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Gary Dowell

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
77% 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
29% 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
91% 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
54% 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
82% 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
85% 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
75% 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
42% 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
26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "The movie as a whole has a generic, lazy quality to it. Which is shocking, considering the source. Even Cloud Atlas was far more ambitious than this. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 9, 2015
80% Black Sea (2015) "It's a great setting for putting a group of people under intense mental and physical pressure, one that director Kevin Macdonald and screenwriter Dennis Kelly put to excellent use in Black Sea. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 4, 2015
34% Blackhat (2015) "With Blackhat, pulp-film auteur Michael Mann takes a stab the sub-genre, and if he can't do it then no one can. So apparently no one can. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jan 29, 2015
96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "Easily the most powerful, compelling, devastating, and just plain blunt film about slavery ever made, Steve McQueen's adaptation of Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, 12 Years a Slave is a raw and searing indictment. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jan 13, 2015
60% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "At this point it's fair to say that Jackson's weakness for narrative bloat has now officially defeated him. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jan 6, 2015
72% Big Eyes (2014) "The wild true story behind the movie is so bizarre that it is impossible for the movie not to grab one's attention, and Burton isn't content to coast on the premise alone. Still, it feels smug and heavy-handed. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jan 2, 2015
74% Inherent Vice (2015) "Sure, Inherent Vice never fully takes on shape, but it's not really supposed to. Accept that when you sit down to it, and you'll enjoy the contact high. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Dec 17, 2014
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "Visually sumptuous but otherwise hollow, Ridley Scott's take on the Biblical tale of Moses could use a little more wrath of God to perk it up a bit. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Dec 17, 2014
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Jennifer Lawrence is the only actor of her age equipped to convey Katniss' burden. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Nov 21, 2014
77% Rosewater (2014) "Taking the path of least resistance, the result is a missed opportunity, a lightweight approach to some very heavy material. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Nov 21, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "A messy but intriguing and enjoyably warped slice of modern film noir as only Los Angeles can flavor it. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Nov 3, 2014
77% Fury (2014) "Ayer makes a stab at spinning the cliches here and there, and largely succeeds in taking a contemporary approach to old material. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Oct 23, 2014
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "Unfortunately, the long-awaited sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill doesn't prove to be worth the wait. Whereas the first film was kitschy, ambitious schlock, its sequel is a monotonous, shallow, parody of its predecessor. " ‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Oct 17, 2014
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