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Clay Cane

Clay Cane
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ No Score Yet Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017) From Miles Davis to Janis Joplin to The Notorious B.I.G. to Whitney Houston, if you love music, you will love this documentary. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
B+ 99% Get Out (2017) The first must-see film of the year. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
A 99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Each frame is so relevant, it's terrifying. It's as if James Baldwin rose from the grave, warning us of the horrors we've ignored and the horrors that might be ahead. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
B+ 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) As we rebels prepare to fight the empire of Trump, the film is more pertinent than ever.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
B+ 93% Hidden Figures (2017) This is the movie America needs right now.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
C- 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) The Tom Ford film is stylistic confusion with no payoff. After the final frame you'll ask yourself, "Is that it?" But hey, sometimes it's about style over substance. Right?‐
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
B+ 93% Fences (2016) Give Viola Davis her Oscar!‐
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
B+ 89% Loving (2016) One of the best films of 2016.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
D 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) #GirlBye.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
C 25% Suicide Squad (2016) Not a complete disaster, but inexcusably mediocre. To be fair, the audience I saw the film with appeared to love every frame: big laughter, cheers for the action and clapping as the credits rolled. Is there a disconnect between critics and audiences?‐
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
B- 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Is Beyond better than the previous two versions? Not at all. Is Beyond a solid action film with the franchise's signature wit and social relevance? Absolutely. Is Beyond terribly predictable? Without a doubt. Will anyone care? Nope!‐
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
D 73% Ghostbusters (2016) I appreciated the girl power element of the film, but Ghostbusters is a stellar cast in a bland movie. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
C+ 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Considering the possible horror of President Trump, terrorist attacks and mass shootings, The Purge: Election Year arrives at a complex time, requiring more wit and nuance than just bloodshed.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
C 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) While not the worst version of the X-Men franchise (I'm still wounded by X-Men: First Class), it certainly proves the apocalypse might be near for X-Men.‐
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
B- 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Lower your expectations and enjoy the CGI ride with characters who can do no cinematic wrong.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
D 3% Nina (2016) Any solid acting moments from Saldana or David Oyelowo are ruined whenever a blotchy, darkened, clay-ish face pops on screen. Zoe Saldana looks more like an X-Men character than the High Priestess of Soul.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
A 97% Tangerine (2015) Raw, original and timely, please be sure to treat yourself to Tangerine.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
B- 95% Creed (2015) It's fascinating to see Stallone hand over his franchise to a Black director and Black lead, especially in an era where films are being whitewashed and movie studios still refusing to accept the buying power of African-American audiences. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
A 75% A Ballerina's Tale (2015) A nuanced, polished presentation of one of the hardest working women in her field - or any field.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2015
B+ 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) A superb film despite the group's problematic history, but N.W.A's past cannot be rewritten, for better or for worse.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
D 9% Fantastic Four (2015) Fantastic Four will rest in the crowded grave of superhero films that sucked. I am sure we'll have a new crop next summer.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
A 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) Tightly executed, 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets is tragic but profound. Silver smartly presented both sides, highlighting America's epic war of cultural and ideology.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
A 89% Dope (2015) Without CGI, superheroes or recycled dinosaurs, thus far, Dope is the best film of the year.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
C+ 71% Jurassic World (2015) The characters are secondary to the CGI dinosaurs, which is the root of Jurassic's problem. But if you enjoyed the CGI'ed wasteland of Godzilla and Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World will not disappoint. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
A 95% Amy (2015) We lost Amy four years ago next month. In 27 years, she, for better or for worse, became the jazz singers she worshiped, like Billie Holiday. The movie is a respectful homage to the late, great jazz diva and, thus far, the best doc of 2015.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2015
B 60% Run All Night (2015) The film may not be a critical favorite, but it will be an audience favorite. Run All Night is the first must-see action film of the year.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
C- 33% Chappie (2015) Movies about human-like robots are plentiful and director Neill Blomkamp, who is known for his dystopian stories of the future, adds nothing new to the narrative - except a killer mullet from Hugh Jackman. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2015
D 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) The movie is simply a profitable pop culture movement with the only good thing coming out of it is Beyoncé's remix of 'Crazy in Love.'‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015
B 72% American Sniper (2015) Politics, commentators and nationalism aside, American Sniper is a damn good film.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2015
D- 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) The Boy Next Door is even worse than J.Lo's last album, which is a hard feat. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2015
D 11% Taken 3 (2015) Taken with no one taken? That would be like The Exorcist with no exorcist. Cabin in the Woods with no cabin in the woods. Nightmare on Elm Street with no nightmares.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
B+ 92% Death Metal Angola (2014) Death Metal Angola is not another doc that depicts Africans as unruly or uncivilized. Instead, Xida highlighted their gifts, poetry and honesty. This isn't a film about war in an African country, it is a story of how music saves anyone, anywhere.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2014
C 98% The Babadook (2014) The film strives for horror in the way of The Shining or Silence of the Lambs, but it's more like Annabelle with better cinematography, which isn't a compliment.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2014
B- 98% Boyhood (2014) Less of a movie and more of an experiment. Arguably, an experiment that ultimately works. But I would never sit through it again.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
A 97% Life Itself (2014) One of the best documentaries of the year.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2014
C+ 88% Gone Girl (2014) A laborious Dateline ID episode with a ridiculously disappointing ending.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2014
B+ 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) Time Is Illmatic transcends hip hop, the doc is an all-American story, peeling back the beauty and grit of America's roots.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2014
D 21% Into The Storm (2014) Final Destination meets Twister, but not nearly as entertaining.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
C 24% Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014) Not a great film and it isn't supposed to be, but Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero more or less does its job of delivering equal parts laughter and fright.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2014
B- 80% Get On Up (2014) Chadwick Boseman's performance makes you forgive the obvious hiccups. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
C- 67% Lucy (2014) With my limited ten percent brain capacity, it's possible that I couldn't grasp the film's greatness ... but I doubt it. Lucy is bland on arrival. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
B 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) DeManco must have listened to the critics, because The Purge: Anarchy cleans ups the flaws of 2013, easily topping the original and, thus far, the best thriller of the year.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
C- 74% Godzilla (2014) Most will complain, it takes Mr. Zilla an hour to finally roar on screen. However, Godzilla would be a dud even if he showed up in the first ten minutes.‐
Read More | Posted May 16, 2014
D 20% Transcendence (2014) The only truly transcendent element of the film is how Johnny Depp, now 50 years old, transcends all signs of aging!‐
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2014
B- 59% Non-Stop (2014) Liam Neeson is the granddaddy of action films. The Oscar winner's stoic, deep-voiced, monotone, but - most importantly - likable demeanor is consistently entertaining. You want him to win and he always does. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
A 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) The unforgettable film highlights the stories of gifted vocalists who pray their time is going to come, which transcends the music industry. Isn't that what most of us hope for? In many ways, we all start in the background. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2013
A 98% Blackfish (2013) 'Blackfish' proves in our pseudo-reality, entertainment-hungry world that the art of documenting is not lost. Docs can still create change - and for SeaWorld, the perception of the theme park is forever changed.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2013
C- 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Another overhyped, award-winning film that the average moviegoer will never see or hear about beyond 2013.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2013
A 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) The film shows homophobia, racism and sexism indirectly affects all of us - even when you believe you're not one of 'those people.' You never know the circumstances in life that might make you one of 'them.' One of the best films of the year.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2013
B 91% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) There is a bold joy in the film, which can be credited to Mister and Pete, played wonderfully by Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon. Their childlike innocence but adult sensitivities gave the flick an undeniable heart.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2013