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Edward Johnson-Ott
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Juliet, Naked is funny. Well, maybe not "funny." How about genuine and amusing? The characters feel real rather than contrived, and that helps a lot.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is as much an environment as it is a romantic comedy... The movie takes you away, and much of the trip is a pleasurable experience, with dazzling visuals, a bright score coupled with insanely catchy pop tunes, and a charismatic cast.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Don't Worry is Van Sant's best film since Milk, which means Gus needs to work a little harder. I recommend it for the good parts, especially the acting, and despite the Hallmark schlock.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Go for entertainment. Learn about human dignity.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) What begins as a feel-good-human-interest story turns into a mystery, then a tragedy, and ultimately an outrage.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley has a great deal to work with here, not the least of which is a stellar cast.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Pratt deserves better than this paint-by-numbers silliness.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Despite The Shimmer, this movie certainly doesn't shine. ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
72% Hostiles (2018) The acting is above average, the score is more prominent. At times, the goings get a big sluggish. Just meet the movie halfway and you'll be fine.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Overall, Call Me by Your Name is a charming film, a sexy film and a family story. Though it drags in a couple of spots, it recovers nicely. What else could you want?‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
26% Bright (2017) The story is a mash-up. It can brush up against current events, but not enough for anything to stick.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
4/5 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) The reactions to the murals is one of many delights in this charming film. ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) There's more to be said, and both Blade Runner films create a distinct world and people it, so to speak, with characters you won't soon forget.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
91% Good Time (2017) I like Good Time a lot. What I don't like is the title. ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
92% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky is a fun and engaging caper movie directed by Steven Soderbergh.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Spiderman: Homecoming sags in the middle, but delivers where it counts.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) I intend to watch My Cousin Rachel again. Yes, it's good enough to warrant a second look-see from a cranky essayist like me.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) Its reach exceeds its grasp, but we all know that. Glad Rama Burshstein posed the question to begin with.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Alien: Covenant is a slasher flick with delusions of grandeur. It's depressing and easy to dismiss. I urge you to do just that. ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is funny, exciting and touching. ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Graduation isn't the kind of film that jumps up and down and shouts "Look at me!" That's part of the reason I like it. ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
69% Free Fire (2017) Feel free to formulate your own greater meaning to Free Fire if you wish. I think it's just a shoot-em-up with a gimmick. Luckily, it's got enough action and humor to remain entertaining almost all the way through.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) My suggestion is to refuse to let the story get in the way of enjoying the story. Relish the overreach of a mighty talented writer-director-etc.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
72% Gifted (2017) If you're in the mood for a tearjerker starring a group of appealing actors, Gifted may do it for you. God knows it's harmless. But if you expect more from a film than formula, look elsewhere.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) I hadn't heard about this remarkable true story and I'm glad I got to learn about it. I wish it had been in a film that wasn't trying so hard to be all things to all people.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
47% Wilson (2017) It's a mess of a movie.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Inanimate objects given personalities is a notion that works in our imaginations and in cartoons. Cartoons, darn it, not mostly-live-action.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) After everything is revealed in Get Out you'll want to see it again to watch the pieces fall into place. Nice job, Mr. Peele.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Mar 9, 2017
93% Logan (2017) Of the three Wolverine movies, this is the best. I'm glad I saw it and glad it's over.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Mar 1, 2017
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) The bottom line is that Toni Erdmann works because of its excess, not in spite of it. Don't wait for the Hollywood version, see the original. ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 83% Julieta (2016) I long for the days when Almodovar created movies that made me dizzy. He may still surprise us, but in the meantime, I'll settle for a mid-level offering like Julieta.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Feb 9, 2017
24% The Comedian (2017) There are solid moments in The Comedian, but nowhere near enough to justify sitting through it. Go check out Mike Birbiglia's films. They are deserving and this is not.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) The bottom line is this: Anytime you get the chance to see Annette Bening work, you should. 20th Century Women is an exceptional film that speaks to all of us.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jan 25, 2017
4.5/5 96% Paterson (2016) It's a pleasure to watch, so much so that I've viewed the film several times since receiving a screener copy in December. Paterson is different, distinct, and satisfying, one of the best films of 2016.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jan 25, 2017
4/5 91% Elle (2016) Elle is the best of Paul Verhoeven's movies. With flashing warning signs, I highly recommend it.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) It's consistently good, very well acted, and it introduces us to a group of patriots previously overlooked.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) In general, Finding Dory doesn't reach the heights of the original, but it delivers an hour and 40 minutes of solid entertainment.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 31, 2016
87% Art Bastard (2016) Sure, the artist is a bit full of himself, but I've found that people who aren't full of themselves tend to be full of platitudes and other people's anecdotes. I'll take a windbag over a grab bag any day.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3.5/5 84% The Meddler (2016) The premise, based in part on truth, may sound sitcommy, but Sarandon makes everything work. She's delightful.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 31, 2016
90% A Bigger Splash (2016) A Bigger Splash takes you to a location you've never visited and, by its end, leaves you feeling like you have.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 31, 2016
87% The Lobster (2016) The Lobster is not for everybody. But if you're adventurous and patient, there are ample rewards to be had.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 31, 2016
4/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) If this sounds like standard disaster movie stuff, it is, but Berg keeps it brisk and crisp.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) This is one of those films where knowing how it ends makes it better.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 30, 2016
2.5/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Days of Future Past was a doozy. Apocalypse... not so much.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 30, 2016
59% Allied (2016) Good, but not great‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 30, 2016
95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Kenneth Lonergan has crafted a film that speaks to the human condition without getting pretentious. Insight is rarely this accessible.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 30, 2016
90% Loving (2016) Jeff Nichols has made a fine, honest portrait of one couple's unwavering love, but he fails to present that portrait in a sufficiently rousing context. Shucks.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 30, 2016
2.5/5 62% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Want to know more about Ramanujan? Read one of the books about him, or check out the documentary on the man. Want a serviceable, but routine biopic? Look no further.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 30, 2016
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Instead of covering the standard biopic plot points, the film moves into lurid B movie territory.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 30, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) I understand the appeal of vicarious brushes with death, I just don't share it.‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 30, 2016