Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A+ 95% In the Heights (2021) This is an event that deserves a big screen. Plus, they make you wear masks in theaters so no one will be able tell how much you are crying (and you will cry loads throughout). - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
B+ 86% On The Rocks (2020) While the story is fairly simple, the script is rather complex because of it. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B- 48% The Witches (2020) The human characters for some reason don't gel well with their animated counterparts, which at times puts out an awkward feel for such a big-budget movie with actors who are usually extremely convincing in these types of roles. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B+ 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Luckily for most of his victims this time around, he shows them to be real humans who, while maybe flawed, are still capable of showing love and friendship to strangers and even *gasp* deranged foreigners. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B- 93% Love and Monsters (2020) At times it is quite creative and others it feels way too familiar. While the monsters' very presence and actions don't make a lick of sense, they are at least uniquely conceived, even if the supporting characters are many times unnecessary formulaic... - Houston Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
A- 88% Kingdom of Silence (2020) [It] helps us better understand why our leaders need to represent the high ideals of our country and when they stray, bad things can and will happen. - Houston Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
A 94% Boys State (2020) It is both deeply funny, yet also frightening, as you see what could be the future leaders of America and how much trouble we could be in if underhanded tricks and propaganda keep working on those casting their votes. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
B- 67% Emperor (2020) This version of the story feels rushed at 99 minutes, and by the end it is too apparent that this is a highlights reel rather than the historical epic it might deserve. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
B 71% The One and Only Ivan (2020) What I thought might end up a train wreck, wound up to be a sweet surprise. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
B+ 48% Unhinged (2020) This is a monster movie, with Crowe playing a creature almost like a land-locked Jaws, bound and determined to wreak mindless havoc and chaos to destroy the life of a single person, without any regard for his own. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
A 93% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) The end result is a movie not about the fire, but rather about what it takes to survive and overcome an ordeal in modern America. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
A- 96% La Llorona (2020) The storytelling really stands out here and the acting truly enhances the flow as the performances are both organic and gut-wrenching. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
B- 67% The Secret Garden (2020) I'm not sure we needed this reimagining, as it wasn't nearly imaginative enough to stake its claim. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
A+ 97% Hamilton (2020) While there is nothing like the joy of seeing it live, this particular version is breathtakingly spectacular and captivating, allowing you to take in all of its greatness and raw emotion without having to take out a second mortgage on your home. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
B 88% Onward (2020) While I could have waited until April 3 to see it free (as part of my Disney+ subscription), I decided it was worth $20 to purchase, just to support the industry while they are so desperately hurting. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
B+ 91% The Invisible Man (2020) I still feel the trailer showed way too much of the plot, but there is more here than you expect and the scares and chills are frequent and effective. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
A- 63% Yesterday (2019) While the film is not perfect, it is a true joy to watch and sure to be a huge crowd-pleaser once audiences start falling in love with it. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
B 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Will you understand the Pokemon universe after watching it? No - and trust me - you don't want to. But you should have an appreciation of it when all is said and done, and also a greater tolerance to their strange little world. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
B+ 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) I never grow tired of experiencing the wonders of God's universe and this documentary is a prime example of just how strange and beautiful even the most remote parts of our planet can be. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
A- 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) You are Constance Wu as she experiences extreme culture shock, not of race, but of money. You feel the tension upon her first exposure and you can't help but empathize with her fear, love, joy, confusion, heartbreak and determination. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
B 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The problem here lies in a script full of head-scratching plot points that depends on an audience not overthinking it. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
A 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Pixar here does a perfect job of juggling story, thrills and laughs in a way that keeps you majorly engaged and entertained for two straight hours. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
A 72% Ready Player One (2018) This film is pure joy and the epitome of what we hope for when we go to the movies. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
B 88% Annihilation (2018) It is scary, thrilling, fascinating and beautiful - all at the same time. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
A- 81% Early Man (2018) I can't think of a better way to spend two hours at the movies with my family. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
A- 84% Loving Vincent (2017) Might I suggest a nice glass of wine (or three) while you soak it in. I think you'll find that that will accompany the film like it would with a fine meal. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
A- 88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) I found this new project to be vastly superior in story, acting, score and overall production. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
A- 86% American Made (2017) I'm sure in 20 years' time we will be watching another hot actor (or maybe actress) show us a story of the nutty crap that is probably going on as we speak in the current administration. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
B- 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) For guilty pleasure purposes, the film provides a fun couple of hours, but ultimately fails to match its superior freshman outing. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
B- 68% mother! (2017) It's like a long, confusing parable where Jesus doesn't stop to explain its meaning afterward. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
B+ 86% It (2017) It works phenomenally well, leaving you thoroughly engaged rather than shaking in your boots. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
C- 78% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) What was once a clever take on Pride and Prejudice has been reduced to an unsuccessful franchise tryst. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
B- No Score Yet If There's a Hell Below (2016) It is an exercise in tension that is worth checking out when you need an excuse to bite your nails. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
54% Jason Bourne (2016) My guess is that the camera work is much the same here, but this time I had a nice Pinot Noir during the movie (thank you AMC theaters) and my nerves were much more able to handle it. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
B 94% Finding Dory (2016) Finding Dory will be a popular summer movie but just don't expect one of their better performances. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
C- 28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Production alone isn't enough to carry a film. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
A- 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Kids and adults alike are going to eat this thing up and come back for seconds and thirds, probably in the same weekend, if they can score tickets. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
A- 73% Everest (2015) I have no desire to climb any of the seven peaks, but being able to watch a movie like this gives me all the thrill I need, wrapped up in a two hour package. - Houston Community Newspapers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
F 20% Aloha (2015) Sadly, San Andreas is not the only disaster movie hitting theaters this weekend. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
A- 72% Interstellar (2014) Interstellar is one of the most ambitious films in this genre that I've ever experienced. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2014
F 51% Heaven Is for Real (2014) While watching, I couldn't help but think of the studio execs in the background whispering in the filmmakers ears "does it have to be so religious? Can you make it any less... Christian?" - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2014
A 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) I can't think of a better holiday film that you'll be able to enjoy with your families. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2013
A- 83% This Is the End (2013) I love a movie where it feels as if you just worked out your abs because you laughed so hard. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2013
C 20% The Hangover Part III (2013) Overall, the movie suffers from a lack of inspiration. The desire to produce a sequel overrode the need to create another legendary film. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2013
A- 39% Admission (2013) ...the ending result is much better than I thought it was capable of being. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2013
A 91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) ...even if this is a completely fictional account, it seems true and our need to fill in the gaps will cause what I think will be a massive audience to see this much anticipated film. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2013
A- 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) I found myself concentrating more on the strange look of the film and less on the film itself. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2012
A 89% Lincoln (2012) The events of the tale might be 150 years old, but they couldn't be more relevant to today's political climate. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2012
C 66% Lawless (2012) Gary Oldman is the only actor who really knocks it out. Unfortunately he's only in the film for a few minutes. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2012
A- 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) As long as the film is well-written, well-acted and well-executed, then bring it on. After all, I've read hundreds of his stories in comics growing up. If the films are at least this good - I'll watch hundreds also. - Fort Bend Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2012