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J. Olson

J. Olson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 89% 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 86% 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
1/5 26% Bright (2017) Ugly, dumb, incoherent, and preposterously silly - a lethal cocktail when heading for the exit is as easy as the press of a button.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
2.5/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) The late-game casting of Plummer as the famous oil magnate with all the warmth of a velociraptor is a dream, but the elderly character inherently has very little to do.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Writer-director Rian Johnson repeatedly shows an inability to build to moments. His screenplay's biggest beats come off as self-defeating and lifeless.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The movie condenses the complicated Wiseau-Sestero relationship into a broad "two friends take on Hollywood" narrative, robbing the story of so many of its eccentricities.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
4.5/5 97% Coco (2017) This is a great, lively film defined not only by the joy inherent in music, but by a pervasive love for human beings, imperfections and all.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3.5/5 49% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) An unusual, intermittently fascinating web of sociopolitical commentary and thrills carried painlessly by one of the great baby boomer thespians.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) A charming but mild comedy defined by a nice performance from Laurie Metcalf as Lady Bird's mother Marion and a handful of appreciably relatable millennial moments.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh commandeers the movie, turning it into a showcase for himself as Poirot. Everyone else is left to circle the drain.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
1/5 40% Justice League (2017) A hasty, disjointed assemblage of two conflicting visions; a bad movie fused to a different bad movie.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
4.5/5 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDonagh's livewire screenplay and true direction make the pic a must-see; two Oscar-worthy performances from Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell rocket it into the heavens.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
1.5/5 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) An unfunny, unpleasant, unabashed cash-in.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
2.5/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) A peculiar tug of war between an indie comedian and a multinational conglomerate.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
4.5/5 78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) A mindwarp of a movie that shares DNA with a few surprising classics.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
2/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) It's swallowed up by a style-over-substance approach increasingly at odds with its subject matter.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
1/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) "Suburbicon" isn't as bad as you've heard - it's much worse.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
2.5/5 34% Jigsaw (2017) Considering that Lionsgate had seven years to refocus their flagship horror franchise, the whole of "Jigsaw" is puzzlingly undercooked.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/5 100% Creep 2 (2017) Enjoyably nutty even if the thrill of discovery has faded like a latex wolf mask in sunlight.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
2.5/5 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) The film's biggest liability is that it isn't very funny, bereft of the witticisms Baumbach perfected in his collaborations with [Greta] Gerwig.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
2.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [Villeneuve] capably traces the broad strokes of Scott's hard-boiled, mostly action-free original, but he bungles the buttoned-up postmodernism.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
2.5/5 87% American Made (2017) [Cruise] standing in for a portly, devil-may-care Louisianan is an epic miscast.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
2/5 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) An artless, facile gaze at an American icon, a film whose look and dialogue often come off like an adaptation of the back of a vintage Wheaties box.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
1.5/5 91% Gerald's Game (2017) Its soon-to-be-infamous degloving scene is best watched through splayed fingers. The film itself is best not watched at all.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4/5 92% Stronger (2017) An uncommonly confident, compelling biographical drama that mostly avoids schmaltz and hagiography.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
2/5 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The whole is less boorish than the original and a few action beats are liable to get the heart racing. But for a series to run out of narrative gas this quickly is revealing.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
4.5/5 69% mother! (2017) Although it's absolutely not for casual moviegoers, "mother!" is mandatory viewing for anyone remotely serious about the medium.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) [Skarsgård] brings such a delicious physicality to [Pennywise] that he ends up the most compelling clown this side of the late Heath Ledger's Joker. He's remarkable.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3.5/5 92% Logan Lucky (2017) A flighty shrimp and grits caper that willfully evokes the best - and a little of the worst - of [Soderbergh's] billion dollar-grossing [Ocean's] trilogy.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
2/5 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Scarily formulaic.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Once it becomes obvious that there's no discernible arc at hand for Ingrid, a sense of inevitability sets in and the unpleasantness of the characters begins to wear.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
1.5/5 39% Death Note (2017) Contrary to online chatter, the ultimate tragedy of Netflix's "Death Note" adaptation isn't its general infidelity to its source material; it's that it sucks.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 91% Good Time (2017) A distinctive head rush that pairs a handful of refreshingly earnest performances with a great sense of style.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) The superiority of Sheridan's work here isn't just in its tautness - its true victory is in its empathy.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
1.5/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Summer 2017 has given us worse reasons to head to the multiplex, but none have been as dispiritingly lifeless as "The Dark Tower."‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
2/5 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Check in for the impressive bursts of violence but be prepared for a surplus of downtime - a near death sentence for a movie called "Atomic Blonde."‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) The work of a filmmaker conflating his biggest strengths and biggest weaknesses.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
4/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) For a concurrently dead simple and wildly innovative white knuckler of a war pic, look no further. One of our greats is back with more greatness.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2.5/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) With Reeves' metaphors all face-up, "War" becomes nothing but an awfully literal conclusion of a trilogy that once hinted at much bigger, more symbolic things.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
1.5/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) New shorthand for bloated, empty big screen science fiction.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
3/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) At 125 minutes, it's a grind that never finds an equilibrium between feel-good comedy and incisive slice of life. And it's never quite funny enough.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
2.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) A middling high school action-comedy with dull setpieces; a lesser "Superbad" with superhero cameos. ‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
3/5 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda won't win the franchise any new fans here, but it should be enough to keep the old ones firmly on board. For now.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
1.5/5 18% The House (2017) Rivals "Get Hard" as the worst thing Will Ferrell has ever said "yes" to.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
1/5 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Michael Bay doesn't make movies anymore; he makes migraine auras.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) Between its wonderful voice performances and eye-popping animation, there isn't too much to complain about, especially as a follow-up to Pixar's nadir.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
1.5/5 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) A shark chomping on a discarded typewriter couldn't have come up with something so unintelligible.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017