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Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 67% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) It really aims to examine the source of his music's great power - what Coltrane called A Love Supreme was, Scheinfeld argues here, a love of life, which he endeavored to reflect in his music.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2.5/4 77% The Hero (2017) You can feel in The Hero how much Haley wanted to build something substantial for this underused actor.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Can this be done in a way that is not stupefyingly generic?‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
2.5/4 48% Rough Night (2017) These are talented women, and they manufacture laughs here and there, but it's telling and a little inconvenient that the movie's most original, most amusing scenes are of the corresponding bachelor party.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
1.5/4 20% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) Surely, Willis was hoping the movie would be more like Pulp Fiction, less like Cop-Out. No such luck.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2.5/4 66% Cars 3 (2017) Has a too-many-cooks feel throughout, and coheres only in the final minutes ...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/4 84% Band Aid (2017) A down-and-dirty picture of a marriage that's faltering, even as both parties strive mightily (and goofily) to make things work.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/4 90% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Another underdog story, though in this case, the underdog takes the unlikely form of a New York bank that trafficked in dubious mortgages.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/4 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The script by Arteta and Mike White is socio-economically astute, attuned to the language of one-percenters, their biases, the way they are both aware and unaware of them (some echoes here of Get Out).‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3.5/4 82% Megan Leavey (2017) You often have the feeling that simple, truthful stories of the men and women who serve overseas are underrepresented on screen. Not this week.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2.5/4 75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) What is she up to? Probably a more interesting question in 1951.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
2/4 15% The Mummy (2017) It's brisk, competent, and kind of funny for about an hour ... before the sweaty labor of franchise-building starts to kick in.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/4 87% It Comes At Night (2017) Small, vivid moments, squeezed into a small physical and dramatic space, then tightened with a vice of suspense and dread.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/4 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) We don't see too many biopics in this country about guys who think winning isn't everything, the only thing, or even that much of a thing.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
2.5/4 49% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) The star of Paris Can Wait is Diane Lane, with supporting performances by Alec Baldwin, food, wine, Provence, and chocolate.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
2.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) As a period piece made in the spirit of an old-fashioned matinee, Wonder Woman (like the first Captain America) does not have to exhibit the insistent, grim-faced dystopianism that afflicts the recent Superman/Batman movies.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
2/4 48% Churchill (2017) Its succession of Big Moments takes its toll - the movie is exhausted, and so are we.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
3/4 93% Obit (2017) Obit makes the point, through its subjects, that obituaries are not as downbeat as their reputation. They are often, in fact, a celebration of life, and focus on the most productive era of a notable person's life.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) The movie is often incomprehensible, despite the four-person team of writers hired to extract a meatball of coherence from the spaghetti of non sequiturs served up in the most recent Alien movie, Prometheus.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 85% The Lovers (2017) An offbeat comedy that gives us a view of marriage with a new, well - wrinkle is probably the wrong word‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2.5/4 36% Snatched (2017) A merciful, and mostly painless, 90 minutes.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
2/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Ritchie's strategy completely betrays him.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/4 79% Chuck (2017) Chuck is the funny, forgiving, eponymous movie he has earned, one that proves Palookaville is still one of the more interesting neighborhoods in cinema.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
2.5/4 69% The Wall (2017) There is potential here for something spooky and surreal, like A Midnight Clear, but the script feels more like an old episode of the Vic Morrow series Combat.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
2.5/4 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The underdog panache of the original has ebbed, and now begins the tedious world-building and brand-building that becomes necessary when you make $700 million at the box office.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3/4 84% Risk (2017) He is a study in paranoia and contradictions - fanatical about exposing secrets, determined to preserve his own.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3/4 93% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) In the context of today's stymied political trench wars, there is inspiration to be found in Jacobs' example of local activism, original thinking, and rational argument blossoming into useful change.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2.5/4 85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) The animation is at times intentionally crude, but there are interesting touches as well - grasping, inky tendrils of color, psychedelic patterns, some other clever visual ideas.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/4 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) In Norman, Richard Gere gives the most maddening, annoying performance of his career -- all by design.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
2/4 50% The Promise (2017) You can see what the movie is after here - Dr. Zhivago is an obvious model - but George lacks David Lean's command of the epic form, and his movie, while important, strains to match his ambitions.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
1/4 26% Unforgettable (2017) One day (very) soon, folks will be watching it on cable, downing pints of pinot, and groaning at the lurid, eye-popping tactlessness of Unforgettable, which staggers into the minefield of domestic violence like a drunk.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/4 87% Their Finest (2017) A woman has been given a chance to find her voice, and she has given the country a reason to endure another day or week of bombing. It's a movie about battles worth fighting.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) What had been loose-limbed and affable curdles into something unpleasant and disturbing. It left me wondering where the good movie went.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The fate of the Furious franchise is to follow the money, and there is apparently no reason to stop now.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2.5/4 70% Gifted (2017) For everything the movie does wrong (like casting Spencer in the kind of role she has outgrown), it does something right.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/4 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) After the Storm has been described as a movie about a divorced father trying to reassemble his sundered family, but from where I sit, he's not trying very hard.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/4 46% Going in Style (2017) The movie is good-natured, but almost infallibly unfunny.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Nominal questions about the true nature of The Major are stand-ins for bigger themes -- technological intrusion into the human realm, and whether a line can even be drawn between humans and the technology we create.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/4 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) The movie is so dutiful and tactful that it sometimes feels mechanical, constrained by its story rather than inspired by it.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/4 90% Frantz (2017) Frantz plays at times like a parody of an arthouse movie.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2.5/4 16% CHIPS (2017) The new movie version of CHIPS is smart to have jettisoned just about everything about the original, except the basic plot ...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2.5/4 67% Life (2017) Life moves briskly along, sometimes at the expense of logic.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/4 46% Wilson (2017) Woody Harrelson does what he can with the lead role in Wilson, but as movie characters go, his Wilson finishes a distant runner up to the volleyball in Castaway.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2/4 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Assayas has mapped out potentially interesting contrasts here - two worlds colliding, the spiritual and the material. It's a good idea, but not much seems to arise from the way these two realms come into conflict.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
3/4 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The movie becomes - unexpectedly, and unhappily for those looking for another generational anthem - a rueful song about failure.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2/4 45% Song to Song (2017) Song to Song is quintessential Terrence Malick movie; it's a collection of ecstatic images designed to invoke the divine, to affirm the presence of God. Watching it, as usual, requires the patience of Job.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
3/4 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) I think Batra is smart to have shifted the movie's focus to Tony's adult missteps, which after all he's in a position to do something about. And does, in a way that is decent and humane.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
2/4 90% Raw (2017) I did not barf, but I did check my watch a few times.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The "live action" numbers are competently staged by director Bill Condon. But he is unable, in two hours and 15 minutes, to conjure the kind of magic the 1991 movie achieved in 85 minutes.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
2/4 34% The Last Word (2017) The Last Word is a love letter to [MacLaine], but respect would have helped the movie more. She doesn't need the applause - her sharpness, skill and timing are obviously intact.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017