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Eric Henderson

Eric Henderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) Its dedication to the transgressive power of frivolity remains the franchise's greatest weapon. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2015
1.5/4 40% Black or White (2015) Kevin Costner scowls and darts around the dubious thin line between "racism" and un-sugarcoated "truthfulness" that only anti-P.C. wingnuts actually believe exists. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2015
.5/4 27% Annie (2014) 2014: Annie's America makes director John Huston's elephantine, synthetically charismatic 1982 adaptation look like a Minnelliesque model of focus and concision. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2014
1.5/4 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) It doesn't take long to realize that Ridley Scott's adaptation is only aiming for certain forms of credibility, and callously eschewing others. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2014
.5/4 7% Ouija (2014) The film consistently settles for the cheapest shock devices and the most shopworn totems of our current neo-gothic moment in the genre. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2014
1/4 8% The Best Of Me (2014) Even permitting that the movie's setup counts almost by default as one of Nicholas Sparks's more complicated scenarios, that makes his failure to draw up compelling, flawed, human characters all the more conspicuous. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/4 61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) The expansion has the unintended and unfortunate effect of doing exactly the same thing to Alexander he accused his family of doing in the first place: marginalizing him. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2014
3/4 75% Bjork: Biophilia Live (2014) You can't help but be impressed by how much it represents a natural, even defensive evolutionary step on its creator's part. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2014
1.5/4 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) And the jury's still very much out over whether Shawn Levy is an inept comedy director masquerading as an opportunistically dramatic one, or vice versa. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2014
1.5/4 34% The November Man (2014) Roger Donaldson embellishes an already overly plotty scenario with hollowly attractive genre superfluities. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2014
1.5/4 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) Jim Caviezel commits only to the level of God-like omniscience that Mel Gibson whipped into him a decade ago. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 80% Get On Up (2014) As if taking a cue from its own title, the movie emphatically sets its sights on the upward trajectory of Brown's career. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 29, 2014
1/4 19% And So It Goes (2014) It pairs Diane Keaton with Michael Douglas to simulate the sort of second-chance AARP romance that's intended to stimulate grizzled audiences who see one movie in theaters every three or four years. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2014
1/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) It's not even made clear whether the machines can feel pain. But after sitting through Fire & Rescue, interminable even at a lean 83 minutes, I sincerely hope they do. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) The film sags conspicuously under the weight of its accrued event-movie baggage. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1.5/4 23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) That this retrograde "straight talk" somehow managed to emerge on screen as a reasonably genial ensemble comedy speaks to the strength of its performers. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) It has the core of a genuine crowd-pleaser, but unfortunately something bigger and more all-consuming keeps getting into its head. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2014
2.5/4 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Tom Cruise's participation transmutes, as it always does, everything around him, turning the movie's series of false starts, dead ends, and hard lessons into a working metaphor for his own career. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) The nation's problems are right there in plain sight, just as clear as cinematographer Gregg Toland's typically precise deep-focus shots. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2014
1.5/4 14% Blended (2014) The filmmakers only bother to lay out comedic set pieces that are simply family-friendly big-budget variations on Jackass stunts. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
3.5/4 74% Godzilla (2014) In form, it's no wham-bam VFX sizzle reel replete with sputtering, ejaculatory climaxes. It's the magnificently sustained equivalent of Ravel's "Bolero," with nuclear warheads in place of timpani rolls. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 14, 2014
2/4 73% Neighbors (2014) The promo materials implore viewers to vote either #TeamFrat or #TeamFamily on Twitter, though the audience is way more likely to be split between #TeamPecEfron and #TeamByrneBoobsplosion. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 7, 2014
1.5/4 27% Brick Mansions (2014) Only the very charitable would characterize this strain of providence as anything other than dumb, or at least incredibly forgetful. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2014
1.5/4 19% Transcendence (2014) If you programmed an algorithm to figure out how The Lawnmower Man might be retold by Snake Plissken at the conclusion of Escape from L.A., you'd still wind up with a more recognizably human effort. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2014
1/4 46% Rio 2 (2014) The net effect is a shapeless would-be diversion in which things just happen independently, a string of effects missing any cause. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2014
1.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Despite one or two moments of Venture Brothers-worthy fancy, the film is as by-the-numbers as any this series has ever offered. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/4 76% Noah (2014) Once the money shots of Darren Aronofsky's version recede, it becomes ever more clear that his intention is to tackle the capriciousness of Old Testament logic. And, ultimately, to assent to it. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Freed from the burden of starting anew, the film restores the Muppets' rightful place as stars of their own show. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) The film transcends the déjà vu of its borrowed trappings but ironically sacrifices all momentum in favor of a long series of physical tests. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
2/4 79% Exposed (2014) Beyond the forthright identity politics and titillating theatrical misdemeanors, one still comes away wondering about the things that remain concealed. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2014
1.5/4 80% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) The film spent roughly a dozen years in development, and the moronic, corporate detritus from that long time warp is strewn about like so many improbable history lessons. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2014
2.5/4 53% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) With Travis Mathews's help, James Franco's persona forms a kind of symmetry: 1980's dubious homophobia against 2013's risible homophilia. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2014
1.5/4 49% RoboCop (2014) Ultimately the film is, like the Faux News programming it caricatures at face value, a deck-stacking simulation of a dialogue it isn't even remotely interested in opening. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2014
2.5/4 100% The Great Flood (2014) Even in comparatively conventional mode, Bill Morrison's work still benefits from the poetic potential of nature's repossession of its own elements. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Martin Scorsese's keyed-up, irreverent tone frequently fails to distinguish itself from the grunting arias sung by the oily paragons of commerce his film evidently intended to deflate. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/4 49% Black Nativity (2013) For anyone who prefers their assertive homilies to crust over like a syrupy sweet, this loose adaptation of Langston Hughes's beloved holiday tradition will come on like a dream fulfilled. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
.5/4 8% Diana (2013) Are the micro-biopics that don't even bother to provide overviews of their famed subjects' entire lives, but instead lean on the spectacle of celebrity impersonation, the new camp? ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2.5/4 96% I Am Divine (2013) Though it may boil down to your average procession-of-talking-heads template, it's still enlivened by the raucous words from the band of outsiders who supported and launched Divine into the limelight. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2013
1/4 48% Carrie (2013) In focusing on predominately kid-gloves portrayals of her teen players, Kimberly Peirce never properly addresses the machinery behind their doom, which is why the film is relentlessly lifeless when it's not literally ripping off De Palma shot-for-shot. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3.5/4 96% Gravity (2013) Alfonso Cuarón's triumph is an invigoratingly clean, elegant display of action choreography, a La Région Centrale you can still take grandma to see. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
2/4 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) This sequel strenuously works to form a total inversion of the first movie's relationship with food. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/4 92% Le Joli Mai (1963) As he does in his best works, Chris Marker constantly scans the fluctuations of human behavior with the clarity of a poet. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2013
61% The Blob (1988) Isolationism and false security are as much the targets of the '88 model blob as hobos and horny jocks. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Aug 1, 2013
17% The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988) It also doesn't hurt, of course, that she seems to have a dash of Sabrina the Teenage Witch about her. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jul 27, 2013
1.5/4 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) The film devotes far more energy to concept than execution, leaving most of the promising aspects high and dry. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 19, 2013
18% Poltergeist III (1988) At its worst, well, it's just another soulless, hacky-tacky horror sequel. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jun 7, 2013
89% Consuming Spirits (2012) Akin to the Disney version of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Consuming Spirits has moonshine on its rotten breath, but its images are never less than intoxicating. ‐
Posted Feb 8, 2013
2.5/4 No Score Yet San Diego Surf (1968) Here, the glamorous and the infantile cohabitate on a casual level, and frivolity remains the Factory's default mode. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2013
.5/4 3% Playing for Keeps (2012) Gabriele Muccino's film is knee-deep in "don't hate the player, hate the game" territory. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2012
4/4 99% Rosemary's Baby (1968) So long as there are men in power who are still fuzzy on the definition of rape, Rosemary's Baby will endure as a cautionary tale. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2012