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Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Even taking acknowledged liberties with what's billed as a "mostly" a true story, "Victoria & Abdul" is such a fascinating, relevant slice of history it's a shame that the movie isn't a bit less superficial.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Kingsman: The Golden Circle ultimately delivers enough highlights along the way to merit the return engagement.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
34% American Assassin (2017) [American Assassin] plays like "The Bourne Identity for Dummies," a bland wannabe with a threadbare plot that -- the ample violence notwithstanding -- mostly misses the mark.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
84% It (2017) So while the movie isn't necessarily buoyant, as assembled, it floats just fine.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
No Score Yet Previewing of the first hour found little material of a scope that demands to be seen on an Imax screen. Inhumans" fidelity to the comics ... could also make it a tough sell beyond that loyal core.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
40% Death Note (2017) The movie merely delivers a dim dose of ho-hum horror -- one whose demise, by all rights, can be attributed to natural causes.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) Whitney itself operates on two levels -- delivering another cautionary tale about the price of fame, but also a tribute to a voice so big and buoyant that it continues to echo long after her death.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) The result is a breezy, slight, Southern-flavored movie where the cast appears to be having enough fun to prove mildly infectious.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
38% Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) Even a satire needs some sort of connective tissue, but there's no real narrative spine here, just soft cartilage.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) The Dark Tower avoids the lowest rungs of that ladder. Taken on its terms it's hardly a disaster, delivering moments of fun on a basic level.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
No Score Yet Alas, it's hard to make a silk purse out of a shark's ear -- or rather, fins and entrails -- and Sharknado 5 quickly runs out of steam.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
82% Detroit (2017) Flaws and all, Detroit is still well worth seeing -- shedding a sobering light on an extreme case of criminality under the color of authority.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) It's a variation of the presentation he delivered in the earlier film, presented with alternate amounts of humor, exasperation, faith and flashes of anger.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
90% Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) There's a sense that in exchange for this impressive access, the producers felt obligated to construct a film as soft and hazy as a Hallmark Channel movie, complete with the maudlin musical score.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) If nothing else, those who lament Hollywood's over-reliance on special effects have a shiny new example of such excess by way of Europe, situated in a faraway galaxy that mostly makes one yearn to escape into the sunlight of planet Earth.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan has delivered a visceral, suspenseful, at times jaw-dropping historical war movie, the lone disclaimer being that he sacrifices character development in his steadfast focus on technical virtuosity.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A stirring, soulful conclusion to a trilogy that has brilliantly evolved from its original source, claiming the admittedly not-very-competitive crown as the summer's best sequel.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Just as the character's primary goal here is about proving himself, in terms of Marvel injecting a rejuvenating vitality into its wayward wall-crawler, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" clears that bar and then some.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) While the first movie was, as noted, at its core rather charming, for Despicable Me, the third time definitely isn't the charm.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
85% Okja (2017) A strange, well-intentioned but heavy-handed girl-and-her-animal story that merely demonstrates Netflix still has a lot to learn about the movie business.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) As sharply executed as a hairpin turn, Baby Driver is a crackling-good ride, one that organically weaves music and humor into a slick showcase for its cast.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Writer-director Sofia Coppola has produced a small-scale movie that exalts old-fashioned movie-making qualities, yielding a refreshingly understated alternative to a sea of summer blockbusters.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
No Score Yet From the Ashes (2017) From the Ashes is both timely and squarely focused on the challenges at hand.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) This is an impressive first feature, one that resonates more strongly thanks to its fact-based underpinnings.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
53% 47 Meters Down (2017) The movie's saving grace is the visceral response that sharks produce, even more than four decades after Jaws first had audiences screaming.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
68% Cars 3 (2017) Pixar's level of ambition has always gone beyond producing movies strictly for children, which makes the retread aspects of something like Cars 3 feel a bit more deflating.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy is a mess, a movie in such a hurry to introduce more monsters under Universal's "Dark Universe" banner that it comes awkwardly wrapped in impenetrable layers of exposition.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
100% If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (2017) A warm, wonderfully wry look at people who have stayed active and vital into their 90s.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) The movie does drag a bit during that midsection after Diana bids farewell to the Amazons, but it's consistently entertaining, buoyed in no small part by [Gadot's] presence, which makes the mythological seem possible.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
53% War Machine (2017) A muddled satire about the war in Afghanistan awkwardly forced to camouflage its lead character behind a pseudonym.‐
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) A Baywatch movie needn't be high art -- its TV inspiration certainly wasn't -- but did it have to be this inane?‐
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) [It] tries to turn back time, seeking to replicate the first 2003 film's chemistry. That attempt to swim against the tide doesn't entirely work, but at least delivers moments that fleetingly jolt this... fifth installment to sporadic life.‐
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
20% Dirty Dancing (2017) ABC'S Dirty Dancing remake fits snugly in a box, adding just enough appealing wrinkles to its predecessor's familiar moves to provide, if not the time of your life, for what it is a pretty enjoyable few hours.‐
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
72% The Wizard of Lies (2017) The trappings of Wizard of Lies are, like Madoff's possessions, designed to impress. The movie, however, doesn't fare quite as well in getting to the root of his magic act, or how he was able for so long to keep his house of cards standing.‐
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
70% Alien: Covenant (2017) Yet director Ridley Scott -- who birthed the original nearly 40 years ago as well as that last film -- plunges back into the latter's mythology, with equally uninspired and perhaps more blatantly derivative results.‐
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
91% I Am Heath Ledger (2017) The video Ledger captured of himself, which is liberally woven into the film, makes this an intense portrait that actually merits its title -- up close and personal in ways that such biographies seldom are.‐
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
100% Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) A twisted and twisty documentary that's as unsettling as it is absorbing.‐
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
36% Snatched (2017) Heavy on sight gags, the movie delivers some raunchy laughs, but they arrive so sporadically as to make for a bumpy ride.‐
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
81% Risk (2017) Poitras has delivered a sporadically fascinating but finally opaque, incomplete portrait, one made no more illuminating by the fact its inscrutable subject doesn't find the likeness flattering.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) In terms of sheer entertainment value, though, this Guardians of the Galaxy ultimately shares just enough with its central quintet -- rather heroically getting the job done, even if the trip from here to there can be a bit disjointed and messy.‐
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
66% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Despite noble intentions, though, HBO has set a high bar for its movies, and the task of transforming this adaptation into something with a life beyond the printed page is where "Henrietta Lacks" proves lacking.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) At this point, shuffling alliances and adding a few big-name actors... is about all that can be done to distinguish one outing from the next, which doesn't prevent the movie from feeling mechanical, and -- at well over two hours -- a little bloated.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
52% The Boss Baby (2017) While DreamWorks Animation's latest movie starts well and ends sweetly, the loud, frenetic middle seems like an awfully good time to squeeze in a nap.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
67% Life (2017) Life... a taut, suspenseful thriller that's more enjoyable the less you think about it.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
44% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
71% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
76% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
93% 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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
81% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017