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Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
66% Life (2017) Life... a taut, suspenseful thriller that's more enjoyable the less you think about it.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
48% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) At over two hours... the movie simply takes too long building up toward the inevitable showdown, which pretty quickly devolves into a lot of CGI-enhanced mayhem that has its moments but isn't quite stirring enough to justify the wait.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) If all of Disney's live-action efforts are as exceptional as this one, by all means, be our guest.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Mostly, the movie gives the impression of serving as the opening salvo in a larger corporate enterprise. And while its leading man might be gigantic, in qualitative terms, Kong doesn't set the bar very high.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
92% Logan (2017) Logan offers an element of completion, and an intriguingly different take on the material. It is also, along with the FX series Legion, a sign of the maturation of comics on screen, for better or worse.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Modest in scale (almost everything happens in one location), Get Out nevertheless signals Peele as a talent worth watching, joining the ranks of filmmakers who cut their teeth in the horror genre.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
80% Unlocking the Cage (2016) At a time when so many cinematic arguments are cast in black-and-white terms, tipping the scales in one direction, it's refreshing to see one that's content to present a case that leaves room for several shades of gray.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) A well-paced action movie that doesn't waste much time on preliminaries or explanations before plunging headlong into a prolonged, elaborately orchestrated fight against a horde of ghastly creatures.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
61% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) Ultimately, the scope of this modest exercise seems about right: A nice little movie, about a small man, with big dreams.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The Lego Batman Movie is OK, but more than its wildly successful predecessor, well short of awesome.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The frequent use of musical montages -- as trite and heavy-handed as they are -- comes across as something of a relief, simply because during those stretches, nobody's talking.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
No Score Yet High School Lover (2017) Indeed, the camp factor is so high that Lover almost plays like a full-on parody of TV movies' bad old days -- a la Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? (in this case, Father) -- except for the fact that parts of it are so unpleasant.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
25% The Comedian (2017) While Jackie harbors plenty of rage, The Comedian is ultimately too heavy on the bull.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A peculiar kibble of vignettes, wrapping reincarnation and life lessons together in a sappy Hallmark Channel-style doggy sweater.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
50% Beaches (2017) Menzel's singing... does provide compensation for wading through the melodrama, although frankly, DVR-ing and zapping to those parts would be the more time-effective option.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Bright Lights not only captures the unique nature of their bond -- forged, as it was, under such intense scrutiny -- but what made them special, both individually and together.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
88% 20th Century Women (2017) If 20th Century Women is as wistful and pleasant as an ocean breeze, its message also dissipates about as quickly as the sand between your toes.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
96% 13th (2016) Given the concerns about relations between law enforcement and minority communities, 13th could hardly be timelier.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
100% Class Divide (2016) [Class Divide] bores into income disparity in an area where an elite private school and multi-million-dollar high-rise condominiums have gone up adjacent to poverty-stricken public-housing projects.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
87% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls joins a rich trove of movies in which children process real-life ordeals by escaping into elaborate fantasies, which doesn't make director J.A. Bayona's film any less beautiful or haunting.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
85% Silence (2017) Martin Scorsese's Silence is good, but not golden.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
80% Patriots Day (2017) The story can't help but be stirring, but director Peter Berg's spare, flag-waving ode to Beantown's beating heart frequently comes across as more dutiful than dramatic.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
80% Barry (2016) As a movie, that narrative spine is slim, to say the least, making Barry interesting in places but never particularly dramatic or engaging.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
93% Fences (2016) Washington's role is obviously meaty, and he plunges into it with a mix of swagger and vulnerability. But it's Davis, not surprisingly, who really shakes the rafters, in a performance tailor-made for her.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story answers the question of whether that galaxy far, far away is big enough to sustain multiple offshoots with an emphatic yes.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) As good as La La Land is throughout, the last act elevates the movie considerably. And while everything here has roots elsewhere, the way Chazelle strings these notes together somehow looks and sounds fresh and new.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
79% Hairspray Live! (2016) A frothy adaptation of the movie-turned-stage presentation that frequently burst with infectious energy.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Moving but fitfully realized.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
95% Moana (2016) Disney continues its animation roll with Moana, a seafaring quest that sails past its one rocky patch with visual brilliance and several Broadway-ready songs, the latter conjured in part by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them turns out to be a hyperbolic name for a pretty so-so movie -- one with entertaining passages, but which mostly feels like a big-budget prequel to the better, more cohesive film that's yet to come.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Featuring Casey Affleck in an Oscar-caliber performance, it's a deeply affecting little gem of a film, which should gently sweep filmgoers up in its melancholy tides.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Hailee Steinfeld became a child star to watch in True Grit, and delivers on that promise in The Edge of Seventeen, a coming-of-age movie that owes a debt to John Hughes films but establishes its own voice for the selfie-and-sexting generation.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Those expecting a whiz-bang film should be prepared for a more cerebral and emotional experience, admirable for its ambition and tone, if not wholly satisfying in its payoff.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Hacksaw Ridge has something in common with Loving, another real-life story opening this week... in both instances it's the strength of the underlying narrative, more than the filmmaking, which does most of the heavy lifting.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) An extremely entertaining and sure-footed adaptation that manages to conjure more than enough magic to easily pass its spell check.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
93% Newtown (2016) One needn't be a mother or father to be drawn in by what Snyder has captured in this quiet but powerful film. Just being human will do.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) Director Ron Howard has paced the movie like one extended chase, but despite plentiful action, it's generally about as suspenseful as an art-history lesson.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) What Weiner makes painfully clear is the collateral damage of Weiner's actions... To that extent, it's possible to share his politics and still see him as a fatally flawed vessel for them.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
55% Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016) More notable for the stealth with which it was produced than its content, Michael Moore in TrumpLand is less a movie than a filmed concert by someone who is more accomplished as a showman than a stage performer.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Keeping Up With the Joneses is as blandly generic as its title, a comedy that telegraphs every beat with a one-sentence description of the premise and continues the cinematic squandering of Zach Galifianakis since The Hangover.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
97% Moonlight (2016) Deeply affecting, Moonlight is a small, beautifully told story that resonates well beyond the time spent in the theater.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
28% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) Even if the movie doesn't live up to the anticipation, there's a kick in reentering this time warp. And while it's not a fresh take, as Frank-N-Furter might say, that isn't all bad.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
44% The Girl on the Train (2016) The flashback structure isn't wholly satisfying, and the climax leaves an abundance of questions, so much so that the movie might have benefited either from taking the time to further flesh those revelations out or stripping them down.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Inevitably, the movie spends a lot of time getting ready for the climactic showdown. But it's so chaotic and protracted as to lose much of its punch.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Eastwood has delivered a no-frills affair, almost to a fault. A brisk 96 minutes, the movie is workmanlike in its approach, yet still manages to be stirring thanks to the subject matter.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Sweet, slight and fitfully funny, it's a movie admirers of the earlier films should mildly enjoy, but cast in terms any new parent can understand, isn't worth the price of a sitter.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
100% For the Love of Spock (2016) Whatever its flaws, "For the Love of Spock" mostly works for those with an interest in the man or a love of the series. And if the director was perhaps too close to the subject, that, too, has a certain logic to it.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Gordon-Levitt is deserving of praise, and possibly more tangible accolades, which the movie as a whole doesn't merit.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) Nicely conveys a broader, more intimate portrait of the First Couple, the movie probably would have been enriched if Tanne hadn't hemmed himself in so much with the conceit and instead traced more of the early stages of their courtship.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) Ben-Hur has clearly been designed and marketed to feed the appetite for projects with a spiritual foundation. Beyond the merits of that concept, though, there's precious little to celebrate creatively speaking.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016