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Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D+ 50% Phoenix Forgotten (2017) Barber is just serving up more of the same tired camera quake and ineffective acting, only managing to remind viewers of more interesting takes on an exhausted subgenre.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
C 66% Free Fire (2017) Somehow manages to make an hour-long shootout feel endless and empty, despite the valiant efforts of an itchy ensemble that's ready to play with bullets and taunts. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
B- 24% Unforgettable (2017) Surely this isn't the finest film to be made from this heavily recycled concept, but the endeavor does just fine with the basics in provocation and helplessness, making more of an effort than this type of movie usually receives.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
B 82% Disneynature Born In China (2017) Remains on target as a highlight reel of China's natural grandeur and varied population, sold with an agreeable amount of "True-Life Adventures" earnestness and plenty of wonderful images.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
D+ 31% Sandy Wexler (2017) There's no reason why an Adam Sandler feature should run over two hours, especially one like "Sandy Wexler," where nothing actually happens outside of an extended impression of Wernick only a small group of Hollywood insiders are going to get. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
B- 42% Sand Castle (2017) Gut-rot emotions are plentiful and powerful, but "Sand Castle" is best with the details of the day, grasping the nightmare of control that is Iraq, which inspires true fear in those tasked with implementing change.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
C 64% Gifted (2017) Webb and screenwriter Tom Flynn try to retain softness and intimacy, but they don't know when to quit, making the endeavor feel overly fluffy.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
C+ 56% Cezanne and I (C├ęzanne et Moi) (2017) It's sluggishness that keeps "Cezanne et moi" chained to the floor more often than not, limiting its educational ambition to periodic illumination over two very long hours.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
B+ 78% Colossal (2017) A Chinese box viewing experience that mostly connects as intended, eased along by Anne Hathaway's exceptional lead performance.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
C 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Attempts to comb a little Just for Men through the graying temples of the saga by going even bigger and bolder with its car stunts and displays of brawn than ever before.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
A- 94% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) It's a tender and wise feature, sustaining Kore-eda's inspection of family and the bittersweet experience of aging. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
B 67% Tommy's Honour (2017) Most effective when close to the father and son, isolating a special relationship that carried unique communication and bonding time, and also changed the game.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
C No Score Yet 1 Mile to You (2017) The production has trouble prioritizing characters and confrontations, making the movie more of a chore to watch after a decent, heartfelt first half. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
B- 93% All This Panic (2017) There are moments when the effort looks more like an acting reel than a non-fiction odyssey into juvenile decision-making. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
C 71% Little Boxes (2017) I'd like to know what the heck suburbia personally did to screenwriter Annie J. Howell and director Rob Meyer to make them so mad at it.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
B- 38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) What drives some, possibly most, of the positive response to the "Smurfs: The Lost Village" is its non-sequel status, doing away with the flatness of the other features to become a true cartoon.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
B+ 90% In Search of Israeli Cuisine (2017) Those who enjoy art house adventuring are rewarded with a fascinating look at the creation of amazing food that reflects diverse culture and details a surprisingly sophisticated palate.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
C 46% The Ticket (2017) "The Ticket" isn't wholly successful with storytelling essentials, and surprises are few and far between in the picture, but Fluk is good with his cast.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
B- 33% Bethany (2017) During its most inventive moments, "Bethany" resembles one of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" sequels.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
C 43% The Discovery (2017) That "The Discovery" fails to satisfy isn't surprising. That it doesn't even try to sort through many fascinating details of this newly enlightened existence is.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
C 28% Salt and Fire (2017) Perhaps the endeavor doesn't stitch together as cleanly as it could, but it's always 100% Herzog. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
D 30% The Assignment (2017) While "The Assignment" is nonsense, it's not especially interesting nonsense, watching Hill flounder as he tries to make a potentially distasteful premise into a graphic novel-inspired romp that's miscast and entirely free of suspense. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
C 18% Mine (2017) It's a hard work for Hammer, who's trapped in feature-length effort that should've been a short film instead.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
B- 15% Queen of the Desert (2017) Utilizing a larger budget and working with an eclectic cast, Herzog has the right idea here, following in David Lean's footsteps as the saga touches on cultural shifts and adventurer solitude.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
C 45% Going in Style (2017) With a cast that includes Caine, Freeman, and Arkin, it's impossible for "Going in Style" to go wrong. But director Zach Braff comes close. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
B+ 92% Win It All (2017) Hilarious and horrifying, "Win It All" gives Johnson the best role of his career.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
B+ 50% Speech & Debate (2017) While it has the potential to be snarky, dim, and thin, "Speech & Debate" is downright wonderful at times, eschewing the plastic teen routine to create dimensional characters facing interesting personal and educational challenges.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
A- 74% The Void (2017) Gillespie and Kostanski follow their influences and utilize their talents, transforming a spare, low-budget endeavor into something quite special and haunting.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
B+ 39% Aftermath (2017) Cuts deep into complex emotions without the safety net of ultraviolence. It's an engrossing study of despair. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
C- 46% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Perhaps die-hard source material fanatics will be able to squeeze more out of the viewing experience, but it doesn't take an expert to identify Sanders as an inferior storyteller, more attentive to pixels than people.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
C- 0% All Nighter (2017) "All Nighter" is a missed opportunity, formulaic and tiresome, with Wiesen keeping tight control of material that's usually unleashed from frame one.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
C No Score Yet Peelers (2017) What begins as something silly eventually becomes deadly serious, which is a strange tonal direction for a picture that features an extended scene of an exotic dancer spraying urine on her customers. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
D+ 55% Here Alone (2017) An action spectacle isn't expected here, but Blackhurst's allergic reaction to pace and dramatic discovery is often painful to sit through. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
C- 40% 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 53% 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 16% 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 78% 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- 95% 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- 90% 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+ 68% 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 80% 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- 49% 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 85% 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- 22% 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