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Brandy McDonnell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% First Man (2018) Chazelle's biopic is more interested in exploring Armstrong's fascinating character than he is in exploring the surface of the Moon, although he depicts the latter with striking visuals and compelling near-silence.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
92% Hal (2018) Scott layers the requisite biographical information and talking-head praise with the intriguing insights, indelible anecdotes and dramatic readings of his often-dramatic letters.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 74% Smallfoot (2018) It might be a Smallfoot, but a movie that values critical thinking is a big step in the right direction.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Overstressed women weary of being good girls can find an escape that's a little darker and more thrilling than the usual girl's night fare with "A Simple Favor." ‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 79% Smokey and the Bandit (1977) [This] Southern-fried romp has a big personality and an infectious sense of fun that makes it worth taking for another spin.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
53% Papillon (2018) Sadly, Noer's Papillon is a grittier but largely generic addition to the popular prison drama subgenre.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/4 40% Cars 2 (2011) The animation whizzes at Pixar shift from weightier fare to madcap action in "Cars 2," a zippy, multitrack adventure custom built for gearheads, racing fans and little boys.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 19% Fly Me to the Moon (2008) Best suited for younger children, "Fly Me to the Moon" will give little ones an appealing, eye-catching first look at 3-D movies, provided they can be persuaded to keep their goggles on.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) With a more inventive storyline, Mars Needs Moms could have been an out-of-this-world cinematic experience. As is, the animated film offers an entertaining romp that will play best to the preschool and grade-school set and, yes, their moms.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/4 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) The first half of Breaking Dawn: Part 1 moves slowly, but at least it taps into the appropriate emotions. The second half zips along rapidly but remains alarmingly flat and lifeless.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3.5/4 71% The Last Station (2010) By turns sorrowful, sardonic and histrionic, Mirren's Sofya is always wonderfully, sloppily human.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2/4 28% Extraordinary Measures (2010) Geography aside, Extraordinary Measures includes some memorable moments but doesn't live up to the stirring real-life story that inspired it.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 88% Frozen River (2008) Frozen River delivers a harrowing journey with just enough hope under the surface to make it a memorable ride.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 92% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Damon excels as the taciturn former assassin who regrets his past wrongs even though he can't clearly remember them. As with the previous two installments, the supporting cast is top-notch.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
4/4 82% Talk to Me (2007) Cheadle's skillful performance makes Petey a flawed hero worth rooting for, even when his actions offend. Ejiofor also impresses with his subtle turn as the conflicted, success-hungry Dewey. In addition, the film boasts an excellent sound track.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/4 14% Made of Honor (2008) Despite blissful chemistry between its leads, the romantic comedy Made of Honor tosses out a limp bouquet of tired gags and predictable plotlines.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2/4 72% Inland Empire (2006) Die-hard Lynch fans will undoubtedly find Inland Empire brilliant, but casual fans will likely think it tedious. For Lynch detractors, it will be a torture method more effective than the rack.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/4 87% Blue Valentine (2010) Director/co-writer Derek Cianfrance's insistence on framing the blue-collar story through a hipster perspective emerges as the movie's saddest aspect. ‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 72% The Boys Are Back (2009) Even if it weren't billed as inspired by a true story, Oscar-nominated director Scott Hicks'...film would ring with emotional truth. ‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 92% Of Gods and Men (2011) "Of Gods and Men" resonates with quiet power, whether it is lingering on the brothers' faces as they listen to Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" at the dinner table or soaring above the ruggedly beautiful Moroccan countryside.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3.5/4 63% Rudderless (2014) The story is so heartbreakingly compelling, "Rudderless" sails beyond a sightseeing excursion and into great filmmaking.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3.5/4 97% Once (2007) The simple and real love story will stay with you.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2.5/4 57% The 5th Quarter (2011) It isn't always warm and fuzzy, but "The 5th Quarter" at least stays true to its true story.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/4 41% Shrek the Third (2007) The comic actresses deftly turn the Disney animated standard of helpless and lovely damsels in distress on its head.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/4 89% Lebanon (Levanon) (2010) The hellish horrors of war and the emotional damage they inflict on unseasoned fighters are given a claustrophobic, close-up view in the gripping Israeli film "Lebanon."‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2.5/4 22% Country Strong (2011) The story is too clunky and overstuffed, and its flaws are even more glaring when spotlighted against stellar country music dramas. ‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3.5/4 23% Evan Almighty (2007) With "Evan Almighty," director Tom Shadyac and writer Steve Oedekerk again manage to balance humor with spiritual insight. ‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/4 62% The First Grader (2011) With stellar performances, gorgeously authentic cinematography and a winning story, the fact-based feature "The First Grader" moves to the head of the class despite poor marks in some fundamental filmmaking areas. ‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3.5/4 89% Margin Call (2011) Margin Call ranks among the top dramas ever made about Wall Street.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/4 80% Been Rich All My Life (2006) MacDonald doesn't let the story get syrupy or maudlin. But the brief run time doesn't let us get to know the dancers as well as we might like.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2/4 27% Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) The movie has a few bright moments, but writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore mostly depend on standard rom-com cliches to tell the story. ‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2.5/4 33% The Grace Card (2011) Like many faith-based films, [it] feels a little too small for the big screen. And such care has been taken to keep the language and violence to church-friendly levels that Sam and Mac's police work and interactions never ring quite true.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3.5/4 79% Surf's Up (2007) What truly sets Surf's Up apart is the natural dialogue. The filmmakers brought the actors together to record their lines, an unusual step for an animated movie. The extra effort pays off.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
4/4 91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) [It] so effectively transports viewers to the busy, vibrant, contradictory streets of Mumbai...‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2.5/4 27% Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) The animated chipmunks are just the right blend of realism and anthropomorphism. Their signature songs and rendition of "Funkytown" are fun, but their squeaky versions of current hits such as "Bad Day" are annoying, not charming.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3.5/4 85% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) The themes, though sometimes applied heavy-handedly, have timeless meaning.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2.5/4 16% Jumper (2008) Jumper can't make the leap from cool concept to good movie.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2/4 71% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) While 28 Days Later is undeniably violent and bloody, the sequel revels in pouring on extra gore. ‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2.5/4 20% Amelia (2009) While Amelia doesn't crash and burn, the new biopic of Amelia Earhart fails to soar as high as it should, given its fascinating subject.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
4/4 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) From the opening moments (Tarantino's films always start strong), the film establishes itself as the auteur's best work.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/4 54% City of Ember (2008) The movie benefits from solid performances from Tim Robbins as Doon's dad and Martin Landau as Doon's elderly boss. The design teams successfully bring the city to life.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/4 65% Biutiful (2010) Inarritu and Bardem give just enough glimpses of hope, humanity, and yes, beauty, for the film to live up to its name.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3.5/4 98% Up (2009) The geniuses at Disney/Pixar continue to elevate the art of the animated film with Up, their latest cinematic achievement.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
2.5/4 32% Not Easily Broken (2009) The overwrought drama, cliched characters and stale story lines undermine the wholesome message and make the movie seem longer than its 99 minutes.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3.54 90% The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010) The Illusionist feels personal, with a deep melancholy that keeps the story from becoming overly sentimental or cutesy.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
2/4 62% Hamlet 2 (2008) Despite a few smiles, "Hamlet 2" is a slow slog to the final curtain.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
2.5/4 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) Genuineness proves the saving grace of Nothing Like the Holidays. The cast feels like a real family gathered for the holiday.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
4/4 91% The Secret of Kells (2010) The rich colors, lavish designs and charming characters are capable of captivating even the most avid fans of computer animation.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
2.5/4 27% Clash of the Titans (2010) To fans looking for action, the bracing battles may be worth the pains of the alternately campy and oh-so-serious journey. But it's hard to imagine paying top dollar, much less the 3-D premium, for such overblown Saturday matinee fare.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/4 55% Mamma Mia! (2008) Inventive song-and-dance numbers, with a Greek chorus of island residents, and hilarious pratfalls ensue as the wedding preparations go on amid the lighthearted family drama.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018