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Eric D. Snider

Eric D. Snider
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 56% The Grinch (2018) Fitfully amusing, harmless, and negligible. It neither detracts from Dr. Seuss' legacy nor enhances it.‐ EricDSnider.com
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2.5/4 80% Overlord (2018) Shallow comic-book carnage with no subtext, but it successfully walks the line between serious and ludicrous without tipping over into campy.‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
C 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The sort of watered-down pablum that should be embarrassed to show its face in a world where Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story exists.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A- 88% Bodied (2018) Structured like a sports movie, culminating in an electrifying showdown... An explosively, devastatingly funny snapshot of American culture in 2018.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
C- 20% Nobody's Fool (2018) It eventually dissolves into the usual Perry morass, where nobody onscreen is behaving like a real person and you spend the last half-hour tapping your foot impatiently while making the "move it along" motion with your hand.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B 76% Mid90s (2018) Predictable or not, it boasts endearing performances, a spot-on soundtrack, and smooth direction by Hill.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
C 33% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Atkinson's gift for physical comedy remains superb - but Johnny English is the film's only funny character. Everyone else is written and played straight.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
B- 61% The Oath (2018) The dynamic is familiar and funny... The second half isn't nearly as satisfying, but the film still works as caustic social satire. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
B- 36% Hunter Killer (2018) A submarine movie for dads... Just simple-headed enough to hit the spot, not quite so ludicrous that it pulls me out of it. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
B- 96% The Hate U Give (2018) Often didactic and two-dimensional, coming across like a Black Lives Matter "Afterschool Special," albeit an especially heartfelt one.... Amandla Stenberg is a winning lead.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
B 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Conveys most of the book's darkly comic charm while presenting a minor spin on the Western formula... A diverting lark. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
B+ 99% Free Solo (2018) An eye-popping profile of an extraordinary athlete... Prepare for a lot of breath-holding and armrest-clutching. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
D 52% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) Hosking removed the provocation [of The Greasy Strangler] but kept the deliberately bad acting and go-nowhere story. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B+ 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Tight, efficient thriller set in a single location keeps us riveted, with more twists than its simple premise would suggest. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B No Score Yet Jane and Emma (2018) An engrossing historical drama... The rare film that's spiritually uplifting without glossing over the hard parts.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B- 33% Little Women (2018) Not all of the plot adjustments work, but the production is cheerful and heartfelt, and for some reason it's always Christmas, so it wins points for sheer merriness.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
B- 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) It's strictly garden-variety trick-or-treat frivolity, but it has a sense of humor, and the climactic mayhem is admirably large-scale.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
B 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) More enjoyable as an unsolved mystery than as a solved one. But it's a heck of a fun ride anyway, thanks to Goddard's masterful storytelling.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
C 68% The Happy Prince (2018) A lugubrious slog... We never get a good sense of who Wilde was; it's just a recitation of events.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B 95% Private Life (2018) Seldom an all-out comedy, though it does have droll moments and scenes... Hahn, a comedy dynamo, gives a deeply felt dramatic performance.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
B 76% Smallfoot (2018) Comfortable territory, executed with cheerful aplomb. Many fine gags and good slapsticky shenanigans. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
D+ 29% Night School (2018) Overlong, under-funny... An exhausting series of pointless contrivances... Wants the characters to be Real People without doing the work to make their personalities and motivations more than one-dimensional. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
B 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Sturdy, old-fashioned... Gaga's powerhouse voice is one of the film's key assets... Packs an emotional wallop by focusing on these two faces and voices.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
C 29% Venom (2018) Tonally uneven, mostly bumbling, and occasionally funny, sometimes on purpose. Is it good? No. Is it boring? Also no.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
A- 99% Selma (2015) This heartfelt, compelling docudrama about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1965 civil rights marches shows how far we've come.‐ EricDSnider.com
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It's nothing special, but it's tastefully macabre in that cozy October way and only has a few poop jokes.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B- 40% Hell Fest (2018) The scares are modestly effective, and the between-scares scenes of six lively young people horsin' around at a spook alley are tolerable.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
B- 79% Halloween (2018) The whole thing might be better as a symbol than as a Halloween movie, but it's not a bad Halloween movie.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
B 70% Hold the Dark (2018) Bracing mood piece with compelling characters in a palpably, cinematically bleak setting.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
B- 89% Terrified (Aterrados) (2017) Has effective sequences, but it's ultimately a mish-mash of horror tropes, a parade of things you've seen before repackaged in shiny wrapping. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
B 55% Donnybrook (2018) Bleak misery porn... Compelling, visceral... Has an appealing somberness to it. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) Many absurd delights, running the gamut from wordplay to slapstick and back again, all performed with an air of dedicated lunacy.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
B+ 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) Fantastic premise, cleverly constructed and executed ... The payoff is extremely rewarding. Very funny. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
B- 93% Searching (2018) John Cho's sympathetic and fully committed performance as the worried father grounds the movie, giving it a beating heart instead of just a racing pulse.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
B- 70% Assassination Nation (2018) Raucous fun and occasionally suspenseful or horrific, but not nearly as insightful as it thinks it is.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
B- 92% Mandy (2018) When it does eventually kick into high gear, Cage delivers the loudness and craziness his fans have come to expect.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
B- 33% The Predator (2018) It's fine, and it's an improvement over the Alien vs. Predator spinoffs, but we can do better than this.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
B 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Funny, dark-edged, lurid mystery-melodrama runs smoothly, plot twists arriving at regularly scheduled intervals, backed by a festive soundtrack of '60s French pop. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B 59% Operation Finale (2018) A respectfully entertaining Nazi-hunting adventure.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
D 68% Summer of '84 (2018) Think of every cliche you can come up with for movies about four boys on bicycles having an adventure in the summertime. Summer of 84 has them all, without subverting, twisting, or spoofing any of them. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
C+ 27% The Nun (2018) The story offers no scares or surprises (other than things popping out suddenly from corners), but it checks off the boxes without actively insulting your intelligence. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
C 10% Peppermint (2018) Yet another Death Wish update teaching the valuable lesson that violence IS the answer.... Lazy, unimaginative screenplay, and Garner comes across as a lightweight. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
C+ 41% Arizona (2018) The movie soon stops being the funny version of this story and just becomes the regular version, where McBride is a psycho with no compunction about killing, and that gets old fast.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
B 88% First Man (2018) It runs long, with restlessness setting in during the midsection, but Chazelle handles the climax - the moon landing itself - with breathless, meticulous cinematic skill.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
B+ 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A comedy with dark edges and a melancholic center... McCarthy gives a fine-tuned performance, her outsized comic sensibilities channeled into in a non-farcical, three-dimensional character.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
B 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) David Lowery seems to have made the movie for the same reason the subject robbed banks: He just liked it, that's all. It's fun.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
B+ 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Compelling if familiar... Ultimately the story of a desperately poor family striving to stay together despite the circumstances.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
A- 91% We the Animals (2018) A gentle, aching coming-of-age story.... Handles sensitive subjects with discretion and grace. Full of wonderful, evocative details.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
C- 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Woefully under-written, relying too much on the juxtaposition of profanity and puppets for easy laughs and getting bogged down in the straightforward film noir plot, which could have used more satire.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B 53% Papillon (2018) A few minutes longer than the original yet feels shorter, more efficient, more engaging, with a screenplay that brings out the relationship at the story's heart.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018