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J. Olson

J. Olson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) Scene after scene overstays its welcome.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
4/5 83% 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 87% 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 52% 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 89% 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 73% 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 79% 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 49% 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 39% 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 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Finley gets terrific performances from Yelchin, Cooke, and Taylor-Joy all.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
3/5 82% 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 25% 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 16% 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 85% 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 78% 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 91% 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 52% 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 92% 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 80% 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 29% 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 35% 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 86% 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 85% 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