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Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 33% Live By Night (2017) Affleck's attempt at an epic gangster saga is a visually handsome portrait of flawed nobility that proves far more flawed than its protagonist. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Jan 13, 2017
C+ 92% 20th Century Women (2017) Essentially an autobiographical coming-of-age movie, one that includes a good many affecting moments but, in the last analysis, doesn't manage to bring them together into a satisfying whole. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Jan 12, 2017
D+ 27% The Bye Bye Man (2017) A grab-bag of hand-me-down horror movie clichés confusedly stitched together without much visual flair...its promotional tagline ...'Don't think it, don't say it' should really be expanded with 'don't see it.' ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Jan 12, 2017
B- 79% Patriots Day (2017) Because of the subject matter...it can't help but have strong emotional impact, even if ultimately it doesn't measure up to Paul Greengrass's 'United 93' (still the touchstone of this genre)-or the previous Berg-Wahlberg films. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Jan 12, 2017
C+ 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Visually imaginative but lacking in narrative magic...a beautifully wrought but curiously sterile affair that probably won't appeal overmuch to either children or their parents. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Jan 5, 2017
C+ 83% Silence (2017) A curiously passionless passion project, a film that treats of great themes without attaining greatness itself. One can admire its ambition and craft, but... it fails to engender the devastating emotional impact it's clearly aiming for. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Jan 5, 2017
C 88% Lion (2016) Designed to be a crowd-pleaser, but after a turbulent, heart-wrenching first act, the second-meant to be touchingly uplifting-instead comes across as rather shallow and pedestrian by comparison. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 26, 2016
C+ 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Tells a genuinely compelling story, but does so in a fashion that too often feels artificial, even borderline sitcomish [though] it's hard to resist the charm of the three lead actresses. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 26, 2016
A- 95% Fences (2016) 'Fences' is historically significant, but more importantly it remains dramatically powerful, and this fastidious yet vibrant film ensures that nothing has been lost in its translation to the screen. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 25, 2016
C- 40% Why Him? (2016) A feeble string of raucous slapstick sequences, embarrassing scatological gags and cheap sexual jokes [that's] likely to leave you depressed rather than cheered. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 22, 2016
D- 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) The symbol of freedom it repeatedly references is a soaring eagle, but the movie itself is a dead duck. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 20, 2016
C- 31% Passengers (2016) A curiously tepid excursion into space, with little humanity and none of the sense of wonder it obviously aspires to. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 20, 2016
B 70% Sing (2016) May not hit the highest note among recent animated movies, but it's an...amiable, fast-moving jukebox musical with a playlist adults will enjoy and enough cheerily colorful critter shenanigans to keep the kids happy. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 20, 2016
C+ 89% Jackie (2016) Whether...this amounts to much more than a bit of tabloidism with pretensions...is open to question. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 16, 2016
B+ 93% La La Land (2016) The swooning, cotton-candy, luxuriantly pastel vibe...has a rather effortful feel, but for those old enough to remember the halcyon days of film musicals, it will be a treat. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 15, 2016
D 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) A totally shameless, crudely manipulative tearjerker, but despite incredibly strenuous effort, it doesn't even succeed on that low level. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 14, 2016
C+ 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Efficiently made...but it comes across as an assembly-line product, an elaborate but fairly conventional action-adventure movie too dependent for its effect on references to earlier entries in the series. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 14, 2016
D+ 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Trying to be wild and crazy, it's mild and lazy instead. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 11, 2016
B 65% Frank & Lola (2016) A steamy neo-noir that builds considerable suspense while throwing a succession of narrative curves. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 8, 2016
C+ 69% Miss Sloane (2016) A slick but superficial tale of crooked politicians and scheming lobbyists in Washington...[with] a pulp sensibility that marks it as a B-movie with aspirations. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 8, 2016
D+ 16% Incarnate (2016) One has to appreciate the effort to tweak the formula, even if the result isn't terribly successful. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 2, 2016
D 11% Man Down (2016) Attempting to be both a truthful psychological study and a tense family-oriented thriller, it succeeds as neither. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Dec 1, 2016
A 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) In the hands of Lonergan and his exceptional cast, the deceptively simple story becomes a shattering tale of shared grief that carries a powerful weight of emotional truth. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 24, 2016
F 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) The worst...The only question is whether it's more rancid or putrid. Decisions, decisions. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 23, 2016
B- 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Youngsters, especially girls, will be captivated by Aisholpan's collaborative triumph with her pet, though others may feel that the film represents the Disneyfication of her story. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 22, 2016
C- 61% Allied (2016) A cornball, cliché-ridden World War II romance that...succumbs to cinematic elephantitis of a nearly risible sort. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 22, 2016
B 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) A mostly enjoyable lark-a character study of a real character, whom Beatty plays to the hilt, with a dash of secondary romance...it has an old-fashioned, shuffling charm that wins you over in the end. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 22, 2016
B 95% Moana (2016) Tweaks the Disney animated template but sticks to its essentials, and does so nicely-it might not be revolutionary, but it's exuberantly familiar. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 22, 2016
B+ 88% Elle (2016) An intoxicating blend of sex, mystery, and violence about an indelible character you'll find it difficult to forget-but would probably prefer never to meet in real life. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 22, 2016
C 71% Bleed For This (2016) Younger's treatment of this inspirational tale is what might be termed a dogged but ultimately rather flatfooted entry in the boxing genre. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B+ 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Surprisingly sharp and insightful and often very funny, but with a strong strain of serious drama in the mix. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 17, 2016
C 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Fails to achieve the balance of sharp satire and dramatic heft that Lee was aiming for. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 17, 2016
B+ 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) A lurid film noir, but one done so stylishly that it transcends the genre. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 17, 2016
C+ 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) A less than magical introduction to the new series...a slightly misshapen piece in which the secondary characters are more immediately appealing than the central ones. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 17, 2016
D- 3% Shut In (2016) There have been many silly horror movies and psychological thrillers lately, but it's difficult to think of one quite as dumb as 'Shut In'...[it] won't scare you, except with its awfulness, but if you need a good laugh it might do the trick. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 12, 2016
B 97% Aquarius (2016) An epic-length study of senior determination anchored in Sonia Braga's ferocious lead performance. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 12, 2016
C- 48% Almost Christmas (2016) It's too bad that so attractive a cast was burdened with trying to inject some fun into such piffle...a far from festive cinematic experience. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B+ 94% Arrival (2016) More brain-teaser than action film, this is an elegantly-wrought piece of thinking-person's science fiction...that plays with convention in unexpected and enthralling ways. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B+ 89% Loving (2016) May feel overly subdued in telling such a major civil rights story in such a low-key fashion, but Nichols' gently intense approach is true to the character of the couple that made history without meaning to. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 10, 2016
A- 98% Moonlight (2016) A searing coming-of-age tale, one that goes well beyond any genre boundaries to resonate in a universal way. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 5, 2016
B 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson uses tried-and-true tropes so effectively that you don't mind how hokey they actually are, and he stages the battle sequences...with such assurance that those craving violent action will be sated. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 3, 2016
C+ 75% Trolls (2016) You might label 'Trolls' as 'F.T.O.'-meaning 'for tots only,' like the Smurfs, though the studio is obviously hoping it can appeal beyond that demo. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 3, 2016
C 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Not strange enough; it has plenty of CGI magic effects, but lacks the cinematic magic that would set it apart from the other franchises in Marvel's increasingly crowded stable. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B+ 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) A rich, intoxicating epic of chicanery and deceit-a puzzle that entangles the viewer just as it does its characters. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 1, 2016
B 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) Provides a fine, if hectic snapshot of the golden years of the band-the triumphs onstage and the brotherly bickering backstage. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Nov 1, 2016
B+ 100% Tower (2016) Maitland's skillful assemblage of material gives his recounting of the terrible event remarkable immediacy while also endowing it with nightmarishly universal meaning. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Oct 27, 2016
C 90% Certain Women (2016) An interesting addition to a distinctive career, but not Reichardt at her best. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Oct 27, 2016
D 19% Inferno (2016) Another heaping helping of hopeless hokum from the team of Brown, Howard and Hanks-a scavenger hunt of historical nonsense and thriller clichés...But you can't complain, since it does advertise itself as hellish punishment. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Oct 26, 2016
C+ 77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) At once homage and send-up...a genially goofy oater that's not quite clever enough to be more than an amusing trifle. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Oct 24, 2016
C+ 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) The unsavory plot permutations of the final reel undercut the promise of the earlier ones....Though a cut above the usual horror fare, this is a step down from Flanagan's previous film, 'Oculus.' ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Posted Oct 24, 2016