Dan Mecca

Dan Mecca
Dan Mecca's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Film Stage
Publications: The Film Stage

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T-Meter Title | Year
B- 66% Wrath of Man (2021) At under two hours, the pulpy entertainment is welcome, including a bevy of twists that recall the recent (and slightly better) Den of Thieves. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
B 40% Things Heard & Seen (2021) Traditional beats are explored from a different angle, resulting in something quite memorable. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B 92% Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021) Redford's brief examination marks an impressive capstone on his own career as a documentarian, cut too short. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B+ 85% Ailey (2021) Ultimately, it's the archived, audio recordings of Ailey that give the documentary its soul. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
A- 93% Mass (2021) What an absolute joy it is to watch these four performers--so often prized bit players--be given so much to chew on. Not one of them pulls a punch or misses a mark. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
C 66% Crisis (2021) There is an honest bleakness to Jarecki's tale that certainly matches the tragedy of the real-life opioid crisis, though all of it feels surface level. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
B+ 70% Land (2021) Wright the filmmaker wrings out one of Wright the actor's career-best performances. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
B 45% Fatale (2020) It's a well-made, well-acted neo-noir absent any sort of self-seriousness or superfluous posturing. An hour-and-a-half has rarely moved faster. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
B+ 78% Greenland (2020) The year 2020 has been quite unpredictable. What better way to end it then with an above-average Gerard Butler vehicle. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
B- 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) Along with the hyper-expressive Cage performance, Tran is a standout as a newcomer to this franchise. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
B- 34% Half Brothers (2020) An emotional rollercoaster from minute one, director Luke Greenfield's Half Brothers ultimately taps into something earnest. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
B 84% Let Him Go (2020) Not surprisingly, Lane is the heart at the center of Let Him Go. She has been a movie star for nearly her entire life and somehow still does not get the credit she deserves. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
B+ 77% Summerland (2020) [Gemma Arterton] is as good as she's ever been, injecting Alice with a poison that can play as comical and authentically mean. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
C 28% Dirt Music (2019) So much of Dirt Music feels like it happens on the fringes of a more interesting narrative. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
B 71% Most Wanted (2020) Hartnett continues to carve out an impressive second stage of his career as a reliable character actor, while Olivier Pilon makes good on the promises made by Xavier Dolan's Mommy a few years back. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
C+ 93% The Outpost (2020) A straightforward tale of survival, there isn't a great deal of nuance in the choices made. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
B 71% The High Note (2020) Aside from a third act twist that dips into the realm of sitcom territory, Ganatra is smart to keep the focus on a young woman trying to make her mark and an established woman trying to stay relevant. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
B 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) It's the upbeat energy from Sanders' direction that keeps the engine going. The Call of the Wild is a welcome adventure for a cold winter's night. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
C 89% Save Yourselves! (2020) The laughs fade about halfway through and the world-building never blossoms into something wholly engaging. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
C 75% Wander Darkly (2020) Miele's reach exceeds her grasp in trying to examine these elements, resulting in a muddled thriller that gets confusing before it becomes obvious. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
C+ 64% The Last Shift (2020) There's a lot to admire here, even it all of it doesn't work. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
B 78% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind is a respectable monument worthy of its subject. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
B- 91% The Evening Hour (2021) This is a drama full of effective performances, though Michael Trotter-who plays Reese, Cole's sometimes supplier-is the standout. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B 58% Tesla (2020) His films are a testament to the independent spirit. Limitations be damned! The messy creativity on display is something to admire. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B 92% The Assistant (2020) An easy criticism would be that The Assistant has nothing to add to the conversation. This is a reductive take. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B 67% The Glorias (2020) The Glorias offers a strange alchemy of straightforward biopic and style-driven inspiration. Overall, it's tame work from the filmmaker, clear-eyed in her love for her subject. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B- 77% Uncle Frank (2020) Uncle Frank the character is a bit more compelling than Uncle Frank the film. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B- 86% The Courier (2020) Ironbark plays out by the numbers, rarely offering a narrative arc that doesn't feel incredibly familiar. That said, there is much to mine from the performances, which elevate the material at every turn. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
C+ 65% Worth (2020) Watching Keaton and Tucci go at each other in a handful of scenes is worth the price of admission. Here are two of the best actors we have, doing subtle, solid work. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B 96% La Llorona (2020) An effective slow-burn that uses thriller tropes to explore the lingering scars of the Guatemalan Civil War. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B 79% Summertime (2021) It's a brazen second film from an exciting filmmaker, capitalizing off of a truly collaborative effort to create something that feels singular. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B+ 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) For all the "messages" this film might dig into throughout, it never preaches to its audience. Promising Young Woman is always entertaining and it will linger for a long, long time. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B+ 82% Scare Me (2020) During a Sundance year in which many films extrapolate on the sins of the entitled male, Scare Me emerges as a standout. This is a crisp slice of cleverness that demands a reaction. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B- 91% Miss Americana (2020) While most of this authenticity reads as manufactured and a bit focus-grouped, it's hard not to like this pop star. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
B 53% 21 Bridges (2019) Not surprisingly, this kind of mid-budget project barely exists on the big screen anymore. And what a shame. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
C+ 41% Midway (2019) Most will recall 2001's Pearl Harbormore than anything else. The CGI-laden dogfights are about as entertaining (a compliment in a way) and the wooden dialogue is a touch worse. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
B 46% Last Christmas (2019) It may well be that Last Christmas's most memorable decision is shifting the oft-criticized Male Gaze over to Female. Let's call it a Christmas miracle. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
B- 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) It's a film so determined to wring out emotion from the audience that it offers up a cancer storyline *and* a beloved-animal-reflecting-on-those-he-loves storyline. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
B 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Things get a bit long in the tooth as the finale drags, but there's enough goodwill to push past the finish line. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
B+ 95% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Belkin is clearly in awe of his subject, warts and all, and hopes we will be as well. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B 69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) Serves as a pertinent reminder of the dangers of a government embroiled in bullshit, misguidedly confident in its own presumed greatness. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
B 23% Men in Black International (2019) Hemsworth and Thompson mine some easy chemistry, though never nearing the perfect alchemy of Smith and Jones before them. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
D 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) There is such a clear disdain for the human element in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, one wonders if there wasn't a way to make this sequel with monsters alone. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B+ 95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) An essential watch for cinephiles and beyond, letBe Natural bethe first step in your discovery of a talented artist - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
B 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) If stories like this can continue to be told with the confidence of fresh filmmaking voices likeChiwetel Ejiofor, we will all be better for it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
B 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Starring the great Jillian Bell and written and directed byPaul Downs Colaizzo, it's a fairly ambitious debut film that attempts to examine how self-doubt can hurt you and the ones you love while earning laughs all at once. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
B 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Where's My Roy Cohn? is a worthy documentary, though it's hard not to want more. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 95% The Mustang (2019) The prison drama is a well-worn sub-genre, ripe with predictive beats and expected narrative turns. Those behind this picture are determined to subvert those expectations, and the attempt-though not fully realized-is much appreciated. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Too much of what happens here rings false and forced. Despite all of the heart, there is not enough in the execution. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 93% We Are Little Zombies (2020) There's so much to respect in We Are Little Zombies, just not enough to hold on to. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019