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Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Though its parts don't entirely cohere, this is a fascinating, if sometimes frustrating, piece of work-a slow-moving, macabre psychological thriller that, while implausible, casts an intoxicating spell.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
C 39% Wilson (2017) Whatever magic might have existed on the printed page evaporates in a meandering, tone-deaf tale that trades in blunt eccentricity until it succumbs to sloppy sentiment.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
C+ 66% Life (2017) The technical polish and Hollywood star power aren't enough to save the movie from a been-there, seen-that feel.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
C 76% T2 Trainspotting (2017) A stale reminder of what once seemed new and fresh...done up with frenetic dash that reeks more of desperation than inspiration.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
B+ 71% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) A film that challenges you to figure things out rather than have them spoon-fed to you..[a]nd it gives Broadbent...the relatively rare opportunity to shine in a lead role worthy of his gifts. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
C+ 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) While the new version is engaging enough, it's inferior to the original, and so basically unnecessary...apart from the cash flow, what's the point?‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
B 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Manipulative [but] manages to generate a good deal of suspense, and empathy, from a tale based on actual historical events.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
C 35% Brimstone (2017) A grim portrayal of unremitting brutality against women exacerbated by perverted religious belief, whose extraordinary stylishness doesn't entirely compensate for its underlying unpleasantness.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
C- 21% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) A deeply flawed film, as both romantic epic and historical commentary. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
C 33% The Last Word (2017) A sappy geriatric comedy that starts amusingly brittle but quickly goes soft, it's a showcase for MacLaine, but not a happy one.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
C 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Dutifully assembled but ultimately fails to capture the spark needed to turn it into something special. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B- 72% Headshot (2017) Another gritty Indonesian martial-arts extravaganza that offers little food for thought but a steady stream of over-the-top action....there are undeniably plenty of visceral thrills here for fans of the genre. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
C+ 19% Table 19 (2017) No better than moderately amusing, like a decent but forgettable network sitcom.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
B 92% Logan (2017) Gives Hugh Jackman's Wolfie a smoothly-executed but hard-R sendoff that arguably represents the high point of the actor's nearly two-decade run in the role.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
C- 67% Before I Fall (2017) Meretricious hooey...that turns the premise of an endlessly-repeating day into an inane, fatally humorless afterschool special.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
D 22% Collide (2017) If proof were needed that not even a starry cast can save a trashy script, 'Collide' certainly provides it. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
C- 39% Rock Dog (2017) It's terminally bland, the script lacking any sense of surprise or suggestion of edginess; adults will find it utterly predictable, but even tykes are likely to react to the 'follow your dream' message with a ho-hum attitude. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
B+ 99% Get Out (2017) Hits the bull's-eye dead on... Funny, creepy and thought-provoking at the same time, it's a picture that transcends mere genre pigeonholing to become an outstanding blend of different elements.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
D+ 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) Strives for a 'Doctor Zhivago' vibe but falls miles short...the earnest but unimaginative approach results in an old-fashioned romantic melodrama that fails to do justice to the historical horrors that serve as its backdrop. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
D 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A tale so absurd, presented with such ludicrous solemnity, that it becomes an unintentional spoof.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
A- 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) As lacerating a portrait of marriage and family in Iranian society as the one Farhadi presented in 'A Separation,' though of a very different sort.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
D 35% The Great Wall (2017) Zhang Yimou is one of China's (indeed, the world's) most esteemed directors, but with 'The Great Wall' he proves that he can make a big-budget fiasco as junky as any Michael Bay behemoth. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
D 27% Fist Fight (2017) A typical contemporary R-rated comedy, confusing coarseness for humor and nastiness for smarts.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
B 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Fast, funny, and visually spectacular, it's every bit as good as the original 'Lego Movie.' ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
D- 30% Don't Hang Up (2017) Slick but overcooked...a horror thriller that shows some promise but has been tricked up to its own detriment.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
A- 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Passionate yet incisive, moving yet clear-sighted, Peck's impressionistic documentary offers a salutary reminder of how Baldwin so compellingly forced--and indeed still forces--his countrymen to confront racism in their society.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
D 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Flamboyantly trashy fare...resembl[ing] nothing as much as a mediocre puff piece in a slick woman's magazine.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
C+ 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) A thoroughly brainless orgy of fights, shoot-outs, foot pursuits and car chases that should dazzle fans of such fare while leaving anyone who'd like a bit of steak to go with the sizzle cold.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
D- 6% Rings (2017) A grab-bag of inane horror tropes [marked by] a lethargic, sleep-inducing pace accentuated by painfully murky visuals.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
C- 17% The Space Between Us (2017) A bland romance-on-the-run movie that might not actually be based on a YA novel, but sure feels as though it were.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
C 25% The Comedian (2017) A movie that wants to be edgy but winds up as sappy and toothless as one could imagine.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
B+ 96% Neruda (2016) An engrossing blend of poet and filmmaker, of history and art, done up in florid period style.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
B+ 96% Paterson (2016) Even those who have resisted Jarmusch's idiosyncratic style in the past may find themselves drawn to this charmingly offbeat ode to the lift that a touch of poetry can bring to an ostensibly mundane existence.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
C 42% Gold (2017) Buoyed by McConaughey's unabashedly way-out performance, the result is sporadically amusing but inconsistent and, in the end, unsatisfying.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
C- 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Overlong and-apart from a few truly bizarre moments-pretty obvious, it neither delivers consistent laughs nor carries any deep emotional impact. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
D+ 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) The mixture of slapstick, melodrama, and cloying sentiment is tonally jarring, making for a movie that will convince cat people how right they are.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
C 75% Split (2017) Shyamalan has made a horror movie that's cleverer than most, though not nearly as mind-blowing as his fervent admirers will claim.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
C- 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) A gritty but rather pretentious tale of father-son conflict in a backwoods British family. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
B+ 84% Julieta (2016) Perhaps it doesn't equal Almodovar's best films, but compared to trifle like his last, 'I'm So Excited,' it represents a definite return to form.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
D 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Louder, dumber and even more cartoonish than the original-which is saying a lot-and you come out of it feeling as though you'd been trapped inside an explosion for a couple of hours. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
B+ 83% The Founder (2017) Neither hatchet job nor panegyric, Hancock's clever film allows viewers to make up their own minds about Ray Kroc, whom Keaton brings vividly to life in a positively protean performance.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
C- 34% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
C+ 88% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
D+ 23% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
B- 80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
C+ 85% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
C 86% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
C+ 93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
A- 93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016