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Todd VanDerWerff

Todd VanDerWerff

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 40% Bloodline: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "The first eight episodes of the season are pretty much just the characters waiting for something big to happen. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 29, 2016
91% Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 6 ""Blood of My Blood" continued the general upswing in quality Game of Thrones season six has undergone since it shuttled Ramsay Bolton offstage. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 29, 2016
1/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "One of the more unnecessary sequels in an age of unnecessary sequels. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 27, 2016
94% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 11 "I don't want to call the episode a disappointment - it wasn't - but it did feel like a throat-clear before the push of the season's final two hours. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 26, 2016
99% Selma (2015) "Selma isn't a discrete story of one moment in time that we can observe safely from the sidelines. It is all around us, every day. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 23, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 5 ""The Door," continues last week's trend of feeling as if it's offering up some major, important answers on the show's mythos. And many of those revelations impact some of the show's most major characters (even more major than Hodor - sorry, Hodor). " ‐ Vox
Posted May 22, 2016
1.5/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) "Angry Birds could be gonzo; instead, it's just kinda... there. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 20, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 10 "So much of what happens on The Americans is predicated on plans running perfectly, but they so rarely do. That gives "Munchkins" a feeling of bleak comedy, right alongside its tragic undertones. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 19, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 4 "It packs in dramatic reversals, new alliances, and the death of a once major character. It is, in other words, a pretty solid installment of the show, and the first episode of the season that really feels like prime Game of Thrones. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 15, 2016
2.5/5 56% Money Monster (2016) "Money Monster... is a slick piece of work. But like many slick pieces of work, it's ultimately hollow. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 13, 2016
96% Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 3 ""Oathbreaker" is a crisp, lean, nicely paced episode of Game of Thrones. It's one of those episodes where the characters are mostly being positioned for future episodes, but it's a solidly executed version of that basic template. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 8, 2016
4/5 89% Grace and Frankie: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "It's mostly an excuse to watch talented, older actors enact quiet tales of what life is like once reach your twilight years. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 8, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 8 ""The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears" is one of the best episodes The Americans has ever produced. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 5, 2016
100% Flowers: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Even its fans will occasionally feel that it is testing the limits of their affections. But I found Flowers worthwhile all the same. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 4, 2016
91% Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 2 ""Home" is an improvement on the listless sixth season premiere of Game of Thrones. Unlike that episode, things actually move forward - if abruptly at times - and several major story points are put into play, perhaps earlier than fans might have expected. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 1, 2016
3.5/5 77% Keanu (2016) "Keanu just wants to give you a fun night at the movies, and it succeeds at that admirable task. But Key and Peele aimed so much higher on their TV show that it's not hard to want to see them rewrite the rules of film comedy, too. " ‐ Vox
Posted May 1, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 7 "This is some bleak stuff. Even as the episode is a master class in tension and suspense, it's telling a parallel story about marriage and infidelity. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 28, 2016
92% Game of Thrones: Season 6 (TV, 2016) ""The Red Woman" is an all-out celebration of the idea that if your champion is dead, the only person who might be able to bring him back is a woman. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 25, 2016
92% Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 1 ""The Red Woman" is an all-out celebration of the idea that if your champion is dead, the only person who might be able to bring him back is a woman. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 24, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 6 "Martha has realized her life is no longer her own. She was cornered ages ago, and this episode is all of the devastating fallout. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4.5/5 90% Green Room (2016) "Somewhere in its black little heart, it has something interesting to say about human resiliency and the reckless moral code of youth. And at just over 90 minutes, it never overstays its welcome. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 18, 2016
93% Underground: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Underground is not a perfect show, but it's one that makes me want everybody else to be better. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 18, 2016
4/5 83% 12 Monkeys: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "Every episode includes some moment of such sweeping grandeur and philosophical heft that I remember, instantly, why I do ultimately love this series, flaws and all. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 18, 2016
4/5 62% 12 Monkeys: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Though 12 Monkeys is deeply silly, with the sort of goofy, time-stream-altering shenanigans you'd expect from a time travel show, it's also haunted and sad, riven with grief, as befits a show set in part after an apocalyptic plague. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 18, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 5 ""Chloramphenicol" and "Clark's Place" function rather neatly as mirrors of each other, with Nina's death and Martha's potentially blown cover acting as ways to push the story to a new place. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/5 19% The Boss (2016) "It doesn't have a story beyond, "What if Melissa McCarthy played the boss?" That it almost succeeds is a testament to her strengths as a performer and the rest of the game ensemble cast. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3.5/5 75% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 1 "A big step up from a first season I already enjoyed. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3.5/5 72% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "I think the second season of Fear the Walking Dead is a big step up from a first season I already enjoyed. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 8, 2016
B+ 100% White Collar: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2011) "I'd wager it was one of the most fun episodes of TV I've seen this summer. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 7, 2016
5/5 88% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "At once brilliantly structured and seemingly effortless. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 7, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 4 "The ending of "Chloramphenicol" is like a giant weight hanging over everything else. This, too, shall come to everybody on the show. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3.5/5 53% The Ranch: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "It has the feel of a series that's just getting its legs underneath it, which could lead to great things down the road. For now, it's enjoyable enough, thanks to the way it uses the freedom afforded it by Netflix to try new things with the sitcom format. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 4, 2016
47% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 16 "Spent its first hour dramatizing all the excitement of your GPS insisting that you take a road you already know is closed, and the last half-hour sank some nicely spooky moments with a too-long monologue and a completely botched cliffhanger. " ‐ Vox
Posted Apr 4, 2016
100% The Americans: Season 4 Episode 3 "William is my favorite new character to appear on this show in quite a while... William is so dryly funny, and in a way only an Americans character could be. " ‐ Vox
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3.5/5 80% The Path: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "The Path is not a great TV show - not yet - but it's great-adjacent. " ‐ Vox
Posted Mar 31, 2016
B+ 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 10 ""Mhysa" isn't my favorite episode of the show or the season, but it's probably the strongest season finale the series has logged yet. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 29, 2016
A 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 9 "The Red Wedding is a bravura scene, but it goes so quickly... It feels like it's over within seconds, even though it takes a few minutes. It's awful and horrible and everything the sequence needed to be, and it marks a new high watermark for the series. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 29, 2016
B 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 8 "The best part of the episode involves Tyrion and Sansa's wedding, which is a long series of scenes where people get drunker and drunker and their tongues get looser and looser. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 29, 2016
B+ 81% Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 7 "Though not filled with fireworks (other than a super sweet bear fight), it nonetheless accomplishes what it sets out to do and gets the majority of the throat clearing out of the way for the season's final three episodes. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 29, 2016
4.5/5 98% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) "It's a loose, scrappy tale that blends pulpy adventure with a young woman's coming of age, and then adds a healthy dollop of mad science. " ‐ Vox
Posted Mar 29, 2016
B+ 90% Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 6 "Color me pleasantly surprised that I ended up quite enjoying "The Climb." It does nothing more than get a bunch of pieces in place for the season's final plunge but it also did a lot of necessary character work. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 28, 2016
68% The Walking Dead: Season 6 Episode 15 "An episode that exists almost entirely to get everybody out from within the safe confines of Alexandria and into the wide open, where the Saviors can round them up. It makes all of the characters seem phenomenally hot-headed and stupid. " ‐ Vox
Posted Mar 28, 2016
B+ 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 5 "It's hard to complain too much when an episode breaks down so nicely into little vignettes like this one does. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 27, 2016
A 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 4 "There are episodes of Game Of Thrones where what I most want is to make my review a long string of all-caps gibberish with exclamation points strewn throughout... and YOU NEED TO SEE THIS, YOU GUYS, OH MY GOD! " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 25, 2016
A- 95% Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 3 "His screams to close the episode end up making for one of the best cut-to-credits in recent memory, particularly when accompanied by the raucous rendition of "The Bear And The Maiden Fair" by The Hold Steady. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3/5 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "In short: If a person in your life is really excited to see this movie, it is unlikely to let them down. That's usually true of movies, but it's really true of this one. " ‐ Vox
Posted Mar 25, 2016
B+ 90% Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 2 ""Dark Wings" is still a terrifically paced episode of the show, and it's got me very excited for everything that's to follow. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 24, 2016
B 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 1 ""Valar Dohaeris," an episode that's solid TV but also feels a bit too breathless in its attempt to catch viewers up with a good two-thirds of the cast. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 22, 2016
A- 100% Game of Thrones: Season 1 Episode 10 "The ruminative material showed some of the strengths the series has developed over the book at this point in its run. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 21, 2016
A 100% Game of Thrones: Season 1 Episode 9 "While having paid attention to the series up until this point is enormously helpful in understanding everything that goes on, many of the conflicts are self-contained to the episode, and there are plenty of setups that get payoffs within the hour itself. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 21, 2016
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