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Alonso Duralde

Alonso Duralde
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) It's significant that two female writers have taken a character who's mainly just existed to be cute and seductive and turned her into a full-fledged member of this universe. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
67% Life (2017) Never reaches greatness, but it's solidly good, from its earned scares to a spot-on ending. (Don't let anyone ruin it for you.) Its tight spaces and layered audio will work best on the big screen; see it with someone whose wrist you can grab.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) It packs enough zing to make you forgive the origin-story clichés. And the predictable save-the-world stuff. And the insanely ubiquitous product placement. (Whatever Krispy Kreme paid to be a plot point in this movie, they got their money's worth.)‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2017
52% The Boss Baby (2017) Winds up feeling like an amalgam of too many other cartoons you've seen in the last decade. That's a pity because, at its best, The Boss Baby has sly wit and a fun visual style.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
79% Personal Shopper (2017) The ghosts are occasionally visible and audible here, but they're just as likely to be ethereal, and that fits in with Assayas's storytelling, which often forces us to fill in gaps of unspoken dialogue or unexplained plot for ourselves.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
38% The Last Word (2017) You can sense old pro MacLaine and younger pro Amanda Seyfried exerting themselves as they pour their considerable collective charisma into the venture, but they're beating the chest of a patient that has long since flatlined.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Scratches your monster-movie itch without ever once providing an injection of unpredictability or eccentricity. It lacks neither fun nor polish, but it has the square tidiness of a compartmentalized fast-food meal.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) In the same way that The Stepford Wives exploited liberated feminists' fear of male chauvinists' fear of liberated feminists, Get Out finds its tension in black people's fear of white people's fear of black people.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
93% Logan (2017) Perhaps it's just the novelty, but that explicit violence and salty language (Professor X turns out to be quite the potty-mouth as well) adds a bit of much-needed fizz to the Wolverine sub-franchise.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) If you calibrate your expectations to "monster movie for eight-year-olds," you may find some fun in this energetic and blissfully brief (a mere 103 minutes!) tale of the Chinese army battling alien beasties in the Song Dynasty era.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) It's nice that the two photogenic leads are treating sex like a pleasurable activity rather than an onerous chore in this second entry, but overall, the film plays like an un-asked-for collaboration between the Hallmark and Playboy Channels.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) By the end of the seemingly interminable 146 minutes, audiences will have already guessed the story's ultimate twists, although by that point it's quite likely they will have long since ceased to care either way.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Less a sequel to The Lego Movie than a big-screen, family-friendly version of Robot Chicken, The Lego Batman Movie gleefully parodies every mass-media iteration of its hero, from the serials to Super Friends and from Adam West to Ben Affleck.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) While Peck's work brims over with anger and horror, it is also a work of sweeping poetry. This story still isn't pretty, but it's delivered in a captivating and gorgeous manner.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) It's hard not to engage in eye-rolling over what already promises to be one of 2017's worst movies: The Space Between Us spends so much time piling one daffy, laughable plot beat upon another that it never bothers to nail down the characters.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
31% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A Nicholas Sparks movie crossed with a Blue Buffalo dog food commercial.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
76% Crown Heights (2017) We don't really know much about these characters besides their role in moving the plot forward.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
67% Give Me Future (Give Me Future: Major Lazer in Cuba) (2017) Major Lazer's 2016 live performance in downtown Havana is electrifying, to be sure, but Give Me Future is just as interested in the logistics involved in putting on a show there, as well as in the culture and the people of the country itself.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
100% Dina (2017) Directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles never condescend to or coddle their vivacious leading lady, and the result is a fascinating love story.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
44% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Collette is reduced to glowering and spitting out every line like she's mad at her agent. And who can blame her?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
22% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
19% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
35% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
83% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
80% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
75% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
25% The Comedian (2017) Never as interesting as watching any three consecutive episodes of Bojack Horseman.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
56% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
49% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
96% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
89% Loving (2016) A few fireworks wouldn't have undone the movie's quiet humanity.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
89% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
38% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
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
63% 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
92% 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