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J. Olson

J. Olson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 98% Baby Driver (2017) Put up against [Wright's] earlier work, it wilts.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3.5/5 23% The Book of Henry (2017) Trevorrow makes it cohere, painting an unusual story into something by turns heartfelt and thrilling.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
4/5 87% It Comes At Night (2017) It might be a dirge of a film, but it's a beautiful, textured dirge that hangs in the air long after its last note has been played.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
1/5 15% The Mummy (2017) [The film is] its own kind of black magic: an absolutely putrid movie without any of the fun normally associated with putrid movies.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3.5/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Gadot and Pine [mine] their characters for the kinds of small but meaningful moments that most superhero movies would kill for.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
3/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) There's a glint of life in this franchise yet.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Moviegoers on the hunt for an Alien fix will get it, even if the picture never quite reconciles its awkward place between prequel and sequel.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
1.5/5 19% Baywatch (2017) "This sounds like an entertaining but far-fetched TV show!" exclaims Efron's character. Oh, we know, Zac. Because it's a "Baywatch" movie. Good joke.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
4.5/5 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) James Gunn has done something few before him have managed: He's followed a great film with an even greater sequel. Hats off, Cheap Trick's "Surrender" on.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
1/5 15% The Circle (2017) The entire picture hinges on one character's hankering for some late-night kayaking.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 67% Free Fire (2017) All killer, no filler.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3.5/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Vin is king.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
3/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) A surprisingly dark climax marked with hilariously overwrought lighting is everything to love and hate about "T2 Trainspotting" - and Danny Boyle - all at once.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
2/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) A two-hour flatline, best experienced in the form of its trailers or its soundtrack or anything but the film itself.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
2/5 46% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) A lumpy paste of brooding teen drama based entirely on coincidence and action scenes edited so rashly that it'd be tough to know if shots from other movies slipped in.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
1.5/5 67% Life (2017) A subpar creature feature with delusions of grandeur and a cheat of a twist ending.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Condon's film is just about what it should be: A fevered, overblown love letter to a classic. To heights it knows it couldn't hope to reach.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
1/5 16% CHIPS (2017) Destined to find life on DVD - as a coaster.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/5 53% The Belko Experiment (2017) It's no masterwork, but [James Gunn's] ride-or-die fans would be remiss to miss this freakish fruit of his Marvel Studios labor.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
1.5/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Vogt-Roberts and his editor indiscriminately wallop us with action, darting from character to character and scene to scene, none of it making any impact at all.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
2/5 93% Logan (2017) Marvel fans that moonlight as undiscerning gorehounds just might find Valhalla in "Logan," but the project goes out of its way to give everyone else the cold, dead shoulder.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
3/5 99% Get Out (2017) It's because of Kaluuya that Peele's commentary remains intelligible throughout, even as the movie leaps over logical chasms and loads up on hammy supporting performances.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
2.5/5 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) [The film is] notable in its own flaky, freaky way, its visual peaks and narrative valleys neatly summing up the bizarro career of its director.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
1/5 27% Fist Fight (2017) Charlie Day and Ice Cube will live to crack wise another day. "Fist Fight," on the other hand, is where laughter goes to die.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
3.5/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Accompanied by a truckload of alien intestines and yet another unlikely performance from Matt Damon, "The Great Wall" can't help but make a monster-sized impression.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
1.5/5 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The worst thing to happen to fictional Seattle since Frasier bedded Roz.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
3/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) While "Exodus" may require Moses-like patience, it's likely to reward the faithful.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3.5/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The movie's exceptional second half closes in on establishing its lead as the defining action antihero of the decade. "Chapter 3" just might get him there.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Killer jokes, stunning animation, Easter eggs aplenty, and then a Lego brick wall. Action movie tedium sets in, accompanied by a noticeable downtick in sight gags.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
4.5/5 96% Paterson (2016) [Driver lifts] a very good drama into the heavens with an indispensably rich, textured performance, one that reconfigures all notions of what the actor is capable of.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4.5/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) A poignant, often hilarious tapestry of family and femininity and masculinity and mortality anchored by two of the most undervalued actresses in the world.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
2.5/5 43% Gold (2017) Finally, a film to answer the age-old question: is a balding, potbellied, snaggletoothed Matthew McConaughey enough to carry a feature length motion picture?‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
1.5/5 75% Split (2017) Violently superficial.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
3/5 84% The Founder (2017) Despite a surfeit of nice period visual touches, [Hancock's] soft sensibilities relieve a juicy story of its juice, until all that's left is a blandly edible burger biopic.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) A loud, ridiculous laugh riot.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3.5/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) Astonishing technical filmmaking that never quite graduates to anything more.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
2.5/5 34% Live By Night (2017) It's been four years since Ben Affleck directed "Argo." It feels like a hundred.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
4.5/5 85% Silence (2017) A staggering work of absolute confidence and absolute uncertainty that endeavors to both embody and crack the great conundrum of faith.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2.5/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) With some audacity and ingenuity, "Hidden Figures" might have been something extraordinary. Instead, it's merely about something extraordinary.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
3.5/5 90% Elle (2016) Verhoeven's first film in ten years - and his first deliriously twisted one in much longer - is quite a rebirth for a filmmaker long assumed lost.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
3.5/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Equal parts motion picture and grief support group; a frequently eye-popping fantasy drama defined by unrelenting, one-track weepiness.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) A beautiful, bewildering film that bounces from haunting to overblown and back again without a moment's notice, ending up an oddity most befitting of its subject.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 93% Fences (2016) Wilson's text is a phenomenally layered character study and acting showcase. And Washington, Davis, and most of their co-stars are more than up for it.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
2.5/5 93% La La Land (2016) "La La Land" is a mirage, a self-satisfied illusion that tries and fails to sanctify a heap of classics that don't require its sanctification. ‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 86% Lion (2016) Great performances abound, mixing with some magnificent photography to form one of the premier family dramas of 2016.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
1.5/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) A terrible story told terribly.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
3.5/5 40% Why Him? (2016) There are moments in "Why Him?" in which Cranston is so much better than what the material calls for or deserves that his ability as an actor becomes funny in itself.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4.5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Led by Affleck's superior performance, the movie is an obvious awards season frontrunner, a bandwagon nearly filled. Get on board.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
2.5/5 31% Passengers (2016) Think "Event Horizon," only less romantic.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) A routine CGI extravaganza primarily interested in creating a Pavlovian response every time someone or something familiar appears.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016