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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 96%

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

"What's fresh about Boyz N The Hood is the contemporary L.A. setting, presented with care and energy by young writer/director Singleton." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Aug 1, 2016
2/4 53%

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

"Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey goes awry, however, in seeking to entertain two different audiences -- fans of Excellent Adventure and the children who have become fond of the TV cartoon based on the successful 1989 original." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Jul 29, 2016
2/4 38%

Pure Country (1992)

"Strait gives an uncertain performance, full of blatantly rehearsed reactions and stoic delivery. It looks like he's reluctant to participate, and you can hardly blame him." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 18, 2016

Concussion (2015)

"Landesman has a weakness for pointedly stirring speeches, and a few scenes trip over themselves. But there is something gutsy and affecting about the movie." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Dec 24, 2015

The Big Short (2015)

"A gonzo crash course on the finer points of finance and fraud, set forth while we absorb the funny, infuriating true story of the men who beat the Street at its own crooked game during the housing bubble." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/4 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"Abrams is a hyper-competent entertainer, and a fan, with an astute understanding of what made the original trilogy appealing." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Dec 16, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"It's shrewd filmmaking - Howard understands he's showing these grisly images to a modern audience that will recoil, but he also manages to convey the justifiable excitement these men must have felt to accomplish a job so dangerous." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Dec 11, 2015

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"The jokes and the visuals carry us to the satisfying conclusion, which closes the circle around classic Pixar/Disney themes of friendship and family." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 25, 2015

Trumbo (2015)

"Cranston is theatrical and showy as Trumbo - his performance seems to come though his cigarette holder." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 25, 2015

Creed (2015)

"A movie that reminds us why we loved the original, made by people who obviously cherish it as much as we do." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 25, 2015

Brooklyn (2015)

"How, with so little surface abrasiveness and such an absence of apparent conflict, does "Brooklyn" maintain its strong emotional hold?" ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 20, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"The movie is grisly, relentless and as pissed-off as Everdeen, now alienated and more focused than ever on bloody revenge." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 20, 2015

By The Sea (2015)

" I spent the hours ... counting the times Jolie's dialogue seemed to arrive in the form of a capsule review. "Am I really this dull?" "Dear Lord, that was painful."" ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 20, 2015

The Night Before (2015)

""Night Before" bumps along in hit-or-miss fashion before finally locating the last refuge of the gag-starved comedy: celebrity cameos." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 20, 2015

Spotlight (2015)

"[A] taut, quietly thrilling investigative procedural, each scene a small marvel of solid writing and acting." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 13, 2015
0.5/4 44%

The 33 (2015)

"Almost fatally conventional." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 12, 2015

Spectre (2015)

"Craig says he's tired of playing Bond, and it shows. He looks constipated. Maybe they should have called it "Sphincter."" ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 6, 2015
3/4 87%

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"The Peanuts Movie finds Charlie Brown still suffering from self-esteem issues, but that figures. He still goes to a five-cent psychiatrist." ‐Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 81%

Labyrinth Of Lies (2015)

"Clunky scenes aside ... Labyrinth of Lies comes at a much-dramatized era in history from an interesting angle ..." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 5, 2015
C 57%

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

"Tomorrow Never Dies is as overproduced as one of Carver's cable broadcasts -- incredibly noisy, flashy and busy without being terribly exciting." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Nov 1, 2015

Room (2015)

"Think of "Room" as "Boyhood" as it might have been made by David Fincher." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 30, 2015

Experimenter (2015)

"This isn't just a director showing off and having fun with an offbeat screenplay. Almereyda is actively challenging us to take a fresh, complicated look at Milligram's research." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 30, 2015

Burnt (2015)

"The food looks great, the cast looks great, the dialogue is reasonably snappy, and the movie is happily shameless ..." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 30, 2015

Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

"The movie's flippant tone flirts with condescension, which Green tries to balance with attention to Jane's idealistic Bolivian staffer (Reynaldo Pacheco), but it's a too-obvious dramatic device." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 30, 2015
2/4 78%

GoldenEye (1995)

"It all feels like a tired walk-through. Brosnan tries, but aside from the accent, he's really not suited to the part." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 28, 2015

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

"This sounds like trashy fun, but it's not." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 23, 2015

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

"I sense something honest in Fukunaga's motives - he wants to put you there, with his characters, to anchor you with a vivid sense of place." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 16, 2015

Steve Jobs (2015)

"Terrifically well-acted by all, sharply scripted by Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle with his usual caffeinated, color-drenched intensity, a nice match for Sorkin's style." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 16, 2015

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"The movie functions as a subtle rebuke of shortcuts our country has taken on its latest global conflict, the war on terror." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 16, 2015

Crimson Peak (2015)

"Where is the humor, the propulsion, the story sense of del Toro's best work?" ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 16, 2015

Pan (2015)

""Pan" over-invests in special effects. This is painfully felt in the movie's endless, noisy and emotionally inert climax, where the characters and story get lost in the digital razzle-dazzle." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 9, 2015

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

""Yakuza Apocalypse" is a movie that is perhaps not meant to be understood so much as witnessed." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 9, 2015

99 Homes (2015)

"The best of "99 Homes" stays with you, as it illustrates a principle one housing-bubble journalist put this way: When the bubble burst, owing money was treated as a worse crime than stealing it." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 9, 2015

The Final Girls (2015)

""Final Girls" eventually loses its way, but the epilogue is funny ... and the blooper reel is worth sticking around for." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 9, 2015

Time Out Of Mind (2015)

"I began thinking more of photography than the characters, a situation possibly made a bit worse by the movie's two-hour running time." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 2, 2015

The Martian (2015)

"An uptempo hymn to human ingenuity, with notes of wit and grit nicely embodied by Damon in his low-key performance." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 2, 2015

Peace Officer (2015)

"Lawrence is persuasive, and well-liked by the camera - folksy, shrewd, meticulous, decent." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Oct 2, 2015
2.5/4 89%

Mississippi Grind (2015)

"The movie is a snapshot collage of flyover America, but also, perhaps, an homage to the soon-to-be-lost world of brick-and-mortar gambling." ‐Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 2, 2015
2.5/4 81%

A Dry White Season (1989)

"That story, unfortunately, is frequently sidetracked as the movie turns instead to gratuitous star cameos by Marlon Brandon and Susan Sarandon." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 28, 2015
2/4 62%

Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993)

"In the closing credits, Harris describes her picture as "the movie Hollywood dared not make." Yet Harris seems to have adopted the Hollywood approach to glossing over tragic social problems." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 28, 2015
3/4 72%

Pawn Sacrifice (2015)

"Maguire ... strikes a consistent and believable note throughout, and never leaves us in doubt as to the severity of Fischer's deteriorating condition." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3/4 86%

A Brilliant Young Mind (2015)

"Though billed as a boy-genius story, A Brilliant Young Mind is really a tougher thing: a movie about the complex emotional lives of autistic children." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 25, 2015

The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015)

"While children of the '60s and '70s may find much that is familiar in "Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution," most also will find something to discover ..." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/4 48%

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

"Director Ball understands action and also casting." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/4 73%

Everest (2015)

"Palpable life-and-death drama." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 15%

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

"Transporter 4: Statham Has Left the Building." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 3, 2015
2.5/4 46%

A Walk In The Woods (2015)

"Redford's too-old-to-give-a-crap demeanor is amusing. Witness his opening TV interview with a doofus anchorman. Nolte, too, has some funny scenes." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Sep 2, 2015
3/4 73%

Slow Learners (2015)

"It's amusing by any standard - the offbeat story of two nerdy lonelyhearts who decide to spend a summer on the wild side." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/4 43%

American Ultra (2015)

"Erratic ..." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2.5/4 89%

Meru (2015)

"The movie leaves you with the impression that the Anker expedition would be the first to reach the peak. This is incorrect." ‐Philadelphia Daily News
Posted Aug 20, 2015
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