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Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 27% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 15, 2016
2.5/4 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) A winningly acerbic respite for adult viewers looking to relieve their end-of-the-year holiday stresses. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/4 70% 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
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
Posted Nov 30, 2016
1/4 52% Demolition (2016) Considering—and in spite of—the talent involved, "Demolition" is strikingly misguided. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
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
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 68% Rabid (1979) Remains effectively squirmy, gruesome, and even prescient nearly forty years after its release. ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/4 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) An American mosaic charred in disillusionment and regret, "Nocturnal Animals" is mysterious, disturbing, and altogether devastating. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 75% 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
Posted Nov 2, 2016
2/4 19% Inferno (2016) Diverting on occasion, preposterous in the extreme, and ultimately disposable. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/4 88% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/4 36% 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
Posted Sep 14, 2016
2/4 61% Snowden (2016) Alternately involving and monotonous. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
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
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
Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/4 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) "The Light Between Oceans" is lushly shot and exquisitely acted. It's also elegiac bordering on stodgy, a soapy, workmanlike drama reminding of a 1990s-era BBC production at best and a network Movie of the Week at worst. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 30, 2016
2.5/4 88% The Commitments (1991) Memorable, lingering in one's mind after it has ended. Perhaps, in the end, it's a tad wiser than it initially lets on. ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 29, 2016
3.5/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Ceaseless in its nail-biting tension and only becoming more breathlessly savage as it goes, "Don't Breathe" shreds one's nerves and leaves them for dead. It's easily one of the smartest, most riveting thrillers of the year. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/4 56% Raising Cain (1992) From first scene to the unforgettable final sting, "Raising Cain" is hypnotic in its richly devised spell, starkly realistic fears invaded by haunting spurts of dream logic. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/4 78% The Phenom (2016) There is a stronger, deeper, fuller motion picture to be made from this material. Earnest though it is, this one is decidedly far from phenomenal. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Der Bunker (2015) Satire, horror and surrealism blur in "Der Bunker," a film of eccentric social mores set in a world resembling a forebodingly charred fairy tale. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Posted Aug 22, 2016
2.5/4 60% War Dogs (2016) If "War Dogs" is more larkish than hard-hitting, it does tell a pretty great story—one so preposterous it can only be based in truth. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Fantastical and innovative, distinctively vivid and reflective, "Kubo and the Two Strings" is destined to deepen and beautify all the more with subsequent viewings. It is an exciting prospect to see what Laika will dream up next. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 16, 2016
3/4 45% Clown (2016) [Blu-ray Review] Classy and icky, atmospheric and chilling, "Clown" astutely plays into the unknown mystique coulrophobia is made of. Highly recommended. ‐ TheBluFile.com
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) A bold, visually exuberant fusion of provocative adult content with an art form too often chalked up as being strictly for kids, "Sausage Party" is something special. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Wispy and low-key, a little funny but not uproariously so and a little touching but mostly in its home stretch. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) A quality live-action feature conjuring the kind of brazzle-dazzle spell for which Disney is known and cherished. Musical numbers or not, "Pete's Dragon" is pretty enchanting. ‐ TheFilmFile.com
Posted Aug 8, 2016