Dwight Brown

Dwight Brown
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T-Meter Title | Year
75% The Photograph (2020) Superbly crafted and acted. Romantic on every level. Never overly dramatic, but always captivating. A refreshing and evocative love story that reflects the times we live in. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The script by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) puts all the characters into play and gives them some fun things to say. - Dwight Brown Ink EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) If they continue to develop the characters, advance their storylines and skim off the best parts of this film as they create the sequel, their future looks bright. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
29% Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) A two-hour unperceptive documentary leaves the quietest man on the Supreme Court no less an enigma than before the opening credits rolled. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
27% The Rhythm Section (2020) Thrillers tend to be more about actions and mindboggling incidents. If Morano can make that adjustment, with her strong sense of design and affinity for drama, her future films in this genre would be more fun to watch. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
90% Bull (2020) You get so wrapped up in rural Texas you'll get the munchies for a corndog. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
73% The Gentlemen (2020) Come for the fun of it, sit through the cumbersome storytelling, find a way to enjoy the puzzling antics and you may experience the heady joy of this gangsta caper. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) It's fun. There's a strong verve that is completely contagious and will likely help this sequel achieve record-breaking box-office success. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
47% Underwater (2020) Without visual flair, mindboggling effects, astonishing creatures and an extraordinary climax, it feels underdeveloped. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
84% Les Misérables (2020) Someday, when you look up the definition of "cinema-verité" you'll likely see a photo of Ladj Ly and his film Les Misérables among the better examples of this ever-evolving filmmaking style. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
83% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim is on its own path. Groundbreaking for its rich, layered storytelling, stylish direction, provocative contemplations on race and police abuse and two performances that will redefine how black men and women are portrayed on screen. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
94% In Fabric (2019) The director brushes on the macabre like an artist choosing the right colors, shapes and textures for a Salvador Dali painting. Tasteful. Sick. Weird. More like an art film gone askew. Not at all like a tacky B-movie. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
42% Midway (2019) Roland Emmerich's latest work, though still a popcorn action film, has some girth. Not enough to smother war film fans in history. Just enough to keep them engaged. Just enough. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) Sit through the barrage of conversations, themes about xenophobia, family dynamics, friendships and acceptance. All these distractions become part of a much bigger picture that will warm viewers' hearts. It's worth the wait. It's a gift. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
52% Black and Blue (2019) Black and Blue is taut and tense in a way that will give it a long life on cable TV and streaming services. Meanwhile, any imperfections that are obvious on the big screen will likely be forgiven by its target urban audience. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/5 86% Zombi Child (2020) If you're not scared enough to crap your pants, it's a limp zombie movie. This film never takes you or your psyche to a place that would make you worry. Pity. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/4 80% The Traitor (2020) A brilliant, revealing and enlightening piece of filmmaking. Riveting in every way. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) [Antonio] Banderas saves the day and is a revelation as his mentor's alter-ego. His nuanced performance fills in the cracks of this moderately engaging and slightly indulgent self-portrait. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2.5/4 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) This very iffy and frustrating experience is nearly saved by the enlightening bits of New York history. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) Some will herald this as a fitting crown for the end of a master director's career. But, smart cinephiles will recognize that this gifted and highly skilled auteur has only climbed to another summit, and there will be more. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/4 70% The Cotton Club Encore (2019) Gorgeously shot, art directed and costumed, the visuals were strong but the storytelling was not clear. Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has released a 139-minute director's cut, and his revisions finally do justice to the script. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet American Trial: The Eric Garner Story (2019) Producer/writer/director Roee Messinger has created an astonishing film, a video that contemplates what if. It tackles themes of race, police brutality, stop and frisk and the plusses and minuses of our judicial system. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
81% Little Monsters (2019) Prepare to be seduced, appalled and humored by this eccentric horror movie. Get awed by an accomplished actress who shines bright like a diamond on a battlefield of human-munching monsters. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/4 80% A Hidden Life (2019) A masterpiece of storytelling becomes a fitting tribute to those who remain principled and defiant. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) With a hilarious bio/script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Eddie Murphy makes a splashing film comeback as the outrageously bold and determined artist who became an integral part of the 1970s Blaxploitation era. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) Directed deftly by the brilliant Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, the dignity, humanity and humor of the two characters is quite appealing. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
2.5/5 95% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Director Armando Iannucci uses Simon Blackwell's script to form a storybook life that is as winsome and charming as it is boring and too British. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) In 136 engaging minutes [Noah] Baumbach relives every tortured moment and slight in the couple's less than idyllic marriage. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3.5/4 82% Judy (2019) This is a solid interpretation of a life everyone knew would be cut short, while garnering millions of fans along the way. Very sweet. Quite tragic. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
2.5/4 68% Joker (2019) [Joaquin] Phoenix creates a snake of a man with few to no redeeming qualities and along the way he turns in a blistering performance that should get him a front row seat on Oscar night. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/4 89% Coming Home Again (2019) Based on his own experience, director/writer Wayne Wang creates a very humbling and humanizing story in a low-budget, small-cast movie that is powerful. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/4 73% Blackbird (2019) Considering the gravity of the subject matter, what's on view is surprisingly touching and disarming in the best ways. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/4 88% Bad Education (2019) Director Cory Finley doesn't point fingers, doesn't pass judgement. Instead he weaves extramarital affairs, weak school boards and betrayals into a web of insanity that is as outrageous as Janney's other mayhem vehicle, I, Tonya. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
2.5/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Director Marielle Heller sensitively guides the cast through this loving fable. Not all audiences will be thrilled that they're getting a "life-coach" movie for the holiday seas, instead of the real skinny about the TV icon's personal life. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Rarely do movies chronicle any synergy between Blacks and Jews who are both living on the same edge. Brilliant filmmaking. [Adam] Sandler deserves an Oscar nod and an apology from past naysayers. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/4 81% The Report (2019) Writer/director Scott Z. Burns slowly turns a very wonky, fact-based political story into a thrilling drama that pits reality against deceit and the Senate versus the United States Intelligence Community. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/4 97% Knives Out (2019) There are plot twists aplenty, but none add up to much. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 87% Hustlers (2019) Constance Wu, Mette Towley, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and a cameo by ex-stripper Cardi B add magic as the women go from self-help, to self-employment, to self-infliction. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) Well-intentioned project. Iffy results at best. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
1.5/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Veteran actor Jeffrey Wright gives the only spot-on performance, but even he can't save a silly storyline from itself. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2.5/4 83% Waves (2019) Watching Sterling K. Brown shed tears on screen, like he does incessantly on the TV show, is like watching a rainstorm on a tropical island. It's an event, but it's no surprise. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) [Jamies] Foxx gives his best performance since Ray. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) Cynthia Erivo plays "Minty" with conviction. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 91% Clemency (2019) [Alfre] Woodard creates a protagonist who is equally likeable and unapproachable. Her steely performance is complemented by supporting cast members. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 96% Atlantics (2019) Themes of class divide, spirits from beyond and girlfriends who like to party often crowd what could have been a simple love story. Still, the romance in this film prevails. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool reinforces the obvious. This trumpeter made being talented, stylish, inventive, troubled and enigmatic extremely cool. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) With a salacious script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, pervy direction by Stupnitsky, and a sense of devious humor that reeks of producer Seth Rogen, audiences will laugh themselves silly after they've been shocked into submission. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) When Hobbs & Shaw digs into the old [Fast & Furious] trick bag, it's as good as the real thing. When it reverts to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's brand of far-fetched action movies, it's an inferior project -- but not entirely bad. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
61% Brian Banks (2019) The real Brian Banks, the subject of this movie, lived through an ordeal that was tragic, inspiring and often profound. However, something is lost in this one-dimensional retelling of his life experiences. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Time has been very kind to David Crosby. But you don't have to take anyone's word on that. This straightforward, disarming, and evocative documentary makes that all perfectly clear. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019