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Gary Thompson

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% Creed II (2018) The rift is part of the rather transparent and predictable structure of Creed II, which feels more like an indifferent Rocky sequel than a movie with the reinvented dynamism of Creed. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) The movie is better at showing Rice (Sara Paxton) as a woman trampled by the press stampede - ditto Hart's wife Lee, played elegantly by Farmiga.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 81% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family has more heart than laughs, but enough of the former to squeak by.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/4 91% Widows (2018) The premise is a borderline gimmick, but director Steve McQueen invests the movie with enough grit... to draw us in.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 83% Green Book (2018) It's a funny inversion of Driving Miss Daisy, and beautifully played by both actors.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Death emerges as a theme - first as a punchline, then as a chilling presence.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/4 59% Outlaw King (2018) Pine, up to his chain mail in mud, just looks tired.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 85% Boy Erased (2018) The structure is lucid and effective.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
87% A Private War (2018) Pike plays Colvin as selfless, but also a woman who would have pitched a drink in your face for calling her that. The movie takes Colvin's cue.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 93% Wildlife (2018) It's a bold and borderline eccentric performance by Mulligan.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Fact-based and funny...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 88% In Search of Greatness (2018) Polsky... consults with experts including Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, and Pele, all of whom are vexed at the current state of things and advocate for a less-structured system that promotes initiative and creativity.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 62% Suspiria (2018) In the end, there's nothing as chilling as the scene featuring Timothee Chalamet and the apricot in Call Me By Your Name.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 91% The Price of Everything (2018) The uneasy relationship between art and money... is explored with wit and verve...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2.5/4 76% Mid90s (2018) It plays like a sort of updated Our Gang, if Spanky and the lads had used obscene and forbidden language.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) A chronicle of emotional exhaustion that offers more exhaustion than emotion.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/4 68% The Happy Prince (2018) There is the feeling of period detail and atmosphere in search of emotion, and repetitive scenes of Wilde and Bosie blowing what little money they have on champagne start to grow tiresome.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 61% The Oath (2018) I also liked the willingness of The Oath to stick its nose into the ongoing civility/rage debate...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 88% First Man (2018) The movie quotes JFK as saying the United States chooses to go to the moon not because it is easy, but because it is hard - First Man show us just how hard.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Phoenix has a way of drawing most of the camera's energy toward him, but Reilly, in his own mysterious and quiet way, can hold his own with anyone, be it Ricky Bobby or King Kong.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/4 29% Venom (2018) As a superhero movies go, it's generic in a way that recalls the pre-Avengers bad old days (Green Lantern, Green Hornet, Jonah Hex) - without any personal style, unique tone, or interesting atmosphere.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/4 95% Private Life (2018) Jenkins manages to find a bleak sort of humor in all of this, but the heartache of the situation is achingly close to the surface.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) The movie is mostly smart, and shrewd, and Stenberg is, in a word, terrific.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) For the movie to work, the music has to be believable as commercially viable entity, and for the most part it does.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2/4 29% Night School (2018) Story-wise, Night School is going through the motions.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/4 98% Science Fair (2018) It takes the classic Hoop Dreams/Spellbound approach to the material, introducing us to an appealing roster of characters, a mix of favorites and underdogs all chasing a dream.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/4 70% Assassination Nation (2018) There are diminishing returns by the time the movie reaches its bloody conclusion.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 70% The Children Act (2018) The Children Act wanders into the tricky space created when what is moral and what is legal diverge, and law is made to suffice.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2.5/4 97% Blaze (2018) He wrote and sang eloquently of love and its longtime companion loneliness. Blaze touches on the experiences that informed that material.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2.5/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) One theme emerges strongly - the rank and file have a drive sometimes missing from cautious party and labor leadership.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) In the sharp-elbowed arena of competitive mommying, no one is safe, an idea that A Simple Favor examines over arched eyebrows and mixed drinks, with mostly amusing results.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/4 65% The Little Stranger (2018) You come to share Caroline's disenchantment with Faraday, played by Gleeson as a humorless pest and busybody.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) You could probably predict with some accuracy how the relationships play out. But it's the details here that count, and they paint a substantive and truthful picture of middle age, and the way it is acquainted with regret and failure.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 84% The Wife (2018) It's Close who nearly rescues The Wife, grabbing control of it in the crucial final moments, managing to transcend the script to suggest a more complex portrait of Joan, whose life choices form their own narrative, with their own reward.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/4 30% Kin (2018) We grant the movie wide latitude to be goofy. It's meant to be out there. Even by those lax standards, though, Kin tries the patience.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 59% Operation Finale (2018) Kingsley's version of Eichmann... [has] the darting eyes of an animal alert to danger, and projects a malevolent intelligence that suggests a cornered and dangerous predator.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3/4 92% Support the Girls (2018) [Hall] brings a unifying strength and emotional substance to a movie with a scruffy-charm comic tone and rambling episodic structure.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 91% We the Animals (2018) Surely the most lyrical work of cinema to feature an AMC Pacer.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/4 23% Mile 22 (2018) Wahlberg's frenetic line readings don't sound like some genius' rat-a-tat stream of consciousness. They sound hysterical, high-pitched, and silly. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The filmmakers probably counted on the natural charisma of Moretz to make up the difference, but it doesn't suffice, and Cameron, for a YA heroine, remains frustratingly hard to read.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 81% Alpha (2018) An involving, old-fashioned outdoor adventure story, the sort Disney used to crank out just about every week back in the 1960s and 1970s, augmented here by newfangled and up-to-date special effects.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy and a fairy tale, and it helps to keep the latter in mind as you ramp up suspension of disbelief to necessary levels.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/4 45% The Meg (2018) A cheerful pastiche, unpretentious and efficient, and the giant shark, when it finally shows up, is a pretty good special effect‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The title promises something of a biography, but I left the movie wanting to know more about Stallworth. We know what he did, but getting a deeper read on the man proves elusive.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2.5/4 82% Puzzle (2018) Khan and Macdonald make it watchable.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/4 45% Generation Wealth (2018) Some of the testimony is laughably unreliable.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 100% Night Comes On (2018) Night Comes On isn't a docudrama, but it's informed enough to give us a sense of the obstacles facing young women like Angel.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Bawdy, bloody but only sporadically funny...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham... ends up making a movie about internet immersion that ratifies the importance of human contact.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2.5/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) [A] feeling of spontaneity and the admirable nuance... defines most of the movie.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018