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Christopher Orr

Christopher Orr
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Split (2017) To all of the shocking developments of the last 12 months, we may now add yet one more: M. Night Shyamalan has made a good movie. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 21, 2017
0% Beer for My Horses (2008) Despite its generally genial, boys-will-be-boys air, there are a few scenes and storylines that lodge in the mind unpleasantly. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 19, 2017
83% Silence (2017) Scorsese's abiding passion and respect for his source material are everywhere in evidence. For once, perhaps, they are a little too great. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 7, 2017
31% Passengers (2016) Ironically, Passengers is at its most evocative when capturing a state of utter tedium. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Dec 23, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) Chazelle has reinvigorated the big-screen musical by embracing the present while paying tribute to the past, by balancing irony and innocence, novelty and nostalgia. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Dec 18, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One is largely free of the weight of myth and expectation that were borne by The Force Awakens, and this turns out to be both a good and a bad thing. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Dec 18, 2016
95% Moana (2016) An absolute delight, a lush, exuberant quest fable full of big musical numbers and featuring perhaps the most stunning visuals of any Disney film to date. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 29, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) To its considerable credit, Fantastic Beasts is not the Potter retread it could easily-and very profitably-have been. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 20, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) An intriguing, well-wrought film that explores penetrating questions. But for all its strengths it never quite breaks the surface. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 20, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) Inferno is better than The Da Vinci Code or Angels & Demons, but both of those films set the bar reprehensibly low. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 14, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) With Dr. Strange the Marvel magic seems largely to have run out-which is unfortunate, given the movie's titular protagonist is himself a magician. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 14, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) The best film of the year to date, ambitious in conception and extraordinary in execution, has arrived. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 14, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Parker's film is at its best when he presents his harrowing story straightforwardly. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 17, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) The movie isn't some wicked subversion suggesting that the world is so corrupt that the bad guys are really the good guys. Rather it's a movie that can't figure out what might constitute a good or a bad guy in the first place. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 17, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) The most rousing moment in The Magnificent Seven comes after the action has already concluded, when the credits roll to the emphatic accompaniment of Elmer Bernstein's iconic 1960 score. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 24, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) Blair Witch follows the original's beats so precisely that at times it seems the film is more eager to elicit memories of its predecessor than to stand on its own at all. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 19, 2016
85% Sully (2016) You've heard of straw men? This is a straw movie. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 11, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell or High Water is a genre film that transcends genre, an iconic American tale that is nonetheless firmly grounded in both place and time. One of the best movies of the year. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 14, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) If I have not yet convinced you of the movie's astonishingly slipshod quality, I'm unlikely ever to do so. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 6, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) The movie feels like the work of a capable but uninspired cover band. Before we had Treadstone; now we have re-Treadstone. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 1, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) It's hard to shake the sense that Weiner's decision to cooperate so fully with the filmmakers emanates from the same place as his online sexual escapades: a horror of having no one there to listen to him, to help fill, moment by moment, some gnawing void. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 29, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) For those attuned to its amiably sleazy vibe and sudden alternations between violence and slapstick, it offers a guiltily pleasurable way to pass an evening. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 21, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) As they did in Winter Soldier, the Russos have achieved an uncommon balance of plot and action, humor and drama, all of it once again deeply grounded in character. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 7, 2016
96% Sing Street (2016) I could scarcely be more delighted to report that Carney has rediscovered the magic of Once with Sing Street, another tiny, winsome charmer set in Dublin. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Apr 24, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) By the time its evolution is complete, The Jungle Book has proven itself a minor Darwinian miracle, perhaps the oddest of all species: a movie nearly devoid of human beings, yet one bursting with humanity. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Apr 16, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Batman v Superman is a tiresome, ill-tempered film, and one too lazy even to earn its dismal outlook. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 25, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 10 Cloverfield Lane alternates moods seamlessly, ratcheting tension to the breaking point and then deflating it with black humor. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 25, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) In many ways a conventional movie, but it unfolds with so much wit, panache, and visual ingenuity that it outstrips many a more high-concept film. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 6, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) Flamboyantly vulgar and determinedly self-referential, Deadpool has the shape of a superhero movie but the soul of a Danny McBride flick. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Feb 15, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) An unexpectedly sweet and utterly satisfying confection, a loving sendup of the Hollywood of yesteryear. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Feb 11, 2016
91% The Lady In The Van (2015) It's exhausting just to list the accolades that Dame Maggie Smith has accumulated over her decades on screen and stage: Imagine how tiring it must have been to earn them all. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Feb 1, 2016
96% Son of Saul (2015) The movie is at once clinical in its accumulation of small details and dreamlike in its execution, a waking nightmare through which Saul somnambulates, the audience right alongside him. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 17, 2016
81% The Revenant (2015) Iñárritu has constructed an epic fable of uncommon grace and resonance--a film that, like its hero, achieves a kind of transcendence. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 9, 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) With The Force Awakens, Abrams has begun one of the most important reclamation projects of our time: the complete erasure from cultural memory of The Phantom Menace and its sequels. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Dec 19, 2015
76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) The Good Dinosaur is by no means a bad movie. But it breaks new ground for Pixar in that it's the studio's first feature that is explicitly-and pretty much exclusively-a kid's movie. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 28, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) A movie that is too silly to be so somber, and too somber to be much fun. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 21, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) This is why Spotlight's moral of humility is so powerful. There are so many things that we don't know, so many assumptions that we don't recognize as such, so many questions that we haven't even thought to ask. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 15, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) Dazzles early and fizzles late...Bond is not Batman; he does not need an origin story. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 7, 2015
95% Casino Royale (2006) Unlike recent Bonds, whose kills had no more weight than the one-liners that generally accompanied them, Craig's tend to be intimate, bloody, and devoid of glamour. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 2, 2015
62% Truth (2015) What is striking about the film is the degree to which it lauds Mapes and her colleagues most emphatically precisely when they are displaying their worst journalistic judgment. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 24, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) A redemptive fable at once artful, elegant, and clean. But by stripping out any and all complications, the movie denies itself the opportunity for nuance and puts a ceiling on its own ambition. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 17, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) The film is a profound testament to the rare-and underrated-virtue of simply not screwing anything up. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 4, 2015
94% Sicario (2015) Sicario is a remarkable, thrilling, intermittently brilliant film-and yet nonetheless a mild disappointment. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 28, 2015
63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) The desperation to overdo everything ruins what might otherwise have been a charming little rom-com, with likable stars, great co-stars, and some sharp bits of dialogue. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 19, 2015
74% Black Mass (2015) The role is Depp's best in many years, and a welcome respite from the parade of prancing pseudo-villains-Mortdecai, the Wolf, Barnabas Collins, Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka-to which he has devoted far too much of his career. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 19, 2015
64% The Visit (2015) It is with some surprise-and perhaps even a hint of disappointment-that I must report that The Visit is merely mediocre and not the breathtaking calamity that we've come to anticipate from its author. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 11, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) If you would like to admire the awfulness of Fantastic Four without actually having to sit through it--or if you've already seen the movie and are still reeling from the experience--read on. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 8, 2015
88% The Simpsons Movie (2007) There were plenty of decent jokes, but I've already forgotten most of them; I suspect within a month's time I'll be hard pressed to recall much about the movie at all beyond a vague sense of disappointment. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 2, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) You don't overcome the "impossible" by thinking it over a little more carefully. You overcome it through the application of sheer, unvarnished willpower, a quality that Cruise has always possessed in abundance. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 1, 2015
81% Ant-Man (2015) It's difficult to shake the sense that the film was assembled hurriedly and somewhat haphazardly. Which, from all available evidence, is exactly what happened. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 18, 2015