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Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 99% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A dual showcase for colorful, albeit reclusive, late author Lee Israel and for Melissa McCarthy, who disappears into her potentially career-redefining dramatic role.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
3/4 88% What They Had (2018) "What They Had" has a way of feeling low-key and explosive all at once.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 80% Halloween (2018) A reverent, rousing, moody, marvelously suspenseful success, a new perennial holiday-horror mainstay. "Halloween" is the "Halloween" the world needs in 2018.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 44% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Involving, thoroughly atmospheric, and altogether satisfying. For 90 minutes it celebrates the season of the witch with celebratory imagination and mirthful energy to spare.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 88% First Man (2018) A great idea in search of a film to match.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5/4 72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A deliberately woven tapestry deliciously toying in different tones and genres, the picture marches to the beat of its own deviously methodical drummer.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2.5/4 30% Venom (2018) There's plenty of promise percolating on a cellular level; with another installment, perhaps a merely good picture can become something more.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) An impassioned drama about a critical topic, and Amandla Stenberg is the shining light at its center.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2.5/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Gateway horror full of punchy repartee and an empathetic soul. The blending of the spooky and sweet is infectious.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Proves there is still plenty of life left in this tale of fame, addiction, and sacrifice. "A Star Is Born" is an emotionally intimate journey that makes itself feel like an event. An astonishing Lady Gaga positively soars.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) A slick, visually dynamic true-crime treat. "A Simple Favor" isn't so simple at all, and that's the key to its mischievously layered pleasures.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) "The Nun" is handsomely shot and rich in atmosphere, but it cannot sustain itself on a darkly attractive veneer when there is little else about which to think or care.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/4 82% Ghost Stories (2018) A rattling scare show with a brain. Defies expectations by shattering conventions of the classic horror-anthology style.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
0.5/4 55% Tag (2018) Just because "Tag" is inspired by a true story doesn't make it any less asinine. Unctuous, unfunny, & developmentally discombobulated to the extent it feels like a fever dream in retrospect, the film is 100 minutes of would-be rollicking nothingness.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3.5/4 93% Searching (2018) An urgent and unnerving masterclass in creating tension through minimalism, dripping with the peril of what has already taken place and what may occur next. "Searching" is sure to remain one of 2018's best and smartest thrillers.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.5/4 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) A freshly imagined dark comedy with more on its mind than dirty jokes.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/4 93% First Reformed (2018) Gripping in its unsentimental clarity of vision, startling in its portentous ruminations on belief, sacrifice, and nature, "First Reformed" is unsparing even as it spares, a cinematic jolt of agony and transcendence.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 72% Christopher Robin (2018) "Christopher Robin" is an uplifting bear hug of a movie. It delights, yes, but it does one better: it makes the viewer want to be a kinder, better person.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) In terms of pure, sustained, crowd-pleasing excitement, it's the must-see, big-screen event of the season.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
2.5/4 85% Pyewacket (2018) Takes an age-old proverb—"Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it"—and puts its own diabolical spin on it.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 54% In the Mouth of Madness (1995) Chillingly blurs the lines between truth and fantasy, between logic and the malevolently illogical.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
2/4 57% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Sure, the web can be a dangerous place if one is not careful, but "Unfriended: Dark Web" simply doesn't offer enough to think about or cling to as it wallows in slickly designed but thematically shallow cruelty.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Light and starry and the name of the game, above all, is the wonderful ABBA music, pulling everything together as if the tunes were written precisely for this moment in the cinematic spotlight.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2.5/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) It's big, it's far-fetched, and it's certainly not deep. It is fun, however, and sometimes that's enough. Succeeding precisely because it puts on no airs, "Skyscraper" is every bit as electrifying as it is unapologetically inconsequential.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) A stirring, painfully accurate slice-of-life, the kind of film so authentically observed it sometimes feels more like a cinéma vérité documentary than a scripted feature film.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 28% Traffik (2018) Even if, in form, "Traffik" is little more than a crowd-pleasing B-movie with ultra-slick production values, it is an undeniably arresting one with a deeper purpose beyond its polished surface. ‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 53% The First Purge (2018) As a whole, "The First Purge" is not without merit—even when it's less than eloquent in its delivery, at least it has something on its mind—but this is the first installment where signs of series fatigue are in evidence.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Bursting with dynamic special effects, skillful action, and a gentle human element that never gets displaced.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
0.5/4 20% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) "Acrimony" is a study in frustrating episodic storytelling and the revolving stages of one's reaction to where it very slowly goes. Ultimately, by the end credits, the only acrimony left is from the bamboozled viewer.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Technically, this is a well-made film. The problem is it didn't need to be made at all.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3.5/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Poignant, uplifting and desperately needed right about now, a compassionate embrace in filmic form.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 90% The Curse of the Cat People (1945) Unexpectedly perceptive in its sympathetic observance of the pangs of childhood and the wondrous possibilities of imagination.‐ TheBluFile.com
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Director J.A. Bayona cooks up one socko, armrest-clenching situation after the next.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) A giant family entertainment with deeper, more universal themes at work and a sophistication in its storytelling. "Incredibles 2" is another winner for Pixar, seemingly effortless in its savvy and confidence, excitement and heart.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
2.5/4 33% The Midnight Man (2018) "The Midnight Man" isn't exactly deep and the film is not quite sure how to stick the landing, but as a trifle offering a stylish sheen and a handful of effective chills it proves more successful than not.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/4 89% Hereditary (2018) To experience "Hereditary" is to sense something monumental being born, a quaking, foreboding, tragically humane tour de force penetrating itself squarely into the epicenter of darkness.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Should have been sharper, smarter, and more interested in its leading ladies beyond the one or two traits each of them is given.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
1/4 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Simply put, this is one of the most ill-advised biopics to grace screens in years.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
3/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is a blast. A thoroughly satisfying, unusually fresh entry with a restless, free-wheeling aura and plenty of heart.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/4 53% Book Club (2018) The act of watching this lovely film is much like losing oneself in the pages of an enthralling novel. A cozy blanket and a steaming cup of hot cocoa are optional but nevertheless recommended.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
2.5/4 38% Life of the Party (2018) Entertains and inspires while serving up a fairly consistent number of laughs. Is it too hyperbolic to anoint Melissa McCarthy a national treasure?‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 86% Tully (2018) A film about the extraordinary nature of ordinary lives, "Tully" is unfiltered and messy and altogether kind of beautiful.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) For Marvel fans preparing to see the grim, thrilling "Avengers: Infinity War" for the first time, only one piece of advice will do: brace yourselves.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/4 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) With the irrepressible Amy Schumer leading the way, "I Feel Pretty" excels at being both fiercely entertaining and perceptibly wise.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
1/4 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The truth is that it's a lazily helmed, cheap-feeling trifle with no true scares and an off-putting cynicism coursing through its veins. The dare is to sit through all 100 minutes and not walk away feeling like you've totally wasted your time.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Deliciously coiled tension arrives briskly and often in "A Quiet Place," a near-silent thriller with a humdinger conceit. The unnerving terror threatening to boil to the surface at any moment is where the film most excels.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2.5/4 83% Blockers (2018) Smooths over its contrivances and occasional comedic misses by actually listening to, and caring about, its characters.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/4 71% Terrifier (2018) Taut, brutal, seasonally atmospheric, and filled with the kind of macabre tension that leaves one jittery even after the end credits have rolled.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) Sensory overload with a heart.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2.5/4 51% Tomb Raider (2018) A destined franchise-starter headlined by a particularly fierce Alicia Vikander, 2018's "Tomb Raider" reboot holds substantially more heart and seat-clinging thrills than its Angelina Jolie-starring predecessors.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018