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Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) "Christmas" plays simplistically and, at times, quite blandly.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
C+ 56% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) It's a mess, but "Roman J. Israel, Esq." isn't an unpleasant one, maintaining signs of life with turns of plot and the sheer force of Denzel Washington's lead performance.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B+ 100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) Wells makes a strong impression with "Mr. Roosevelt," showcasing smart observations, a love of cinema, and respect for the growing subgenre of people experiencing emotional meltdowns in Austin.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
A 100% Lady Bird (2017) "Lady Bird" is such a beautiful, genuine creation, launching Gerwig's directorial career on a blindingly bright note, promising sharp, searching humanist efforts to come.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
A 94% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) It always threatens to spin out of control, but McDonagh secures a buzzing atmosphere of threat to the effort, allowing "Three Billboards" to blossom in unexpected ways‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
C 41% Justice League (2017) There are interesting moments when the League becomes a unit, inspiring hope that with a sequel, the gang will find time to take on the real villain around here: the person in charge of visual continuity.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
B+ 96% Coco (2017) "Coco" is a beautiful movie, and the ending is sure to reduce most viewers to pudding, but it also serves as a reminder of Pixar's free-range imagination when they step away from formula and sequels. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
B+ 85% Wonder (2017) Miraculously, it refuses syrupy turns of fate, offering a few surprises to go along with earned tearjerker interests.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
B+ 75% Last Flag Flying (2017) Linklater is wise enough to lean on the actors as much as he can, pulling out unusual feelings and reactions to the unthinkable and the unforgettable, allowing the effort to access a sense of honesty and impulse as it maintains a mournful journey.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
B 100% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) Reveals just what happened during the creation of "Moon," which wasn't just a film shoot, but a voyage into space and time for Jim Carrey, who returned to Earth a changed man.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B+ 86% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Essential viewing for those interested in a wider perspective on feminist challenges.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
C 20% Cook Off! (2017) Helped along by talented people, but it simply isn't the laugh riot Michon intends, missing killer punchlines and character focus.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B+ 80% Sweet Virginia (2017) Threatening and deeply felt, keeping the viewing experience surprising even while the story deals with familiar elements of intimidation and distress. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
C No Score Yet Revolt (2017) "Revolt" feels incomplete and undernourished in the dramatic department, though Miale isn't aiming for hospital corners with the effort.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
C 17% Almost Friends (2017) There's gentleness to the effort that's appealing, but it doesn't last long enough. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
D+ 29% The Cannonball Run (1981) Take it as pure escapism executed by giddy performers, and it's passable entertainment. Otherwise, it's a rough cross-country ride of indulgence and automobile mayhem, perhaps best suited for a Saturday morning cartoon. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
D 17% Lake Placid 2 (2007) Gone are the cheeky impulses and amusing thespian effort from the first round -- the sequel elects an unenthusiastic remake route.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B+ 93% Page Eight (2011) Although it gives off the appearance of homework, Nighy and his fellow performers give Hare's script a thrilling workout, creating significant tension out of the most routine of encounters. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
C 22% Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! (2008) Any film that opens with a comical beheading and electrocution deserves at least some praise, however faint it may be. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
C 40% Another Gay Movie (2006) Stephens works much too hard for "Another Gay Movie" to simply land a few scattered titters. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B No Score Yet BKO: Bangkok Knockout (2010) But who really cares about filmmaking fundamentals when the force of aggression registers off the charts, working countless fights and agreeable acts of heroism into a superbly entertaining blast of brutality.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B+ 100% I Clowns (The Clowns) (2001) I think Fellini feels he's shortchanging his audience. While vivid and researched, "The Clowns" seems like it only scratches the surface with his red-nosed, floppy-shoed obsession. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B- 100% The Big Doll House (1971) Hill deserves an enormous amount of credit for following the material as far as it goes, maintaining its ogle-worthy appeal for longer than anyone could possibly expect. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B- 100% The Big Bird Cage (1972) It's an entertaining movie, but only in fragments, feeling a little sleepy when it should pack one hell of a punch. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
D No Score Yet Women in Cages (1971) Any hope for shock is long gone by the time the conclusion arrives. "Women in Cages" makes the grindhouse aesthetic feel like a wet blanket. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B- No Score Yet Reach for Me (2008) An uneven but sincere viewing experience for those in the mood for a tearjerker with a saucy kick. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B+ 82% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) It was once a place for pure imagination. Now, under Tim Burton's care, it's a madhouse again. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B 45% Latter Days (2004) Instead of mockery, "Latter Days" is a vulnerable effort, rich with compassion and patience. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B+ 50% The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Craven was looking to simply scare some folks with blunt violence and a lecture on the primal nature of man. Aja's effort is an absolute declaration of war.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B No Score Yet X-Cross (2007) A spunky, darkly comic creation with a refreshingly limited amount of agony to share.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
C- 33% Vamp (1986) I'm all for Grace Jones pawing at herself in a metal bikini and kabuki make-up, but "Vamp" lacks stimulating screen energy, looking to get by with the bare minimum in terms of horror, comedy, and pole-twirling sin. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
D- 3% The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008) There have been numerous features concerning the possibly psychotic lives of teen girls. "The Haunting of Molly Hartley" has to be one of the worst of the bunch.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
D+ 31% Sympathy for Delicious (2011) After working with some impressive filmmakers throughout his career, learning from the best, Ruffalo's effort is tremendously disappointing.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
C- No Score Yet Le Notti del terrore (Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror) (The Zombie Dead) (1981) Nothing cuts the boredom of a flaccid zombie stomp quite like a creepy young boy coming on to his bewildered, not yet entirely disapproving mother. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
A- 96% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff (2011) His story ends in 2009, but his achievements live on, with "Cameraman" a sublime education on the masterful work of Jack Cardiff. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B+ 50% Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) "Hellbound" isn't pretty, but it provides a feast of repulsion, inflating the Cenobite reign to epic standards. For utter perversion and relentless ick, it's quite neat. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
C 77% Road To Nowhere (2011) Hellman is a true artist with a vision for disorientation that carries all the way through "Road to Nowhere," but the lasting impact of the film will be up to the individual viewer and their personal appetite for cinematic riddles. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
D No Score Yet Death of the Virgin (2012) I'm not suggesting the script ever held promise, but there's something interesting going on during this unpleasant mess that's never quite developed to its full potential. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
C- 18% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Isn't much of a movie, remaining true to Anders's directorial skill and franchise vision, but there are a few scattered laughs, unlike the first installment, nudging the series in the right direction.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
C+ 59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) All is not well when it comes to cinematic sleuthing, as the production tends to gloss over the fine details of certain characters, which leaves the feature feeling empty and anticlimactic.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
B No Score Yet 24 Hours to Live (2017) Through Hawke's dedication to dramatic beats and the physical drain of life after death, "24 Hours to Live" delivers a bit more bang for the buck.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
B+ 86% Thumper (2017) It's an accomplished feature, and for those interested in a more realistic young-cops-in-high-school endeavor, "Thumper" handles the social aspects and procedural trail with care.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
B+ 66% Bitch (2017) Palka takes things to an extreme, yet her sense of intimacy remains powerful, cutting through a gimmick to identify relatable stress and conjure a startling feeling of hopelessness. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
B 80% The Square (2017) Perhaps a tighter edit was in order, but commitment is rewarded with biting social commentary and satire, and a necessary pantsing of the contemporary art scene.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
B- 81% Mayhem (2017) Saved by a bright lead performance from Steven Yeun, an underutilized movie actor who really should be a leading man in more pictures.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
A- 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Waititi reaches big, creating a cosmic odyssey that's rich with elaborate costuming, ornate sets, strange creatures, and direct danger, coming close to replicating the magic found in 1980's "Flash Gordon."‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
D- 27% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Moore and Lucas are content to serve up the same strident, careless vulgarity, mixing up a batch of this expired nog as quickly as possible before audiences have a chance to reconsider their fondness for the original film.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
A- 78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) "Deer" rivals "Dogtooth" in terms of sheer unease, and it reinforces just how skilled Lanthimos is with this style of storytelling, summoning a range of horror that's hypnotic to watch. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B+ 88% 1922 (2017) A haunting viewing experience, managing a dark tale of murder and expanding guilt with style and care for King's wicked interests in the corrosion of soul and the blurring of reality.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B 95% The Florida Project (2017) There are storytelling issues that aren't resolved, but Baker largely gets by on atmosphere and periodic screen poetry, finding an original location to sort through troubled people. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017