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Donald Munro
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) There's also simmering tension and a tremendous Spielberg payoff, with beautiful visuals -- lots of diffused light glowing through frosted windows and impressively recreated sections of Cold War Berlin -- adding to the heft of the project. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 14, 2015
4.5/5 89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) By abandoning conventional story elements and exaggerating the mundane and tedious, Andersson is able to highlight the humanity of his characters and the strangeness of their lives. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jun 1, 2015
D- 7% Hot Pursuit (2015) The final measure of how bad this movie is comes in the closing credits. Even the string of bloopers can't generate a single snicker. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 7, 2015
A 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) In their own quiet and bluntly impassioned way, [the Dardennes] take a plainly spelled-out sequence of events in the life of a working-class woman and manage to imbue them with more tension than I've felt at many a so-called Hollywood thriller. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 12, 2015
98% The Hurt Locker (2009) One of the best war movies I've seen.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 25, 2015
4/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) Although far from subtle, the metaphor of man as corporation is skillfully hidden behind black comedy, intense action and artful cinematography. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 4, 2015
B- 82% The Double (2014) It's all very determined and beautifully wrought.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 10, 2014
B+ 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) It glows with a childlike innocence but never grinds into the sticky-slapstick sentiment that marks so much of today's coldly calculated animated family offerings.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) The film is cocktail of comedy and heist with a large shot of social realism. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 1, 2014
B+ 99% Wadjda (2013) What gives the film such sparkle is how deeply it immerses us in the life of a remarkable little girl.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 8, 2013
A- 94% Museum Hours (2013) The result is an experience not unlike going to a museum itself: a chance to peruse wondrous things in a sacred space. For an evening, a movie theater becomes a place where art and life become beautifully entangled.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 13, 2013
A- 93% No (2013) Despite the light-heartedness, there's a hard, tense edge to the film.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 10, 2013
2.5/5 64% The Campaign (2012) Quote not available. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3.5/5 95% Marley (2012) Quote not available. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 56% Hunky Dory (2013) Despite the good dialogue the script is lacking depth. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Mar 3, 2012
A 79% Shame (2011) An exercise in sadness so deep and aching that it's like plunging ever downward into a midnight-black lake and never touching the bottom. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 20, 2012
B 100% Urbanized (2011) The film ticks off a fascinating blend of dos and don'ts for a century that will see even greater numbers of people packing into urban centers.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 13, 2012
C+ 33% Joyful Noise (2012) Graff smears an over-the-top theatricality on "Joyful Noise." It's so corny that it turns out to be, well, halfway silly fun.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 13, 2012
3.5/5 76% War Horse (2011) War Horse is not so much a story of universal suffering told through the eyes of a horse but a Boys' Own ripping yarn. It is a good yarn well paced and well made. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 13, 2012
2.5/5 82% Goon (2012) There is the impression that some of the characters should have been portrayed in a more three dimensional way. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 9, 2012
A- 92% Take Shelter (2011) The dread in this slow simmer of a film comes not from a clearly definable sense of danger, but more from a sense of simply not knowing. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 9, 2011
1.5/5 40% Straw Dogs (2011) Quote not available. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Nov 11, 2011
2/5 24% The Three Musketeers (2011) It has more to do with trying to remake Pirates Of The Caribbean in France than with filming Dumas' novel. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Oct 7, 2011
A- 84% The Tree of Life (2011) Terrence Malick's philosophical wallop of a movie is at once luminous, thrilling, obtuse, melodramatic, visually sumptuous, visceral, flawed and spiritual. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 29, 2011
C 67% The Company Men (2011) Belongs more in the category of missed opportunity than the successful caustic social commentary it so desperately wants to be. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 11, 2011
B 64% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) While I don't quite buy the conceit of Bieber as the Second Coming of pop idols, I did walk away convinced of him having the "it" factor on stage. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 11, 2011
C- 24% The Dilemma (2011) This cinematic collision between Vince Vaughn's celebrated funny-surly persona and Ron Howard's earnest pedigree is a bore -- and a serious miscalculation. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 28, 2011
C- 24% The Dilemma (2011) As cumbersome and drawn out as a slowly deflating tire, this cinematic collision between Vaughn's celebrated funny-surly persona and Howard's earnest pedigree is a bore -- and a serious miscalculation. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jan 28, 2011
B+ 88% Blue Valentine (2010) Riveting and raw, it's a little like sitting at a dinner table while a pair of your married friends who were never really a good fit for each other fight in the kitchen. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 28, 2011
2/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) Conversations about relationships and business are couched in the language of American sport: game seven; playoffs; red zones; end zones; sports stars; ice hockey. Is this the only way men can talk to each other? ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 24, 2011
D 10% Little Fockers (2010) The third installment in the series has the stale, slightly sour ambiance you'd expect when walking into a summer house that's been shut up for the winter. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 28, 2010
B+ 81% Like Dandelion Dust (2010) Like Dandelion Dust is the type of sobering family drama that could have turned out sappy and cliched. It didn't. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 24, 2010
C 66% The American (2010) If watching Clooney rub his brow a lot -- and sit around in gorgeously silhouetted moments while glaring at the harsh, rugged, friendless Italian rustic scenery -- sounds appealing, then you're probably on the same wavelength as director Anton Corbijn. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Sep 1, 2010
B+ 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) Buoyant and engaging. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 30, 2010
C- 42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) Unless you're a hard-core Carell fan, this is one Dinner reservation I'd consider canceling. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 30, 2010
3/5 71% [Rec] 2 (2010) In the end it doesn't fill its sibling's shoes but does compare well to other films out there. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 6, 2010
2.5/5 81% I Killed My Mother (2013) The film is annoyingly atelene. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 6, 2010
4.5/5 87% Akira (1988) Like Snow White before it, Akira was a step change in what animation could show. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 6, 2010
C- 10% Grown Ups (2010) In this blend of sentimental comedy mixed with toilet humor, Sandler assembled members of his comic generation in what turns out to be an anemic tribute to middle age.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 25, 2010
B 15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) The main goal is to transport its target audience to the decidedly less mundane world of Carrie and Friends, and in that sense, the movie is more than successful.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 28, 2010
C- 57% It's Complicated (2009) If a Pottery Barn catalog had a midlife crisis, it would look and feel something like It's Complicated.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2010
C 65% Youth in Revolt (2010) The whole thing just seems as if it's trying too hard.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2010
D+ 29% Dear John (2010) It might come in a pretty envelope, but what you find inside is nothing to write home about.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2010
B+ 89% The Messenger (2009) A wrenching and superbly acted character study.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2010
B+ 68% Shutter Island (2010) Shutter Island might not be one of Scorsese's great movies, but you can tell he certainly had a lot of fun putting it together.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2010
3/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) Edge of Darkness is entertaining. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jan 29, 2010
B- 79% The Informant! (2009) Teeters precariously between being a great movie and an awful one.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 24, 2009
4/5 73% The Age of Stupid (2009) Quote not available. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 17, 2009
B+ 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) The effect is big, boisterous, scary, touching -- and definitely not kiddie. Harry's grown up. Thank goodness his movies have, too.‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 15, 2009
2.5/5 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) Quote not available. ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Jul 3, 2009