Allen Adams

Allen Adams
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Allen Adams is the editor and lead culture critic for The Maine Edge, an arts/entertainment weekly based in Bangor, Maine. He has been reviewing movies for that publication for the past decade. For the past seven years, he has also done a weekly segment - called Pass the Popcorn - on the drive-time radio show Downtown with Rich Kimball. He's an actor and an improviser ... and he has been a contestant on Jeopardy!
Publications: The Maine Edge

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 97% The Velvet Underground (2021) [A]n ambitious work by a talented filmmaker who clearly sought to craft a portrait of honesty and clarity...stunning to look at, stylish and idiosyncratic in much the same manner as the subject it celebrates. And oh yeah - the music ain't half bad either. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2021
4/5 86% The Last Duel (2021) It is a movie that demands a lot of its audience...emotionally and intellectually exhausting...Yes, it is messy and overwrought at times, but it ultimately proves to be a powerful and provocative work of big-budget cinema. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2021
2/5 38% Halloween Kills (2021) [B]loody but not all that scary...neither escapes nor embraces the weight of its place in the middle of the planned trilogy. Fans of blood and brutality will get some satisfaction, but as an extension of the franchise, Halloween Kills ... doesn't. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2021
4/5 84% No Time To Die (2021) It's a bit overlong, trying to do everything it can to send Craig off in style, and while it doesn't succeed across the board, it winds up getting awfully close...No Time to Die brings this chapter to a satisfying conclusion. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
3.5/5 41% South of Heaven (2021) South of Heaven is an uneven and somewhat strange movie...And yet, it still kind of works, thanks to the willingness of the cast to get weird and go for it. I dug it, even when (or perhaps especially when) it didn't fully make sense. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
3.5/5 48% There's Someone Inside Your House (2021) [A]n interesting expression of a classic subgenre using current ideas. The cast handles its business and the filmmakers aren't afraid to get bloody. A flawed, but ultimately enjoyable effort. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
4/5 60% Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) A bit too idiosyncratic to fit the [superhero] formula. It is both too brutal and too goofy. Now, this is not to say that it is too brutal and too goofy to be enjoyable, because here's the thing - this movie is fun. Surprisingly so, honestly. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2021
2.5/5 73% The Many Saints of Newark (2021) There's some interesting stuff here, but it never coalesces, leaving longtime fans and first-time viewers alike somewhat unsatisfied...As much as it pains me to say it, I think we can probably go ahead and stop believin' now. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2021
3.5/5 72% The Guilty (2021) Making a movie like The Guilty is hard. Making it good is even harder. This trio - Fuqua, Pizzolatto and Gyllenhaal - has managed it. Again, it has its issues, but as a self-contained story (and as a showcase for Gyllenhaal), it's a success. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2021
2.5/5 30% The Addams Family 2 (2021) The Addams Family 2 doesn't quite get to where it wants to go, but winds up in a pleasant enough place...the issue is that it just isn't spooky enough. Nor does it fulfill my expectations regarding how creepy, kooky and mysterious it should be. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2021
5/5 86% The Card Counter (2021) "The Card Counter" is a thoughtful and intense character study, one that explores what it means to reckon with a deeply troubling past...aesthetically distinctive and meticulously paced. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2021
1/5 29% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) I wish that I had not been a part of watching Dear Evan Hansen. I wish I had spent that time doing something else...It will vanish from the consciousness with nary a ripple ... and very few will notice it was ever here in the first place. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2021
2/5 21% The Starling (2021) The Starling has the seeds of a good movie. More than one, maybe. Unfortunately, the way in which this was executed simply doesn't pan out. Had a few things been different, this film might have soared, but here, its wings have been clipped. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2021
4/5 75% Malignant (2021) Is it too much or just enough? Depends on your mood, I suppose...It is blood-soaked and bone-crushing weirdness that delights in pushing the envelope. Malignant certainly isn't bad, but rest assured - it is far from benign. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
4/5 47% Queenpins (2021) Thanks to the chemistry of the leads, some clever dialogue and a willingness to embrace the silly, it all clicks. It's good. Good enough, in fact, that you won't even mind paying full price. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
3.5/5 59% Cry Macho (2021) [A] surprisingly sentimental period piece, a movie that has more to say about the intersection of masculinity and emotion than you might expect from a filmmaker like Eastwood...You've seen better, but you've also seen much worse. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
3.5/5 81% Copshop (2021) The premise is ludicrous, the violence is over the top and characters are hard-boiled cartoons. But with everyone in on the joke, it stops being a joke...low-rent and loony and legitimately entertaining. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
3.5/5 86% Nightbooks (2021) Nightbooks is a reminder that kids' movies don't have to be less-than. It's got its share of scares, but also plenty of heart...Whether you're a kid or just a kid at heart, there's some fun to be had here. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
5/5 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings kicks ass...thrilling and funny and surprisingly poignant, a wonderful mélange of on-point action, drama and humor with a just-right amount of fan service and overarching story connection. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
1/5 56% Afterlife of the Party (2021) Afterlife of the Party isn't particularly funny or emotionally engaging...an empty vessel, a placeholder of a film that feels made up to be a punchline in a TV show about the entertainment industry. Only this is sadly, inexplicably real. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
2/5 42% Cinderella (2021) Perhaps the most damning thing regarding "Cinderella" is how fundamentally unnecessary it feels...But at least it has a happy ending, in that you might well be glad when it's over. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
4/5 78% Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed (2021) A quick, quality film - Bob Ross wouldn't have had it any other way. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
4.5/5 84% Candyman (2021) You can watch [Candyman] as a straightforward horror movie and get what you want. You can watch it as a thoughtful piece of societal commentary and get what you want. Or you can watch it as both, embracing both the medium and the message. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
3.5/5 60% Vacation Friends (2021) It might not be a five-star experience, but Vacation Friends is worth the trip. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
1/5 31% He's All That (2021) [A] sterile and uninteresting film, one that is not, in fact, all that. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
5/5 71% Annette (2021) Annette is an undeniably challenging film...profound and profane, a surreal journey into a very particular heart of darkness. In the end, you may love it, you may hate it, but you will almost certainly never forget it. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
2.5/5 37% Reminiscence (2021) [Reminiscence] leaves you remembering other, better films and wondering about what might have been - oddly ironic for a story where the toxicity of nostalgia is a central tenet...This film steeped in memory ultimately proves sadly forgettable. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
2.5/5 21% Sweet Girl (2021) Sweet Girl is the kind of movie we should probably expect from Momoa between aquatic Aquaman adventures, a serviceable action flick...straightforward and generally unexciting. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
4.5/5 80% Free Guy (2021) [C]artoonishly violent and funny and quite a bit smarter than it needed to be, a love letter to the gaming world that also delights in skewering that same world. Free Guy is well worth the price. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
3.5/5 67% Respect (2021) On its own merits, Respect is a fine, albeit formulaic music biopic. However, thanks to an outstanding centerpiece performance by Jennifer Hudson, it becomes something far better - and far more memorable - than it might otherwise have been. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
2/5 46% Beckett (2021) [A] thriller lacking thrills, an action movie short on action. With pedestrian direction and a script that is both thin and convoluted, Beckett never stood a chance. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
5/5 90% The Suicide Squad (2021) The Suicide Squad is brutal, funny and brutally funny, illustrative of the possibilities that develop when comic book cinema doesn't take itself quite so seriously. All in all, it's a hell of a good time. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
4/5 93% Val (2021) Val is an interesting dichotomy ... equal parts self-aware and self-mythologizing; the juxtaposition of the person he was and the person he is results in a film that is compelling, darkly funny and - at times - deeply sad. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
4/5 86% Vivo (2021) Vivo is a brightly-colored good time, bouncy and buoyant ... not a great movie, but it's a good one - the kind of movie that has a little something for everyone. You could do a heck of a lot worse. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
3/5 36% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) [L]ikely isn't as good as the studios hoped it would be. But neither is it as bad as I feared it would be. These days, decent is a pretty solid start ...Snake Eyes may not have rolled a winner, but at least it didn't crap out. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
3.5/5 50% Old (2021) Old is an imperfect movie, one with its share of lows. However, those lows are outnumbered by the highs ... unsettling and creepy, beautifully shot and weirdly visceral. You know - an M. Night Shyamalan film. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
5/5 88% The Green Knight (2021) [The Green Knight] was a sumptuous visual feast, an aesthetic wonder...beautiful to look at, compelling and chilling, bringing forth a sense of grounded fantasy that isn't quite like anything I've seen before. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
3.5/5 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) [F]or those who like popcorn-munching adventure fare, you could do worse, particularly when you have a central pairing like The Rock and Emily Blunt bantering and brawling their way through the film's center. It's fun, and sometimes, that's all you need. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
4/5 75% Stillwater (2021) [A] perfectly fine film that is elevated to something more courtesy of an absolutely masterful central performance. It's a story of a man's crusade to undo a perceived wrong, even though he likely isn't fully up to the task. Stillwater runs deep. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
2/5 26% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) While a film like this doesn't HAVE to be joke-a-minute (though if you've got some of the funniest characters in the last century of pop culture, maybe it should be), it should at least be consistently funny. And this isn't. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
4/5 58% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) This is a vivid and engaging action offering...clever and violent and more than a little weird - a combination after my own heart. It might not work for everyone, but Gunpowder Milkshake definitely brought this boy to the yard. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
1.5/5 49% Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) Ultimately, when it comes to Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, no one wins. Least of all, the audience. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
5/5 91% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Roadrunner is a dense, intimate portrait of a brilliant, troubled man gone too soon. It digs into the essence of who he was and why he was so beloved by everyone close to him. Everyone, that is, save himself. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
4/5 79% Black Widow (2021) Black Widow isn't the best MCU movie. It's not really in the top tier, really. And it doesn't offer as many broader connections as we might like. But as far as popcorn-munching action-packed cinematic adventures go, you could do a lot worse. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
5/5 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Summer of Soul is one of those films that just hits differently...as good a movie as you're likely to see this summer. It is thoughtful and thought-provoking, and - of course - the music SLAPS. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
5/5 92% No Sudden Move (2020) No Sudden Move probably isn't pantheon Soderbergh, but it fits in nicely in the tier just below the tip-top...a smart, complex heist movie...on the movie or in the movie, no one puts a crew together quite like Steven Soderbergh. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
5/5 88% Zola (2021) [A] bleak and hilarious story, one whose based-in-reality bona fides strain credulity - in a good way...It is smart and funny and unrelentingly weird, a sharp and surreal journey. Much like its inspiration, Zola is unequivocally one of a kind. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
2/5 52% The Tomorrow War (2021) The filmmakers have liberally cribbed from a number of sources, resulting in a movie that feels both piecemeal and formulaic. You've seen it all before - and what you saw before was probably better. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
2.5/5 35% America: The Motion Picture (2021) [A]n idiotic curio of a very specific time in American culture. It is loud and broad and willfully stupid even as it hints at some deeper meaning that simply isn't there. It's dumb as hell ... and I, much as I hate to admit it, had a hell of a time. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
3.5/5 59% F9 (2021) I cannot in good conscience tell you that this movie is good. It is not. However, there is no denying this movie is great fun to watch...Yes, it's loud and stupid, but sometimes, loud and stupid is all you want. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021