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Gary Arnold
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71% Phantasm: Remastered (2016) "Phantasm" will not be remembered as a masterpiece of the horror genre, but it sustains a gauche, hokey, desperately improvisational charm.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
60% Bustin' Loose (1981) An inconsistent but good-natured ramble, "Bustin' Loose" looks like a secure investment for Richard Pryor fans.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
No Score Yet The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979) The flimsy material leaves director Gilbert Moses few resources to exploit off the basketball court.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
76% Brubaker (1980) ... a vivid, entertaining and shamelessly manipulative "crusading" melodrama about the impact of a reform warden on a barbarous penal institution.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
57% Jaws 2 (1978) While it lacks the originality, wit and character interplay that gave "Jaws" an exceptionally appealing impact, "Jaws 2" is proficient enough to avoid bombing out.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
11% The Blue Lagoon (1980) "The Blue Lagoon" is a plump sitting duck, waiting to be roasted by sarcastic spectators.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
86% Moscow On The Hudson (1984) "Moscow on the Hudson" lets a potentially wonderful comic hero--and a great deal of thematic suggestiveness--slip away while ostensibly following his process of self-discovery and self-realization in the Land of the Free.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
38% Firestarter (1984) Even before it begins laying waste to the reputations of cast members, "Firestarter" is promptly exposed as a derivative embarrassment of a conception.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
71% Urban Cowboy (1980) There's no denying that this film ends up as a counterfeit endorsement of the so-called simpler so-called values.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
58% Cujo (1983) "Cujo" no doubt presented fewer difficulties for a novelist than it does for a movie director.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
63% History of the World---Part I (1981) ... an entertaining mishmash of skits which finds Mel Brooks back in lively form, both for better and for worse.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
54% Mommie Dearest (1981) "Mommie Dearest," the film version of Christina Crawford's poison-pen memoir of her adoptive mother, Joan Crawford, looms as wretched excess.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
87% Superman II (1981) What seems to have been lost is the straightforward heroic exuberance of the original film, despite Reeve's gallant and endearing efforts.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
44% Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) ... you find yourself chewing over "Laura Mars" after the lights come up. Unfortunately, it's the kind of chew that leaves your jaw feeling tired and your mouth tasting sour.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
No Score Yet Diabolo Menthe (Peppermint Soda) (1977) Although a respectable and occasionally beguilling first feature, "Peppermint Soda" lacks a certain fizz and staying power.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
17% Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) ... a premeditated embarrassment. ‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
78% Bronco Billy (1980) Formally speaking, "Bronco Billy" is a turkey.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
No Score Yet Fraternity Row (1977) If the content interests you, the movie's faults, obvious as they are, may seem forgivably superficial in the long run.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
No Score Yet It's My Turn (1980) "It's My Turn" promises to inspire a higher percentage of blank stares, stifled yawns and "so whats" than any other recent fiasco.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
75% Testament (1983) A dreadfully earnest but fatally uninspired effort to compress the aftermath of an epic catastrophe, massive nuclear war, into a small-scale family memoir.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
No Score Yet Robert et Robert (1978) Lelouch must have had the masterful comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Sacha Guitry somewhere in the back of his fluttery mind while inventing "Robert et Robert," but he never achieves a magical light touch.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
83% Straight Time (1978) There are authentic, gripping elements in the firm. An overwhelming starring performance could have unified those elements emotionally.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
100% Harlan County, U.S.A. (1977) Suffers from some makeshift structural devices and occasional lapses of judgment, but it's an ardent, absorbing work of partisan documentary film-making.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
64% Cloak and Dagger (1984) "Cloak & Dagger" is never as adept or perceptive as you'd like it to be, but it's got what members of the critical fraternity traditionally characterize as "a little something."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
50% Times Square (1980) Until something more objectionable hits the fan, "Times Square" will suffice as the new movie most worth ducking.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
50% Bad Timing (1980) Since the brief but fairly blunt sex scenes earned the movie an X rating anyway, it seems even more self-defeating to choose a leading man incapable of projecting a forceful sexuality.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
30% The Exterminator (1980) Glickenhaus has enough skill to generate intense kinetic excitement out of trumped-up pretexts.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
No Score Yet The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980) Offers a provocative and amusing impression of the facts and myths surrounding the mass recruitment of women into the industrial work force during World War II.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
44% Back Roads (1981) You come out of "Back Roads" feeling more familiar with the configuration of Sally Field's spinal column and chestbone than the character she's struggling to embody.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
No Score Yet Kravgi Gynaikon (A Dream of Passion) (1978) The movie never ceases to be entertaining at some level.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
86% Xala (1975) The major problem with the film is that the exposition is not nearly as clever as the premise. After warming to the idea behind the movie, one tends to cool off as it trudges toward a resolution.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
No Score Yet Firepower (1979) Audiences in the Mood for action-packed junk are not cheated by "Firepower." If it's gratuitous, it's also energetic, an animated example of yahoo wish fulfillment.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
72% Julia (1977) The crucial problem is that there's so little sense of urgency about anything the filmmakers do.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
60% The Turning Point (1977) One is reminded anew of the satisfaction to be derived from waiting for something to be done the right way.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
77% Agatha (1979) A surprisingly glamorous, intoxicating entertainment.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
97% Body Heat (1981) There's no mistaking the fact that Kasdan loves the tawdry genre he's working in.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
71% Seems Like Old Times (1980) The utterly inane tone and lackluster presentation of "Seems Like Old Times" conspire to diminish the personality resources and comis skills its costars do command.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
74% Foul Play (1978) One recognizes the romantic comedy impulse behind the sexual sparrings of Hawn and Chase. It's the execution that leaves everything to be desired.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
81% Private Benjamin (1980) "Private Benjamin" seems coarse, sluggish and interminable as a comedy scenario, but the profoundly depressing aspect of it is that Goldie Hawn appears to be receding as a comedienne and emerging as a boss lady.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
73% City of Women (La città delle donne) (1981) In a flash Fellini establishes a humorous dream state that is then sustained with remarkable zest and ingenuity for the duration of the ride.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
No Score Yet Le Casanova de Fellini (1976) An ordeal rather than a pleasure, a spectacle that cries out to be endured rather than enjoyed, "Casanova," may be the perfect consummation of the distasteful conception Fellini had in mind.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
No Score Yet American Hot Wax (1978) If you can believe what you see in "American Hot Wax," the only person in the New York record business taking bribes in 1959 was the janitor at Freed's radio station.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
No Score Yet Sandakan Hachibanshokan Bohkyo (Sandakan No. 8) (Brothel No. 8) (1974) A soberly inspirational chronicle of suffering and endurance, evoking elemental, heartfelt emotions without going simpleminded or mawkish.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
87% Kagemusha (1980) "Kagemusha" is such a gratifying come-back picture for a justifiably revered filmmaker that one feels churlish harboring certain reservations.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
100% The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin) (1958) Kurosawa's calculations pay off in thrills and clever character delineation. The trials of the journey impose heroic imperatives and bonds of loyalty that ennoble even the meanest characters.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
85% The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro) (1981) You find yourself wondering what it was in Truffaut that ever appealed to you. It seemed to be something genuine, and now it seems lost.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
82% The Man Who Loved Women (L'Homme qui Aimait les Femmes) (1977) Whatever the cause, "The Man Who Loved Women" is suffering from an acute case of the insipids.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
60% Love on the Run (L'Amour en fuite) (1979) "Love on the Run" is such a self-derivative triviality that a substantial percentage of the running time is devoted to excerpts from the previous Doinel films.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
78% Vivement dimanche! (Finally, Sunday)(Confidentially Yours) (1983) Truffaut evokes such a pale reflection of the prototypes he's copying that the results might be more accurately described as noir blah.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
43% La Chambre Verte (The Green Room) (1979) "The Green Room" may deserve a special place in the annals of misbegotten literary adaptations.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017