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Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D 21%

Incarnate (2016)

""Incarnate" is a Thanksgiving turkey put out for display a week late."
Posted Dec 2, 2016
B- 69%

SiREN (2016)

"Keeps levels of sex and violence high enough to forgive stretches of padding needed to beef up material that originated as a 15 minute blast of shaky cam and screaming. "
Posted Dec 2, 2016
B- 29%

Nerdland (2016)

"Tests of a skill and the implementation of bad ideas are amusing, offering satisfying timing and unpredictable results, getting "Nerdland" up to speed with a broad sense of humor"
Posted Dec 2, 2016
B+ 74%

The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

"Gruesome and macabre, but it's also powerful work, following through on a vision for psychosis with welcome brevity and a weirdly compelling, periodically loathsome fondness for the unpleasant."
Posted Dec 2, 2016
C- 10%

Man Down (2016)

"Montiel isn't heartless, but this complicated and urgent issue deserves a more thoughtful approach than the flaccid mystery he presents."
Posted Dec 2, 2016
C 0%

Run the Tide (2016)

""Tide" doesn't connect emotionally or spiritually, spending too much time on formula when these brittle characters deserve a chance to explore raw intensity and the messy process of forgiveness."
Posted Dec 2, 2016
D 23%

Bad Santa 2 (2016)

"It opens with suicide attempts and ends with an assortment of "tea bagging" photos, keeping "Bad Santa 2" low to the ground, and yet it somehow still falls below expectations."
Posted Nov 25, 2016
B 61%

Allied (2016)

"A strong picture in design and escalation, earning its transformation into an askew love story with a chilling but appropriate conclusion."
Posted Nov 23, 2016
B+ 89%

Loving (2016)

""Loving" has its missteps, but it's a typically strong effort from an increasingly reliable filmmaker."
Posted Nov 23, 2016
A- 95%

Seasons (Les saisons) (2016)

"It's eye-opening work."
Posted Nov 23, 2016
B+ 97%

Moana (2016)

"Pure eye candy, but there's a journey here that holds attention, offering cultural flair, lively characterizations, and a charming way with myth and family. It's a charmer."
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 57%

Rules Don't Apply (2016)

" "Rules Don't Apply" is messy work, but it's also distinctive, carrying the unmistakable Beatty energy that once beguiled audiences everywhere. "
Posted Nov 18, 2016
C- 45%

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

" It's too bad few people will actually experience "Long Halftime Walk" in its native format. Stripped of gimmicks, and the movie is substantially dulled, exposing a feeble story at the heart of all the technical wizardry. "
Posted Nov 18, 2016
C+ 75%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"While big screen spectacle is appealing, the material just isn't as deeply felt as previous Wizarding World adventures, making it appear as more of a business decision than rip-roaring new beginning."
Posted Nov 17, 2016
A- 94%

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

"It's a wonderful picture, alive and achingly human, with writer/director Craig absolutely nailing the pains of teendom, focusing on awkwardness, busting as many clichés as she can."
Posted Nov 17, 2016
C 70%

Bleed For This (2016)

"It's not a film about a man's struggle with potential paralysis, but when the rest of the feature plays so blandly and predictably, perhaps it should've been."
Posted Nov 17, 2016
B 95%

The Love Witch (2016)

"While "The Love Witch" stalls on occasion, it remains original and provocative, maintaining heat and a touch of cheekiness."
Posted Nov 17, 2016
D 0%

Life on the Line (2016)

"The real men and women who work on the country's power grids deserve better than a periodically ludicrous, mostly tedious study of honor and teamwork."
Posted Nov 17, 2016
B- 76%

A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

""Bob" takes it easy on the audience, but James's reclamation of dignity is almost enough to push the effort past its dulled simplicity at times."
Posted Nov 17, 2016
C+ 47%

The Take (Bastille Day) (2016)

"An initially straightforward story and a few inventive stunt sequences to create needed excitement. However, there's not enough of it, leaving the effort unfortunately underwhelming."
Posted Nov 17, 2016
D+ 0%

The True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016)

"If you've seen one James endeavor, you've already seen "True Memoirs," which serves up the same slapstick the actor is known for."
Posted Nov 17, 2016
F 0%

Shut In (2016)

"The mere act of deciding to buy a ticket to see it will provide more suspense than anything actually in the film."
Posted Nov 11, 2016
B- 93%

Arrival (2016)

"A viewing experience that's filled with as much frustration as it is with awe. "
Posted Nov 11, 2016
B- 50%

Almost Christmas (2016)

""Almost Christmas" doesn't overwhelm or inspire, but it's easily digestible and offers plenty of charisma to get by, displaying some life with family woes."
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B- 80%

The Monster (2016)

"It's a slow effort, painfully so at times, but the reward is a sharp psychological study that ends up being the most interesting conflict in the movie. "
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B+ 62%

Rainbow Time (2016)

"Keeps buoyant with unexpected hits of comedy and mischief, but there's a true understanding of behavior to make matters beguilingly uncomfortable."
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B+ No Score Yet

Operator (2016)

" Smart and compelling analysis of self-medication in the age of digital manipulation."
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B+ 93%

Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016)

"What the director gets absolutely right here are those abyssal feelings and paralyzing concerns that touch everyone's life."
Posted Nov 10, 2016
D 9%

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)

"Cage remains uncharacteristically subdued in the lead role. Or perhaps I'm misinterpreting his complete boredom. "
Posted Nov 10, 2016
C 75%

Trolls (2016)

"Keeping to the basics of animated endeavors, the film doesn't color outside the lines, delivering big songs and heart for family audiences, but not much originality."
Posted Nov 4, 2016
B+ 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"It's a mostly successful and visually dazzling introduction for the wizard, who fits in comfortably with the ongoing brand name world-building, making him a welcomingly oddball avenger. "
Posted Nov 3, 2016
A 86%

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"It's an exceptional picture and Gibson's finest work to date, gracefully but forcefully sharing faith-based interests without resorting to preachiness, putting Godly trust to the test on a merciless battlefield."
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B+ 67%

Trash Fire (2016)

"Bates Jr. brings a satisfying level of disturbance to the effort, keeping the audience sufficiently unnerved even with unknown turns of plot, while sustaining its rather lucid take on a terrible relationship."
Posted Nov 3, 2016
C 30%

Army of One (2016)

"It's a joy to see the old madman juices flowing again, but "Army of One" doesn't match Cage's intensity, trying to stretch a thin premise that would be better served in a short film. "
Posted Nov 3, 2016
C- No Score Yet

The Charnel House (2016)

"The change of view is welcome, but Moss isn't inventive, ornamenting a curiously bizarre premise with routine scares. "
Posted Nov 3, 2016
D 43%

Dog Eat Dog (2016)

"It's Schrader trying to raise hell with stars Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, and while the feature achieves craziness, it doesn't translate to anything particularly memorable."
Posted Nov 3, 2016
C 0%

My Dead Boyfriend (2016)

"Certain elements of the production are handled successfully, and if one can focus exclusively on the positives, the "My Dead Boyfriend" viewing experience might not register as an unfortunate disappointment."
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B- 20%

Inferno (2016)

""Inferno" doesn't rock the boat, it simply paddles along with a little more efficiency, mindful of longtime fans who've enjoyed the previous adaptations. "
Posted Oct 27, 2016
A- 90%

Certain Women (2016)

"An intriguing trio of tales that handle stillness skillfully, but understands identity remarkably."
Posted Oct 27, 2016
B+ 95%

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016)

""Miss Hokusai" can be an abrupt picture, but it retains sizable charisma and artistry, locating a few emotional moments that work exceptionally well. "
Posted Oct 27, 2016
C- 44%

The Windmill (The Windmill Massacre) (2016)

"More discerning viewers will be confronted with deja vu, even while visiting an unusual setting for mass murder."
Posted Oct 27, 2016
B+ 94%

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"It's a fine effort from a justifiably lauded creative force who lives to toy with his audience, often employing gruesome developments to do so. "
Posted Oct 27, 2016
C- 43%

King Cobra (2016)

"Kelly attempts exaggerate the strangeness of the case, losing tonal balance and interest in the human particulars along the way. "
Posted Oct 27, 2016
C- No Score Yet

Zombies (2016)

"The Romero-esque inspiration is laudable, but this is a movie that only works when whipped into a fury. Hunting for significance only underlines production limitations."
Posted Oct 27, 2016
D+ 38%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"A shockingly lumpy, lobotomized thriller, which often resembles a television pilot rather than a major movie. "
Posted Oct 21, 2016
D 22%

Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

""A Madea Halloween" hits a new low when it comes to mixed messages, moronically celebrating tough love parenting while graphically advocating violence against children."
Posted Oct 21, 2016
C- 29%

Fear, Inc. (2016)

"A "Scream" knockoff, and an easily fatigued one at that."
Posted Oct 21, 2016
C 14%

Autumn Lights (2016)

"It's a museum piece with respectable craftsmanship but little life, reserved only for viewers with a particular Euro-style cinema fetish and access to a very comfortable seat."
Posted Oct 20, 2016
D+ 33%

Good Kids (2016)

"While a comedy, the picture offers few laughs, generally avoiding any basis in reality to become a cartoon with the occasional blip of sensitivity. "
Posted Oct 20, 2016
D 19%

American Pastoral (2016)

""American Pastoral" is ambitious but it's also a mess, a colossal one at times."
Posted Oct 20, 2016
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