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J. Olson

J. Olson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 20% CHiPs (2017) Destined to find life on DVD - as a coaster.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/5 46% 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 78% 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 92% 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 40% 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 9% 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 90% 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 91% 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 88% 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 42% 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 83% 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 93% 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 17% 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
4.5/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) At once austere and salacious, grim and bubbly, the picture reminds that film is truly a limitless medium.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
1.5/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) It only exists to be forgotten - once it's pried a hundred million dollars or so from the clutches of hopelessly optimistic comedy fans. Don't let it.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
2/5 66% The Night Before (2015) It's about as good as "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas," which is to say not very, leaning all too heavily on drug use for comedy.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/5 89% Loving (2016) Conventional storytelling in its most muscular form. ‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2.5/5 61% Allied (2016) [Once again] Zemeckis seems more concerned with the process than the outcome, resulting in a film that might have been interesting to make but isn't very interesting to watch.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
1/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) A belated, gaseous sequel that slowly burns off its fumes of disappointment until all that's left is a flaming hull of misery.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2016
4/5 95% Moana (2016) "Moana" might be [Walt Disney Animation Studio's] best since 1994's "The Lion King."‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) As Yates halfheartedly shepherds "Beasts" towards its inevitable sequels, there's only one real surprise: that the screenplay, by Rowling herself, is the weakest link.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) One of the premier extraterrestrial films of the century.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3.5/5 97% Moonlight (2016) The visuals are lush, the performances are lived-in, and the story is lyrical, if painstakingly subdued.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
2.5/5 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) An amazing true story (Hurrah!) not told very well (Hiss!) - a war movie at war with itself.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
2/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) "Doctor Strange" is where the welcome wears out, where Marvel's shortcomings take center stage and play a thousand encores. ‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
4.5/5 88% Christine (2016) Suddenly, [Hall], who's always been a bright spot is an eclipse, crossing arduous emotional terrain with ease and finding moments of dignity and grace in mental illness.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
4.5/5 79% American Honey (2016) One of 2016's very best films, thick and intoxicating, whooshing and thumping like a subwoofer for the entirety of its lengthy running time.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
1.5/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The movie approximates the boredom of life as a Tom Cruise stunt double.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
2/5 51% The Accountant (2016) In a time when moviegoers can't seem to escape the onslaught of sequels, remakes, and reboots, "The Accountant" comes as an exclamatory lesson in careful wish making.‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
1/5 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) The movie is bad and dull, and then bad and dull and gratuitously violent, not even finding a trace of guilty fun in its narrative dumpster diving. ‐ Cinemixtape
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016