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Dan Fienberg

Dan Fienberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016) Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing has many rewards, disjointed though they may be.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
28% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) TRHPS: LDTTWA suffers from suffocating staging and an utter lack of reflection on the source material -- but also from the source material itself, as what little energy it possesses is gone by a second half that turns into a real slog.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
87% All the Way (2016) Transferred from the stage, Cranston's performance remains outsized, but probably proportionate to Johnson himself.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
80% Confirmation (2016) Confirmation goes for something more dispassionate and even with the fine acting and a great built-in story, delivers something less enlightening and less enjoyable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
91% Grease: Live! (2016) It took less than five minutes into Fox's Grease: Live for director Thomas Kail to throw down the gauntlet, kick it out the door and slam the door shut on just about any future live musicals when it comes to sheer technical dexterity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
B+ 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) Montage of Heck is about the representation and self-representation of Kurt Cobain, a fascinating process for any figure whose entire fame was based on modes of self-representation.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
A- 98% Finders Keepers (2015) Finders Keepers has the sort of plot that no screenwriter in his or her right mind would ever dream up.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
78% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) A Very Murray Christmas is a boozy, snarky, melancholic gathering spiked with welcome whimsy, quirky celebrity cameos and effective doses of Yuletide earnestness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) The most important elements in the success of The Wiz Live! come from Leon and Robinson and their accumulation of a rather remarkable assortment of talent to populate the stages at Grumman Studios.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
D+ 92% Prophet's Prey (2015) This isn't a one-person problem or a two-person problem. But rather than condemning and deconstructing the institution, Berg puts almost all of the focus on a couple awful men. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
C- 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) With no physical progress and almost no stakes other than the increasing redness of Nick Nolte's face, it's impossible for A Walk in the Woods to gain any momentum.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2015
B 77% People Places Things (2015) People, Places, Things has cuteness and comic timing in abundance.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2015
B+ 88% A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015) Even though The Amina Profile works as a cyber-thriller of sorts, I think it's much more wide-reaching than that, a story about online identity, but also about the danger of media-constructed narratives.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
A- 85% The Wolfpack (2015) It's partially a story of the role cinema can play in helping connect viewers to the world, of helping people get find and hold hope, but it's also a capturing and catalyst for developing hope.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2015
92% Frost/Nixon (2008) Many viewers will just go along with Frost/Nixon because of how great Sheen and Langella absolutely are. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014
B- 61% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) "Sharknado" was far from the most amateurish of the Syfy originals, but it had a "Let's put on a show" roughness. "Sharknado 2" at times threatens to look like a real movie.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
B 78% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) Every subject in the doc has a stake in the case and they each yell their truth to the sky, with the certitude of somebody whose next meal depends on being heard the loudest.‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014) "Bastards" works because it has two storytellers with a personal desire to tell a story that nobody else seems to have wanted to tell. So what if it's a glorified home movie?‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 26, 2014
C- 14% Blended (2014) "Blended" is far from the worst movie to come out of a studio-subsidized Adam Sandler vacation. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
B- 90% Private Violence (2014) It has a tremendous lead character in domestic violence advocate Kit Gruelle, a heartbreaking main case study and genuinely difficulties telling its actual story.‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 17, 2014
B+ 85% Watchers of the Sky (2015) Social justice is a hard and often nebulous concept to depict in a documentary Belzberg actually revels in the elevated aspects of the discussion.‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 17, 2014
B+ 93% The Return To Homs (2014) There are shades of Kubrick to the long, uninterrupted shots that take us through bombed out buildings, a labyrinth of ruins that still have poignant ties to our heroes.‐ HitFix
Posted Feb 17, 2014
B+ 62% Rudderless (2014) Crudup is as good as it gets when playing impaired, almost always making choices that are unexpected and manage to be funny without minimizing the depth of intoxication. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2014
B+ 98% The Overnighters (2014) The Overnighters is, until it falls on its face narratively, a really well-made documentary. ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 27, 2014
B+ 93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) A really wonky documentary and it's full of smart, socially awkward people trying to make it easy to process the case's key jargon. ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 27, 2014
A- 97% Life Itself (2014) Surely critics would be the first to lob insults at a Roger Ebert film that fell short. Life Itself does right by Ebert, it does right by people who love movies. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
B+ 81% Land Ho! (2014) It's a funny and moving film about aging, but it's also a wacky journey across Iceland with two characters who are instantly likable and ultimately quite lovable. ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 24, 2014
A- No Score Yet Marmato (2014) This is a good yarn -- unlike so many Sundance docs, it doesn't wear its Importance on its sleeve, even if there's ample thematic heft -- and also a good film.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 24, 2014
B 71% Web Junkie (2014) Web Junkie is a little sad, a little funny and a little scary. I'd say that I wish it had been a little more provocative, but I'm sure conversations after screenings will serve some of that purpose and those are conversations worth having.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B- 81% Mitt (2014) Just because the grand reveal on Mitt Romney is that he's not a spectacularly interesting man doesn't mean that Mitt is uninteresting.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014
100% My Prairie Home (2013) [It] doesn't overstay its welcome and doesn't strain for profundity. It just happens to be a length that was simultaneously easily satisfying and left me yearning for just a bit more. ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B 89% Happy Valley (2014) Bar-Lev is a good filmmaker and on all technical levels, Happy Valley has polish and momentum. ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B+ 73% The Voices (2015) The film's ability to go back and forth between absurdity and actual creepiness is also at least somewhat tied to Reynolds' performance, which has an air of menace mixed with its comedic simpleness.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2014
B 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) "A.C.O.D." is sitcom-y, but in the sense that it's a neatly arced comedy w/a steady stream of jokes, delivered by a professionals who efficiently hit every punchline.‐ HitFix
Posted Oct 4, 2013
B+ 94% After Tiller (2013) The directors are smart enough to understand that no matter how strongly you believe in a position, that belief is probably more shaded than a one-word "Yes" or "No."‐ HitFix
Posted Aug 9, 2013
B+ 90% Inequality For All (2013) "Inequality For All" may deserve its easy linkages to "An Inconvenient Truth," but that may also be selling the new documentary short. ‐ HitFix
Posted Aug 9, 2013
B+ 92% In a World... (2013) While Bell definitely shows some first-timer growing pains behind the camera, she's got a snappy ear for dialogue and she's given Lake Bell what may be her best part ever.‐ HitFix
Posted Aug 9, 2013
C 53% Lovelace (2013) "Lovelace" is superficial and flat and wastes a transformative, gung-ho performance by leading lady Amanda Seyfried.‐ HitFix
Posted Aug 9, 2013
93% The Spectacular Now (2013) This is a movie I want to avoid over-praising because I think it will function best as a discovery and without inflated expectations. It's worth checking out and making up your own mind.‐ HitFix
Posted Jul 29, 2013
B- 88% The Other Dream Team (2012) The Other Dream Team wasn't the 1992 Lithuanian Basketball movie that I necessarily wanted, but it could absolutely be the 1992 Lithuanian Basketball movie that you want, assuming you want such a thing.‐ HitFix
Posted Oct 26, 2012
C+ No Score Yet Because of stars Jones and Sienna Miller, there are reasons to watch The Girl, but the one-dimensional approach defeats any chance that any serious film fan will revise their opinions on much of anything.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2012
B 56% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) This unapologetically raunchy comedy ought to be the vehicle that sets Ari Gaynor up for, at the very least, the chance to play the lead in an edgy sitcom or something.‐ HitFix
Posted Aug 25, 2012
C 29% Red Lights (2012) I'm pretty sure that "Red Lights" is a fascinating failure -- and possibly an oddball cult film in-the-making -- but a failure none-the-less.‐ HitFix
Posted Jul 12, 2012
A- 95% The Imposter (2012) Imagine "F For Fake" mixed in with a bit of "The Talented Mr. Ripley," only theoretically all true and you have a good sense of the appeal of "The Imposter."‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 23, 2012
B+ 94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) Turns the "Real Housewives" formula upside down and it becomes possibly the least tragic epic tragedy ever constructed."‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 16, 2012
B- 66% The Woman in Black (2012) Not especially original and not tremendously scary, but there are a few pleasurable jolts of fear, some shiver-down-your-spine moodiness and it doesn't overstay its welcome.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2012
C+ 35% Immortals (2011) I don't think "Immortals" ends up being a good movie, but like all of Singh's films, it's going to make a killer full-color, glossy coffee table book.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2011
B- 60% Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011) It's a relief to be free from many of the "Glee" series' narrative dead-ends and it's possible that Heather Morris performing "Slave 4 U" was why 3D was invented.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2011
14% The Ledge (2011) How much should one admire this attempted fusion of disparate elements when "The Ledger" proves to be such a dismal thriller and such a banal meditation on faith?‐ HitFix
Posted May 6, 2011
61% The Beaver (2011) It's possible Mel Gibson is *too* good and Foster was too willing to let the tone of Gibson's performance steer the tone of the movie, rather than the tone of Killen's script.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted May 6, 2011