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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 93% A Taxi Driver (2017) An eye-opening look at a tragic moment in time, A TAXI DRIVER veers dangerously into schmaltz, but is kept afloat by the fluid, feeling performance of the innately watchable Song Kang-ho.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
2/5 50% The Battleship Island (2017) That BATTLESHIP ISLAND is heartfelt piece of patriotic fanservice doesn't keep the film from being an undisciplined, scattered, overlong mess, and the worst movie Director Ryoo Seung-wan has made. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
5/5 92% Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017) A remarkable story of David vs. Goliath come to life. Important and inspiring for these times, to see that even in the face of overwhelming odds, everyday teenagers made change possible by forcing one of the mightiest nations on the planet to take notice.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
3.5/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant is every bit a shriek-worthy, blockbuster thrill ride, but with the intelligence, wit and stunning visuals that restore our expectations. It's not perfect, but makes up for a lot of transgressions.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The tepid Vol. 2 survives mostly on our affection for the characters we met in the first film, but without that intro, it's a middling slog with precious little of the freshness or audacity that made the original such a standout.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
4.5/5 98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) With smart, romantic, character-driven fare that feels more like a live-action piece captured as art, the sparkling, brilliant Your Name shows Director Makoto Shinkai is staking his own place in the pantheon of great animators.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
1.5/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) As if its disregard for its own story's world and culture wasn't enough, Ghost in the Shell is just terrible; from its eyestrain-inducing visuals, to its low-rent acting, to some of the most boring action ever framed in a Hollywood film.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
4/5 93% Logan (2017) This is the X-Men movie - and the Wolverine - I've been waiting for. Violent, thrilling, funny, heartbreaking; everything's up for grabs and it leaves us breathless. Logan inflicts emotional wounds on the audience, yet keeps us wildly entertained.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Trading emotion and depth for sci-fi magic and bombast, Rogue One is the start of a darker, more grown-up direction for the saga, and I applaud it. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
4/5 82% We Are X (2016) Riveting and exhilarating, We Are X shines an overdue and definitive spotlight on the myth, madness and music of the phenomenon of X Japan, Asia's greatest rock band, that most in the west have yet to discover.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
3/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back sports a minimum of action bombast, but is still entertaining mainly due to the considerable charm of its leads‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/5 33% Operation Chromite (2016) Operation Chromite's dull-witted script, lack of thrills, and unimpressive visuals wastes a great cast and tense historical setting to fail as entertainment. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2016
1/5 82% Sausage Party (2016) Puerile and self-indulgent without a real laugh to be found. I have no idea how this gets released by a major studio, while Ralph Bakshi has to go to Kickstarter for a Vimeo release. Just say no. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2016
3/5 25% Suicide Squad (2016) Is Suicide Squad the worst superhero flick, ever? Not remotely. It starts with style and laughs before descending into a mud pit of clichés and dull action. Worth seeing for Viola Davis' mighty Amanda Waller as the spinoff I now want most.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Love, Lies (2016) While not perfect, Love, Lies is a worthy discovery of a time and culture in Korean history not often seen on western screens. Its fine acting, heady romance and truly gorgeous visuals make it a pleasure to watch.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/5 37% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) While clunkier and goofier than its predecessor, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows still entertains, packing in high-flying action, laughs and unabashed affection and homage to the characters we know and love.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
2.5/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Its ham-fisted, overemotional script, completely bereft of charm or ingenuity, its unremarkable villain and second-rate special effects make X-Men: Apocalypse the least successful of the recent Marvel entries. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
4/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The fun and excitement of Captain America: Civil War carries it through a slow start and weak premise. It sets up great expectations for new chapters, and after this epic fracturing of their Avengers friendship, we want to know where they go from here.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted May 7, 2016
4.5/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) A thrilling story full of exciting action, heartfelt emotion, outstanding 3D visual effects with one of the scariest villains to prowl across a movie screen make The Jungle Book one of Disney's best live action films. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
3/5 17% Rescue Dogs (2016) Childish and silly, but perhaps it's the kind of silly that the youngest audience members will enjoy. The rest of us can consider instead the heart and goodwill meant by Rescue Dogs' production.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
1.5/5 19% I Saw the Light (2016) Reduces Hank Williams' legacy to a boring, clichéd, chicken-fried soap opera that gives us no answers or insight into either the man or his music. Why was this film was even made? I Saw the Light should've stayed in the dark.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
3.5/5 91% The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016) The Boy and the Beast's story of a child in an anthropomorphic Wonderland, finding a family with the gruff, bearlike creature, its rollicking action and humour all mark another great Hosoda animation, that sadly loses momentum in a flat second half‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Like for Likes (2016) Playing like a lukewarm Korean TV drama, we're offered a charming ensemble and not one, but three, paper-thin, crowd-pleasing, romantic plots, combining for a Valentine's Day trifle perfect for first dates or girlie gatherings.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
2/5 33% The Himalayas (2016) A formulaic glut of schmaltzy clichés and cheap-looking visuals packed into a predictable, witless, braindead script. If someone had pushed the film cans for The Himalayas off a mountain, we'd be all the better for it.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
4.5/5 61% Concussion (2015) Inspiring and wonderfully acted, Concussion's embrace of spirituality and science, and its coincidental pro-immigration message makes all the more powerful the story of one man against a corporate monolith‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2015
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) And just like that, the scars of 16 years and lesser trilogies were magically washed away. We've seen much of what's onscreen before, but Abrams brings a fresh energy to pacing and performances that reminds us of the joy of watching Star Wars films‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2015
5/5 No Score Yet The Throne (2015) Based on one of Korea's most infamous incidents, The Throne is tense, enthralling and beautifully acted. I wish all history lessons were as engaging as this. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 89% Veteran (2015) An exceptional cast, a tight, sharp script with perfect rhythm, rip-roaring comedy, and of course, the exciting action we've come to expect from director Ryoo Seung-wan, makes Veteran an excellent time at the movies.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2015
3/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Despite an oddly-paced, charmless script and obvious filmmaker ennui, Mockingjay Pt 2 is neither the worst film I've seen this year, nor the worst sequel. It's merely the weakest in what had been a surprisingly good series.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2015
3.5/5 64% Spectre (2015) A fun ride and worth seeing on big screen, Spectre doesn't linger in the mind after leaving the theatre. An oddly hollow script, increasingly rote action and staccato pacing keep it from being the engrossing, exhilarating thrill that Skyfall was.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2015
5/5 86% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Packed with sweetness and laughs, The Peanuts Movie reminds us why the characters Schulz created 65 years ago are still so beloved, but is also so entertaining and innovative as to make us look forward to more big screen adventures.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
4.5/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Artful portrait of an era pays homage to its cinematic forebears, but reverberates powerfully on modern screens. Great performances by Hanks and Rylance, a sharp, witty script and an energised Spielberg make Bridge of Spies one of his best in years‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts (2015) Doesn't reinvent the wheel, but makes accessible and inspiring the real story of a man in progress, working toward rehabilitation. The heartfelt effort and brotherhood of the film's charismatic wrestling superstar subjects are its true brilliance.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2015
4/5 80% Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015) An excellent nostalgia trip for longtime DBZ fans that manages to be exciting, witty and engaging enough for new viewers who have no idea who Goku, Frieza, or the Prince of All Saiyans is. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2015
4/5 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Exhilarating from its first moments, Straight Outta Compton seizes its viewer and doesn't let go. Director Gray captures the rage and electricity of the era in this portrait of rap legends, NWA. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
3.5/5 83% Runoff (2015) Intelligent and entertaining, Runoff moves its audience from what was perhaps a vague, wistful notion of the rural existence of family farming to witness the harsh realities of a tragically disappearing American way of life‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
2.5/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Leadened by a dull script and lacklustre visuals, Tomorrowland cannot match its well-meaning message about the power of hope and saving the future right now with its primary mission to be an entertaining movie. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted May 24, 2015
4.5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Mad Max: Fury Road is a glorious symphony of violence, action, and subversive wit and wisdom that goes far beyond anything its series' predecessors or any recent action film has done.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted May 17, 2015
2.5/5 66% Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015) Dark Star gives us the world of H.R. Giger at its most intimate, yet fails to make use of the access to ask any questions or gain any insight to the late, groundbreaking artist. Giger is an enigma that this film seems determined to remain an enigma‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
3.5/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Better than the average sequel, yet less sharp, fresh and energetic than I'd hoped, there's still plenty to enjoy about Avengers: Age of Ultron that makes it well worth the tons of dosh it's sure to pull in.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Twenty (2015) Unsurprisingly, Twenty is a box office hit in its native South Korea, but thanks to its sweet, slightly naughty silliness and the powerful allure of its cast, fans everywhere can enjoy this charming and hilarious coming-of-age tale‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2015
1.5/5 32% Chappie (2015) Modern fairy tale, vision of sci-fi dystopia or dark comedy; like the identity crisis of the film's robot, Chappie suffers from not knowing what it wants to be and a script full of dialog for simpletons and nonsensical moments galore doesn't help‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2015
2.5/5 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) The filmmakers can't be faulted for a sequel, but they can be blamed for saddling their stunning cast with this half-baked, 80's sitcom-level, shell of a script. No one will be visiting The Third Best Exotic Marigold Hotel without some real renovations.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2015
1.5/5 24% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Panders to Twilight's housewives and teens demo using that story's template, but with sex! Kinky sex! The sex is incredibly boring and the alleged "romance" between a naïve college student and her stalkerish zillionaire suitor is deeply troubling‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2015
2.5/5 69% Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of (2015) Whatever room meant for discussion and insight in this film falls in favour of a puffier piece that feels more like promotion for the group's tour than an effort to make anyone truly understand their struggle. I did not want it that way. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2015
4.5/5 67% Ode to my Father (2014) Heartwarming, brilliantly acted and unexpectedly funny, Ode to My Father is an epic odyssey through Korean history that feels so personal, it is impossible not to be engrossed in the emotion of the story. ‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2015
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Rip-roaring, irreverent and so much fun, Guardians of the Galaxy succeeds in not only introducing and connecting these relatively unknown characters into the Marvel pantheon, but in making it one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable of the bunch‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2014
3.5/5 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) One of Tom Cruise's best in years, Edge of Tomorrow steers clear of its source material's heaviness and just tries to entertain, which is does in spades, packing in the action and Director Liman's gallows wit approach to a Groundhog Day premise.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2014
3/5 50% Maleficent (2014) Aside from being admirable as a rare girl-friendly film in a summer of boydom, if you're coming to see Maleficent it's to watch Angelina Jolie devour of the scenery in the role she was born for. The camp factor alone is worth the price of admission‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2014
3.5/5 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) While entertaining and bolstered by excellent pan-X-Universe performances, Days of Future Past is a grimmer, less exhilarating chapter in the saga.‐ TheDivaReview.com
Read More | Posted May 25, 2014