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Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D+ 0% November Criminals (2017) Little more than a glorified afterschool special, and the fact that it's strongly cast only adds to bewilderment about how it went so wrong.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
C 32% Wonder Wheel (2017) Has a derivative feel, overly reminiscent not only of fifties Broadway drama but of some of Allen's previous pictures...while it probably won't bore you, it's likely to leave you with a feeling of déjà vu.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
B+ 94% The Disaster Artist (2017) While it doesn't match the brilliance of 'Ed Wood,' it's a mightily enjoyable, and equally affectionate, tribute to a misguided moviemaker.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
B+ 86% Darkest Hour (2017) From an historical point of view, there are aspects of Wright's film one might debate, but, capped by Oldman's strong performance, it's one of the better recent films about the great British statesman.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
A 95% The Shape of Water (2017) A wondrous adult fairy-tale played out with impeccable cinematic control...a magical and moving experience.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
C 50% Kepler's Dream (2017) An innocuous if rather bland family movie that should appeal especially to teenage girls [but] it would be more at home on the Hallmark Channel than at a multiplex.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
B 100% A Bad Idea Gone Wrong (2017) This little would-be heist comedy proves an engaging trifle-nothing more than an extended sitcom, but a pretty good one.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
C 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) An exercise in calculated sentimentality...like a box of colorful candy, much too sugary and not at all nutritious.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B 96% Coco (2017) There's a lot about 'Coco' that feels familiar...but the visual splendor certainly makes it an enjoyable confection, with the Latino ambiance an added bonus.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
C+ 50% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) It's undeniably enjoyable to watch Washington sink his teeth into such a florid role [but] as a whole the picture feels manufactured rather than authentic and the plot goes haywire in the final act.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
B+ 99% Lady Bird (2017) A coming-of-age film that stands head and shoulders above most in that popular genre... smart, incisive and emotionally satisfying, ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
C 86% Wonder (2017) Tugs at the heartstrings so insistently that you might well leave it feeling assaulted rather than uplifted.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
B+ 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Cunning and surprisingly moving...may be burdened with an unwieldy title, but it advertises one of the year's most compelling films.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B- 40% Justice League (2017) Surprisingly enjoyable... visually too dark, and it's hobbled by a villain who's a crashing bore, but it adds a welcome dose of humor to what had been pervasive grimness, and some promising new characters as well. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B 87% Novitiate (2017) Though it takes a few melodramatic shortcuts, the film is a generally shrewd, thoughtful portrait of life in a cloistered Catholic community at a moment of radical change in the Church.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
C- 18% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Ho-ho-hum...offers little holiday cheer.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
B 81% The Square (2017) A sly parable of white privilege brought low.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
B 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh's remake of the Christie classic is enjoyable enough, but it's not a patch on Lumet's 1974 'cavalcade of stars' version.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
C 73% Last Flag Flying (2017) Well-meaning but pedestrian.... Too often...things ring dramatically false, and what is meant to be deeply moving is bathetic instead.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
B+ 99% Jane (2017) An engrossing, beautifully made documentary about a truly remarkable woman, and a fitting tribute to her contribution to the work of wildlife preservation.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
C+ 54% LBJ (2017) A fairly standard-issue political docu-drama that's likely to hold your interest without being especially enlightening or vivid.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B+ 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) [Has] a comic spin even in the action scenes... in a genre that often seems more intent on pummeling you into submission than giving you a good time, its light, breezy approach is a breath of fresh air.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
D 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) The adjective is part of the title, but it also serves as a pretty fair description.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
D 29% All I See Is You (2017) A failed experiment, a dull tale of a marriage driven on the rocks by a medical miracle that is not enlivened by some visual tricks.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
B+ 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) An engrossing modern variant of the doom-laden tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides, exerting a hypnotic effect even as it makes you intensely uncomfortable.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
A- 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Cinematic artistry of a high order...This deliciously artificial, intricate tale of lives intersecting in surprising ways will leave most viewers moved and delighted.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
C- 28% Suburbicon (2017) A misfire in virtually every respect...Tonally the picture is a mess rather than a satisfying blend of disparate moods.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
B 95% Human Flow (2017) Sometimes too beautiful for its subject...but Ai Weiwei's artistry doesn't obscure the size or urgency of the problem on which he focuses...the great human tragedy of our time.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
D- 13% Geostorm (2017) A preposterous blend of cautionary tale..., cheesy over-the-top disaster epic and goofy political skulduggery that is almost bad enough to become a camp classic.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
C- 25% 6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain (2017) Sincere but flatfooted...survival story. The truth was no doubt uplifting; the cinematic fictionalization turns it into rather a bore.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
C- 8% The Snowman (2017) Atmospheric but chaotic, a ponderous, hazy parade of red herrings and misdirection that winds up with a totally implausible, psychologically simplistic denouement that wouldn't be out of place in a TV crime procedural.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
C+ 89% Only the Brave (2017) A decent, well-crafted film, but ultimately more workmanlike than inspired, though one has to commend its commitment to authenticity while regretting its periodic lapses into domestic melodrama.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
C- 65% Breathe (2017) A sappy tearjerker, so shameless in its employment of manipulative clichés that at times it seems almost a parody of the genre. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
C 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Neither scary nor funny enough to survive even to Halloween.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B 82% Loving Vincent (2017) [A] mad, marvelous enterprise...The sheer beauty of the individual frames goes far to compensate for the narrative bumps.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
C 33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) The ponderous title, unfortunately, is appropriate to a film that is not only lethargic and unexciting but will be a muddle to anyone who doesn't bring a pretty good knowledge of the Watergate affair to the theatre with him.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
B- 61% The Foreigner (2017) In many respects a fairly conventional paternal revenge movie, gussied up with some oddly anachronistic political machinations, but it's well-made and offers its stars some chances to shine.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
B 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Turns an edgy, quite radical tale...into a rather blandly conventional crowd-pleaser, but in its glossy, unthreatening way it's still reasonably engaging.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
C+ 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Fitfully amusing, overly shrill and preciously titled comedy-drama. Though it definitely overstays its welcome, however, [it] does have one redeeming feature: a delicious performance by Dustin Hoffman.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
B 83% Marshall (2017) A portrait of the jurist as a young man [that] resembles a good made-for-cable movie, and in Boseman and Gad it boasts a strong team.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
B+ 98% Lucky (2017) 'Lucky' is a small film, but it has a big heart, as well as a performance that in many respects acts as a summing-up of Stanton's long, remarkable career.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
C 47% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) Some curmudgeonly critics-like this one-will have a hard time enduring the saccharine taste of 'My Little Pony,' but the series' legions of fans-and those legendary 'bronies'-will probably be enchanted by it.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
B+ 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) An improvement on the original-a thoughtful, visually striking, emotionally satisfying continuation of Scott's celebrated but rather muddled film.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
C+ 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) The authentic locations war against a hokey storyline. Though the stars are attractive, 'The Mountain Between Us' represents too high an accumulation of implausibility to swallow.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
B+ 64% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Remarkably satisfying, a piece of period entertainment that is old-fashioned in the best sense-elegant, refined, and beautifully executed.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
D 5% Flatliners (2017) The message of this remake of the 1990 thriller is that one must own up to his mistakes. If so, the makers and cast of the new 'Flatliners' need to apologize immediately. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
D- 18% Woodshock (2017) Proof positive that skill in designing dresses does not ensure an ability to fashion a good film...so opaque, repetitive and dull that few viewers will have the patience to endure the entire thing.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
B 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) A solid lob, but not the grand slam one might have hoped for.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
B- 87% American Made (2017) Though this over-the-top Cruise-Liman combination is sporadically amusing, its raucousness often comes across as desperately frantic rather than satirically telling....For what it is, though, it earns a marginal pass.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
C- 23% The Wilde Wedding (2017) Harris seems to be striving for a 'Smiles of a Summer Night' vibe as the characters interconnect, flirt and (all too frequently) break into song, but it proves very short on the smiles part. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017