Mathew DeKinder

Mathew DeKinder

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Total Reviews:
245

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 43% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " 'Planes: Fire & Rescue,' the sequel nobody needed or asked for." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2.5/5 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " I want to go there with you America, I really do. I just can't." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2/5 49% Earth to Echo (2014) " 'Earth to Echo' just inoffensively drifts by; perfectly living up to its namesake as a faint reverberation of something more significant that quickly fades away." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 3, 2014
4/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " There has to be a little bit of magic in 'Begin Again;' how else can I explain getting sucked into a movie I've seen a thousand times before?" — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 2, 2014
3/5 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " 'Ivory Tower' is one of those call-to-arms documentaries that gets you fired up about a social problem and then proceeds to bum you out as it slowly reveals there is no clear solution to fix it." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 30, 2014
3.5/5 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Ultimately, this is a movie that rests on the strength of the music and the screenplay, and both are impressive enough to paper over any other shortcomings." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 22, 2014
4.5/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " A great sequel feels fresh and familiar all at the same time, which is why 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' is a great sequel." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 15, 2014
3.5/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " In many ways, this movie feels like a video game, and as anyone who has ever picked up a controller will tell you, the dude who has an infinite-lives cheat-code will eventually win the game." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " 'Cold in July' certainly gets points for trying, but the plot twists and conspiracies begin to mount beyond the point where you can comfortably suspend your disbelief." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 30, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " There are some funny moments in 'A Million Ways to Die in the West,' and a few of them are inspired, but you just keep waiting for it to find its stride and it never does." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " At least we can have moments like "Days of Future Past" where the crew that started it all can pop in and remind us of how it is supposed to be done." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 27, 2014
1.5/5 14% Blended (2014) " It's lazy and only occasionally funny, but then critically raging against an Adam Sandler movie is as futile as raging against the tides." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 24, 2014
3/5 31% God's Pocket (2014) " 'God's Pocket' revels in rolling around in the gutter with these lowlifes and while it has some interesting moments and flashes of brilliance, there's not much below the surface to justify getting our hands dirty." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 74% Godzilla (2014) " This movie is at the head of the class when it comes to giant-monster movies, as 'Godzilla' is both comfortingly familiar and excitingly fresh." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 16, 2014
2/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Look, I see what Webb is doing here and applaud him for wanting to inject a little heart into this muscle-bound genre, but he went a bit overboard and the result is death by overdose." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " There are no easy answers here which is what makes 'Finding Vivian Maier' such a compelling film. " — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 25, 2014
1.5/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " 'Transcendence' seems to be simultaneously making a case for and against technology, and while this level of ambiguity can be compelling in a good movie, in a lousy one it just winds up being frustrating." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2.5/5 74% 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 20% 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 42% 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 29% 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 32% 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 (2013) " 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 75% 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 94% 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 93% 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 35% 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
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