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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "Maybe the new sequels and spin-offs can be more adventurous, but The Force Awakens had me smiling, reminiscing, and critiquing all at the same time: It hits all the marks, without any real surprises. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 18, 2015
4/5 44% Dangerous Men (2015) "With every new minute, there's another head-scratching choice that's bound to elicit some amazing out-loud responses, so this feels like a true party flick. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "It focuses on one child's unique experience. It's not an issue film - it's a story about a boy who has a rich family life but then tragically loses it all and is left to fend for himself. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3/4 98% Brooklyn (2015) "From a dramatic standpoint, the film's biggest asset is also its biggest challenge: Brooklyn eschews showy conflict in favor of small character moments and a leisurely pace " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
1/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) " I understand that YA books succeed by transposing real teen concerns into life-and-death fantasy situations, but any connection to the characters that existed by the end of 2013's Catching Fire has been stripped away by these plodding Mockingjay movies. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3.5/4 91% 99 Homes (2015) "A breathless thriller with expertly shot "you are there" camerawork and a rising score, but it also comes from moments of conflict that are pitched at a very high level. Emotions are high, lives are at stake, and something is very, very wrong. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
2/4 64% Spectre (2015) "Most of the film plays like a game of Connect Four, piling up and grouping together characters and schemes from Craig's last three films in vaguely related ways, in the hopes that the connections to Bond's past will bring them some emotional heft. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
1.5/4 33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "Instead of a black comedy about powerful U.S.-government employed parasites pulling dirty tricks on foreign soil, we get a silly revenge story about two rivals who are supposed to be really smart - something we rarely see. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Plays fast and loose with the facts, but so did Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." I'm not comparing Sorkin's prose with the Bard's, but using a widely known culturally important figure as a way into telling stories with universal themes is, well, universal. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 91% Eraserhead (1977) "Linear plots with easily defined cause and effect are the kinds of stories we are used to, but sometimes it's refreshing to enter a world where logic takes a backseat to purely evocative storytelling. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
5/5 82% Mulholland Drive (2001) "Because Lynch is playing with archetypes like the wide-eyed innocent, he's able to subvert them with a heightened reality that suckers us in. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 83% Goodnight Mommy (2015) "Franz and Fiala's clever script doles out context in small, strategic doses, and keeps the audience guessing, even as the strange behavior on both sides increases and becomes more squirm-inducing. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "For the most part, "Bridge of Spies" is a sober reflection on America actually living its values and living up to its promise. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
2/4 85% The Walk (2015) "Zemeckis jettisons most of the hard edges of Petit's character in favor of a wide-eyed follow-your-dreams story. Rendered in broad strokes, it falls more into the fairy tale category than anything else. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/4 93% Sicario (2015) "There's not much emotional investment in any of the characters, and the film has little to add to any serious discussion of its subject matter - but as a pitch-black thriller, Sicario succeeds with style. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 92% The Martian (2015) "If there's one fault to find in this inspiring tale, it's that Damon's just too smart and self-effacing to be real. But to say that would be too cynical: a trait this film is hiding away in the same cupboard, thankfully, with all of the schmaltz. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) "Leslye Headland has a knack for taking familiar rom-com situations and injecting into them a hardcore dose of truth. Truth can be uncomfortable, but as this movie illustrates, it can be riotously exhilarating as well. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "It simply isn't that easy to write off the Jobs' extraordinary drive to succeed at all costs. The difference between Gibney's documentary and other posthumous profiles of Jobs is that it doesn't necessarily maintain a reverential tone toward its subject. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 82% Mistress America (2015) "One energizing thing about this film is that it seems to defy any familiar pattern for a brisk hour or so before heading into straight-up screwball farce territory. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 96% The Look of Silence (2015) "Not as formally exciting as The Act of Killing but because it's so singularly focused, it's a more emotionally engaging story. And because its concerns are different, both films together are a richer experience and provide a more complete picture. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "With the will-they-or-won't-they tension, the densely plotted conflicts that rarely give you time to think, and the fact that everyone on all sides has a reason to stop Hunt, this is a satisfying Hollywood actioner that keeps you guessing. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/5 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "It's only when the funny callbacks, clever change-ups, and suspenseful action scenes pause for a moment that the wooden performances of its leads Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney become a weakness. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "A brilliantly visualized concept anchors Inside Out in a way that ensures it will resonate for years to come. Kudos to Pixar for again reminding us that animated entertainment can appeal to all ages and speak to universal truths. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Trainwreck still follows lots of typical rom-com formulas, but it also proves that there is still life left in these formulas, as long as there is true chemistry and tiny subversions along the way. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 83% Dressed to Kill (1980) "A lurid film featuring throat-slashing, overheated lust, and a too-simple reduction of cross-dressing issues for pulpy purposes. But it also uses grand cinematic gestures to relay the dread and guilt of its characters to great effect. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
1/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer trade in the same kind of faux-clever one-upsmanship that Holmes and Watson do, with similarly weak dialogue but barely a quarter of the charm. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4.5/5 79% Night and the City (1950) "One of the best noirs around ... downward-spiral noir in its purest form, even if it trades the traditional urban landscape of the American city for the mean streets of London. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 100% My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) "... unfolds with a refreshing honesty and a sense of surprise to it; being handled more like something embedded within the characters rather than a plot point thrown in just to bring up an issue or an easy conflict point. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
2/4 60% Southpaw (2015) "Southpaw has that inevitability factor .... it's tough to support a two-hour film when its course seems predetermined and it hits every familiar beat along the way. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 80% Ant-Man (2015) "One of the biggest pleasures is its overall subversion of the superhero genre. It still feels like a Marvel product, and it suffers from a typically one-dimensional bad guy, but it also has a lot of fun turning expectation on its head. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 77% The Killers (1964) " This low-budget neo-noir is really a different kind of riff on the Hemingway story's themes and the genre. It also serves as a bit of foreshadowing for Seigel's violent 1971 hit Dirty Harry. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 100% The Killers (1946) "The movie darts around in time, constantly surprising and adding more depth to the character of The Swede. It's a psychological exploration of a man who was so worn down by life that he merely gave up. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 100% Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) "Moments of pure and frightening clarity, mixed with images that can't be reconciled with any kind of reality. These dreams don't offer coherence, but rather a strong, deep feeling that can take hours to shake. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 100% Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959) "One of the best anti-war movies ever ... it's unusual to see German soldiers portrayed in a human light, much less courageous teenagers who think they are doing the right thing. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
2.5/4 31% Chappie (2015) "There is something about this messy mashup of Robocop, Frankenstein, Short Circuit, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, and trashed-up wannabe gangster "zef" culture that just works man, against all odds. Even when it doesn't. Which is often. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
1.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Commentary on how audiences always want "bigger" over "better" is not enough. It's window dressing. You still have little kids in danger of being eaten by dinosaurs run amok and a guy who thinks he's the Dinosaur Whisperer. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3.5/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "This has to be the best-sounding movie ever made, and like Brian Wilson himself, it's full of naked emotion, while still retaining an air of mystery. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/5 93% Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons) (2002) "Fassbinder is going for realism, but almost a heightened, stagey version of it. This strategy makes the film more deeply felt, amplifying the awkwardness. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/4 73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) ""Magician" is a brisk documentary that dismantles many Welles myths, some of them by the great man himself - as he tells the same story three different ways in different interviews. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3.5/4 100% Le Silence de la Mer (1949) "Although the movie's narrative and acting style are typical of older films, "Le Silence de la Mer" has a modern sensibility and feel, embracing subtlety and ambiguity in a way that was idiosyncratic at the time. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/4 97% Limelight (1952) "It was Chaplin's last great film, and it showcases not just a love for the performing arts (she's a ballerina, he's a vaudevillian), but also Chaplin's effortless sentimentality. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
2/4 49% Tomorrowland (2015) "When Bird's movie clicks, it's easy to believe that human intelligence and ingenuity can overcome impending global disaster. That's why he should have given his audience more credit and not spelled everything out for them. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Hope is a mistake. But this represents a certain kind of hope that's contagious. As technology continues to improve and digital effects persist, it's refreshing to see an old-school master get back to basics - and use his powers for good. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Like Greek gods before them, superheroes are our modern myths, so why shouldn't they examine issues of the classic texts in our time? The end credit sequence actually gives this idea a visual corollary, as it shows a giant Hellenistic statue. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 89% White God (2015) "When it's all said and done, "White God" delivers an indictment of both sides, and its one that, despite its canine (anti-?)heroes, rings with an undeniable sadness and human truth. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 95% Wild Tales (2015) "I hope that Quentin Tarantino, whose obsession with revenge pictures has started to reveal kinks in his armor, has seen "Wild Tales." While it embraces elements of the spaghetti western as Tarantino's films do, it also finds new ways to explore them. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/4 94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "From a narrative standpoint, "The Wrecking Crew" is scattered, which limits its appeal to pop music aficionados. As one of those people, I enjoyed the film despite its lack of forward movement. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Garland's film sexualizes Ava to an embarrassing degree, which also is its entire point. His aim is to have his cake and eat it too, with images of female nudity literally created for the male gaze, subverted, and mined for maximum uncomfortability. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 75% Secretary (2002) "Shainberg sets up a restless quality in both characters, and he takes them very seriously but it still comes as a bit of shock to see what is normally considered to be sexist behavior finally and ultimately embraced. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) "The actors are completely secondary. The hoops they jump through to get to the next action scene are just that. The expositional dialogue [starts] only after the action scene has, because they know we don't care why they're there: We're already with them. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
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