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Ed Bark
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 60% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Ninety minutes on the origins of the so-called HeLa cell line sound about as dramatically inviting as a teeth-cleaning. But Winfrey's performance, as Henrietta's tormented youngest daughter, Deborah, is jump-off-the-screen terrific.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
A- 95% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) And Still I Rise mostly soars, though, on the wings of Maya Angelou's own words and recollections. She lived a multifaceted life for the ages, overcoming a wealth of indignities while also rising above her own considerable faults and frailties.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
A- 100% Tower (2016) Tower is a vivid snapshot of derangement, heroism, endurance and sometimes admitted cowardice on what remains the most traumatic day in University of Texas history.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
A- 100% The Witness for the Prosecution (2016) Although it arguably strings things out a bit too much, this newest Witness is a watchable feast of strong portrayals and mostly sturdy plot threads.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
B- 50% Beaches (2017) Lifetime's re-do of Beaches provides a suitably weepy, sometimes sappy, overall entertaining escape.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
A 100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Bright Lights is a much better way to remember them. It wasn't supposed to double as a requiem, but who knew at the time?‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
A 93% The Little Prince (2016) Beautifully and expressively animated, The Little Prince basically is the story of an old man who still acts like a kid and a kid who's being programmed to be an "essential" cog in the grand industrial, soul-deadening scheme of things.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) ESPN's ongoing 5-part, 10-hour O. J.: Made In America documentary series at first brush had the air of redundancy. Instead it's anything but.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
A 87% All the Way (2016) This is a riveting film with a bravura performance by Cranston, who's been the signature television actor of the past decade. All the Way again shows there's nothing he can't do -- with the exception of giving a bad performance.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
A- 93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Janis: Little Girl Blue vividly and often poignantly revisits her short life -- and hard and fast times.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
B 80% Confirmation (2016) Confirmation connects most of the dots of those times while falling short of the dramatic impact left by FX's O.J. Simpson miniseries.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
B+ No Score Yet Jackie Robinson connects all of these dots and gives a far fuller picture of the man than the pedestrian 2013 feature film 42 or 1950's The Jackie Robinson Story, in which Jackie played himself opposite Ruby Dee as Rachel.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
B- 89% Bessie (2015) It fleshes out Bessie Smith to a degree but certainly not in full measure. Latifah and Rainey can sure sing out, though. It's a pleasure to watch and hear them wail in a film that otherwise doesn't quite cut it.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
C No Score Yet The Unauthorized Full House Story (2015) A few nice turns by Brawith as Saget aren't enough to make The Unauthorized Full House Movie more than a connect-the-dots, dish-a-little-dirt, spoon-a-little-sugar, cut-print diversion.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2015
B+ 91% √Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013) There's no revisionist lionizing here, but plenty of perspective.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
C 36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) Given the real-life shark attacks making big news this summer, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! may seem even more redundant than usual.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2015
B- 89% Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (2014) As holiday newcomers go, this is much better than socks and underwear from Grandma. Just don't expect a shiny new train set.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2014
C- 50% How Murray Saved Christmas (2014) It's way short on charm, labors to be amusing and runs out of gas well before its hour is up.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
C+ 61% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) The overall effect isn't quite intoxicating, and it might be better if you're intoxicated in one form or another.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2014
A- 94% The Normal Heart (2014) The Normal Heart grows in poignancy as characters we've come to know are affected or afflicted by AIDS.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
B+ No Score Yet The Address (2014) [It] becomes an instructive and affecting film, although not a true Burns classic. Still, it's nice to him as a fly on the wall in a contemporary setting, with cameras capturing the here and now rather than recycling telling images from long times ago.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2014
A 36% Salinger (2013) Salinger triumphs, though, as an absorbing portrait of a singular man of mystery.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2014
B- 52% Flowers in the Attic (2014) It all seems fairly preposterous until one takes into account that stranger things have happened in real life.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2014
B- 56% Killing Kennedy (2013) Killing Kennedy easily could have been twice its length, the better to add both nuance and context. Instead it's a watchable film with many missing parts, a broadly drawn Classics Illustrated version of what happened and why.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
B 100% American Masters: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' (2013) What he was really like remains in large part a mystery. In that respect, Hear My Train A Comin' doesn't try to play a gumshoe. Its strengths are Hendrix in action, his guitar on fire whether he set a match to it or not.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2013
C- No Score Yet JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013) It can't be said -- unfortunately -- that Smoking Gun is bereft of any "entertainment" value.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2013
A- 85% Seduced And Abandoned (2013) This one seems to effortlessly breathe on its own as a buddy/buddy "road picture" with scenic pathways, a few dead ends and refreshing breezes throughout.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2013
A- 100% Burton And Taylor (2013) It's a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast. ‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2013
C- 29% Ghost Shark (2013) Syfy already has a Sharknado sequel set for next summer, but Ghost Shark probably won't have that kind of staying power. It succeeds in being more or less stupidly watchable, but unlikely to prompt anywhere near the same Twitter eruption. ‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2013
C+ No Score Yet The 12 Disasters of Christmas (2012) Viewers who have had their fills of prototypical Christmas movie cheer might want to get into the proper Syfy spirit by priming themselves with their favorite spirits.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
B No Score Yet Picture Paris (2011) Louis-Dreyfus is winning in the central role.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
C- No Score Yet Chupacabra vs. the Alamo (2013) Even grading on a curve, Chupacabra vs The Alamo fails to rise to the level of enjoyable stupidity. Better luck next time.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
B- 55% Clear History (2013) Clear History is amusing enough to pull a viewer through it, although those who haven't yet acquired a taste for Curb might find it the equivalent of a pricey two-drink minimum without enough payback.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2013
B+ 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) A film that could have been so very bad turns out to be pretty mah-velous. ‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted May 24, 2013
B+ 49% Phil Spector (2013) In the end, Phil Spector succeeds on the strength of its two marquee thespians.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
B+ 63% Philip Roth: Unmasked (2013) It's good that Philip Roth finally let others in during the waning years of an extraordinary writing life.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2013
80% The World According to Dick Cheney (2013) One doesn't expect miracles from a film of this sort. But it's as if Cutler and company didn't even try to engage Cheney and draw him out.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2013
B 100% 24: Redemption (2008) A serviceable although not exceptional place-setter.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2013
B 88% Ethel (2012) Even with its air-brushing and reticent title subject, Ethel is a watchable, oft-affecting film.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2012
B 95% Sing Your Song (2012) Abundant archival footage is in part a saving grace.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2012
B+ 100% Gloria: In Her Own Words (2011) The Steinem film is consistently interesting while at the same time being deferential to its subject.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2012
B 67% Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2012) Method to the Madness is adroitly packaged and probably in roughly the same flattering mode of a PBS American Masters tribute.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2012
B+ 86% George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011) A film that sheds a lot of light on its subject but at times can be a little too blissed out for its own good. ‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2012
A- 65% Game Change (2012) As an entertaining, briskly paced political yarn, it's right up there with HBO's Emmy-winning Recount.‐ Uncle Barky
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
B+ 86% Garden State (2004) A little gem of a film full of believably offbeat characters and eclectic mood music.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2004
C 44% Connie and Carla (2004) Connie and Carla is exuberant, all right, and amusing in spots. It's also hokey, pokey, predictable and clumsily preachy in its head-over-heels declaration that gay men are people, too.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2004
C- 13% Welcome to Mooseport (2004) At best it's innocuous.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2004
10% From Justin To Kelly (2003) A better-than-expected diversion.‐ Dallas Morning News
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2003