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Erik Childress

Erik Childress
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 43% Ironclad (2011) A certain bloody matinee charm to it, if your idea of charm is brutally graphic combat scenes and well-known faces hamming it up in the downtime between. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 7, 2011
3/4 68% Horrible Bosses (2011) Spotty in its commitment to the darker elements of the material, but damn if this is not an example of actors taking control of nearly every scene and turning it into one of the more consistently funny efforts of the year. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 7, 2011
3/4 36% Larry Crowne (2011) With Hanks sharing screenwriting duty with Vardalos, you can almost make a game out of which characters and plot elements were of her invention and which ones he eventually smoothed out into a comedy that once it gets going is hard to stop smiling at. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 30, 2011
2/4 35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) To get to the much-ballyhooed final act, you have to suffer through a painful 95-minute comedic train wreck of flaunted jingoism and insulting anachronisms. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 28, 2011
2/4 44% Bad Teacher (2011) Has no appreciable arc for any of the characters and if it wasn't for the work of Jason Segel who appears to have shown up with his own script, this would have been an even more brutal affair. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 24, 2011
1.5/4 39% Cars 2 (2011) A hypocritical bore of a film that is fundamentally no different in tone, humor and plot than your average Larry the Cable Guy film. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 23, 2011
3/4 26% The Best and the Brightest (2011) It may dawn on you that the film really only has one, big joke up its sleeve, but like The Aristocrats it finds so many great ways to tell it that the punchline rarely matters. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 16, 2011
2/4 18% The Art of Getting By (2011) Basically a collection of subplots for its lead character to look upon with smug insights while never having the stones to actually resolve any of them until a third act when we are long past the point of caring. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 16, 2011
3/4 33% Kidnapped (2011) Kidnapped proves to be the rule and the exception as writer/director Miguel Ángel Vivas has a few tricks up his sleeves on the fringes of the same old ones. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 16, 2011
1.5/4 26% Green Lantern (2011) Even the most hardcore fans should be leaving the theater saying 'In brightest day, in blackest night, may a really crappy movie escape my sight.' ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 16, 2011
2.5/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2011) Unlike the rather basic idea of Rabbit Hole being spun into other areas of forgiveness and catharsis, Ku's film exists in a bubble that just keeps floating. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 10, 2011
3/4 84% The Tree of Life (2011) Frustration aside, which might be inevitable for those who don't genuflect at Malick's altar, The Tree of Life has an astute elegance to the way it tells its story even if the filmmaker cannot help himself from underlining the thematics. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 3, 2011
3/4 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) There is new hope that the guy originally chosen to close this series has reinvigorated a reboot that could be destined for its own trilogy. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3.5/4 82% Super 8 (2011) In some way Super 8 is the ultimate found footage piece and for once we are not yelling back at the screen to put down the camera. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 1, 2011
2/4 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Whoever was responsible for all but writing out the original's best character, Shifu, deserves the most scorn. With maybe seven minutes and a handful of lines, it ends up featuring less of Dustin Hoffman than the eleventh hour reshoots of Little Fockers. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 26, 2011
3.5/4 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) Easily Woody Allen's most enjoyable work since Small Time Crooks and his most lovely since Everyone Says I Love You. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 26, 2011
2.5/4 64% We Are The Night (2011) The first half-hour boasts real energy and finds new ways to explore elements of the vampire genre. Until the time continued to pass and it slowly dawned that most of its ideas were circa 1987. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 26, 2011
0/4 33% The Hangover Part II (2011) The equivalent of a drunk college student waking up the morning their book report is due and desperately trying to remember what they saw in the crappy movie version. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 25, 2011
2/4 32% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Severely suffers from simplicity, trying to blanket the brain cramps experienced by those who chose not to keep up with many of the unappreciated intricacies of its predecessors. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 20, 2011
3.5/4 90% Bridesmaids (2011) After one bad and surprisingly misogynistic comedy after another written by women, here is finally one that doesn't alienate either sex and should easily garner a standing as one of the funniest films of 2011. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 13, 2011
2/4 82% The Double Hour (2011) The Double Hour would like to fool us into believing that it is really a story about people rather than crime, gimmicks and twists, but it really is just fooling itself. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 13, 2011
2/4 86% Meek's Cutoff (2011) Whatever allegory of pre-feminist roles that Reichardt hopes to achieve is slowly put to sleep along with the rest of the audience with a less-is-less narrative style that, like Meek, is too stubborn to realize how lost it is. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 13, 2011
3.5/4 81% Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) As solid a showbiz documentary as seen of late when it premiered at SXSW and now works as an addendum to the disastrous Charlie Sheen tour which plays more like the I'm Still Here to Flender's equivalent of the Dixie Chicks' Shut Up and Sing. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 11, 2011
3/4 56% A Bag of Hammers (2012) Brian Crano's A Bag of Hammers turns out to be that rare tale that surprises in its maturity while never losing the reality of leopards trying to change their spots. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 11, 2011
3/4 80% Becoming Santa (2011) This is a more honest (and certainly less hokey) manifestation of a true Christmas story; the kind that should be added to the spate of annual holiday fare. Like perhaps on a double bill with Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 11, 2011
3/4 73% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) More a genial satire of the industry than it is a mounting social iceberg. On some level it is a 'duh' topic that you may not learn a whole lot about, but it certainly is fun while it lasts. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 11, 2011
3.5/4 92% Source Code (2011) A film that moves our brains with even bigger ideas lurking just beneath the surface to give us plenty to think over upon leaving the theater. As long as you don't think about it too hard. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 11, 2011
3/4 66% Insidious (2011) Insidious is quite scary and a lot of fun to go along with, as scare scenes are mixed up and played with in a way where I felt shortchanged with Sam Raimi's return-to-roots, Drag Me To Hell. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 11, 2011
1.5/4 15% Something Borrowed (2011) By the end of Something Borrowed, the collective withholding of true feelings is enough to make an audience want to pull the trigger on something else. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 6, 2011
3/4 77% Thor (2011) In your cinematic Marvel rankings, Thor splits the difference between the two Iron Man films. A fine introduction to an arrogant warmonger who becomes a true hero when he decides to defend the helpless en route to a less than stellar and rushed final act. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 5, 2011
2/4 60% Water for Elephants (2011) If loyalists of Gruen's text has their idea of romance and passion defined faithfully by the distant chemistry of the two underwritten protagonists here, then it goes without saying that such fans are already easily pleased. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 21, 2011
2/4 59% Scream 4 (2011) All Craven & Williamson have done is dress down their baby to resemble the lot of unnecessary remakes with no fresh take, personality-free actors and a finale so unsatisfying that one prays for all the dead to make one last appearance to yell April Fools. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 14, 2011
3/5 45% The Whole Nine Yards (2000) Quote not available. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 4, 2011
1.5/4 23% Sucker Punch (2011) As it stands now, the film's idea of treatment is telling rape victims in the moment to go to their happy place and all will be fine. If nothing else, Sucker Punch brings a whole new perspective to what is actually going on inside the head of lapdancers. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 24, 2011
1/4 70% Limitless (2011) it is just one big drug itself that when taken emboldens you with the power to see that Bradley Cooper should not be headlining a film, Leslie Dixon should not be writing it and Neil Burger must never be allowed to helm a major motion picture again. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 18, 2011
1.5/4 83% The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) After getting through its three different climaxes, each one more ridiculous than the last, the film supposedly settles into its moral statement about a man who learned his lesson and is now ready to do pro bono work for drug farmers. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 18, 2011
3/4 71% Paul (2011) A reference-laden road trip/chase yukfest that doesn't quite capture that same Spaced magic but is eventually just so likable it is hard to knock its flaws too much. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 18, 2011
0.5/4 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) The wolf attacks, few and far, are roughly the equivalent of a bedtime story that puts the adult to sleep while the six year-old gives the finger to the monster under the bed for looking so fake. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 10, 2011
2/4 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) For a film that takes inspiration from the same WWII event that helped spawn the screenplay for Spielberg's 1941, it is one that could have used an attack on Hollywood. At least that would have been a little bit of fun. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 10, 2011
4/4 87% Rango (2011) It is only the first week of March and we are still getting over last year's award season. But the race for 2011's Best Animated Feature may have just begun. And may have just ended. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 4, 2011
3/4 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Even as writer/director George Nolfi fails to generate a more far-reaching narrative into the questions it raises, he has helped immeasurably by the kind of chemistry between his two leads that turns audiences into believers. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 4, 2011
2.5/4 34% Hall Pass (2011) Hall Pass is certainly a galaxy-wide improvement over Adam Sandler's latest atrocity, Just Go With It, and funnier than the Farrellys' last few efforts, but like its protagonists it just can't close the deal. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 25, 2011
2/4 46% Drive Angry (2011) The result is a director working within the cozy confines of a gimmick rather than rising to the skill level necessary to pull something this nutty off. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 25, 2011
0.5/4 33% I Am Number Four (2011) I Am Number Four indeed. Cause this is a movie that just took two gigantic dumps on my brain. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 18, 2011
1/4 39% The Eagle (2011) While I did not think it were possible for any film to do a worse job in telling the story of the infamous Ninth Legion of the Roman Empire than Centurion, The Eagle does a pretty bang-up job of achieving that status. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 18, 2011
2/4 74% Dream Home (2010) 20 minutes of creative over-the-top mayhem is not enough to overcome the everyday drama and overstuffed structure, particularly when the punchline to the whole scheme is low-rent Lex Luthor or high-rent Police Academy 6. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 18, 2011
2.5/4 56% Unknown (2011) Once all is revealed, one can picture the screenwriters enjoying a double feature of The Bourne Identity and Total Recall over a large plate of corn. Actual corn, not necessarily of the hackneyed metaphor variety, though that does apply too. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 18, 2011
1.5/4 No Score Yet In Her Skin (2011) The makers of In Her Skin must be prepared to cut a check to anyone who ever read, wrote, made, or saw The Lovely Bones. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 12, 2011
1/4 64% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) If Never Say Never was merely just a gigantic commercial for the fans, it would be easy to dismiss especially as the cult of Bieber begins to fade with age. But this is an infomercial for the lottery mentality we have in this country. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 12, 2011
3/4 77% Cold Weather (2011) Cold Weather is not near the kind of Marlowe-esque throwback to an era of tough guy speak that Brick was, but it never wanted to be. It is more about wannabes not quite sure what they wannabe. ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 12, 2011