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Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 68% mother! (2017) Manages a few effective moments but winds up as less a genuinely creepy haunted house thriller than a silly, self-indulgent allegory about the torments that bedevil the artist as he strives to give birth to a masterpiece.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
C 34% American Assassin (2017) Despite the updating, the movie is essentially a boilerplate action flick following a template that hasn't changed much for decades, and while efficiently made, it holds no surprises.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
C 40% The Good Catholic (2017) A young Catholic priest questions his vocation in Paul Shoulberg's earnest but overly schematic and ultimately ineffectual comedy-drama [that] never really rings true. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
B- 76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) Gruesomely enjoyable period pulp... a flamboyant piece of Grand Guignol. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
B 100% California Typewriter (2017) One of those documentaries that at first seems like just an enjoyable lark about some eccentric people but winds up raising deeper issues about human needs and the creative process. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
D- 8% Fallen (2017) A nearly incomprehensible farrago of the tropes of young adult literature and pseudo-religious myth, hobbled by a trio of uncharismatic leads and exploding at the end with some hilarious not-so-special effects.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
B 85% It (2017) A solid, well-made picture, one of the better King adaptations if not of the very top rank among them, even if its over-reliance on CGI effects grows tiresome by the close.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
D 32% Home Again (2017) Piled high with inanities and cliches...This is a romantic comedy that comes up short in both departments.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
C- 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) This sequel fails to score the hoped-for goal...when Doug Glatt hangs up his skates again as it ends, one can only hope that this time it's for good.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
C- 7% Tulip Fever (2017) In this chaotically assembled incarnation Moggach's tale of romantic intrigue set against the notorious seventeenth-century financial bubble generates little dramatic heat, let alone a cinematic fever.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
B+ 96% Menashe (2017) Poignant, but shot through with welcome touches of humor, it opens a door to an unfamiliar culture, and does so with honesty and heart.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
C- 31% A Boy Called Po (2017) Despite good intentions, this is a disappointing treatment of a subject that deserves better.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B 75% Crown Heights (2017) Tells a sadly familiar story, but it does so well.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
D+ 30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) A wispy, feeble sitcom-quality ensemble piece... what the ellipsis appears to indicate are the humor and heart Bell's omitted this time around.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
C 52% England Is Mine (2017) Has the feeling of a long, turgid prologue to a movie we never get to see.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
C 43% Bushwick (2017) As silly as 'Red Dawn'-either version-working only on the low level of a shoot-'em-up video game.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
B 91% Marjorie Prime (2017) Hardly a rousing crowd-pleaser, but it is a quietly affecting rumination on memory and loss that will touch those willing to watch and listen attentively.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
B- 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) While far more formulaic than it pretends to be, 'Patti Cake$' has enough going for it-including Macdonald-to be worth a look, as long as rap doesn't completely turn you off.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
B+ 88% Good Time (2017) Another intense, convulsive Safdie exercise in urban nihilism, buoyed by a take-no-prisoners turn by an almost unrecognizable Robert Pattinson.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
C 35% Leap! (2017) Inoffensive but bland, a composite that carefully incorporates elements from other movies into what seems a prefabricated construct rather than something imaginative and innovative. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
D 55% The Ice Cream Truck (2017) Whatever ambitions Johnston might have had for the picture, they aren't realized on the screen.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
C- 38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are potentially a good team for a cartoonish action comedy, but the writing and execution here let them-and us-down. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B+ 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Quite simply, one of the most sheerly enjoyable movies of the year....we're lucky to have [Soderbergh] back.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
B+ 84% The Trip to Spain (2017) A visually luscious travelogue and a savory introduction to upscale Spanish cuisine, as well as another delicious joint comedic routine by two masters.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
B+ 99% Whose Streets? (2017) Flush with pent-up anger and pain, but also a major helping of sad resignation, it's both a searing experience and a thought-provoking one.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
C- 10% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) Superior to its predecessor, though still mediocre by the standards of the best family-friendly fare, boasting lots of mindless hubbub but a distinct lack of wit or memorable lines. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
C 78% Brigsby Bear (2017) An excessively precious, quirky little indie comedy with a remarkably sentimental streak.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B 95% Step (2017) An uplifting documentary that's also realistic about the obstacles its subjects face.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B+ 86% Wind River (2017) A taut, brooding procedural with a compelling central character and a startlingly real setting. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B- 69% Pilgrimage (2017) Despite its propensity to aim for the jugular rather than the brain...'Pilgrimage' proves an intriguing attempt at capturing the often contradictory spiritual and material realities of Europe's so-called age of faith.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
C- 30% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) The prettiness of the locations, and of the characters set in them, can't conceal the essential phoniness that permeates the film.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B- 49% The Glass Castle (2017) While one might wish it possessed more of the grit of 'Short Term 12,' the film mostly works as a more traditional kind of family melodrama-Cretton by way of Douglas Sirk.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
C- 68% Annabelle: Creation (2017) The script's incoherence makes the movie feel like a random assemblage of cunningly crafted horror tropes rather than an intelligible narrative.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B- 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) An impassioned follow-up [whose] impact isn't likely to match that of its predecessor, not only because a great many documentaries on the subject have appeared in the intervening years but because it inclines toward hagiography.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
B- 85% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Though a relatively slight tale of a woman who breaks free of a stifling life as a result of an unexpected encounter with her past, 'The Midwife' offers the opportunity to watch two fine actresses joust, and for some that may be enough.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
C- 16% The Dark Tower (2017) There have been worse adaptations of books by King, but this long-awaited one is almost guaranteed to disappoint his many fans while failing to bowl over anybody else.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
C- 34% Kidnap (2017) Berry, Berry bad... the pulpy, preposterous 'Kidnap' is a B-movie that's not elevated from its humble status by the presence of a star whose name still carries a whiff of prestige. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
B+ 92% A Ghost Story (2017) Imbues the horror genre with a rare degree of poetic elegance while ruminating on the nature of time, memory and grief...Lowery's mournful, strangely moving film is likely to haunt you. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
B+ 82% Detroit (2017) It has flaws, but they are faults that can be forgiven in view of the film's sheer cinematic power, as well as its historical significance and topical relevance.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
C- 13% A Family Man (2017) Warmed-over 'Glengarry Glen Ross' mixed with afternoon soap opera...watching the mawkish movie might make you gag on its mixture of bluster and treacle.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B- 76% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) While hardly subtle, honors a man deserving of wider recognition.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
C- 74% Landline (2017) A slender indie sitcom, peopled by characters who are simply annoying rather than quirkily charming.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
C 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) While 'Atomic Blonde' might not be bad enough to be renamed 'Atomic Bomb,' after the preposterous postscript has rolled you might agree that despite all the surface flash, it's a dud.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B+ 99% City of Ghosts (2017) A powerful, remarkable profile of courage under fire.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
C 90% Girls Trip (2017) By trying to be both grossly outlandish and sweetly endearing, the movie is alternately crass and mawkish.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
B 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) A bold, unsettling transposition of Leskov's grim take on a Shakespearean motif-a promising debut for its director and a stunning breakthrough for its star.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
C+ 93% Dunkirk (2017) A disappointment, a visual marvel but one lacking in emotional resonance, the sort of film one respects for its craftsmanship-but feels distanced from.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
D 50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Eurotrash on steroids as only Luc Besson can confect it...a goofy special-effects acid trip in the form of a berserk science-fiction cartoon. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
D 17% Blind (2017) Sappy melodrama, the sort of thing that gives so-called 'women's pictures' a bad name. ‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
C 18% Wish Upon (2017) Though it's actually well-made from a purely technical standpoint, the grim efficiency of the execution can't overcome the essential silliness of the premise.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017