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Greg Maki

Greg Maki
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 88% Jackie (2016) ... A mesmerizing picture that stays with you after the lights go up, but it's not one to be enjoyed. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 23, 2016
D+ 40% Why Him? (2016) It's awfully difficult to root for Laird, though, when Franco plays him as he does every role in every broad comedy in which he appears - as an unfiltered, foul-mouthed buffoon. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 21, 2016
C- 31% Passengers (2016) The narrative choices defeat an intriguing premise, impressively sleek production design and appealing cast, leading to one of the year's bigger disappointments. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 21, 2016
A 93% La La Land (2016) Throughout the entirety of its running time, the film is alive like no other I have seen this year, reveling in its heightened reality and a pure love of cinema. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 15, 2016
A 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) As the kickoff of a new phase of "Star Wars" on the big screen, "Rogue One" is a smashing success, showing there is a lot more to this galaxy than lightsabers and Skywalkers. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 13, 2016
C+ 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) As outrageous as "Office Christmas Party" appears on the surface, it's actually a rather tame, safe entry in the growing sub-genre of raunchy Christmas comedies. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 9, 2016
A 95% Moana (2016) This is the best animated film I have seen since "WALL-E" (2008) and one of the best movies of the year. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 22, 2016
B+ 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Redmayne gives a tender performance that quietly infuses the movie with a lot of heart. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
A 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Garfield is absolutely mesmerizing at the heart of it all, giving a performance brimming with naiveté that becomes steely determination and, finally, something more - a shining light in humanity's darkest moments. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 4, 2016
A 90% Doctor Strange (2016) "Doctor Strange" looks and feels almost nothing like the previous 13 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or any other comic book movie. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 2, 2016
B 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) ... Plays like a page-turner, slowing down only briefly before momentum demands more action. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Oct 21, 2016
B 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) ... A fiery, powerful debut picture by writer-director-producer-star Nate Parker. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Oct 13, 2016
C+ 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) With her boozy slur and the black holes in her memory, Rachel is the definition of "unreliable narrator," and the story works best when it unfolds from her blurry point of view. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B 59% Bad Moms (2016) It's a film about women that doesn't exclusively cater to a specific audience. It feels long overdue. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 29, 2016
A- 56% Jason Bourne (2016) ... We might not need Jason Bourne, but I'm certainly not going to complain that he's back. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 28, 2016
B 73% Ghostbusters (2016) ... A perfectly acceptable addition to the franchise. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 21, 2016
B 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) ... What it lacks in originality - it's basically "Toy Story" with animals - it makes up with laughs and charm. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 21, 2016
D- 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates," an alleged comedy, has almost no connection to reality ... ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 21, 2016
C 75% The BFG (2016) Spielberg and his screenwriter ... fail to give the story any dramatic urgency. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 21, 2016
A 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) After spending two movies getting back on its feet again, "Star Trek" has rediscovered its heart. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jul 21, 2016
A- 69% Central Intelligence (2016) Johnson completely commits to his role, infusing his character with such sweetness and sincerity. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 17, 2016
A- 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) ... Builds off its 2013 predecessor in all the best ways and is the best pure horror film I've seen in years. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 16, 2016
D 28% Warcraft (2016) ... So much money on the screen but nothing resembling passion or genuine inspiration. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 16, 2016
C+ 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) For a movie populated by talking animals and even more outlandish characters, it displays a surprising lack of imagination. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B- 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) In a world in which our comic book movies have become dark and serious almost to the point of self-parody, reaching a zenith with this year's "Batman v Superman," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" is a refreshing breath of levity. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B+ 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) It probably doesn't need to run two and a half hours long, but at least it's a case of too much of a good thing. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted May 4, 2016
B 76% Keanu (2016) ... Key and Peele are such a strong comedic duo that they're always able to seize control of the movie just when it seems to be slipping away from them. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Apr 29, 2016
D 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Mirror, mirror on the wall, who decided a follow-up to "Snow White and the Huntsman" was needed at all? ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
A 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Set in the most immersive fictional world the movies have seen since "Avatar" (2009), Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book," an update of Disney's 1967 animated favorite, is an instant classic. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Apr 15, 2016
A- 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Fans have waited a long time to see these two icons on the screen together, and "Batman v Superman" is as big and bold as this momentous occasion deserves. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 23, 2016
A- 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) It's unclear where the action is leading, and that's a large part of the movie's fun. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 11, 2016
B 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) ... It's far from a lightweight, whimsical romp. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Mar 4, 2016
D- 53% Triple 9 (2016) "Show, don't tell," the old saying goes. "Triple 9" does neither. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 26, 2016
C- 14% Ride Along 2 (2016) ... Offers more of the same - to diminishing results. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
B 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) ... It's nice to see the brothers devote their time and energy to something this fun. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
B+ 61% Race (2016) ... Worthy of its deceptively complex title. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
A- 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) ... A genuine crowd-pleaser that earns all the good will it engenders. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
A 84% Deadpool (2016) Reynolds ... gives the best comedic performance the genre has ever seen ... ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Feb 7, 2016
A- 81% The Revenant (2015) ... A challenging, exhaustive experience. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 8, 2016
B 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Even with its flaws, "The Hateful Eight" is worth the time investment it requires. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Jan 7, 2016
C 60% Joy (2015) It feels like Russell and Annie Mumolo, with whom he shares the story credit, never quite cracked Joy's personal journey to the point where it would be enough to carry the film on its own. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 24, 2015
B- 60% Concussion (2015) Smith, with a convincing African accent and without his usual stylish cool, is in top form, reminding us he's an actor in addition to a huge movie star. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 24, 2015
A 88% The Big Short (2015) As entertaining as "The Big Short" is, McKay never downplays the seriousness of its subject matter. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 23, 2015
A 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) ... "Star Wars" feel like "Star Wars" again ... ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 16, 2015
C+ 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) ... A thoroughly predictable saga that never quite engages the audience like it should. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Dec 11, 2015
C 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) Outside of McAvoy's performance, the movie isn't anything more than borderline adequate in any area, and despite the supposed fresh take on the material, it never shakes the feeling that it's unnecessary. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 25, 2015
A 95% Creed (2015) ... Hits many of the same story beats as the original "Rocky" but is very much its own entity, introducing a compelling new character and taking an old favorite into the most dramatically rich terrain he's encountered. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 25, 2015
A- 66% The Night Before (2015) Though at times irreverent and most definitely vulgar, "The Night Before," in its own way, is brimming with Christmas spirit. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 20, 2015
B 65% Spectre (2015) ... Entertains even at its fails to reconcile its disparate goals. It just feels like a missed opportunity for something special. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 13, 2015
D+ 19% Love the Coopers (2015) I'm sure it looked like a good idea on paper. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Posted Nov 13, 2015