Dwight Brown

Dwight Brown
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T-Meter Title | Year
56% 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 84% 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 73% The Traitor (2019) 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 96% 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 57% 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
4/4 100% 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 75% 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
84% 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 79% 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 98% 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 88% 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 96% 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 98% 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 83% 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 86% 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 96% 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 94% 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 86% 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 99% 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 88% 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 97% 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 85% 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 82% Just Mercy (2019) [Jamies] Foxx gives his best performance since Ray. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 62% Harriet (2019) Cynthia Erivo plays "Minty" with conviction. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 97% 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 95% 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
59% 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
99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell dares to venture to the last chapter of our existence as it examines how an Asian family handles the finish-line process. It does so with a warm-hearted and uplifting spirit that is quite affecting. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
69% Three Peaks (2019) This isn't your daddy's drama/thriller. It's a meticulously crafted film that, in its very self-disciplined way, is far stronger than movies that go for the emotional jugular from the git-go. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) [Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am] does a nice job revealing her wonderful persona, uncovering her backstory and establishing her firm place in American history in a way her followers will appreciate and others will admire. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Multi-cultural neighborhoods enrich cities in ways that are often not appreciated or valued until they're gone. That's a timely, urgent and important missive that this film conveys, imperfectly. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is a fun, trippy hallucinogen. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) The film is not absolutely dreadful. It's just not original or fascinating which is not a punishable offense in most states. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
75% Halston (2019) Halston thoughtfully captures both a meteoric rise and a dramatic fall to earth. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The action in this crazed ode to human destruction, whether it's on horseback or motorcycles or in a hotel or souk, is some of the most mind-boggling and kinetic that's ever been displayed on-screen. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 85% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Refreshing and a complete joy to watch in this day and age of hate mongering. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3.4/4 67% The Quiet One (2019) [Bill] Wyman is a quiet treasure and so is this doc. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3.5/4 87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) A visual and audio retrospective that sticks with you. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
2.5/4 100% The Kill Team (2019) Edited down to 87 minutes, the footage is never attractive, the performances are only decent and the emotion never runs deep. Still, this film tells a powerful story. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 86% Crown Vic (2019) [Thomas] Jane is the glue and mortar. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/4 100% After Parkland (2019) Expert technique and sensitive filming by directors Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman make this an Oscar-caliber documentary. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019