Ann Lewinson

Ann Lewinson
Ann Lewinson's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 88% Tabu (2012) If in the first half Gomes dares the audience to be bored, the second half is a cinephile's payoff. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2013
3/4 32% Gangster Squad (2013) Gangster Squad is an enjoyable throwback, distinguishing itself from film noir with its deliriously colorful theme-park recreation of 1949 LA and Dion Beebe's burnished lighting, which makes Brolin and Penn look like they've been cast in bronze. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2013
2/4 52% Promised Land (2013) Lacking confidence that these didactic speeches will drive its message home, the film throws in a paranoid plot twist from which it never recovers. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2013
2.5/4 63% Anna Karenina (2012) If it's only a play, why should we care? - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2012
0.5/4 14% Red Dawn (2012) In trading Milius's jingoist conviction for brotherly friction the remake has little reason for being. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2012
2/4 33% Chasing Mavericks (2012) For the real Mavericks, stick with Stacy Peralta's documentary Riding Giants. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2012
1.5/4 76% The Bay (2012) At least Levinson hammers it home that his beloved Chesapeake - like this movie - is 40 percent dead. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2012
3.5/4 73% The Loneliest Planet (2012) Loktev and cinematographer Inti Briones have captured an otherworldly landscape with a paradoxical claustrophobia ... - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2012
2.5/4 90% Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) It's ... indulgent, not admitting that White's new gimmick wears out its welcome, and never making the case that White deserves his own documentary. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2012
3/4 82% Seven Psychopaths (2012) The tug-of-war of a writer wrestling with his own worst instincts. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012
2.5/4 58% Kumaré (2012) Kumaré might be a Sacha Baron Cohen stunt, but Gandhi drowns his padded documentary with a voiceover that is all Morgan Spurlock, deaf to its self-aggrandizement. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2012
2/4 35% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) "The Odd Life" is not just odd, it's morbid and morose. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2012
2.5/4 56% The Bourne Legacy (2012) Renner projects too much complexity to be an action hero, and he and Weisz have no chemistry ... - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2012
4/4 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) As neo-realism dissolves into magic, "Beasts" becomes a work very much of our time, a cry for the handmade in our chilly digital era. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2012
2/4 45% To Rome with Love (2012) Allen undermines these slight stories by cutting between them, even though the timelines don't match up. As Baldwin says: "With age comes exhaustion." - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2012
2/4 51% Savages (2012) Merely continues Stone's tepid streak. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2012
68% Ted (2012) Ted, which was conceived as an animated series, suffers the flaws of Family Guy without sharing its strangeness. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2012
2.5/4 83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) The sisters are merely agents in Jack's maturation in what is ultimately a Judd Apatow film on a microbudget. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2012
2.5/4 79% Brave (2012) "Brave" is less a feminist parable than a child's wish-fulfillment: Why can't Mommy be more like me? - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2012
3/4 90% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) With its well-constructed screenplay, sharp dialogue and unapologetic sincerity, this first feature from former SNL interns Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly is its own act of nostalgia... - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2012
3/4 59% Hysteria (2012) Begins as a smug comedy about repressed Victorians but turns into something more provocative... - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2012
3/4 30% Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012) It's Fonda's show, riffing on her Hanoi Jane past and aided by first-time screenwriters Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski's ear for how both smart people and New-Agers talk. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2012
3.5/4 75% The Intouchables (2012) It manages to be feel-good (thanks to music from Earth, Wind and Fire) and clear-eyed. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2012
2/4 68% Men in Black III (2012) It may sound good as a screenwriter's pitch, but it's not much fun to watch. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2012
1.5/4 34% Battleship (2012) You can't help but wonder what Hasbro will do with Candy Land. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2012
2/4 23% What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) Expect that two hours will feel like nine months, and that before it's over you'll be screaming for an epidural to your brain. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2012
3/4 89% Bernie (2012) Richard Linklater (writing with Skip Hollandsworth, author of a Texas Monthly article on the case) has called Bernie his Fargo, but his eye is less jaundiced than the Coens', his ear more sweetly bemused. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2012
2/4 37% Dark Shadows (2012) A movie that heads in so many directions it's a wonder Depp didn't get whiplash. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2012
2.5/4 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) [It] seems to have no reason for being at all. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2012
2/4 21% The Lucky One (2012) A drama with little conflict aside from an easily swept-aside threat for sole custody and little energy expended by the participants. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2012
20% Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (2012) Perhaps director Neema Barnette was hired to insulate the movie from charges of misogyny; in the end, On the 7th Day is not about women being "loosed" from the past, but tying those bonds a whole lot tighter. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
3/4 91% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) You may think you've seen this before, but you haven't seen it quite like this. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2012
1/4 26% Wrath of the Titans (2012) When a terrible movie like 2010's "Clash of the Titans" grosses $493 million worldwide, why bother making a good sequel? - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2012
2.5/4 90% Footnote (2012) Footnote finally gets back on track as Eliezer puts his philological skills to use, but it's too little, too late. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2012
2.5/4 58% Wanderlust (2012) David Wain's skittish but amusing recessionary comedy. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
1.5/4 26% This Means War (2012) Seems to have been made by men who have never met a woman, much less asked her what she wants. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2012
4/4 95% Pina (2011) A milestone in dance and 3D filmmaking. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2012
1.5/4 80% Haywire (2012) Wrong-headed in every way, it fails both as a spy thriller and as a throwback to '70s exploitation flicks. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2012
2.5/4 51% Contraband (2012) It's pedestrian filmmaking, and this cast deserves better. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2012
3/4 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) A satisfying thriller and welcome counter-programming for the Christmas season. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2011
3.5/4 89% The Descendants (2011) The Descendants finds Payne, now 50, having arrived in midlife with a new maturity, eschewing solipsism and snickers for a deeper engagement with the world. - Kansas City Star EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2011
2.5/4 93% Hugo (2011) A plea for film preservation made in the medium that's killing it, Hugo unwittingly proves that old movies really were better. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2011
3/4 95% The Muppets (2011) Mostly, The Muppets is a cry for decency from a couple of guys who have done their part to coarsen the culture - which may be the greatest irony of all. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2011
1/4 25% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) A wolf council with dubbed growls may be the most ludicrous scene of the year, but a rumble with chic vampires punching CGI werewolves comes close. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2011
2.5/4 68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) Funnier than Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, but for all the offensiveness, it's family-values to the core. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2011
3/4 67% Tower Heist (2011) [A] genially absurd, gently cathartic, and slightly stale Brett Ratner caper... - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2011
3/4 51% The Rum Diary (2011) Writer-director Bruce Robinson has rewritten Thompson's autobiographical novel in the inebriated-buddy image of his Withnail and I; his dialogue is wickedly quotable, his moral outrage unabashed. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2011
2/4 68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Aside from the fan-cam, 3 has little to offer: the camera is shakier and 2's ludicrous backstory is continued. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2011
2.5/4 38% Johnny English Reborn (2011) Improves on its unwatchable predecessor. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2011
2/4 88% Margin Call (2011) A 24-hour meltdown of meetings and dark-night-of-the-soul speeches that would have been better suited to the stage. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2011