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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 50%

Love Me Tender (1956)

"Without The King, Love Me Tender is a decent horse opera that has more stand-and-talk moments than shoot-'em-ups....But Elvis really does add interest." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 71%

The Sword in the Stone (1963)

"...a movie about Arthurian legend that had the misfortune of being released on December 25, just a month after America's version of Camelot died with President John F. Kennedy." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B- 67%

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

"For all its flaws, Greystoke is still better than the romanticized live-action versions of Tarzan that Hollywood has produced." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B- No Score Yet

The Dragon Pearl (2013)

"It's about as original as two kids meeting on summer vacation and finding adventure together. But The Dragon Pearl has solid enough execution to make it enjoyable anyway." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 100%

The Odd Couple (1968)

"Simon's The Odd Couple is proof that smart writing and adult themes can still make for a fun evening at your family home theater, if your children are older than 10." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B+ 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Disney spent more than $200 million on this special effects film, and while the pacing and the visuals captivate, it's really James Franco's performance as the Wizard and an abundance of allusions to the 1939 classic that make it fun." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 85%

The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

"The Emperor's New Groove is a little sassier, a little hipper, and maybe just a little crazier-as if the cartoon cast drank some of the old Warner Bros. Kool-Aid." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 49%

Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001)

"Our little science-minded guy was hooked, and it's easy to see why. It's the kind of film Disney usually produces as a live-action blockbuster." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
A- 86%

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

"Ohana means family, and family in this fun and feisty 2002 animated Disney feature means a little Hawaiian girl, her caretaker sister, the sister's boyfriend, and a mutated monster of an alien that little Lilo adopts, thinking he's a dog. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 55%

Cleopatra (1963)

"It may not be as compelling and tightly edited as Ben-Hur, but Cleopatra is still a Hollywood epic that tells a grand story in a grand way. Save it for a night when the family feels like a four-hour spectacle." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B+ 79%

Shanghai Noon (2000)

"It's a clever variation on the buddy cop picture, with Jackie Chan showing both his comic chops and his martial arts skills, and Owen Wilson doing what he does best-playing a laid-back, chick-magnet California surfer dude." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
C- 15%

Delhi Safari (2012)

"...so many similarities [to The Lion King] you begin to wonder how they got away with it. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
C+ No Score Yet

Disneynature: Wings of Life (2013)

"It's a wonder narrator Meryl Streep didn't put herself to sleep, the lines are so pedestrian and the delivery so very, very somnolent." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B+ 93%

That Thing You Do! (1996)

"Call it a sanitized version of The Commitments." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 30, 2016
B+ 59%

Real Steel (2011)

"Even when you think you know the outcome, this film still has you on the edge of your seat. It's another underdog story, only this underdog is a has-been robot piloted by a has-been fighter and his cast-off son." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
C No Score Yet

Adventures In Zambezia (2012)

"The plot is a hokey, muddled mess about a young falcon who wants to go to a fabled city of Zambezia, where all birds live in harmony and under the protection of the Blue Falcons..." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
B+ 58%

The Sandlot (1993)

"The Sandlot is just a fun, funny film that holds plenty of family appeal because it has a wholesome Norman Rockwell vibe and, as with any good sports film, you don't have to love the game to love the film." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
A- 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"...children, like the adults, may be fascinated by the historical details that Spielberg includes, for Lincoln oozes authenticity. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
C+ No Score Yet

Barbie in the Pink Shoes (2013)

"...the whole plot can be confusing to people who aren't somewhat familiar with the different ballets." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
B No Score Yet

Curious George Swings into Spring (2014)

"There's plenty of action here, as George ends up canoeing (bad idea, right?), skateboarding, swinging, frolicking, and running into all sorts of animals." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
B 95%

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

"Helen Mirren is perfectly cast as Hitchcock's wife Alma, with whom he often collaborated. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
A- 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

""Life of Pi" isn't just a visual effects movie stuck at sea. There's a compelling story here as well." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
A- 86%

Mulan (1998)

"Disney animation depends on captivating music, powerful villains, and effective comic relief, and Mulan has all three. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
A- 97%

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

"It's clever, but manic. Watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit is like spending a weekend locked in a room with the looniest Looney Tunes characters." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
B 86%

Westworld (1973)

"Some cheesy moments (is there a '70s movie that escaped them?) date the film, but Westworld is a fun futuristic thriller." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
B- 73%

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

"As my wife put it, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is "too dark and too dirty for kids." " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
A- 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Wreck-It Ralph plays out a little like a screwball comedy, with Vanellope absolutely vexing Ralph because of her energy, her enthusiasm, and her wide-eyed naiveté, with Ralph coming around as reluctantly as Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
A- 93%

Skyfall (2012)

"Skyfall gets off to a fast start. I can't recall when I've enjoyed a pre-title sequence more. " Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
A- 96%

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

" It's funny, the characters are endearing, the monster world is cleverly developed, and the Pixar gang really has fun with this one." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 29, 2016
B+ No Score Yet

The Hunger Games: Complete 4-Film Collection (2016)

"...solid sci-fi entertainment that does what all good fiction attempts: it appeals to more than its intended audience..." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 28, 2016
A- 92%

The Martian (2015)

"Like Tom Hanks before him and Leonardo DiCaprio, Damon doesn't shrink from the burden of being alone onscreen for so much of the film-he owns it...." Family Home Theater
Posted Mar 28, 2016
7/10 93%

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

""The Adventures of Ichabod Crane" still stands as one of the best versions of Irving's famous tale." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 14, 2014
8/10 88%

Tarzan (1999)

"There's nothing Broadway about this Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, but the wow factor is still there." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 14, 2014
6/10 89%

Bears (2014)

"I'm not suggesting that every nature film narrator should sound like David Attenborough, but John C. Reilly really seems an odd choice." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 14, 2014
5/10 36%

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004)

"The animation has a Saturday morning look to it, with an overall brighter, yellower cast, and the film feels like a cartoon short that's been put on the rack and stretched until it qualified as a "full-length feature."" ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 14, 2014
7/10 83%

Hercules (1997)

"'Hercules' may be second-tier Disney, but it's TOP second tier, not far behind the studio's best animated work." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 14, 2014
6/10 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Despite all the flaws, there's no denying the visceral feeling that "Need for Speed" evokes. I found myself tensed up throughout most of it, and that served to remind me that however simplistic and clichéd this film was, it still had me in its grip." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 28, 2014
6/10 58%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Jude Law gives a bravura performance as the title character, but you can't escape the feeling that this 2013 crime comedy-drama could have been either funnier or more dramatic." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 28, 2014
7/10 56%

Made in America (2014)

"While music doesn't take a back seat, it's more of a passenger than a driver. It feels like nonstop music without the generic concert format. But you learn or intuit something in the process." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 17, 2014
7/10 40%

No Clue (2013)

"Although it's a relatively low-budget indie flick, I'd rate "No Clue" among my top three film noir/P.I. spoofs-right up there with "The Cheap Detective" (1978) and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982)." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 16, 2014
7/10 79%

The Birdcage (1996)

"Robin Williams plays off of a flaming Nathan Lane with delicious understatement and anchors a farce that moves along at a brisk pace-with or without heels." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 16, 2014
8/10 97%

Once (2007)

"If "The Commitments" shows the gritty, robust side of Dublin and the Irish music scene, "Once" shows us a softer, more romantic side." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Apr 18, 2014
6/10 90%

The King of Comedy (1983)

"I'm going to side with the dissenters this time. I can see where it might be perceived as a dark comedy, but that label doesn't absolve it from an overarching sense that Scorsese didn't push this one far enough." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Apr 9, 2014
6/10 39%

Delivery Man (2013)

"'Delivery Man' is a little like the main character: just good enough to make you care a little and smile a lot." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Mar 28, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet

Wicked Blood (2014)

"Picture 'The Sopranos' transplanted to the South, with . . . all of the mob action happening in an area that seems so rural you'd think they'd be dealing in raccoon pelts instead of meth." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Mar 15, 2014
8/10 96%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Much of it is difficult to watch, but '12 Years a Slave' is that rare film that's both important in its message and a darned good film all the same." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Mar 8, 2014
7/10 86%

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

"For some viewers, the agony will be watching Charlton Heston (over)act, and the ecstasy Rex Harrison. But it IS refreshing for a period film to cover such new and (pun intended) artistic ground." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Mar 2, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet

The 300 Spartans (1962)

"As sword-and-sandal films go, 'The 300 Spartans' is a good one, but don't expect hard-edged action and graphic violence of the '300' sort. " ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Feb 21, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

"If you're put off by the missionary impulse, then this film probably isn't for you-even though Bergman brings an honest earnestness to the film that's hard to resist." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Feb 11, 2014
5/10 17%

Free Birds (2013)

"These birds are good to look at, and you can easily get caught up in the characters. But the situation is a bit too much to swallow . . . even for Thanksgiving." ‐Movie Metropolis
Posted Feb 9, 2014
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