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Lawrence Toppman

Lawrence Toppman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 96% Amy (2015) "The film could be used as a primer for anyone who wants to prove drugs and alcohol destroy you when used in excess. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 9, 2015
C+ 55% Minions (2015) "The new team thinks that if mayhem is funny, five times the mayhem will be five times as hilarious. That's not how movie math works, and too many scenes spin out of control. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 9, 2015
B 81% The Overnight (2015) "Brice stops his story just before it becomes redundant - most filmmakers these days can't say that - and although I didn't believe the outrageous next-to-last scene, he caps it with a laugh-out-loud joke. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 2, 2015
C- 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Except for Clarke, who walks an ambiguous line between heroism and sinister monomania, only Big Arnie leaves the slightest impression after the credits roll. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 30, 2015
D- 52% Saint Laurent (2015) "Before seeing "Saint Laurent," I had never spent 2 1/2 hours with a person and known or cared so little about him. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 25, 2015
A- 83% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "This sounds like an "After-School Special," but it's neither painfully earnest nor preachy. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 25, 2015
B- 46% Ted 2 (2015) "MacFarlane mines this lode for just enough gold to keep us interested one more time, and his holdings have now played out. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 24, 2015
A 98% Inside Out (2015) "Pixar has never made a better animated film. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 17, 2015
C 71% Jurassic World (2015) "The team of four writers supplies one surprise, and you'll wait 90 minutes to see it. Before and afterward, stereotypical genre characters get trotted out. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 10, 2015
B- 32% Entourage (2015) "A lazily entertaining (if unmemorable) movie about a novice director trying to succeed with his pals in the movie industry. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 4, 2015
C- 20% Aloha (2015) "What happened to Cameron Crowe? " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 28, 2015
D+ 50% San Andreas (2015) "On the positive side: impressive special effects. On the negative side: pretty much everything else. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 28, 2015
B- 52% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) "A woman whose casino is floundering financially and a daughter whose marriage has foundered both come to rely on the same attorney, one for advice and one for love. But what are his motives? " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 21, 2015
B 49% Tomorrowland (2015) "The movie leaves a bunch of questions unanswered but rockets ahead in such entertaining style that I scarcely minded. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 21, 2015
B+ 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Miller, whose 1979 picture of the same name was the first worldwide hit in the Australian film revival of the '70s, has topped himself with a version that has maybe half the emotion but twice the visual impact. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 14, 2015
B- 86% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "This cross between Danielle Steel and Masterpiece Theatre will find its audience (and should), yet something's missing. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 14, 2015
A- 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "Co-directors Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado have made a beautiful film about a beautiful man who took both beautiful and intentionally unbeautiful pictures. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 7, 2015
B+ 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "The movie's brain quickly catches up with its big body, and writer-director Joss Whedon tops his 2012 outing with a more emotional sequel. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 29, 2015
A- 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Alex Garland's directorial debut ranks among my favorite movies this year. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 24, 2015
B 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "Before the script by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios yields to a Hollywood-style ending that doesn't fit, it makes poignant points about the futility of combat (especially World War I, the most meaningless war of the last century). " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 24, 2015
C+ 84% While We're Young (2015) "I wondered if writer-director Noah Baumbach couldn't decide about his own project, because he switches gears dramatically midway. I responded more strongly to the film he started to make than the one he ended with. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B+ 97% Red Army (2015) "A fresh take on the material. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 20, 2015
A- 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "Smooth, subtle and continually disturbing. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 20, 2015
A 99% Leviathan (2014) "This and Zvyagintsev's three previous films -- The Return, The Banishment and the underrated "Elena -- consistently convey quiet menace, as characters likable and unlikable move inexorably toward suffering. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 12, 2015
A 84% Cinderella (2015) "Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" does something extraordinarily rare among fairy-tale adaptations: It leaves out nothing we want and adds nothing we don't. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 11, 2015
B 11% Unfinished Business (2015) "The three leads balance each other especially well: Vaughn's ironic vulnerability and Wilkinson's pained earnestness set off Franco's shy optimism. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 6, 2015
C 31% Chappie (2015) "Blomkamp revs the pace up to keep weaknesses from showing, but that doesn't work. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 6, 2015
B 57% Focus (2015) "Ficarra and Requa direct some fascinating sequences, including a long, brisk montage of illegal acts that shows us how Nicky's team operates. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 27, 2015
A- 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Turner's great oils and watercolors... seem indistinct at first but consist of a wealth of details that eventually merge into a clear picture. Leigh's movie does the same, building a full portrait from a series of vignettes. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 19, 2015
B 75% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) ""Kingsman: The Secret Service" holds many surprises: all inventive, some comical, most intentionally silly, a few horrifically and gratuitously violent. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 12, 2015
B+ 88% Still Alice (2015) "This thoughtful movie ... raises an issue any of us might face. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 12, 2015
D- 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "We're constantly told in life that women long for humor, tenderness and honesty, yet that doesn't seem to be the case here. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 12, 2015
A- 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) "A picture that clicks on all cylinders. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 12, 2015
A 100% Mysteries Of The Unseen World (2013) "Whether creating images in a computer or capturing them with a camera, [cinematographer Sean MacLeod Phillips] has turned out the most visually captivating movie I've seen in a long time. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 5, 2015
A- 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "This may sound dull, but it isn't. The Dardennes know how to tell low-key stories effectively, and Cotillard's Oscar-nominated performance builds toward the unexpected ending. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 5, 2015
C- 13% Seventh Son (2015) "Though the film sat in drydock for a year, partly so technicians could convert it to 3-D, it looks as dull as it sounds. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 5, 2015
D 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "At this point, praising the Wachowski siblings as "creators of The Matrix" is like pointing to the boozy, pot-bellied ex-quarterback at a 15th reunion and saying, "Remember that great touchdown pass he threw our senior year?" " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 5, 2015
C 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Chandor merely seems to be making points about corruption, not making people come to life. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 29, 2015
B 27% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "The razor-sharp Hart and vague, fluffy Gad make an appealing couple. If we can't believe these characters could really be friends, we can live for 101 minutes in a world where they do. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
B+ 72% American Sniper (2015) "At 84, Clint Eastwood has directed one of his most understated, fast-paced pictures. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
A- 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) ""The Fault in Our Stars" beautifully captures the hesitancy, shyness masked by outward confidence, feelings of unworthiness and quiet intensity of teenagers in love. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 6, 2015
A 90% The Imitation Game (2014) "This suspenseful drama reveals pieces of its puzzle steadily and slowly, until the final heartrending picture can be seen at last. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 4, 2015
B+ 98% The Babadook (2014) "Few male directors could've conveyed Amelia's wretched state without making her seem hideous or shown Sam's deep anger without making him unlikable. Kent has done both and left us to decide exactly what we think about this troubled [relationship]. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 3, 2015
A 98% Boyhood (2014) "There's not a great theme, a great performance or even a great scene in Boyhood. But I think it might be a great picture. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 2, 2015
D 72% Big Eyes (2014) "Burton has always paid tribute to artistic misfits in his movies, from self-deluded film auteur Ed Wood to blade-fingered sculptor Edward Scissorhands. But I don't think he's made a film with such contempt for everyone in it, except the main character. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 2, 2015
C 51% Unbroken (2014) "Four Oscar-nominated screenwriters -- Joel and Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson -- took a shot at the screenplay, which remains stubbornly bland. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 2, 2015
B 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Carell's acting has been rightly praised, though it consists mostly of staring at people with an unfathomable, piercing gaze; Miller aims for maximum creepiness, and Carell delivers it. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Dec 19, 2014
B- 60% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "The Hobbit concludes as it began: in a welter of continuous action, with characters who have become archetypes but seldom rise above that level, and with a host of ideas J.R.R. Tolkien didn't put into his short novel. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Dec 16, 2014
B+ 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "Jones plays her with quiet determination and suppressed strong feelings. Her fine performance never gets eclipsed by Redmayne's, though he's given the inevitably showier role. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 27, 2014
B- 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "The dialogue, which seems improvised at times, goes by like blazes, and we keep our ears cocked to catch the tossed-off and often overlapping comments. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 26, 2014
B 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "This installment substitutes psychological action for physical thrills. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 21, 2014
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