Jim Lane

Jim Lane

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Jim Lane'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
3/5 78% Danny Collins (2015) "Pacino sinks his gleaming teeth into the role of Danny with a gusto that's charming and infectious. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/5 18% Strange Magic (2015) "The animation, which has a look of Arthur Rackham mixed with Maxfield Parrish, is fluid, visually striking and, for some strange reason, vaguely alarming. All in all, there are far worse family movies. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 12% The Loft (2015) "As so often in such locked-room whodunnits, the solution is both simple and complicated, and quite satisfying. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 82% Black Sea (2015) "Director Kevin Macdonald and writer Dennis Kelly craft a relentless, claustrophobic nail-biting thriller. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 56% Spare Parts (2015) "The movie benefits from an air of earnest goodwill and well-turned performances. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) "It's essentially a two-character show: Elgort is handsome and appealing, while Woodley continues her steady progress to stardom. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2/5 85% John Wick (2014) "The mordant humor of Derek Kolstad's script quickly dries up, the movie starts taking itself seriously, and the pleasure gives way to the guilt. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 86% Chef (2014) "Favreau's movie is loose-limbed, even a tad aimless, but it's appetizing in more ways than one (you'll probably be famished by the time you leave the theater), and it may prove to be the feel-good movie of the summer. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 90% Obvious Child (2014) "There's a raunchy, female Woody Allen-from-the-1970s vibe to Obvious Child that rings an overfamiliar bell. We've seen much of this before, but it goes down easily enough this time. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 87% Top Five (2014) "[Rock's] conversations with Dawson crackle with intelligence and sexual chemistry, and a parade of guest artists -- some playing characters, others as themselves -- is folded into the mix with a minimum of awkwardness. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/5 91% Locke (2014) "Every once in a great, long while a movie comes along that doubly astonishes you -- first that anybody would even think to try it, and second that they managed to pull it off. Writer-director Steven Knight's Locke is one of those movies. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/5 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "This one is well-acted but bleaker than usual, thanks to an uninvolving story, a shortage of sympathetic characters, leaden pacing by director Anton Corbijn, and washed-out, dreary cinematography by Benoît Delhomme. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 92% Pride (2014) "The theme is solidarity against adversity, and the movie is unironically uplifting. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/5 73% Oculus (2014) "All that's missing is suspense. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 89% The Drop (2014) "It's a tense and unsettling, but extremely well-acted and compelling, picture of down-and-almost-outers trying to get by, honestly or otherwise. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 81% Beyond the Lights (2014) "Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood stretches her tissue-thin story to the very limits of its appealing young stars and the acting prowess of Minnie Driver and Danny Glover. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 99% Gloria (2014) "The spice is provided largely by García's performance: She's not only the center of the movie, she's literally never off camera, and she holds our attention effortlessly. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "Cumberbatch's masterful performance dominates the movie, inevitably evoking his updated version of [Sherlock] Holmes... But where his Sherlock is smooth and lofty, his Turing is lofty with rough, jagged edges that keep rubbing people the wrong way. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Writer-director Dan Gilroy create a compelling portrait of a slick hustler straight out of What Makes Sammy Run?, prowling the garish neon mean streets instead of the studios of Hollywood, willing to stoop to anything, even murder. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) "As Fincher and Flynn peel away layers of their story, a feeling of dread grows; it's like pulling moldy leaves from an artichoke that is rotting from the inside out. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "Anderson's admirers will love it, while those who resist his quirky mix of deadpan precision and manic disorder must grant that it fits the story he tells here. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) "It's fluffy and enjoyable, with an infectious Randy Newman song score and sumptuous animation to compensate for a bland story that goes on longer than it should. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 7, 2014
4/5 88% Shrek 2 (2004) "The characters are still charming, the animation really is spectacularly smooth and expressive, and the Looney Tunes-style humor and pop-culture in-jokes are as inventive and hilarious as before. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 6, 2014
3/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "Suspense is strong thanks to Joffe's steady pacing and an unsettling, menacing atmosphere. Thanks also to fine performances from the three principals -- especially Kidman. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Nov 6, 2014
1/5 No Score Yet Blood Ransom (2014) "Things are so cheap they didn't even spring for uniforms for the so-called cops; everybody seems to be wearing their street clothes. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Nov 6, 2014
5/5 93% Birdman (2014) "The sheer brilliance of Iñárritu's technique fills us with stunned admiration, even as the messy state of Riggan's head and Keaton's taut pugnacity inspire shock and awe. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2/5 7% The Identical (2014) "As both Drexel and Ryan, Blake Rayne (once an Elvis impersonator in real life) is earnest and appealing, but it takes more than just looking and singing like Elvis. There was only one Elvis. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 22% Into The Storm (2014) "As for the storm itself -- or storms, really -- well, you've seen the trailer, haven't you? " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1/5 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) "Directing once again is schlock auteur Dennis Dugan, and the result is an $80 million YouTube video. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jul 28, 2014
5/5 79% 42 (2013) "Boseman gives a potentially star-making performance, while Ford, at 70, segues smoothly from firm-jawed action hero to elder-statesman character actor. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted May 7, 2014
3/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) "As weakling-turned-super-soldier Steve Rogers, Evans remains the best reason to see any movie with Captain America in it. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) "The clichés are rendered painless by excellent performances from the five principles, with O'Dowd and Mailman particularly standing out. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/5 98% Mud (2013) "Despite an almost sluggish pace, Nichols nevertheless finds the rhythm of Southern rural village life with its wary think-hard-before-you-speak watchfulness. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 1, 2014
2/5 74% The East (2013) "The total effect is affected, annoying and off-putting. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/5 89% Rush (2013) "Morgan's talent for dramatizing recent history remains unimpaired, the race scenes are harrowingly exciting, and Howard gets fine performances from all, especially Brühl in a showcase breakout role. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2/5 69% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) "The biggest laugh, though, comes at the end, with a prim, don't-try-this-at-home disclaimer. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 31, 2013
5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "These people are presented as they must have seemed at the time, even to themselves; there's no sense of a 21st-century actor sending out subtle I'm-not-really-like-this signals. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3/5 54% Oblivion (2013) "What makes it watchable is Kosinski's (and cinematographer Claudio Miranda's) gift for breathtaking pictorial images -- plus, of course, Cruise's undiluted star power. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3/5 81% Warm Bodies (2013) "Warm Bodies goes straight on to my guilty-pleasures list. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) "Dallas Buyers Club belongs pretty firmly to McConaughey and Leto. Their prickly relationship is at the wounded heart of the movie, and it's their performances you'll remember. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) "Michael Bay has made three Transformers movies, and he hasn't done one yet that was as much fun as this. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 30, 2013
1/5 75% You're Next (2013) "Tthis run-of-the-mill slash-'em-up flick has been floating around for two years looking for a distributor. Unfortunately, it found one. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 30, 2013
3/5 89% The World's End (2013) "It's high old fun, though it plays as a bit too much of a rehash of Pegg and Wright's Shaun of the Dead. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 30, 2013
4/5 91% Nebraska (2013) "Bob Nelson's script is a mine of mordant humor and wry insight, and director Alexander Payne carefully brings out the best in the script and his actors. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 30, 2013
1/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) "Like the man with a hammer to whom every problem looks like a nail, to Nolan and Goyer, every superhero universe apparently looks like Gotham City. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 21, 2013
3/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) "The whole is less than the sum of its parts, though some parts (especially Blanchett's performance) are well worth watching. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/5 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) "The movie works mainly due to its acting. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) "It's not as tense as Gravity, but just as suspenseful, and almost as exhilarating. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4/5 99% Wadjda (2013) "The movie ends on a highly emotional note that might easily have tipped over into bathos. But Al-Mansour knows her stuff -- she earns her emotion honestly. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Dec 10, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) "Like the movie itself, Bullock is brilliant, taking us inch by inch through Stone's alternating panic, despair, hope and hopelessness in the chaotic struggle to survive. " ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Posted Oct 3, 2013
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