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Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 32% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Easily the best since the 2003 original—which is to say it's mediocre but occasionally diverting, and doesn't cause one to want to run screaming from the theater.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2.5/4 19% Baywatch (2017) When is a comedy not terribly funny yet still recommendable? When said film does not live or die based on its jokes, and everything surrounding them remains easy, breezy and perpetually beguiling.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2.5/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Wildly uneven yet impossible to discount, continuing to confront big questions about the genesis of life and the mysteries of death.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 37% Snatched (2017) "Snatched" is a spirited early-summer trifle, not terribly deep but comically inspired where it counts.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/4 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Joyous, silly, heartfelt, and occasionally majestic. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is alive and thriving, a smart, thrilling, sweet-natured kickoff to the 2017 summer movie season.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/4 87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) A horror-mystery of elegant craftsmanship and genuine unnerving fear.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
2.5/4 57% Detour (2017) If "Detour" appears a touch too familiar for its own good at times, director Christopher Smith puts enough of his own stamp on the material to give the story a fresh, devious urgency.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
2.5/4 26% Unforgettable (2017) Katherine Heigl tears out of the gate with a ferociously understated performance in "Unforgettable," a "...from Hell" thriller that proves to be a little more psychologically complex than initially meets the eye.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
0.5/4 No Score Yet Chupacabra Territory (2017) Arguably one of the worst and most obnoxious of the "Blair Witch" imitators.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
2/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) One wishes "The Fate of the Furious" could have kept the well wishes and momentum going, but instead it has sunk back into mediocrity.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
4/4 86% Blow-Up (1966) At once provocative and mystifying, dazzlingly immersive and utterly remarkable.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
3.5/4 44% Tales From the Hood (1995) One of the smartest genre offerings of the era and, quite possibly, the best anthology of its decade.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2/4 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) "Ghost in the Shell" travels on a straight, narrow, oft-mediocre line, escalating tension negligible as Scarlett Johansson tries, and frequently succeeds in, rising above the murky fray.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/4 68% Life (2017) First-rate horror films provide a special brand of catharsis no other genre can achieve, and "Life" delivers big time on this count.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3.5/4 45% Song to Song (2017) It is with heartening exhilaration to announce, then, the Malick of old has finally returned. Confidently sprawling and startlingly clear-eyed, "Song to Song" is of a whole with itself, always lyrical and often breathtaking to watch take shape.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
3.5/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) An extravaganza of goosebump-inducing melody, heart and daring. Bursting with innovation and wonder, the film takes a time-honored fable and makes it feel fresh again. "Beauty and the Beast" is pure enchantment.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2.5/4 92% Logan (2017) Well-made and thoughtful, and it pays off so splendidly in the final fifteen minutes one wishes what preceded this climax could have been its equal. Where "Logan" leads is inevitable and necessary, but it doesn't make it any easier.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4/4 90% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) Mesmerizingly criss-crossing any number of genres, the film is every bit as miraculous as Melanie Lynskey's tremendous turn.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/4 99% 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 32% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête) (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 42% 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 72% 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 9% 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 90% 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 6% 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 31% 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 29% 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 35% 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 24% 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 72% 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 96% 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 93% 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