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Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97%

Moana (2016)

"There are no princes hanging around, no boys to really think about, no girly hang-ups or thingamabobs to fritter over, and no romantic subplots to distract from what's truly important: survival, independence, identity, self-belief." The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 23, 2016
91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"More mature than its predecessors and the first blockbuster of the modern superhero era ideally viewed on a magic mushroom trip." The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 23, 2016
51%

The Accountant (2016)

"A frequently frustrating but surprisingly entertaining genre mishmash that's at least upfront about its central conceit: Ben Affleck is definitely, 100 percent going for it as Hollywood's first autistic assassin." The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 12, 2016
98%

Under The Shadow (2016)

"A ghost story both on its surface and far below it -- a haunted house tale in which the tangible dangers of the war outside are so immediate that no one really sees what's happening within the walls." The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 7, 2016
88%

Raw (Grave) (2017)

"I've heard the patrons felled by Raw's more outré scenes, in a film filled with gaping flesh wounds and at least one sensual eyeball-licking, were men, which only underscores the film's power as a feminist fable." The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 19, 2016
54%

Mascots (2016)

"The rewards are subtle but a bit too far in between; much of it feels familiar, which will bring both comfort and frustration to fans. " The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 10, 2016
89%

Amanda Knox (2016)

"Knox bares her soul for the cameras in Amanda Knox, which achieves what all that media overexposure never tried to do all those years ago: It makes her seem human." The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 10, 2016
80%

Free Fire (2017)

"It's relentlessly brutal and surprisingly hilarious, the blackest of black humor seeping from its pores." The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 9, 2016
63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Fuqua's Magnificent Seven is Fast & Furious on horses -- The Wild Bunch for people who will never bother to see The Wild Bunch" The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 8, 2016
85%

Sully (2016)

"Sully wants to be life-affirming Oscar bait, but it's more like Clint Eastwood's Book Club For Dads Who Shop In Cargo Pants At Costco." The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 7, 2016
70%

White Girl (2016)

"A ferocious debut from writer-director Elizabeth Wood... a bold and brash cautionary tale filled with a lifetime's worth of terrible decisions." The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 31, 2016
35%

Skiptrace (2016)

"At times, Skiptrace feels like the most Jackie Chan movie Jackie Chan has made, certainly in recent years, and possibly ever." The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 31, 2016
83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"You might find yourself alone one night imagining your dinner screaming with every bite you take, and then wonder: Is that half-eaten slice of pizza plotting cheesy vengeance upon me... or am I the half-eaten slice of pizza?" The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 12, 2016
26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"While it's a bright, grimy, candy-colored mess, at least Suicide Squad is here to lighten up the place, break a few vases, take a few shots, and have some fun." The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 2, 2016
56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Visceral echoes of real life accidentally make the over-the-top action feel more prescient than anyone could have intended. " The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 26, 2016
36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"The idea that a secret sequel could bring a long-stale franchise like this back to life is, frankly, the most surprising thing to happen to horror in ages." The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 23, 2016
84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"When Beyond soars, it hits a sweet spot of perfectly balanced stakes, momentum, character development, callbacks, music, and action, blasting at full power in particular in one memorable space-battle set piece that punches in just the right moments." The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 15, 2016
72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"With a crackling sense of purpose and a surplus of reverence for their predecessors, new Ghostbusters Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones plant their own flag on a beloved sci-fi comedy franchise." The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 10, 2016
95%

Tickled (2016)

"One of the strangest and most utterly engrossing documentaries of the year." The Daily Beast
Posted Jun 10, 2016
90%

The Witness (2016)

"The Witness takes a heartaching deep dive into a story we already thought we knew." The Daily Beast
Posted Jun 6, 2016
48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"'X-Men: Apocalypse' gives 'X-Men: The Last Stand' a run for its money as the worst entry in the long-running franchise." The Daily Beast
Posted May 27, 2016
92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"Shane Black, the buddy action auteur, is back in his wheelhouse-and he's delivered another inspired onscreen pairing in the blundering one-two punch of Gosling and Crowe." The Daily Beast
Posted May 15, 2016
90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Finally, a big budget superhero sequel that manages to be both effortlessly entertaining and utterly sobering, instead of just one of those things-or, as we've endured too frequently in the past, neither of them. (Looking at you, Batman v Superman.)" The Daily Beast
Posted Apr 13, 2016
27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Watching Batman and Superman rage at each other like little boys makes for a pretty tedious two and a half hours." The Daily Beast
Posted Mar 22, 2016
49%

Hardcore Henry (2016)

"If you're ready to subject yourself to the most balls-out, bonkers action ride of the year, then you are precisely the maniac for whom the flashy, gory first-person action-thriller Hardcore Henry was made." The Daily Beast
Posted Mar 18, 2016
23%

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"Zoolander 2 death-marches its way through a tiresome succession of espionage movie clichés and cameos." The Daily Beast
Posted Feb 10, 2016
84%

Deadpool (2016)

"Deadpool is at once a welcome antidote to the played out superhero universe and an anomaly, destined to be trapped in its spandexed outliers. " The Daily Beast
Posted Feb 9, 2016
72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"Stirring, soulful, and incendiary. " The Daily Beast
Posted Jan 27, 2016
92%

Southside With You (2016)

"Barack and Michelle's Before Sunrise-esque first date makes for a charming indie romance." The Daily Beast
Posted Jan 24, 2016
64%

The Greasy Strangler (2016)

"One long feature-length skin-crawl, a comic exercise in visceral discomfort that's all the more entertaining if you can check your gag reflex and lean into the ick." The Daily Beast
Posted Jan 23, 2016
50%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"Bay, never one for subtlety, cranks up the sentimentality in his most patriotic film to date." The Daily Beast
Posted Jan 14, 2016
92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"Perfectly safe and plenty full of the Force... but leans on geek nostalgia to reboot a beloved property by hitting predictably familiar story beats. " The Daily Beast
Posted Dec 16, 2015
77%

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"Even the look of The Good Dinosaur's main character seems outdated, blocky, and out of place in his own world." The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 27, 2015
80%

Chi-Raq (2015)

"As 'Chi-Raq''s world expands, Lee's true target comes into focus: Chi-Raq is Chicago is America, and we are all, in our own way, responsible." The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 25, 2015
98%

Mustang (2015)

"A coming-of-age feminist fairy tale and just the film we need right now." The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 20, 2015
70%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"A tedious send-off for Katniss Everdeen." The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 17, 2015
65%

Spectre (2015)

"If you never imagined your mind would wander to tentacle porn while watching a James Bond movie, well, at least Spectre serves up something unexpected." The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 2, 2015
92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"The animated film of the year isn't a Pixar pixelfest or a kiddie product pusher, but a deep dive into the soul of a selfish narcissist lost in his own inescapable misery. " The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 26, 2015
91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"In Bridge Of Spies, Steven Spielberg finds the perfect use for Tom Hanks' squinty dignity." The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 16, 2015
91%

The Witch (2016)

"The Witch makes exceptional use of its Puritanical setting to build riveting, slow-burn terror. " The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 2, 2015
98%

Finders Keepers (2015)

"The strangest documentary of the year is a sensational tango of ego, entitlement, and obsession over one man's gnarled, fleshy, discolored foot." The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 1, 2015
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"The strangest documentary of the year is a sensational tango of ego, entitlement, and obsession over one man's gnarled, fleshy, discolored foot." The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 25, 2015
86%

Goodnight Mommy (2015)

"The most terrifying film of the year with a climax so twisty it begs an immediate second viewing. " The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 17, 2015
9%

Fantastic Four (2015)

"Flashes of freshness are utterly M.I.A. in Fantastic Four's final act, which is where its human drama is preempted by stagey, CGI-addled superhero posturing." The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 5, 2015
25%

Terminator Genisys (2015)

"Science fiction blasphemy: Not even explosive set pieces or endless Terminator-on-Terminator fistfights can distract from the nonsense." The Daily Beast
Posted Jun 29, 2015
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Chocolate City (2015)

"Not only uses Ginuwine's 1996 thirst anthem "Pony" to great effect-it also casts Ginuwine as one of Chocolate City's shining stars, grinding for dollars to his own song." The Daily Beast
Posted Jun 2, 2015
19%

Aloha (2015)

"Amy Pascal was right in those leaked Sony emails when she bemoaned a story that made no damn sense." The Daily Beast
Posted May 28, 2015
19%

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)

"The winking Tom Six, who cameos as himself, knows exactly what kind of movie he's made." The Daily Beast
Posted May 20, 2015
97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"The post-apocalypse hath no fury like a one-armed woman... George Miller pulls off a rarity in Hollywood blockbusters these days: A muscular action masterpiece built on practical effects, weighty and awe-inspiring." The Daily Beast
Posted May 11, 2015
75%

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

"It's hard to muster the attention span to care about Earth's Mightiest Heroes when we know they'll just be back to do it all again in a few years." The Daily Beast
Posted Apr 21, 2015
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