Cary Darling

Cary Darling

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Cary Darling's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 49% San Andreas (2015) " When the earth is roiling and rippling like an angry ocean, it's an impressive sight. It's when the shaking stops though that San Andreas is a different type of disaster. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 69% The Connection (2015) "There are no elaborate car chases or dizzyingly choreographed shootouts. Yet it's nonetheless a compelling portrait of two men in a specific time and place. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 75% Good Kill (2015) "Directed and written by Andrew Niccol (whose phenomenal 1997 film Gattaca also starred Hawke), and supposedly "based on actual events," Good Kill raises important questions about the nature of modern warfare, but it is a bit heavy-handed and strained. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 49% Tomorrowland (2015) "Tomorrowland ultimately dispenses with subtlety altogether and clubs viewers over the head with its It's a Small World After All message (yes, this is a Disney film). Still, there's much to admire. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 21, 2015
4/5 92% White God (2015) "If someone wants to make a case that our four-legged actor friends deserve to be considered for Oscar consideration, right alongside Streep and McConaughey, they need only offer White God as evidence. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "It's a surreal, operatic take on the action movie that makes its direct predecessors - Mad Max, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and even the mighty Road Warrior - seem almost timid by comparison. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Fans of the franchise will be pleased, but those looking in from the outside of comic-book culture may find themselves also looking at their watches. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 4, 2015
3/5 93% Man from Reno (2015) "The moody Man From Reno,/i> is a slow-burn, atmospheric, low-budget thriller that also offers an intriguing blast of culture clash. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 67% 5 to 7 (2015) "The strong cast, a beautiful score, and a surprisingly affecting ending make it more convincing that it seems at first. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Apr 28, 2015
3/5 62% The Water Diviner (2015) "There's at least one better film on the topic - Gallipoli - but The Water Diviner has its moments, even if its grasp of reality is all wet. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 49% True Story (2015) "[An] intermittently fascinating movie version from first-time features director Rupert Goold and stars Jonah Hill and James Franco in roles that, for once, don't ask them to be caricatures of arrested adolescence. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Apr 16, 2015
5/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Alex Garland brilliantly brings the past into the present with the near-future tale Ex Machina, a stark but dazzling meditation on intelligence, consciousness and morality that discreetly uses special effects in service of story, dialogue and character. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 84% While We're Young (2015) "A sometimes poignant paean to struggling to age gracefully while time drags you kicking and screaming to the inevitable end, While We're Young effectively balances wry comedy and bittersweet drama. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Apr 9, 2015
4/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) "James Wan came up in the horror ranks and gave the world the first Saw... If "F&F" fans feared that he would tamper with the box-office formula and end up slaying and gutting this cinematic golden goose for shocks and giggles, they can rest easy. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/5 67% A Girl Like Her (2015) "A Girl Like Her may not rank with Lee Hirsch's 2011 award-winning film Bully - a real documentary about real students being harassed - but it still packs a punch. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 29% Get Hard (2015) "Since anyone who has seen the trailer has already seen many of the film's best moments, making it through to the end does feel like something of a life sentence. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Mar 26, 2015
1/5 0% The Walking Deceased (2015) "It's a slop bucket of lazy writing and uninspired jokes...If you want to laugh at zombies, seek out Zombieland instead. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 96% It Follows (2015) "Jennifer Kent's The Babadook, from last year, turned parenthood into the scariest story of all, and now comes David Robert Mitchell's It Follows, which merges paranoia and teen sexuality into an exercise in delicious dread. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 97% '71 (2015) "Shot by first-time feature director Yann Demange on the gritty streets of Sheffield and Liverpool in a style that puts the viewer in the crosshairs of the action, '71 is bracing from beginning to end. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 78% These Final Hours (2015) "The low-budget Australian apocalyptic drama has such a terrific start - an adrenaline rush of panic and dread as a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth sends a wall of fire around the planet. It's a shame the movie peters out about halfway through. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 30% Chappie (2015) "Never mind that Weaver and Jackman are totally wasted or the laughable lapses in logic, or that it lacks the social resonance of District 9. It's a fun little ride, for at least part of the way. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Mar 5, 2015
5/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) "Even though the atrocities committed by radical jihadists dominate the headlines and airwaves, few in the West know what it's like to live under their reign. Timbuktu...is a moving, haunting and beautifully shot peek behind the closed cultural curtain. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "Shadows takes what could have been a one-joke sketch and turns it into a very funny, and occasionally even touching, take on brotherhood and friendship...It's certainly more authentic and realistic than recent seasons of The Real World. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/5 56% Focus (2015) "The story is ludicrous...Yet Focus, Will Smith's mea culpa to moviegoers after the post-apocalyptic tedium of After Earth two years ago, is more breezily enjoyable than it has a right to be. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Ultimately, there's little to care about in Kingsman, a spy film that's all dressed up with no place to go. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Yet the film's biggest problem is its two stars. Despite all the ripped abs and exposed breasts, blindfolds and cuffs, there are few sparks between them. Without that, Fifty Shades of Grey feels as cold and sterile as Grey's sleek penthouse. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3/4 67% The Slap: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The Slap may not be nearly as bracing as its inspiration, but it possesses a sting nonetheless. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Feb 10, 2015
2/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "For the sake of Neo, Morpheus, the red pill, [and] the blue pill... it would be great to report that the Wachowskis indeed got their groove back. But the only groove they're going to see is the one on multiplex floors as moviegoers stampede the exits. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/5 82% Black Sea (2015) "While the film doesn't cut nearly as deep as [the director's] The Last King of Scotland, it's nevertheless a suspenseful, taut thriller with political undertones that delivers on its low-key promises. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jan 29, 2015
4/5 89% Still Alice (2015) "It's Moore who really brings the film home. It's in her expression when the doctor gives his diagnosis and pessimistic prognosis. It's in the way she looks at her family, knowing there will come a time when she won't recognize them. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1/4 34% Blackhat (2015) "A dim-witted, dullard of a thriller about hacking and terrorism for profit that has one saving grace: timeliness...Being current only gets you so far when the script is techno-babble nonsense and the acting is as wooden as the Sequoia National Forest. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jan 15, 2015
5/5 99% Selma (2015) "It may be coincidence that Selma reverberates with a particular timeliness...Still, it's thanks to director DuVernay and first-time features writer Paul Webb that the film has more than the luck of timing on its side. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jan 8, 2015
3/5 71% The World Made Straight (2015) "The performances are strong... and Earle is particularly memorable. The film glows with a dark energy when he's on screen. But it's too long, has a musical soundtrack that's often intrusive, and sometimes sags when it should be taut with tension " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jan 8, 2015
3/5 85% John Wick (2014) "Yet, for all the film's stylishness and a body count worthy of a small civil war, there's no getting around the fact that stiff, stoic Reeves -- who is capable of a few funny, deadpan lines -- isn't a particularly compelling lead action figure. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 92% Dear White People (2014) "The best moments get to the heart of Simien's thesis that what is supposed to be post-racial America isn't all that much different from what came before. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/5 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "It's a smart, subversive tip of the hat to everything from American and Italian Westerns to horror movies, Jim Jarmusch, love stories, Iranian traditionalism and rock 'n' roll. Oh, and there's a vampire. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 25, 2014
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "If nothing else, it's certainly better than the last time a good-looking Hollywood star decided to direct a movie about WWII. But the less said about George Clooney's The Monuments Men, the better . " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 24, 2014
4/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "Turing may finally be getting what he deserves as the straightforward and well-acted The Imitation Game, featuring a strong performance from Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "An even better special effect would have been having a main cast that actually reflects the Mediterranean/North African desert environment...There are darker-skinned actors on the screen, though they just happen to be all slaves, servants and soldiers. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 11, 2014
4/5 98% The Babadook (2014) "Director Kent has made the kind of striking film that is going to have mainstream Hollywood haunting her like a Babadook in a bad mood. For the sake of her idiosyncratic vision, let's hope she doesn't frighten easily. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 6, 2014
3/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "It's too bad then that the film...doesn't live up to Carell's memorable performance. As chilly as du Pont's mansion on a winter's night, Foxcatcher never quite comes together. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Nov 25, 2014
4/5 51% Low Down (2014) "Whiplash is like one of those Buddy Rich solos the kid idolizes: hot, sweaty and in-your-face. Low Down is like the version of Billy Strayhorn's Lush Life played in one of this film's club scenes: somber, moody and cool to the touch. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Nov 20, 2014
3/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "If it's more talky and less satisfying than its predecessor, the propulsive The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - largely because the conclusion won't come until next year with Part 2 - it's still a sporadically involving adventure. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Nov 20, 2014
3.5 72% Interstellar (2014) "Whereas 2001 is enigmatic and ethereal...Interstellar is far more prosaic and pedestrian...Still, it has moments of bombastic brilliance, an often moving performance from Matthew McConaughey, and, boy, at its best, is it something to look at. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Nov 4, 2014
4/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) "Slow and, especially in the beginning, sometimes even prosaic, Force Majeure uses very ordinary moments as building blocks for something tense and unnerving. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4/5 95% Whiplash (2014) "Whiplash is, at best, heightened realism. There's no way that Fletcher could have gotten away with his teaching methods without serious legal - or physical - pushback long before Andrew comes along. But, as drama, it's a crackling good time. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3/5 85% Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) "Dead Snow 2 has its share of fun, goofy, gory moments...Half the budget must have gone for fake intestines. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/5 47% The Judge (2014) "[Duvall and Downey] may not be enough to counterbalance the bloat of the rest of the film, but they keep it from sinking under the weight of soggy sentimentality. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Oct 9, 2014
4/5 81% Tracks (2014) " Director John Curran has a sense for visual grandeur. The landscape is ablaze with heat, dust, flies and a staggering loneliness. When a snake slithers across Davidson as she sleeps, you can almost feel its cold against the skin. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2/5 11% Good People (2014) "Good People grinds to its predictable, pat conclusion and betrays its generally solid performances and respectable artistic pedigree. Sometimes good people do bad things, sometimes they just make movies that start well and end badly. " ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Sep 25, 2014
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