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J. Olson

J. Olson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 34% The Predator (2018) A waist-high muck of studio meddling that contains some franchise high-points. Wade through and be rewarded accordingly.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
1.5/5 93% Mandy (2018) Only midnight movie completists need apply.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/5 27% The Nun (2018) Plays like a tired game of horror movie bingo where the stakes are spare change and candy corn.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 85% Halloween (2018) David Gordon Green's "Halloween" may not be perfect, but it's exactly the rough-and-tumble twenty-first century sequel that Carpenter's film deserves. ‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 93% Searching (2018) David's tech-based search for his daughter keeps us engaged until the bitter or not-so-bitter end, Cho's performance exposing layers the actor has only begun to access.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4.5/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee's extraordinary film doubles as a visceral entertainment and an urgent reminder of a past we haven't been able to shake.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
1.5/5 46% The Meg (2018) That a concept as high as "Jason Statham versus a giant shark" results in not a single memorable one-liner is borderline actionable.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2018
3/5 71% Christopher Robin (2018) The likability of the animals is a good tonic for just how curmudgeonly and then saccharine Christopher is; Pooh saves the day and finally the film from itself.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4.5/5 98% Eighth Grade (2018) The best film of 2018 to date.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Tom Cruise fantasy camp.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) A marked improvement over its predecessor, packing in a handful of moments of legitimately spine-straightening suspense and, thank goodness, a sense of purpose for its lead.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A gleaming signpost of an attention-worthy filmmaker that we didn't know we had. Now we know.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) After a shaky first act, it becomes the bright, buoyant action-comedy "Ant-Man" should have been.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
3/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Del Toro is a shining light. When the picture works, it is purely his.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/5 49% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Although "Fallen Kingdom" gets no points for logic, it checks every popcorn movie box, staying true to "Jurassic Park" in its purest form: movie magic.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3.5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) While not upper-echelon Pixar, the result is something of a magic trick: a bona fide for-all-ages romp.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
2/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) "Eight" only traces over "Eleven," far removed from its inspiration and novelty, further removed from Soderbergh's filmmaking chops.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 89% Hereditary (2018) It rambles on for more than two hours, thumbing through genre touchstones like a drunk in a video store, serving up the occasional visual that sticks.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
2.5/5 87% Upgrade (2018) The film's nobility begins and ends with its low budget and schlocky thrills, occasioning a dumber version of Adam Wingard's similar, superior "The Guest."‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
3.5/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The kind of glossy, undemanding romp the franchise has been aching for.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
3.5/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) The pop culture references are too much at times, but not enough to sully all the effort that plainly went into making a harder, better, faster, stronger "Deadpool" movie.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
2/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) Scene after scene overstays its welcome.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
4/5 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) An impossibly coherent, soulful take on an entire galaxy's worth of superheroes.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) At once horrific and poetic.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
2/5 32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Think of "Super Troopers 2" as less long-awaited, more obsolete; a case study in why comedy sequels almost never work.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
1.5/5 53% Rampage (2018) Johnson's big opportunity for a memorable one-liner comes and goes with a sheepish "Well, that sucks." Touché, "Rampage."‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) The inanities it requires of its characters are pushing it even for a monster movie.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) "Isle Of Dogs" mostly earns its spots - and its place in the upper half of auteur Wes Anderson's filmography.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
1.5/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) Steven Spielberg's inner child has given us untold worlds of wonder. Now, it seems, the time has come to pay the piper.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
3/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Modest popcorn entertainment, happily estranged offspring from a lumbering wannabe epic.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 80% Unsane (2018) It seems only right that the artist who came to fame with "sex, lies, and videotape" 30 years ago would make this particular act of cinematic revolution.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
2/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) A boring "Tomb Raider" movie should be an impossibility. Now there are three of them.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Pure magic.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
3/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Even as the film's far less effective fantasy characters enter the fray, Reid holds our attention and keeps our focus on the themes of faith, family, and self-worth.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
4/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Not for every palate, to put it mildly.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3.5/5 87% Thoroughbreds (2018) Finley gets terrific performances from Yelchin, Cooke, and Taylor-Joy all.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
3/5 84% Game Night (2018) McAdams, an eternally underrated performer, is the pic's MVP.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/5 87% Annihilation (2018) The movie's tug-of-war between thrills and fuzzy philosophical waxing results in something much too close to a zero-sum game.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3/5 15% Mute (2018) Another inimitable chapter in an increasingly fascinating filmography.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Coogler's screenplay (co-written by Joe Robert Cole) gets T'Challa and Erik's conflict exactly right.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
0.5/5 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The most amateurish, inadvertently funny studio film in recent memory.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
4/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) As the pic's end titles arrive, we realize just how well it's done its fancy, cagey thing, never compromising and stiffly rebuffing the negative connotations of melodrama.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
2.5/5 87% The Post (2018) The pic's transparent award season aspirations create an impassable fissure between subject matter and charisma.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
3.5/5 17% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Its only aim is to make us jump, make us laugh, and send us off with a thrilling final shot that's everything a "Cloverfield" fan could want from a prequel.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
4/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's an extraordinary thing for a narrative film to successfully observe its characters like they aren't of its own creation - to make them utterly alive in front of us.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
3.5/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) Largely unknown actor Paul Walter Hauser nicks the back half of "I, Tonya" as portly Gillooly goon and Harding bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 84% Darkest Hour (2017) The pejorative "Oscar bait" is immaterial when it's this good.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
1.5/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) As loud and soulless a family movie as there's been in years.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
2.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro's typically lusty visuals and the impressive mix of practical and computer-enhanced effects that comprise his fish-man smother the would-be intricacies of his drama.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
2/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) As an unfortunately rare Hollywood film created by and starring women, "Pitch Perfect 2" is alarmingly obtuse in its depiction of them.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018