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Brian Lowry

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
31% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Proving you can't judge a book -- or movie -- by its cover, Fahrenheit 451 turns out to be considerably less than the sum of its parts.‐
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
72% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) While "Solo" hasn't completely overcome the long odds, those harboring a love of the franchise should come away, ultimately, with a good feeling about this.‐
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 makes a point of not taking itself too seriously, which can be harder than it looks. And if that works somewhat fitfully, the sequel delivers consistently enough to keep this colorful mercenary laughing all the way to the bank.‐
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
25% Breaking In (2018) For those seeking a few mindless thrills, unlike the bandits, you've come to the right place.‐
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
87% Tully (2018) For those with an appetite for an early-summer movie with heart, but no costumes, "Tully" will take care of them, too.‐
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
28% Overboard (2018) Overboard demonstrates that not every idea deserves an encore. If the gender switch fostered some curiosity, the result is a comedy that -- even without amnesia -- would better be forgotten.‐
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
93% RBG (2018) RBG takes various facets of a fascinating life and stitches them together, as documentaries go, into a genuine beauty.‐
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) But it's really the parents who take center stage in [Blockers] this raunchy and fitfully quite funny directorial debut Kay Cannon, which plumbs plenty of warm hugs from the idea of parental angst about their kids leaving the nest.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) What "Infinity War" accomplishes, with surprising ease, is complete immersion in this elaborate world, reflecting how deft Marvel has been in assembling it. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
33% I Feel Pretty (2018) The net result is a mildly likable movie that, in comedy terms, won't win any pageants.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
100% I Am Evidence (2017) Like any good piece of advocacy journalism, "I Am Evidence" contains a strong point of view, one that derives power from its simplicity. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) Rampage does hum along at a reasonably brisk pace from crisis to crisis, and the climactic encounter is loud, destructive and moderately exciting, providing that one's brain is pretty much packed away by then. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) Borg vs McEnroe underscores the inherent drama in sports movies, while tapping into a nostalgia factor for a moment when tennis produced storied rivalries and never felt bigger.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
92% Andre the Giant (2018) Andre the Giant -- warm, nostalgic and yes, concise -- feels just right.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
75% Paterno (2018) Yes, it's interesting to watch Paterno's end as his family tries to rally around him, but there are too-few glimpses of Penn St. in his heyday, when he and others conveniently looked the other way.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
79% Chappaquiddick (2018) Chappaquiddick is heavy-handed history, a film that at times seems to owe as much to The X-Files as the many cinematic dives into the target-rich territory that is the Kennedy clan.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
80% The Child in Time (2018) The movie is nevertheless compelling, thanks largely to the interplay between [Benedict] Cumberbatch and [Kelly] Macdonald, in what amounts to a peculiar twist on a love story within the up-close-and-personal contours of a stage play. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) Just as Ready Player One moves back and forth between fantasy and reality, it's difficult not to admire the facility with which Spielberg oscillates between this sort of sprawling, popcorn-munching exercise and a character-driven historical drama.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
90% Arthur Miller: Writer (2018) A bit slow in the early chapters devoted to Miller's family history, the documentary takes off once the playwright's career kicks into gear.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
89% Isle of Dogs (2018) This Fox Searchlight release is an admirably ambitious film, one whose appreciation for its mishmash of genres ultimately proves infectious and winning.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) To its credit, Pacific Rim Uprising doesn't suffer from any pretentions about what it is, which proves kind of refreshing.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) The story's lightness is, in a sense, the source of its charm. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Ava DuVernay's splashy adaptation seldom conjures the magic to which this big-screen exercise aspires -- not a complete waste of time, certainly, but too mundane to provide a consistently good one.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
No Score Yet Mister Rogers: It's You I Like (2018) "Mister Rogers: It's You I Like," [is] an incredibly warm, at times unexpectedly moving trip down memory lane.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
No Score Yet Wild Palms (1993) After the frenetic build-up, Palms can't sustain itself through a violent and crowded final act, when things unravel both literally and figuratively. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
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
82% 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
87% 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
13% 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
16% 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
94% 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
61% 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
57% 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
87% 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
26% 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
78% 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
56% 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
90% 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