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Gary Thompson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 87% 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 90% 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 48% 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 86% 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 79% 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 64% 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 94% 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 44% 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 58% 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 88% 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 68% Life (2017) Life moves briskly along, sometimes at the expense of logic.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/4 40% 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 80% 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 91% 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 33% 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
3/4 92% Donald Cried (2017) Much of the movie's can't-look-away appeal rides on Avedisian's impressively detailed, internalized portrait of left-behind Donald - he wrote the character, directed himself, raised the $150,000 it took to make the movie.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/4 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Director Jordan Vogt-Robert delivers one fresh and imaginative surprise after another, cleverly framed, nicely paced ...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3.5/4 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) It's a lovely little animated film, but it is French, so at any moment its cast of 9-year-olds can suddenly start talking about sex.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
2.5/4 92% Logan (2017) Logan is not really asking us to consider the plight of vulnerable children, it's encouraging us to get off on it.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/4 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Land of Mine is a fictionalized version of a neglected piece of postwar history, detailing the often-ruthless practice of using WWII German prisoners to defuse land mines.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/4 66% Before I Fall (2017) There is something irresistible about this device, and something about the feedback-loop narrative that is particularly well-suited to movies, with their unique ability to fracture and reset time.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/4 99% Get Out (2017) It's clever stuff. Still, while I admired the conceptual daring of the movie, I confess I was never actually scared.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
27% Fist Fight (2017) The fight itself is actually well-staged - several minutes of inventive physical comedy. The stuff that precedes it - an hour or so of low-hanging raunch -- may leave you feeling more beat-up than upbeat.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) Will be best enjoyed on Saturday morning, served with Froot Loops.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) I'm not sure what Verbinski was after here -- a glimpse at oppressive European feudalism as a template for modern finance and rule by the 1 percent?‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) I kept thinking how awesome it would be if the trilogy would conclude with a Lego Shades Movie. Lego Christian pouring massage oils on Lego Anastasia, engaging in some light Lego masochism.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The movie functions as an affectionate Hollywood house satire of the genre -- one of the most consistently inventive since Airplane!‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
91% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The original and this sequel succeed in part for the way they give all of this mayhem an inventive context ...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) The only good thing to come from this is the opportunity for Gary Oldman to impersonate space travel impresario Richard Branson, and even that gets old fairly quickly.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
60% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
88% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
42% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
77% 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
74% Trumbo (2015) Cranston is theatrical and showy as Trumbo - his performance seems to come though his cigarette holder.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
95% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
97% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
70% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
33% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015