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Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% Get Out (2017) Prudent, muscular filmmaking, a terrifically creepy thriller with a clear voice and plenty to say.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
2.5/4 33% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bĂȘte) (2016) Works better as cinematic spectacle than as compassionate romantic drama. Fortunately, their afterthought of a romance dampens but does not spoil the movie's cumulatively handsome spell.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
3.5/4 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Densely imagined & boldly designed, "A Cure for Wellness" thrillingly takes its time, allowing each scene to breathe while washing over viewers willing to go along for the narratively elaborate, psychologically challenging, intoxicatingly deliberate ride.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
2/4 70% XX (2017) Were the superior tales bookending the weaker sections, perhaps it wouldn't have called as much attention to itself. As is, only the wickedly good opening 40 minutes of "XX" are worth the viewers' while.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
3/4 45% King Cobra (2016) "King Cobra" is compelling and erotic, provocative and foreboding, catching the eye and, ultimately, in one's throat.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
1.5/4 8% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Frustratingly trite and never, not once, genuinely sexy. "Fifty Shades Darker" is little more than a sudsy love story dressed up in soft-core erotica and big-budget production values.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It's conceptually ambitious. It's insatiably energetic. The writing is abuzz with shrewd wit. Best of all, it triumphantly stakes a claim on the legacy of Batman while standing apart as its own singular entity.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
1.5/4 7% Rings (2017) Fans of "The Ring" would be best to stick with that ravishingly mounted modern classic and leave this lame offshoot securely buried.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/4 36% Don't Knock Twice (2017) The picture ends up in a state of flux, not doing anything wrong enough to be bad but not fully realized enough to be more than a missed opportunity.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
4/4 86% The Exorcist (1973) Without a doubt, "The Exorcist" is a touchstone in horror, seemingly incapable of taking a wrong step. Watching with the lights off is strongly encouraged. Turning them back on immediately afterwards will be a necessity.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
3/4 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) This decades-spanning, semi-anthological drama doesn't need to try to manipulate because its concept, by nature, is manipulative. And, boy, does it work. "A Dog's Purpose" is a small early gem of 2017.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
1/4 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) More of the same to a numbing degree, a ceaselessly dreary, virtually interchangeable installment that doesn't even respect its tireless heroine enough to give her the cathartic send-off she deserves.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) A vividly mounted, dread-inducing horror film done right. It's a pleasure when filmmakers trust their audience and know how to weave a jittery spell without forcing a cavalcade of forced shock tactics on them.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) Elegant and inspiring, a French-Danish animated adventure with a compelling story and a progressive dose of female empowerment rooted deep in its bones.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
1/4 9% God's Not Dead 2 (2016) Under the guise of well-meaning moralizing, "God's Not Dead 2" little by little reveals an ugly and distasteful hidden agenda, one that self-righteously goes against the movie's alleged messages of acceptance and religious freedom.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) This alluringly unusual cinematic conglomeration of slice-of-life grace notes and supernatural genre elements nevertheless packs a punch.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
2.5/4 31% Passengers (2016) "Passengers" perhaps isn't all it could be—one gets the sense there is a bolder, more courageous version somewhere in the ethers—but it is enough to satisfy as a slick, starry, occasionally thoughtful big-budget entertainment.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) By the note-perfect closing moments, "Rogue One" has transformed into a richly rewarding experience.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2.5/4 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) A winningly acerbic respite for adult viewers looking to relieve their end-of-the-year holiday stresses. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/4 73% Sing (2016) For a lover of musical theater, "Sing" ought be a toe-tapping home run. Something feels oddly missing, though. It's not as fun as it should be. The singing may be in key, but the screenplay is out of tune.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3.5/4 12% The Sea of Trees (2016) A sumptuous, rewarding experience. "The Sea of Trees" is quietly mesmerizing and exceedingly wise, understanding there is profundity in every direction one gazes.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
1/4 52% Demolition (2016) Considering—and in spite of—the talent involved, "Demolition" is strikingly misguided.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
2.5/4 95% Moana (2016) Moana is a winning force, confidently standing alongside Ariel, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Anna.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 68% Rabid (1979) Remains effectively squirmy, gruesome, and even prescient nearly forty years after its release.‐ TheBluFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) An American mosaic charred in disillusionment and regret, "Nocturnal Animals" is mysterious, disturbing, and altogether devastating. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
2.5/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) A magic-tinged parable on prejudice and oppression, the film is so airy and light-hearted it verges on inconsequential. That is not to suggest it isn't enjoyable, though, because it is.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
3.5/4 93% La La Land (2016) Giddily ambitious but perhaps more bittersweet than some will be expecting, this melodic love story proves fanciful but rooted, emotionally, in a reality where happily ever afters are not certainties.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
2/4 27% Army of One (2016) Nicolas Cage is exceptionally committed, but his role—and the picture as a whole—cries out for more depth.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) Exquisitely structured in surprising ways which only gradually reveal themselves, "Arrival" proves thoroughly mesmerizing. Conventional action is kept to a minimum, yet 2016 has scarcely seen such an exciting film. A hauntingly brilliant tour de force.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 74% Trolls (2016) Gloriously computer-animated on top of being a well-told story, "Trolls" takes a long-in-the-tooth doll brand that hit its pop-culture zenith in the 1990s and quickly exceeds expectations.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
2/4 19% Inferno (2016) Diverting on occasion, preposterous in the extreme, and ultimately disposable.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/4 86% Lion (2016) The trajectory "Lion" takes isn't surprising—it is quite inevitable, actually—but the film's centerpiece true account is respectful and, ultimately, heartening.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/4 61% Carnage Park (2016) "Carnage Park" is a solid, unsparing thriller, but its potential for greatness slips just out of grasp during its climactic stretch.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
2.5/4 21% Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) "Boo! A Madea's Halloween" is the "Ernest Scared Stupid" of Madea movies, a slight but genuinely amusing holiday treat.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) In just about every conceivable way, classily orchestrated prequel "Ouija: Original of Evil" is a marked improvement over its predecessor, ratcheting up a number of expert chills even as the narrative rounds plenty of familiar bases.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
0/4 4% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) Earns unintentional laughs time and again, but at a certain point it stops being funny and becomes offensive instead, frightening in its constitutional debasement and exploitative sideshow spectacle. It couldn't be any more un-American if it tried.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/4 93% Carrie (1976) One of cinema's ultimate operatic teenage melodramas. I have seen "Carrie" more times than I can count, and yet it never loses its uncommon heartbreak and blood-curdling dramatic power.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/4 51% The Accountant (2016) When the exceptionally acted "The Accountant" works, glimmers of a far superior film shine through.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/4 81% The Thing (1982) Like Ridley Scott's 1979 classic "Alien" before it, "The Thing" is science-fiction/horror with a visionary punch that continues to resonate and inspire filmmakers decades later.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) While the film does not add up to as much as the setup might suggest, the getting-there is captivating enough to smooth over its rougher edges.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
2/4 0% Satanic (2016) "Satanic" almost redeems itself by the tense, mind-twisting finale, but goes limp in its final anticlimactic frames.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Fender Bender (2016) What "Fender Bender" gets most right is the sheer claustrophobia crafted from the situation, and the "what-if?" factor that makes its premise so instantly identifiable. Scary but true, this could happen to anyone.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
2/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Goes through the motions rather than allows itself, and its audience, to genuinely feel.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3.5/4 64% Lady in White (1988) A deliciously layered, visually atmospheric, gravely underappreciated seasonal thriller aflame with the embers of a classic campfire yarn.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
2.5/4 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) A commercial-minded disaster movie more so than a hard-hitting dive into the politics and repercussions of its centerpiece ordeal, but on those terms it certainly grabs and holds one's attention for the slick duration.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
2/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) As a chance to revisit a beloved literary-turned-cinematic character, "Bridget Jones's Baby" is pleasant, harmless and predictable. Alas, for every victory, there is a stumble.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/4 35% Blair Witch (2016) "Blair Witch" is no "The Blair Witch Project"—few films are—but it is a worthy, affectionate follow-up with nerve-blistering apprehension to spare. By the end, even the most hardened audience members are apt to get a case of the jitters.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
2/4 61% Snowden (2016) Alternately involving and monotonous.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) Weaving an enthralling tale hidden behind the one everyone read about in the press, "Sully" is a stirring entertainment, persuasively told.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
2.5/4 72% The Ones Below (2016) "The Ones Below" cannot attest to having the most original of plots. It is an effective film, however, one that ever more tightens its compellingly diabolical grip.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016