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Eric D. Snider

Eric D. Snider
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 78% Patriots Day (2017) Nakedly manipulative ... Mixing fact with fiction for the purposes of emotional blackmail ... Off-putting, bordering on sleazy. ‐
Posted Jan 12, 2017
B 83% Silence (2017) For someone who enjoys pondering such things, it's an effective provocation to further thought. ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2017
B+ 92% Hidden Figures (2017) The film's light, breezy entertainment value hides a deeper poignance, making it a nice complement to the heavier films that take the opposite approach. ‐
Posted Jan 9, 2017
C 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) It's still a mediocre rehearsal of genre conventions, and somewhat pointless ... but at least it's coherent? ‐
Posted Jan 7, 2017
B+ 95% Fences (2016) Wilson would be pleased with Washington's smooth, hot-blooded handling of it, unapologetically putting all those fiery emotions out there for the whole world to see. ‐
Posted Jan 3, 2017
A 98% Moonlight (2016) There are several movies' worth of themes to consider in this single, deeply felt drama of elegant, heartbreaking simplicity. ‐
Posted Dec 27, 2016
C- 31% Passengers (2016) A waste of a rich premise, excellent special effects, and a charismatic cast. ‐
Posted Dec 26, 2016
B- 40% Why Him? (2016) The laughs are scattershot, but the tone is good-natured, and the humor isn't cruel. ‐
Posted Dec 22, 2016
D 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Extraneous elements like 'story' and 'character' are abandoned so we can focus on what's important: scene after scene of self-serious cyphers fighting over something we don't care about. ‐
Posted Dec 22, 2016
A- 93% La La Land (2016) To make an earnest, gleeful song-and-dance musical in 2016 with no political subtext or social commentary, not as a parody or deconstruction but simply as an old-fashioned ode to dreaming, is revolutionary. ‐
Posted Dec 22, 2016
B+ 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) This sensitive and surprisingly funny drama is full of well-drawn characters. ‐
Posted Dec 20, 2016
B+ 87% Lion (2016) An inspiring drama that earns tears without jerking them. ‐
Posted Dec 20, 2016
D 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Soggy garbage intended to make you cry, but it's so clumsy in its manipulations that you almost feel sorry for it. ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2016
B- 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Certainly there is pleasure in revisiting a favorite place you've been many times before. But it's not an 'event' film. For the first time, it really does just feel like an episode. ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2016
C+ 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) I bet each of the six credited writers thought one of the other five was responsible for the title. ‐
Posted Dec 8, 2016
A- 89% Jackie (2016) Portman's portrayal of Jackie is almost startlingly immersive, and the film is an invaluable glimpse into the mind and heart of a tragic figure. ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2016
C 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Though rife with glossy Hollywood charm, the film is strangely disjointed and unfocused. ‐
Posted Nov 28, 2016
B+ 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Painful accuracy and often hilarious insight... Steinfeld shows boldness and vulnerability. ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2016
2/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Though the ribald dialogue offers moments of perverse pleasure, they're always just moments, never entire scenes. ‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Posted Nov 23, 2016
B 95% Moana (2016) a Disney cartoon doesn't need to be innovative to succeed; it just needs to hit the audience's heart and funny bone. 'Moana' does that well enough. ‐
Posted Nov 23, 2016
C 71% Bleed For This (2016) Someone seems to have told Hollywood that our favorite sport is boxing, and that Hollywood should make more movies about boxing, and that we will never get tired of boxing movies, especially formulaic ones about real people. ‐
Posted Nov 18, 2016
C+ 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Absent the thrill of learning something new and wonderful, Rowling's world is commonplace. ‐
Posted Nov 17, 2016
B+ 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Like a Hollywood underdog story, the film is edited and scored with an eye for drama and humor. ‐
Posted Nov 17, 2016
C- 43% King Cobra (2016) A blandly watchable but ultimately pointless melodrama aimed at titillating gay audiences without actually satisfying them. ‐
Posted Nov 15, 2016
D 3% Shut In (2016) The formulaic plot is dragged out to tedious effect while we wait impatiently for the climax. ‐
Posted Nov 15, 2016
B- 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Once you get to the actual war, the movie becomes respectable, serious, even thoughtful. ‐
Posted Nov 3, 2016
C 21% Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) No matter how many films Perry writes, directs, produces, and stars in, he's not especially interested in getting better at it. ‐
Posted Nov 2, 2016
B+ 90% Doctor Strange (2016) The first time in a while that a Marvel Cinematic Universe(TM) movie has offered anything new to look at or think about. ‐
Posted Nov 2, 2016
C 19% Inferno (2016) A lot like the first two, but with fewer puzzles and less action. Does this appeal to you? ‐
Posted Oct 28, 2016
B+ 88% Elle (2016) Audacious and savvy, carried by Huppert's champion performance as a strong, imperious, and vulnerable woman. ‐
Posted Oct 26, 2016
B- 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Even with the filler it's more funny than not, and a remarkable record of one of the decade's biggest comedy stars. ‐
Posted Oct 26, 2016
B 64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) Most of the humor derives from the aggressively depraved presentation, which is hard to sustain for 90 minutes. But as trashy, you-gotta-see-this provocations go, well, you gotta see it. ‐
Posted Oct 26, 2016
C+ 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The laughs are hit-or-miss, occasionally buoyed by Galifianakis' random absurdity or a surprising sight gag but otherwise unremarkable. ‐
Posted Oct 26, 2016
C 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) A bland disappointment that bleaches nearly every colorful thing about the character. ‐
Posted Oct 26, 2016
B+ 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) A deliciously black-humored erotic thriller ... with sex scenes so steamy and cruelty so gratuitous that you have to smile at the filmmaker's cheerful perversity. ‐
Posted Oct 26, 2016
B+ 79% American Honey (2016) Arnold vividly captures the cocky ignorance and exuberant recklessness of kids who were never taught any better. ‐
Posted Oct 26, 2016
B+ 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) A pleasant, creepy surprise, a stylish funhouse that, like Flanagan's other films, finds new life in old scenarios. ‐
Posted Oct 26, 2016
C 0% Max Steel (2016) Kids are probably better off playing with the action figures and making up their own stories. ‐
Posted Oct 17, 2016
B 51% The Accountant (2016) Affleck's portrayal of autism is a surface-level impersonation, but the character and his quirks make for compelling entertainment - especially in the film's second half, when numbers, bullets, and fists fly furiously. ‐
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B- 54% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) Better than its bland, glib title, with some heart and soul beneath its pour-paint-on-the-principal shenanigans. ‐
Posted Oct 12, 2016
D No Score Yet Taboo (2002) A self-serious cheese-fest ... utterly worthless as an actual film, but quite entertaining as an object of derision. ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2016
C+ 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Desperately wants to be 'Gone Girl' but lacks that story's surprises and cathartic, twisted resolution. ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2016
C+ 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Means well, but its laborious, too-gentle pace drags it down into vegetable territory (i.e., a movie you watch because it's good for you). ‐
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C+ 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Despite Berg's best efforts, the movie can't overcome its formulaic ordinariness. ‐
Posted Sep 30, 2016
B+ 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) It's not great - it's no 'The Magnificent Seven' - but it'll satisfy any varmint hungry for some Old West justice. ‐
Posted Sep 23, 2016
B 47% Complete Unknown (2016) It might be better as a conversation-starter than as cinema, but the film's astute central performances elevate it. ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2016
C 61% Snowden (2016) Restrained, almost dispassionate in the way it lays out the facts of the story. Where's the incendiary, provocative Stone? ‐
Posted Sep 16, 2016
B- 36% Blair Witch (2016) Takes a while to get going, but it pays off in the last act, when all hell finally breaks loose and we're treated to a spookhouse full of sustained, mostly dialogue-free terror. ‐
Posted Sep 15, 2016
B- 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) It's hindered by a dum-dum plot, but Zellweger is as effervescent as ever in her signature role. ‐
Posted Sep 15, 2016
C- 45% Hands of Stone (2016) Another well-intentioned but feckless snooze. ‐
Posted Sep 13, 2016