Corey Hall

Corey Hall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Metro Times (Detroit, MI) , Orlando Weekly
Total Reviews:
245

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C- 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " They could have just called it A Million Jokes Die in the West So That Six May Work. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 4, 2014
B- 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " In spite of the numbing effect of this chaotic claptrap, the movie is still blessed with an incredible super power: the chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 10, 2014
B 82% Fed Up (2014) " The film's real strength is actually in Katie Couric's refined news-anchor delivery, and her skill, charm, and celebrity likely opened some doors." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 10, 2014
C+_ 73% Neighbors (2014) " Rogen continues to toke bongs and crack jokes about dongs, all in an increasingly desperate attempt to extend immaturity into infinity. Maybe it's just me, but having initially been a fan I've grown weary of his pot fueled antics." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 10, 2014
C 42% The Face of Love (2014) " For all the hard-fought realism, brilliant performances, and the feelings stirred up by the themes of mortality and late-life romance, there is the inescapable silliness of the central conceit. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 16, 2014
C+ 62% Draft Day (2014) " ...the movie remains oddly watchable, even if an underlying tale in which millionaires are going to get richer a little faster may have trouble making it onto the highlight reel these days. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 16, 2014
B 77% Noah (2014) " Aronofsky's grand, crazy vision is filled with more awe and reverence than a traditional snoozefest like Son of God, and, in its fun, flawed and chaotic way, Noah is a popcorn flick about the endless wonders of the universe and of the human soul. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 16, 2014
C 41% Divergent (2014) " The hazy message, that you need to join a club, and only then think independently, is confused, and hardly the cynical dystopian satire of Orwell or Huxley. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 23, 2014
B+ 68% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) " Here Anderson, like his heroes, learns the real adventure is in getting deliriously lost." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 12, 2014
B- 59% Non-Stop (2014) " ... a very by-the-numbers affair, but one that delivers cheesy shocks and jolts with the predictability and efficiency of a veteran flight crew doling out ginger ale and tiny bags of pretzels. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 6, 2014
D 21% Son Of God (2014) " ...as good as any film edited together from segments of a History Channel miniseries can be expected to be, which is to say it's utterly terrible. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 6, 2014
B 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " The Wind Rises, in its own mysterious, inimitable ways, is a fitting farewell for a director committed to the power of creativity." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 26, 2014
D+ 10% Vampire Academy (2014) " I can't speak for Richelle Mead's novels, but I'm assuming they read like the instruction manuals for a role playing game: there are both too many, and not enough, rules." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 14, 2014
C+ 64% August: Osage County (2013) " All this vitriol might work better on the stage, but bigger than life and in tight close-up, the familial nastiness becomes insufferable. TV producer-turned-director John Wells lights everything like an ad for cholesterol meds." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 9, 2014
D+ 38% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " There are smatterings of clever touches but eventually it all degenerates into the same old, same old demonic shenanigans. The truly terrifying part is that the audience for this kind of trash doesn't care." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 9, 2014
C 64% 2 Guns (2013) " Generic, by-the-numbers buddy-action flicks don't come much more generic than this forgettable project." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 1, 2014
C 54% Oblivion (2013) " Joseph Kosinski's only previous credit was the visually rich but intellectually bankrupt Tron Legacy; and while this film is a bit more satisfying, it is driven only by its gorgeous visuals." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 31, 2013
A- 92% In a World... (2013) " What pleasure then to find an August release that's built around real, identifiable humans, and sports a complicated but lovably flawed woman at its center." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 31, 2013
B 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " Though it never quite digs as deep as it thinks it's going, 20 Feet from Stardom is a richly entertaining experience, mostly because the music does so much of the work." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 31, 2013
A 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " A cold, cruel wind cuts through every frame of this brilliant, mysterious and lyrical black comedy." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 30, 2013
A 92% Nebraska (2013) " Director Alexander Payne, working from Bob Nelson's economical script, and employing Phedon Papamichael's stunningly bleak black-and-white cinematography to great effect, produces a slice of gritty, uncompromising but also deeply human satire." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 30, 2013
B 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " While buffoonery rules the day, the movie's slyest, sharpest joke is that the clownish Ron pioneered tabloid journalism by giving viewers, "Not what they need, but what they want." It would be funny if it weren't so damn true. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 26, 2013
A- 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Tom Hanks gives a fine, un-showy and sublimely focused performance." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 21, 2013
A- 93% Frances Ha (2013) " The gorgeously-made Frances Ha serves as a love letter from director to star; and like all love notes that aren't ours, it's intimate, mawkish and, in some vital way, unknowable." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 11, 2013
A 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " If we're lucky -- if the tides are right and the winds are calm -- we might get one or two movies a year as good as Short Term 12." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 10, 2013
A+ 96% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " This remarkable film spins a yarn about a little girl trapped between a dream world of ghouls and real-life monsters during the Spanish Civil War, and it works remarkably well, simultaneously enchanting and horrifying with almost every frame." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 26, 2013
B- 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " As stolidly drab as Thor can be, his trickster half-brother Loki is still a scream, and the picture perks up considerably when he's around, though how much more energy can be squeezed out of his antics is debatable." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 8, 2013
D 47% Last Vegas (2013) " The jokes are as creaky as arthritic joints, and, as likable as these old pros are, the experience is dispiriting. This is a film that older folks will feel compelled to see and younger people will find impossible to like. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 1, 2013
B- 69% About Time (2013) " About Time is a breezy but undisciplined paean to living in the moment - one that ironically has a hard time maintaining focus." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 1, 2013
D 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Knoxville continues to crank out lowest-common-denominator schlock that would be deeply embarrassing on the résumé of a man half his age. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 25, 2013
B 90% Inequality For All (2013) " This is a curious case of liking the messenger, loving the message and yet still feeling as if you're being too heavily sold, even if you want to buy into the product." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 7, 2013
C+ 48% Parkland (2013) " Parkland is a well-made movie that strenuously avoids having any sort of point." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 7, 2013
B 89% Rush (2013) " Ron Howard, working with Danny Boyle's favored cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, has made perhaps his most visually arresting work in three decades behind the camera." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
B+ 81% Don Jon (2013) " If Don Jon does not offer a lasting détente in the war of the genders, it does smartly delineate the gap between men's and women's respective fantasy lives." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
B- 74% You're Next (2013) " As glib and gory as it is, You're Next is a swift and energetic tweak of the dumb home invasion genre." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
C+ 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " In its best moments, Closed Circuit evokes '70s paranoid classics like Three Days of the Condor but without anything particularly new or unique to add on to the old cynical story of how power corrupts." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
C 27% Jobs (2013) " The suits never understood him, but I don't think ham-fisted director Joshua Michael Stern knows all that much about his subject either..." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 23, 2013
B- 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " Extreme violence and outrageous comedy form an uneasy alliance in this outwardly enthusiastic but inwardly ugly comic book sequel." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 23, 2013
B- 54% Lovelace (2013) " ...this origin story of the star of surprise box office smash of 1973, is compulsively watchable, even while being coated in a thick layer of me-decade sleaze." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 14, 2013
90% District 9 (2009) " This stunning mindbender of a movie attempts to prove that science fiction can handle the heftiest allegorical payloads, even the appalling shame of apartheid." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
93% Iron Man (2008) " The key, of course, is Downey, who effortlessly conveys that his newfound sense of responsibility isn't going to stop him from having a good time, and in doing so, Iron Man makes saving the world look like fun again." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) " Drag's a brief, blunt and utterly brilliant blast of humor, terror and wicked satire; a trifle that feels like triumph, a dashed-off flick that blows doors off big-budget competition, and is about as much fun as you can have at the multiplex." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
B- 86% The Conjuring (2013) " The list of imagery "borrowed" from other films is lengthy. Director James Wan specializes in this sort of fare and his talented cast elevates the material above the dregs of the genre, which is an admittedly big and crowded basement." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
D- 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " As much as it is a masterpiece of production design and a triumph of technique, the movie is also an epically awful exercise in pretentious pseudo-intellectual claptrap" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
6% Underclassman (2005) " Meant as a vehicle to deliver young actor Nick Cannon to headliner status, this lame comedy just limps along like a tricycle with bent rims." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 10, 2013
D- 6% Who's Your Caddy? (2007) " Who's Your Caddy isn't just a wretched exercise in formulaic hack writing, lazy acting and appalling stereotyping -- it's also just sort of icky." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
D+ 9% My Life in Ruins (2009) " With its portrait of cranky, uninterested tourists, rowdy Aussies, fat Yanks, dingy hotels, shady merchants and busted buses, Ruins feels like somebody's personal vendetta against the travel industry." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 30, 2013
7% All About Steve (2009) " Mary's supposed to be a plucky free spirit, but mostly she's a chatty bore who's emotionally clueless." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 28, 2013
D 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " The decision to center so much of the story on the volatile, one joke Chow, proves fatal as Ken Jeong is about as funny as a tubercular cough." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 24, 2013
C 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " All the CGI-assisted, 3-D sparkle is a wonder to behold, and for a short time it effectively distracts from the inert drama underneath." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 23, 2013
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