Michael Dequina

Michael Dequina

""Let me tell you first, from the bottom of my heart, that I couldn't care less about your feelings.... I hate feeling and you can lash out at me all you want, because it only makes me stronger. You see, I'm not here for sisters... I'm here for POWER. I thirst for strength, battle skills, and determination... and when I am filled with those qualities... I will flat out destroy those who have hurt me and take back what is mine. I will find selfness when I am standing on the corpses of my enemies." --Dr. Kimberly Shaw (Marcia Cross), MELROSE PLACE"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
Although I wrote my first movie review in the 8th grade (on 1990's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES), I did not start writing reviews on a regular basis until 1991, when I became the resident critic for my high school newspaper, Long Beach Polytechnic's HIGH LIFE. It was during my HIGH LIFE tenure that I received my first recognition for my work; in 1993 and 1994 I was named "Best High School Critic in California" by the Southern California Journalism Educators Association (SCJEA). After graduation in June 1994, I effectively "retired" from the reviewing biz, only to return to the field the following April with the launch of THE MOVIE REPORT, my weekly E-mail movie newsletter. MR. BROWN'S MOVIE SITE, the WWW companion to the MR, was launched that November. In addition to my personal reviewing ventures, I write the review column "Film Flam Flummox" for MOVIE POOP SHOOT and contribute reviews to CINEMAREVIEW MAGAZINE, FILM THREAT, the AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE BOOK CLUB and EPINIONS. If I'm known for anything besides my review work and my infamous two-time rejection from UCLA film school, it's for my interest in Michael Jordan; I was Michael's chat forum host at his official site from 1998 to 1999.
Publications:
Film Threat , Movie Poop Shoot , Quick Stop Entertainment , rec.arts.movies.reviews , Reel Site , TheMovieReport.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
3088
Total QuickRatings:
441
Location:
Southern California (the LBC)

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 100% Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen Of Pointe A La Hache (2014) " Powerfully shines a much-needed and -deserved spotlight on a generations-old culture on the verge of extinction." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3/4 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " Such an appealing heroine makes it easy for anyone, existing fan or not, to be entertained by this yarn." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2.5/4 —— Gulaab Gang (2014) " Any celebration of women's brains gets lost in the glorification of their brawn." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/4 16% The Single Moms' Club (2014) " The title not only succinctly sums up the basic premise, but the totality of Perry's development of it." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/4 —— Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014) " What initially begins as an appealing and rootable pair of characters, both individually and together, devolves into two rather selfish people who perhaps deserve each other for the wrong reasons." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 19, 2014
3/4 40% Divergent (2014) " All the flashy digital bells and whistles one would equate with such a scenario are kept at a startling minimum--but such a back-to-basics approach thus forces one to pay attention to the actual substance of the story and characters." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 19, 2014
2.5/4 22% Sabotage (2014) " Ayer ramps up the four-letter-word-laden trash talking to a degree of obnoxious self-parody, with what should merely be comic enhancement keeping the main mystery hook from gaining traction and building tension." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 19, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " A solid example of meat-and-potatoes popcorn filmmaking--befitting that most meat-and-potatoes of comic book heroes." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 19, 2014
3/4 100% Gunday (2014) " Seemingly disparate elements go on to organically weave together into a coherent whole as a buddy/action/crime dramedy, with some exuberant production numbers as infectious icing on the proverbial cake." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 5, 2014
4/4 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " That Hammer Girl uses *both* ends of her hammer equally when going about her bloody business shows how Evans consistently goes that extra mile." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 5, 2014
3/4 25% Goodbye World (2014) " Its foremost concerns of personality and ideas ring true." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 1, 2014
2.5/4 73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " Does leave a lingering impression--but more due to the nagging feeling that it never quite connects than to Jonze actually meeting his grandiose thematic ambitions." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 27, 2014
3/4 90% Zombieland (2009) " Wants to be nothing more than (yes, bad pun straight ahead) a bloody good time, and director Ruben Fleischer delivers exactly that with gusto." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 27, 2014
1/4 19% Firewall (2006) " There's only so much Ford's ever-game efforts can do to dress up dreck." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 27, 2014
0/4 7% Basic Instinct 2 (2006) " We actually don't see very much killing at all--except, maybe, that of the careers of Morrissey and Stone." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 26, 2014
3/4 94% An Education (2009) " Carey Mulligan announces herself as a major name to watch." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 26, 2014
3/4 58% The Invention of Lying (2009) " Light and disposable entertainment to be sure, but that trademark dry Gervais wit keeps the proceedings engaging enough." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 26, 2014
2/4 27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " Trite indie-hipster exercise in blending romance, violence, and quirk." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 26, 2014
2/4 48% Taking Woodstock (2009) " Some colorful character turns cannot make up for the charisma void at the center that is Martin." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 25, 2014
1/4 8% Post Grad (2009) " Ho-hum stuff." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 25, 2014
3/4 45% Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009) " Light, silly fun, amiably performed by both its veteran cast and exuberant young 'uns." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 25, 2014
3/4 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " A work that is experimental, offbeat, and most distinctly of a unique voice is a welcome rarity." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 25, 2014
3.5/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " The simple beauty of the entire package is well summed up by Phedon Papamichael's beautiful black-and-white cinematography, which makes everything at once all the more modest yet majestic." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 20, 2014
3/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " This reboot may not exactly be a game changer, but it does its job in getting the series' established game back up and running in crowd-pleasing fashion." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 18, 2014
4/4 94% Her (2014) " The one-sheet text 'A Spike Jonze Love Story' completely sums up the film's weird and wondrous imagination, charm, and poignance." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Whatever hiccups there are, Freeman continues to be note-perfect, and Jackson does deliver on the action and builds a great deal of momentum in the final stretch." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 15, 2014
3/4 61% Hours (2013) " Could've marked a turning point in Paul Walker's career to more interesting and demanding projects post-age-40." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " A tribute to anyone standing up for themselves on the front lines of any dangerous conflict situation." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 13, 2014
0.5/4 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " Harlin's '90s heyday of crafting fun fare becomes that much more of a distant memory." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " So threadbare that there's nothing to grasp onto to care about." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 11, 2014
4/4 97% Gravity (2013) " A sleek, smooth, immersive, and rather overwhelming spectacle of economy, efficiency, and all-around proficiency." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 11, 2014
3/4 30% Grudge Match (2013) " In the thick of pretentious prestige project season, a fairly low-key but solidly engaging studio genre exercise can be a welcome refreshment." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 10, 2014
1.5/4 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " Kikuchi seems to have wandered in from a completely different, campier film; but that's more than can be said for Reeves, who appears to have wandered in from the street." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/4 42% Homefront (2013) " There's something to be said for one of those entertainers that goes about its by-the-numbers business with craft and style." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2/4 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " The unusual honesty about the film's reason for being is about the only thing passing for real freshness here." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3.5/4 83% Dhoom 2 (Dhoom:2) (2006) " With all the beautiful people dancing up a storm to catchy beats, making big things go boom, and looking effortlessly cool while doing it all, this is pure popcorn escapist entertainment of the most guiltily irresistible order." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 6, 2014
0/4 4% The Hottie and the Nottie (2008) " Just about everything about it feels made for viewing at home, a fact underscored by the porn star monotone that is Hilton's 'acting' voice." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 6, 2014
1.5/4 11% Fool's Gold (2008) " Both McConaughey and Hudson look less interested in the material than cashing their checks and taking in the Bahamas sun." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 6, 2014
4/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " It is through Idris Elba's finely etched performance that the real thesis of the film comes to the fore: it is Nelson Mandela's universally relatable core humanity that defines his heroism." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 3, 2014
3.5/4 78% Dhoom 3 (2013) " With Aamir Khan's wide spectrum of talents and the creative energy he inspires in all around him on full, irresistibly entertaining display, audiences around the world will truly experience the title's English translation--a blast." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2/4 65% How She Move (2008) " Shows that there's more to Canadian film than icy introspection, but it also shows they can wallow in formula as thickly as their Yank counterparts." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/4 41% 27 Dresses (2008) " Undeniably appealing because of Katherine Heigl." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 2, 2014
1.5/4 16% Untraceable (2008) " For all the would-be with-it cyber/techno-speak, strip that all away, and Gregory Hoblit's film is completely stale and cliched thriller nonsense." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 2, 2014
2.5/4 —— Dhoom (2009) " Technical sheen is certainly one of the better aspects of the film, but it can only go so far when others aren't quite up to par." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 2, 2014
2.5/4 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Rarely rises above greeting card-level would-be inspirational banality." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 1, 2014
2/4 19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " Perry's well-worn, play-to-the-nosebleeds schtick drowns out anything as far as basic craft." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Both series veterans and newcomers alike able to wring laughs from whatever whims Ferrell and McKay throw at them, and that's ultimately the bottom line." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 1, 2014
4/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " No less than a brazenly brash and unabashed middle finger to any and all genteel expectations and sensibilities." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Dec 29, 2013
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " Perhaps most astonishing of all is that in a film filled such terrific performances, the prevailing personality is that of David O. Russell." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3/4 —— Nosotros los Nobles (2013) " Director/co-writer Gaz Alazraki proves to be adept at juggling earnest sentiment and more raucous laughs. " — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Dec 18, 2013
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