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Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 93% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Johnson and Abrams movies live dutifully in the universe of the original George Lucas trilogy - after the Phantom Menace trilogy debacle, it's what fans claim they wanted.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1.5/4 32% Wonder Wheel (2017) Otherwise, the move shows evidence of Allen's late-career bad habits: The script plays like an unedited rough draft, or the work of someone who no longer has anyone to tell him he needs to try harder.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
1.5/4 32% Wonder Wheel (2017) A very sloppy piece of work, apart from the cinematography, which is pretty, and the Mills Brothers songs, which are fantastic.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 94% The Disaster Artist (2017) Funny and alarmingly factual. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/4 94% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist really hangs on James Franco's performance. He's an uncanny mimic of Wiseau's legendary accent and mannerisms, but what he really nails is Wiseau's complete lack of self-awareness.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 100% Quest (2017) There are biographical documentaries, fortunate to the point of being blessed, that start as fly-on-the-wall journalism and luck into better-than-fiction narrative twists. The remarkable Quest is one of them.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3.5/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) In fact, we think we know Mildred as a classic American movie type - a deeply wronged person on a relentless quest for justice. Because she is righteous, and because she is Frances McDormand, we are reflexively with her in this.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Heavy borrowing, massive spending, and large amounts of food. Maybe he did invent Christmas. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 50% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) An uneven movie elevated by Denzel Washington's distinctive performance.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/4 97% Coco (2017) In general Coco is the kind of first-rate technical production you expect from Pixar. On the other hand, it often feels more frantic than exciting, and it counts on moments of humor that often do not materialize.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 73% Last Flag Flying (2017) Last Flag Flying lacks the casual, lived-in realism you usually find in a Linklater film. You don't buy the men as long-separated pals, and so you don't really buy the premise the connection that caused Doc to seek out these men is not visible on screen.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) The movie is a coming-of-age tale, but it's also a story of loving, warring mother and daughter at the point of separation, presented by Gerwig with great affection and skill, to hilarious, and moving effect.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/4 86% Wonder (2017) A movie that succeeds as a tearjerker, if you can withstand those pushy moments (and there are a few) when it kind of makes you want to hate kindness.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/4 97% Mudbound (2017) Rees does a skillful job making us feel these inequities as they take place over time and become the fabric of lives, the basis of the assumptions people make about race and culture - the way things are.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/4 40% Justice League (2017) Now it's time for another dour Zack Snyder DC Universe movie, so bring your long face.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2.5/4 87% Novitiate (2017) There are times when Novitiate tests the viewer's endurance - it's a beautifully shot movie, but it runs more than two hours, and lingering compositions of silent nuns and novitiates start to feel unsupported by the story.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Murder on the Orient Express is a buffet, occasionally tasty, supplied by actors offering unlimited servings of ham.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2.5/4 87% Novitiate (2017) A different and less interesting movie might have framed Cathleen's desire to become a nun as an adolescent spite - a way of punishing her mother for a broken marriage and a storm-tossed adolescence.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh the actor finds a nice balance between Poirot's colorful flourishes and his moral seriousness. Branagh the director gives the movie the same balance, and wants the audience to have as much fun as the actors, which is true more often than not.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor has always been the most laughable of the Avengers, and Waititi's approach means we don't have to pretend to take seriously the insane mythology about outer-space Vikings ruling over nine galactic realms.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor has always been the most laughable of the Avengers, and Waititi's approach means we don't have to pretend to take seriously the insane mythology about outer space Vikings ruling over nine galactic realms.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The characters don't register as real. Stephen's dilemma - he must choose to sacrifice someone he loves - carries no real emotional weight. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/4 84% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Blade of the Immortal is flat-out gorgeous. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2/5 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Fans can best enjoy the movie the way the bad moms make the best of the holiday: lots of alcohol, lots of forgiveness.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2.5/4 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck, for all of it's child-in-danger plotting, has a warmth that points (along with the title) to a safe and sentimental conclusion. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) It's a good, quiet performance by [Miles] Teller, and also by [Haley] Bennett - her Saskia is welcoming but wary.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1.5/4 29% All I See Is You (2017) [Marc] Forster does some interesting visual work here to suggest the perspective of a person who is (legally) blind, but in general, when your thriller requires the heroic intervention of an ophthalmologist, you're in trouble.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1.5/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) If there is a way to join these elements together, Clooney has failed to find it.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1.5/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) The monumental misfire Suburbicon sinks to the bottom of a big pool of talent.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1.5/4 29% All I See Is You (2017) Forster does some interesting visual work here to suggest the perspective of a person who is (legally) blind, but in general, when your thriller requires the heroic intervention of an ophthalmologist, you're in trouble.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 95% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project, though, dances deftly around kitchen-sink realism and instead looks at this pastel world through the eyes of characters too young to know, or care, that they aren't rich.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 95% The Florida Project (2017) [An] engaging, humane little movie ...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
1/4 8% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman registers both as a bad thriller and a kind of anti-tourism ad that makes you never want to go to Oslo.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
1/4 8% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman is reminder that movies are hard to make, highly collaborative, often chaotic, and hundreds of things can go wrong. Here, everything did.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 89% Only the Brave (2017) It's rare to see such imaginative energy expended to tell the stories of 'ordinary' men.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) And poor little Tilston, who plays Billy, is stranded on screen for far too long, left to dazzle us with his range of exactly two facial expression - frozen happiness, frozen disappointment.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 89% Only the Brave (2017) Screenwriters Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer work with intersecting themes of fatherhood, fallibility, rehabilitation in a way that is obviously complementary but never corny.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) If the Oscar went to the movie with the most tweed (and at times I think it has), Goodbye Christopher Robin would win hands down.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 83% Marshall (2017) I don't know if Chadwick Boseman can leap tall buildings in a single bound, but the superman of biopics certainly has a knack for towering figures.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/4 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) [Marston] was a man of confounding contradictions, and the job of presenting them eventually proves too big a job for the movie.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 83% Marshall (2017) Marshall overcomes some early stiffness and flat-footed storytelling and evolves into an engaging courtroom drama, where witness-stand theatrics and Perry Mason flourishes give the movie needed narrative momentum.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) The actors make the most of Baumbach's lively script. Hoffman shrewdly resists any sentimental gesture that might redeem Harold, Sandler reminds us he can act when he wants to, and Stiller displays his skill at the comedy of exasperation.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 98% Dina (2017) [An] affectionate and uncommonly intimate portrait of two people on the autism spectrum in a romantic relationship.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/4 61% The Foreigner (2017) It's Chan doing what he does best, and it's an effective variation on the Taken formula - Quan using the self-serving logic of the terrorist against him. No laws, no rules, no limits on the escalation of violence.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/4 33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) The move works reasonably well as a thriller, but falls apart in other areas. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
2.5/4 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Battle of the Sexes is almost by definition predictable - the outcome of its title tennis match is well known - but there was one scene that made my jaw drop.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 87% American Made (2017) It's all punctuated with the famous [Tom] Cruise grin, which hasn't changed since Risky Business‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/4 64% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria & Abdul is Dench's show.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
2/4 82% Brad's Status (2017) For a movie that presents itself as formally inventive, developments in Brad's Status are a little too easy to guess.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/4 94% Stronger (2017) [Tatiana] Maslany is first-rate in this role. ‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017