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Dan Schindel

Dan Schindel
Dan Schindel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film School Rejects, Paste Magazine, The Film Stage, The Young Folks, Movie Mezzanine, Nonfics

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 78% Manifesto (2016) The film is more of a clip show, awkwardly cutting together elements once presented in a drastically different manner. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
C 72% Headshot (2017) All Headshot needed to do was stay lean and mean, and yet the only-there-as-an-excuse-for-the-violence plot still feels like it's getting in the way.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
C- 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Despite the mildness of its sex scenes, Fifty Shades feels strangely revolutionary for having them.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) One leg up that LEGO Batman has on The LEGO Movie is a coherent central message.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
4/10 56% Wheeler (2017) The imitation of the standard music doc style is so perfect that an unknowing viewer would easily think that Wheeler's story is real... It's a pity that it can't parlay this stylistic proficiency and the asset they have in Dorff into any real point.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
C 83% The Founder (2017) A generic "rise to the top" story without even the decency to suggest Kroc lost his soul along the way.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
D+ 42% Gold (2017) McConaughey made more of an impression as a stock-trading bro in his single scene in The Wolf of Wall Street. Here, there's not even anything compelling about his fall.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
C 93% Hidden Figures (2017) It is in essence a feature-length version of an inspiring social media image macro, or perhaps a Google Doodle. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
C+ 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) When the universe "expands" in this way, it actually makes it seem so much smaller.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
B- 76% Split (2017) While Split takes dissociative identity disorder to a more ridiculous extreme than most other depictions, the movie has a sympathetic core.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
C- 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) This is Marvel imitation at its most tedious.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
C 71% Miss Sloane (2016) There's a strange need now to try to curb our movie antiheroes, particularly female ones. Sloane can't just be good at her job; she needs to be a personal wreck.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
B- 95% Moana (2016) It feels less like a truly Polynesian story than it does a generic Disney story slotted into a new setting. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
B 94% Prevenge (2017) A distinct blend of black humor, viciousness, body horror, and pathos.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
C- 25% The Comedian (2017) It's like a feature-length episode of Louie, but without the pathos and unintentionally unfunny.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
C- 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) This movie is plain-flavored ice cream (not vanilla, mind you - plain).‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
C- 54% The Dressmaker (2016) It's soapy melodrama with the fun dampened by "verisimilitude" - a Marvel-movie treatment for the book-club set.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
B 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The Edge of Seventeen isn't John Hughes for a new generation - it's much more honest than that.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
B+ 90% Into the Inferno (2016) Into the Inferno is a memento mori aimed at the whole human race, and only Herzog could make one this non-pretentious, funny, curious, and respectful at the same time.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
C 86% Their Finest (2017) Even the horrors of the Blitz feel too gentle here, and the film's attempts to depict them sometimes even backfires.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
C+ 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Don't Breathe makes for a very fun little thriller, though it also veers into being exceptionally stupid or eye-rollingly gross.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
D+ 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Florence Foster Jenkins is this year's movie that your mom will love which, under its anodyne surface, is actually kind of morally abhorrent.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
C- 66% Anthropoid (2016) As wartime thrillers go, Anthropoid is disappointingly limp. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
C- 76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) The most frustrating aspect of The Lovers and the Despot is its refusal to do more than simply recite its tale, ignoring the interesting concepts lurking within it.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
C 97% Gleason (2016) There's something off-putting about such aggressive inspiration.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
B- 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) In the barren desert of summer 2016 blockbusters, this is a lovely oasis.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
C- 69% The Infiltrator (2016) Sadly, as has consistently been the case with his recent film work, The Infiltrator gives Cranston basically nothing to do.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
C+ 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) It's a mess, but I grinned a good portion of the way through.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
C 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) After a certain point, surely even necking teens would tire of this, right?‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
C 91% The Witness (2016) Rather than intelligently grapple with the complexities, the filmmakers let various people have their say and then call the whole thing done.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
C 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows not only recognizes nostalgia, but directly exploits it.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
C- 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Look no further than this if you want to figure out why most kids would much rather play Minecraft than go to a theater.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
A- 92% The Nice Guys (2016) The duo's swearier Abbott and Costello routine is an endless riot, fueled mainly by Gosling's full-bodied nervy cowardice. His high-pitched girlish scream is ever so beautiful.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
C- 71% Holy Hell (2016) Despite its worthy plot and the wealth of great footage with which it had to work, Holy Hell is a mess.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
C- 22% The Boss (2016) If one of the '90s Adam Sandler movies had a weird May-December romance with a '00s Apatow production, the ungainly, misshapen, sterile hybrid that is The Boss might result.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
C- 52% Demolition (2016) Demolition might just be this year's poster child for disaffected faux-indie insincerity.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
C- 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) [It] commits the perennial sequel mistake of indulging the breakout characters, letting them run rampant over everything in the process. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
B- 96% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) It can't quite find a way to cohere its story beyond sticking to the time Wang was with Ye. But that doesn't diminish the courage of either filmmaker or subject, both of whom we can expect (or at least hope) will keep doing good in the future.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
B 97% Krisha (2016) Trey Edward Shults hardly turns the dark family drama genre on its head, Krisha compensates with exceptional acting and an infectious atmosphere of dread.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
B 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) The fact that it's so drastically different from Cloverfield makes it a perfect sequel.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
C 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) [It] dwells with the faraway triggerpeople killing from comfortable chairs but refuses to interrogate their actions in any truly meaningful way.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2016
D 25% London Has Fallen (2016) It magnifies public anxiety over terrorism to a cartoonish degree, stoking the viewer's fears even as characters declare that they will never succumb to fear.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
C+ 95% Spa Night (2016) Its choice of main character and setting does indeed set it apart from the rest of its ilk, if only marginally so.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
B+ 99% Cameraperson (2016) Cameraperson is hypnotic, a montage of seemingly disconnected vignettes that slowly demonstrate commonalities among disparate figures around the globe. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
B 98% Little Men (2016) The contrast between the straightforwardness of these kids and the roiling, mixed emotions of the adults is simple, even archetypal, and it works.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
A 82% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Among many other smart choices, Greene and his crew have constructed this movie like a horror picture.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
B 98% Love & Friendship (2016) [Stillman's] dry sense and cutting sensibility are suited to the meaner edge this story has in comparison with the rest of Austen's oeuvre.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
D+ 79% Audrie & Daisy (2016) This film doesn't convey either the tragedy or the responses to it in any way not hidebound by documentary convention.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
B- 94% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) While Zexer might not yet have a directorial voice ... the fulcrum of her ending is one of the most heartbreaking, beautiful sacrifices in recent cinema.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
C 50% Belgica (2016) Taking a straightforward approach isn't necessarily a negative, but the sedate camerawork and editing make the movie's progression staid.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016