Mathew DeKinder

Mathew DeKinder

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " ('Age of Ultron') is, to paraphrase an old saying, 10 pounds of movie in a five-pound bag. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 2, 2015
3/5 61% The Water Diviner (2015) " 'The Water Diviner' may not be perfect, but for a guy dabbling in a different career, it's a pretty good start. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3.5/5 50% True Story (2015) " 'True Story' is about how far a person can bend the truth before it breaks and how devastating it can be when it finally gives way. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 18, 2015
2.5/5 82% Furious 7 (2015) " This whole series is little more than adolescent boy wish fulfillment; and as a former adolescent boy that is cool with me. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 3, 2015
2.5/5 46% Home (2015) " Again, there is nothing all that terrible about this movie (unless you find Parsons' voice to be grating, then you are in big trouble) but you might be overwhelmed by its averageness. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 3, 2015
2.5/5 29% Get Hard (2015) " I laughed quite a bit at this movie ... but, at the same time, it felt like it left a lot on the table resulting in a film that is merely a shell of what it could have been. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 3, 2015
4/5 84% Cinderella (2015) " This movie is proof that sometimes the best way to play it is straight. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/5 61% Run All Night (2015) " ('Run All Night') is formulaic to the point of boredom. It's kind of like watching a football game where you already know the final score. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/5 30% Chappie (2015) " With 'Chappie,' Blomkamp doesn't have a lot to say, which leaves us with a movie that is all shell and no heart. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1/5 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) " And just when things are poised to get interesting, the movie goes nowhere really, really fast. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3.5/5 56% Focus (2015) " The first half of 'Focus' is close to flawless as it slickly delivers laughs and tense set pieces that more than pay off. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2.5/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " I guess what I found to be so surprising is how a movie about weird, erotic, passionate sex could wind up being so dull. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " This movie is a whole lot of fun, especially to be treasured by movie nerds (references galore) and action aficionados (a few of the sequences, while not revolutionary, will still leave you breathless). " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2.5/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " You have to hand it to the Wachowskis, even when they don't quite pull it off, they fail in new and interesting ways. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Feb 7, 2015
2/5 37% Black or White (2015) " Even when well-intentioned - which I believe this movie is - broad, sweeping, can't-we-all-just-get-along moralizing only opens the door for cringe-worthy moments, which this movie has plenty of. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jan 30, 2015
4/5 73% American Sniper (2015) " Eastwood leaves a lot on the table when the big, difficult questions come up, but when the bombs start exploding, this movie is locked in and purposeful. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jan 24, 2015
3.5/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) " With so little at stake and a plot that only kind-of-sort-of makes any sense, what Anderson has accomplished is the cinematic equivalent of being stoned (or so I'm told). " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jan 10, 2015
3/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " 'Battle of the Five Armies' is the least of the six movies, as it features one extended, cacophonous assault where our hero Bilbo (Martin Freeman) hardly factors into the action at all. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jan 10, 2015
3/5 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " Ridley Scott only barely manages to pull this off by playing the spectacle card with 'Exodus: Gods and Kings.' " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Dec 14, 2014
90% Tangled (2010) " Look, there's nothing revolutionary or mind-blowing about Tangled. In fact, what makes it great is how unoriginal it is. This is tried-and-true moviemaking and Disney doing what it does best. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " In many ways, 'The Theory of Everything' is a celebration of life in all of its beauty and sadness. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3.5/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " The vast majority of credit for 'The Hunger Games' franchise should go to the cast, and most importantly to Jennifer Lawrence, without whom this sucker would surely crash and burn. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3.5/5 75% Rosewater (2014) " 'Rosewater' is a decent enough film, but one that doesn't really tell us anything that we didn't already know. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 15, 2014
4.5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " 'Interstellar' is really great science fiction. It tugs at our heartstrings while exploring our humanity, and at the same time it blows our minds with the wonders and complexities of intergalactic space travel. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 9, 2014
2/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " "Before I Go to Sleep" is a flimsy, disposable movie that's only positive is it allowed a couple of decent actors to draw a paycheck. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 2, 2014
4.5/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " If you squint you can see this film as a satire, but then that betrays what a fantastic, atmospheric thriller "Nightcrawler" is at heart. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Nov 2, 2014
5/5 93% Birdman (2014) " "Birdman" is a film-lover's dream, as it gives you everything you love about movies and then mocks the rest. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3.5/5 86% The Blue Room (2014) " This is a slight movie with an efficient 76-minute runtime, but it never seems to find the higher gear it is searching for. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 24, 2014
4/5 92% Dear White People (2014) " "Dear White People" may not be the best movie of the year, but it just might be the most important. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/5 82% The Book of Life (2014) " What might be most refreshing about "Book of Life" is that it comes from a distinct cultural viewpoint without being pandering or whitewashing its ethnic origins. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3.5/5 77% Fury (2014) " "Fury" is a well-made, finely-acted movie that suffers only from being not particularly insightful or original. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 17, 2014
4/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) " Finally with 'St. Vincent' we are getting some full, unadulterated Bill Murray in a fun little movie that tugs at your heartstrings without triggering your gag reflex. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 17, 2014
1/5 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) " This movie has all the wit and subtlety of an afterschool special as Reitman is practically screaming with all the earnestness and righteousness he can muster, "This is how people live now!" " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3.5/5 62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " 'Alexander' feels like a throwback in a lot of ways by being nothing more than an enjoyable time for kids and parents to spend together at the movies. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 92% Pride (2014) " 'Pride' smartly gets out of its own way and lets the story of these determined and courageous individuals stand for itself. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4.5/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) " In the end, 'Gone Girl' echoes what experience has taught, in that with marriage you think you are getting what you desire when in reality you are getting what you deserve. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 88% The Good Lie (2014) " That's why "The Good Lie," in spite of all its good intentions, is so frustrating. It is a story that deserves much more than such a bland, flat retelling. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/5 61% The Equalizer (2014) " This is a celebration of Denzel punching people and blowing stuff up. Everything else is gravy. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Sep 26, 2014
75% The Boxtrolls (2014) " Laika is back at it with The Boxtrolls, an odd little fable that might be their strangest outing yet. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2.5/5 62% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" winds up being a frustrating movie-going experience. You just aren't sure if you are watching the movie's best possible version of itself. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2.5/5 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " Because it is packed, packed I say, with so many talented, likable actors who have gamely committed to this hot mess, the movie becomes enjoyable in spite of itself. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3.5/5 29% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) " While this movie is a fairly middling biopic, it is actually a much more fascinating look at the trappings of fame, show business and celebrity culture. In short, Flynn is the least interesting part of this movie. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Sep 5, 2014
4/5 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " In a summer full of sequels, who would have thought one of the best ones would feature two British comedians having even more conversations over dinner? " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 35% The November Man (2014) " 'The November Man' has its share of problems, but Brosnan totally nails the mix of world-weary and action-junkie that makes his character fun to watch even as the plot is wildly careening around hairpin curves of logic. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " It's always fun to get more of something you love, but at the same time you can understand why you didn't see any of this the first time around. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 36% If I Stay (2014) " 'If I Stay' is just good enough to satisfy anyone who goes to the movies looking for a good cry and just interesting enough so that the rest of us aren't crying out of boredom. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Stallone gives the people what they want and doesn't strive for anything more. That's about as admirable as brainless action movies get and I'm going to take it. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 36% The Giver (2014) " You can tell why the source material is considered entry-level literature assigned to middle schoolers as the gravitas of Bridges and Streep are the only thing that keeps this movie from blowing away into the ether. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/5 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " As a product, this sucker is assembly-line perfection which is fine if you're buying a pair of sneakers or a stereo, but for a movie, it is a little bit soul-crushing. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 8, 2014
1.5/5 22% Into The Storm (2014) " As great as the special effects may be, if you aren't buying the performances ... then what you are left with is a glorified Weather Channel documentary. " ‐ Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 8, 2014
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