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Brian Lowry

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% Love, Gilda (2018) For those who remember watching Radner during those halcyon days on SNL,... Love, Gilda is a lovingly rendered reminder that she was, indeed, something.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
31% 70th Emmy Awards (2018) The producers stuck to the logical approach of breaking down nominees by genre... That said, the presenter banter was often painful, making a case for trotting out fewer celebrities and then actually giving them time to do or say something.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
34% The Predator (2018) Seeking to relaunch the long-running franchise, this latest sequel crumbles underneath a wearisome mix of gore and broad comedy, yielding a laundry list of shortcomings from which it's possible to run, but not hide.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
80% Reversing Roe (2018) While the documentary sheds welcome light on Roe's history -- on the road that brought us to this crucial juncture -- the filmmakers, perhaps inevitably, bypassed some key stops and turns along the way.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
No Score Yet Swiped (2017) The most unsettling aspect of Swiped,... [is] whether those responsible have simply brought another shiny new wrinkle into the process of pairing up or, more unnervingly, opened Pandora's box.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
93% Hal (2018) What comes through in "Hal" is that the kind of movies Ashby excelled at making were a challenge to get made even then, and face more formidable hurdles -- ... character-driven films have taken a back seat to the pursuit of global hits.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
65% Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) These movies aren't intended to break any new ground -- indeed, the whole point is to recycle an old genre. But graded strictly based on that modest curve, Sierra Burgess is a winner.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
58% Operation Finale (2018) What ultimately makes Operation Finale worth watching, if not exactly riveting, is the interplay between captor and prisoner.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Can't tickle the funny bone enough to get more than a few laughs even from Elmo. It's hard to overemphasize the extent to which the puerile humor yields diminishing returns.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
95% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Tinged with nostalgia and emotion, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind conveys the messy complexities of the man, while serving as an unabashed celebration of his work.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
71% Birdsong (2012) All told, Birdsong hums a pretty but not particularly memorable tune.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
23% Mile 22 (2018) Not surprisingly, the performances tend to get lost amid the mayhem -- the point here is style, not substance.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
20% The Last Sharknado: It's About Time (2018) It's hard to spoil something that has already grown this stale, serving up a composted collection of gags.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
80% I Am Paul Walker (2018) What I Am Paul Walker doesn't broach, with its adoring tone and lack of third-party experts, are any of the contradictions within its presentation.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman captures the absurd aspects of this story, while still drawing parallels that make the movie feel urgent and dishearteningly relevant. For that reason, it's among Lee's best films in some time.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A highly satisfying, decidedly old-fashioned romantic comedy, garnished with soapy elements and enough mouth-watering shots of food to inspire a big meal before or after.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) If a lot of the plotting is colossally stupid, it's presented in a cheerful, old-fashioned, thoroughly unpretentious way, built on the simple premise that scaring people with sharks in summertime is a tried-and-true convention.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
70% Christopher Robin (2018) The movie mostly works -- a fleeting reminder of the simple pleasures of hanging out with family and a talking bear, which, in these frenetic times, is the kind of silliness that's worth savoring.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
17% The Darkest Minds (2018) For all the talk about colors, though, and the palette that's represented within the movie's ambitions, The Darkest Minds ultimately proves pretty drab and gray.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Anchored by Denzel Washington's steely presence, it's a spare, brutal vigilante exercise, with an element of righteous revenge mixed into the balance.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again rides a tide of joy, fun and mother-daughter bonding, again set to a jaunty array of ABBA tunes.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
29% Shock and Awe (2018) For all that, Shock and Awe is a slim, at-times too-obvious portrayal of an important story, as well as the fundamental calling of journalism when it comes to holding the powerful to account.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Although still visually pleasing, the latest adventure seldom sparks to life, even by the standards of its undead protagonists.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) [Skyscraper] delivers similar old-fashioned, popcorn-y pleasures with its Rock-solid foundation, with a bare-bones plot and plenty of stunts that do for tall buildings what Jaws did for sharks.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) Ultimately, though, the latest documentary overreaches to make Houston's life and death about something bigger, in a way that at times feels as strained as some of the notes during that aforementioned comeback.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
97% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Entertaining, thought-provoking and filled with surprises, it scores the equivalent of a cinematic hat trick.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Day of the Soldado -- a sequel that wasn't exactly needed, which proceeds to raise complicated issues that the movie, with its simple-minded formula, isn't particularly well equipped to handle.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp works well enough.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
74% Too Big to Fail (2011) At its best, Too Big to Fail captures the inherent dysfunction in the system, which ensures that a perfect solution - especially against the backdrop of an election year - is never an option.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
78% Believer (2018) Believer and its headliner hit all the right notes, in a film that delivers another kind of thunder.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
49% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Yet while the previous film distinguished itself in part by making its dinosaurs bigger and badder, the latest trip to "Jurassic World" merely manages to make them bigger -- and worse.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
No Score Yet This Is A.I. (2018) This is A.I. brings a scholarly, understated approach to the topic of artificial intelligence, balancing the gee-whiz aspects of new developments with "We're all going to die" apprehensions about it.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
55% Tag (2018) The creative liberties, however, quickly begin feeling less and less tethered to reality, yielding sporadic but diminishing bouts of just-okay fun that ultimately don't leave much of a mark, as the idea lacks the heft to sustain a whole movie.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
58% Hotel Artemis (2018) Ultimately, though, this moody, bleak film about a secretive hospital for criminals oozes atmosphere but isn't worth checking out, or perhaps, checking in.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) [Won't You Be My Neighbor] also contemplates the beloved TV host's battle on behalf of kindness and civility, one whose outcome appears very much in doubt.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 brings a refreshingly unpretentious quality to this all-female, numerically scaled-down heist tale, yielding a movie that's pleasant, mildly fun and the gender switch notwithstanding, a bit of an old-fashioned throwback.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
72% Adrift (2018) It's worth noting, too, that while the particulars are easily found via a Google search, given the slim nature of the story, the less one knows going into the movie -- other than the fact that Tami lived to write a book about it -- the better.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
20% Dane Cook's Tourgasm (2006) If the idea was to capture the life of a traveling minstrel, the series itself is a disjointed mess, mixing montages, direct-to-camera interviews, candid footage of the boys trying to sleep and adoring fans lining up for autographs. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
92% John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2018) Keenly aware that he's nearing the end, McCain and director Peter Kunhardt have left a guide to a figure described, for good or ill, as being the most influential non-president of the last half-century.‐
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
34% 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
71% 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
82% 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
27% 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
86% 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
25% 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
94% 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