Greg Maki

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

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 91% 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+ 86% 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 40% 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 78% 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- 62% 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- 77% 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- 37% 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 61% 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
D+ 28% Night School (2018) Despite the comedic talent on screen, the writers fall back on not one but two fart jokes and use vomit as a punchline. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
A- 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) ... A wild ride, using visual effects to play with size and scale in absurd and exciting ways. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
D+ 46% Skyscraper (2018) "Skyscraper" - part "Die Hard," part Khalifa Tower sequence from "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," part duct tape commercial - is patently absurd but never climbs to the heights of insanity it needs to transcend that and become something more. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
A 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Even as it's going off the rails, "Sorry to Bother You" remains a remarkably assured, focused and provocative piece of filmmaking. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
A 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) ... A scintillating symphony of stunts, set pieces and action choreography. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
A 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) ... A spectacular piece of entertainment that should be mentioned ... in any conversation of the greatest superhero movies ever made. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
B- 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) ... Embraces its own insanity and runs with it at breakneck speed toward the finish line. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
B 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The movie's greatest strength is its cast, Bullock holding it together with just as much charm and style as George Clooney. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
B- 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It's no minor accomplishment that the movie is making its targeted May 25 release date and borderline miraculous that it isn't a total disaster. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
A- 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) While he's migrated from the dead of winter to prime summer blockbuster season, Deadpool hasn't gone soft with success. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
A 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) ... Unafraid, even eager to take the story and characters in dark, surprising new directions. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
A 95% A Quiet Place (2018) ... Don't call it a silent movie, for sound is the true star here. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
B 72% Ready Player One (2018) Rylance infuses "Ready Player One" with the warmth and spark of humanity it needs to transcend its VR roots and become something meaningful. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
B- 51% Tomb Raider (2018) I wouldn't go as far to say Lara Croft has been redeemed on the big screen, but it's a start. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
C- 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Perhaps book readers will be able to follow the plot and better appreciate the fine craftsmanship and performances. I'm too busy scratching my head. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
B+ 84% Game Night (2018) ... One of the tightest and funniest Hollywood studio comedies of recent years. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
A 97% Black Panther (2018) "Black Panther" is the superhero movie - no, movie, no qualifier necessary - that we need, right here, right now. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
B 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) It may have been a slog to get here, but "The Death Cure" rewards those who see it through. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
A 92% The Shape of Water (2017) ... A testament to the power of love, a force so strong it transcends the human constructs of speech and language ... - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
C- 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) I believe Jackman has a great musical in him, but it's not here right in front of us now. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
A 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman dominates the film, capturing Churchill's outsized, blustery personality, along with a mischievous sense of humor ... - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
A- 88% The Post (2018) ... Plays as a thriller, even though the "action" consists only of people reading, talking and typing. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
C 57% The Commuter (2018) Trading a plane for a train, its closest cousin is "Non-Stop," and just like that airborne thriller, "The Commuter" is two-thirds of a good movie before derailing amid boneheaded predictability in act three. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
B 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It's full of moments both thrilling and poignant, with anticipated reunions and goodbyes, and pulse-pounding action. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
D 40% Justice League (2017) Years from now - or maybe even as you read this - filmmakers are going to use the DC Comics Extended Universe as a prime example of how not to build a movie franchise. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B 59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) ... The best thing the movie has going for it is Branagh's performance as world-famous detective Hercule Poirot. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
A 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ... Somehow both irreverent and respectful, and a whole lot of fun. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B- 15% The Mummy (2017) Directed by Alex Kurtzman, this "Mummy" goes darker than the 1999 movie starring Brendan Fraser ... without crossing over into full-on horror. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
A- 93% Wonder Woman (2017) "Wonder Woman" lifts the oppressive darkness that has been the signature of the DC universe since Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy - both tonally and visually. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
B 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Theron is magnetic as the ruthless, taciturn spy, in addition to giving a remarkable physical performance. Like Keanu Reeves in "John Wick" and Liam Neeson in "Taken," this is the kind of role that could help define a career. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
C- 41% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Reynolds and Jackson could play these roles in their sleep, yet they're still entertaining ... Unfortunately for them, and more so for us, it's in service to a movie that is as generic as its title. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
B+ 92% Dunkirk (2017) ... A fresh, innovative take on the war movie and an engrossing, unique experience for the audience. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
A- 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It might lack the freshness of part one - which, quite frankly, is almost impossible to reproduce in a sequel - but the heart and humor are fully intact. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
B 68% The Fate of the Furious (2017) On paper, it looks like an incoherent mess. In execution, it's an exhilarating way to spend two and a quarter hours. - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017