A.A. Dowd

Writer/editor for hire. Formerly: The A.V. Club, Time Out Chicago.

Favorite films

  • The Fly
  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Woman in the Dunes

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  • Three Minutes: A Lengthening

    ★★★★

  • Prey

    ★★★½

  • Final Destination 3

    ★★★½

  • Lost Highway

    ★★★

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  • Not Okay

    Not Okay

    ★★½

    Full Rolling Stone review. I think this either needed to be more savage or less glib. As is, it exists in a skittish satirical dead zone, shooting fish in a barrel instead of risking making its audience feel genuinely uncomfortable.

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

    At The Ringer, I wrote about Jordan Peele's status as the rare filmmaker whose name Hollywood uses to sell tickets, and about the profoundly disturbing Gordy stuff in the movie, which I haven't been able to stop thinking about for a whole week. As for Nope, it works for me as both a thrilling piece of Spielbergian blockbuster filmmaking and as a rich text about America's relationship to violence and violent imagery. I'd love to find the time to go longer on it.

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  • ParaNorman

    ParaNorman

    ★★★★

    "What do you think you're doing firing on civilians? That's for the police to do!"

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★½

    Pivotal scene is the bluntly confessional conversation where the movie just comes right out and tells us that Warner Bros. was going to make more Matrix with or without everyone involved, so Lana and Keanu and company signed on to protect the franchise best they could. Afraid I don't find that daring so much as just depressingly revealing: a kind of apology for the film's very existence—and one that betrays the animating inspiration of the whole endeavor as a begrudged,…