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Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) "Divide and Conquer" is well worth watching, underscoring the power Ailes wielded at the enterprise he ran for 20 years like a virtual kingdom.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
72% Dumplin' (2018) Dumplin has pretty much made its point about acceptance and tolerance, in the kind of polished feel-good movie that comes wrapped up in a very familiar coat, indeed.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
86% Icebox (2018) Like the best drama, "Icebox" is defined by its humanity, putting a face on asylum seekers in a way news coverage only occasionally does. From that perspective it feels like HBO is performing a public service,‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
54% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) This is one of those happy occasions where the Netflix model allows a project that might have been lost in the theatrical wilds to find its place in the circle of life, albeit on a lower tier of the jungle canopy.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
68% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) It's not terrible, just more ho-hum than ho, ho, ho. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone again provide a potent one-two combo, in a movie filled with nostalgic callbacks that make the most of the franchise's durable formula.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The colorful action should delight tykes, but the smart, media-savvy asides make it especially appealing to grownups.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
83% Green Book (2018) It's easy to wish "Green Book" itself wasn't quite so ham-fisted at times, or on-the-nose with its dialogue. But... the movie possesses hard-to-resist warmth in its underlying theme, and welcome humor in the mismatched buddy dynamic.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) More workmanlike than magical, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" nevertheless feels like an upgrade from its predecessor, one that adds star power, introduces key characters and lays the foundation for a genuine "Wizarding World" franchise.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
91% Widows (2018) [Widows] feel like a throwback -- an old-fashioned, intricately plotted crime thriller that's more about characters than explosions. Much like the heist scheme, though, the movie looks better on paper, ultimately, then it does in the execution.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) The procedure isn't a complete success, but the movie wins a few battles in terms of its premise, energy and style, if not the entire war.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) At the very least, Foy's insertion into the franchise works, in a vehicle that delivers enough of the requisite thrills to be eminently watchable.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
57% The Grinch (2018) The underlying bones of "The Grinch" are so solid the movie can't help but be moderately pleasing.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
58% The Front Runner (2018) It's an understated film with enough smarts, unlike its protagonist, to overcome its shortcomings and deliver a winning ticket.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) But like A Wrinkle in Time, Nutcracker and the Four Realms is an expensive but clunky fantasy, mashing together mythical elements but mostly hitting discordant notes.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) What seems clear is that Boy Eased -- far from disappearing -- is one of those meticulously crafted films imbued with the kind of quiet power that can, and should, truly leave a mark.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Taken strictly on its terms, Bohemian Rhapsody is a credible exercise in nostalgia, if not an especially inspired one.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
No Score Yet Outside The Bubble: On The Road With Alexandra Pelosi (2018) Though, her travels "Outside the Bubble" conspicuously feel as if she's touring a shifting political landscape using an old, once-over-lightly road map.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
79% 24: Redemption (2008) Benefits not only from the change of venue but also from the luxury of incorporating so many first-rate actors, including Robert Carlyle.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
83% My Dinner with Hervé (2018) The jokey-sounding title does a bit of a disservice to My Dinner With Herve, an HBO movie worth seeing solely for Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage's portrayal of Herve Villechaize.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) While drawing a straight line back to John Carpenter's original might be a neat trick, except perhaps for those who are a lot more invested in the franchise than this critic admittedly is, it's not much of a treat.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) To its credit, Beautiful Boy doesn't reassure its audience with the false comfort of easy answers. But it still feels, ultimately, like an earnest and relatively minor wrinkle on a stark, emotional, all-too-familiar story.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
79% 22 July (2018) Paul Greengrass' gritty, live-wire directing style is something of a trademark, and it's put to efficient use in 22 July, a layered, dense look at the savage terrorist attack that rocked Norway on that date in 2011.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
88% First Man (2018) Using every modern tool at its disposal, First Man has again presented just how harrowing that frontier was at the time, in the process planting its flag among the year's best movies.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) For Cooper, it's a polished directorial debut. For Gaga, it's as comfortable a bridge from pop stardom into the movie world as one could imagine. As duets go, that's the sort of combined star power that's difficult to beat.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
28% Venom (2018) More monster movie than a superhero one, Sony's attempt to expand its Spider-Man franchise with this solo vehicle for one of his more colorful villains makes a mess of the tone, staggering from horror-tinged nastiness to split-personality comedy.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
60% The Oath (2018) A satire like The Oath compels the audience to confront [today's headlines], albeit in fictionalized form.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
29% Night School (2018) If forced to choose, skip Night School -- a remedial-level comedy with Kevin Hart [and Tiffany Haddish].‐
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man" is notable -- ... for the audacity of building a movie around a septuagenarian criminal at all.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
76% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot has its heart in the right place, and mostly works -- managing to convey a pretty thoughtful lesson about tolerance, division and learning to see from the perspective of others within the loud, colorful, computer-rendered trappings of the genre.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
100% Robot Chicken: Star Wars (2007) This fast-paced half-hour...deftly recreates Lucas' far-far-away galaxy through surprisingly good stop-motion animation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
64% Lizzie (2018) The movie tackles [Lizzie's sexual awakening] much more head-on -- and explicitly -- than other depictions of Borden's life, including a recent Lifetime movie and series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
87% Colette (2018) Beyond her dawning sexuality, "Colette" -- foremost a terrific showcase for Knightley -- turns out to be a tale of misogyny, patriarchy and feminism,‐
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
96% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Hearing extensively from Fonda -- at 80, vibrant, defiant and introspective -- is more than worth it, as she discusses the various lifetimes she's lived,‐
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) Life Itself feels weighted down by its sense of self-importance.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
88% 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
30% 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
33% 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
86% 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 (2018) 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
90% 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
64% 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
59% 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
23% 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
96% 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
27% 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
88% 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