Dana Barbuto

Dana Barbuto
Dana Barbuto's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Patriot Ledger
Biography:
Given access to self-submit on 6/18/15 - Ryan
Publications: The Patriot Ledger

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 45% What Men Want (2019) It's the total opposite of what any guy (or woman, for that matter) would want, in spite of a totally game performance from Taraji P. Henson ("Hidden Figures"). - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B+ 72% Cold Pursuit (2019) ... it's a pitch-black comedic thriller that's, in fact, a bloody good time. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
C 40% The Upside (2019) Hart scored major box-office successes with "Jumanji," "Ride Along" and "Central Intelligence." But this time his talents are underserved by a script that fails to generate the same manic humor and heart that have become his trademark. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
B+ 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Maybe it's because we're hungrier than usual for nostalgia, but this whole production just feels right. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
B+ 80% Ben is Back (2018) We've seen Ben's story before, in fact "Ben Is Back" is the second movie this season after "Beautiful Boy" to depict drug dependency challenging the concept of unconditional and boundless parental love. But this one has Roberts, and she's addictive. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
B- 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Whatever side you land on, it's unavoidable to think of how much different history would have been if these women were friends instead of foes. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) ...it has multiple web slingers - seven. Yup, that's a lot of Spider-Men for the price of one. Kapow! - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
C 15% Robin Hood (2018) Tuck, who by the way is the best character in the movie, urges us to forget all the previous Robin Hood lore because something darker is coming: "This is no bedtime story," he says. Yet, by the end I was practically asleep. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B- 84% Creed II (2018) Caple doesn't always connect, but he does have Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan packing a one-two punch as Rocky Balboa and Adonis Creed. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Reitman, whose past films include the political satire, "Thank You for Smoking" and "Tully," aptly maneuvers all the pieces. But it's Jackman who excels. His Hart is in the right place. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
90% A Private War (2018) Heineman, working from a script by Arash Amel, adapting Marie Brenner's Vanity Fair article, consistently keeps you on edge. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C+ 65% Suspiria (2018) Definitely not for the squeamish. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Enchantment and style can only take you so far. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
A- 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film's finale is a recreation of Queen's iconic Live Aid set, with Malek performing a move-for-move re-enactment, not missing a beat. Three decades later, it still will rock you. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B 79% Halloween (2018) Lock up the baby sitters. Hide the cutlery ... Despite succumbing to the tropes of the horror genre, the movie is a cut above most slasher flicks - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Without a doubt, the addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" - not the slasher-flick "Halloween" - is the most terrifying movie opening at the multiplex this weekend. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B+ 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) With all this talk of gold propelling the action, it's Reilly who has the Midas touch. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
C+ 29% Venom (2018) "Venom" is a hot train wreck ... and by hot I mean Tom Hardy in the lead role. You just cannot look away even though the movie is a disaster ... - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B+ 87% Colette (2018) By the time actress Keira Knightley is done with Colette, you'll be empowered and fascinated. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B- 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Roth creates vivid visuals that shock and scare and in some scenes, delight. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
C 13% Life Itself (2018) Give me a minute ... I feel nauseated. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B- 58% White Boy Rick (2018) The movie might be about how the junior Wershe breaks bad, but it's the senior Rick who holds your interest. And McConaughey -- with a paunch and mullet -- plays the dad with his de rigueur all-in gusto. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B+ 99% McQueen (2018) An entirely watchable and engrossing take on the duality of McQueen's life, even if the filmmakers are a bit adulatory. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
B- 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) If you're able to surrender to the carefree charms of Lily James ("Churchill," "Cinderella"), and let her lead the way to the big finish, then you might want to, as the song goes, take the chance. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
B 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) McCall is tailor-made for Washington, who plays AARP cool, yet deadly, better than anyone. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) As the saying goes, good things come in small packages. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
C+ 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) "Sicario" translates to hit man, but this half-hearted sequel mostly misses the mark. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
C+ 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The real scene stealer, though, is the Stygimoloch, a head-banging dinosaur with an unusually large noggin who comes through in the clutch. Unlike the movie, the Stygimoloch at least is boneheaded for a reason. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
B 56% Tag (2018) Hold on for a finale that compensates for some temporary eye-rolling. Then stick around for the credits to see clips of the real guys. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
B- 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's this cast of seasoned vets who make the movie better than what's on the page -- co-written by the movie's director Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit"). - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Still, this isn't a hotel where you'd want to book a long stay, but it's worth checking out. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B- 70% Adrift (2018) You might want to pop a few Dramamine before boarding the shipwreck-at-sea drama "Adrift." - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
A- 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool - in all his jabbering glory - is the salve we need to heal the emotional damage caused by "Avengers: Infinity Wars." - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
B 38% Life of the Party (2018) Just as you're about to write it one off as another of McCarthy's woefully unfunny collaborations ("Tammy," "The Boss") with her husband-director, Ben Falcone, something shocking happens: You're actually laughing. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
B- 85% Tully (2018) Like a baby taking a morning and afternoon nap - "Tully" turns out to be too good to be true. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2018
B 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) #MINDBLOWN - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
B+ 51% Rampage (2018) Johnson and George are hands down the year's best screen couple ... Call it an interspecies bromance. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
C 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Let's hope the next script can match Lara's strength and newfound badassery. Otherwise, let's lock the crypt and throw away the key. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
B+ 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Thoroughbreds is dark, violent, twisty, sometimes funny and filled with scathing subtext on wealth, class and privilege. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B- 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) It's terrific eye candy, filled with dazzling shots of faraway lands saturated in hues of red, orange, green and hot pink, with levitating flowers, and scenes of witches shapeshifting into flying creatures. What's missing is any emotional engagement. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
A- 97% Black Panther (2018) Yes, this "Black Panther" is red-hot. Wakanda forever! - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
C+ 52% 12 Strong (2018) It might have 12 in its title, but make no mistake, the low-rent military drama "12 Strong" is a one-man show for Chris Hemsworth. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
C 57% The Commuter (2018) In "The Commuter," another late-career actioner, Liam Neeson takes his save-the-day shenanigans aboard the 6:25 train to Cold Spring, a bumpy ride on which he must root out bad guys or it's the end of the line for his family. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
A 91% Phantom Thread (2018) It's not a ghost story, but the movie will haunt you long after the lights come up. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
B- 49% Downsizing (2017) Inventiveness only goes so far. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
C+ 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The third and final installment in the "Pitch Perfect" franchise is aca-blah. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
B+ 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Michael Gracey taps into his visual effects background to create a feast of style, spectacle, song and sexiness, the latter brought to us by a pair of dashing leading men in Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
B 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The last act overcomes a sluggish middle and is as thrilling as this franchise ever gets. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
C 40% Justice League (2017) "Justice League" is pure formula. And without a sense of doom and danger, there's nothing but beefcake and banter. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
B 59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Like Poirot, Branagh - the director - is immensely attentive to fact and detail, including drawing a robust performance out of Branagh - the actor - playing the quirky detective with a mix of cheeky humor, vim and vigor. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017