Mathew DeKinder

Mathew DeKinder

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Total Reviews:
243

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 243
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 61% 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 93% 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 73% 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
3/5 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " 'Sea of Monsters' knows exactly what kind of movie it is and when it was over I left fully willing to sit through another Percy Jackson movie. " — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 7, 2013
3/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " Again, this sucker's just solid. The pacing is good, there are some laughs, there's some action and the plot holes aren't so egregious as to insult your intelligence." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Aug 2, 2013
2/5 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " The only real positive I can take away from this movie is that a lot of people I like got paid because of it. " — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 93% Still Mine (2013) " This movie does not work without Cromwell; plain and simple." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 26, 2013
4.5/5 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " 'Fruitvale Station' is a movie people are going to be talking about and it's a conversation you don't want to be left out of." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3.5/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " What I do know is this: I had a thoroughly enjoyable time watching "The Way, Way Back" and Sam Rockwell needs to be in more movies (although I kinda knew that beforehand)." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 19, 2013
3/5 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " Ultimately, "Crystal Fairy" is a film about redemption and what's great about movies is that you only have to spend an hour and a half with these oblivious people before they get it." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 19, 2013
2.5/5 67% Turbo (2013) " "Turbo" dutifully follows this blueprint and therefore never strives to be anything more than satisfactory, middle-of-the-road, family entertainment." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 17, 2013
3.5/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " But whatever, this movie has giant robots fighting giant monsters! Bam! Pow! When the chips are down, del Toro delivers the goods as he holds literally nothing back in this all-out sensory assault." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 12, 2013
2/5 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " This slapdash effort just doesn't cut it, which makes me wonder if the Ranger wouldn't have been better off remaining in those thrilling days of yesteryear." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jul 3, 2013
2/5 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " My biggest problem with this movie is the choice to make Scahill the star of the show instead of the basic, disturbing facts." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/5 65% The Heat (2013) " Not only is this movie destined to be the comedy hit of the summer, but it is also pound-for-pound the funniest movie to come along since the original 'The Hangover.'" — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3.5/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " When dealing with a subject so shallow and petty, it's pretty hard to dig as deep as Coppola tries to. If you're looking for profundity, you're not going to find it in the Hollywood Hills." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 21, 2013
4/5 78% Monsters University (2013) " 'Monster's University' is not worthy of being counted in the studio's gilded pantheon of classics, but it is still, by far, the best family film to come out this year and one of the better overall movies of a (to-date) lackluster 2013." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) " Tying this all together is Pitt whose steady, determined performance helps ground this ridiculous movie and give it an air of credibility it would otherwise be desperately clawing for." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3.5/5 55% Man of Steel (2013) " 'Man of Steel' is at its best when living, breathing actors share the screen and, in spite of any shortcomings, this movie is still leaps and bounds better than the dull and quickly forgotten 'Superman Returns.'" — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2.5/5 38% The Purge (2013) " As it stands now it is merely a movie that desperately wants to say something important and profound, but the best it can come up with is "Boo!"" — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Jun 7, 2013
1.5/5 11% After Earth (2013) " "After Earth" is a clunky sci-fi tale that is surprisingly dull and filled with a lot of unfortunate creative choices." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 31, 2013
3.5/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " "Frances Ha" is about the inevitability of adulthood; it can be postponed, but it can't be avoided. " — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 24, 2013
2.5/5 64% Epic (2013) " The biggest problem with "Epic" is that it doesn't present a world that feels wondrous and ancient and lived in, but instead gives us a world that feels like it was workshopped over a long lunch meeting." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 24, 2013
2/5 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " I suppose you have to give "The Hangover Part III" credit for at least trying to be a little different, but the reality is that it hardly had any chance at all of being any good." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 24, 2013
3/5 54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " At any rate "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" is an interesting movie with some interesting performances, it's just too unwieldy for its own good." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 10, 2013
1.5/5 35% Peeples (2013) " The much larger problem with "Peeples" is that it is a mess of a comedy that struggles to find any consistent tone, characters or laughs." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 10, 2013
4/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " While this all sounds like the makings of one big train-wreck, Luhrmann's cinematic frivolity is right at home with the careless excess of the idle rich of the era." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 10, 2013
3.5/5 65% Starbuck (2013) " The other reason "Starbuck" succeeds as a movie is that it goes more for the heart than for the big laughs. " — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 3, 2013
4/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Let the other superheroes fret over the state of civilization, Iron Man just wants you to have fun and from the look of things there are no signs of rust to slow him down." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 3, 2013
3/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " Much like a stiff drink at the end of a long day, "The Angels' Share" gets the job done, but you're probably not going to remember it in the morning." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted May 3, 2013
3.5/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " The movie stars Tom Cruise, which is probably what will lead people to misguidedly expect many explosions and a great deal of running." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 19, 2013
3/5 81% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " I absolutely loved "The Place Beyond the Pines" right up until I hated it." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3.5/5 79% 42 (2013) " I found myself satisfied with the fact that "42" is merely a good movie because Robinson's story is so profoundly important, not just in baseball history, but in the scope of American history as well." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3.5/5 91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " What makes this movie unique is that it holds literally everyone in the film accountable for the unfortunate goings on." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 5, 2013
5/5 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " But really, what makes "Jurassic Park" great is that it is a Steven-Spielberg-master-class in constructing action set-pieces. " — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Apr 5, 2013
3.5/5 80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " Ginger's teen angst could have easily become mopey or self-righteous, but Fanning stays true to the heart of her character even as her world is crumbling around her." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 29, 2013
1/5 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " In fact, I spent most of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" wishing I was watching a movie where Blind Master RZA and Warden Walton Goggins open up a detective agency together." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 28, 2013
3.5/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " In the end, this movie is not exactly magical, but it does have enough tricks up its sleeve to make it worth the price of admission." — Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Posted Mar 15, 2013
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