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Cary Darling

Cary Darling
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) "The Fate of the Furious" is a comedown from the gas-fume highs of the last three films, easily the best in the series. While it's far too soon to say that the franchise is running on empty, it looks like someone has been putting water in the fuel tank.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/5 17% Mine (2017) "Mine" shimmers with a dusty authenticity...But as more of Mike's clichéd back story becomes clear over the course of a long 106 minutes, the film becomes almost as much of an endurance test for the audience as it is for Mike. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 44% The Ticket (2017) A slow-moving but haunting life lesson anchored by an exceptional performance from Dan Stevens of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Downton Abbey." ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/5 64% For Here Or To Go? (2017) [It] bites off more than it can chew...it is sometimes clunky and heavy-handed as it switches tones...The acting is all over the map and there's even a Bollywood-style dance number...Still...the subject matter is topical and the focus is fresh.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet The Prison (2017) "The Prison"...feels like the kind of movie Hollywood will remake in its own image. But adding star power and the English language won't necessarily improve things, as "The Prison" is brutally entertaining just the way it is.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Often visually stunning and with intriguing questions about where humanity ends and robotics begins at its heart, it nevertheless devolves into a generic action movie.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 68% Life (2017) Hey, "Life." 1979 called. It wants its alien-invasion movie back...But taken on its own terms, "Life" has enough taut moments - especially in its first half - to make it tensely diverting, though not particularly memorable in the long run.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) It's easy to knock "T2," especially if you're a die-hard fan of the original...Still, "T2" - with its brash sense of brotherly bonhomie that hasn't mellowed with age - is a lot of dark fun.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 37% Brimstone (2017) Fanning is in fine form as a woman who can't vocalize her emotions, though it's Pearce here who steals the show.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
2.5/5 22% Table 19 (2017) The wedding-themed romantic comedy "Table 19" is like that big, beautifully wrapped gift you've had your eye on since the reception. But then, when you open it, you realize it's just a blender.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3.5/5 72% Headshot (2017) This lethally brutal exercise in Indonesian martial-arts mayhem - featuring the charismatic Iko Uwais ("The Raid" franchise), a living, breathing action figure - is definitely not for the squeamish nor anyone who has just eaten lunch.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
4.5/5 92% Logan (2017) Let's cut straight to the chase and not mope around the point. "Logan" - the final chapter in the saga of the X-Men's Wolverine - is the best superhero-related movie since "The Dark Knight" nearly a decade ago. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
2.5/5 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) This horrific episode in history that killed millions is not widely known. "Bitter Harvest" could have borne substantial fruit but instead just whets the appetite for something more substantial on the topic.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) "The Great Wall" has its crowd-pleasing pleasures. Yet as a team effort between the planet's two largest movie markets, "The Great Wall" feels shoddily constructed. Surely, the hive mind of 1.3 billion Chinese and 320 million Americans can do better. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2.5/5 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A crafty setup without a compelling story is like a beautiful kitchen without any food. You leave both hungry.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
4/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) "The Salesman" isn't as impressive as "A Separation," but it's still a powerful expression of lives, and dreams, interrupted. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4.5/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Almost exactly a year [after Batman v Superman] comes "The Lego Batman Movie," set in a universe where everyone and everything is made of Legos. Guess which movie has more humanity, heart and entertainment value? Clue: It's not the one with an Affleck.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2/5 17% The Space Between Us (2017) Call it The Unspectacular Now...We're supposed to applaud as these crazy kids flout authority and escape across the country, but since the movie has so easily squandered its intriguing premise, there's little reason to cheer.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/5 25% The Comedian (2017) There have been several striking films about the world of comedy. Robert De Niro was even in one of them...and Mike Birbiglia's sharply observed Don't Think Twice from last year is well worth seeking out. Unfortunately, The Comedian is not one of them.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 78% Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy) (2017) The film feels like an extended episode of The Wonder Years, if that '60s-set series had served a little chicken tikka masala and cross-cultural understanding with its white bread and pop hits.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3.5/5 84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/5 80% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2.5/5 31% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 86% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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 71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2.5/5 14% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/5 46% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/5 46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3.5/5 76% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 79% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 71% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
4/5 84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
3.5/5 59% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4.5/5 98% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016