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Dave White
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) A comedy with just as many moments of sadness, disaffection, and humiliation as there are laughs, the film never shies away from awkward human strangeness. This is how it sticks, and sticks the ending. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 23, 2016
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) The jokes take on a rote quality, the vituperative insults and verbal jabs repeating themselves until it all sounds like an endless loop of dogs barking "Jingle Bells." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 16, 2016
64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) An ugly and frequently hilarious descent into all things repellent, the debut feature from director Jim Hosking plants itself firmly in a world of filth and shock. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 6, 2016
93% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) Calling to mind the sullen lovers of Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together, the young men of Being 17 are more gestural than verbal. Téchiné intuitively favors movement over chatter, and he directs his young actors toward intimate, yearning performances. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 5, 2016
31% Masterminds (2016) Kinder to its characters than most comedies about the bumbling and under-educated, and that's Hess's strength. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 29, 2016
76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) Juxtaposing archival footage with a tension-building collection of interviews, Cannan and Adam approach the outlandish crime as a puzzlement, all but wondering aloud how two celebrities could be turned into a dictator's puppets. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 22, 2016
60% Hillsong - Let Hope Rise (2016) It may even be the one Christian film that properly reaches out beyond its built-in audience, accomplishing the goal of Evangelicals everywhere: actual evangelism. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 14, 2016
No Score Yet No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story (2016) Fouce's traditionalist approach to the doc form involves archival footage as a general Holocaust primer for younger audiences, a decision that may be more vital now than ever as living eyewitnesses dwindle in number. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 19, 2016
11% Nine Lives (2016) In addition to listless direction from Sonnenfeld, and an overall feeling of cheapness and carelessness, Nine Lives also suffers from incoherence. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 5, 2016
1.5/5 20% The Double (2011) Have you ever seen a movie like this? Yes? Then you know the answers to those questions. Or at least some of the answers. And you're right, they all involve "gotcha." ‐ Movies.com
Posted Aug 3, 2016
84% Tallulah (2016) What saves Tallulah from American indie sameness and its allegiance to neat resolution are its three lead actors and Heder's apparent skill in bringing out their best work. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 28, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) It's a grim world of nasty pleasures here, the kind you won't feel guilty about unless it all somehow comes true in 2017. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 29, 2016
69% Swiss Army Man (2016) The problem is we already all know that when you grow up your heart dies, and lines like, "No one deserves to ride the bus alone," are more likely to provoke laughter than tears of empathy. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 24, 2016
77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Often accused of glib misanthropy, Solondz's films serve only to expose his underlying empathy. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 23, 2016
34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) For their next trick, they make a next trick sound like an attractive prospect. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 1, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) A wild, sad, mordantly funny dystopia that gives sexual desperation the bad name it deserves. ‐ TheWrap
Posted May 13, 2016
75% Last Days In The Desert (2016) Garcia's reluctance to go overboard supernaturally, and his commitment to relative good taste -- save for one fart joke, not kidding -- take an already lean parable and render it stingy. ‐ TheWrap
Posted May 12, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Directors Anthony and Joe Russo continue to mine their experience with TV comedies, juggling all the members of their superhero family with a playful touch that both informs character interaction and delivers vital breathing room in between battles. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 13, 2016
49% Hardcore Henry (2016) Their collective trip to hell is death tourism for the viewer; its sole, genuine feeling the one of relief that comes when it's over. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 7, 2016
9% God's Not Dead 2 (2016) The audience is encouraged to assume that the widespread persecution of all Christians is at hand. In Arkansas. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 1, 2016
43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) [Garner]'s the bridge the story needs to avoid being pigeonholed as another smug Evangelical advertisement, and her performance elevates Miracles to a Christian film worthy of the name. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Mar 15, 2016
46% The Young Messiah (2016) Perhaps realizing that enticing nonbelievers into another movie about the life of Christ may necessitate the wild-style of a director like Darren Aronofsky, the filmmakers decided to play it safe rather than risk conservative Evangelical rejection. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Mar 11, 2016
39% The Other Side of the Door (2016) There is Conjuring-style haunting. There's a creepy piano that plays itself. And there is an annoyingly liberal use of horror's cheapest gimmick, the jump-scare. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 23, 2016
12% The Choice (2016) We the people deserve every nutty coincidence, beautiful disaster, luxurious grief montage, and supernatural final-act reveal. Garbage-entertainment is still entertainment. Why, then, does The Choice almost entirely opt out of its own game? ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 8, 2016
5/5 93% Skyfall (2012) Mendes and Deakins have] created the most beautifully deep focus context for Bond yet, pushing and pulling him into landscapes... that each promise the physically compromised spy nothing less than the most cinematically gorgeous sort of doom. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Oct 5, 2015
1.5/5 31% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) It's nasty and hard-R violent, which counts for something, somewhere. Just not enough for here or now. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Jul 7, 2015
3/5 87% The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013) A weirdly watchable glimpse at the agonizingly long process of getting anything accomplished in The Netherlands. ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Jul 3, 2015
2.5/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) These men have unrealized yearnings - for art, for singing careers, for "glass slipper" marriage, for frozen yogurt - and they're going to make it rain by acting out those fantasies, man-twerking with all the "realness" they can muster. ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Jul 2, 2015
4.5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) I believe that its most significant contribution to pop culture will be as a lasting statement of opposition to facile, idiotic "feelings" as they're currently sold by movie studios, a chance for a moment of truth about loss, and grief, and even numbness. ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) This franchise is, itself, very much like the dangerous dinosaur park depicted. It has investors who need to see a good return. It has to sell, and sell well, globally. Nothing can be left to chance. Therefore, nothing is. ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 100% Something Better To Come (2015) The horror on display is relentless, almost incomprehensible... [but] in spite of her circumstances, and in the face of the depressing inertia of her world, Yula refuses to accept the idea of hopeless permanence. ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Jun 12, 2015
0/5 5% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) Kevin James and Nick Bakay are credited as screenwriters, but that's only because "Taking Naps" and "I Went Out To Get A Sandwich" are not Writer's Guild credits yet. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Apr 17, 2015
0.5/5 25% The Divide (2012) Whatever edge of fear and tension the movie might have possessed is traded for blistering annoyance as the cast near-cannibalizes one another while screeching at top volume for over 120 minutes. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Apr 9, 2015
4/5 97% The Artist (2011) Maybe this tribute to those early movies will inspire you to go watch something small, square and silent. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Feb 17, 2015
3.5/5 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) It's a feel-bad crime movie all around, one predicated on the fact that crime leaves real victims. Don't let the weapon on the poster fool you. This isn't Taken. It's a dark cellar, and your eyes may need time to adjust. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3/5 85% John Wick (2014) Is it necessary? No. Is it fun? Hell yeah. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) It's a slinky black cat of a movie, commanding attention and reeling you in to follow down filthy, dangerous alleys. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) In spite of itself, The Lego Movie is curiously self-correcting and still gets to be all things to almost all people. It's a crowded construction site of hilariously mixed-up everywhatever. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Jan 3, 2015
4.5/5 89% Frozen (2013) It's a movie about fear and grief and the power of familial, sibling love to sort it all out. Weirdly, in movies that are almost always aimed at children, that's a love that rarely gets equal screen time in a romance-obsessed world. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Dec 8, 2014
0/5 0% Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014) Hot cocoa is referenced no fewer than nine times. Cameron talks about the drink as though it were the trump card of his entire argument, as though dropping a microphone. "And COCOA!" ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Lawrence's performance roils with stress and fear, as it did in the first two films, and director Francis Lawrence stays with her, up close, from start to finish, visually mirroring the script's examination of Katniss's cult of personality. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/5 77% Fury (2014) It simultaneously questions and reinforces ideas about martyrdom and heroism, and ultimately makes the case for the idea that there never have been any good wars, not even the ones we liked. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Oct 27, 2014
4/5 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) That rare thing in mainstream film: a bold aesthetic move wearing its Dickensian dirtpride like a rusty medal, daring you to suggest it's not as beautiful as it knows itself to be. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3.5/5 60% The Equalizer (2014) [He] equalizes so much that there's not enough screen to show you all of his equalizing. In his spare moments, he helps the employee softball team stomp their opponents, equalizing them with impeccable sportsmanship at the bottom of the eighth. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Sep 26, 2014
5/5 90% Stray Dogs (2014) Tsai has created one of his greatest films, full of the fragility, daily humiliation and fear that engulfs the lives of the poor, one that points to the moral requirements of active compassion. It's a masterpiece of the deepest sadness. ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Sep 24, 2014
0/5 6% The Identical (2014) It's a mysterious, hilarious mess, a confusional cry for directions in a Triple Elvis Universe. Buy your ticket now, before it magically disappears from theaters, and feel the brain-breaking power of song. ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Sep 9, 2014
4/5 95% Love Is Strange (2014) Nothing showy or fussy from director Ira Sachs and cinematographer Christos Voudouris, the camera lingers on human details, the goodness and tenderness between these men, with a lot to say about the level of scrutiny gay lives are subjected to routinely. ‐ Linoleum Knife
Posted Aug 24, 2014
1/5 19% Let's Be Cops (2014) You should probably go to movie jail now, "Let's Be Cops," but it seems like you might not know any better, and there are laws protecting the incapacitated. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
0/5 35% The Giver (2014) Everybody should just calm down and let Hologram Streep do her job. Dang. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2.5/5 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) This is gentle Hallström's salvageable France, one where understanding, decency, love, and the cooking of really kickass omelettes drives crabby naysayers to tears of joy. ‐ Movies.com
Posted Aug 8, 2014