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Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
F No Score Yet Mad Families (2017) "Mad Families" is a vicious waste of time for viewers, who are subjected to incredibly lame material sold at a painfully casual speed, shellacked with artificial sentimentality and poisoned by witless riffing. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 19, 2017
D 0% The Book Of Love (2017) Perhaps Purple and Pickering have honest intentions, but "The Book of Love" doesn't deliver sincerity. It's more comfortable with heavily sugared predictability. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 19, 2017
B 88% A Patch Of Fog (2017) It's an engaging feature, pulling off agitation with skill, but it's better in psychological gamesmanship mode, permitting the talent to make sense of strange characters locked in a cautious battle of personal need. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 19, 2017
B- 52% Trespass Against Us (2017) "Trespass Against Us" can be episodic, but it locates the core of the father/son dynamic, with its uncomfortable closeness. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 19, 2017
B+ 95% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) Lorius's enthusiasm is infectious, and "Antarctica: Ice & Sky" is educational and awe-inspiring. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 19, 2017
A- 90% 20th Century Women (2017) It's the texture Mills brings to his characters that completely sells "20th Century Women," securing a rich understanding of personality to go along with his more artful take on the flow of life. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 19, 2017
D+ 42% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) It's a true mission: impossible for this unwanted continuation, as the world of "xXx" died out a long time ago, making a restart pointless, especially one that plays more like a "Spy Hard" sequel than a stunt and attitude bonanza. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 19, 2017
C 76% Split (2017) The director's fans will undoubtedly cheer the final form of the picture, but it's a big reach for a movie that doesn't have the wingspan to begin with. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 43% Cherry 2000 (1988) Offers a colorful supporting cast and a fluid pace. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 15, 2017
C- 34% Live By Night (2017) In a movie that gradually reveals its mediocrity, Affleck's droopy star performance speeds up disappointment with the final effort. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
C 15% Sleepless (2017) That "Sleepless" is idiotic isn't the problem. It's the good kind of dumb for 45 minutes. But it doesn't sustain itself for the full feature, relying on ridiculous extremes to keep viewers awake. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
F 24% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Isn't much more than a terrible title, gifting paying customers wretched performances, murky mythology, and low-wattage chills, with stupidity the dominating vibe of the picture. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 12, 2017
D+ 33% Monster Trucks (2017) Deathly dull, scripted in Crayon, and strangely cast, hoping the central visual of a monster positioned as the engine of a truck is enough to forgive all moviemaking sins the production commits. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 12, 2017
B+ 100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) It was a fascinating documentary before, but now it's a treasure. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 12, 2017
B+ 57% Claire in Motion (2017) Steady and sincere, even when it teases conventional conflict and resolution...Brandt is terrific. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 12, 2017
C 41% 100 Streets (2017) "100 Streets" looks to detail the capacity of the human heart during its darkest trials, but it only connects periodically. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 12, 2017
D 17% The Crash (Jekyll Island) (2017) The more Rappaport tries to pull urgency out of thin air, the harder the movie flounders, finding its title more descriptive of production ambition than dramatic content. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 12, 2017
F 5% Arsenal (2017) It's easy to understand why "Arsenal" doesn't inspire anything but an immediate need to do something else with your precious time. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 12, 2017
D+ 0% Bad Kids of Crestview Academy (2017) Despite its lively origins as a graphic novel, the film is hopelessly dull. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Massage Parlor Murders (1973) Massage Parlor Murders isn't much of a movie, but it's a heck of a viewing experience, packing in enough violence, vague confrontations, and nudity to satisfy those in the mood for gratuitous, no-budget entertainment. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 9, 2017
D+ 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Action is replaced with world-building, keeping the fourth sequel to the 2003 original more about course-correction than promised combat. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 6, 2017
B 83% Silence (2017) It's accomplished work, as to be expected, but it's also a moviegoing test of patience only reserved for Scorsese's most devout fans. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 6, 2017
B 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Underneath convention is an inspection of tremendous intelligence finding its place in the world, with the production valuing education and problem solving, which doesn't come across the screen nearly enough. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Jan 6, 2017
A 79% Patriots Day (2017) Vividly crafted, suspenseful, and respectful to those involved in violence and law enforcement, the feature is easily Berg's best work. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 29, 2016
B+ 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Bayona has a gifted cast, and he's ready to get lost in this corner of the world, building a fantasy that's reinforced with decidedly credible emotion. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 29, 2016
B+ 96% Paterson (2016) It's a distinct Jarmuschian effort, but I doubt few would want his work any other way. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 29, 2016
B+ 83% Julieta (2016) Typically gorgeous work from the helmer. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 29, 2016
B+ 80% Beyond the Gates (2016) Doing something with video store memories, "Beyond the Gates" has the right ideas when it comes to shadowy evil and VHS ephemera, creating a very entertaining and mildly spooky B-movie version of "Jumanji." ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 29, 2016
C- 42% A Kind of Murder (2016) "A Kind of Murder" has a handful of production achievements worth noting, but the rest is frustratingly forgettable. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 29, 2016
D+ 31% The Hollow Point (2016) Lopez-Gallego spends more time polishing his weapons than he does strengthening editing and building characterization. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 29, 2016
A- 89% Jackie (2016) Portman's body language, a profound interior burn, is brilliant. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
B- 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Incredibly flawed, but there's something to the confident execution of the feature that gives it a cinematic presence and passable respect for console origins. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
D 31% Passengers (2016) A picture that bizarrely tries to transform absolute horror and cold-blooded murder into the date night event of 2016. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
D+ 40% Why Him? (2016) There's a more detailed, relatable picture in there somewhere, but Hamburg doesn't have any interest in finding it. He's too busy dreaming up ways to keep Bryan Cranston struggling on a toilet. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
B+ 95% Fences (2016) Intimacy is a challenge for "Fences," but the acting is expectedly dynamic, with raw nerve work from the leads carrying the feature through a few rough patches of storytelling. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
B+ 88% Elle (2016) It's a strange feature, but one doesn't want Verhoeven any other way, and he delivers a unique viewing experience as the story touches on some truly disturbing events. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
C 70% Sing (2016) Isn't anything special, checking off a to-do list of animated antics with a large cast of characters, with performance sequences breaking up a slow slide into banality. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
A- 98% Moonlight (2016) It's a special feature, rich with character and perspective, and it showcases what Jenkins is capable of, especially with difficult tales of lives lived in a constant state of fear. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
A 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Another example of Lonergan's gift with storytelling and timing, taking a slow but engrossing journey into the ways of grief and responsibility, and doing so with an expert handling of humor, heart, and paralyzing pain. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
F 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) This is an awful picture, graceless and insincere, doing more to manipulate than illuminate, while wasting the time of actors who really should be elsewhere, spending time on more meaningful films. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
B+ 83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) Some movies are worth a look just to see Catherine Deneuve romance a gorilla. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
B- 93% La La Land (2016) Chazelle's vision to too candied to dismiss, but this extravagance demands more judicious editing, keeping the picture tight and tender. Its current slackness only emphasizes troubling casting faults and dramatic limitations. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
C 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) "Nocturnal Animals" is more of an exercise in manipulation than a piercing story of paralyzed hearts, eventually dissolving into a movie of moments instead of a cohesive arc of illness. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
D+ 24% Solace (2016) A frustratingly flat effort, and one carried along by an Anthony Hopkins performance where the actor's lights are visibly switched off, creating a dramatic gap where urgency usually resides. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
B 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It's an experiment that mostly works, but there are moments when it's clear that the task of finding new areas of "Star Wars" to play with is a bit too much for director Gareth Edwards to handle. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 13, 2016
C 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) So concerned with telling a coherent, emotionally resonate story, it often forgets to have fun with itself, eventually losing focus on chaos to adhere to convention. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 10, 2016
B- 42% Friend Request (2017) It isn't terrible, which is as close to praise as I'm willing to get. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 4, 2016
A- 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Outstandingly detailed, creating a richly human take on an oft-told tale of sudden liberation. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 4, 2016
B+ 66% Frank & Lola (2016) It's not a major offering of uneasiness, but its toxic charms soon become riveting. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 4, 2016
B 38% All We Had (2016) It's an episodic picture, and perhaps a premise seen one too many times, but Holmes finds a way to soften cliché and make the feature feel lived-in and emotionally true. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Dec 4, 2016