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Ian Buckwalter

Ian Buckwalter
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/10 2% Getaway (2013) The nonsense piles up nearly as fast as the smashed, flipped, T-boned and otherwise trashed cop cars chasing after Ethan Hawke's laughably named Brent Magna and his sidekick, "The Kid."‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2013
9/10 89% The World's End (2013) Wright & Pegg continue making the sort of films that the 12-year-old versions of themselves probably always dreamed of being a part of; that sense of joy and practically disbelief that they actually get to do this for a living is right up there on-screen.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2013
2/10 23% The Canyons (2013) Schrader just seems angry, as if he's using this film as a tinny megaphone for an announcement of his displeasure with a Hollywood that's left him behind. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
2/10 6% Evidence (2013) Moyer plays scenes as if he'd rolled out of bed at noon after a long night of shooting in Bon Temps and had his script pages shoved into his hands five minutes before the director called "Action."‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2013
6/10 72% Grabbers (2013) Wright checks off the expected genre boxes with the gleeful mischief of a gremlin trashing a plane engine.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2013
8/10 86% The Conjuring (2013) ...there were moments where it seemed the entire theater was holding its breath. We were united in one feeling: terror.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2013
5/10 69% The Wolverine (2013) A handful of bold ideas brought down by the need to regress to a blander, more box-office-friendly middle ground.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2013
7.5/10 71% Pacific Rim (2013) Monsters, robots, grand heroism and a few clever jokes: Sounds like a perfect Saturday afternoon to me.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2013
5.5/10 63% Byzantium (2013) Unfortunately, the story never grabs hold as insistently as Jordan's tone and visual artistry.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2013
5/10 49% Maniac (2013) A remake that, rather than trying to fix the deep flaws of its source, just covers them in a shinier coat of paint.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2013
9/10 84% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) It accomplishes the tricky task of paying homage to one type of scary movie while indulging in an entirely different style itself.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2013
6/10 37% The Purge (2013) The Purge is mostly a genre picture trying to layer on some prestige by way of social commentary. The latter falls flat; the film is actually stronger when it just goes for our baser instincts.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2013
8/10 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) Shadow Dancer feels like a thriller, but Marsh is wisely more interested in the tension than in the release. What thrills exist here are carefully tempered by the considered pacing.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 30, 2013
6.8/10 69% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Furious Six continues on in the same vein as its predecessor, and may just be my favorite of the lot.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 24, 2013
7/10 96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) The film portrays Plimpton as someone devoted to illuminating how talent and creativity work - both for himself, and for the rest of us.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
6.5/10 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) The film raises more uncomfortable questions about Maisie's uncertain future than it ever answers, but that's in keeping with the emotional honesty the filmmakers are striving for.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 3, 2013
7.5/10 85% Kon Tiki (2013) A rousing and thoroughly enjoyable Old Hollywood-style adventure.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2013
8/10 74% The Source Family (2013) One of the most detailed looks at the inner workings of an American cult ever assembled.‐ The Washingtonian
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2013
4.5/10 44% The Lords of Salem (2013) It's a credit to Zombie's interest in growing as an artist that he's drawing from more mature inspirations here, but it's also part of why the movie doesn't work. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2013
7.5/10 63% Unmade In China (2013) Unmade in China is nominally about filmmaking, but what Kofman and Barklow do well is to use their unusual position within the Chinese state machine to make a thinly veiled movie about politics.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2013
9/10 85% Upstream Color (2013) Carruth may be something that the movies haven't yet seen, perhaps the first great realization of the democratization of filmmaking that digital technology and the Internet promised.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2013
7/10 61% Evil Dead (2013) This Evil Dead is polished and meticulously planned, and it benefits from the attention to detail as well as from Alvarez's obvious love for the spirit of the source material.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2013
5/10 65% Starbuck (2013) Scott's take on the importance of family is an admirable one, to a point, until it moves past that to espouse an uncomfortably regressive morality.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2013
3/10 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) It has to be a joke, right?‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2013
4/10 44% The Call (2013) The shoddy attention to character, plausibility, and detail is particularly surprising coming from Anderson, a director of smart indie thrillers like The Machinist, Session 9 and Transsiberian.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2013
3.5/10 35% The ABCs of Death (2013) There are just too many stories to fit into two hours - and even with fewer weak links, The ABCs of Death might have fallen short all the same.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2013
7.9/10 83% Side Effects (2013) Soderbergh is less interested in making statements than he is in skillfully fulfilling genre expectations.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2013
6/10 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) At its heart, the film is just a simple fairy tale, an epic reduced to an engaging adventure of a bedtime story.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2013
5.5/10 62% Rubberneck (2013) Both the mystery and the character piece wind up feeling incomplete.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2013
7.5/10 78% Red Flag (2013) Karpovsky's anxiety-ridden shtick here combines the crippling doubt and self-loathing of many Woody Allen protagonists with the obnoxious solipsism of Larry David.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2013
0/10 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) This is the Magpie School of action filmmaking: Anytime things start to make so little sense that you might lose the audience, just throw something shiny up on screen to distract.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2013
9.5/10 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) The subjects' openness is refreshing - and sometimes frightening. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2013
7/10 100% Sound City (2013) A celebration of just how unbelievably awesome it is to make rock music for a living - not to mention being so successful at it that you can get your childhood heroes to come over and jam.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2013
9/10 100% Resolution (2013) A smart and chilling indie horror from co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2013
6/10 65% Mama (2013) Surprisingly, this patchwork pastiche often works.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2013
8.5/10 88% Django Unchained (2012) The sometimes cartoonish and silly violence serves a purpose: It contrasts the moments of truly disturbing violence that Tarantino puts on display, always within the context of the brutality doled out to slaves at the hands of white masters.‐ The Washingtonian
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2012
9.5/10 87% Tabu (2012) Few films are this smart about subtly couching their allegorical aspirations within more straightforward narratives; fewer still are able to do so with such energetically inventive virtuoso style.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2012
7/10 69% Les Misérables (2012) The music and the magnetic performances make many of the directorial missteps fade into the background.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2012
5.5/10 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Jackson seems to be going through the motions of epic fantasy filmmaking.‐ The Washingtonian
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2012
9/10 89% Consuming Spirits (2012) The effect is that of disjointed, haunted reverie, of alternate realities colliding, soundtracked by mumbled asides and an uneasy murmur of background noise.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2012
5.5/10 36% Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (2012) The dominance of the madcap side of the film's split personality lays an airy veneer over Dolly and Joseph's woes, making them seem inconsequential - as unsubstantial as an observation about wedding-day weather.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2012
6.5/10 53% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) Day of Reckoning is somehow not just the best film in the series, but a damn fine piece of action filmmaking by any measure.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2012
6.8/10 74% Killing Them Softly (2012) A political harangue with the blunt force of a shotgun stock to the temple, couched inelegantly into a generic tale of gangland justice and revenge; yet recognizing and even growing annoyed with its deficiences, I still sort of loved it.‐ The Washingtonian
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2012
6/10 37% The Collection (2012) Genre aficionados are likely to revel in every crunched bone, gratuitous decapitation and slow-motion iron-maiden impaling.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2012
5.8/10 93% The Sessions (2012) Achieves its sunny disposition by pulling punches.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2012
8.5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) Demonstrates that one can take a pat inspirational story and infuse it with the hardship required to make that inspiration feel earned.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2012
7.5/10 63% Anna Karenina (2012) What Wright has made here is a musical without songs. ‐ The Washingtonian
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2012
5.9/10 88% Funeral Kings (2012) That headlong hormonal rush toward what boys perceive as the benefits of adulthood is what the brothers McManus capture here with candor and occasional hilarity.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2012
8/10 93% Skyfall (2012) A sly, deconstructionist approach to Bond combined with a climactic sequence that is hands-down the best, most gorgeously shot, and most breathtakingly thrilling in the franchise's history make this one of the most satisfying and well-made entries.‐ The Washingtonian
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2012
9/10 91% Holy Motors (2012) A film that not only demands repeat viewings but also makes that an attractive proposition.‐ The Washingtonian
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2012