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Brett McCracken

Brett McCracken
Brett McCracken's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Christianity Today

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
46% Knight of Cups (2016) Movies rarely require us to ponder or process much after we leave the theater. But in our impatient culture of instant-everything, Malick says slow down. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 30, 2016
3.5/4 81% The Revenant (2015) The Revenant is the epitome of primal, visceral cinema. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3/4 91% James White (2015) One of the strengths of James White is its subtlety. It has things to say about modern life and especially the twentysomething male experience, but they are never said as much as pictured. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 13, 2015
2/4 64% The Visit (2015) The once great filmmaker has yet to get his early-career groove back. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 16, 2015
3/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) U.N.C.L.E. has fun playing with Cold War tropes in the decadent playground of 1960s Europe. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 20, 2015
1/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) There is nothing in Fantastic Four that hasn't been seen before. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 91% Love & Mercy (2015) It's as much an auditory narrative as a visual one, which makes perfect sense. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) A dystopian road movie that is essentially one gigantic, heart-pumping, gritty-yet-artisanal chase sequence. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 14, 2015
2.5/4 84% Noble (2015) I left Noble wanting to know more about Christina's story than could be shown in a two-hour film... Can anyone's life be sufficiently distilled in such a short span? No. But glimpses of such lives can serve other purposes. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 84% While We're Young (2015) Fear is a major theme of While We're Young, seriously explored even when played for laughs. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 26, 2015
1/4 17% Serena (2015) It's puzzling to consider what went wrong with Serena, a film that on paper should have been great or at least tolerably amusing. (It is neither). ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 19, 2015
1.5/4 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) Maps zeroes in on all the worst things about Hollywood (especially actors) and cynically pushes them to the limits of grotesquery, but does it have anything insightful to offer? ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Exodus: Gods and Kings is by no means a perfect film. But it's a very good film with exceptional devotion to craft, which is more than can be said for many other Bible-themed movies, which often favor accuracy over artistry. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/4 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) Thankfully The Fault in Our Stars presents a more nuanced and healthy manifestation of YOLO -- one that is less oriented toward reckless self-gratification and more concerned with loving others. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3.5/4 71% Interstellar (2014) It's an enthralling, provocative, ambitious film. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 91% Locke (2014) One of the strengths of Locke is the way it explores masculinity, both in its classic and contemporary forms. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) As much as I sat amused (occasionally highly amused) for 136 minutes, I never felt particularly engrossed or even all that thrilled. The stakes were too low. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3.5/4 94% Whiplash (2014) Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons are both phenomenal in their parts, playing off each other as brilliantly as one horn to another in a jazz ensemble. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3.5/4 81% Prisoners (2013) Rife with biblical allusions and ostensibly grounded in an old fashioned exploration of good vs. evil, Prisoners is more than just your standard kidnapping thriller. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3/4 88% Margin Call (2011) Buoyed by a strong cast and a smart script, Margin Call raises vital ethical questions about the intersection of "doing what's right" and "making a lot of money." ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 24, 2011
3.5/4 84% Contagion (2011) Contagion shows us that "working together" is still possible, still necessary. And in a world as divided and partisan as ours, that's an encouragement we need to receive. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3/4 92% Drive (2011) An artful, impressively made film, and one sure to excite cinephiles, everyday adrenaline junkies, and fans of stylized car chases set to an indie synthpop soundtrack. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 23, 2011
2/4 58% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) There's a lot more territory here that could have been mined but wasn't, which is a shame. But for those just looking to be scared the old fashioned way, Dark delivers. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
4/4 84% The Tree of Life (2011) A magisterial symphony of sprawling scope and grand vision, and a film that could awaken a cynical generation of filmmakers to rediscover the possibilities of the form. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 28, 2011
.5/4 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) It's not a good sign when, at the end of an alien invasion movie, you're disappointed that the aliens have not emerged victorious. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 11, 2011
1.5/4 22% Country Strong (2011) There are real issues here that need to be explored -- the neurosis of fame and its consequent personal and relational stresses -- but Country Strong gives them only surface treatment. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Feb 25, 2011
2.5/4 78% The Other Guys (2010) The Other Guys, like the testosterone-heavy "frat-pack" films which Ferrell is known for, is a buddy-cop film that's at once savvy, nostalgic, irreverent, and heartfelt. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
3.5/4 71% Never Let Me Go (2010) A genre-bending, tender, and provocative gem about what it means to be human, a film that should provide plenty of discussion fodder for thoughtful filmgoers. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
3/4 89% Waiting for Superman (2010) An "important" film, and I don't use that word lightly. A thoughtfully crafted first volley in a debate/discussion we simply cannot avoid. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
3/4 67% Date Night (2010) Fey and Carell are as good a tag-team comedy duo as Lucy and Desi, maybe even Tracy and Hepburn -- charismatic comedians who have amazing chemistry together. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 7, 2010
3.5/4 71% The Last Station (2010) Delicately photographed, whimsically scored and patiently paced, Station doesn't rely on flash and panache to make its points. But the points do come across elegantly. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2010
3.5/4 68% Shutter Island (2010) Shutter Island is all about the visceral, head-scratching embodiment of questions. Who is crazy? Am I crazy? Or are they crazy? ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2010
4/4 75% The Road (2009) It's fitting that The Road opens at Thanksgiving. It will thrill you, unsettle you, but mostly remind you that even in the darkest of times there is much to be thankful for. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 30, 2009
2.5/4 85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) It's no Citizen Kane, and it won't change your life. But it's a well-told story, and sometimes that's enough. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 30, 2009
3/4 45% The Box (2009) A confounding sci-fi mystery on one level and a tortured existential treatise on the other, pondering the nature of man in relation to God. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/4 83% Bright Star (2009) A beautiful film and a strikingly truthful one, and not because it waxes too philosophic or throws down the intellectual gauntlet. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 31, 2009
2/4 66% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) If Soderbergh's goal was to demystify Che Guevera and de-romanticize "revolution," he's succeeded. But unfortunately the result is a film that is just not very compelling. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/4 67% Revolutionary Road (2008) A showcase for DiCaprio and Winslet's formidable talents, and they are up to the challenge of playing tortured, well intentioned but ultimately doomed victims of dashed dreams. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 31, 2008
3.5/4 79% Gran Torino (2009) As Walt discovers, we can lament change all we want, but ultimately what's gone is gone. What's important is what we leave behind--our successes, failures, and '72 Detroit-made muscle cars. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 16, 2008
3/4 94% Milk (2008) Milk achieves what it sets out to do, telling an inspiring tale of one man's quest to legitimize his identity, to give hope to his community. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 26, 2008
4/4 55% Australia (2008) It's an ode to a place (exotic to some, familiar to others), yes, but more than that, Australia is state of mind: wonderment, grandeur, beauty, love, escape, hope. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 26, 2008
3/4 100% Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) A simple and inspiring story told through the medium of film. But for what it is, it definitely gets the job done. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 7, 2008
3.5/4 59% W. (2008) In an election season where personal faults are turned into salacious attack ads, it's reassuring to see that the typically salacious Stone is willing to exercise some restraint. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/4 70% Religulous (2008) It's meant to "prove" that religious belief and intelligence are mutually exclusive. If you believe that, this movie is for you. For everyone else, it's a trifling and shoddy tirade. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 3, 2008
2.5/4 45% Lakeview Terrace (2008) Slick, dramatic, and occasionally convincing, but at the end of the day it feels less like reality and more like Hollywood-does-a-race-fable. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 22, 2008
2.5/4 77% Appaloosa (2008) Appaloosa is entertaining, certainly, but it feels rather slight and feeble next to some of its more superior recent cohorts in the western genre. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 22, 2008
3/4 41% Hancock (2008) Most of Hancock's faults can be forgiven because Will Smith creates a quintessentially American hero: flawed, frayed, but always sacrificing for the sake of others. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 10, 2008
2.5/4 18% The Happening (2008) The film becomes less comprehensible as it goes along, and the audience -- expecting a patented M. Night ending -- is left with no answers, explanation, or narrative closure. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 13, 2008
2.5/4 96% Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) A foreboding look at our conception of the human being: as a mechanism that can be sculpted, doped, enhanced, and perfected because, well, because we all want to be powerful and attractive. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 30, 2008
3/4 98% Surfwise (2007) When so many documentaries today seem concerned only with arguing a point, it's nice to see something like this which seeks only to reveal. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 9, 2008