Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Stuntman (2021) A great tribute to Eddie Braun. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
89% Charlatan (2021) It makes you not like this guy, and I'm pretty dubious about this whole medical treatment. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
93% Mandibles (Mandibules) (2020) It's very slight and doesn't play with reality the way that [director Quentin Dupieux's] earlier films did, but there's something so wacky and quirky about his sensibility that I gotta admit I'm a sucker for this guy. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
92% Val (2021) This is a mea culpa on some level, but [Val Kilmer] doesn't take any blame... I wished it had been more self-critical. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
39% Jolt (2021) I you want a good dumb movie this weekend, I think Jolt is the one. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
49% Old (2021) It's not internally consistent at all... Not entirely satisfying. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
53% Queen Bees (2021) Feels like a TV movie, quite frankly... I didn't think there was great chemistry between Burstyn and Caan. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
20% The Misfits (2021) It has no snap at all... I kept waiting for genuine witticisms, but they never showed up. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
88% Censor (2021) I thought it was pretty good. It's very short, which is a positive for this kind of film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
83% A Perfect Enemy (2021) It really does work, and it really keeps you on the edge. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
95% In the Heights (2021) It's got so much energy and the lyrics are incredibly clever and complex. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
100% Weekenders (2021) Sweet, but very thin... If you want something that passes the time and is pleasant, then sure. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
83% RK/RKAY (2021) I thought it was very cleverly done. It has a lot of emotional resonance. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) Yes, it's painterly -- but kind of like watching paint drying. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) This is okay, but it's really dispensable... It kind of works, but there's nothing special there. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
68% Army Of The Dead (2021) As zombie movies go, I really liked this one... It was quite cleverly done. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) It has an almost comic tone at times. I wouldn't call it a comedy, but it's a very light dramedy. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
61% Profile (2021) I'm a big fan a fan of [director Timur] Bekmambetov... Here, he did not deliver what I expect from him usually, but it is suspenseful. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
26% The Woman in the Window (2021) This is a pretty good thriller. It's nicely made by director Joe Wright... [And] it's got some wit to it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
63% My True Fairytale (2021) So saccharine that the Hallmark Channel would have turned it down. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
No Score Yet Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute (2021) Essentially, it's a very by-the-numbers concert. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
72% Night in Paradise (2020) It's fairly entertaining, but I think it could have lost a half hour. It's very slow to get going before all the carnage starts. As much as all the carnage wasn't all that pleasant, at least then it was keeping my interest more. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
90% Moffie (2019) It is a festival of toxic masculinity, completely derivative of Full Metal Jacket. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
26% Voyagers (2021) It's not dull, I give it that. But by the end of it, I wish there was an alien who would show up and kill all of them. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
21% Thunder Force (2021) I won't say it's terrible, but it's not very good... This just does not snap and it's not funny enough. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
57% Phobias (2021) Really great to look at with great music... But essentially, this is pretty dispensable. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
No Score Yet Dark State (2021) A very amateurish film and basically a QAnon fantasy. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
50% City of Lies (2018) Whitaker is great. Johnny Depp, who I usually love, seemed to be phoning it in... I have never seen him so flavorless as he was here. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) At least it makes sense, and everything works together in a way that the original cut just didn't have. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
86% The Courier (2020) A masterclass in acting. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
92% Licensed to Kill (1998) The chill and fear it generates are more genuine than the 1989 James Bond film its name evokes. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
23% 8MM (1999) By the end, the overwrought dialogue provokes unintended laughs, and even Cage -- aided by memorable work from Phoenix, Peter Stormare and James Gandolfini -- can't save it. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
28% London Has Fallen (2016) Agent Banning is the latest in a long line of heroes whose every bullet kills someone while the bad guys constantly spray him with hundreds of bullets from machine guns, none of which seem to hit the target. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
52% The World Is Not Enough (1999) Whatever its flaws -- and it has some lulus -- it's a textbook model for how to structure action of this kind. The writers and directors of every Bond film should be forced to watch it before their first story conference. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
57% Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) While it seems a good idea to have fresh directors on each new film, veteran Roger Spottiswoode doesn't seem to bring much to the party. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2015
56% Blade (1998) Sad then to say that Blade is, at best, second-rate pulp, hampered by excessive length, a thematically meandering screenplay, and a general lack of excitement. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2015
31% Autómata (2014) There may be little here that we haven't seen before, but Ibanez keeps the pace fast and manages to suggest a bit of religious allegory without bonking us over the head with it. - Glendale News Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2014
4% Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997) First, the good news: Unlike most action film sequels, Speed 2: Cruise Control is not a mere retread of the original. Now the bad news: Better it had been. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
100% Toy Story 2 (1999) It's a tough act to follow, but director John Lasseter and his Pixar crew have done about as well as can be expected with Toy Story 2. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2012
A- 32% Intruders (2012) Owen is always at least good, and here he's perfectly cast. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2012
C 50% Mirror Mirror (2012) The costumes and design are gorgeous enough to distract us from the wildly erratic tone -- some of the time. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2012
C- 74% Rampart (2012) The visual style is designed to bring us into Dave's paranoia, but a few shots are simply baffling, hinting at things that never pay off. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2012
B 83% Return (2012) Shannon chalks up another line on his rapidly growing résumé of memorable performances. But it's mostly Cardellini's show -- she's in every scene. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2012
C 45% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) Everything is juvenile (deliberately) and predictable (undeliberately). - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2012
C 31% The Vow (2012) In the very first shot, two deliriously happy young lovebirds -- Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams) -- exit a movie theater. Don't give us any ideas. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2012
A- 78% Kill List (2012) For much of this second film from British writer/director Ben Wheatley, the style seems tightly, even coldly, controlled, as it knocks things further and further out of whack. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
C+ 94% King of Devil's Island (2011) For the first half, the pacing is slow and unfocused; the second half is more engrossing but still entirely predictable. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
B- 66% The Woman in Black (2012) Radcliffe's fidgety performance is convincing, and he does come across as an adult, though a very young one. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
C- 75% Big Miracle (2012) The film comprises innumerable expository scenes, leavened with uninspired comic relief. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
93% City of Life and Death (2011) There is no way to soften the events presented, even though Lu spares us some documented atrocities that are as bad or worse than what we see. The result is both moving and exhausting. - Brand X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2011