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James Plath

James Plath
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 70% Paradise (Ray) (2017) Using documentary-style interviewing techniques and three narrators, Konchalovsky's work brings to mind well-known literary naturalists like Jack London and Stephen Crane.‐ PopMatters
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B- 35% Now You See Me 2 (2016) A solid sequel that's as glitzy and stylish as the first--even though it may be a little harder to figure out. ‐ Family Home Theater
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B- 50% Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) It's a little bit of a stretch to accept 57-year-old Ball and 63-year-old Fonda as fertile parents, but they still make for believable parents once you get over the initial shock.‐ Family Home Theater
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B+ 95% Johnny Guitar (1954) Compared to other Westerns, Johnny Guitar is high art--richly atmospheric and with noir elements that will remind viewers of such dramatic films as Key Largo.‐ Family Home Theater
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B- 70% Central Intelligence (2016) Hart and Johnson actually pair up nicely, and Central Intelligence is a fun action-comedy largely because of their antics and the chemistry that they manage.‐ Family Home Theater
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C+ No Score Yet Ice Girls (2016) There is no 'intense rivalry' between girls, and the 'underdog tale' never has a chance to wag because the girl's injury seems so slight and such a non-factor. Plus, this made-for-TV movie is clearly aimed at a younger audience.‐ Family Home Theater
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C+ 0% Wild Oats (2016) The MacLaine-Lange pairing is good but not great, though I'd be hard-pressed to tell you exactly why. Maybe it's because you don't feel any depth to their friendship, and they're supposed to be best friends.‐ Family Home Theater
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C- No Score Yet Who Gets the Dog? (2016) This formulaic, straight-as-the-crow-flies romantic comedy can feel plodding and downright dull at times....‐ Family Home Theater
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B- 76% Lights Out (2016) If all you require of a horror-thriller is that it scares you, then Lights Out does the trick. If you need it to make complete sense, well, it's not here. But hey, that's the world of the supernatural. As with magic, do you really want to know everything?‐ Family Home Theater
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B+ 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Apocalypse proceeds so confidently that you feel assured that it all fits together and makes perfect sense, even if you're not getting it in the instant.‐ Family Home Theater
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B+ 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Adds a nice infusion of originality and energy into an old, familiar story....‐ Family Home Theater
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A- No Score Yet Amazonia (2014) A great first nature film to introduce children to, and even those who don't respond well to the survival-of-the-fittest world of nature films will find this a welcome change of pace....‐ Family Home Theater
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B 100% Suddenly (1954) If you remove the hokum--the overly obvious and period-wholesome nonsense that frames the main narrative--Suddenly is a taut thriller in the Key Largo mold.‐ Family Home Theater
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A 94% Finding Dory (2016) There isn't a scene that needs work or a concept that wsn't sufficiently milked for laughs or another emotion....‐ Family Home Theater
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B+ 85% Houdini (1953) Hollywood legend Tony Curtis gives one of his best performances in Houdini, a colorful biography set in the 1890s through 1920s, and he does it playing opposite his then-wife Janet Leigh....‐ Family Home Theater
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B 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Take away the over-the-top sequences and you'd probably have a tamer feature that wouldn't engage children as much; add them and adults roll their eyes. But at least the adults can appreciate the superbly animated sequences and pet-owner touchstones.‐ Family Home Theater
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B 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) What Pete's Dragon lacks in originality it makes up for in visual and special effects....second-tier Disney, but I suspect it will be viewed as an underrated film as time goes by.‐ Family Home Theater
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C+ 75% The BFG (2016) The kind of film you appreciate for its technical wizardry but maybe don't like as much as you think you should....‐ Family Home Theater
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B 27% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad isn't as fun of a ride as Guardians of the Galaxy. It could have been, with more performances like Jared Leto's and Margot Robbie's....‐ Family Home Theater
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C+ 65% Storks (2016) While the birds in the film take flight, the film itself never really gets too high off the ground....‐ Family Home Theater
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C- No Score Yet Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story (2016) Trace Adkins looks like a character you'd see in the Old West, but he's not much of an actor. Neither are some of the others who mouth poorly written lines or chew scenery....‐ Family Home Theater
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A- 86% Sully (2016) As tension builds inside the pilot who made headlines . . . so does the tension build in this film by director Clint Eastwood. Before you know it, you're wrapped up in the drama....‐ Family Home Theater
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B+ 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Deepwater Horizon is pretty solid, with a cast that bridges three generations of moviegoers. Though disaster movies are all about the action and special effects, they still depend on actors to 'sell' the disaster.‐ Family Home Theater
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A- 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Queen of Katwe isn't your typical feel-good Disney movie or biopic, but that's another strength. With winning performances by the two stars and young Nalwanga, it's the kind of film that sticks with you.‐ Family Home Theater
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B+ 100% Pinocchio (1940) Both a classic and underrated Disney film, if that's possible.‐ Family Home Theater
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C+ 89% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) There's no denying that the work Lorius does is fascinating science, unless you're a U.S. politician who denounces anything that gets in the way of the economy. But it's not very compelling as drama.‐ Family Home Theater
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B- 22% Inferno (2016) Is it as good as the first two films? No. But because of the formula there are still pleasures to be had, and director Howard does a good job of integrating the medieval images and keeping viewers off-balance.‐ Family Home Theater
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A- 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) A G-rated inspirational film that has a lot going for it: exotic setting, gorgeous cinematography, a likable teenage protagonist, a special father-daughter bond, and a natural dramatic arc.‐ Family Home Theater
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A- 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) It's not exactly a caterpillar-to-butterfly tale. More like a grub to a beetle--a different kind of coming of age story, yet one that's oh so familiar as Nadine learns to appreciate the people right there at arm's reach.‐ Family Home Theater
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A- 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Benedict Cumberbatch might not fit the leading man profile, but he wears the Doctor Strange uniform well.‐ Family Home Theater
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B 64% Evelyn (2002) The first third of this film can seem like a downer, but the performances are absorbing and in no time at all it takes an inspirational, feel-good turn.‐ Family Home Theater
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A 96% Moana (2016) I didn't think it possible, but in terms of looks, Moana finds a comfortable middle ground between traditional animation and 3D CGI animation . . . with a story that features Disney's strongest female hero to date.‐ Family Home Theater
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B+ 72% Sing (2016) If this were live-action, I think it would be a yawner. Even Glee had more plotting. But the animation sells it and makes it entertaining for all ages, despite the tired premise.‐ Family Home Theater
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C+ 14% Collateral Beauty (2016) If you're no big fan of message films . . . or contrived plots . . . or melodramas where you know the whole point of a film is to make viewers feel something, then you probably won't care too much for this 2016 drama.‐ Family Home Theater
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A- 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Anyone unconvinced that J.K. Rowling is a brilliant storyteller needs to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. ‐ Family Home Theater
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B+ 100% Heidi (2015) This most recent and faithful adaptation does the most spectacular job of exploiting the scenery and Heidi's natural capacity for unbridled joy.‐ Family Home Theater
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C+ No Score Yet The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover (2017) It's all pretty formulaic and the characters are stock types that we've seen many times before.‐ Family Home Theater
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A 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Can I just say that I liked Rogue One: A Star Wars Story better than the last four Star Wars stories--even The Force Awakens, which was the top grossing film of 2015?‐ Family Home Theater
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C No Score Yet A Cowgirl's Story (2017) The biggest problem with A Cowgirl's Story is that everything is too far-fetched, familiar, or unbelievably easy.‐ Family Home Theater
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A- 78% A League of Their Own (1992) If you isolate the performances and compare them to baseball cards, there isn't a dud destined to be traded or clipped to the spokes of a bicycle wheel.‐ Family Home Theater
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B+ 76% Split (2017) A solid thriller right up until the end, when the director decides to play to his fans and his own indulgences, rather than tying things up for viewers in a more satisfying way.‐ Family Home Theater
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A- 91% La La Land (2016) La La Land is a bit like its Oscar-winning song, City of Stars: it may seem slight, but in the end, it's the little things you remember most.‐ Family Home Theater
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C No Score Yet A Mermaid's Tale (2017) From a critic's perspective, A Mermaid's Tale is a C- at best. But young Caitlin Carmichael is likable as the female lead and the playful relationship she has with her father plus surprisingly good production values helps a little.‐ Family Home Theater
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B- 45% Rock Dog (2017) Much better than you'd expect for a film that did not do well at the box office in China and drew a 39 percent 'rotten' rating at Rotten Tomatoes.‐ Family Home Theater
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A- 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Funny, clever, action-packed, and rocking with music and kaleidoscopic graphics, but it's the underlying messages that make it a great family film.‐ Family Home Theater
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A 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Our family watched Beauty and the Beast separately . . . but we all had the same reaction: We loved it. Disney excels in creating movie worlds, and to create this one they decided against straight live-action and incorporated 1700 visual effects.‐ Family Home Theater
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B- No Score Yet Money from Home (1953) Like most comedies from the fifties, Money from Home is corny and depends on sight gags, slapstick, and a few good one-liners . . . but you find yourself getting caught up in the action. ‐ Family Home Theater
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C+ 38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) If only the filmmakers decided to be more ambitious and plant a few things for older family members to enjoy . . . or work with a familiar narrative framework so part of the fun is watching the variation unfold.‐ Family Home Theater
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B- 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) One of the film's strengths is that we hear the poems read in voiceover after an event that likely inspired them, or at least is thematically compatible. ‐ Family Home Theater
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B 60% Road to Bali (1952) Though not as funny as Road to Morocco and Road to Utopia, this 91-minute comedy is a good place to start for families with younger children because it is color and because Road to Bali is a kitchen sink film. ‐ Family Home Theater
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