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Carla Meyer

Carla Meyer
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) Woodley is such a fresh, wonderful presence that you want to write sonnets to her talent.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) Owen and Binoche commit fully to their characters, prep-school teachers who also are complicated, intriguing people. Words, which is gimmicky and too loose-limbed, lacks such commitment.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) The Old West apparently offered too many outhouses and too much horse manure for MacFarlane to resist over-mining that particular vein.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 86% Chef (2014) Savvy but not cynical, soaked in atmosphere, Favreau's return to independent film immerses its audience in its likable lead character's failures, triumphs and food.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
2/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Drab in look and overly talky, X-Men: Days of Future Past lacks the life force and lilt of its 2011 predecessor, X-Men: First Class.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 74% Godzilla (2014) We came to see things get smashed. Godzilla delivers.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted May 14, 2014
3.5/4 85% Under the Skin (2014) Skin always is moving, but slowly, thoughtfully, positioning both Glazer's camera and the alien as observers.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 73% Neighbors (2014) Neighbors contains some hilarious sight gags. But other moments get lost in director Nicholas Stoller's inundation of retaliatory scenes punctuated by shaky camera work and frat-house strobe lights.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Well-acted and executed, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does little wrong besides exist.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted May 1, 2014
2/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) There's self-awareness all around in Other Woman until it flies out the window in favor of high jinks.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 87% Joe (2014) If only we knew the movie's title character a little better. But maybe being left wondering is another victory for Cage. When was the last time you were intrigued by a Cage character?‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 73% Oculus (2014) Holy heck, Oculus is scary. It's also well-crafted and highly confident.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Among comic-book films, it's up there with Batman Begins and Spider-Man 2 (the first).‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/4 39% Cesar Chavez (2014) In its enumeration of victories and setbacks within that time frame, Chavez fails to create a full or even full-ish picture of the man whose bold but nonviolent tactics led to better working conditions in the fields.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 76% Noah (2014) The performances in Noah are uniformly fine, meaning Aronofsky must be credited as well.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Budapest Hotel, a vibrant, cheeky throwback to 1930s caper comedies, contains the same high degree of craftsmanship as [Anderson's] other films. There's just more of it.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) Lots of stories are derivative yet still exciting to watch. Divergent, though, contains a middle stretch, during which Tris undergoes her training and falls for Four, that does not generate enough audience interest.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 79% Veronica Mars (2014) There should be a sequel to further explore this intriguing concept. Gather your pennies, Marshmallows.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) Were it not for the Sept. 11 allusion, Non-Stop could be a guilty pleasure. But that allusion -- so destructive to the film's quality, so unnecessary to its plot -- squashes much of the pleasure.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 69% About Last Night (2014) The makers of the raucous remake clearly recognized those sidekicks' value.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 34% Labor Day (2014) Building a plausible love story between an escaped convict and a lonely, depressed single mother at whose house he hides would seem to require delicate, nuanced storytelling. Labor Day hits us with a rolling pin.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) Fiennes, who also directed, crafts a vividly human and likable character impossible to dismiss as an old, whiskered perv.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) Is it awards-worthy? No. But it's often exciting, the kind of strenuously acted movie that blows the cobwebs off the viewing experience after all those more carefully modulated awards-season dramas.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Overlong by an hour and overindulgent by infinity, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street entertains at times but mostly numbs.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Imbued with a surly magnetism by Isaac, Llewyn is quick witted and shows a way with a song. The film surrounding him ably mixes dark humor, period authenticity and polished yet heartfelt musical performances.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/4 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) Lie emerges as less an indictment of our celebrity-obsessed culture (Armstrong's case is too specific) than a portrait of an incredibly demanding sport.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/4 93% American Hustle (2013) Bursting with humor, great acting and David O. Russell's abundant filmmaking talent, American Hustle is a joy to watch.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Also impressive is all the beauty on display in Smaug, from the stunning New Zealand landscapes to the actors.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Dec 12, 2013
4/4 91% Nebraska (2013) Payne delivers a portrait of small-town America as observant as Picture Show, and a poignant/fun road movie that serves as a companion to the similarly toned Sideways.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Fire maintains such a consistent dystopian vision by other means -- from fine performances to its accomplished production design -- that the stakes of Katniss' increasingly complex journey are evident even when its violence is obscured.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2013
3.5/4 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) Blue is a coming-of-age story that's only partly a coming-out story.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Nov 7, 2013
4/4 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) The extraordinary 12 Years a Slave thrusts its lead character (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the audience into slavery's moral and psychological morass more fully and directly than any movie before it.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 35% The Counselor (2013) The Counselor shows that some authors should write directly for the screen and others are better off adapted.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2.5/4 48% Carrie (2013) Peirce's Carrie is not as accomplished but still feels more substantial than most contemporary teen horror films. It's well-acted, insidiously creepy and sufficiently bloody, if you're into that.‐ Sacramento Bee
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2013
3/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) Greengrass has used his hand-held cameras to lend Phillips great senses of immediacy and place, making us privy to the thought processes and interpersonal conflicts among the pirates and the ship's captain and crew.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3.5/4 96% Gravity (2013) The year's great cinematic visual achievement.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 81% Don Jon (2013) Never before has Gordon-Levitt disappeared into character as he does here.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Sep 27, 2013
1.5/4 30% Austenland (2013) Austenland needs lessons on how a proper spoof should behave.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2.5/4 63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) For parents who must accompany them to the film, there's good news as well: It's far from the worst movie ever, and it lasts only 95 minutes.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Aug 30, 2013
3/4 71% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Oprah Winfrey is great at everything. This is no news flash, but it's as apparent as ever when watching Lee Daniels' The Butler.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Aug 23, 2013
4/4 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) Teller and director Ponsoldt have crafted a character who only grows more sympathetic as the complications below his sunny exterior are revealed.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) Jasmine is unlikable, but Blanchett makes you feel her pain, anyway, because she's so subtly yet devastatingly good at showing that pain.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3/4 67% Elysium (2013) The violence in Elysium is stark and cruel, befitting a film about a divided society.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3/4 47% We're The Millers (2013) A triumph of bad taste and good casting, the very funny road comedy We're the Millers benefits from Jason Sudeikis' sleaze and Jennifer Aniston's lack thereof.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3.5/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) Fruitvale Station's arrival in theaters corresponds with the outcry over the Trayvon Martin case. But Fruitvale did not need added relevancy to be remarkable.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2.5/4 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) You ride along with inconsistencies because Ranger is building toward a final showdown. When that showdown disappoints, you feel every minute of the film's 2 1/2-hour length.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/4 67% World War Z (2013) Pitt has hidden his inner John Wayne-Bruce Willis for too long. In the highly engaging World War Z, he proves to be a capable, winning and -- in the great American film tradition -- exceptionally hard-to-kill action hero.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2.5/4 55% Man of Steel (2013) Man of Steel contains little fun apart from the visceral thrill of seeing objects smashed in one of its endless action sequences.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/4 94% Stories We Tell (2013) The great conceit of Polley's theories of perspective and truth is that she, as director, ultimately controlled everyone's memories because she arranged them on film.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3.5/4 93% Frances Ha (2013) A celebration of cinema, New York City and the distinctive charms of actress Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha was co-written by Gerwig and its director, Noah Baumbach, and it's the best film either has made.‐ Sacramento Bee
Posted Jun 7, 2013