Dwight Brown

Dwight Brown
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Styx (2019) The existential elements of this very contemporary rumination are obvious. Bringing the plight of refugees to the forefront is noble. It's enough to make this excursion, which piques fear, sadness and anger, haunting. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is a solid start to what could be a welcomed series of films. It takes FX to another level and teens and sci-fi fans could gladly jump on a bandwagon that features a new and iconic Latina heroine. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) Girls Trip is the alpha raunchy female comedy. What Men Want is not as strong. But it grazes that high standard thanks to Taraji P. Henson's over-the-top performance. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) Arctic doesn't have a long-lasting impact. Without artistry and an indelible atmospheric impression, it's just another film you'll vaguely remember. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
88% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) A funny and delightful message movie that's never preachy. It's immensely clever and always sticking a finger-in-the-eye of the establishment. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
14% An Acceptable Loss (2019) If you see An Acceptable Loss in a movie theater, you might regret the money you spent on a ticket. Watch it on TV or a mobile device and you may stay totally absorbed. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Two hours and nine minutes roll by, and the film is about as frustrating as standing in a TSA line at the airport. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Is there anything hugely wrong with Aquaman? Not really. Is this a missed opportunity? Yes. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
66% Vice (2018) What both sides of the aisle will witness is a barrage of revealing information about politicians and events that significantly changed history-not necessarily for the better. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The directors, producers, tech crew and actors have accomplished the impossible. They've upped the animation game for everyone. What they've done may well become the new normal-and that's a high bar to hit. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
80% Ben is Back (2018) Credit a perfectly written script for the distinct personalities, subplots and twists that hold attention until there is a resolution. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
63% Tyrel (2018) In this case however, it seems like the editors should get credit for fluffing up a series of dull sequences into a head-scratching but cohesive movie. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) Almost single-handedly, Michael B. Jordan takes this film the distance. In gestures, attitude and a wide range of expressions, he makes Adonis far more complex than the film itself. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
96% Amazing Grace (2018) It's as if Franklin is sending a message to us from the great beyond. Thank heaven. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
90% A Private War (2018) A fascinating, complicated and addictive psyche; the kind that often shapes central characters in page-turner novels. Only in this case, this story is far from fiction. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
58% Mobile Homes (2018) There is so much on the line, so many dire circumstances that the characters' peril grips your attention. Keeping viewers on the edge of their seats, from beginning to end, is the mark of a well-crafted and executed film. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The well laid out setup-rickety home, poor neighborhood and lively clan who lives off their grandma's gov't check-makes you think their brushes with the law and experiences with irate shopkeepers will lead somewhere. It doesn't. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/4 93% Private Life (2018) Everything works about this film except for a dubious ending that makes the couple look less sympathetic. A crowd-pleaser. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/4 94% The Favourite (2018) If you're tired of those boring royal British films and want to see the genre turned upside down, this dark, nasty bit of debauchery and revenge sex will leave you gasping for air. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
2.5/4 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) The era is set impeccably and the two lead performances are attractive to watch. Eighty-eight minutes roll by and the dirge-like pace zaps the fun and life out of the tale. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
2.5/4 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The beautiful cinematography and rousing musical score are excellent throughout. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) The pacing is off and some parts could put an insomniac to sleep. However, stick with the film, and your stamina will be rewarded. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) The wealth of talent on view is almost staggering. Amandla Stenberg carries the weight of the film giving Starr just enough juice to grow from humble vulnerable teen to a courageous protestor. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 28% Night School (2018) That sensitive, emotional intangible spirit is not what most audiences will expect, but that's what they will get. They will leave the theater having experienced an orgy of laughter that culminates with a tender glow. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 94% Wildlife (2018) Dano directs the hugely talented cast into giving three-dimensional performances that lead to a final act that isn't as spellbinding as the first two. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3.5/4 88% What They Had (2018) Stellar performances by the entire cast, especially Shannon, give a window into a cautionary tale. Almost as riveting as Manchester by the Sea. Excellent in other ways. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 96% Roma (2018) Shot in arresting black and white and gorgeously crafted, the film is marred by a very slow, meandering Act I that barely holds attention.Then Act II launches into a melodramatic plotline that becomes engaging. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/4 80% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Edgy, nerve-wracking and nightmarish from beginning to end. Yet, surprisingly encouraging too. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) Hubris is not enough of a reason for audiences to flock to this film, though Jackman's performance may be. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/4 87% First Man (2018) There are points in history where everyone remembers where they were when it happened. This is one of them and Chazelle and his team do that moment justice. This is an event movie. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Moore, our canary in the coalmine, is turning into a curmudgeon laureate. The most poignant and shocking part of his doc is the light he shines on Flint and its tragic circumstance. Informative, sobering and enlightening. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/4 79% Dogman (2019) If Fellini had made gritty ultra-violent movies they would have looked like this. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) Crowe is miscast. Kidman is lukewarm. Hedges conveys emotions and disturbances that will bring audience to tears. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/4 80% 22 July (2018) Young actor Jonas Strand Gravli's heart-breaking performance carries the film as does Greengrass' judicious direction. Tense, suspenseful and surprisingly inspiring. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/4 58% White Boy Rick (2018) There are so many stories to tell about unfortunate people who get arrested and imprisoned for selling drugs. So why-oh-why did anyone think this real-life tale about a white 15-year-old drug dealer in 1980s Detroit was the one worth revealing? - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Somewhere inside this good 135-minute film is an even better 120-minute movie. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/4 88% High Life (2019) Cheap looking sets and costumes stop this odd, erotic space odyssey from reaching its final destination. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 72% Destroyer (2018) Everything lines up well, except the miscasting of the lead character. Nicole Kidman is never believable as the drunken cop on a revenge spree. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 100% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) Shot over one week, this charming doc grows on you gradually like a good morning cup of coffee or an after-dinner drink. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) This over-produced, Hollywoodish film fails miserably at bringing their harsh reality to life. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 73% Assassination Nation (2018) Sam Levinson has a good eye for adolescent rebellion, and combined with the demented violence, this study of New Age depravity could become a classic midnight movie. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 91% Widows (2018) Yet the payoff for this slick production is no better than results you'd get from watching any ordinary crime-thriller. All-star cast goes through the motions leading up to a less than fulfilling ending. Passable, but most will expect better. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 43% Where Hands Touch (2018) Pity, considering the filmmaker's resume and the subject matter, this film should have been compelling. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3.5/4 91% The Weekend (2018) This is the ultimate date movie, if you like making fun of your ex's new lover. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 81% Quincy (2018) Marriages, children, an aneurysm and drinking problem fill out the warts-and-all bio/doc. In so many ways, Quincy is an integral part of American history. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 86% Monsters and Men (2018) Reinaldo Marcus Green writes and directs the unraveling stories, never bringing any of the subplots to a fitting conclusion. Cinematographer Patrick Scola's camerawork is the film's greatest asset. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 71% The Public (2018) Humorous, impactful and poignant. With a little extra tooling, it would also make a great Broadway play. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Style over substance makes this film imperfect. The spirit of Baldwin's book seems lost, except in one vibrant scene when the families of the couple meet and all hell breaks loose. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/4 79% Green Book (2018) Mahershala Ali switches gears with ease from playing a hardened drug dealer in Moonlight to portraying a refined artist with great dignity and many secrets in this heart-warming crowd-pleaser. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
1/4 38% Farming (2018) As anyone who sits through this misguided film will subject themselves to a litany of disgusting racist and sadistic incidents. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018