Greg Maki

Greg Maki

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Total Reviews:
769
Total QuickRatings:
323

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 76% 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
A- 93% American Hustle (2013) " What could have been a trifling little caper movie becomes, in the hands of Russell and his superb cast, a rich, character-driven film of humor, drama and surprising warmth." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 16, 2014
B- 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " I laughed more than a few times, but for every joke that hits, there's at least one that misses." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 16, 2014
A 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " ... The tone is darker, the threats more immediate, the stakes higher, the action more intense. In short, it feels much more akin to Jackson's "Rings" films than part one ..." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 13, 2013
A- 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Visually, this is the most impressive Marvel movie yet." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 8, 2013
A 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Ejiofor ... gives a performance for the ages ..." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 7, 2013
B 47% Last Vegas (2013) " ... Has a relaxed vibe, which suits it well, for most of its pleasures emanate from simply hanging out with a quartet of screen legends. " — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 2, 2013
A 97% Gravity (2013) " "Gravity" is a visual marvel, yet it's more than eye candy." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Oct 25, 2013
A 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray have a much broader focus than one man's heroism." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Oct 25, 2013
D 34% The Counselor (2013) " Scott presents it all well enough, generating a fair bit of suspense at times, but McCarthy's script is empty, thinking it's profound when it's merely vague and confusing." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Oct 25, 2013
B 81% Don Jon (2013) " Very funny and with some social commentary, "Don Jon" is an admirable first effort for Gordon-Levitt behind the camera." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
A 89% Rush (2013) " ... An incisive character study cloaked in a thrilling, adrenaline-fueled sports picture." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
C+ 58% Riddick (2013) " "Riddick" is a big step up from "Chronicles," with Twohy abandoning the failed epic scope of that movie and somewhat recapturing what made "Pitch Black" the cult hit it is." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Sep 12, 2013
D- 2% Getaway (2013) " "Getaway" is hilarious. Problem: It's supposed to be a gritty, edge-of-your-seat action thriller. Whoops." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Aug 30, 2013
C 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " "Kick-Ass 2," while it retains a tone that varies wildly - though new writer-director Jeff Wadlow doesn't marry the two sides as effectively as his predecessor - lacks that fresh energy ..." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Aug 15, 2013
B 69% The Wolverine (2013) " With a contemplative tone and slower pace, "The Wolverine" doesn't feel much like a superhero movie, which isn't a bad thing considering how plentiful the genre has become ..." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Aug 2, 2013
B 64% 2 Guns (2013) " ... There are two reasons why "2 Guns" is one of the more entertaining action-comedies in recent years: Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Aug 2, 2013
B 86% The Conjuring (2013) " ... An old-school spookfest, a surprisingly restrained, moody picture ..." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 21, 2013
B 67% World War Z (2013) " ... Somehow ends up being an effective action-thriller." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
A 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " ... Not only the movie of the summer, it's one of the best sci-fi action/adventure epics ever made." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 11, 2013
D 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " ... With a broad comedy like this, gut reactions generally rule. You either laugh or you don't, and "The Hangover Part III" simply isn't funny." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted May 23, 2013
A 54% Oblivion (2013) " Digital effects abound, but they are in service to the story, to an idea, instead of being the point. Good, smart sci-fi like this is increasingly rare." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Apr 20, 2013
B- 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " In this entertaining yet inconsistent movie, Carrey is the incredible one." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 15, 2013
B 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " ... Respects its origin while standing apart as its own satisfying adventure." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 8, 2013
B 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " ... Shows what can happen when a first-rate director and an A-list cast tackle a fantastical story with an appropriate sense of wonder and whimsy." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 1, 2013
D+ 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " ... As much of a chore to get through as any of those movies with the sparkly vampires." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 14, 2013
C- 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " ... The plot resembles a weak episode of "24," complete with a series of twists involving characters so under-developed that the double-crosses barely even register." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 14, 2013
B 51% Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance (1995) " ... Highlighted by Irons, whose slick and sinister Simon is second only to Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber in the pantheon of "Die Hard" villains." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 12, 2013
A 83% Side Effects (2013) " I'm curious to see how the film holds up and changes on a second viewing because there is a lot at work here." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 12, 2013
A 66% Die Hard 2 (1990) " ... Everything a good sequel should be." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 11, 2013
A 92% Die Hard (1988) " ... Not only the best action movie ever made but one of the very best of any genre." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 10, 2013
D 19% Identity Thief (2013) " Watching "Identity Thief" made me feel bad for Jason Bateman." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 8, 2013
B 46% Bullet to the Head (2013) " ... As direct and forceful as its title. And that's a good thing." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 1, 2013
B 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " ... Not the stale "Twilight"-with-zombies movie you might think it is. It plays up the comedy of its absurd scenario without completely ignoring the decades of living dead lore preceding it." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 1, 2013
C+ 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " By any serious measure, "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" is not a good movie. ... Yet I found this jumbled hodgepodge strangely entertaining." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 25, 2013
B 60% The Last Stand (2013) " It's too bad "The Expendables" stole its thunder because "The Last Stand" is a good enough shoot-'em-up to have been a minor event. It's a modern Western with lots of action ... and no aspirations to anything higher ..." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 22, 2013
B- 65% Mama (2013) " Cliches mount until the climax, which is strangely satisfying and anything but the happily-ever-after conclusion we have been bred to expect." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 18, 2013
D 32% Gangster Squad (2013) " ... It's all surface level a backdrop for a big, dumb action movie that has more in common with "The Expendables" than "L.A. Confidential."" — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 11, 2013
A 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Though it surely takes some dramatic license, "Zero Dark Thirty" is a worthy document of that moment and the people who made it possible." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 11, 2013
C 19% Texas Chainsaw (2013) " Maybe it's due to ... lowered expectations, but I found "Texas Chainsaw 3-D" a mildly entertaining way to pass an hour and a half on a cold winter afternoon." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 8, 2013
A- 61% Jack Reacher (2012) " ... A smart whodunnit punctuated by visceral action and sly wit." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 21, 2012
C 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Given the stage musical's immense popularity, there is a built-in audience for this that knows the story and won't care about narrative issues, such as a lack of focus and a running time that stretches beyond two-and-a-half hours." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 19, 2012
A 51% This is 40 (2012) " ... Humor that flows naturally from the characters and where they are in their lives instead of relying on punchlines and pratfalls ..." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 19, 2012
B 87% Life of Pi (2012) " We're left, then, with a film that is a visual marvel, with an extraordinary story, that's dragged down by a very ordinary lead actor. A stronger performance could have made a good movie great." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 18, 2012
A- 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " Funny without being glib, serious without being pretentious or depressing, this is a mature movie with fully realized characters and fine performances." — Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 15, 2012
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