James Plath

James Plath

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Besides reviewing films for Movie Metropolis, James Plath teaches American literature, journalism, creative writing, and American pop culture at Illinois Wesleyan University. The father of four grown children and two small ones at home, he's still a kid at heart and fondly remembers going to matinees in his northwest Chicago neighborhood to watch double features for just fifty cents. "An "A" movie was usually paired with a "B" movie, and when both were finished, if you wanted to hang around and watch them all over again, you could. No one kicked you out. That's when my appreciation of film began, and it continues just as strong today."
The Sound of Music, It's a Wonderful Life, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Casablanca, Airplane!
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Showing 51 - 100 of 620
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
6/10 34% The Internship (2013) " 'The Internship' isn't as funny or exuberant as 'Wedding Crashers' and the plot is formulaic, but as lightweight entertainment goes it's . . . well, light and entertaining." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 24, 2013
8/10 74% Cars (2006) " 'Cars' has energy and heart-two things that 'Robots' lacked." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 23, 2013
7/10 78% Monsters University (2013) " It may not be as inventive as the original, but there's still plenty here to coax a smile, and it's still great family entertainment." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 23, 2013
7/10 —— Shrek The Musical (2013) " There are a few off-color lines, but those should fly right over the heads of youngsters who will be more intent on the costumes and stage action. In fact, I'd say that this musical will appeal mostly to families with younger children." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 23, 2013
7/10 65% The Heat (2013) " A solid buddy-cop action-comedy that draws all its energy from Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, who are flat-out funny and fun to watch." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 18, 2013
7/10 93% Fantastic Voyage (1966) " Not be as suspenseful as it once was, because we've seen many shots of the body's interior and we no longer have the undercurrents of the Cold War that made life itself an edge-of-the-seat affair. But it's still a fun sci-fi excursion." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 11, 2013
6/10 73% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) " Irwin Allen's "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" may be a campy affair, but you've got to give them credit for talking about climate change at least 30 years before it became a "hot" topic in the scientific community." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 10, 2013
7/10 —— On the Riviera (1951) " There are stronger Danny Kaye films out there, but 'On the Riviera' is perhaps the best showcase for all of the performer's talents . . . and it's entertaining enough." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 9, 2013
7/10 70% The Croods (2013) " The first act may be a little slow, but once this animated caveman comedy gets rolling, it's a rollicking good family movie. No wonder there's already a TV series and a sequel in development." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 5, 2013
9/10 92% The Little Mermaid (1989) " It's all in the details, and Disney really ramped up the animation and backgrounds to create an undersea world that was nothing short of spectacular." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 3, 2013
7/10 —— Dark Girls (2013) " Despite being under-researched, it's still an effective film. Like '42,' this documentary kindles great respect for those who've faced hardships because of the color of their skin color. " — Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 3, 2013
7/10 93% A Letter to Three Wives (1949) " If this were a comedy it might be considered a comedy of manners, because it's all about the social customs of an age-and all the actors do a fine job of bringing the age's nuances to their characters." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 21, 2013
8/10 89% From Here to Eternity (1953) " Watching it again after not seeing it for many years, I was also struck by how much of a debt novelist-screenwriter Donn Pearce ('Cool Hand Luke') owes to Jones." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 19, 2013
8/10 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Robert Downey, Jr. makes Iron Man one of the most entertaining superheroes in the Marvel movie universe." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 19, 2013
7/10 95% The Fly (1958) " Contemporary horror fans will be struck by how much more dramatic than horrific 'The Fly' is." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 19, 2013
6/10 —— The Mole Man Of Belmont Avenue (2013) " All it needed was a rewrite from a Second City cast member to punch it up a bit." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 13, 2013
6/10 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " Despite solid performances, a slow first half takes away from this otherwise effective drama about an IRA sympathizer whose life becomes more complicated after she's coerced into spying for MI-5." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 3, 2013
7/10 74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " There's something about a free spirit, even in a movie, that makes everything and everyone around her feel more vibrant." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 28, 2013
6/10 45% Return to Never Land (2002) " 'Return to Never Land' is a cheerier film than 'Peter Pan,' and parents who object to the original for various reasons will find this one a gentler, friendlier option for young children." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 25, 2013
7/10 49% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013) " For lovers of fashion who think of designers as Greek gods, and Bergdorf's as their Olympus." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 22, 2013
7/10 64% Epic (2013) " However closely you look, "Epic" is epically gorgeous in its art design and animation." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 21, 2013
6/10 50% Standing Up (2013) " The film's pathos at times seems all-consuming, to where a little more suspense along the way might have helped hold the attention of younger viewers." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 17, 2013
6/10 90% Storm Surfers 3D (2013) " Non-surfers may wish for a few more internal human conflicts to go with all of the man versus nature big-wave riding." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 10, 2013
6/10 56% Cavalcade (1933) " As drama it gets a little too soapy and the jumps in time can seem abrupt, but "Cavalcade" really does convey a sense of history and historical periods." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 9, 2013
6/10 36% The Hot Flashes (2013) " By and large this is a film meant to do exactly what the film's charity event does: to provide light entertainment while raising money for a good cause." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 8, 2013
7/10 93% Amour (2012) " Michael Haneke gives us an unflinching look at love in the twilight years, placing a lot on the shoulders of two stars who come through like the veterans they are." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 4, 2013
8/10 89% The Muppet Movie (1979) " 'The Muppet Movie' is one big road trip, and like 'The Blues Brothers' there's a payoff not just at the end, but around nearly every corner. Music only sweetens the deal." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 2, 2013
7/10 100% A Werewolf Boy (2012) " More sensitive than sensational, 'A Werewolf Boy' is an interesting hybrid of the 'Twilight' saga, 'Frankenstein,' and 'Beauty and the Beast.' But there are touches here that make it purely Korean." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 1, 2013
6/10 52% Robin Hood (1973) " Of all the Disney movies from the '70s, 'Robin Hood' had perhaps the most potential, but suffers from a mild case of 'averageitis.' " — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 30, 2013
7/10 68% Trance (2013) " The trance angle adds an interesting dimension to an otherwise routine crime caper flick." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 30, 2013
7/10 82% Niagara (1953) " The Falls themselves are an ever-present backdrop, and as memorable (and integral to the plotting) as Mount Rushmore was in "North by Northwest."" — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 29, 2013
7/10 50% Love Me Tender (1956) " This above-average Western wouldn't be nearly as beloved if it wasn't Elvis Presley's first film. " — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 26, 2013
6/10 85% Bus Stop (1956) " I suspect that some viewers will either like the film because of Monroe's performance, or hate it because of Murray's." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 25, 2013
6/10 22% Rushlights (2013) " In this film about murder, the last 10 minutes are enough to kill me." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 21, 2013
7/10 100% Cloudburst (2013) " Features one of the funniest, bawdiest, most memorable scenes I've ever witnessed in a film. Despite the formulaic elements, it still feels like an original." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 18, 2013
7/10 71% The Magic Flute (2006) " Like the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," it's all about the marriage of music and images." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 16, 2013
7/10 64% New World (2013) " While Park Hoon-jeong's gangster film seems to celebrate the genre rather than adding a whole lot, it's reflective of a self-conscious style that's helping South Korean directors turn a few heads." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 14, 2013
2/10 4% Movie 43 (2013) " It feels like somebody strung together some of the worst SNL skits and called it a film." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 21, 2013
5/10 28% 21 And Over (2013) " I'm not the right audience for this film, but then again neither are some 16,000 readers at the Internet Movie Database who gave it a cumulative rating of 5.7 out of 10. I think a few 21 & Unders might have pushed it up a few points." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 20, 2013
7/10 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " As you listen to these six former chiefs of one of the world's most secretive organizations, it's hard not to have your jaw drop in awe, or surprise at their sudden candor." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 19, 2013
5/10 17% At Long Last Love (1975) " It's not just the acting. There's no chemistry, and very few Cole Porter songs are performed in such a way that you'd guess would make the old lyricist happy. 'You're the Top'? Not with this group doing the singing." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 19, 2013
7/10 93% No (2013) " For all its flaws, 'No' succeeds because the marketers sell the audience, too." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 19, 2013
7/10 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " I may sound like I'm tripping in a field of poppies, but the secret to this film's success seems to be James Franco. " — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 14, 2013
7/10 25% Aroused (2013) " 'Aroused' is well done, and like the best documentaries and the best artwork it alters the way you see a subject and the way you think about things. But it is NOT arousing." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 5, 2013
7/10 49% Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001) " Not all the dots connect in this 2001 feature, and the reliance on stereotypes becomes a bit annoying, but it's still as rousing in animation as it might have been as a summer blockbuster." — Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 1, 2013
4/10 36% Family Weekend (2013) " Watching "Family Weekend" you feel as trapped as the tied-up parents, wondering, when will it all end?" — Movie Metropolis
Posted May 28, 2013
7/10 —— Cleopatra 50th Anniversary (2013) " It may not be as compelling and tightly edited as "Ben-Hur," but "Cleopatra" is still a Hollywood epic that tells a grand story in a grand way." — Movie Metropolis
Posted May 25, 2013
6/10 29% The Numbers Station (2013) " 'The Numbers Station' is a competent film and it does manage to create some tension. But you're conscious of the fact that it all feels familiar and wondering why there isn't a little more to it." — Movie Metropolis
Posted May 24, 2013
7/10 71% Barrymore (2012) " Plummer is phenomenal, but be warned: you really have to like one-person shows in order to enjoy this 84-minute tour de force." — Movie Metropolis
Posted May 23, 2013
7/10 80% Picture Day (2013) " Maslany is fantastic as the main character, and there's just enough irony and complexity to make this slice-of-life film seem relevant." — Movie Metropolis
Posted May 22, 2013
7/10 88% Bagdad Cafe (1988) " Just as the main character slowly grows on people in the film, it can draw in reluctant viewers." — Movie Metropolis
Posted May 16, 2013
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