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Ben Mankiewicz

Ben Mankiewicz
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8.9/10 96% The Florida Project (2017) What bothered me about this (and I ended up loving it) is that the kids are terrible. ‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
9.5/10 99% Tower (2016) You feel like you were there that day from the perspectives of the principal players.‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
7.5/10 93% Searching (2018) There's no question now...[John Cho] is a great actor. Only a great actor could do what he is required to do in this movie and pull it off the way he does. ‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
8.1/10 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) One of the great things that Crazy Rich Asians does is [show] you...the idea that Chinese people who continued to live in China or Singapore...have a very different view of Chinese people how grew up in America. ‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4.9/10 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) There are a number of smaller, more intimate numbers, and they are brutal. ‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
6.8/10 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) While this was very good and very dramatic at time...I sort of consistently felt like something was slightly, slightly off. ‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
6.6/10 30% Shock and Awe (2018) There is a degree of outrage [in] the movie, but there is no passion in that outrage...the characters had it but the movie didn't. ‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
9/10 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) [Bobby, Eddy, and David] are so energetic, and they tell the story in such an engaging way. ‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
8/10 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) I am fully charmed by Benicio del Toro. ‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3.3/10 33% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) It is inconsistent in almost every way that matters.‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
33% The Hangover Part II (2011) Think of it as a decent high school football player who suffers from having an older brother who was all-state two years earlier.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted May 27, 2011
B+ 84% The Ghost Writer (2010) It's a totally credible, briskly paced, suspenseful and particularly well-cast political thriller.‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2010
B 68% Shutter Island (2010) An adult, insightful, tense, complicated psychological thriller.‐ Turner Classic Movies Online
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2010
90% District 9 (2009) This is a great movie.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 17, 2009
91% Ponyo (2009) I was, I'm afraid, a little lost at times.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 17, 2009
81% Bandslam (2009) There is really just a lot to like here.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 17, 2009
88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) This is a seriously provocative film.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 17, 2009
27% The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009) This was funny in the beginning, no question, but then it turned into I thought a sort of a very stale comedy.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 17, 2009
38% The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) I thought really very little in the film worked.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 17, 2009
59% Paper Heart (2009) It felt completely inauthentic.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 10, 2009
62% A Perfect Getaway (2009) I just don't think there was enough drama in the first two-thirds of this movie.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 10, 2009
75% Cold Souls (2009) I found myself thinking about this movie for a long time after I got out of the theater.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 10, 2009
45% Fragments (2008) The film is quite literally fragmented. Too much story -- and too little about each character.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 10, 2009
76% Julie & Julia (2009) If it weren't for the sheer brilliance of Streep and on-screen husband Stanley Tucci, this would be an easy skip.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 10, 2009
65% Adam (2009) A sweet, atypical love story.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 3, 2009
94% In the Loop (2009) Every movie that clearly tells us how we marched toward the war, through bullying, intimidation, and making opponents seem crazy is worth seeing.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 3, 2009
68% Funny People (2009) It walks a perfectly fine line between being funny and tragic.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 3, 2009
89% World's Greatest Dad (2009) I think Goldthwait wrote a terrific script here and I think it manages to stay funny after it takes its rather dark turn.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 3, 2009
81% Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009) There were moments where I was genuinely scared and moments where I was genuinely moved.‐ At the Movies
Posted Aug 3, 2009
28% Shrink (2009) I felt it felt forced from the first moment into the last moment.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 27, 2009
55% Orphan (2009) It's bloody, you should be warned, but in the end it is worth it.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 27, 2009
79% Humpday (2009) Those conversations were really memorable and really well executed.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 27, 2009
30% The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009) You have a likable cast, an engaging enough story with a few moments of both humor and emotional honesty.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 27, 2009
22% G-Force (2009) I don't think kids will find it funny, [and] their parents will find it unbearable.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 27, 2009
13% The Ugly Truth (2009) The Ugly Truth has a nice moment here and there, but there is much more ugliness than truth.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 27, 2009
85% 500 Days of Summer (2009) Conventional? Not at all.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 13, 2009
13% I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) The story quickly -- and I mean quickly -- devolves into an unimaginative high school retread.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 13, 2009
67% Bruno (2009) It's certainly not that there aren't a few funny moments in the film. There are, but overwhelmingly, Bruno's stunts are demeaning, they are insulting and they are really cruel.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 13, 2009
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) This is a big summer movie that meets expectations.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 13, 2009
84% Soul Power (2009) This has no contextual structure at all. It is essentially the archive footage slapped together.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 13, 2009
68% Public Enemies (2009) I do think this is a film worth seeing, so obviously, I say see it.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 6, 2009
33% Local Color (2006) I suspect Local Color will lose those unfamiliar with the jargon and subtleties of the art world. Skip it.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 6, 2009
46% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) Certainly not terrible, but ultimately forgettable and that means you should skip it.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 6, 2009
19% I Hate Valentine's Day (2009) Everyone who's ever seen a movie knows where this is headed... but getting there is breezy, fun, and most importantly, well-executed.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 6, 2009
47% La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco) (2009) It was a perfect blend of satire and tension.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jul 6, 2009
100% Afghan Star (2009) If you think American Idol is a cultural phenomenon here, imagine its impact on a country devastated by 30 years of internal strife, religious intolerance, civil war and foreign invasion.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jun 29, 2009
51% Chéri (2009) Michelle Pfeiffer is quite good, but the script leaves Kathy Bates -- talented as she is -- with a bit of a cartoonish performance.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jun 29, 2009
97% The Hurt Locker (2009) Outstanding performances across the board, but I thought Anthony Mackie in particular really, really nailed it.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jun 29, 2009
19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) It is as if Michael Bay was saying "You think I've blown stuff up before? Ha-ha. Wait till you see this."‐ At the Movies
Posted Jun 29, 2009
48% My Sister's Keeper (2009) I have a heart. I just don't want schlock.‐ At the Movies
Posted Jun 29, 2009