Greg Maki

Greg Maki
Tomatometer-approved critic
Official Websites: stardem.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Not just acknowledging but making its stars' age - Smith is 51, Lawrence 54 - a central point gives "Bad Boys for Life" a reason to exist beyond pure nostalgia. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
A 89% 1917 (2020) ... Gripping to the point you almost forget about the gimmick that pulls it all together. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
B 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) "The Rise of Skywalker" is one last look back, and while not triumphant, it is a satisfying end of an era. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
A 97% Knives Out (2019) A modern take on a classic brand of storytelling, "Knives Out" is incredibly well crafted and endlessly entertaining. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
A- 64% The Good Liar (2019) What treasures Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen are, and what a gift director Bill Condon has given us by pairing them up in "The Good Liar," a delightfully twisty tale. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
C- 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Beholden to two sources, "Doctor Sleep" ultimately fails to satisfy either one. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) ... Gets enough right that it feels like it belongs in this franchise, which is a compliment and something you couldn't say about the three previous installments. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
D 26% Gemini Man (2019) Having the means to do something doesn't always mean it should be done. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
A 69% Joker (2019) "Joker" stays with the viewer, forcing you to consider it more carefully. The picture you'll get is dark - haunting, disturbing and all too real. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
C+ 81% Abominable (2019) ... the Chinese setting of "Abominable" seems perfunctory at best, chosen only for its relative proximity to the Himalayas. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B- 63% It Chapter Two (2019) The casting is impeccable, and the characters' personalities are so well defined as this point, that ... it truly feels like a reunion of long-lost friends. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
A- 88% Ready or Not (2019) If you're into this sort of thing, the combination of suspense, gore and wicked comedy is riotously entertaining - a recipe destined to make "Ready or Not" a cult classic for years to come. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
A- 80% Good Boys (2019) Tremblay, Williams and Noon are terrific as the central trio, and it takes a confident director who knows exactly what he wants to get such performances out of actors this young. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
C 23% The Kitchen (2019) acked with enough murders, betrayals and more murders to fill several seasons of "The Sopranos," or at least a three-hour Martin Scorsese epic, "The Kitchen" feels a lot longer than its 102 minute running time. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
B 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) If you buy into the characters - and at this point, audiences clearly have done that - you'll accept and expect action set pieces as ridiculously over the top as they are here. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
A- 98% The Farewell (2019) "The Farewell" drips with authenticity as it examines - and gives equal weight and respect to - the disparate traditions and values of its two colliding cultures. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
A 53% The Lion King (2019) "The Lion King" feels fresh and vibrant, alive and vital in 2019 in a way I would not have thought possible. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
C+ 42% Stuber (2019) The laughs mostly come from the heavy lifting of Kumail Nanjiani ... - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ 63% Yesterday (2019) The dramatic material is heavier than might be expected, but it works because Patel and James are such a winning pair. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
A 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) ...The perfect palate cleanser after the monumental "Endgame." - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
C- 80% Late Night (2019) ... Everyone seems to be simply waiting for their turn to speak rather than engaging the material and their fellow performers. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
C+ 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) ... What begins as awe-inspiring spectacle becomes routine. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
A 97% Booksmart (2019) ... One of the great coming-of-age comedies of its era. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B- 69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Reynolds easily is the best thing it has going for it. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
C- 50% Tolkien (2019) "Tolkien" supposedly details the inspiration for fantastical worlds and adventures, yet there's no magic here. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
A- 81% Long Shot (2019) Breathing new life into a tired formula, "Long Shot" nails both aspects of its rom-com label ... - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
A 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ... A spectacle and feat of storytelling unlike anything the movies have ever seen. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
D+ 17% Hellboy (2019) ... While the movie laboriously dragged itself from one unappetizing scene to the next, I couldn't shake a nagging thought: It didn't have to be this way. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
B 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer capture the dark, grieving spirit of what many regard as King's scariest work. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 90% Shazam! (2019) The refreshing tone and a wonderfully winning performance by Zachary Levi combine for a delightful experience ... - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
C- 47% Dumbo (2019) ... There simply isn't enough story to sustain this live-action "Dumbo," which, at just under two hours, runs nearly twice as long as Disney's 1941 animated classic. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
A 93% Us (2019) With minimal gore, Peele prefers to get inside his viewers' heads. Scaring you is the first thing he wants to do, but he'll ask you to think while he's there, too. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
B+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) While it's impossible to look at any Marvel product without considering how it fits into the larger puzzle, "Captain Marvel," much like last year's "Black Panther," deserves to stand on its own as much as it can. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
D 60% Greta (2019) "Greta" feels regressive and irresponsible, treating mental illness as an evil that must be defeated rather than as a serious personal and societal issue. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
A 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Toothless' initial flirtation with the Light Fury is a wondrous bit of wordless, physical comedy. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
B+ 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The warning is clear: Our greatest enemies often are by our own making. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
B 37% Glass (2019) ... Looks and feels nothing like the superhero movies that have taken over Hollywood in the past decade. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
B 41% The Upside (2019) Hart and Cranston play off each other nicely, and the movie works to the extent it does because they work so well together. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
B 65% Aquaman (2018) It took a while, but the DC Extended Universe finally has embraced the inherent silliness of superheroes. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
C 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The movie begins and ends with Jack singing about London's skies, and even though Mary Poppins is the magical one, he does more to impact the plot than anyone else. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
C- 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Ronan and Robbie are pros, but everything around them feels like the work of amateurs. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) ... Exactly the superhero movie we need in 2018. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) ... The best zombie musical comedy Christmas movie ever made. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- 84% Creed II (2018) It uses a well-worn formula to create a fresh, invigorating experience. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- 36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Rowling knows her audience, and she packs each scene with so much delicious information for her devoted fans. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The movie is at its best when the focus is on the music ... - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
B+ 79% Halloween (2018) ... The film is mighty suspenseful, due in no small part to stronger performances than we're used to getting in slasher films - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
A 87% First Man (2018) ... Reminds us that some things are bigger than what drives us apart. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper's best decision was casting Lady Gaga and himself as the leads. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
C- 29% Venom (2018) Though Hardy does his weirdest to keep it entertaining whenever he's on screen, it's hard to see the movie as anything but a missed opportunity. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018