

Thu Nov 24 2011, 11:00am | 0 comments

The Muppets Take Manhattan (retro trailer)

Sun Nov 20 2011, 12:09pm | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s Sony Walkman “Meditating Monkey” ad

Thu Nov 10 2011, 12:38pm | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s NEC VHS-vs-Betamax ad

Thu Nov 03 2011, 02:00pm | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s Klondike Bar commercial with Gary Coleman and William Shakespeare

Fri Oct 28 2011, 12:47am | 0 comments

Doctor Who thing of the day: the “Max Headroom” pirate broadcast

Thu Oct 27 2011, 01:00pm | 0 comments

Footloose (review)

Wed Oct 12 2011, 03:27pm | 0 comments

John Carpenter’s The Thing (retro trailer)

Sat Sep 24 2011, 06:55pm | 0 comments

retro ad: 1980s Faberge shampoo commercial

Thu Sep 22 2011, 11:49pm | 0 comments

Killer Elite (review)

Thu Sep 22 2011, 06:01pm | 0 comments

Drive (review)

Mon Sep 19 2011, 03:21pm | 0 comments

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