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Ethan Alter

Ethan Alter
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
16% Pixels (2015) For anyone over the age of 10, this videogame-derived disaster movie will just be a disaster. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 22, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) The heavily hyped marriage between Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow doesn't always result in comedy bliss, but it does frequently provide the gift of belly laughs. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 14, 2015
81% Ant-Man (2015) The narrative is leaden and lumpy in a way that suggests prolonged script-tinkering. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 13, 2015
95% Amy (2015) What lasting resonance Amy does achieve has less to do with the story that Kapadia assembles and more with the real-life moments he uses as building blocks. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 1, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) A movie that seems to have been made out of obligation rather than desire. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2015
80% ABCD 2 (2015) Like the franchise it's clearly inspired by-the Step Up series-ABCD 2 tricks out simple messages with spectacular dance sequences. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 18, 2015
No Score Yet Redeemer (2015) Offers solid fight sequences, but little else. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 11, 2015
71% The Nightmare (2015) The Nightmare probes its participants' minds without finding anything particularly revealing or, ultimately, that frightening. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 4, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) Tomorrowland has the ragged, jagged feel of a tale that was reworked countless times on the page, during production and in the editing room. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 20, 2015
66% Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015) It's questionable whether Dark Star will create new fans of Giger's work, but for his admirers it at least provides a small window into his everyday world. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 14, 2015
88% Piku (2015) A father and daughter hit the road to repair their relationship, but end up trying the audience's patience. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 8, 2015
10% Just Before I Go (2015) Cox must have seen something in this screenplay that encouraged her to film it, but whatever that critical element was, it's not apparent in the finished product. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 6, 2015
58% Maggie (2015) Thoughtful but uneven attempt to recast a traditional zombie narrative as an Abraham and Isaac metaphor. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 5, 2015
44% Maya The Bee Movie (2015) The film achieves a level of proficient mediocrity early on and hovers there for the rest of its slender running time. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 30, 2015
62% Unfriended (2015) Unfriended proves that you absolutely can make a movie that unfolds entirely on a computer. The question it doesn't answer is why you'd want to. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 16, 2015
93% Ex Machina (2015) Beautifully crafted, but empty at its core. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 6, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart join forces for a fitfully amusing but problematically conceived modern-day version of Trading Places. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 26, 2015
28% Insurgent (2015) The lack of any memorable story elements or overall narrative drive might not be so pronounced if this post-apocalyptic future were even halfway interesting. ‐ NYC Film Critic
Posted Mar 20, 2015
27% Tracers (2015) Tracers gifts the world with the mash-up of Oliver Twist and parkour that it never knew it needed, and will justifiably ignore. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 18, 2015
0% The Walking Deceased (2015) So deprived of laughs (not to mention brains), it makes Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck look like Airplane! or Hot Shots. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 18, 2015
93% The Hunting Ground (2015) The Hunting Ground directly and, at times, bluntly argues its case, appealing directly to the audiences' sense of moral outrage. ‐ NYC Film Critic
Posted Mar 13, 2015
94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) The musicians' memories, coupled with the murderers' row of killer tunes that play on the soundtrack, carry you along and recreate a period in the music industry that's long since vanished. ‐ NYC Film Critic
Posted Mar 13, 2015
83% Cinderella (2015) For a movie that has no reason to exist beyond maximizing Disney's back catalogue, Kenneth Branagh's live action Cinderella is an entirely enjoyable piece of fairy tale theater. ‐ NYC Film Critic
Posted Mar 13, 2015
97% It Follows (2015) There are ordinary homages and then there are high-quality cinematic mix tapes like It Follows. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 12, 2015
55% Road Hard (2015) Comedy plus tragedy equals boredom in Adam Carolla's crowdfunded star vehicle. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 5, 2015
85% Kung Fu Elliot (2015) To borrow a lesson from Stephen Colbert, instead of accepting Kung Fu Elliot as truth, you might be better off approaching it as an illustration of "truthiness." ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 20, 2015
14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Only fans of the first movie will want to make time for this occasionally inspired, mostly tedious follow-up. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 19, 2015
38% Hits (2015) Flat and formless in execution. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 13, 2015
26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Jupiter Ascending routinely seems flummoxed by its own mythology and characters. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 5, 2015
80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) Although moments of playful wit abound throughout, Sponge Out of Water is often so nosily frenetic, it verges on being assaultive.‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 4, 2015
69% Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of (2015) A boldly, baldly opportunistic attempt to aid in the group's return to mainstream relevance. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 29, 2015
16% Strange Magic (2015) Strange Magic is an effective argument against the predominance of computer animation as the current industry standard. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 22, 2015
34% Song One (2015) A glum, pedestrian attempt at a "real world" musical that ultimately feels as artificial as a ritzy Broadway show.‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 21, 2015
29% The Wedding Ringer (2015) Hart himself is his usual affable, amusing self, but if he's set on becoming a comic actor-as opposed to a pure comic-he has to start prioritizing the scripts over the jokes. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4% Vice (2015) Seriously, if a movie ever deserved a "Buyer Beware" rating, it's Vice-the mash-up of Westworld and Blade Runner that nobody wanted or needed. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 15, 2015
53% Little Accidents (2015) Little Accidents strikes the mournful tone of grand tragedy, but the dramatic notes fall flat. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 14, 2015
78% La última película (2015) Película starts to feel repetitious and hermetically sealed, a prolonged joke that's unsustainable precisely because it's targeted at such an ultra-specific audience. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 8, 2015
21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) It's the filmmakers' own lack of imagination that will likely doom this would-be franchise to an early grave. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 31, 2014
51% Unbroken (2014) Jolie has clearly demonstrated she has the chops to shoot a good movie; her next challenge is to make a personal one. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 23, 2014
99% Selma (2015) An impassioned lead performance and timely parallels to contemporary social issues enliven and elevate this otherwise somewhat routine biopic. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 22, 2014
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Up until now, Jackson's movies have fired up my imagination -- this one seems intent on shutting it down. ‐ NYC Film Critic
Posted Dec 18, 2014
74% Inherent Vice (2015) Inherent Vice is confounding, challenging and consistently unique. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 4, 2014
91% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2014) The director's striking choice not to showcase sequences from Miyazaki's filmography underlines her subject's general disinterest in being deified as an icon. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 26, 2014
39% V/H/S: Viral (2014) The majority of the films possess premises that are about as interesting as the execution...which is to say, not very. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 19, 2014
25% Wolves (2014) [Wolves] is a bland bore, with few memorable character wrinkles or filmmaking flourishes to offset its cheap production values and second-rate story. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 11, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) Fueled by a knowing sense of humor and an eye for colorful spectacle, Big Hero 6 is fine, if sometimes too frenetic, family entertainment ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 5, 2014
95% National Gallery (2014) [National Gallery] acknowledges the timelessness of great art while also outlining the hard work and harder choices required to make that timelessness possible. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 5, 2014
35% The ABCs of Death (2013) If The ABCs of Death 2 seems like a slight improvement over its predecessor, that's simply due to the fact that it achieves a more consistent level of mediocrity. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 30, 2014
7% Ouija (2014) One of the laziest, least frightening mainstream horror movies in recent memory. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 23, 2014
43% Young Ones (2014) So despite all that ambition and craft on display, why does the movie feel like such a stiff? That's largely because Paltrow's attention is so focused on big-picture details he takes his eyes off what's happening in the foreground with his characters. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 16, 2014