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Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 40% Big Kill (2018) An amateurish attempt to recycle old Hollywood clichés...John Ford mimicked by inept wannabes.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
B+ 74% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett's finely tuned film provides a deeply felt coda to a story that has become ever more relevant over the course of the hundred-plus years since it happened.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B 79% Halloween (2018) A surprisingly successful attempt to recapture the effect of Carpenter's now four-decade-old classic in more modern terms.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
C 71% Galveston (2018) A sort of modern film noir peopled by flawed figures with bleak prospects, one that offers a pervasively downbeat ambience but not much dramatic insight.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
C- 44% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Might pass muster as inoffensive eye-candy for the pre-teen set, but it certainly doesn't improve on its mediocre predecessor, or bode well for any future installments.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
C 72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A movie trying so hard to be cool that it winds up as nothing more than a flamboyant but empty exercise in self-indulgence.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B 88% First Man (2018) An ambitious if uneven attempt to do justice to both an American space triumph and the complex man at the center of it. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B+ 80% 22 July (2018) A painfully truthful account of how fanaticism can suddenly rupture the placidity of modern life, requiring both reason and resilience to deal with the physical and psychological damage.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B 84% Museum (Museo) (2018) If the film isn't entirely of a piece...-its tonal shifts are far too great for that-it exhibits spurts of brilliance that make it well worth watching.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
D+ 30% Venom (2018) This odd blend of buddy flick and superhero movie-sort of like 'The Incredible Hulk' merged with 'Upgrade'-proves as unpleasant to watch as Venom is to look at.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B 96% The Hate U Give (2018) Has a whiff of the afterschool special to it, but though not without faults it embraces a welcome degree of complexity in conveying a timely message.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A modest but engaging tale of larceny and late-life love, based on a true story...If it does prove Redford's final film as an actor, it provides him with an ingratiating exit from the stage.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
C 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Perhaps this is one of those songs that's been sung once or twice too often.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B 86% Colette (2018) An intelligently written, finely appointed, expertly acted biographical drama in 'Masterpiece Theatre' mode.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
B 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Though it can't escape a certain episodic, picaresque tone, it's held together by a strong cast and a propensity for finding amusing grace notes for them to play.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
B 98% Science Fair (2018) If you affectionately recall Jeffrey Blitz's 2002 National Spelling Bee documentary 'Spellbound,' you will probably have a good time at the equally engrossing 'Science Fair.'‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
B 91% Kusama: Infinity (2018) [A] visually elegant, emotionally engaging documentary...that celebrates [Kusama] as a person as well as an artist.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
D+ 40% Hell Fest (2018) A straightforward slasher movie of the old school [that] keeps the gore level to a merciful minimum, but offers little suspense or excitement to compensate...for the most part this is pretty dull going.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
D- 28% Night School (2018) As flat and generic as its title...a limp comedy that comes off like a cruelly extended episode of a bad classroom-based network sitcom.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B- 68% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) Rarefied fare, but it is notable for treating religious themes in a serious, non-dismissive way, and though the ending may strike some as an example of sleight-of-hand that doesn't quite work, even that can't undermine its ambitions.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B 69% The Children Act (2018) A subtle, multifaceted and genuinely moving drama.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
C 75% Smallfoot (2018) A decidedly mixed bag, interesting in some narrative respects and technically strong but hobbled by mediocre songs and one especially irritating character.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B 80% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) While 'Fahrenheit 11/9' is undoubtedly a polemic, it's one that casts its net wider than you might expect, and in his rumpled, shambling, entertaining way Moore makes points that are well worth considering.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
B 88% Love, Gilda (2018) A warm, affectionate tribute to a comic star whose light went out too soon, bringing together a wealth of archival material and contemporary accolades, all tied together in a fine package.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
C- 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) This cluttered, busy but dispiriting family movie is like an extravagant cinematic fun house equipped with everything money can buy, except the fun. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
C+ 64% Lizzie (2018) Adds a new twist to the Borden murder mystery, as well as another fine portrayal of its presumed guilty but acquitted perpetrator; but that's not enough to enliven the old story sufficiently to make it truly compelling.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
D 11% Life Itself (2018) A pretentious, sappy drama of interlinking stories [that] will have its intended tear-jerking effect only on viewers who remain convinced that Forrest Gump's observation about chocolates is an earth-shaking profundity.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
B- 90% We the Animals (2018) There's undeniably a precious quality to Zagar's artsy coming-of-age tale, but he also manages to make it an affecting portrait of a childhood at once dreamlike and nightmarish.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
C- 44% Lost Child (2018) Tries to have things both ways, raising supernatural overtones while trying to remain grounded in reality, and it doesn't succeed in maintaining the delicate balance that combination requires. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
B- 59% White Boy Rick (2018) Has a potent message about how the drive to fight crime can lead to questionable tactics and miscarriages of justice, but it rather stacks the deck in delivering it. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
C- 93% Mandy (2018) A revenge tale so wildly extravagant that it seems positively deranged...For Midnight Movie types, 'Mandy' will be an answer to their prayers; for everybody else, Cosmatos' flamboyant fever-dream will be an excruciating, stomach-churning nightmare.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B- 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Hardly the equal of the Coens' neo-noir films, but thanks to savvy direction and very capable stars it brings sufficient smarts to the party to remain enjoyable even through a goofy final act. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
C 33% The Predator (2018) A big, loud, snarky, garish, testosterone-saturated, nearly incoherent cartoon...[but] that might be enough to satisfy a lot of viewers.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
D+ 13% The Basement (2018) A very minor addition to an ugly horror subgenre.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
C 50% Age of Summer (2018) Far too bland to be at all memorable, but it's a harmless growing-up-on-the-beach tale that families can watch together, though it would be more at home on a kids' cable channel than in a theatre.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
D 9% Peppermint (2018) By pandering so shamelessly to its audience's worst instincts, 'Peppermint' delivers a double dip of mindless 'Death Wish' carnage, leavened with sappiness, that would have made even Charles Bronson's Paul Kersey blanch.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
D 10% God Bless the Broken Road (2018) Rams home its message without the slightest shred of subtlety, in the process turning its characters into caricatures and sacrificing honest drama for cliché-ridden sermonizing.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
C- 26% The Nun (2018) Will undoubtedly draw in audiences hooked on the franchise, but on its own it's a pretty standard-issue example of religiously-based gothic horror. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
B+ 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) In an era when most romantic comedies try too hard, it's a pleasure to encounter one that's content to coast along so agreeably as 'Juliet, Naked.' ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
C+ 65% The Little Stranger (2018) One can admire all the craftsmanship that went into 'The Little Stranger,' but in the end its impact is as wispy as a ghost.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
D 26% A.X.L. (2018) When all is said and done, you're left with the nagging question: why didn't they just re-release "Monster Truck" instead?‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
B- 54% The Bookshop (2018) Thanks to the expert craft contributions and the delicious turns by Mortimer and Nighy, Coixet's 'Bookshop,' while not as sharp as it might have been, is still worth a visit.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
C 59% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) Though writer-director Emmanuel Finkiel has made a valiant effort, 'Memoir of War'...is dedicated and respectful but rather chilly and remote.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
C 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) It can be seen as a cinematic experiment, but for most viewers one suspects it will be a failed one.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
B 85% The Wife (2018) Ends in revelations that strain credulity; ultimately the story feels schematic rather than real. But..it affords an opportunity for some remarkable actors to give award-caliber performances.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
C 30% Kin (2018) Will probably serve as a promising calling card for the Baker brothers, but by attempting to cover so many genre bases in a single outing, it eventually stumbles due to an overabundance of half-baked ideas and the lack of a decisive resolution.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
C 93% Searching (2018) A missing-person thriller that holds your attention for awhile simply because of the unusual way it's told, but by the end it's literally gone over a cliff into narrative absurdity.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
B 60% Operation Finale (2018) Overall this is an engrossing account of a truly amazing espionage operation. The story has been told on screen before...but this is certainly the best of the lot.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B 92% Support the Girls (2018) Like the joint at its center, the movie is somewhat untidy and rough around the edges, but Bujalski's affection for the characters comes through.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
D 41% Arizona (2018) Takes a feeble premise and runs it into the ground. One has the feeling that theatres showing it will be as empty as the failed housing development where it's set.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2018