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Alonso Duralde

Alonso Duralde
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
59% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
43% The Hollars (2016) Feels more like Hollywood Game Night than a family dramedy.‐ TheWrap
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) Can barely get all of these characters onto a billboard, much less a movie.‐ TheWrap
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
60% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
66% Anthropoid (2016) Loses its footing, never quite regaining it until an extended sequence in which the seven parachutists hide out in a church, keeping wave after wave of Nazi soldiers at bay. But by the time it arrives in the film, it's almost too little, too late.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Like John Carter and The Lone Ranger before it, this movie packs in so much generic derring-do that there's little time to focus on what made the character so memorable in the first place.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
78% The Shallows (2016) It's not going to make anyone forget Jaws, but it delivers the kind of breathless tension that justifies its existence.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Takes huge strides in the hotly-contested race to be 2016's Most Irrelevant Sequel.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Stanton and co-director Angus MacLane augment the hilarious characters with visual grandeur (who knew there were this many shades of blue?) and comedy, particularly from Hank the octopus' chameleonic and contortionist skills.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Frightening rarely strikes twice in the same place, despite the efforts of so many horror sequels, but even if The Conjuring 2 doesn't deliver the delightful jolts of its predecessor, it maintains a consistent chill throughout.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) This new movie feels more like a series of sketches that all happen to revolve around the same handful of characters. That said, those sketches are fairly funny.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) Imagine Battlefield Earth without the verve, or the unintentional comedy.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 24, 2016
58% Me Before You (2016) Forget art, or even craft: This is the kind of movie that can't even get its shameless audience-pandering in order.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 24, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) Gosling and Crowe's breezy give-and-take goes a long way in elevating "The Nice Guys" above the moments where cynicism overwhelms the comedy.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) The visuals seem less muddled, and the plot isn't just an excuse to stick another sword into the hand of another fairytale character, but it's still a bright and shiny jumble of effects attempting to cover up the utter lack of interesting characters.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Marks a shocking letdown from Singer's earlier contributions; what once soared now slogs.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Let's be clear, then: The Angry Birds Movie isn't pointless because it's based on an app. It's pointless because it's pointless.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 7, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Never lags, and the laughs keep coming, even though they're coming from a fairly familiar place.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
76% Keanu (2016) Doesn't consistently deliver, but the highs make the lows worth enduring.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
7% Mother's Day (2016) Too innocuous to inspire actual rage yet too utterly tepid and bland to elicit a single laugh.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
84% The Meddler (2016) Everyone's so damn happy and grateful to have been meddled with that it undercuts both the comedy and the drama.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
96% Sing Street (2016) Fans of Carney's lush romanticism and hook-laden lyricism will be thrilled to add this one to their playlist.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) Spike Lee took a much less prosaic look at Chicago's gang violence in last year's challenging Chi-Raq, but this more straightforward presentation will probably find more traction among mainstream audiences.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2016
73% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Despite the title, this is a quiet, intimate story of a family reeling from tragedy, but it's no less loaded with revelations and breakthroughs, all set at a recognizably human volume.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
52% Demolition (2016) The deadpan and sometimes excruciating discomfort on display, played for laughs, calls to mind the early, emotionally subversive films of David O. Russell.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) Might lack the post-vaudeville razzamatazz of its predecessor, but director Jon Favreau and a team of effects wizards plunge us into one of the big screen's most engrossing artificial worlds since Avatar. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
70% Take Me To The River (2016) It's a slowly tightening vise, all about suspicion and hostility and resentments and what people aren't talking about when they talk to each other. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) And what of the title's promised skirmish? That face-off between two comics legends becomes but one in a series of big things bashing into other big things, which is what Snyder and writers Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer mistake for storytelling.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) Shares a production team with Wild Tales, and like that previous film, it possesses a pitch-black sense of humor and a willingness to stare with wide-open eyes into the abyss of humanity's worst behavior.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) Goes off its own narrative cliff, capping a compelling story with a third-act resolution so misguided that's it's the dramatic equivalent of punching the gas and plunging into the abyss.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
27% The Perfect Match (2016) Doggedly follows the well-worn rom-com path, down to saving all the personality and occasional laughs - very, very occasional ones - for the supporting cast.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) Sometimes we're clearly meant to laugh at Doris' clumsy efforts at flirtation and socialization, and at others, the director wants us to relate, or maybe even cry, but he can't have everything, which ultimately leaves us with nothing.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Even if this tale might have been better served as a 40-minute short than as a full-length movie, first-time feature director Dan Trachtenberg has cast a trio of actors at the top of their game, and they elevate the material. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) It's wiser than the confusion its title suggests, and it pushes Fey toward a film career that's as uncompromising, unpredictable and intelligent as her TV work.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Might have merited a so-bad-it's-good schadenfreude fanbase had it maintained the unintentional laughs of the first ten minutes. Instead, it skids into dullness, thus negating the camp classic that it so often verges on becoming.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
53% Triple 9 (2016) If there's a police code it merits, it's a "10-22": "Disregard."‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
90% A War (Krigen) (2016) While most Hollywood movies are so afraid of moral ambiguity that you'd think the old-school Production Code was in effect, here's a story that eschews easy answers and forces audiences to examine their own consciences while the characters do likewise. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
47% How To Be Single (2016) Only intermittently funny, cobbling together more storylines and characters that it can bother to keep track of. At the same time, however, it's a movie that at least occasionally bothers to zag instead of zig.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) A cavalcade of gags that fall flat and cameo appearances that are more impressive on a look-who-they-got scale than for inspiring any mirth.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) It's a film that's amused with itself, but thanks to a screwball screenplay by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick and a charmingly snarky lead turn by Ryan Reynolds, that amusement is both thoroughly earned and completely contagious. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2016
86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) The Coens revel in both the glamour and the squalor of post-war Hollywood with a film that more than makes up in wit and flash what it might lack in substance.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016