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Jim Lane
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) [Anderson] clutters up the screen with constant physics-defying CGI action, shot with jittery cameras and assembled with assaultive Cuisinart editing.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) The movie is enjoyable enough.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 42% Gold (2017) Performances, including Édgar Ramírez as a maverick geologist and Bryce Dallas Howard as McConaughey's loyal girlfriend, save the day.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Writer-director Mike Mills creates a world that feels at once distinctly individual and broadly typical, and it's the same for his characters: We recognize these quirky-ordinary people, even though we've never met anybody exactly like them. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/5 75% Split (2017) With nothing remotely human menacing the girls, the horrors visited upon them become just so much nasty sadism. And it's Shyamalan himself, not McAvoy's supposed character(s), who inflicts it. A deeply unpleasant movie.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/5 82% The Founder (2017) It's a wickedly clever study of inspiration, enthusiasm and perseverance morphing into avarice and ruthlessness-Macbeth among the deep-fryers, except that nobody actually gets murdered.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/5 19% Sleepless (2017) This grimly mindless shoot-'em-up is based on a 2011 French picture that was in turn inspired by American movies from The French Connection to Die Hard and Taken-in other words, this one is derivative two times over.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 84% Silence (2017) It's a stately, loving, sincerely acted and exquisitely photographed (by Rodrigo Prieto) experience. It probably won't make a dime, but Scorsese has nothing to apologize for.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 35% Live By Night (2017) Every one of the movie's 128 minutes reverberates with phoniness.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) This clumsy little E.T. for the NASCAR set has seen its release repeatedly delayed for nearly two years, and it shows tell-tale signs of desperate tinkering.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
1/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) The script by Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage is historically illiterate claptrap and Justin Kurzel's direction (if that's the right word) is just a murky, badly edited catalog of CGI clichés.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
2/5 73% Sing (2016) The new stuff is dull and forgettable, while the oldies are dismissed after a few bars before we can even start tapping our feet, as if writer-director Garth Jennings can't wait to get on to the next pointless scene. And at 108 minutes, it's far too long.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/5 31% Passengers (2016) A movie with a head, a heart and two of the most beautiful faces in movies.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It's pretty routine, but Star Wars faithful should find it plenty good enough; director Gareth Edwards keeps things moving well enough for the modest needs of the script.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/5 39% Why Him? (2016) It's lowbrow but energetic.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Two directors and six writers, and all they had to do was find an excuse for the kind of party scene that happens only in lame-brained movies like this. Is this the best they could come up with, really?‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Heartstrings resist such clearly calculated tugging; good tearjerkers tend to be a bit more messy. Still, it's a diverting-enough anecdote, well-acted by an aristocratic cast‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/5 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain stomps around barking at everybody, while director John Madden and his cast (Sam Waterston, John Lithgow, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, etc.) struggle to bring all these glib stick figures to life.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 93% La La Land (2016) The transition isn't always smooth; the movie sags in the center as the songs grow sparse. But there are virtues, too -- chiefly the proven screen chemistry between Stone and Gosling. (Their song-and-dance chops aren't half-bad, either.)‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It's a mess. Beautifully photographed (by Caleb Deschanel), gorgeously designed (Jeannine Oppewall) and conscientiously acted, but still a mess.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/5 15% Incarnate (2016) It's Inception meets The Exorcist, and the best thing you can say for this routine scare-'em-up is that the final result isn't as idiotic as the premise sounds.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 62% Allied (2016) The movie rashly invites an obvious comparison, but there's only one Casablanca. Still, this solemn, romantic melodrama bears up under the comparison surprisingly well.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 95% Moana (2016) It's a two-character show, and the stars deliver the goods with irresistible charm.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) This is reportedly the first of five movies. Well, Rowling's audience is hard to alienate, but we'll just see about that.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) The movie never really overcomes the basic familiarity of its formula -- Triumph Over Adversity (Sports Division) -- but within those limits, it's extremely well-done.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) The result is a genuine sci-fi thinkpiece, challenging and exhilarating.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3/5 74% Trolls (2016) Directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn pepper the... musical numbers with splashy visual fripperies that underline and italicize the movie's cheerful sweetness, reminding us of the fertile symbiotic relationship between music and animation.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
5/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's an incredible tale, superbly told and finely acted by Teresa Palmer as Doss' wife, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths as his parents, Vince Vaughn as his platoon sergeant, and most of all by Garfield.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Much of it takes place in the "Mirror Dimension," an eye-popping universe that M.C. Escher might have imagined if he'd worked with CGI. That, plus a strong story and stronger cast makes this a winner.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 19% Inferno (2016) Brown's shallow bag of tricks is getting more outlandish even as his plot twists grow less and less surprising, but writer David Koepp, director Ron Howard and the European locations keep us amused.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
2/5 21% Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) The fans will probably be pleased, but the most interesting thing about this one is how Perry finesses playing scenes with himself in three different roles.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Stylish and slick in the best sense of both words, it makes us welcome the idea of a franchise. (One is clearly intended.) J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow highlight a strong supporting cast.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The movie is yet another James Bond spoof, no more imaginative than it needs to be. Yet the familiar ingredients are very nicely balanced.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
2/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) A book built around found photographs becomes a movie built around a visual effects wish list, and the story becomes even more involved and confusing on the screen than it was on the page.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
1/5 0% Max Steel (2016) This I Was a Teenage Iron Man wannabe is inept at every level.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) There's no getting around the fact that he's pretty damn funny. Even better than the concert footage is a framing prologue and epilogue in the form of a hilarious spoof of James Bond pictures.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
33% Masterminds (2016) Hess deploys the same sneering derision he brought to Napoleon Dynamite; only Wiig eludes his heavy hand long enough to turn in a sensitive and sympathetic performance.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Zellweger saves the day, even when she's just going through the motions.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/5 63% Storks (2016) The result is harmlessly exhausting.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 54% The Dressmaker (2016) Moorhouse overdoes the quirk factor a tad, and there's a bummer of a development in the last act, but a clever plot and good performances (including Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving) keep us engrossed in all the eccentricity.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 43% The Hollars (2016) The Hollars is no towering drama blazing new trails in the art of film. It's just a nice, decent little movie about essentially nice, decent people.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
5/5 85% Sully (2016) The result is one superb piece of filmmaking, so uniformly fine that it's hard to single out any part of the mix.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/5 15% The Wild Life (2016) This one is utterly, doggedly, defiantly undistinguished, designed only to play for a big opening weekend, cashing in on those millions of parents out there with nothing better to do with their kids on a Saturday afternoon.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/5 12% When the Bough Breaks (2016) The movie boasts strong performances by Chestnut and Hall (both of whom are always welcome)... Ultimately, though, all are undone by the tiresome familiarity of Jack Olsen's predictable script and Jon Cassar's limp direction.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) A deeply affecting movie.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
45% Hands of Stone (2016) It's well-mounted and well-acted by a cast that includes Rubén Blades as Durán's manager, Usher Raymond IV as Sugar Ray Leonard, John Turturro as a shadowy Mafia figure and Ana de Armas as Durán's wife.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
1/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) The story is shredded to the bare bones, then the bones picked clean of drama and common sense. Even the chariot race is ho-hum.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 28% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) As Statham demonstrated with his hilarious turn in the Melissa McCarthy gem Spy, there's something about his humorlessness that is itself amusing.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 40% Morgan (2016) There's a sleek and sterile look to it that makes it cold and slightly repellent, but it holds our interest, albeit without building much suspense.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 81% Equity (2016) Briskly directed by Meera Menon and smartly written by Amy Fox, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner, the movie is slick, well-crafted and fascinating in a watch-all-the-sharks-eat-each-other way.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016