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Christopher Orr

Christopher Orr
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% Annihilation (2018) The result is a film that has the feel of brainy, high-end science fiction, but ultimately neither the underlying structure nor content. It's a shame, given that we are in the midst of a modest heyday for the subgenre.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Whether or not this is the best film Marvel Studios has made to date-and it is clearly in the discussion-it is by far the most thought-provoking. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) A sequel so awful it needs to be described in detail to be believed. Therefore, a spoilereview.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Reynolds is the perfect role for Day-Lewis, who is likewise famous both for his obsessive meticulousness and for the lengthy sabbaticals he has used to recharge between films. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) Where KB1 had the pace of an ADHD six-year-old on a sugar high, KB2 has been Ritalinized, its tempo slowed to a crawl in self-conscious, and self-defeating, imitation of Sergio Leone. It's two hours that feel like five.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Cuarón's Prisoner of Azkaban, while a touch less faithful to the details of Rowling's oeuvre, captures far better its mood, the constant sense of wondrous discovery and lurking danger.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
95% Hero (2004) Until the final 15 minutes of its deceptively short hour-and-a-half running time, Hero is a marvel, one of the best films to be released in the United States this year. It concludes, however, on a note both emotionally unsatisfying and morally idiotic.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
88% The Post (2018) The Post is so on the nose for the political moment that at times it almost seems it might have been produced not by Spielberg, but by some high-end marketing firm.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi probably does the best job of any Star Wars film of capturing the allure of the Dark Side and the spiritual turmoil that would lead to-and also result from-its embrace.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Eggs, water, and-yes-sex all play crucial and overlapping roles in director Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, an adult fairy tale that is at once deeply familiar and utterly original.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
97% Coco (2017) Does Coco rise to the heights of Pixar's very best work? No. But it is a generous, heartfelt film, full of color and music, one that offers a timely Thanksgiving tribute to the intergenerational importance of family. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh's retelling of the classic Agatha Christie tale is visually sumptuous yet otherwise inert, a series of what are essentially cameos by performers far too gifted to waste their time like this.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Even for fans of McDonagh-and I am certainly one-Three Billboards is a revelation, and among the very best films of 2017.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Perfectly acceptable as an action movie but inspired as a comedy--which is probably where the Thor franchise should have been aiming from the start.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
7% The Snowman (2017) In this soul-deadening freeze, who wouldn't seek solace in a bottle? Or in the physical warmth of a lover's arms? Or in mass murder?‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) From the grayed-out countrysides over which the sky has closed like a lid; to the drizzly neon decadence of Los Angeles; to the Ozymandian wreckage of Las Vegas-the film is a visual splendor of the first order.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2017
66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria & Abdul is worth seeing for Dench's magisterial performance and for Frears's light but sure directorial touch. Just don't mistake it for actual history.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The movie is too long, too violent, too silly-too everything. Yet for those who enjoyed the original Kingsman, it is a more than adequate second act. To put it another way: First time satire, second time farce.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2017
69% mother! (2017) mother! is a film certain to be revered by some and reviled by others. And while I'd place myself mostly in the former camp, plenty of reasonable people will find themselves in the latter.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
85% It (2017) What we're left with is a solid but relatively conventional horror movie, above average but overlong.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) [Detroit] is a film that, for all its emotional power, is strangely disengaged from the cultural and systemic forces that led to police brutality in 1967 and continue to do so today.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) [Wind River] is still a film worth seeing-as, one hopes, will be whatever films lie in Sheridan's promising future.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) It is hard to imagine a better tribute to this victory of survival than Nolan's spare, stunning, extraordinarily ambitious film.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) Put in your metaphorical earbuds, turn the key in the ignition, and enjoy the cinematic highlight of the summer so far.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Michael Bay has promised that this is the last Transformers movie he will direct, which is no small relief. It will not, alas, be the last Transformers movie. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
68% Cars 3 (2017) Corporate synergy, as they say, is a cruel mistress.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) An utter gas, a fast and very funny superflick that inserts Spidey into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe without ever losing sight of what makes him unique and beloved.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Did she? Didn't she? Much as I enjoyed My Cousin Rachel at times, by the end I was no longer sure that I particularly cared.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) The final big action sequence, as now seems always to be the case, is a messy and overwrought CGI extravaganza. But at least the movie that precedes it involves actual characters-likeable ones, even!-exhibiting recognizable human emotions.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) The subtitle of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie is "Dead Men Tell No Tales." The moral of the movie, alas, is that the same cannot be said of dead franchises.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
68% Alien: Covenant (2017) This may not be a movie that reinvents the wheel. But it's one that knows how to make it roll.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
26% Unforgettable (2017) Among the less-noted cardinal rules of cinema is that any movie that takes the title Unforgettable will prove to be anything but. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) As Baby Groot's companions battle the tentacular horror in the background, we're treated to the delightful spectacle of the mini-veggie juking his way through "Mr. Blue Sky" in the opening credits.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) A film nowhere near as revelatory as the original, but in some ways more satisfying, the proper closing of a tale that had been left open-ended.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island is just good enough-the sharp allusions, the moments of wit and warmth supplied by Reilly's long-abandoned airman-to make one wish it were better.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
36% The Great Wall (2017) Zhang's moments of visual splendor-a battalion of hot-air balloonists, the queen-monster and her royal guard of fan-frilled monstrosities-are weighed down by a script and performances almost dutiful in their dullness.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
98% Don't Think Twice (2016) The film is nicely structured, gently witty, and it boasts an excellent cast‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
50% Complete Unknown (2016) In its latter half the film... gradually runs out of ideas, and out of steam.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
89% Miss Stevens (2016) A small but likable film.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
96% Little Men (2016) As a referendum on gentrification in Brooklyn, the movie can occasionally be a bit tedious. But the entire cast is strong, especially Michael Barbieri.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
84% Tallulah (2016) It is witty, charming, and by the end surprisingly moving.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
94% Life, Animated (2016) It is an intimate tale of triumphs and setbacks, but also a story of tremendous consequence.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
93% Tickled (2016) It's not a film you'll soon forget.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
84% God Knows Where I Am (2017) Beautiful, evocative, and ultimately heartbreaking.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) A movie this bad deserves to have its flaws enunciated clearly...‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
75% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2017
31% Passengers (2016) Ironically, Passengers is at its most evocative when capturing a state of utter tedium.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
92% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016