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David Sterritt

David Sterritt
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
59% Deep Blue Sea (1999) It's just the thing for moviegoers wanting violent adventure, split-second editing, and enough water-drenched cinematography to make "Titanic" look parched.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2/4 34% Gummo (1997) Different viewers might find different portions worthy of anything from zero to four stars, but anyone with a faint heart or weak stomach should stay miles away from it.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
51% Death Becomes Her (1992) This pitch-dark comedy may be seen as a biting satire on the tendency to fetishize personal appearance and youthfulness. But its inventiveness quickly wears thin, and the filmmakers show an unhealthy fascination with the spectacle of mutilated women.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/4 27% Event Horizon (1997) The settings and visual effects are imaginatively done, but the dialogue is silly and the plot is a mishmash.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
53% The Cable Guy (1996) Matthew Broderick is a perfect straight man for Carrey, bringing his quiet intelligence to what's basically a one-dimensional character.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
53% Return to Oz (1985) Return to Oz isn't a musical and doesn't match the wit and magic of the 1939 original. But it's an appealing picture on its own terms, if you can overlook a couple of big miscalculations.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
77% Bird (1988) "Bird'' is a movie that demands your full attention, refusing to yield all its meanings if you sit back and let it wash over you.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
53% Mommie Dearest (1981) With its hysterical sessions of psychological (and occasionally physical) torment, the movie is so wretchedly written and flatly constructed that it's easy to regard as a misguided horror flick.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
54% Mars Attacks! (1996) Of course, nobody expects a movie called Mars Attacks! to be fraught with deeper meanings. Still, it's disappointingly frivolous.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
50% Willow (1988) Sometime during the second hour I pinpointed the trouble: The movie is so full of tricks and gimmicks that it doesn't care enough about being just plain funny.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 59% Face (2002) Well made, nice performances, very slowly paced.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 60% Wendigo (2002) Fessenden's latest horror yarn is a smart and scary voyage into the uncanny realm where hard realities,mind-spinning myths, and hallucinatory visions blur.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
86% The Shining (1980) What a picture that could have been: a modern ghost yarn with an excellent cast, directed by master technician Stanley Kubrick. Yet the result is a bore, sometimes gratuitously violent, and lacking logic as well as chills.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
38% Beaches (1988) Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey give lively performances, but the screenplay is dreary.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
60% The Plague Dogs (1983) Harrowing in story and urgent in subject, dealing with animal rights and the relation of human beings to their planet.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
98% The Killer (1989) A pointless exercise in style.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
1/4 40% Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) Lively, colorful, violent, stupid.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
1/4 3% The Mod Squad (1999) Everyone works hard, but the results are sadly short of style and personality or irony and intelligence.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
98% Daughters of the Dust (1991) It has been filmed with astonishing visual imagination by Dash and cinematographer Arthur Jafa, however, and burrows into the minds of its female characters with a care that few recent Hollywood movies can approach.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
74% Empire of the Sun (1987) [Empire of the Sun] has too much childish buoyancy to serve the disturbing historical events it's ostensibly based on.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
43% Everybody's All-American (1988) Jessica Lange is right at home as the sturdy woman of the tale; Dennis Quaid is remarkably convincing as the character he plays gets older... and Timothy Hutton brings quiet skill to his third-banana role. But most impressive of all is Carl Lumbly.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
88% Sid and Nancy (1986) Repellent is the word for it, but the filmmakers might take that as a compliment, since hardcore sleaze is apparently what tickles them most.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
96% Boyz n the Hood (1991) John Singleton, a stunningly gifted newcomer, directed this complex and nuanced look at an urgently important subject.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
82% Total Recall (1990) Arnold Schwarzenegger brings an effective blend of machismo and innocence to his role. Too bad director Paul Verhoeven lets brainless violence and tricky special effects swamp the cleverness of the tale itself.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
C+ 56% Lolo (2016) It's all meant to be funnier than it is.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
96% On the Bowery (1957) The result is harrowing and heartrending, and all the more so when you realize that the people on the screen died mostly miserable deaths, with only this little-known work of art to memorialize them.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
79% Tiny Furniture (2010) Taken at face value, Tiny Furniture is an amiable comedy-drama with an unlikely heroine and an assortment of quirky supporting characters. The picture is more intriguing, though, when you consider its unusual casting.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
77% Putty Hill (2011) What brings the bare-bones narrative alive is the mostly improvised dialogue created by the actors as the camera prepared to roll.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
89% Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012) Every concerned moviegoer should give this movie's case a fair hearing.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
12% Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) The awfulness of Atlas Shrugged continues a trend, since the cinema has never treated Rand very well.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
91% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) We Steal Secrets is more earnest than exciting.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
87% Hannah Arendt (2013) Although the movie etches a rather thin portrait of Arendt, it succeeds in humanizing her as a person, contextualizing her as a theorist, and evoking the courage she showed in airing convictions that often went against the scholarly tenor of her time.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
89% Fill the Void (2013) It's not a great movie, but it's a humane and touching one.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) The Amazing Spider-Man deserves two and a half cheers. Its physics are cartoonish and its metaphysics are nonexistent, but it's a teen-pic with a brain, and that's worth celebrating.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
84% The Tree of Life (2011) The Tree of Life is a brilliant achievement in almost all respects, bringing the eternal and the everyday, the macrocosmic and the microscopic, and the physical and the metaphysical into graceful convergences that are awesome to behold.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
89% Lincoln (2012) Spielberg may not have been the ideal director for this ambitious biopic, but Lincoln and Day-Lewis are a truly memorable pair.‐ Tikkun
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
B+ 96% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) Not nearly as great as Herzog's films, or as monumentally deranged as Coppola's, it nevertheless casts a spell of its own. It's one of those films that, at least for me, grows in the memory.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Attack of the Clones is the best Star Wars installment since The Empire Strikes Back, hurtling along so quickly that you hardly notice the many moments when the story fails to make sense -- even on its own fantastical terms.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
2/4 51% The World Is Not Enough (1999) James Bond battles terrorists, criminals, and a sore shoulder in his 19th adventure, which is both propelled and circumscribed by the well-worn formulas that guide its path.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
57% Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) A few of the later scenes generate psychological or narrative thrust for a few minutes at a stretch, but most of the picture has all the warmth and humanity of Bond's robotic car.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2015
3/4 78% GoldenEye (1995) Bond is still a misogynist dinosaur, but Brosnan makes him irresistible fun.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2015
71% The Living Daylights (1987) Bond is impersonated by 007 newcomer Timothy Dalton, who does little that's identifiable as acting, although he looks the part.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
43% Octopussy (1983) [Director John Glen] keeps the excitement level high for an hour or so, then lets the show slip into the doldrums.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
70% Revenge of the Nerds (1984) The underlying intelligence of director Jeff Kanew glimmers through at times, and is reflected in a couple of nice performances.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
77% Used Cars (1980) Used Cars is full of used characters, used ideas, and used jokes, many of which are in astonishingly bad taste.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
93% Salaam Bombay! (1988) The movie is terrifically well acted and beautifully filmed, however, marking an auspicious feature-film debut for Indian-American director Mira Nair.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
84% A Dry White Season (1989) A Dry White Season tries very hard to attack apartheid in an intelligent, hard-hitting way, but it too fails to reach the level of audience involvement it seeks.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
65% Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993) It's rough and sometimes raw to visit with, blending sharp insights into the world of inner-city youth with a weakness for melodrama and touches of silly humor. But to see it is to visit a world rarely touched by mainstream movies.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
93% The Killing Fields (1984) [A] gripping, intelligent, provocative drama.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
66% Never Say Never Again (1983) Sean Connery is still up to par as James Bond in the latest adventure of Agent 007.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2015