Mathew DeKinder

Mathew DeKinder

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Total Reviews:
228

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 71% Oculus (2014) " There's some quality stuff here and genre fans should be pleased, but 'Oculus' left a lot of good cards on the table." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 15, 2014
2.5/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " In spite of some sloppiness this movie earns a lot of good will for having its heart in the right place. " — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " What's really great about 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is that it feels like its own fully realized movie and not just a bridge to the next superhero extravaganza." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 22% Sabotage (2014) " 'Sabotage' violates a cardinal rule everyone understood in the 1980s: if you are going to have a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger don't surround him with actors that are better than he is." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/5 44% The Face of Love (2014) " The real takeaway here is how good Bening and Harris are, especially at an age when Hollywood starts putting actors out to pasture with supporting roles and bit parts." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Just like its namesake, there is something outrageously regal about the movie 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' that makes it a warm and exciting place to check into." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3.5/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " When the Muppets do their thing and do it well, like they do in 'Muppets Most Wanted,' it's like mixing chocolate with peanut butter. I don't have to tell you how good it is because you already know." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 24, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " The downside to the rest of the movie being such a hot mess is that as jaw-dropping as it is, it's impossible to care about all of the automotive carnage." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/5 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " It is in this moment that 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me' becomes not only a guidebook on how to age gracefully and boldly but a perfect illustration on what drives performers to perform." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2.5/5 24% Pompeii (2014) " It's all as ridiculous as you'd expect, but the special effects are pretty decent and the sword fights are all moderately exciting, so that counts as a good day at the office for a film like 'Pompeii.'" — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3.5/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " 'The Monuments Men' feels like it could have easily come out in 1957 and starred Jimmy Stewart, Lee Marvin and James Mason." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " Reitman usually has a sharp focus and a clear, almost satirical voice. Maybe that's why his wandering around in a sun-dappled New England melodrama feels so disjointed and unnatural." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jan 31, 2014
1.5/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " Science has reached the limits of what the buddy-cop movie can teach us." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jan 17, 2014
5/5 94% Her (2014) " Phoenix is a revelation in this film as he reveals so many layers of vulnerability that if he was standing in the lobby after the movie, you'd want to go give him a hug." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " 'August: Osage County' is not a bad movie, it's just disappointing for simply being good when there is so much potential greatness just lying around. " — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/5 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " As war movies go, it's effectively disorienting and gets the job done, but it doesn't even dare to try to go above and beyond." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " As a movie, it's not all that powerful or insightful beyond the basic facts (which are plenty powerful and insightful on their own) but that's not really the point. " — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Dec 26, 2013
4.5/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " It reminds us that every movie, book or song we every loved once belonged to just one person, who was bold enough to share it with the rest of the world. This movie made me grateful for all of them." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " "Inside Llewyn Davis" is precisely crafted, but ultimately cold and while it's easy to admire, it's hard to love - sort of like a Dutch oil painting." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Dec 20, 2013
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " The most important thing to know is that the legend is preserved and it's only going to grow." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " 'Out of the Furnace' plays around a lot with themes of revenge and redemption and really wants to get to the heart of some profound truth, but it mostly just winds up spinning its tires." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3.5/5 89% Frozen (2013) " What's great about 'Frozen' is how these sisters are able to save themselves and while Snow White couldn't find her way out of a dimly lit room, Anna and Elsa are able to learn and grow and find love and happiness on their own terms." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 28, 2013
4/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " 'Nebraska' works for a lot of reasons, but most of it has to do with the performances." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 28, 2013
3/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " So is there anything new we can learn from 'Delivery Man' that we didn't already learn in 'Starbuck?' I guess a lot of that hinges on how you feel about Vaughn." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " At a time when cinematic-action-extravaganzas feature the wanton destruction of cities and digital body-counts that are impossible to calculate, 'Catching Fire' inhabits a world where death and violence have consequence." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/5 46% The Book Thief (2013) " The film is compelling, well-acted and has some inspired moments, but it feels a little too measured and overtly sentimental for the weighty subject-matter it has taken on." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Props to McConaughey for overcoming some bad career choices and the perils of superstardom (naked bongos anyone?) and becoming an actor fully aware of his strengths and weaknesses." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " You would think a movie packed with scenes like "Redford repairs a hole in a boat," "Redford inventories supplies" and "Redford eats some beans out of a can" would make for tedious viewing, and yet I was transfixed." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3.5/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " The plot ... really doesn't matter all that much. The fun in this movie comes from watching this fine cast give its all to a film that truthfully is beneath each and every one of them." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2.5/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " You know when people say an actor is so good they would pay to see him read out of a phone book? 'Last Vegas' is basically giving you that opportunity." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2.5/5 18% Free Birds (2013) " There are some good gags, the cast is incredibly likable and, most importantly, it held my kids' attention the entire time." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 1, 2013
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " It is not an angry movie or a judgmental one, and this just-the-facts approach brings home the heartbreaking reality of slavery in America." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " 'The Counselor,' tries to pass itself off as a vibrant crime thriller, but unfortunately winds up being a disappointing psycho-sexual mishmash that plays out like McCarthy's Greatest Hits of gloom and doom." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2.5/5 49% Carrie (2013) " 'Carrie' is not a particularly terrible remake, but it does expose the flaws of the source material as opposed to rising above them the way the original did." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Shortcomings aside, 'The Fifth Estate' is an important movie because if you haven't been thinking about how the internet continues to alter our perceptions of governments, privacy and each other, then you really need to start." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3.5/5 63% The Summit (2013) " 'The Summit' is at its best when it tries to get to the bottom of what went wrong up on that mountain, which leads to exploring what sent these people up there in the first place." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 11, 2013
4.5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " While 'Captain Phillips' is certainly a thrilling, compelling and exceptionally well-made movie in its own right, it doesn't make it to the next level without Hanks." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 11, 2013
4/5 97% Gravity (2013) " What immediately strikes you about 'Gravity' is how real everything looks. It's easy to think you're watching an IMAX documentary instead of Bullock and Clooney playing pretend." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/5 89% Rush (2013) " There is a certain romance to men risking death for fame and glory, but try as it might this movie can't manage to dive beneath this superficial level." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3.5/5 81% Don Jon (2013) " Much like my high school geometry homework, Gordon-Levitt gets the answer right but he fails to show his work." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " Villeneuve also sprinkles in religious overtones and complex dilemmas that make this feel more like a morality play than a Hollywood thriller." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/5 29% The Family (2013) " Not that I'm opposed to some good ol' shoot-em-up violence, it's just hard to get your bearings as 'The Family' shifts frantically back and forth between giggles and gasps." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/5 58% Riddick (2013) " 'Riddick' is just the movie that space cadets have been waiting for." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Sep 6, 2013
4/5 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " Setting aside the clunky and cumbersome title, 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' is a beautifully sparse and moving film." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 30, 2013
2.5/5 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " It doesn't really have any grand message other than 'government is kind of shady,' but the microchip implanted in your brain by the NSA could have told you that." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 89% The World's End (2013) " 'The World's End' is really about the dangers of nostalgia and how you can never truly go home again, even if there hasn't been an alien invasion." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 23, 2013
4.5/5 92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " All parties involved have delivered an emotionally-thoughtful, heartfelt, funny, life-affirming movie." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3.5/5 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Ultimately, I think 'The Butler' ... represents an eagerness to look back and face the past as we try to figure out what still needs to be done to ensure a better future. " — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " 'Kick-Ass 2' is unsurprisingly more of the same and I enjoyed it nearly as much as I did the first film, although it does trend a little darker this time around at the hands of writer and director Jeff Wadlow." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 16, 2013
4/5 68% Elysium (2013) " What I find most exciting is that this is only Blomkamp's second feature and he's already staked out the promising territory of movies that look really cool and simultaneously take on challenging subject matter." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 9, 2013
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