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Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 87% Annihilation (2018) Consistently tantalizing but also deliberately obscure...You might come out of 'Annihilation' wondering about what you just saw, but the sense of wonderment will stay with you.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
B 84% The Party (2018) Though none of the sting penetrates very deep, it has a degree of punch, especially when the barbed lines are delivered by a cast that savors their every syllable.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
C 82% Game Night (2018) In the end this is a wasted 'Night'...more likely to elicit a grimace than a grin.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
D+ 19% Looking Glass (2018) A sadly muted thrill-free thriller, starring a disappointingly manic-deprived Cage.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
B 81% Early Man (2018) Will obviously appeal especially to soccer-obsessed Europeans, but its consistent strain of genially eccentric British humor should endear it to audiences everywhere.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
B 97% Black Panther (2018) The good definitely outweighs the problematic here, making for a superhero movie that's definitely one of the better examples of the genre though hardly as groundbreaking as some would claim. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
B 71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) A beautifully crafted example of [Ozon's] ability to evoke the slippery, ever-changing dimensions of human experience...has style aplenty, as well as a dreamily enigmatic vibe and a sly mixture of playful sexuality and mordant humor.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
F 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Wants to be a thriller as well as a piece of soft-core erotica, but totally fails as either. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
C- 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The story of Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler is, as Hollande said, an inspiring one that deserved to be told. It's a story, though, that deserved to be told better than Eastwood manages to do.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
B 58% Peter Rabbit (2018) Owing as much to Bugs Bunny (and the slapstick of John Hughes's 'Home Alone' movies) as to Beatrix Potter, it nonetheless retains enough twee British humor to prove moderately fetching.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
D+ 14% Winchester (2018) As far as horror movies go nowadays, it's relatively restrained and stylish, but also pretty silly...merges tedium and absurdity in approximately equal measure. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
B+ 90% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) While the Oscar-nominated film is certainly wordy, sometimes makes its points too bluntly and softens toward the close, it proves a powerful intimate drama with broader overtones.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
B+ 72% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Depending more on words than mayhem, it's a thriller that's somber, slow-moving and quietly heartbreaking.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
C 55% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) In its ponderousness and clumsily didactic dialogue, it resembles the flat-footed Biblical epics that Hollywood churned out in the fifties and sixties, and though handsomely made, contains an extraordinary amount of violence for the family trade.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
C 79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Sluggish and strangely unaffecting...an essentially mediocre tearjerker that is nonetheless notable for showcasing yet another striking turn by a superb actress.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
B+ 69% Happy End (2017) Haneke again looks uncompromisingly on the dark reality of how human beings live, and how their inhumane tendencies will be passed on to their children in ways that might shock even them.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
C 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Drags on repetitiously, its simple narrative unable to sustain the unconscionable length. Despite lots of bombastic action scenes, individual face-offs and self-sacrificial turns,... it lumbers rather than sprints to the finish line.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
C 54% 12 Strong (2018) In its desire to laud the heroism of this small band of Americans in Afghanistan, ignores the overall reality of that conflict, which...seems to have become yet another sad episode in the history of a land often called the graveyard of empires.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
B 84% The Final Year (2018) An interesting but less than spontaneous record of effort and achievement that has been almost completely undone by the unexpected result of the 2016 presidential election.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
C- 21% Forever My Girl (2018) A sappy, mawkish romantic drama....The publicity likens this movie to those made from Nicholas Sparks' books. Unhappily, the comparison is all too apt.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
B 91% Phantom Thread (2018) A strangely cerebral, lovingly fashioned but slightly trashy study of emotional gamesmanship that invites respect for its chilly craftsmanship more than its dramatic resonance. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
A- 100% Paddington 2 (2018) The first movie based on Michael Bond's Paddington Bear books was an absolute delight, and defying the usual laws of sequelitis, the second is equally charming. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
C 58% The Commuter (2018) If you want to enjoy Liam Neeson's latest high-speed thriller at all, you'll have to do more than merely suspend disbelief. You'll have to grab it, smash it into little pieces and toss them into a black hole. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
B 73% Hostiles (2018) Contains some brutal action scenes, but its focus is on character, and while its message is not a subtle one, Cooper's slow, somber delivery of it proves quite effective.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
C- 33% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) May satisfy the most undemanding fans of the franchise by fleshing out Elise Rainier's backstory, but on its own it's just a mediocre haunted house movie...more tedious than frightening.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
B+ 88% The Post (2018) At once a gripping fact-based period newspaper drama and a timely tale of female empowerment in a male-dominated world.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
B 77% The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) While a minor contribution to the Western genre, it offers a clever twist on its tropes.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
C+ 82% Molly's Game (2018) Glitzy and energetically put together [but] ultimately the film represents intricacy without much depth and style without much substance.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
C+ 77% All the Money in the World (2017) One admires Scott's ability to reedit the film in response to circumstances more than the actual result of his having done so, which amounts to a rather thrill-free thriller. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
F 27% Bright (2017) Coming in just under the wire for consideration as the worst movie of the year, this big-budget Netflix original [is] a mess of apocalyptic proportions, a black hole of a movie that sucks all life from the screen.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
A 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) This is, in the end, a simple and beautiful love story-a 'Brief Encounter' that happens to be gay, told with humanity and heart-wrenching truth. It is also, of course, one of the year's very best films.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2017
B+ 89% I, Tonya (2018) Takes a rather sordid episode and turns it into a film of goofy humor leavened with some serious drama and a touch of heart.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
B 51% Downsizing (2017) In 'Downsizing' Payne is, ironically, working on a larger scale than in the past, but his sharply honed focus on human foibles and failings remains intact. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
C- 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Opulent but flat-footed, and loaded down with a series of top-forty style songs that sound like rejects from 'Frozen,' the movie insistently exhorts us to celebrate diversity while itself remaining obstinately commonplace.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
C 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) An unwieldy mash-up of a 1940s-style cliffhanger serial and 'The Breakfast Club' [that] boasts, however, a game cast that gives the material more than it's worth.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B 83% My Friend Dahmer (2017) At once sympathetic in its portrayal of a boy tortured by circumstance and eerie in its presentiments about what he would become, it's emotionally unsettling but strangely moving.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C+ 71% Ferdinand (2017) Isn't unpleasant, but it is episodic and protracted, burying the book's simple message in an avalanche of unrelated clutter.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
B- 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Efficiently manufactured and enjoyable enough but overloaded with action and effects, and sorely lacking the magic that marked the first movies in the franchise. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
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 30% 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+ 91% 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 92% 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 97% 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+ 51% 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 85% 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