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Cary Darling

Cary Darling
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 99% City of Ghosts (2017) Heineman powerfully captures the agonizing sense of displacement these men must feel. Gaunt, lanky, chain-smoking RBSS founder Aziz is an emotionally wounded, haunted figure. The "ghosts" in the title doesn't just apply to those killed in Raqqa.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) A hypnotic, melancholic low-budget meditation on love, heartbreak and memory.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4.5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) This is a movie that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible and, no, whatever you have in your home doesn't count unless you reside inside an IMAX theater.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) With its allusions to Shakespeare, Joseph Conrad, the Bible, American slavery and the civil-rights movement, "War" may not be subtle but it's ultimate proof that summer sequels and blockbusters don't have to be brain-dead bottom-feeders either. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
4.5/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) You don't have to hole up at home praying to the Netflix, Amazon and Hulu gods for cinematic salvation until the fall. Case in point: "The Big Sick," a small movie that makes a big impact. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/5 44% The Bad Batch (2017) Ana Lily Amirpour's first feature, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," was such an original vision that it set the bar impossibly high for what she decided to do next. Sadly, her latest, "The Bad Batch" doesn't come close to clearing that hurdle.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
1/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) A movie that is at once loud yet incoherent, complex yet idiotic, and expensive yet worthless.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3.5/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) We're going to need a bigger cage. The "Jaws" jokes write themselves with "47 Meters Down," a surprisingly effective shark-in-the-dark thriller that makes for frighteningly fun summer escapism. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/5 16% The Mummy (2017) Universal is counting on "The Mummy" and its successors to make it a competitor with Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros./DC and their ever-expanding world of comic-book-based characters. Guys, you might want to have a backup plan.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
4.5/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) As in [his first film] "Krisha," the most fraught and dangerous relationships are those of family and those who purport to be friends. For all of their flesh-eating ferocity, zombies won't lie to you or play games. Only the living do that.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/5 74% Berlin Syndrome (2017) [Shortland] is expert and building a sense of dread and suspense while Palmer delivers a persuasive performance as a woman who has to summon the strength that she didn't know she had in order to escape.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 31, 2017
3/5 19% Baywatch (2017) [Baywatch] won't make anyone think about anything, except maybe about where to plan their next vacation where they, too, can run in slo-mo on the sand. But, with everything else going on in the world these days, that may not be such a bad thing.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 31, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) 'Wonder Woman' falls victim to over reliance on computer graphics and it's too long. But that's counterbalanced by a story grounded in real emotions and characters who inhabit a three-dimensional world, albeit a comic-book-inspired, fantastical one.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3.5/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) A film that mostly delivers the goods, even if it doesn't quite possess the nerve-racking suspense of the first film nor the electric Earth mom-vs.-alien mom catharsis of James Cameron's "Aliens."‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3.5/5 69% The Wall (2017) An exceptional showcase for Taylor-Johnson, who carries the film completely on his shoulders.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
4/5 90% Hounds of Love (2017) [A] terrific exercise in close-quarters, psychological tension.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) There's little here but the naked desire to forcibly will a new fantasy franchise into being.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) [In the end credits] you get to hear "Flashlight" by that original group of interstellar misfits, Parliament. "GotG 2" may not have its predecessor's shock of the new, but any film that introduces the current generation to P-Funk can't be all bad.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
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 16% 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 48% 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 67% 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
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 23% 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 74% 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
Posted Mar 1, 2017
4.5/5 93% 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 9% 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 42% 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
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
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
Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 70% 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
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 81% 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 34% 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 85% 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
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 75% 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 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
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3.5/5 60% 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 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
Posted Nov 17, 2016