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Gary Dowell

Gary Dowell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Silence (2017) Much as he did with The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun, Scorsese reflects upon matters of faith with artistic courage and finesse. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jan 12, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One is one of the best Star Wars flicks to date -- as well as the grittiest, darkest, and most grounded. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Dec 13, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It proves there's still new ground to tred in J.K. Rowling's magical world -- for now, at least. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Nov 18, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker's ambitious telling of Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt is a timely movie; it's also a missed opportunity, a tepid tale hamstrung by Parker's limited experience and the constraints of biopic filmmaking. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Nov 4, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's a blunt-force, but highly effective treatise on the horrors of war as well as those who rise above the brutality to maintain as much humanity as one can on a battlefield. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Nov 4, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Lacking in the tongue-firmly-in-cheek melodrama that made Gone Girl such twisted fun, it telegraphs its handful of twists well before the halfway mark and then proceeds to drag itself to a half-hearted conclusion. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Oct 7, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) Adam Wingard's sequel/reboot Blair Witch is really just a remake in disguise, bogged down by a bad case of 'same thing, just more of it'. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Sep 16, 2016
40% Morgan (2016) Scott and company have created tight little throwback to old-school sci-fi and horror movies about the dangers of playing God. It's still a gruesome potboiler at heart, but it's one that strikes some effective chords. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Sep 2, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) LAIKA Studios continues its streak of smart, idiosyncratic, and quirky animated features with the stunning Kubo and the Two Strings. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Aug 18, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) One of the most effective parables about religion ever filmed. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Aug 18, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) There are so few surprises that, frankly, a few vampires would have been a welcome touch. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Aug 18, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) Alas, the result is a surprisingly disjointed mess. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Aug 5, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) The movie is open-ended enough to allow for another installment, but what's the point if our hero has nowhere left to go, no more dark personal secrets to uncover, or nothing left to say? ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 28, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) It's still a fun ride thanks largely to casting. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 20, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Less pompous than Greystoke but more cartoonish than Disney's 1999 animated version of the material, The Legend of Tarzan is pretty to look at but ultimately hollow and occasionally shoddy. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 7, 2016
78% The Shallows (2016) A fun piece of throwaway cinema, The Shallows is a sleek, beautifully shot, and mostly satisfying thriller that plays it smart and simple, only faltering by opting for a schlocky climax. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jun 30, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) You can tell there is a lot of heart and effort that went into the making of Warcraft, which makes its artistic failure as a would-be fantasy epic all the more depressing. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jun 23, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) A gritty, cynical, hilarious, and mostly satisfying bit of L.A. noir, Shane Black's The Nice Guys sees the bad boy writer-director make a slick return to his signature brand of buddy action comedy. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted May 26, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Civil War's conflict is earned rather than contrived. It's the culmination of tense friendships and strained egos that Marvel has cultivated for years. The stakes feel real, which gives this comic book spectacle more heft than the genre usually deserves. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted May 6, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) Muddled, aimless, indecipherable, and shallow, Terence Malick's Knight of Cups is one of the most insufferable slogs in recent cinema. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Mar 18, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Goodman is responsible for most of the film's tension. Over the years he's demonstrated a knack for playing likable and sinister, funny and serious, but not often all of those at once and rarely with the force he does here. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Mar 18, 2016
53% Triple 9 (2016) If it had been more lurid or more ridiculous, Triple 9 would at least function as a guilty pleasure. Instead, it's a poor man's Heat. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Mar 4, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) A slap-happy valentine to the Technicolor heyday of Hollywood that lands somewhere between the trippy brilliance of The Big Lebowski and the goofball parable of O Brother, Where Art Thou? ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 12, 2016
81% The Revenant (2015) Equal parts beautiful and brutal, it's easily one of the most unsettling films of the past few years. It's also one of the best. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 12, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) Deadpool may be the comic book movie spoof to end all comic book movie spoofs. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 12, 2016
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Watching Jackson and Russell play off one another as instant best frenemies is a hoot, and a little depressing: Why did it take so long for such a pairing to happen? ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Dec 29, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) J.J. Abrams keeps the plot moving at a brisk pace that keeps the viewer from overthinking it until after the credits roll, but not so brisk that we can't relax and enjoy the ride. And what a ride it is. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Dec 21, 2015
43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) The dialogue is dull, and the visuals are so slathered with mediocre CGI that they feel thoroughly phony. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Dec 16, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Part 2 feels like it has a sense of direction that was lost after the first movie, and it's enjoyably more action-heavy. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Dec 11, 2015
24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) The only time the movie comes to life (so to speak) is during its climax, when Victor succeeds in bringing his creation to life and must deal with the subsequent rampage... After slogging through 100 minutes of tedium to get there, it's hard to care. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Dec 11, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) While Spectre is far from bad, it is likely to frustrate many fans, especially given its unenviable position of following on the heels of the near-perfect Skyfall. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Nov 12, 2015
84% The Walk (2015) Zemeckis borrows [Man on Wire's] heist movie aesthetic, but also widens the scope a bit and throws in a touch of whimsy. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Oct 8, 2015
94% Sicario (2015) The film is visually and aurally stunning. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Oct 8, 2015
73% Everest (2015) Spectacle film-making with a purpose, Everest is a welcome throwback to the testorone-heavy adventure flicks of past decades. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Oct 8, 2015
74% Black Mass (2015) It's a familiar formula - most crime movies are these days - but in this instance it's well-done formula. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Sep 24, 2015
43% American Ultra (2015) The idea is sound -- stoners turn out to be super-agents and wackiness ensues -- but the passion is so lacking and the execution so slack that it feels like everyone involved wanted to be somewhere else. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Sep 10, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) It's a brisk, smart, fun action comedy that takes the premise of the 1964-68 TV series, replaces the dated campiness with effortless cool, and dresses it in slick '60s period detail that makes Mad Men look amateurish in comparison. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Sep 10, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) It starts off as an '80s-esque whiz kids sci-fi adventure, veers into some mild high-tech body horror thriller territory during the middle act, and then stumbles into an underdone generic comic book movie action climax. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Aug 13, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) It comes as a pleasant surprise that the series' cartoon spy-fi lunacy still plays. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Aug 3, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) It won't necessarily re-ignite [Apatow's] career, but it does remind us of what he can do. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 31, 2015
25% Terminator Genisys (2015) [It] is the first of a planned trilogy; as such, it makes the same mistake as Amazing Spider-Man 2 and other over-confident blockbusters: It assumes that a sequel is a foregone conclusion and punting its loose ends downfield to be sorted out later. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 8, 2015
63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) So much of the movie feels like leftover unused vignettes from its predecessor strung together to feature length and tossed out for public consumption. It's like your favorite band got together one more time, and then spent the tour playing B-sides. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 8, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) It's slickly packaged, but below its surface Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a preachy, chaotic jumble of themes and style at odds with itself from the get-go. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jun 23, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) The darn thing is truly scary as hell. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jun 23, 2015
66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Luckily, Pitch Perfect 2 retains the musical verve that made the first film so great. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted May 27, 2015
93% Slow West (2015) An alt-western with plenty of quirk but little bite, John MacLean's Slow West is a wasted opportunity kept afloat by a bevy of skilled actors. It goes for a revisionist approach to the genre, but misses the mark. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted May 27, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) It is fair to say that Fury Road will raise audience expectations to the degree that every producer and studio chief with an action flick tentpole scheduled for this summer will soon be reaching for the painkiller of his or her choice. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted May 27, 2015
32% Chappie (2015) Chappie, both the character and the film itself, is a clunky amalgam of mismatched parts. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Apr 7, 2015
79% Furious 7 (2015) 7 disappoints a little because it doesn't go off the rails enough, especially in comparison to the last two movies. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Apr 7, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) A smarter spoof than Austin Powers, and free of the over-seriousness of the Bond movies, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a much-needed fresh take on spy fiction. ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Mar 2, 2015