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Alonso Duralde

Alonso Duralde
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
13% Sleepless (2017) You could pretty much play American Police Movie bingo, checking off squares like "undercover badass," "tough-as-nails Internal Affairs lady," "bug-eyed drug kingpin," and "hero KOs guy twice his size and then magically fits into his jumpsuit." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 12, 2017
18% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) For the most part, there's little to care about: Semira surfaces as the one potential source of campy fun in the film, but she's quickly ground down by the story machinations, and the fight scenes are so choppily edited that they barely register at all. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 7, 2017
43% Gold (2017) While the movie seems to be merely another celebration of grasping capitalism and dick-swinging contests of masculinity, it's got far more up its sleeve. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 30, 2016
33% Live By Night (2017) While his Boston-based crime dramas Gone Baby Gone and The Town were lean and gritty, with no-nonsense thrills that called to mind the work of director Don Siegel, this more ambitious epic comes off as bloated and meandering. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 21, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Seems to want nothing more than for the audience to pat itself on the back because they know what Yavin 4 is: It's a fun game to play at Comic-Con, but it doesn't make for much of a movie. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 13, 2016
40% Why Him? (2016) The results are particularly cringe-worthy since they so frequently waste the talents of James Franco and Bryan Cranston, here forced to inhabit lazy generational stereotypes that never resemble legitimate human beings. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 12, 2016
92% Hidden Figures (2017) Feel-good history, but it works, and it works on behalf of heroes from a cinematically under-served community. These smart, accomplished women had the right stuff, and so does this movie. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 11, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) This is an intelligently made film about an intelligent woman, but it's also emotionally engaging; who among us wouldn't like to feel that we could persevere even if stripped of nearly everything that defines us? ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 2, 2016
82% The Founder (2017) We see Ray Kroc behave abominably, but Keaton is so naturally magnetic that the film seems to shrug, "Eh? What are ya gonna do?" rather than provide the gut-punch that this saga merits. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 29, 2016
79% Patriots Day (2017) It's not interested in why the bombers committed this act or in the mechanisms by which they were captured. Still, as a retelling of a tragedy that had moments of heroism among uniformed personnel and indefatigable civilians alike, it gets the job done. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 18, 2016
69% Miss Sloane (2016) If this were a TV pilot, we could at least sit back and wait for the character's vulnerabilities and backstories to emerge, but in the screenplay by first-timer Jonathan Perera, we get all the quirks and none of the depth. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 11, 2016
27% The Comedian (2017) Never as interesting as watching any three consecutive episodes of Bojack Horseman. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 11, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) The Marla-Frank story is quite lovely, and the tale of Hughes in his later years is a potentially fascinating one. Unfortunately, the screenplay of "Rules Don't Apply" never quite figures out how to make the two coexist. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 11, 2016
48% Almost Christmas (2016) If you love Christmas movies for all the reasons that make them Christmas movies, Almost Christmas is a Christmas movie for you. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 9, 2016
95% Moana (2016) Much to its credit, the screenplay makes Moana an interesting, self-actualized character. She's not waiting around for a prince, and there's no question that her gender will stand in the way of inheriting the title of chief. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 7, 2016
89% Loving (2016) A few fireworks wouldn't have undone the movie's quiet humanity. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 3, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Casts a few impressive spells of its own, not the least of which is the redemption of the visual-effects extravaganza. This funny, freaky adventure reminds us of how effective VFX can be when they've got some imagination behind them. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 23, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) As featureless and generic as its title, but between Cruise's star quality and the ability of director Edward Zwick to stage coherent action sequences, the results are a palatable enough popcorn movie. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 19, 2016
19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) This black hole of a film is a waste of this talented crew's time, yes, but it's also a waste of the audience's, offering no laughs, no ideas, no fresh perspectives, nothing. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 18, 2016
76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Even if Hart has become enough of a big shot to get Halle Berry and Don Cheadle to play along with the 007 spoof that opens the movie, he's still frank and funny enough to relate to the folks in the cheap seats. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 12, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) A convoluted potboiler that dares you either to engage or to laugh at it. Engagement turns out to be easier than you might imagine. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 12, 2016
88% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Takes a more realistic, nuts-and-bolts approach to the eternal question: How do you solve a problem like Godzilla? ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 11, 2016
75% Trolls (2016) The troll scenes offer a mix of neon pastels that suggest someone ate a Lisa Frank store and promptly regurgitated it, while Bergentown features the vast spectrum of tones you might find in a baby's full diaper. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 8, 2016
54% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) Throw in some tacked-on anti-standardized-tests speeches and a late-in-the-game reveal about a death in the family, and you've got a movie that's constantly zigging and zagging emotionally without a skilled hand at the wheel. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 7, 2016
93% Blue Jay (2016) It's to the credit of both the movie and its stars that the easy sense of naturalism isn't undone by the eventual revelations. These people are believable, and so are their conversations, and so is their shared past. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 6, 2016
97% 13th (2016) DuVernay isn't interested in the impossible, and often absurd, goal of "balance," despite the squirrely presence of Grover Norquist and a lobbyist-apologist; she wants to make you feel something. And she succeeds. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 29, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Offers far too many scenes of characters explaining the plot -- or worse, very deliberately not explaining it, simply to set up some unsurprising late-in-the-game reveals. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 25, 2016
92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Mira Nair is an emotional button-pusher of Spielbergian ability. ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Sep 25, 2016
63% Storks (2016) Jabs at your funny bone and at your gooey sentimental center with equal agility, both by following the screenwriting rules and knowing when to throw them out the window. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 20, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) Barrett and Wingard guide us on a slightly different path, but it's clear early on that the destination will be all too familiar. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 14, 2016
No Score Yet Who Took Johnny (2013) Very intense...examines the impact that the boy's disappearance had on his mother but also raises questions about the possibility of child molesters in positions of power who use their clout to discourage investigations or cover up their crimes entirely. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 14, 2016
57% Katie Says Goodbye (2016) The fact that the lead character is so utterly guileless and innocent and kindhearted -- she's essentially a smiley face with a "KICK ME" sign taped to her back -- makes Katie less a victim of the world and more a victim of writer-director Wayne Roberts. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 11, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) For viewers who never saw Citizenfour, and perhaps have only a vague idea of who he is, what he revealed, and why he did it, then it's quite likely that Snowden will provide an eye-opening experience. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 9, 2016
77% London Road (2016) The film overstates its point about the suffering of the prostitutes versus the residents who treat them like a threat to property values. It's a salient argument, but the movie delivers it so stridently that it undoes the musical's better moments. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 9, 2016
87% Other People (2016) Just when you thought you never wanted to see another Sundance movie about an uptight white guy whose mom has cancer, along comes this funny, honest film, featuring a game-changing performance by Molly Shannon. ‐ What the Flick?!
Posted Sep 9, 2016
80% Frantz (2017) A mostly dreary and heavy-handed affair that examines the damaging cost of nationalism and the toll that war takes on winners and losers, survivors and casualties alike. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 4, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) In celebrating this legendary pacifist, Gibson and company ennoble the hell out of violence. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 4, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) All the more impressive for being two movies in one: the kind of "sad people in nice houses" tale you might expect from the couturier-turned-filmmaker, and a down-and-dirty West Texas revenge thriller that calls to mind Sam Peckinpah. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 2, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) A fairly chilly, cerebral bit of business, from its beautifully tamped-down cinematography (by modern master Bradford Young) to Jóhann Jóhannsson's ethereal score. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 1, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) The musical is as malleable and eclectic a genre as any other, and Chazelle reminds us how effectively it can be applied to intimate moments as well as huge ones. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 31, 2016
60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Just when the audience is gearing up for a powerfully tragic resolution of the kind that Thomas Hardy might have written, the movie veers off into Nicholas Sparks territory instead. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 30, 2016
40% Morgan (2016) Whatever its flaws, this is a rare genre movie that allows two women - both Mara and Taylor-Joy are coolly riveting, particularly when they're playing off each other - to take center stage in both the drama and the action. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 30, 2016
43% The Hollars (2016) Feels more like Hollywood Game Night than a family dramedy. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 25, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) This airless, laugh-less true story about 20-something wheeler-dealers turned arms salesmen during the Bush-Cheney invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan has no point of view, nor anything to say about war or commerce or even 20-somethings who wheel and deal. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 16, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) Almost never pushes the boundaries far enough, seemingly patting itself on the back for peppering the f-word into a cartoon with such frequency. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 11, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) Can barely get all of these characters onto a billboard, much less a movie. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 2, 2016
59% Bad Moms (2016) The plot kicks into high gear -- and into mature-audiences-only levels of bawdy brazenness rarely seen in Hollywood movies centered on women's lives -- when Kunis hits that legendary last nerve about which mothers everywhere have always warned us. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 28, 2016
66% Nerve (2016) While the film's vertiginous set pieces are appropriately heart-clenching, it's not nearly as successful at little details like plot and character. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 26, 2016
No Score Yet El placer es mio (2015) Neither actor fits the narrow definition of what Hollywood casting agents generally consider "sexy," but their earthy sensuality and unfettered passion makes them an electrifying screen couple. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 3, 2016
89% Blood Father (2016) Director Jean-François Richet keeps the action set pieces and shootouts coming with bracing regularity, but Blood Father doesn't grind to a halt while it's catching a breath, thanks to the spot-on screenplay. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 2, 2016