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Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) In terms of the promise it held and the folly of what has found its way to the screen, "Suicide Squad" is easily one of 2016's most disappointing films. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2/4 43% Bite (2016) "Bite" is a slimily well-made creature feature undercut by its near-constant divorce from logic. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Aug 2, 2016
4/4 94% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Emotionally stirring, visually striking and having not aged a day, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" cries out for individuality in a skewed, nightmarish totalitarian reality. The results are as squirmily potent in 2016 as they no doubt were in 1978. ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 2, 2016
3/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Narratively ripped and genuinely hair-raising, this two-hour chase thriller raises the emotional stakes while proving technically spellbinding. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 59% Bad Moms (2016) One of the comedic bright spots so far in 2016, "Bad Moms" is insightful, affecting and enormously funny. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2/4 66% Nerve (2016) Growing increasingly convoluted the further it wades into mundane thriller territory, "Nerve" jumps the proverbial shark and loses its nerve. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 26, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet Hellhole (1985) Wacky 1985 B-movie "Hellhole" is two scoops of crazy with a side of coo-coo-ca-choo. ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Jul 25, 2016
3/4 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) "Star Trek Beyond" works, first and foremost, as a crowd-pleasing science-fiction adventure, but it is equally notable as a thoughtful rumination on embracing one's larger purpose and coming to terms with the temporariness of life. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 76% Lights Out (2016) "Lights Out" adeptly weaves a web of tense, nightmarish situations undercut on occasion by blips in logic. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Celebrates the franchise in the best way possible: by being a damn good movie in its own right, easily as jubilant and all-around fun as the revered—but let's be serious, imperfect—one that started it all. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/4 38% Bad Moon (1996) "Bad Moon" isn't a great film, but it is a competent one with enough inspiration and individuality to impress. It is easy to see why it has built up an affectionate little following over the last few decades. ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Jul 13, 2016
2/4 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Enjoyable enough in its first hour to almost be able to overlook its weaker excesses, "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" loses its way during a third act that threatens to dismantle all good will. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Has its charms, to be sure, but could have only been improved with a creative retooling. Its central concept is so good it is a shame to watch as it falls by the wayside. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 6, 2016
0.5/4 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Even at less than 80 minutes sans end credits, "The Brothers Grimsby" is about as pleasant as elephant semen to the face. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jul 2, 2016
3.5/4 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) This is a work to experience and lavish over in all its gloriously eccentric singularity. "Swiss Army Man" is delirious, thoughtful and, most of all, one of a kind. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Like its predecessors but perhaps even more so, "The Purge: Election Year" is a thematically loaded conversation starter. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jun 30, 2016
1.5/4 0% Cabin Fever (2016) The trouble with "Cabin Fever" is there is no spontaneity, every beat and every gag stodgily telegraphed by its familiar source material. The film is occasionally jolting in its gruesomeness, but terminally by-the-numbers. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jun 28, 2016
2.5/4 50% Endgame (2015) There isn't a single surprising development or unforeseen story turn in "Endgame," and yet, as a study in formulaic Screenwriting 101 filmmaking, it's really rather pleasant and sometimes surprisingly moving. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 27, 2016
2/4 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) For fans of the original, there is little reason not to be a fan of this one. For everyone else, the best that can be said is that it is tolerable. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/4 78% The Shallows (2016) Thriving on its straightforward simplicity and sheer pins-and-needles force, "The Shallows" is a crackerjack summer thriller. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/4 57% The Neon Demon (2016) "The Neon Demon" doesn't always—or almost ever—go where one expects, but it plays into everything there is to love about cinema. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/4 26% The Crush (1993) An infectious little psychodrama, one with high replay value. ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Jun 20, 2016
2.5/4 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) A can't-miss proposition for disaster-movie buffs and a lighter but still hearty recommendation for anyone else willing to shut their brains off and go with the 278-ft.-high flow. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2.5/4 75% The BFG (2016) As a fairy tale involving an unlikely cross-species friendship, "The BFG" is far from the instant classic "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is. The film has its pleasures all the same, and a wide-eyed earnestness. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) Unequivocal joy in cinematic form. There is a reason the delightful "Finding Nemo" has become a beloved modern animated classic, and "Finding Dory" is headed for the same heralded status. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/4 100% Hush (2016) So tense and involving as to make everyone watching a flinching, wincing, cheering participant, "Hush" ought to join the best works of Hitchcock, Carpenter and De Palma as a future teaching tool in genre film courses. This is how it's done. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jun 9, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet Sorceress (1994) A mid-1990s D-movie relic, the film is 40% supernatural thriller, 60% soft-core romp, and 100% goofy. ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/4 25% Kill Your Friends (2016) Saturates itself in nihilistic excess while presenting an uncompromisingly grim portrait of the recording industry. What is has to say, however, eventually grows stale as its narrative repetitively hits the same beats again and again. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Has the goods to give a case of the jitters to just about anyone, including the not easily rattled. If "The Conjuring 2" works effectively in exactly the way it intends, it additionally excels in its atmospheric restraint and attention to detail. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Jun 7, 2016
1/4 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Soulless, by-committee tripe. An unctuously busy follow-up that never takes a breather long enough to concern itself with the people—humans as well as reptiles—involved. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/4 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) A film with vision, drive, purpose, and a palpable, pulsating heartbeat. Early detractors claiming this radically superior follow-up is absent of magic must have seen a different movie, because it's swimming in enchantment. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted May 26, 2016
2/4 64% The Funhouse Massacre (2015) Holds a low-budget charm, but there is a better film-one that's cleverer, creepier, and more imaginatively utilizes its setting-just out of reach. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted May 26, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) An true account of heroism told simply and efficiently. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted May 24, 2016
2/4 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) There are individual nice moments, to be sure, but it holds less than half the laughs of its predecessor and gives that picture's secret-weapon standout Rose Byrne disappointingly little to do. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted May 18, 2016
3/4 92% The Nice Guys (2016) An energetically acerbic, sneakily touching joyride through a bygone vision of Hollywood. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted May 18, 2016
0/4 10% Dirty Grandpa (2016) A movie so annoying, so ugly, so lead-footed, so misguided, and so blisteringly unfunny it has to be seen to be believed. Please don't see it, though. It's not worth the sacrifice. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted May 17, 2016
3/4 15% Regression (2016) Deriving inspiration from a certain famed Arthur Miller play and reframing it for the era of rampant, media-invoked Satanic Panic fears, "Regression" provocatively blankets its elegiac mystery in a malignant pall of diabolical foreboding. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted May 16, 2016
1.5/4 4% The Darkness (2016) "The Darkness" is a mostly lame, decidedly tame supernatural horror movie starring actors far better than the project at hand. And, who the f*ck is Jenny? ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted May 12, 2016
3/4 57% Money Monster (2016) Taut as a tug-of-war rope, timely corporate thriller "Money Monster" has not an ounce of fat on its slickly efficient, exceptionally self-assured bones. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted May 12, 2016
3/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Has a way of grabbing the viewer from the start and not letting go until the end credits, its visual panache and lucid control of storytelling both in front of and behind the camera consistently impressive. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted May 11, 2016
3/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) As long as talented, passionate filmmakers continue to be brought aboard to take these stories and characters in fresh directions, there is no reason to expect this massive franchise will grow stale or lose its vitality anytime soon. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 90% Emelie (2016) A deliberate, nerve-jangling exercise in uneasy tension, "Emelie" takes the confined space of a single house and milks its frightening premise for all it's worth. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted May 3, 2016
0.5/4 No Score Yet Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre (2016) The best thing about "Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre" is its ludicrous title. It's all downhill from there. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted May 3, 2016
1/4 7% Mother's Day (2016) Almost entirely bereft of charm or credibility, "Mother's Day" is so out of touch it might as well take place on a faraway planet where the inhabitants look human and have names, but are otherwise blank robotic slates. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2.5/4 76% Keanu (2016) Even amidst the carnage and gunplay, the movie is rather sweet. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/4 96% Sing Street (2016) There are no two ways about it: "Sing Street" is pure bliss. This is the kind of joyous movie where audiences drift out of the theater as if on a cloud. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Apr 20, 2016
2/4 9% Norm of the North (2016) When stacked up against the Disneys, Pixars and Illuminations of the world, this comparatively modest, lower-tier family film hailing from Lionsgate is middling and kind of lame. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/4 52% Holidays (2016) "Holidays" is an exciting idea that appears to have been pieced together without the proper time to develop and realize its thrilling potential. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Employing some of the most photorealistic computer-generated visual effects ever put to film, "The Jungle Book" creates a fantastic world alive with all the wonder and possibility one's imagination is capable. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/4 49% Hardcore Henry (2016) Merciless but entertainingly auspicious, "Hardcore Henry" is what it is and makes no apologies. Adrenaline junkies not prone to motion sickness, take note. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Apr 6, 2016