Dan Scully

Dan Scully
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Dan Scully is a film buff and humorist from Philadelphia whose tastes range from sleaze to prestige. If it?s a picture that moves, Dan wants to know about it. @DanScully

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% The Vast of Night (2020) The joy of discovering something that uses my favorite medium to its fullest potential, even in absence of a heavy budget, is unmatched. - Phindie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
99% Blow the Man Down (2020) An exciting film from a duo of filmmakers who I will surely be watching out for. - Phindie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
14% Collateral Beauty (2016) Collateral Beauty is fascinating in its badness. From top to bottom, front to back, every single thing about it is completely bonkers, and not in a fun, festive way. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
12% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) My one bugaboo about the first film was its unwillingness to lean as hard into schlock territory as it could have, and Fifty Shades Darker most certainly does. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
93% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures is almost all preaching with very little movie to speak of, and what movie is there is so broad that much of the message falls flat. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
85% Lion (2016) Natural and real. Those are the words to describe Lion. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
86% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls is absolutely essential. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
80% Patriots Day (2017) This easily could have been an unfocused mess, but is instead a gripping drama that never loses its footing. In fact, it seems to gain momentum with every passing moment. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
19% The Bye Bye Man (2017) As a movie, The Bye Bye Man serves but one function: to deliver a safe, completely middle-of-the-road genre picture for undiscerning teens. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
45% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) It's a big, fun, EXTREME piece of entertainment with the singular goal of face-punching its audience. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
16% The Space Between Us (2017) The Space Between Us is a joyless, consistently mediocre movie, with only the loosest understanding of plot mechanics and an even looser understanding of logic. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
24% Fist Fight (2017) Fist Fight is the Big Bang Theory of movies, only somehow worse. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A Cure for Wellness is a breath of fresh (moldy) air. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
98% Get Out (2017) It's tense, angry, hilarious, and here in Trump's America, it might as well be a protest film. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
26% Table 19 (2017) It's nowhere near as deep as it seems to think it is, nor is it funny enough to pave over the faux-depth. So what starts off as a silly comedy becomes insufferable before even reaching the halfway point. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
67% Life (2017) Life is clearly a complete knockoff of Alien. An exciting, gruesome, intense, scary, and ridiculously entertaining knockoff of Alien. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
93% Logan (2017) Logan is a powerful, excellent film - a fitting farewell to what turned out to be one (or two) of the most enduring character portrayals in film history. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) This is a movie which is all about fun and spectacle. And it delivers. What more could you want? - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
81% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Where T2 transcends sequelization, however, is by doubling down on the original film's themes, reintroducing us to beloved characters and displaying just how mature a filmmaker Danny Boyle has become. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
81% Personal Shopper (2017) Personal Shopper finds a weird wavelength pretty early on, and if you can cling to it through a few purposefully difficult tonal shifts, you will be rewarded immensely. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
48% Going in Style (2017) Nana is sure to go bananas. Everyone else will likely find it to be an insufferable (although harmless) throwaway. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
73% Gifted (2017) Gifted remains breezy and adorable for the bulk of its runtime. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
88% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) The Lure is weird in such an earnestly pure way that it's functionally hypnotic without ever being sleepy. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
45% The Night of the Virgin (La noche del virgen) (2016) Don't miss this one. Maybe avoid eating first. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
78% Becoming Bond (2017) Like any life well-lived there are plenty of detours into humor, drama, success and regret, and hearing it all from a wizened man with an admirable outlook is exactly the type of feel-good material which makes for a fun flick. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
81% Colossal (2017) [A] delightfully goofy and surprisingly dark rumination on interpersonal possessiveness and personal responsibility. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
50% The Promise (2017) Shame that, save for a few effective sequences, the bulk of it is a terribly bland affair. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
84% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) [W]hile it moves very fast and is frequently quite funny, it ultimately feels pointless. Still, it's the kind of film that begs to be seen on the big screen, granted you're into this sort of thing. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
36% Snatched (2017) Snatched had the potential to be something special. Maybe even something great. Unfortunately, it's pretty standard stuff. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
80% Chuck (2017) Chuck paints a picture of a truly relatable, human protagonist, one whose ability to own his flaws and work to make amends makes him much more engaging than any at the center of a more classically designed biopic. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
30% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) The thing is, even in these moments where it looks like Ritchie's sensibilities are emerging from the muck (it's a very muddy movie, visually), it becomes clear how mismatched his style is to this sort of thing. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
46% Everything, Everything (2017) The leads (Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson) carry themselves with aplomb, and their romance is admittedly pretty adorable. It's enough to propel this minor film forward, even if it moves at a decidedly sleepy pace. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
97% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) There's just something cozy and delightful about the whole thing that has left me glowing in the time since I watched it. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
17% Baywatch (2017) It's a huge missed opportunity, and it ends up feeling cynical. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
49% Churchill (2017) But as noble as the intentions of this minor biopic may be, it struggles to overcome a strange goofiness that all too frequently peaks out from behind the drama. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
87% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night couldn't be less interested in playing into [horror] tropes... instead choosing to use our knowledge and expectations of the form to keep us asking the right questions while wondering if we even want the answers. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
16% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy is a LOT of fun. This is due to the fact that it commits to a very specific tone right off the bat all the way through to the end. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) It's all so much melodrama wrapped in a mystery told through handwritten letters and askance looks across lavish feasts, and if you're into this sort of thing, My Cousin Rachel is much less stuffy than one would expect. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
44% Rough Night (2017) Rough Night sets out with a noble goal: to bring laughs. Mission accomplished. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
22% The Book of Henry (2017) The few pleasures within The Book of Henry come from the ever-present feeling that at any moment something grandly idiotic could occur out of the blue. On this front the film absolutely delivers. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
77% The Hero (2017) It's Elliott's insight that makes a film like The Hero, which covers absolutely no new ground in the memento mori subgenre of drama, feel almost essential. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
93% Baby Driver (2017) This is pure filmmaking from a pure filmmaker with a pure vision, drawing from a well of creativity, film fandom, and a deep, abiding love for the craft. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
88% Moka (2017) I sat down for a "French revenge thriller" but instead got a meditation on the dangers of snap emotional judgments ... and it was something I didn't know I needed. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
79% The Beguiled (2017) Overall, The Beguiled is a ride worth taking. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
93% Dunkirk (2017) The marriage of performance, sound, structure, and downright astonishing visuals makes Dunkirk the ultimate moviegoing experience. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
79% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde is a cool, slick little movie whose only real sin was coming close enough to greatness that all of its shortcomings are highlighted ... in neon lights. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
16% The Dark Tower (2017) Most of what made the novels so flavorful is sucked from the proceedings resulting in a product that commits the biggest sin a film can commit: blandness. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
83% Detroit (2017) Kudos to Bigelow/Boal for traversing such troubled waters, even if the product, in my estimation, is all bite and little substance. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
96% Step (2017) There's plenty of goodness in this world and Step is a potent reminder of what it looks like and what it can accomplish. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
71% Annabelle: Creation (2017) While not as elegant as Wan's entries in the universe, the scares here are a chillingly effective mix of tone and gimmick, which is really all anyone could ask. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020