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Dan Webster

Dan Webster
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% Maudie (2017) Mundane moments are far more prevalent in real life than the melodramatic ones. Which is one of the things I most appreciate about Maudie, Irish filmmaker Aisling Walsh's look at the life of folk artist Maud Lewis.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) If the mark of a filmmaker depends both on style and substance, Sofia Coppola is stronger on the former than she is on the latter.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
78% The Hero (2017) Most of all, it benefits from the presence of Sam Elliott, still abiding after all these years.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
88% It Comes At Night (2017) Much is what Shults does is admirable, from his refusal to offer only the barest of exposition to his camera-work, in which he haunts the house's hallways, making it feel near-claustrophobic. What's lacking is a larger sense of purpose.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Not that I didn't like the film. I just didn't like everything about it.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) A Quiet Passion does succeed in portraying the ultimate irony: that a woman whose life was filled with so much anguish could leave behind such a rich legacy of literary beauty.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
90% Frantz (2017) The acting is good across the board, with Ernst Stötzner a gruff presence as Frantz's father, Marie Gruber a far more gracious but no less heartbroken mother. Niney has sharp facial feature that give him a naturally screen-classic air.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Your Name. is a treasure that -- even if the first half hour felt confusing to my own Western-educated mind -- is well worth the investment of a near-two-hour view.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
91% The Martian (2015) While Weir's story, which screenwriter Drew Goddard adapted for Scott, may not be particularly profound -- we're not talking Blade Runner here, after all -- it is memorable. Which just shows you what a little attitude can accomplish.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
84% The Walk (2015) Zemeckis -- relying both on Gordon-Levitt's energy and regular glimpses of Manhattan streets from more than 400 meters in the air -- manages to maintain a sense of tension. Even for those of us who know full well what happens.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
92% Grandma (2015) Weitz may not end up making us like this hard-nosed Grandma. Some of us, though, manage to end up understanding her. And that may be all that's needed.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
88% Mr. Holmes (2015) It is McKellen whose talents are on best display. And he doesn't disappoint. As Holmes, Gandalf or Hamlet, McKellen never does.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) What does set Rogue Nation apart, beyond the dependable presence of Cruise, is the humorous subtext - best displayed by Simon Pegg, as funny here as he is in J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
52% The Boss Baby (2017) The Boss Baby is a funny, clever take on sibling rivalry that should appeal both to children -- especially those who, we can be thankful, are removed from politics -- and their parents.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Zandvliet's film succeeds mostly because of Møller.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Its Claymation images, bizarrely imagined as they are, can't begin to mask the range of emotions Barras' characters want to convey.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
87% My Scientology Movie (2017) He's not content to copy Alex Gibney, whose 2015 documentary [Going Clear] provides a stunning inside look at the religion... No, Dower is more of an entertainer, and he imbues his storytelling style with a somewhat lighter touch.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The great ape called Kong first hit the big screen in 1933. IMAX technology has been around since 1970. Now, in 2017, the two have joined forces, and the result almost makes a good movie. Well, half a good movie.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
76% In a Valley of Violence (2016) It seems that West's quirkiness involves no point at all, other than to create a familiar setting, throw a bunch of idiots together, and watch them act out their violent tendencies to somewhat predictable ends.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
60% Allied (2016) Zemeckis has said in interviews that Hollywood doesn't make this kind of movie anymore. Too true. And there's an obvious reason why.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Not all Star Wars fans will embrace Rogue One. In so many ways, though, it does fit the tenor of our time.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
92% La La Land (2016) In the end, La La Land is one of those rare achievements: a movie dream within a dream.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
93% Fences (2016) As with many such family dramas, Davis' Rose is the foundation - and the scene in which she expresses betrayal may well be the movie's best. The rest of the cast, including Washington himself, is very nearly her equal.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
89% Jackie (2016) Larraín is an artist, and his skills show throughout, both in his ability to meld so many different sequences into a narrative whole and in how effectively he uses Portman to portray one of the world's most memorable figures.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
75% Split (2017) In the end, Split isn't close to being the best film that Shyamalan has ever directed. But it does show that his career may be again headed in the right direction.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro, serves a valuable dual purpose: It both refreshes our collective memory of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, and it introduces a great American writer to a new generation of readers.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Whatever Ade's intentions, her Toni Erdmann does achieve this: Syd Field or no, it offers American moviegoers a reminder of the many different ways that cinema can express itself.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
95% Gleason (2016) [Gleason] is not simply another inspiring story of one man's valiant fight against disease. In the end, it is real and raw, a true tale carrying its own kind of dignity.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) A movie that explores, nearly as well as The Best Years of Our Lives, the gap that divides actual warriors from those who merely wave flags in their honor.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
94% Arrival (2016) The result is a wondrous achievement, one that combines mystery and meaning in a way so rarely found in mainstream movies.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Hacksaw Ridge is a worthy honoring of the real-life Doss -- portrayed by the British-raised Andrew Garfield -- even if it does feel, at times, as traditionally melodramatic as your standard 1950s MGM big-screen release.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
19% Inferno (2016) As Shakespeare might say, the film feels like an attempt to dazzle the audience with the kind of sound and fury that, ultimately, signifies nothing.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Playing the troubled Rachel, whose trek toward the truth is agonizingly slow, could not have been easy. It certainly doesn't make [Blunt] look glamorous. But it does show what it takes to become an A-level movie star.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
55% The Dressmaker (2016) The opening is brilliant, the cinematography is pristine, the acting -- especially by Davis and Winslet -- is good across the board.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) [It] may not quite match the quality of the 2014 film, if only because it has a slight feel of been there, done that. But Arnett, joined by Zach Galifanakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes and more, do achieve something special.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Emily (2017) Graves took the plot of Emily at least partly from his own life. What's special about his movie, though, is that it neither resorts to cliché nor wallows in self-involvement.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
93% Skyfall (2012) Skyfall is indeed the best Bond film ever. And maybe even better than that.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2015
4/4 92% The Lion King (1994) A majestic achievement.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2015
2.5/4 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) Manchevski leaves us with too many unanswered questions, most of them involving the very time and space that these characters seem to inhabit all at the very same time.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2015
3/4 92% Hype! (1996) An edifying, enjoyable and ultimately light-hearted look at the way that things have always gone.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
88% Naked (1993) [Thewlis'] Johnny may be the most likable despicable character in film history.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
3/4 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) [Features] three of the best performances of 2005. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/4 86% Chicago (2002) Instead of aping the likes of Oklahoma, [Marshall] takes what Fosse did in his 1972 adaptation of Cabaret and pushes it even further into the realm of originality.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
3.5/4 82% Dances With Wolves (1990) [Costner] makes it a true human story, portraying the range of emotions from tragedy to joy.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2015
1/4 73% Cry-Baby (1990) John Waters progressed from the truly disgusting ("Pink Flamingoes") to the truly funny ("Hair Spray") only to now hit the mainstream wall.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) This fourth segment of now-adolescent Harry Potter's story, while arguably the best made, is also the most gruesome, and dark.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/4 88% Shrek 2 (2004) It's not often that a sequel is richer and deeper than the original creation, especially when we're talking about the offerings of Hollywood. But Shrek 2 is the exception.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2014
3.5/4 91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) You could call this one Harry Potter Grows Up. At the very least, the transition from Chris Columbus to Alfonso Cuaron has helped propel J.K. Rowling's hero from childhood into the difficult teen years.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2014
2.5/4 85% Bugsy (1991) Oh, it's not that they cover up Siegel's brutal side, it's just that they undercut it by making the man just a victim of his own appetites, which is sort of like saying Charles Manson was just a little too enthusiastic about a certain Beatles tune.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2014
92% Frost/Nixon (2008) Frost/Nixon does manage to provide an engaging view, suspenseful even to those of us who remember how things ended up.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014