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Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 36% Glass (2019) May be the fulfillment of Shyamalan's long-gestating dream, but it's a dreary downer for the audience-a portentous, self-indulgent dirge that limps its way to a feeble conclusion.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
C 71% Destroyer (2018) Despite Kidman's bravura performance, 'Destroyer' intrigues without being especially compelling. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
D- 10% Replicas (2019) By the end the entire thing has grown so riddled with plot holes and absurdities that even Reeves's inadequacy has become an afterthought.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
C 56% A Dog's Way Home (2019) So long as the film keeps its focus on Bella and the animals she encounters...the picture is engaging...Unfortunately, there are on-screen human beings...too, and they're a terribly pallid lot.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
C 39% The Upside (2019) Even the chemistry between Hart and Cranston can't rescue the movie's manipulative mixture of farce and sentiment.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
C+ 56% Maine (2018) As a vignette of a casual but potentially life-changing encounter between two dissimilar people it has some charm, though while it delivers a genuine sense of place, it doesn't delve very deep emotionally.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019
D 54% Escape Room (2019) A jumbled mess...a mediocre idea ineptly executed except for the visuals.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
C 74% Back Roads (2018) The morose, brooding film is certainly a change of pace for Pettyfer, but only a sporadically effective one.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
C 55% Asher (2018) The familiarity of its over-the-hill hit-man plot leaves 'Asher' of cable or streaming-service quality, but Perlman's formidable presence makes it watchable on those secondary venues.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
C 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) For a while, the idea works-until things go dark, with unfortunate results for both the characters and the audience.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
B+ 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A thoughtful, visually striking elegy to a beautiful love that's cruelly thwarted by a legal system perverted by racial bigotry...this quietly mournful vision is a perfectly valid take on the novel.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
D 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) This year's Christmas turkey...Despite colorful sets and costumes, it's not a pretty sight to behold, with a witless script by Etan Cohen that loads down a dumb plot with an avalanche of lame jokes.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
B 64% Vice (2018) Sharp and audacious, though also snarky and at times simply juvenile.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
C+ 71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an extraordinary woman, but Mimi Leder's film about her early life is sadly ordinary...more hagiography than nuanced drama.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
C- 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Zemeckis has taken a poignantly unsettling true-life story of a man's struggle against PTSD and turned it into a cloying fable of overcoming all obstacles, overstuffed with the special effects he so obviously adores.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B 64% Aquaman (2018) One of the most enjoyable movies in the so-called DC Universe...its cheeky sense of humor and striking visuals make it a better-than-average example of the genre.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B- 92% Bumblebee (2018) Shows that the franchise about alien robots that turn into cars still has some gas left in the tank.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B 79% Ben is Back (2018) A harrowing trip to the dark side of middle-class American society, offering a compelling depiction of the terrible cost drug addiction claims not only on its immediate victims but their families as well, with excellent performances.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
C+ 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) A sequel that attempts to be a virtual carbon copy of the original, a remake in everything but name-and charm. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
C+ 67% The Mule (2018) It moseys rather than sprints, and ultimately doesn't offer much beyond the opportunity to see Clint Eastwood playing himself in front of the camera once more. For some, that will be enough.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
C 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) This meta-'Deadpool 2' is basically a stunt that might bring the studio a few more bucks but will hardly spread much Christmas cheer-though at least a charity will benefit. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
D 26% Mortal Engines (2018) All the dazzling CGI work is in the service of a story that is, to put it charitably, ludicrous, and characters that are little better than stock figures, flatly played.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
B- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Might be fully appreciated only by extreme fan-boys [but] the dazzling visuals and jaunty verbal attitude should make the movie one that anybody can enjoy, at least in some measure.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
B 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Rourke's take on the Mary-Elizabeth confrontation is unlikely to be the final cinematic word on the subject, but among existing films about the doomed queen of Scots, it's the finest yet.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
A 96% Roma (2018) A rapturous memory-piece, gorgeously shot and hypnotically paced...best experienced on the big screen, where its visual splendor and emotional resonance can be fully appreciated.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
C 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) An ambitious, if flawed, entry in the 'Jungle Book' sweepstakes...a film that never quite finds its footing, ending up as an intriguing misfire.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
B+ 93% The Favourite (2018) An acidic send-up of the whole Masterpiece Theatre genre, shattering its veneer of decorum with icy wit and some utterly scurrilous invention, all in a style mingling flamboyance and surrealism. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
C No Score Yet Unstoppable (Seong-nan-hwang-so) (2018) Kim Min-ho's feature debut doesn't match the best South Korean action movies in either substance or style.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
C 17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Gets about as much mileage out of its thin premise as could be expected, and exhibits some cool visuals along the way; but that's not quite enough.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
D+ 30% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) Joins the multitude of other utterly mediocre attempts to play off the holiday season.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
F 16% Robin Hood (2018) A bizarre, goofy, almost unbelievably awful reworking of the legend [that] belongs near the very bottom in the Robin Hood hall of shame, not just among the worst versions of the story but the worst movies of the year.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B- 59% The Front Runner (2018) Reitman's film gives a decent overview of the aborted Hart campaign, though its point of view is pretty narrow and the overall treatment rather superficial.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
C 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Curiously smug and overly self-aware, [it's] exceedingly busy, but lacking in the heart and humor that were hallmarks of its predecessor.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
C 83% Creed II (2018) It feels more like 'Rocky VII' than 'Creed II,' recycling the old franchise tropes rather than reimagining them in the way its predecessor did.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
C- 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) [Has] plenty of CGI wizardry but precious little cinematic magic.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
B 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Uneven, but it exhibits the brothers' quirky sense of humor throughout, as well as their undeniable filmmaking finesse.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
B- 74% The Clovehitch Killer (2018) Burns slowly, but its restrained approach creates an unsettling mood and generates some genuine chills along the way, thanks to its two fine lead performances.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
B 98% Border (Gräns) (2018) Rich in folkloric and quasi-supernatural elements, it fascinates and surprises in equal measure.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B- 91% Widows (2018) A dark, convoluted tale of crime, corruption, and abuse that's really too overstuffed for its own good but bolstered by a committed cast.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B 81% Green Book (2018) Works as an engagingly old-fashioned, feel-good crowd-pleaser.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B 80% Boy Erased (2018) By avoiding turning exponents of the controversial treatment into monsters while underlining its dangers, Edgerton's film can serve to stimulate debate; fortunately, it's a powerful drama as well.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
C 63% Outlaw King (2018) Though 'Outlaw King' may well appeal to the nationalist sentiments of many Scots, for most others it will be a rather plodding history lesson-one with some factual adjustments for dramatic purposes.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
B 89% A Private War (2018) An honest, warts and all portrait of a woman so driven to inform readers of the mad violence in the world that it cost her her own life.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
B- 81% Overlord (2018) Just a glorified B movie-a silly comic-book action-horror flick made with a substantial budget-but...genre fans will find it a blast, though others will consider it tasteless and crass. (Actually, it's all three.)‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
C+ 58% The Grinch (2018) While bright and shiny and energetic, it also pads the original to its disadvantage, proving once again that bigger and longer is not necessarily better. Jones and Karloff still rule the Whoville universe.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
C 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) By reducing the girl with a dragon tattoo to a more conventional action heroine, the film makes her less interesting and itself more disposable.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
C+ 37% Viper Club (2018) The drama is earnest and well-meaning, but it never generates the emotional wallop it aims for; even the conclusion, which should be shattering, falls short.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
C 94% 1985 (2018) It would have been called groundbreaking had it been made in the titular year, but in 2018 it comes across like a throwback to an earlier time, and not an especially compelling one.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
B- 88% In Search of Greatness (2018) Though uneven and at times overstuffed with imagery and generalization, it offers a useful message for obsessive 'sports dads' to hear.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
B+ 94% Wildlife (2018) An exquisitely rendered chamber drama...that's probing, perceptive and intriguingly allusive.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018