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Barry Wurst

Barry Wurst
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 76% Split (2017) sturdier in cinematic craftsmanship than "The Visit" and has a "Twilight Zone"-ready premise but "Split" is sometimes creepy and discomforting for reasons that aren't intentional. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Bening's portrait of Mills' mother is more layered and delicate than most movie moms, as there is nothing predictable about either Dorothee or this wonderful film. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/5 34% Live By Night (2017) While Affleck has made a respectable, ambitious work with an expansive storyline, it leaves an indifferent response and suffers mostly by having its director in the starring role. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/5 86% Lion (2016) Lion is always involving and engrossing but it's also kind of a drag. The best and worst thing about Lion is that it plays like the finest, longest commercial for Google Earth ever produced. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) Its rougher around the edges that most YA Novel adaptations but its exactly that grit and authentic pitch of emotion that makes it so great. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 93% La La Land (2016) Chazelle's film is about the beautiful lie that is moviemaking. Yet, everything here is artifice. He may have wanted to make this one from the heart but he kind of made his own "One From The Heart." ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4.5/5 95% Fences (2016) "Fences" is relatable to any audience, who will likely connect with the universal truths and tough personal questions it poses. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2.5/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures is too fixated on being a crowd-pleaser and comes across more as a Hollywood movie than the in-depth, complex look at overcoming racism that it should have been. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One is pretty good most of the time but didn't capture my imagination like the other installments. There's lots of nostalgia fuel but little charm in this one. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2/5 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Sitting through this movie is like binge watching an entire season of a political drama you'll never want to watch again. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The best and worst thing about Manchester by the Sea is that Lonergan boldly never makes this journey easy on his audience. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
5/5 92% From Here to Eternity (1953) Make no mistake, this is a tough-hearted movie. The climactic attack on Pearl Harbor sequence is another stunner, conveying large scale tragedy over spectacle. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
5/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Ford's film is a brilliant study of contrasts from the very first scene. I won't describe it but outrageous opening credits sequence is Ford establishing a theme as much as he's pushing our buttons. ‐ HollywoodInToto.com
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 95% Moana (2016) The stranger Moana gets, the better it becomes. Once Dwayne Johnson's demigod Maui becomes a central character, the movie takes off. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
1.5/5 75% Trolls (2016) Great, a movie that aims to fat shame children. Has one of the most lazily anti-climactic endings in memory. It's like the trolls were ushering me out of the theater. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight takes lots of chances and emerges a bold, beautiful work. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 100% Death of a Salesman (1985) This is dark, devastating stuff but every bit as essential as Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," which shares many of the same themes about a fractured family and the prison of memory. ‐ HollywoodInToto.com
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 93% To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) While it isn't up to the classics that were later inspired by it, Friedkin's film gives the crime thriller genre a thorough workout and offers some of the director's fiercest filmmaking. ‐ HollywoodInToto.com
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 78% Bubba Ho-Tep (2003) The performances are the best thing here and often rise above determination of the screenplay to remain pulpy ‐ HollywoodInToto.com
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2/5 72% Nighthawks (1981) "Nighthawks" is not a great movie, but Hauer's scary, fiercely committed performance is exceptional. ‐ HollywoodInToto.com
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Once the kaleidoscopic visuals and elaborate fight scenes kick in, this becomes a groovy, anything-goes action movie. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
1.5/5 19% Inferno (2016) I'm sorry, Opie. I typically love your work but these Dan Brown movies just aren't your thing. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
5/5 83% They Live (1988) "They Live" is the best kind of B-movie: Carpenter's film is uncompromised, rich with ideas, unapologetically brutal and fiercely entertaining. ‐ HollywoodInToto.com
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) I expected little from Ouija: Origin of Evil and was stunned by the inventive filmmaking, excellent performances and four main characters I genuinely cared about. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
5/5 87% The Shining (1980) The horror of a broken mind is the central concept of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, his great 1980 horror masterpiece. It demands a vast screen to experience the depth of its power. ‐ Maui Time
Posted Jan 10, 2017
1/5 8% Cool as Ice (1991) "Cool As Ice" is like "The Room" but with a better soundtrack, great cinematography and an equally astonishing lead performance. The "Can't Stop The Music" of the '90s. ‐ HollywoodInToto.com
Posted Jan 10, 2017
1/5 31% Unaccompanied Minors (2006) "Home Alone in an airport" but it all feels too calculated and not genuinely charming. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
1/5 0% All I Want for Christmas (1991) I should have sobered up and tossed out this poisoned egg nog a decade ago: its an obnoxious, cloying piece of holiday exploiting nonsense. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 52% Mars Attacks! (1996) "Mars Attacks!" is kind of insane, which is the best and worst thing about it. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 44% The Last Boy Scout (1991) A flashy, exhausting ride but the R-rating isn't a joke. Be Prepared. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 53% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Appeared to be heading towards Sequels That Are Better Than The Original Hall of Fame. After a robust, fairly brilliant first hour, it runs out of steam ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 23% The Evening Star (1996) "The Evening Star" has a bumpy mid section but wraps up so movingly, it put a lump in my throat. Harling's movie is schmaltzy but genuinely sweet and MacLaine is sublime. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2.5/5 14% Dutch (1991) a movie with this much heart has far too much blunt force trauma. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2.5/5 38% Novocaine (2001) Feels like a student film. Some would argue that this rough quality is a part of the film's charm, but its Martin's consistent performance that salvages the film's unsteady hand. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2/5 32% Exit Wounds (2001) Pretty good as a guilty pleasure but less than great. Of all things, its hurt by too much comic relief. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 74% Sleepers (1996) Closer to faux-Scorsese than the second coming of "Goodfellas" but the film is valuable as a collection of great performances. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
1/5 21% House Party 2 (1991) As both a story and a farce, the second "House Party" never takes off. By the time we actually get to the house party, it's a lively, energetic high point that can't save the film. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 55% The Shipping News (2001) Spacey, Moore, Dench and Scott Glenn show us things we've never seen them do before. "The Shipping News" is refreshingly unpredictable, lovely and surprisingly funny. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
5/5 98% Aliens (1986) One of the best films of 1986 and an essential entry in the sci-fi genre. The excitement and suspense are almost too much, which is a very, very good thing. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 64% The Frighteners (1996) "Too gonzo and off putting for some but still an exhilarating, fearless and madcap piece of work. It may lack Hobbits and Orcs but really, this is one of Jackson's best movies. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
5/5 83% The Others (2001) a classy, old fashioned horror movie that tantalizes by engaging psychological horror over assaultive effects. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 93% The Host (2007) Joon-ho Bong's brilliant monster movie snuck up on me, in the same way its eye popping monster creeps up onto a crowded shore of terrified onlookers. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 52% Friday the 13th, Part VI - Jason Lives (1986) Gross and juvenile as ever, but by doing it with a smile on its face, the movie succeeds as a guilty pleasure and is one of the best in the series. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 83% Dead Again (1991) Exudes a classy, stylish and go-for-broke exuberance, for the genre and cinema in general. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4.5/5 39% Hannibal (2001) Lecter is truly a monster and Scott wisely leaves us gasping, if not gagging. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 58% Psycho III (1986) Gory, downright ugly at times and unabashedly outrageous. With its low-life characters, dehumanizing violence and moral rot beneath a very American landscape, it coincidentally resembles "Blue Velvet." ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 61% The People Under The Stairs (1991) Whether taken as Craven's thinly veiled editorial on social issues or viewed as a straight up suspense thriller, it's solid. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
5/5 86% Donnie Darko (2001) Kelly's blending of various genres and, most importantly, his careful balance of contrasting tones is firmly maintained here. Most of all, his bold, nothing-else-like-it debut is flush with vision. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2/5 9% When a Stranger Calls (2006) An R.L. Stine-ready, young teen girl baiting, soft PG-13 horror flick. It lacks the freshness of the original and the familiarity with the opening twist softens the suspense. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 29% Popcorn (1989) How's this for showmanship? We get three B-movies within this B-movie. It manages to always be entertaining and exude a warmth for old time movie magic, even when it gets dark and violent. ‐ MAUIWatch
Posted Jan 10, 2017