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Bill Clark

Bill Clark
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 94% Whiplash (2014) Sharp, powerful, and engaging from the first frame on, Whiplash is as intense and satisfying as any movie in years. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 16, 2014
A- 95% Nightcrawler (2014) Headlined by career best work from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler is one of the darker and craftier thrillers to come along in quite awhile. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 11, 2014
B 96% Citizenfour (2014) Dry yet fascinating, and always carrying an air of hushed immediacy, Citizenfour nicely documents a revelatory piece of recent history. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 10, 2014
A 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) A joy and sight to behold from beginning to end, The Grand Budapest Hotel is pure filmmaking delight. It's one of 2014's best. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 8, 2014
B 74% Inherent Vice (2015) Seedy, drug-fueled, and absent any type of sense we're used to in film, Inherent Vice is a film destined to divide any audience that watches it. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 4, 2014
B+ 90% Wild (2014) Wild doesn't trek over new ground, but its stream-of-consciousness narrative style and an Oscar-worthy turn from Reese Witherspoon make it worth a look. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 2, 2014
B 72% American Sniper (2015) American Sniper is at its freshest and most insightful when examining the physical and mental effects warfare takes on a soldier. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 28, 2014
A 98% The Babadook (2014) Thick with atmosphere and rife with foreboding happenings, The Babadook is one of the best horror films so far this decade. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 26, 2014
B+ 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) In The Theory of Everything, director James Marsh has crafted an emotional, affectionate tribute to Stephen Hawking, love, and life itself. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 25, 2014
B 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) The Boxtrolls is a weird, completely original experience recommended for fans of this morbid animation sub-genre. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 25, 2014
B 89% Happy Valley (2014) As an account of the events that shook Penn State to its core in 2011, Happy Valley is complete and very level-headed - but not especially revelatory. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 23, 2014
A- 91% The Great Invisible (2014) The Great Invisible is a stirring, sad, and well-made account of a catastrophe that will be haunting us for decades, whether we believe it or not. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 20, 2014
A 93% Force Majeure (2014) Force Majeure is a challenging, character-driven slow burn and one of 2014's best films. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 18, 2014
C 75% Happy Christmas (2014) Happy Christmas is watchable throughout, but to say it's worth the journey is another matter. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 17, 2014
B- 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) Dumb and Dumber To contains enough laughs, clever references to the original film, and two all-in performances from Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 14, 2014
B 71% Interstellar (2014) Interstellar is a unique, sometimes enthralling, often thoughtful piece of filmmaking from one of our best directors. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 5, 2014
66% Dumb and Dumber (1994) From the puns to the slapstick to the toilet, Dumb and Dumber is performed at such a high level that it transcends many of its influences. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 4, 2014
B 86% Chef (2014) Chef is far from groundbreaking or even original, but it is the kind of well-made comfort food that we don't get often enough at the movies. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 3, 2014
A 91% Birdman (2014) Birdman is a true original; a work of technical wizardry, virtuoso acting, and compelling storytelling unlike anything we've seen before. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Oct 30, 2014
B+ 85% John Wick (2014) While at times repetitive, John Wick builds up plenty of goodwill with its lean, no-nonsense story and some highly-impressive action set pieces. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Oct 24, 2014
B+ 91% Dear White People (2014) Dear White People stares race relations right in the face with a combination of biting satire, understated anger, and a whole lot of thoughtfulness. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Oct 24, 2014
C 88% Gone Girl (2014) It's just unfortunate that it falls prey to gradually making each character a little bit dumber to progress the narrative. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Oct 15, 2014
C- 23% Dracula Untold (2014) A reheated mishmash of ideas that is decent when neck-deep in violence and cringe-worthy when fumbling its way through endless exposition. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Oct 10, 2014
B 82% Ivory Tower (2014) Ivory Tower is a competent, slickly-produced documentary that takes a hard look at the cost and perceived benefits of higher education in the United States. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Aug 26, 2014
F 24% The Other Woman (2014) It is a grotesque, shrill, never-ending effort that always finds a way to sink a little lower just when you're positive there's no way it can. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Aug 25, 2014
B 36% If I Stay (2014) It has a handful of eye-rolling moments, but they're few and far between thanks to Moretz's presence, a refreshing teen romance, and understated drama that works. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Aug 20, 2014
B 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) The Expendables 3 delivers despite some narrative speed bumps, questionable acting from the rookies, and iffy visual effects. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Aug 15, 2014
B 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) It's nearly impossible to gauge what constitutes a "good" Turtles film, but this one delivers the requisite thrills, visual effects, and humor as well as one can reasonably ask for. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Aug 7, 2014
B+ 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Guardians of the Galaxy breathes new life into an otherwise stale story thanks to a great script and Gunn's crafty direction. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Aug 1, 2014
C- 23% Need For Speed (2014) Need for Speed provides some excitement for its target demographic while proving to be an overlong slog for everyone else. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Jul 30, 2014
B 67% Lucy (2014) This is one bonkers movie, filled with enough sci-fi concepts for an entire series and just enough grisly action to get by during its sub-ninety minute runtime. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Jul 25, 2014
A 72% True Lies (1994) Writer/director James Cameron has made his fair share of groundbreaking, great movies, but pound for pound True Lies is his most flat-out entertaining. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Jul 15, 2014
A 97% Life Itself (2014) Life Itself is a glorious celebration of Ebert and everything he accomplished throughout his life. It's tough at times, but always fair. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Jul 10, 2014
A 93% Speed (1994) It's easy to poke fun at some of the more far-fetched scenes and, at times, cheesy dialogue, but this is still one hell of an action movie. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Jul 10, 2014
B 86% Willow Creek (2014) Willow Creek is an unexpectedly restrained and atmospherically effective slow burn. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Jul 3, 2014
F 23% Tammy (2014) It's a sad, angry excuse for a comedy that contains exactly one chuckle and infinitely more cringing. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Jul 1, 2014
C- 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) Just because you know you're a lame retread doesn't mean you're not a lame retread. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Jun 13, 2014
A- 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Finally, a summer movie. Edge of Tomorrow is an engaging and exciting sci-fi film that has a lot of fun with its premise. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Jun 6, 2014
C- 3% I, Frankenstein (2014) I, Frankenstein leaves itself open to be franchised, but the chances of that happening are equal to Eckhart putting this film at the top of his resume. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Jun 3, 2014
B+ 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) MacFarlane knows his audience and A Million Ways to Die in the West is one of the funniest films of the year - provided you're a member of his audience. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted May 30, 2014
C- 19% Ride Along (2014) Director Tim Story puts a competent visual polish on Ride Along, but it's simply not funny or action-packed enough to warrant a recommendation. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted May 28, 2014
C- 14% Blended (2014) Adam Sandler, reigning king of the Filmed Vacation, is back for another luxurious trip short on belly laughs and long on gooey sentimentality and familiar slapstick. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted May 22, 2014
D 74% Godzilla (2014) Key components missing: a point, a sense of awe, serviceable acting, and fun. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted May 16, 2014
B+ 73% Neighbors (2014) Neighbors is the funniest film of 2014 to this point. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted May 9, 2014
B- 60% Draft Day (2014) Draft Day is a passable sports drama for those interested in the behind-the-scenes hi-jinks of the title event. For everyone else, there's not much to see. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Apr 11, 2014
D 20% Sabotage (2014) You know fun? Think the exact opposite of that and you'll be in the right mindset for Sabotage. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Mar 27, 2014
C- 43% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) It piles on the beheadings, throat slashings, and impalements to near-unprecedented levels. No sign of brains, however. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Mar 7, 2014
C+ 60% Non-Stop (2014) Non-Stop features such a brilliant set-up that you spend most of the film wondering if it can pay it off. The answer is no. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 28, 2014
B- 27% Pompeii (2014) Pompeii may have razor-thin characters and the least-convincing romance of the past few years, but one thing it is not is boring. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 21, 2014
C- 49% RoboCop (2014) A generic, factory-sealed action film that is actually more interesting before Alex Murphy makes his transformation to RoboCop. ‐ FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 12, 2014