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Dustin Putman

Dustin Putman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 58% 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 39% 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 87% 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 84% 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 33% 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 80% 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 73% Ready Player One (2018) Sensory overload with a heart.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2.5/4 48% 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
3.5/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) The beauty of "Love, Simon" is in its astute, slice-of-life observances about family, friendship, and that delicate moment in every LGBTQ person's life when he or she must gather the courage to begin living as their authentic self.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3.5/4 36% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Beautifully moody and evocatively sinister. A haunting, portentous and altogether electrifying dip into a maelstrom of raw-nerve terror and poignant humanity.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A sumptuous, largely faithful adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic 1962 fantasy novel, "A Wrinkle in Time" bursts forth with idiosyncratic visual wonders and passionate, deep-seated messages of self-worth.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2.5/4 17% Death Wish (2018) Bloody and violent, but also carries with it an emotional enough core to make the controversial question it poses—Is vigilante justice ever morally warranted?—worth asking.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3.5/4 87% Annihilation (2018) Mesmerizing and thoroughly unshakeable. In spite of its title, "Annihilation" isn't just about the end of things, but also about the beginning of something else—an insinuation of profound and portentous consequence.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Destined to be celebrated, and for good reason; this may not be the first film featuring a black superhero, but it is groundbreaking all the same for being the first of this scale.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1.5/4 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Christian is simply too needy and exhausting, and all the money in the world cannot disguise one tough, hard fact: Ana deserves better.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/4 16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) "Cloverfield" and "10 Cloverfield Lane" left audiences thrilled and exhilarated. "The Cloverfield Paradox" will leave them scratching their heads and shrugging their shoulders.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/4 93% Becks (2018) A relatively simple yet always poignantly observed indie drama with a potential breakthrough turn from its lead performer. As the eponymous Becks, Lena Hall is a double threat: she can sing extraordinarily well, and she can act like nobody's business.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
1.5/4 14% Winchester (2018) The Winchester Mystery House is an optimally spooky place in which to set a film, but not the plodding, decidedly exploitative one "Winchester" has turned out to be.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/4 71% Like Me (2018) Director Robert Mockler's technical ambitions are bold, but as a cautionary tale about real-world desensitization in a social-media age, it lacks any fresh insights.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3/4 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) A potent grand finale to a science-fiction trilogy of occasionally murky intentions. The film works like gangbusters clear through to its quietly ruminative final moments, a tribute to everything lost and that which is ultimately gained for its survivors.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3/4 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Paddington could melt the coldest of hearts.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2/4 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Joins "Chapter 2" and "Chapter 3" as faint shadows of the superior original. If "Insidious" continues to stand as a gem of the horror genre, its successors have never quite been able to capture that same macabre magic.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
2/4 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Passably diverting but altogether lazy, "Pitch Perfect 3" has been described in its promotional campaign as the Bellas' "farewell tour." Perhaps it really is time to say good-bye.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
4/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Glorious cinematic spectacle done exactly right. Again and again, "The Greatest Showman" lives up to its title.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Entertains as comfort food in filmic form, but this is an altogether slighter experience than the spectacular one "The Force Awakens" provided. This is a fine film in spite of its many issues, easily recommendable to fans.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3.5/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) Laceratingly funny and unexpectedly empathetic. At once a complex, equal-opportunity biopic, an irreverent satire, and a riveting crime drama.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Luminous, breathtaking, and so extraordinarily intimate one can scarcely believe something so miraculous has been captured in front of a camera by actors, the picture is close to a miracle. "Call Me by Your Name" is a motion picture to cherish.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
1/4 40% Justice League (2017) It is almost shocking how bad "Justice League" is. When your film makes the viewer long for the coherence and scope of 2015's ill-fated "Fantastic Four," it is a sure sign something has perilously gone wrong.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 75% Killing Ground (2017) "Killing Ground" is primal and nerve-shredding, a savvily constructed horror film of very real human monsters and innocent victims staring death in the face.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
4/4 97% Coco (2017) An insta-classic, a dazzling, captivatingly written adventure resonating with profundity about life and death, memory and legacy. Graceful, bittersweet and altogether astonishing, "Coco" understands with utmost clarity what it means to be human.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
2.5/4 35% Jigsaw (2017) As a one-off serving fans a nostalgic dose of a mid-2000s fad, it's just what the coroner ordered.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2.5/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Full of one-liners, bon mots and pratfalls, "Thor: Ragnarok" is as close as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gotten to a full-on screwball comedy.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 8% The Snowman (2017) Even in its imperfections, "The Snowman" is unusual, fascinating, and warranting of closer consideration, a layered thriller with aesthetic beauty to spare and forlorn wisdom into both the mysteries and universalities of the human condition.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1/4 31% Leatherface (2017) It may sound oxymoronic to criticize a movie like "Leatherface" for being depraved and mean-spirited, but this particular installment is ugly and distasteful in a way the previous seven entries were not.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
3/4 71% Happy Death Day (2017) An involving, vivaciously written morality chiller. "Happy Death Day" is fun, plain and simple, injecting welcome devilish mirth into a genre—and a bleakly discordant 2017 landscape—when we need a little cathartic levity more than ever.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) A motion picture of grand aims and elevated altitudes, "Blade Runner 2049" challenges in the best way, as emotionally resounding as it is visually remarkable.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3.5/4 22% Woodshock (2017) The dreamily provocative writing-directing debut of fashion designer sisters Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy, "Woodshock" is a forlorn tone poem with a fresh artistic eye unlike any other.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/4 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) A stirring, affectionately felt biopic about a necessary milestone in sports history. The not-so-secret weapon of "Battle of the Sexes" is Billie Jean King herself, and Emma Stone's impassioned turn playing her.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/4 90% The Devil's Candy (2017) "The Devil's Candy" is smart genre filmmaking, a taut juggling of the menacing and the character-centric.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2.5/4 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) There is enough inspiration and amusement to be had to easily—and happily—imagine this series continuing on for years to come.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
4/4 69% mother! (2017) A maddening, nerve-shredding masterstroke of auteur ballsiness, "mother!" is writer-director Darren Aronofsky's jolting answer to cinematically capturing what it is like to be trapped in a nightmare.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3.5/4 85% It (2017) Hits the ground running as a deliciously entertaining, legitimately shuddersome horror feature, but it excels as something altogether more profound, a cathartic fable constellating the twilight of childhood innocence.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3.5/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) At once thoroughly entertaining and inventively shrewd, a dark comedy of tonally tricky irreverence. "Ingrid Goes West" is beautiful and messy. Just like real life. Just as it should be.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
1.5/4 18% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) An ultra-lite version of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," "Once Upon a Time in Venice" is a sunny SoCal noir so inconsequential it seems to evaporate as it plays out.‐ TheFilmFile.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
2.5/4 70% Annabelle: Creation (2017) This engaging, solidly freaky prequel is certainly at one with what has come before—and, more to the point, what chronologically comes after—delivering to fright-famished audiences exactly what they've come for.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2.5/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Works more often than not, a muscular yet appreciatively unshowy conjuring of spectacle, action, and crucial character beats all playing out on a multi-plane tableau melding reality with sinister fancy.‐ TheFrightFile.com
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017