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Jeff Beck
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 83% The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth features a fine performance from David Bowie and a gorgeous production design, but the story is ultimately a choppy, unfocused, and meandering mess that results in a cold and distant film. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jan 23, 2017
3.5/5 96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) Yeon Sang-ho's Train to Busan may not take the zombie subgenre in any new directions, but it still manages to deliver an engaging, tense, and often thrilling experience that fans are sure to get a kick out of. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jan 16, 2017
3.5/4 83% Silence (2017) It's by no means an easy film to process, but if you are willing to put in the effort, you will be richly rewarded with one of the very best and most deeply felt films of the year. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) Snowden has a few elements working in its favor, but when it comes to telling the more important parts of his career, it falls a little flat thanks to a by-the-numbers screenplay that isn't able to keep up the decent levels of engagement it began with. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Dec 26, 2016
2.5/5 79% American Honey (2016) American Honey certainly looks pretty, but thanks to a meandering narrative, undeveloped characters, and a completely unforgiveable 162-minute runtime, it feels like nothing more than an extended collection of deleted scenes that adds up to very little. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Dec 26, 2016
3.5/5 85% Sully (2016) With a fantastic performance from Tom Hanks, skilled direction from Clint Eastwood, and a strong script from Todd Kamarnicki, Sully becomes a compelling telling of an incredible true story. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Dec 16, 2016
3.5/5 91% Southside With You (2016) With a pair of great performances and a fascinating premise, Southside with You is a leisurely-paced, but intriguing, look at a piece of romantic history. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Dec 12, 2016
3/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The Secret Life of Pets features dazzling animation and a top-notch vocal cast, but when it comes to the film's familiar story, it leaves you desiring a little more from its intriguing premise. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Dec 5, 2016
2.5/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Don't Breathe shows once again that Alvarez is a competent filmmaker when it comes to directing, but thanks to a script riddled with plotholes and idiotic characters, it's clear that he and Sayagues still have a lot of work to do when it comes to writing. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/5 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Thanks to its charming story and engaging characters, Pete's Dragon is a delightful, fast-paced, and sweet film that the entire family can enjoy together. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Nov 28, 2016
3/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell or High Water has several positive elements, including a great cast and a thrilling finish, but thanks to lax pacing and a narrative that wanders a bit too much, we end up with a film that never truly comes together into a satisfying whole. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Nov 21, 2016
2.5/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The resulting film is rather forgettable and ends up feeling like more of a set up for the sequels that we'll be seeing in a few years. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) Finding Dory may not quite reach the narrative success of its predecessor, but with an outstanding vocal cast, gorgeous animation, and plenty of heart, it still stands as a fine addition to Pixar's outstanding library of animated classics. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Nov 14, 2016
2.5/5 78% Bubba Ho-Tep (2003) Despite having a fascinating set-up and an excellent turn from Bruce Campbell, Bubba Ho-Tep becomes a missed opportunity due to director/writer Don Coscarelli's inability to take advantage of the bizarre premise. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Nov 7, 2016
2.5/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) No doubt there will be many who enjoy Doctor Strange simply because there's a plethora of action, but for those looking for the satisfying narrative foundation that these films are usually set upon, unfortunately you'll find it just a little lacking. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) With its flat characters and a bland, retreaded narrative, Independence Day: Resurgence makes for a banal and instantly-forgettable sequel that can't even live up to the decent spectacle of the original. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Oct 24, 2016
3.5/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Swiss Army Man may have a few lulls throughout its intriguing tale, but its unusual premise and compelling characters make for a film that you can't help but stick with, even if it's just for the fact that you simply can't believe what you're seeing. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Oct 17, 2016
3/5 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) The Wailing features some fine direction from Na Hong-jin, gorgeous cinematography, and an intriguing mystery, but it all ends up being smothered in an excessive 157-minute runtime that the story simply can't fill. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot contains some humor that works and a good deal of charm and nostalgic value, but it still ends up being a mostly-forgettable outing thanks to a lot of jokes that miss and an unremarkable story. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Oct 11, 2016
3.5/5 81% The Thing (1982) John Carpenter's The Thing boasts outstanding special effects, skilled direction and cinematography, and a tension-filled story, making for one of the legendary director's most cherished works. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Oct 10, 2016
3/5 89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town features a pair of great performances from Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur, and a story that is partially compelling, but it's ultimately let down by an overlong runtime that the film isn't able to sustain. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Oct 10, 2016
3/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is certainly not without its flaws, mainly due to issues in pacing and storytelling, but one has to give credit where it's due, for with a strong cast and a powerful narrative, it's got just enough to make it worth exploring. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Oct 6, 2016
1.5/5 28% Warcraft (2016) With its stretched narrative, thinly-written characters, and sub-par CGI, Warcraft is an adaptation that's not likely to please long-standing fans of the games or those merely looking for an entertaining fantasy adventure. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Sep 26, 2016
3.5/5 68% Labyrinth (1986) Even after 30 years, Labyrinth remains a fantasy classic, utilizing its beloved characters, unique creature and set designs, and a charming performance from David Bowie to deliver a memorable film filled with magical elements. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Sep 26, 2016
5/5 93% Beauty and the Beast (1991) Beauty and the Beast remains one of Disney's very best animated masterpieces. Featuring a timeless story, memorable characters, and beautiful music, it's an unforgettable film that has been admired by millions of fans for the last 25 years. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3.5/5 57% Money Monster (2016) With a tense narrative, an excellent ensemble, and impressive direction from Jodie Foster, Money Monster is a compelling and exciting thriller that grabs you from the start and hardly slows down until the very end. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Sep 5, 2016
2.5/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship is a strangely misguided attempt at bringing Jane Austen's novella "Lady Susan" to the big screen. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Sep 5, 2016
3.5/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Shane Black's The Nice Guys is a splendid tribute to mystery films of the 70s, featuring a good dose of black humor and surprisingly great chemistry between leads Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Aug 22, 2016
2/5 11% I Am Wrath (2016) I Am Wrath is about as clichéd as clichéd gets when it comes to the action/revenge genre. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Aug 4, 2016
1.5/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) The film is a heartbreaking disappointment in several ways, from the overcrowded cast of characters to the uninspired and undeveloped villains to the bland action sequences to the half-baked story. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2/5 76% Keanu (2016) Keanu aims low for its attempts at humor, but even then it fails to hit its mark almost all of the time. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Aug 2, 2016
2.5/5 50% Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) Batman: The Killing Joke certainly has its moments, but ultimately the film adaptation of the graphic novel suffers from a completely unnecessary prologue and a main story that was rather forgettable in the first place. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Aug 2, 2016
3.5/5 96% Sing Street (2016) While Sing Street may not have a lot of originality to offer in the story department, it still rises on the strengths of its incredible soundtrack, a great ensemble, and a charm that permeates its classic setup. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jul 25, 2016
2.5/4 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's a disappointment for sure, especially when it comes to the weak storyline, but there are still a few things here to like, including the cast, some of the action, and the humor. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jul 24, 2016
3/4 76% Lights Out (2016) Lights Out ends up being a good example of taking an oft-used premise and turning it into something that's highly effective. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jul 21, 2016
4.5/5 91% The Return of the Living Dead (1985) Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead is a classic of the zombie genre that delivers a good laugh with its silly, over-the-top nature, while also giving you several thrills along the way. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jul 18, 2016
2.5/5 58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Insidious: Chapter 3 may be a slight improvement over the previous sequel, but with its continued over-reliance on jump scares and a basic, repetitive plot, it merely becomes another chapter that will leave horror fans unsatisfied. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jul 17, 2016
2.5/5 78% Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) What we're left with is a gorgeous, but tedious adaptation of the classic tale that feels confused about its own identity, leaping this way and that, while at other times just meandering about. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jul 16, 2016
3.5/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Everybody Wants Some!! may seem to set about without a purpose or direction, but under writer/director Richard Linklater's guidance, it becomes a rather entertaining character piece mixed together with a delightful nostalgia trip. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3.5/5 100% The Dresser (2015) While The Dresser may have ups and downs in its narrative, there's no denying that Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen deliver stunning performances that alone make the film worth seeing. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jul 11, 2016
1.5/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) When one thinks of Tarzan, they think of fun, excitement, thrills, and fantastic adventure (even the cheesy 30s films had all of these), not something dull, tedious, and morose like this. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 91% No Way Out (1987) No Way Out may take about half its runtime to finally get the story moving, but when it does, the audience is treated to a grand thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jun 21, 2016
2.5/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) Midnight Special represents another disappointing entry in Jeff Nichols' filmography, one that suffers from his usual list of problems, including a lacking narrative, poor character development, and shoddy pacing. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jun 20, 2016
2.5/5 26% The Crush (1993) Alan Shapiro's The Crush suffers from a distinct lack of believability, turning what should have been a tense and horrific tale into a laughable mess. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jun 20, 2016
4/5 92% The Martian (2015) Sir Ridley Scott's The Martian is a thoroughly entertaining epic that easily ranks as one of the best films of 2015, and as the director's best film since 2000's Gladiator. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jun 13, 2016
3/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Basically, the sequel takes almost everything that was wrong with the first film and vastly improves upon it, leading to a horror experience that ranks as one of the better offerings of the last few years. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) With a sharp script and an excellent ensemble, Hail, Caesar! is a delightful love letter to filmmaking that blends the Coen Bros.' passion for the art with an exquisite tapestry of characters and storylines. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted Jun 6, 2016
2/5 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Gods of Egypt is a completely misguided spectacle that suffers from poor storytelling, laughable effects, and a confused tone. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted May 30, 2016
2.5/5 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies may have seemed like an interesting idea on paper, but when trying to combine these two elements on film, it makes for a narratively-befuddled experience in which they only get in each other's way. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted May 30, 2016
2/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It would appear that this new franchise is finally starting to show a little weakness, for what Singer delivers with X-Men: Apocalypse doesn't even come close to reaching the quality of the films that preceded it. ‐ The Blu Spot
Posted May 26, 2016