Cary Darling Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 81% Creed II (2018) "Creed II" steps inside the ropes under the heavy weight of expectations, is not as nimble and has put on some pounds around the middle. Yet while the film doesn't get heads ringing like the first one, it's still able to go the distance.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/5 67% Jonathan (2018) This intriguing and skillfully wrought indie science-fiction tale has the feel of a low-key "Black Mirror" episode.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4.5/5 93% Wildlife (2018) "Wildlife" is the kind of movie whose low-key hush could get lost in all the buzz over the big-name, holiday-season releases. Sometimes, though, it's the quiet ones who make the most noise.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 90% Widows (2018) Powered by an understated performance by Viola Davis, "Widows" shows what can be done within the boundaries of the expected while delivering something unexpected.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/5 86% Prospect (2018) The defiantly lo-fi "Prospect" is a smartly entertaining throwback that doesn't need a Marvel movie's worth of CGI to make its point.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 56% Rampant (2018) Tthe swashbuckling, bloodthirsty South Korean film "Rampant" is a rollicking genre mash-up that's what you might get if Hamlet were being chased by the undead for two hours.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/5 76% Mid90s (2018) Not a lot happens in "Mid90s" but as a slice of teenage life, it feels almost like a documentary from that time, full of well-observed - if foul-mouthed and sometimes dangerous - moments that ring true.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) While it celebrates the struggle and technological marvel that was Apollo 11 without resorting to empty histrionics, it's also a well-wrought character study of a man whose tight-lipped demeanor belied the emotional turmoil roiling beneath the surface.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/5 96% The Hate U Give (2018) Ultimately, "The Hate U Give" is a life-affirming rebuttal to apathy, despair and surrender. It's also one of the year's most important films.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Golden Job (2018) "Golden Job" is just a generic heist movie that wants to fuse the clever camaraderie of "Ocean's Eleven" with the turbo-charged swagger of "The Fast and the Furious" movies, yet the sum ends up being decidedly far less than its already predictable parts.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3.5/5 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A frequently aimless but ultimately rewarding take on brotherhood and bonding amid the itchy trigger fingers and lust for quick riches of the California gold rush.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Great Battle (2018) What's not to like when there are weapons with such names as malevolent wood, siege tower and wolf teeth striker? When, after an attack is launched, one character matter-of-factly says, "quite intense," audiences will know exactly how he feels.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3.5/5 85% A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018) Qasim Basir's melancholic mood piece, "A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.," certainly has its pretensions...But to get caught up in its impressive stylishness is to miss the larger point of finding strength through human connection.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2.5/5 10% Peppermint (2018) An efficiently made but predictable and very violent "Taken"/"Death Wish" revenge-apalooza that does little new with the formula.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 93% Searching (2018) "Searching" is like a refreshed web page, a new take on something woefully familiar.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 52% Papillon (2018) The result is a film with much of the same appeal as "The Lost City of Z." Let's hope it doesn't have the same fate.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) "Mile 22" looks like what happens when someone on a jittery Red Bull jag decides to make a movie at 2 a.m. after fast-forwarding through "The Bourne Identity."‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 79% BuyBust (2018) When "BuyBust" finally combusts, it's often simultaneously spectacular and disturbing.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2.5/5 45% The Meg (2018) All those who like their summer movies as big as the Pacific and as dumb as a bucket of sand will appreciate "The Meg," a sometimes ridiculously entertaining, if forgettable, killer shark movie.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Cruise once again shows that being 56-years-old is no barrier to being an action hero while the movie itself proves that being a summer blockbuster cash cow that doesn't veer wildly from the unexpected doesn't have to be uninspired.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
4.5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A politically charged, love-it-or-hate-it, speculative-fiction fantasy that ruthlessly skewers and satirizes the modern age while also being darkly absurdist and brutally funny.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/5 40% One Night Only (2016) But what really makes One Night Only work is the chemistry between Kwok and Yang, because, despite the gangsters and guns and the prostitute-with-a-heart-of-gold cliche, it's a surprisingly effective and moving love story.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2.5/5 53% The First Purge (2018) Unfortunately, despite a strong start and some action-movie pleasures throughout, "The First Purge" is a little too heavy handed, routine and ridden with logic problems to make its points stick. ‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) It wouldn't be a surprise to discover that the film wasn't based on a script but a schematic, a blueprint for everything Hollywood desires in popcorn-crunching entertainment during the dog days.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 88% American Animals (2018) Takes a mild curiosity from a long-ago news cycle and elevates it into something singularly fascinating. ‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) The latest film from pugnacious director/writer Paul Schrader is as austere and revelatory as a church confessional...It's a bleak portrait of a man in the midst of a spiritual breakdown that is only slightly undone by its rather unsatisfying conclusion.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) "Hereditary" is closer in tone to the likes of "The Babadook," "It Follows," "A Quiet Place" and "It Comes at Night," where the dread and fear come not from what you see but what you think you might see.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/5 77% Believer (2018) Lee Hae-Yeong's gripping retelling of Johnnie To's "Drug War"...stands on its own and is different enough from the original to make it less a clone and more of a genuflection.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
4/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) "On Chesil Beach" is PBS-tasteful in its approach, but its power rests in a restraint that makes what it builds to all the more moving.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It's tantalizing to wonder what the film that Miller and Lord would have been. Might it have offered a promising glimpse of what a less boilerplate "Star Wars" might look like? ‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3/5 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Just when it looks as if all hope is smothered under the heavy weight of fan expectations [and] a reported $300 million budget, it comes roaring to life with a wake-'em-up battle on the fields of Wakanda and a quietly spectacular, sobering ending.‐ Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2018
4/5 95% Foxtrot (2018) A despairing work that's not quite as gripping as its predecessor, "Foxtrot" still manages to make a powerful statement about the unintended side effects of living in a constant state of war.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) "A Quiet Place" is the one film where, if you are surrounded by popcorn-crunching, cellophane rattling and cell-phone-chatting neighbors, you will wish these monsters were real.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3.5/5 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Wes Anderson "Isle of Dogs" is such a feast of illustrated imagination and subtle wit in its depiction of an exiled canine kingdom that the idea of a life lived under the heavy paw of our pooch overlords doesn't seem like such a bad one.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3.5/5 67% The Cured (2018) At its best, it has the provocative cunning of a "Black Mirror" episode. Unfortunately, "The Cured" becomes less cerebral and more predictably action-oriented in its third act .‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
1.5/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) "Pacific Rim Uprising" is a lot like the city-crunching monsters it stars: big, loud and as dull-witted as Homer Simpson roused from a medically induced coma.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
4.5/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) "Loveless," which is Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" dipped in battery acid, is a master class in melancholy.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) It takes what could have been a teen-movie cliché stacked on top of a coming-out cliché like stale wedding cake and turns them into something that feels fresh, even while not saying anything particularly revelatory.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2.5/5 80% The Party (2018) There are moments, mostly in the latter half, when the ensemble works well together and Thomas, especially, gets to shine as her world falls apart. But these elements aren't enough to justify attending this "Party."‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
4.5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) "A Fantastic Woman" is the role of a lifetime for Vega, but let's hope it's just the start of a career, not the end.‐ Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 28, 2018
4.5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Visually, "Black Panther" is often spectacular...It's warriors with spears and force-field shields. It's aircraft that soar and swoop like birds over the Serengeti. It's "Blade Runner" in Dar es Salaam instead of L.A. ‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
3/5 92% Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) Unlike the last movie, which stumbled when outside the ring, [the director] doesn't bog things down with too much plot about fraternal bonding, love interests, or anything that requires an emotion more complicated than punching someone's lights outs.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Disappearance (2017) Ali Asgari's second feature is an intimate, compelling look at a relationship in crisis coming up against the immovable wall that is Iran's religious bureaucracy.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4.5/5 97% Tehran Taboo (2018) None of this is revelatory - these issues have been addressed in Iranian films before - but it's still gripping.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Finnish films have been generating buzz lately. "Tom of Finland" and "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" have found a small, if enthusiastic, audience...Aki Kaurismäki's charmingly deadpan "The Other Side of Hope" should follow a similar path.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
4.5/5 88% The Post (2018) While physical newspapers may not be as much a part of American life as they used to be, the occasional films about their publication - such as "Zodiac," "State of Play," and "Spotlight" - continue to enthrall. Now, "The Post" can be added to the list.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
4/5 71% Hostiles (2018) Along with another 2017 film, "Wind River," "Hostiles" is a welcome story that deals with Native American issues, though what would be even more welcome is Native Americans telling their own stories on the big screen.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4.5/5 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) There's a chemistry and respect between the two of them, palpable in the film's first moments, that is inspiring. And when the credits roll 89 minutes later, you realize that this is one journey where you never once crankily asked, "Are we there yet?"‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) The result is a surprisingly taut drama whose ultimate lesson resonates with the wisdom of Coco Chanel, who once said, "There are people who have money ... and people who are rich."‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) A pointed satire on athletic ambition and class conflict that's fueled by a biting sense of humor and a couple of knockout performances.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017