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David Frese

David Frese
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Even though the film is much grungier and more realistic than all the previous chapters, this corner of the "Star Wars" universe still is a thrilling place to visit. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 95% Moana (2016) What the story lacks in boldness ... is compensated in design and animation. Water, hair and gravity all flow naturally. The sunny island environment radiates happiness. And it does feature some clever moments of slapstick comedy. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/4 98% Moonlight (2016) "Moonlight" is a poetic and poignant story of immense and oppressive loneliness. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 10, 2016
2/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The Jack Reacher novels are eminently entertaining. If literary snobbery has kept you from picking one up, stop it already. The books' joyous mayhem transcends guilty pleasure. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Fabulous performances and a multilayered narrative tighten the screws into a mysterious and ultimately satisfying thriller. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 7, 2016
2.5/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) It starts with a bang, ends in a yawn and features a whole lot of "What the ...?" along the way. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) It's a summer movie! Save the serious stuff for September. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 77% The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) At the core, this is just another road trip movie, but it bends expectations enough to be cleverly pleasing. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Feels like an exercise of obligation, just another item on 20th Century Fox's spring honey-do list: Replace the batteries in the smoke alarms, release another X-Men movie, clean the gutters. Rarely has the end of the world felt so inconsequential. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "Captain America: Civil War" is for every little kid who ever bashed one action figure into another while saying "Pew! P-Pew! Kapow-shuh-WOOOOSH!!" In other words, it's nearly perfect. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 5, 2016
2/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) That rare movie that makes you anxious to see the next installment only because it surely has to be better than what you just watched. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 23, 2016
3/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The first thing I thought as the credits rolled was that I can't wait to see it again. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 16, 2015
2/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "In the Heart of the Sea" could have worked. But director Ron Howard tries too hard in some places and not enough in others. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/4 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) The Peanuts Movie manages to nail the strip's comic timing and play its core sentiment -- a childlike desire for acceptance -- to near perfection. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 65% Spectre (2015) Well before it ends, Spectre becomes a cartoonish parody of itself. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3.5/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) "How to Train Your Dragon 2" rises above its animated peers with more troubling themes, outstanding character design and innovative "camera" movements. And it rarely, if ever, takes the easy way out.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 10, 2015
2/4 48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) Despite its change of venue, "Secret" covers all the ground trod in the original but loses any sense of wonder. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 10, 2015
4/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) Jason Segel is so good in "The End of the Tour" you can almost smell him. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 10, 2015
2.5/4 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) There's still a thrill in seeing all of these comic book characters together in a movie. Even when it's just Ulysses Klaw. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/4 69% About Last Night (2014) "About Last Night" is dirty, sexy and, for the most part, a lot of fun.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) "Lone Survivor" illustrates for a new generation the difficulty our young women and men face in fighting an enemy that wears no uniform, marches under no flag and calls no country home.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) Though the maneuvering almost descends into tedium at times, Russell has created a dense and operatic portrait in which nothing is as it seems. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/4 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) Keeping a hammer-swinging god grounded in a world we can relate to isn't easy, but thanks to good performances, solid effects and great pacing, Taylor and his cast have nailed it.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3/4 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) It's less like watching a movie and more like eavesdropping on what goes on between a boyfriend and a girlfriend when parents aren't around.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) "2 Guns" is a smidgen off-target.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) By minimizing the goofy superhero side of the character, Mangold maximizes the action hero. The Wolverine succeeds when it emphasizes the human in superhuman.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2/4 55% Man of Steel (2013) "Man of Steel" is visually spectacular but, for the most part, emotionally distant. It's just another $200 million superhero movie and another wasted opportunity.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/4 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) In a film about people who perform death-defying stunts, the last thing you want to inspire is a yawn.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3/4 93% Amour (2012) In many ways, it's a horror film, as the woman descends into helplessness, and - like the audience - the man can only watch. It's a potent piece of filmmaking.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 7, 2013
3/4 80% Warm Bodies (2013) A cute if occasionally cheesy love story that manages to tweak zombie lore while raising the bar on Hollywood's supernatural teen romance phase. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 31, 2013
3.5/4 92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Director Kathryn Bigelow and her "Hurt Locker" screenwriter, Mark Boal, deftly quilt together disparate events in the almost 10 years between 9/11 and bin Laden's death. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 10, 2013
3/4 81% The Impossible (2012) Among the most morally and ethically interesting movies to come along in some time. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 3, 2013
2/4 62% Jack Reacher (2012) There's no spark between the leads. Cruise and Pike look as if they're just saying lines and occasionally talking over one another. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3/4 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) The film is frequently gorgeous, technologically adventurous and eventually thrilling. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 13, 2012
2/4 74% Killing Them Softly (2012) "Killing Them Softly" has style and substance but not much soul and no real center. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 29, 2012
3/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) From the CGI to the subject matter, the film contains several layers of fiction, but regardless of your level of belief, "Life of Pi" always feels true. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 20, 2012
4/4 90% Lincoln (2012) Daniel Day-Lewis is so good in "Lincoln" he makes a $5 bill look phony. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 15, 2012
3/4 93% Skyfall (2012) Despite a lack of complexity, "Skyfall" is a respectable chapter in the Bond saga. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 8, 2012
2/4 78% Flight (2012) [Its] muddled message and some storytelling cliches prevent "Flight" from being a great film. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3/4 86% Robot & Frank (2012) "Robot & Frank" is so endearing it's easy to forget it's science fiction. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 30, 2012
1/4 71% Paul (2011) Most of it crash-lands.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 17, 2011
3/4 37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) A fun, all-ages space adventure.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 11, 2011
2/4 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) The camera work is frequently pedestrian, the acting is bland, and the jokes often fall flat.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 12, 2010
3/4 79% The Hangover (2009) If there is any justice in the universe, The Hangover will make Zach Galifianakis a household name.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 5, 2009
2/4 51% Notorious (2009) Notorious is slightly better than the average hip-hop biopic (50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' among them). But the Great American Hip-Hop Film is still out there somewhere, waiting to be told.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2/4 25% Bedtime Stories (2008) Continuing on this trajectory, the much-maligned funnyman probably will create yet another generation of fans. And maybe even another generation of haters.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 29, 2008
1/4 33% Morning Light (2008) Morning Light fails as film or TV. It's essentially a vanity project for sailing enthusiast Roy E. Disney.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 7, 2008
3/4 62% Changeling (2008) The film slowly and deliberately builds a head of righteous indignation; along the way it becomes a sort of feminist fable.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 30, 2008
1/4 14% All Roads Lead Home (2008) It's not that the film is too complicated, it's just unwieldy.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 26, 2008
2/4 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) It's the finest 97-minute advertisement for Yoda underpants released this week.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 14, 2008