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David Poland

David Poland
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Detroit (2017) With the BANG of a starter's pistol, a hot snowball of rage and fear starts rolling downhill, gathering speed as all struggle to get out of the way.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) I wanted to walk out of Dunkirk with my heart beating. And I walked out with my brain humming.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
54% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) A 2 hour-plus non-stop all-downhill rollercoaster ride.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
18% The House (2017) The House would have been quite a good mean-as-hell comedy if they had a third act that worked. That is where the movie really stalls.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
93% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Sony, who had something to gain from allowing Spider-Man to be part of the MCU Universe, just allowed Marvel to make their superstar into a supporting player.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
48% Rough Night (2017) As I sat in the theater, I wondered to myself, "Is this the female identification movie that women want to see and I just don't get it?"‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
15% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy is, in so many ways, everything that is wrong with the IP era of film. So much so, that it is a shocking experience.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman is a very likable movie. But it was also a very likable movie when Marvel made its kissing cousin, Captain America: The First Avenger.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
19% Baywatch (2017) Baywatch is taken down by an undertow of overthinking, over-raunching, and generally a complete miss of what made this series so absurdly popular for so long.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) I won't bury the lede. This movie SUCKS. King Awful!‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
35% Snatched (2017) So much of the movie feels clear and familiar, only to be sidetracked by someone trying really hard to be funny instead of trusting the storytelling.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) There is so much right about Alien Covenant that what is wrong at the third act is an incredible frustration.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) This film is the epitome of a sequel to a somewhat unexpected smash hit.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Beauty & The Beast is a true pleasure. In some ways, new material is better than the familiar bits.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Ghostbusters won't define your childhood. But a good summer laugh at the movies? Absolutely.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) It is big. It is loud. It is violent. But it is a crappy CG blur interrupted by close-ups of this one or that one taking/making an impact or landing.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) I don't love the film. I don't hate the film. But I was profoundly frustrated by the film because it kept being close to becoming something great.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) The story is clear. The characters are appropriately hyper-real, but grounded and their behavior follows logically. There are mysteries that keep unraveling. And it doesn't choke you with details that can't be deciphered without 27 watchings.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
95% Amy (2015) Amy is more than a great doc. It is a shot to the solar plexus.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) Magic Mike XXL is what a lot of people expected Magic Mike to be when it came out. And I'm pretty sure there's nothing wrong with that.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) It's hard to think of anyone who won't be happy to have had this movie experience. And this is not a middle of the road, safe thing. So that is an enormous achievement.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) Jurassic World is not like having your eye poked out with a stick. It is loaded to the gills with Stuff. But the summer analogy is San Andreas, not Max Max: Fury Road.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) It was like Whedon thought about the 1st film and felt it wasn't deep enough, not realizing that its success was its comic book shallowness. It was just fun for audiences. ‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2015
7 56% Focus (2015) As an audience, we should be having the same kind of fun that we had in the third act of The Sting. Why aren't we?‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
51% The Interview (2014) a silly, broad, very funny comedy about a couple of close male friends who represented high and low, going on a profoundly stupid adventure.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2014
72% Big Eyes (2014) Big Eyes is a movie of shocking complexity and grace, given how simple it seems on the surface.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
71% Interstellar (2014) There is an odd shallowness that reduces all the intellectual power of this endeavor to a "you mean, one atom of my fingernail could be an entire universe?" stoner joke.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) This film really becomes The Dark Knight to the first film's Batman Begins.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2014
52% Jersey Boys (2014) "WB took the safe road, came in on time and budget (presumably, as Eastwood always does), and made a golem."‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2014
91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) The concept of repetition is quite brilliantly done. It never feels "that gag again?!".‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) It's a weepie. It can't be something else... a genre more respected. But it does what it does quite perfectly.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2014
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) It's really all about how these two build a joke on camera. They get it. They top it. Then they get the hell out before you get stop laughing.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2014
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man films are quite unlike any of the major box office comic efforts so far. ‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) I'm not saying that Captain America 2 is crap. But I don't see how anyone can claim that it is much better than a Very Special Episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2014
77% Noah (2014) I almost never felt challenged... which is shocking for a filmmaker who had challenged us in film after film.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Wes Anderson is the Willy Wonka of art films. He works in a land of pure imagination. You never know what will be around the next corner. But you do have a sense of what the chocolate will taste like.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2014
55% Man of Steel (2013) All surface and no heart, no brains, no guts. (spoiler review)‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2013
83% This Is the End (2013) What really makes the movie fly is the choices that Goldberg & Rogen and all the stars made/agreed to play through the film.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2013
79% Iron Man 3 (2013) When you are making a smart movie and end up getting dumb because "that's the way it has to be... it's a studio movie... they need sequel options...," it's really a shame.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted May 1, 2013
50% Pain & Gain (2013) Michael Bay has the brain, camera skills, and balls to make this movie a tough as it can be. But he doesn't have the inclination to slow down and trust the drama. ‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) There were things that offered promise... but one after the other, they blended into the blandness of the storytelling.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2013
80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) The Place Beyond The Pines is classic melodrama... the kind Hollywood made in black and white ‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2013
67% Spring Breakers (2013) it's spring break kitsch, these girls following the yellow-stained road through Oz, with Franco as The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, AND The Lion. ‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2013
74% Les Miserables (1998) I feel like saying I hate this movie. I really don't. I was just bored out of my mind by its lack of anything real. ‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2012
51% This is 40 (2012) A giant leap for Apatow-kind.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2012
92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) This is as fine a piece of filmmaking as you will see. While many will prefer other types of films, this film hits to all fields in a way that others just don't even try.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2012
49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) Never mistake this for a Good Film. But like going to see a horror film or a low-end action movie... it was that kind of good time.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2012
78% Flight (2012) This is one of the movies where the audience enjoys the parts more than they feel the sum of those parts.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2012
93% Skyfall (2012) This Bond film is an anti-Bond film. Bond continues to be a hard, brooding guy. But this time the villain in the piece, Bardem, brings him to life. (non-spoiler review)‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2012
86% The Master (2012) This is probably PTA's least accessible movie for general audiences. But it is also his most mature work as a filmmaker.‐ Movie City News
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2012