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Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 39% Wilson (2017) Boosted by terrific leading performances from Harrelson and Dern, "Wilson" is fatigued quickly, working very hard to sell an atmosphere of illness that, while insistent, isn't all that compelling.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
C 47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) "Power Rangers" has the right idea to approach the material with a meatier attitude, but there's little payoff worth waiting for.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
C+ 67% Life (2017) After such a haunting opening half that highlights amazing cinematography, CGI, and frenzied acting, "Life" eventually becomes a bit ponderous, which is not the direction a furious creature feature should go.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
C 29% The Boss Baby (2017) One can actually feel the strain of the production as it dreams up something to do with a thin concept, throwing anything at the screen to see what sticks. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
F 21% CHiPs (2017) How bad could "CHiPs" be? There are more references to analingus than there are motorcycle chases.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
B 77% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Manages to be a deeper, more meaningful chapter in this brain-scrambled saga, enjoying the rush of nostalgia and renewed danger as it deals with a crisis that's more universal than substance abuse: aging. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
A- 94% Prevenge (2017) Exceptional film, bringing out the best in Lowe, who hopefully has more stories and nightmares to share as she embarks on what's aiming to be a triumphant directorial career.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
B- 89% Raw (2017) "Raw" is a pretty picture and provocative to a certain degree, but it chooses to hold back on its ghastly potential, which might inspire some post-screening conversation, but no lingering scares.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
B+ 71% Contemporary Color (2017) What Byrne ultimately wants from "Contemporary Color" is a chance to bring color guard to the masses, and he's triumphant in this mission, delivering an energetic, intimate showcase for an impressive dance art.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
C 47% Bokeh (2017) Strives to be meditative, examining art, life, and the pain of living, but it never achieve its full dramatic wingspan, wasting its potential on actors incapable of keeping their characters compelling.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
C 79% Personal Shopper (2017) A struggle for Stewart, who puts in a professional effort to communicate inner turmoil, but often falls back on fingers-through-the-hair indication that undermines the subtle rise in uncertainty Assayas is ultimately hunting for. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
C- 46% The Belko Experiment (2017) Gunn cherry picks from the boldest in battle royal cinema, but doesn't sharpen the effort into a fine point, content to manufacture a massacre, but wary of assigning any deeper meaning to it. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
B+ 81% Mean Dreams (2017) Paxton's terrific, keeping "Mean Dreams" as unsettling as it can be, adding terrific punctuation to a movie that needs his unusual take on menace, giving the hunt and the heartbreak welcome urgency.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
B+ 93% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017) It can be a silly film, but its heart is always in the right place, supplying meaningful themes and characterization, which are always supported by fantastic performances.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
B 84% Burning Sands (2017) Distinct in its point of view, with co-writer/director Gerald McMurray creating terrific scenes of anxiety and confusion to help support a periodically disappointing feature.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
D+ 0% The Dark Below (2017) Schulze comes up short in the chills department, exhausting the audience with iffy offerings of style that do next to nothing for the endeavor's fear factor. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
C- 25% Atomica (Deep Burial) (2017) The film doesn't come alive as a thriller, with big reveals limping into the light, and resolutions lacking significant punch.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
B 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It's entertaining escapism with a giddy appreciation for creature violence and thickly sliced human motivation, delivering an idiosyncratic King Kong extravaganza that's different in many ways, while still exploiting traditional monster mayhem.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B+ 100% Don't Kill It (2017) Mendez returns to form with "Don't Kill It," a wild and inventive comedic chiller.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
B 89% My Scientology Movie (2017) There's plenty missing from "My Scientology Movie," which lacks profound revelations and results, but it does add to any understanding of the religion and its cult-like structure of power.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
B 100% Love & Taxes (2017) "Love & Taxes" is a bit unsteady at times, but Kornbluth charm and eccentricity remains as potent now as it was 16 years ago. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
D+ 35% Brimstone (2017) It's a brutal film, in aggression and pacing, and I can only hope some of Koolhoven's helming fee went to some badly needed therapy sessions. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
C- 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) A live-action take that's largely without heart, soul, musical achievement, visual appeal, and judicious editing.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
C 33% Lavender (2017) It's not always a tasteful film, eventually making positive accomplishments difficult to track by the third act. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B- 39% Wolves (2017) Whatever the feature lacks in originality it makes up for in sincerity, offering dimensional characters and a few harrowing situations.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B 96% Kedi (2017) "Kedi" is simple, but it finds a tone of kindness that's special and endearing while still offering all the feline behaviors a "Cat Fancy" subscriber could love. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Zandvliet isn't above a few unnecessarily manipulative moments, but he handles intense drama with confidence, delivering a WWII saga that's engrossing and harrowing.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B+ 100% The Last Laugh (2017) An engrossing reminder of joke evolution, sharing insights and examples to best comprehend the human impulse to find laughs in the darkest hours.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B+ 89% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) The feature is amusing, but also astute in its understanding of depression and loneliness.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B+ 74% Catfight (2017) Frequently hilarious, delivering bellylaughs to go with broken faces, keeping the bizarre endeavor wonderfully entertaining. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
D- 19% Table 19 (2017) Blitz is lost here, flailing with terrible scenes, trying to make something meaningful stick with stillborn material and a dead-eyed cast. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B 67% Before I Fall (2017) "Before I Fall" isn't stunning, but that it works at all is kind of miraculous, treating its characters with dignity and taking their hidden concerns seriously. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B- 22% Collide (2017) If you squint hard enough and hop on one foot, it's actually an entertaining B-movie, delivering some agreeably frantic moments in a European setting.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
B- 99% Get Out (2017) It's a successful endeavor, but not overwhelmingly so, with iffy taste and timing of humor disturbing the hypnotic spell it's itching to cast.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
B- 71% XX (2017) "XX" is laudable, making a necessary push to pursue the female experience not only in horror, but moviemaking in general, showcasing some incredible talent, though not always the sharpest storytelling.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
D+ 44% Drifter (2017) It's a dry bite of cannibalistic terror in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and a film that feels like it lasts for three years, despite kinetic plot elements.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
C- 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) A painfully melodramatic take on world events, working to welcome audiences into bleak territory through a romantic tale of lost lovers, and the fantasy doesn't mesh with reality.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
B- No Score Yet Lost Cat Corona (2017) Tarsitano aims to explore certain areas of masculinity in his screenplay, giving the effort unexpected meaning, which helps to balance out the movie's less than thrilling stretches of NYC irritability. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
B 92% Logan (2017) An interesting meditation on life and death, periodically interrupted by excessive, skin-slashing, bone-snapping ultraviolence. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
B- 35% The Great Wall (2017) It's a fine distraction, very entertaining in spurts, and it's a shame the production couldn't dream up something more dramatically substantial to go with its creature feature ambitions.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
D 27% Fist Fight (2017) Thin, insincere, and weirdly aggressive with raunchy humor, "Fist Fight" is many things, but amusing isn't one of them.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
A- 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Immediately positions itself as one of Farhadi's finest features, digging deep into acts of frustration and stunted communication.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
D+ 30% Don't Hang Up (2017) Isn't a heartbreaking misfire, but it's not a picture that's thinking clear enough.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
C 45% Youth in Oregon (2017) Powerfully acted by select cast members, but the production bites off more than it can chew when balancing a desire for emotional authenticity and the comfort of dramatic formula.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
C 20% 1 Night (One Night) (2017) Baig is marching toward something, it's just debatable if the mission is worth the time invested. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
C+ 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Its quest to be the most overloaded, hyperactive, reference-heavy endeavor of all time goes from amusing to taxing quickly.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
C 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) There's a terrific, haunting 75 minute long chiller here for the taking, but it's buried deep inside 145 minutes of repetition, flaccid sleuthing, and visual excess.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
A- 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) "Chapter 2" maintains the delicious vibration of the original film.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
A 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Incredibly artful, sincere work that rewards patience with an achingly human story of life and death as it tours the vast recesses of the mind. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
D- 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Basically a staring contest between two creeps. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017