Greg Maki

Greg Maki

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 59% Unfriended (2015) " ... A somewhat interesting experiment that ultimately fails. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Apr 17, 2015
B+ 82% Furious 7 (2015) " he stunts are pure insanity, and the best part is, even though I'm sure there is a sizable helping of digital effects involved, there is a lot of actual, old-fashioned stunt work on the screen ... " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Apr 3, 2015
A 96% It Follows (2015) " Easily the best horror film I've seen since "The Cabin in Woods" (2012), "It Follows" is an instant classic. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Apr 1, 2015
C- 29% Get Hard (2015) " Humor often is in bad taste and isn't politically correct, but "Get Hard" takes the wrong tack on the wrong issues at the wrong time. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 27, 2015
D+ 16% The Gunman (2015) " ... A muddled, confusing mess built around a disinterested Penn, who seems to have decided his work was done when he left the weight room. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 20, 2015
B- 31% Insurgent (2015) " With the world-building taken care of in part one, "Insurgent" can turn its attention fully to its plot and characters, succeeding more with the former than the latter. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 20, 2015
C 56% Focus (2015) " It's ironic that a movie titled "Focus" never truly provides a focal point for its audience. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
B 61% Run All Night (2015) " ... Changes the formula enough to be Neeson's best actioner since "Taken." " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
B 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " Firth participates in the bulk of the fisticuffs, and seeing the British actor - best known for playing a role in which his chief antagonist was a speech impediment - lay the smack down is a hoot. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 13, 2015
F 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " To put it plainly, there's nothing redeeming here - not the acting, writing, directing or even the, um, "action" scenes, during which you just feel bad for the characters, actors and everyone on the set who had to be a part of them. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 13, 2015
D- 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " It feels like the Wachowskis got bored halfway through their world building and thought they could distract viewers by having Channing Tatum take off his shirt, shoot things and fly around on magic boots for two thirds of the movie. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 6, 2015
B 37% Black or White (2015) " While it is a little over-simplified in the end - which, to be fair, might have been necessary to get it made - "Black or White" is a thoughtful addition to the current dialogue on race relations. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 30, 2015
D- 28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) " "The Wedding Ringer" borrows liberally from "Hitch" and "Wedding Crashers" ... while completely missing what made them worth borrowing from in the first place. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 30, 2015
B 72% Big Eyes (2014) " "Big Eyes" is unlike anything the director has done before, yet in many ways, it represents him at his most "Burtonesque." " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 30, 2015
A 73% American Sniper (2015) " Though lacking subtlety, the portrayal of Kyle as a complex, damaged hero is engrossing. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 30, 2015
A 98% Paddington (2015) " ... The word that repeatedly comes to mind is "charming." " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 30, 2015
A 99% Selma (2015) " Though these events occurred half a century ago, their power and relevance are undiminished. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 8, 2015
B 71% Into the Woods (2014) " The cast is uniformly strong, with Corden's naive kindness and Blunt's shrewd, quick thinking playing off each other particularly well at the movie's center. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 27, 2014
A 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " Turing's optimism in the face of the seemingly impossible wins our affection and sympathy, making his ultimate fate all the more heartbreaking. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 27, 2014
B- 27% Annie (2014) " When it comes to family movies and musicals, you certainly could do better than this new "Annie." Maybe it's the Christmas spirit talking, but you could do worse, too. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 23, 2014
A 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " If this truly is the end of this tale on the big-screen, it's going out in grand fashion. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 18, 2014
C 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " ... Whether the fault of editing choices or simply lacking in a screenplay credited to four writers, there isn't enough connective tissue to hold it all together. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 18, 2014
A 90% Wild (2014) " Witherspoon, also serving as a producer, is phenomenal as Strayed - a demanding, challenging role both physically and emotionally. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 18, 2014
A 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " While not a twist in the traditional sense, the sudden conclusion - which, just like real life, does not provide a motive - allows "Foxcatcher" to stay with you, forcing you to process and rethink what came before. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 18, 2014
B- 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) " This isn't high art, and no one here is making the mistake of thinking it is. It's crass, illogical and mostly unoriginal. But it's also very funny, and sometimes that's all you need. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 18, 2014
A- 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " There's no question Redmayne is the movie's main attraction. He captures the idealism of the young Hawking, an idealism that doesn't fade even later in life when he can use little more than his eyes to convey it. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 18, 2014
A 93% Birdman (2014) " Punctuated by dark comedy and occasional flights into the surreal, it's daring on a technical level, thought provoking and vastly entertaining. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 18, 2014
B+ 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " ... In these hands, the contrived premise is not just believable but relatable. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B 36% If I Stay (2014) " Director R.J. Cutler is shameless as he goes after the heartstrings. Luckily for him, the cast repeatedly comes to his rescue. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Aug 22, 2014
C- 22% Into The Storm (2014) " To its credit, the movie does the one thing it seems to care about exceedingly well, but that doesn't make "Into the Storm" much more than "Sharknado" with a bigger budget. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Aug 8, 2014
A 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " ... A total blast, with a sense of adventure and mischievous fun that can make even a movie critic feel like a kid again. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Aug 1, 2014
B- 66% Lucy (2014) " Though not without its charms, "Lucy" is a dumb, goofy movie about what it would mean to be really, really smart. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
D+ 17% Sex Tape (2014) " ... Proof that even a movie primarily concerned with other body parts needs to have a brain. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
A 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " ... Without question the movie of the summer - an epic allegory that says more about our world than a half dozen other Hollywood blockbusters combined and a dazzling piece of filmmaking ... " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
B 23% Tammy (2014) " While there is little in the way of plot, "Tammy" is more character-based than the typical summer comedy, and it's held up by strong performances by McCarthy and a very game Sarandon. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 29, 2014
C- 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " ... Only truly comes alive when it remembers it's a musical, yet even then it seldom gives us the performance of a song from beginning to end. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B+ 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " "22 Jump Street" isn't a deep, meaningful or original movie. But it's a lot of fun, and sometimes that's enough. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 19, 2014
A- 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Smart, unpredictable, expertly designed, shot and edited, well acted and boasting impressive special effects, "Edge of Tomorrow" is science fiction and the summer blockbuster done right. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " ... A rollicking good time that's satisfying in its own right and opens up many new sequel possibilities. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B 74% Godzilla (2014) " ... 60 years after he first appeared onscreen, Hollywood finally has done "Godzilla" right. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 19, 2014
C 19% Transcendence (2014) " With its overriding fears of artificial intelligence and technology in general, "Transcendence" feels like it was made at least 15 years too late. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 19, 2014
A 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Satisfying as a standalone adventure without sacrificing continuity ... " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B- 40% Divergent (2014) " A far more interesting plot lurks in the background ... It's this - not the mawkish romance - that leads to a fairly exciting climax and sets the stage for a more intriguing premise in the two additional movies that already are in the works ... " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 19, 2014
A 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " It's hard to say how "Veronica Mars" will play to the uninitiated, but it's everything a fan could want. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B 60% Non-Stop (2014) " ...A suspenseful, airborne thriller with a climax that doesn't quite live up to what precedes it. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 6, 2014
D 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " No one seems to know what "Winter's Tale" is really about. As a result, it's about nothing. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 14, 2014
B- 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " ... Just when it's being stretched thinnest, an unexpected twist turns it into something else, something deeper with real meaning, hammering home its theme of thinking outside the box. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
B 18% Ride Along (2014) " Maybe my standards are lower in January, traditionally a month when movie studios are focused more on awards than promoting new product. But no, Kevin Hart's performance ... would be funny any time of year. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 17, 2014
A 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " You will endure much pain and suffering on the screen, yet there is rare power in this story of survival, a glimmer of hope when it feels like all has been lost. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 16, 2014
B 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Scorsese's name virtually guarantees the filmmaking will be of the highest variety, and it is here. The director truly is a master of his craft. " ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 16, 2014
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