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Brian Lowry

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Traffic Stop (2017) This feels like the opening act of a feature-length film that would provide greater context, and more closure.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
84% Game Night (2018) Filled with knowing pop-culture references and deriving laughs from every key character, it's the kind of smart, fast-paced entertainment that makes a pretty delicate juggling act look easy.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
89% Annihilation (2018) Broken down to the basics, Garland has delivered another movie that's worth seeing. Like the Olympics, though, even when you put together a beautiful routine, points get deducted when you slip on the landing.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
81% Early Man (2018) Mostly, "Early Man" plays like an overstuffed episode of "The Flintstones," riffing on caveman accessories, as well as soccer fandom and hooliganism.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) There's plenty of artfully-lit airbrushed sex -- and unintended guffaws -- for those with a taste for midnight-movie-style chewy badness. Otherwise, the safe word should be "avoid."‐
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
100% Seeing Allred (2018) Nobody will confuse Seeing Allred with a hard-hitting expose; rather, this Netflix documentary unabashedly celebrates publicity-savvy attorney/advocate Gloria Allred, shedding some interesting light on her career, even if it's all flattering.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther pounces toward the head of the class in a way that should make the King, and his key subjects, a cornerstone of an already-formidable roster.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
17% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Director Julius Onah's film strands its solid cast in the vacuum of space with that most terrifying of monsters -- an utterly convoluted script -- producing a few tense moments but a general takeaway that's much closer to puzzling than profound.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) ... one of those movies that derives power from its simplicity, conveying the discrimination against its transgender heroine in a way culls from a long history of such portrayals and yet somehow manages to feel fresh and relevant‐
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
60% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) A thoughtful yet playful biography about an unsung comedy genius. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) For its target audience, The Final Year can't help but have a melancholy feel, any more than it can be separated from the prism of politics. But it's worth seeing, if only to gain greater appreciation for the nature of these jobs and their highs and lows.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
58% The Commuter (2018) Even with its conspicuous bumps, by the time it's over The Commuter delivers on a basic level, in what feels like a throwback to old-style, low-octane thrillers.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
88% The Post (2018) The Post was made for this moment, in more ways than one.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) Sorkin's reputation for crisp, rat-a-tat dialogue is well deserved, and he has an intriguing protagonist in Chastain's Molly Bloom.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
27% Bright (2017) Bright is a bloated, expensive mess, a Netflix movie with blockbuster aspirations and faerie-sized brains.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) If Phantom Thread truly does represent Daniel Day-Lewis' announced swan-song from acting, he heads into retirement on a high note in terms of his performance. The movie itself is a sumptuous but chilly affair.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
73% Hostiles (2018) The themes of redemption and forgiveness are both timely and timeless, but the connecting narrative proves a tad episodic, and the erosion of ill feelings and grudging respect, however admirable, doesn't feel entirely earned.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
77% All the Money in the World (2017) The contortions surrounding the kidnapping... become more conventional, building to a thriller-like conclusion that seeks to ratchet up the tension but proves so conspicuously crafted and Hollywood-ized as to sacrifice authenticity.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
51% Downsizing (2017) After having gone to great lengths to explain its premise, Downsizing thus shifts gears about halfway through, becoming a pretty good movie, just not exactly the one you'd been watching until then.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
55% The Greatest Showman (2017) The joy the performers exhibit is practically contagious, and helps carry the movie over its drier patches.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Optimistically, The Last Jedi leaves plenty of intriguing possibilities for the climactic installment. But there's also the kind of room for improvement that remind us when it comes to Star Wars, such hopes -- new or otherwise -- spring eternal.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle turns out to be surprisingly fun, infusing the premise with a The Breakfast Club twist while accentuating the comedy.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) Elevated by Margot Robbie and Allison Janney's shimmering performances, this entertaining account of those strange events earns the sort of high marks for creative interpretation that its protagonist complained eluded her.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
94% The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017) At the risk of burying the lead, anyone who cares about journalism -- then and now -- won't have any regrets about watching "The Newspaperman" either.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Perhaps foremost, the film plays like an ode to the black-and-white staples that helped forge del Toro's passion for movies, drawing upon those old-fashioned virtues even as the director seeks to update them with a distinctive spin.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist -- James Franco's hyphenated turn as star, producer and director -- deftly falls into that comedic pantheon, joining the likes of Ed Wood in making an entertaining movie about a truly terrible one.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
No Score Yet Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron (2017) There's a great special to be made about Titanic, the movie; and Titanic, the giant ocean liner that sunk 105 years ago. Titanic :20 Years Later... splashes down somewhere between the two, and in the process almost completely misses the boat.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) It plays too much like a Hallmark Channel movie with somewhat bigger stars -- creating a mundane story around a magical one.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldman should probably skip past Oscar talk and jump directly to knighthood for Darkest Hour, a screen portrait of Churchill against which all others will be measured.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
97% Coco (2017) "Coco" doesn't fully scale the heights of its predecessors, but where it counts, the movie hits almost all the right notes.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
96% Mudbound (2017) Elevating Netflix's theatrical game, Mudbound is a powerful and absorbing film, one that does a splendid job of preserving its literary voice while painting a densely layered portrait of two families in World War II-era Mississippi.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
100% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) ... thanks to "Jim & Andy," viewers will come away not just with greater insight about them, but also the pitfalls that potentially face those who beat the odds by turning an open-mic night into a thriving career.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Washington's quirky performance shines brightly, but in a movie that otherwise doesn't present an especially strong case for rushing out to see it.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) While Justice League endeavors to save the world -- and plant the seeds to do so again -- this is the sort of film, given DC's track record, that should celebrate small victories where it can find them.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) ... the various subplots never really arc, feeling more like stitched-together snippets from '80s sitcoms.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Still, Branagh clearly has fun with the eccentric nature of the Poirot character, whose gift of insight is a blessing when it comes to solving crimes but a curse in its effects on his daily existence.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
75% Last Flag Flying (2017) Last Flag Flying is a low-key gem.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
29% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon gives away the game on its mystery a bit too soon, but it's still fun watching the various shoes drop.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) At a fundamental level, Marvel jams enough high-spirited entertainment into the movie to ensure that it's worthy of the price of admission.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
86% 1922 (2017) [1922] is a credible addition to a filmography where practically every thought the writer commits to paper is, seemingly, deemed fit for the screen.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
99% Jane (2017) Whatever you know about Jane Goodall, there's more to learn from Jane, a gorgeous documentary devoted to the life of the famed primatologist and her life's work with chimpanzees.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
62% The Foreigner (2017) Chan is perfectly fine as a man who feels he has nothing to lose, but his hollowed-out gaze and Death Wish-style crusade can't compensate for how numbingly thin this all is, stringing together just enough plot to justify the eruptions of violence.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
88% Only the Brave (2017) Filled with male bonding and macho bravado, it's a polished, old-fashioned account of heroism, one whose familiar beats and episodic nature somewhat blunt its dramatic spark.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) All three of the principals are terrific, but it's Hall who most stands out.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Exquisitely made by director Simon Curtis, Goodbye Christopher Robin is a genuinely emotional film -- one that explores deeper themes in a simple and understated manner.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) Anchored by topnotch performances by Chadwick Boseman in the title role and Josh Gad, it's a 75-year-old story imbued with modern-day resonance.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
94% Spielberg (2017) To anyone who has grown up consuming Spielberg's work, Lacy has delivered a documentary that will speak to them too -- one that at its best approximates the feeling of the last 40-some-odd years of movie-making flashing before your eyes.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) To the marginal extent that it works, credit Elba and Winslet, who manage not only to convey determination, fear and bouts of resignation but also possess the sort of innate appeal that makes some of the thinner plot points more palatable.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Yet despite Ryan Gosling, a striking visual template and Harrison Ford reprising the role he played in the 1982 sci-fi classic, glitches mar this undeniably ambitious but drawn-out exercise.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Mark Felt pulls its subject out of the shadows, without providing the sort of focus that would truly shed light on its subject matter -- or deliver a movie as compelling as the history that inspired it.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017