Dwight Brown

Dwight Brown
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T-Meter Title | Year
44% Stuck (2019) The very timely subject matter is treated in the most superficial way. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
45% Little (2019) Given a premise that is novel but not new, a script that is worthy but not stellar and a location that is overused, the cast succeeds regardless. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
86% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) If you acclimate yourself to this process, you can enjoy this curious production that sometimes feels like a play, a dance performance or an elaborate opera for people who block, chop, kick and punch. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
46% Mary Magdalene (2019) The far-reaching message of love and compassion even under the worst circumstances never grows old. Even with a fresh retelling that reflects the times and humankind's current condition. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
78% Fast Color (2019) Fast Color crosses too many genres to be good in any specific one and that wreaks havoc on an audience's attention. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
94% Us (2019) Us never reaches that over-the-edge crescendo into total mayhem that scares you to death and makes a good horror film a great one. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Ash Is Purest White is captivating. More romantic/drama than crime/thriller, but all those elements fit neatly into this aching missive from China. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
91% Never Grow Old (2019) Leave it to an Irish writer/director, Ivan Kavanagh, to masterfully take a classic American film genre back to its roots. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
54% Yardie (2019) There wouldn't be a long list of "ifs," had Yardie been stripped down to its core. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) Many filmmakers are journeymen, able to work their craft. A few are artists, who, if they had a different calling, would be painters, sculptors or poets. This New York-born director fits into the latter category. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
C 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel rates a C. It's distinguished from other MCU movies by its female lead. Otherwise it is way too ordinary and middle of the pack. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
13% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Too much of this film looks like a 15-minute SNL sketch stretched into a 1hr 49min movie-warts and all. This had the potential of being the best Madea outing ever, instead it's just another middling entry. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
95% 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
60% 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
46% 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
89% 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
97% 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
81% 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
64% 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
99% Amazing Grace (2019) 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 93% 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 92% 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 27% 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 87% 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 75% 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 81% 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 89% 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 83% 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 74% 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