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Alonso Duralde

Alonso Duralde
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
52% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
84% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
74% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2016
58% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
96% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Mira Nair is an emotional button-pusher of Spielbergian ability.‐ Linoleum Knife
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
35% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
88% 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?!
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
89% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) In celebrating this legendary pacifist, Gibson and company ennoble the hell out of violence.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
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
93% 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
44% The Hollars (2016) Feels more like Hollywood Game Night than a family dramedy.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
59% 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
25% Suicide Squad (2016) Can barely get all of these characters onto a billboard, much less a movie.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
58% 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
77% 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
77% 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