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Cary Darling

Cary Darling
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 81% The Founder (2017) Without Michael Keaton's fascinating and slyly ferocious performance as Kroc at its heart, The Founder might still be a biting critique of Kroc in particular and rapacious corporate capitalism in general but it wouldn't be nearly as delicious. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/5 79% Patriots Day (2017) Patriots Day lands with all the subtlety of one of the deadly explosions that claimed three lives and injured 264 others. Terrorism, bad. Law enforcement, first responders, marathon runners and onlookers, good...But, boy, it's effective. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jan 11, 2017
2.5/5 32% Railroad Tigers (2017) It's not a complete waste of time as there are a few magical Chan moments as when he's fighting off and dodging bad guys on the top of a speeding train...Chan, at 62, may not be as nimble as he once was but what he can do is still very impressive. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 87% Lion (2016) While the film is neither novel nor revolutionary, it's the kind of cinematic warm blanket that feels very comforting and satisfying right now...That it's a true story...makes it all the more affecting. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 22, 2016
4.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) Larrain's gorgeously grim and austere vision bolsters a bravura performance from Natalie Portman. She inhabits Jackie as a woman who has been shaken to her core with grief. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) If you're not a fan, Rogue One may not be the revelation that The Force Awakens turned out to be. But it won't have you wishing for your own personal Death Star either. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 13, 2016
2.5/5 70% Miss Sloane (2016) A rather cartoonish and not particularly credible political thriller from director John Madden, it doesn't live up to the ferocious promise of its lead character. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/5 66% Frank & Lola (2016) This is the kind of debut that whets the appetite for what else this filmmaker has up his sleeve. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Three Days in August (2016) [Three Days in August] doesn't really go anywhere unexpected. But the journey remains involving. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2.5/5 11% Man Down (2016) To his credit, a beefed-up LaBeouf throws himself into the role with fervor, and Clint Mansell's score bears a haunting beauty. But none of it is enough to save Man Down. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3.5/5 61% Allied (2016) Allied won't make anyone forget Casablanca, but it won't make them wish they'd stayed home and watched it instead either. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/5 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Director Ang Lee has taken the very internal novel by Dallas author Ben Fountain - a work that tries to get into the head of an Iraq War soldier -- and opened it up into a surprisingly effective meditation on a soldier's homefront experience. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/5 43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Dog Eat Dog is at its best when it's both strangely fascinating and repellant...But, like a fat tire with a nail, it loses air as it goes along and you're just left hoping that Cage and Dafoe bought themselves something nice with their paychecks. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival is at its best when pregnant with the suspense of the possible, when the unidentified stationary objects bear no trace of their intentions. But the film becomes less intriguing as the story's direction moves from teasingly opaque to crystal-clear. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 89% Loving (2016) Despite the confrontational nature of the subject matter, Loving is not a loud movie. It's a dramatic whisper instead of a shout. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Nov 10, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) The film soon moves from the familiar to the foreign, becoming a textured exploration of black masculinity and coming-of-age that plumbs beyond clichés and stereotypes. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Nov 2, 2016
5/5 100% Tower (2016) It brings the terror of those 90 minutes on a sizzling 100-degree August day to vivid life. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3.5/5 77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) In a Valley of Violence juggles Western tropes with the skill of Wyatt Earp in a gunfight. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 82% Girl Asleep (2016) At once a throwback to so many of the off-kilter Australian films of the '70s and '80s and a declaration of a promising new voice, Girl Asleep doesn't always hold together...But that's all part of the film's adventurous appeal. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/5 60% Desierto (2016) It turns into a predictable cat-and-mouse game with one standout performance by the killer's enthusiastically ride-or-die German Shepherd. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 79% American Honey (2016) But, even at its most obvious and ham-fisted, American Honey remains compelling, largely for Arnold's vividly verité, documentary-like cinematic style and a career-launching performance by Texan Sasha Lane who has never acted in a film before this. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The film isn't the unqualified stroke of brilliance its Sundance honors might indicate, nor is it the overblown failure its detractors might desire. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Oct 5, 2016
4/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) As an effects-driven disaster movie starring two totems of testosterone - Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell - and directed by Peter Berg ( Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights), Deepwater Horizon is alarmingly effective. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Sep 28, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet SoulMate (2016) A gorgeously shot, tear-stained love letter to female friendship that also provides a fascinating look into contemporary, urban China. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Sep 22, 2016
4/5 77% Goat (2016) A forceful indictment of the curdled masculinity that fuels some of the more extreme frat house behaviors that have made the news. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) As with The Equalizer, Washington's commanding presence helps elevate what otherwise might be ordinary. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Sep 21, 2016
2.5/5 61% Snowden (2016) More hagiography than biography, Stone's film portrays Snowden as a candidate for sainthood whose only flaw is that he cares too much. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Sep 14, 2016
4.5/5 100% Transpecos (2016) Low on budget but high on craft and intelligence, Transpecos is as stark yet rewarding as a West Texas landscape at sunset. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3.5/5 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) While Fassbender and Vikander are excellent and the chemistry between them is palpable, The Light Between Oceans never quite shrugs off its staid decorum to become something truly moving. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4.5/5 97% Little Men (2016) In Little Men, [director Ira Sachs] broadens his universe with a textured portrait of two families reluctantly at war in which the fallout poisons the friendship of their teenage boys. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/5 100% Tunnel (Teoneol) (2016) South Korean cinema contributed the summer's best action film with Train to Busan, a kinetic kick of a zombie thriller. Tunnel doesn't quite do the same for the disaster genre, but it's a well-made, suspenseful and surprisingly moving twist on a formula. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/5 83% Imperium (2016) The latest example of actor Daniel Radcliffe's attempt to de-Potterize his career, it's a well-made, suspenseful drama that takes a familiar story of infiltration - one based on real events - and makes it compelling. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) The new Ben-Hur doesn't eclipse its predecessor and so it may lose in this cinematic chariot race. But it doesn't crash and burn either, and that in itself is something of a miracle. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/5 79% Joshy (2016) An engagingly perceptive and often darkly funny glimpse at wrestling with issues of adulthood after a life of seemingly endless adolescence. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Aug 11, 2016
5/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Texas is as much a riveting character in [this] fascinating crime drama as the brothers turned bank robbers at its heart or the laconic lawman who coolly follows them across the sun-hardened landscape like a hunter on the trail of his next kill. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Aug 11, 2016
4/5 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) This sketch of a group of co-workers coming together and potentially falling apart is at once a knowing glimpse into dashed dreams and a skillful portrait of fraying adult friendships. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) If awards were handed out for the loudest movie of the year, Suicide Squad would be Schindler's List. But volume is not vision...while containing some entertaining performances, [it] turns out to be just another generic superhero action movie. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3.5/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Jason Bourne may underwhelm those lusting for another Ultimatum or Supremacy. They'll probably wish for more of those movies' neck-snapping, action-movie insanity. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jul 27, 2016
3.5/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Feels more like an elaborate TV episode than a cinematic event. But it's a comfortable film...in which the familiar faces don't go anywhere no man has gone before - boldly or otherwise - but they seem to be having a rousing good time anyway. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jul 21, 2016
4.5/5 96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) Breathless and brutal, the film is akin to someone smashing together 28 Days Later with Snowpiercer and then convincing Mad Max's George Miller to help out on some of the action scenes. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3.5/5 70% Café Society (2016) The film doesn't totally upend Allen's notion that L.A. is a seductively shallow place that has to resort to celebrating the ability to make a right turn on red to feel better about itself. In Café Society, it just looks so gorgeous while doing it. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jul 20, 2016
2/5 29% Outlaws and Angels (2016) [Director] JT Mollner must have watched a lot of Sam Peckinpah and Quentin Tarantino...He shows off a more than passing knowledge of their love of violence and viscera. But he missed out on any of their humor, poetry and artistry in this... tedious slog. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jul 13, 2016
2.5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) The nearly two-hour film is akin to many of those sketches that come on after "Weekend Update." You know the ones -- too-long, time-filler skits that seem to have been scrawled on the back of a pizza box in the writer's room five minutes before air time. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jul 13, 2016
2.5/5 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Has all the earmarks of an enjoyable...contemporary thriller: intrigue, exotic locales, evil Russians...a John le Carré pedigree, and Ewan McGregor looking frightened. Unfortunately, the predictable sum is less than its potentially entertaining parts. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The most chilling thing about the film is neither the violence nor the rather heavy-handed sociology, but how its nervous, paranoid mood mirrors our own. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3.5/5 78% The Phenom (2016) Written and directed by Noah Buschel, The Phenom may not be a home run for those in search of traditional peanuts and Cracker Jacks. But as an examination of a young man at a crossroads, it's a good day at the ballpark. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) The last third of the film, as it stuffs more and more in, feels less like a movie and more like cramming for a history exam at 2 a.m. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jun 23, 2016
4/5 91% A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas) (2016) Quiet and contemplative instead of being noisy and all about action, A Monster With a Thousand Heads, based on a novel by Laura Santullo, slowly pulls viewers in to [Sonia's] plight. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/5 35% Puerto Ricans In Paris (2016) Luis Guzman is an instantly recognizable character actor who deserves his shot at being the face of a film. It's just unfortunate that the film turns out to be the lethargic and rarely funny fish-out-of-American-water comedy Puerto Ricans in Paris. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jun 10, 2016
5/5 97% Weiner (2016) [A] fascinating documentary about a disgraced politician trying to claw his way back into the public's good graces, the media's obsession with titillation and confrontation, and a marriage seemingly near collapse under the shock of scandal. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted Jun 9, 2016