Michael Dequina

Michael Dequina

""Let me tell you first, from the bottom of my heart, that I couldn't care less about your feelings.... I hate feeling and you can lash out at me all you want, because it only makes me stronger. You see, I'm not here for sisters... I'm here for POWER. I thirst for strength, battle skills, and determination... and when I am filled with those qualities... I will flat out destroy those who have hurt me and take back what is mine. I will find selfness when I am standing on the corpses of my enemies." --Dr. Kimberly Shaw (Marcia Cross), MELROSE PLACE"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
Although I wrote my first movie review in the 8th grade (on 1990's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES), I did not start writing reviews on a regular basis until 1991, when I became the resident critic for my high school newspaper, Long Beach Polytechnic's HIGH LIFE. It was during my HIGH LIFE tenure that I received my first recognition for my work; in 1993 and 1994 I was named "Best High School Critic in California" by the Southern California Journalism Educators Association (SCJEA). After graduation in June 1994, I effectively "retired" from the reviewing biz, only to return to the field the following April with the launch of THE MOVIE REPORT, my weekly E-mail movie newsletter. MR. BROWN'S MOVIE SITE, the WWW companion to the MR, was launched that November. In addition to my personal reviewing ventures, I write the review column "Film Flam Flummox" for MOVIE POOP SHOOT and contribute reviews to CINEMAREVIEW MAGAZINE, FILM THREAT, the AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE BOOK CLUB and EPINIONS. If I'm known for anything besides my review work and my infamous two-time rejection from UCLA film school, it's for my interest in Michael Jordan; I was Michael's chat forum host at his official site from 1998 to 1999.
Publications:
Film Threat , Movie Poop Shoot , Quick Stop Entertainment , rec.arts.movies.reviews , Reel Site , TheMovieReport.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
3126
Total QuickRatings:
441
Location:
Southern California (the LBC)

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 11% No Good Deed (2014) " One suspenseful, entertaining ride whose tense turns and thrills are further amplified when shared with an audience." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " Bonds born out of art, and specifically music, are nothing new in the movies, but Carney conveys the uniquely exhilarating romance of the creative process behind art like no other filmmaker." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3/4 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Delivers the genuinely disturbing, if not exactly groundbreaking, head-spinning horror goods." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2.5/4 —— On the Other Side of the Tracks (2014) " Neither Omar Sy's bona fide movie star presence and charisma nor his rapport with co-star Laurent Lafitte can quite elevate the film beyond harmless formula fluff." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) " As terrific as Cotillard is, Gray's coldly cerebral style keeps Ewa's plight at too far a remove." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Aug 3, 2014
3/4 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Doing what can best be described as a more extreme take on his characteristic screen persona of a colder, deadpan, oh-so-British type, Firth further amps up the condescension and arrogance to comically caustic levels." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) " These legendary stars don't disappoint in their first screen teaming, and Reiner should have trusted them more to completely take over the film a lot more quickly than he does." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Aug 3, 2014
2/4 43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " Yves Saint Laurent as portrayed in the film comes off as no deeper than a symbol, much like that familiar brand logo that dominates the key poster art." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 66% Lucy (2014) " The weirdness Besson really has in mind is decidedly uncommercial at best, inscrutably indulgent at worst." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jul 27, 2014
3/4 58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " The proper Purge film that should have been made in the first place." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jul 21, 2014
2.5/4 24% Tammy (2014) " With the laughs being fairly sporadic, Falcone's generally slack pacing is laid bare and the movie as a whole feels all the more meandering, try though McCarthy might to enliven the proceedings." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jul 19, 2014
3/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " It is frankly pointless to knock its quintessentially Bay aesthetic of massive mayhem and the equally shameless broad corniness of its humor, for all of that is clearly what the film was meant to be and dutifully delivers." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jul 19, 2014
3/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Theron's endearing rapport with MacFarlane the actor helps smooth over whenever MacFarlane the writer/director goes a little overboard with his penchant for toilet humor." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jun 7, 2014
2/4 48% Rio 2 (2014) " So much is going on here, yet nothing of consequence feels like it's *happening*." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2.5/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " How ironic--and disappointing--it is, then, that a film focused on one of the big bads for the ages is just about completely drained of menace or palpable danger." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2.5/4 12% Walk Of Shame (2014) " Banks is one fierce talent more than able to carry a film all on her own, and here's hoping the next starring vehicle makes for a much smoother and consistent ride." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 28, 2014
3/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Mann is the one who practically makes the picture, winning most of the laughs with her expert timing, quirky delivery, and general go-for-broke abandon." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 27, 2014
2/4 10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " The cast is directed to often scream at each other at the top of their lungs, making the would-be comic material all bark with little-to-no bite." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 27, 2014
2/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " The remarkably unconvincing framework makes the expected rom-com bickering feel all the more artificial and forced, which is a shame when Binoche and Owen's chemistry is anything but." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 26, 2014
2/4 13% Blended (2014) " Doesn't feel so much blended than most crudely and sloppily thrown together with minimal exertion and even less thought." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 26, 2014
3/4 —— Kochadaiiyaan 3D (2014) " The virtues and achievement of Ashwin's sincere, go-for-broke ambition manifests in not easily discounted ways--not least of which is the ever-commanding presence and conviction of South Indian cinema's singular Superstar." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 26, 2014
3/4 —— Kochadaiyaan " The virtues and achievement of Ashwin's sincere, go-for-broke ambition manifests in not easily discounted ways--not least of which is the ever-commanding presence and conviction of South Indian cinema's singular Superstar." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 26, 2014
3.5/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Captures the true essence of what has made and will make the X-Men's uncanny popularity survive and thrive in days of future and past." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 23, 2014
3/4 52% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " The audience's attachment to and investment in these people lend powerful intimacy to the large scale epic trappings." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 23, 2014
3/4 89% Locke (2014) " Tom Hardy makes a very compelling case that he could indeed make a spoken word interpretation of the white pages absolutely riveting viewing." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 20, 2014
3/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Achieves a certain emotional authenticity even as the viewer anticipates exactly which heart string will be plucked and how." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 19, 2014
3/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " Even if this Godzilla doesn't work on every level, it at least suggests that these filmmakers and this new series are well on their way to getting it completely right." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 18, 2014
2/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " Being an effective virtual babysitter isn't the same as being a satisfying entertainment." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 14, 2014
2.5/4 18% Moms' Night Out (2014) " Less outrageously hilarious than it is predictably silly, if harmlessly so." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 14, 2014
3/4 67% Flex Is Kings (2014) " Cuts deeper than the dance flick norm." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 12, 2014
3/4 —— 2 States (2014) " The next evolution of earnestly old-fashioned family-oriented melodramas, respecting the classic traditions and ideals while infusing them with more contemporary and therefore real world-relevant and relatable sensibilities." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 10, 2014
2/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " With the studio seemingly more interested in mini-Marvel-esque universe building than basic storytelling, I'll be bracing myself for another underwhelming, rather than amazing, Spider-Man." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 10, 2014
3/4 88% Chef (2014) " It's all about the all-around personality--and a distinct and appealing one indeed manifests in Favreau's writing and direction as well as, more importantly, the performances and chemistry." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " The fearlessly energetic Byrne is ready to have a breakout comic starring vehicle to call her own." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " Costner reminds just why he was, at one point in time, one of the most popular movie stars in the world, for his natural, flawed everyman relatability has never more effectively used in recent memory." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Belle's balletic badassery and RZA's amusingly eccentric criminal cooking connoisseur only go so far to enliven an underwhelming whole." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/4 —— From The Rough (2014) " Henson's performance goes a long way toward selling the uniqueness and importance of Starks and her story--which Bagley almost appears determined to flatten out in the most cookie-cutter-familiar way possible. " — TheMovieReport.com
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 68% About Last Night (2014) " Hart and Hall are downright lovable, their individual live wire comic energies even further elevated in the face of a formidable foil--and that resulting charge also translates into an appropriately volatile and exciting erotic electricity." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3/4 100% Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen Of Pointe A La Hache (2014) " Powerfully shines a much-needed and -deserved spotlight on a generations-old culture on the verge of extinction." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3/4 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " Such an appealing heroine makes it easy for anyone, existing fan or not, to be entertained by this yarn." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2.5/4 —— Gulaab Gang (2014) " Any celebration of women's brains gets lost in the glorification of their brawn." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/4 16% The Single Moms Club (2014) " The title not only succinctly sums up the basic premise, but the totality of Perry's development of it." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/4 —— Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014) " What initially begins as an appealing and rootable pair of characters, both individually and together, devolves into two rather selfish people who perhaps deserve each other for the wrong reasons." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 19, 2014
3/4 41% Divergent (2014) " All the flashy digital bells and whistles one would equate with such a scenario are kept at a startling minimum--but such a back-to-basics approach thus forces one to pay attention to the actual substance of the story and characters." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 19, 2014
2.5/4 19% Sabotage (2014) " Ayer ramps up the four-letter-word-laden trash talking to a degree of obnoxious self-parody, with what should merely be comic enhancement keeping the main mystery hook from gaining traction and building tension." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 19, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " A solid example of meat-and-potatoes popcorn filmmaking--befitting that most meat-and-potatoes of comic book heroes." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 19, 2014
3/4 100% Gunday (2014) " Seemingly disparate elements go on to organically weave together into a coherent whole as a buddy/action/crime dramedy, with some exuberant production numbers as infectious icing on the proverbial cake." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 5, 2014
4/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " That Hammer Girl uses *both* ends of her hammer equally when going about her bloody business shows how Evans consistently goes that extra mile." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 5, 2014
3/4 24% Goodbye World (2014) " Its foremost concerns of personality and ideas ring true." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Apr 1, 2014
2.5/4 72% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " Does leave a lingering impression--but more due to the nagging feeling that it never quite connects than to Jonze actually meeting his grandiose thematic ambitions." — TheMovieReport.com
Posted Jan 27, 2014
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