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David Hiltbrand

David Hiltbrand

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2013) "Were we in fact set up to fall in love with Downton Abbey? It hardly matters, because at this point, we'd follow the Crawleys over a cliff. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jun 29, 2016
65% The Slap: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "What The Slap is not is original. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 12, 2015
72% Bosch: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Bosch ... lies somewhat off the beaten TV path, but in a thrilling way. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1.5/4 13% Seventh Son (2015) "Seventh Son may try to harness alchemy and witchcraft, but sadly, there's no magic here." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 6, 2015
47% Allegiance: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Sound far-fetched? Sure. But Allegiance has a lot going for it. It's sharply produced and well-acted. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2.5/4 80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "You can tell the script is short on punch lines by how often it resorts to poop and fart jokes, the last refuge of the desperate gag writer." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/4 35% Project Almanac (2015) "The premise, which initially has a certain interior logic, grows implausible and then nonsensical." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 31, 2015
A- 100% My So-Called Life: Season 1 (TV, 1994-1995) "In subsequent weeks the series settles into a more predictable and sentimental mold, reminiscent of The Wonder Years, but it is still superior TV The debut episode is so poignant and so powerful, however, it deserves separate consideration. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2015
B 89% The X-Files: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1994) "If the producers can keep the mood spooky, this show will have its devoted adherents. Deservedly so. " ‐ People Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2015
35% Backstrom: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This series is notably dependent on its writing, specifically the crafting of its mystery plots. Because of that, Backstrom will probably turn out to be variably enjoyable from week to week. But at least it has the potential to be excellent. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 23, 2015
1/4 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) "This isn't a very demanding role for Lopez, but she still fails to carry it off. In fact, nothing about this film is convincing. It all feels notably artificial." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 23, 2015
62% 12 Monkeys: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "12 Monkeys seems to have staked out a fertile alternate universe. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1/4 11% Taken 3 (2015) "Nothing gets taken here except your ticket money." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 10, 2015
83% Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Whether it rises or falls, Empire is off to a sensational start. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 7, 2015
95% Mozart in the Jungle: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "It's heady, unexplored territory: Debussy and drug references, Prokofiev and penis jokes. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 1, 2015
1.5/4 52% Unbroken (2014) "Unbroken is a fitting title for this excruciating cinematic treatment of the flyboy's ordeal. It plays like an endless, unrelieved gauntlet of suffering, an onslaught untempered by grace or redemption." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 25, 2014
65% Ascension: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Ascension is hokey and hyper-staged. But there's a twist at the end of the first night that should have you coming back. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 15, 2014
24% Marco Polo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Shot primarily in Kazakhstan and Malaysia, the series is richly atmospheric, lavishly produced, and artfully rendered. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 11, 2014
85% Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014) "Mostly what you get is a chronicle of tedious routine carried out in a killing climate. That gives this documentary a flavor that is strong and genuine. Just not very appealing. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 28, 2014
2/4 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "The Horrible Bosses comedy franchise is like a recipe full of ingredients that you'd think would go well together. But the taste ends up being off anyway." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 26, 2014
1/4 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "The film clearly aspires to (three) stoogery with these lojinks. And it still aims too low." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 14, 2014
2.5/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "Gorgeous and disturbing, Big Hero 6 is a departure for Disney: a film targeted at older kids, and the studio's first venture into straight-up comic book culture. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 7, 2014
2.5/4 96% Citizenfour (2014) "This is a complicated story, but it's efficiently laid out by Poitras in this smartly edited project. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 31, 2014
2.5/4 85% John Wick (2014) "Director Chad Stahelski handles the frenzied fusillade with flair. The action scenes in John Wick, while brutal, are also rather breathtaking." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 24, 2014
72% Constantine: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "It's playing on a larger canvas than most TV shows and its hero, with his rumpled look and ratty raincoat, has a Columbo-like appeal. Once he gets his foot in the door, he may be hard to get rid of. Read more at " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 23, 2014
2.5/4 22% Dracula Untold (2014) "The idea is to humanize one of the most fearful monsters in the Western crypt. But Dracula Untold goes way overboard, past domestication and into canonization." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
1.5/4 59% I Am Ali (2014) "Unless you have an insatiable appetite for goo-goo father-daughter talks, the recordings are tedious." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/4 61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) "It's a film where you start chuckling as soon as someone says something like, "I just want everything to be perfect tonight."" ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 10, 2014
79% Kingdom: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "This is an incredibly violent and an incredibly powerful show about men who find it difficult to talk to one another but have no problem raising their voices - and their fists. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 7, 2014
97% The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The show has a pedigreed cast. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 7, 2014
66% Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Gracepoint is artsy both in its painterly look and in its treatment. The story rolls out with daring forbearance, almost as if it's transpiring in real time. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 2, 2014
21% Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Stalker is pure terror porn from Kevin Williamson, who gave us the Scream horror-movie franchise. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 30, 2014
42% Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "It's wonderful to witness [Leoni's] maturation here, because she still trails the vixenish vapors from earlier in her career. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 22, 2014
85% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The pilot is nerve-wrackingly frantic, but if anyone can make this flaming Paper Chase exciting, it's Lady Rhimes-a-lot. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 22, 2014
80% Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "In its early going, Gotham is hamhanded and a little bombastic, but drop-dead gorgeous. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 22, 2014
22% The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The Mysteries of Laura... has really snappy writing. It's good enough, in fact, to make this hour quite entertaining, but only if you can put aside the show's overt artificiality. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 16, 2014
58% Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Red Band Society (the name comes from their hospital bracelets) aims for the poignancy of the runaway teen bestseller The Fault in Our Stars, but the TV project is too transparent in the way it goes about tugging on your sympathies. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 16, 2014
53% Z Nation: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The 13-episode series has a sweeping, impressive prologue, but the show itself almost immediately shrinks to a small-scale, dark and rustic canvas. This is the same formula that doomed NBC's Revolution. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 11, 2014
1/4 6% The Identical (2014) "Trading strictly in visual and narrative cliches, The Identical is so solemn and silly that at times you could swear it was a lampoon." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/4 99% Starred Up (2014) "The raw emotions on display need no translation. David Mackenzie directs the film in a piercingly realistic style." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 5, 2014
44% Houdini: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The two-part Houdini jells in fascinating fashion - especially the first night - despite a wildly overreaching script by Nicholas Meyer. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 1, 2014
2/4 65% Life Of Crime (2014) "Life of Crime is like an errant golf putt that appears headed for the hole, but just keeps rolling and rolling, all the way off the green. In other words, just missed . . . by a mile. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/4 80% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) "It's the human element in Island of Lemurs: Madagascar that disappoints." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1.5/4 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) "When the Game Stands Tall is more manipulative than a hulking chiropractor. It's so busy beatifying its protagonist that it makes him into a grave idol rather than a man." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1.5/4 72% Dinosaur 13 (2014) "These events would have been better handled in a single installment of Dateline." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/4 58% Finding Fela! (2014) "The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 15, 2014
1.5/4 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) "This Sylvester Stallone franchise has devolved into the clown car of action movies: a casting gimmick to see how many AARP actors you can cram into one vehicle." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 15, 2014
56% Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Legends with Sean Bean is a show, that, like Josh Holloway's CBS series Intelligence last season, should work but doesn't due to a lack of imagination and daring. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 12, 2014
91% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Break out the tartan, lassies. This is a bonnie treat. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 11, 2014
87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Knick captures an intriguing tension between staid decorum and spurting blood, between the Victorian and the ventral. It's one of the most ambitious series in recent memory. " ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 7, 2014
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