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Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% 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
97% 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
54% 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
66% 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
No Score Yet 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
54% 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
19% 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
71% 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
35% 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
85% 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
81% 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
46% 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
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
10% 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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A peculiar kibble of vignettes, wrapping reincarnation and life lessons together in a sappy Hallmark Channel-style doggy sweater.‐
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
89% 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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
85% Silence (2017) Martin Scorsese's Silence is good, but not golden.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Moving but fitfully realized.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016