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Jim Lane

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 84% A Simple Favor (2018) An impish throwback to the stylish glam-thrillers of the early 1960s with a 21st century sass to go with all the twists and turns of the plot. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
1/5 11% Peppermint (2018) Rehashes tropes from better (though not necessarily good) movies.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 14% Life Itself (2018) Fogelman pretends to offer the random kaleidoscope of real life, but his movie is riddled with the rankest Dickensian contrivances -- without Dickens' flair for vivid characters. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 55% The Bookshop (2018) Writer-director Isabel Coixet paces her tale with subdued dignity that borders at times on a dogged plod, but which makes it all the more effective in those rare moments when somebody finds it necessary to raise their voice.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 64% The Little Stranger (2018) Neither a horror movie nor a ghost story, it's just a lot of atmosphere and earnest acting looking in vain for a story.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 58% Operation Finale (2018) Unfortunately, the movie lacks the ring of truth because much of it isn't... False details abound, clouding the effect of decent performances.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 81% Juliet, Naked (2018) Jesse Peretz's direction smooths out any wrinkles in the text, and the movie draws a nervous, energetic charm from Byrne's performance.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) The puppet work is brilliant, the jokes (however tasteless) are often funny, and McCarthy and Barretta have a strong chemistry. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
1/5 22% A.X.L. (2018) Didn't anyone notice that the story made no sense, that it was just remnants of Short Circuit, E.T., WarGames and other better movies, strung together more or less at random? ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/5 93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Chu's career has been a tad uneven in the past, but he shows a sure hand here, drawing fine performance from a large ensemble - especially Wu, Golding, Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/5 82% Alpha (2018) Give director Albert Hughes an A for ambition, but a C for cornball achievement. As a piece of prehistory, the movie is maybe a cut above One Million Years B.C., but with cheesier visual effects. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) A low-class Mission: Impossible wannabe.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It's entertaining and angrily thought-provoking, with Lee at the top of his game - even if he can't stay off the soapbox and piles on too many endings. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1/5 7% Slender Man (2018) This tawdry, shoddy stinker is a movie of rare and total incompetence, literally unwatchable thanks to some of the worst cinematography in film history.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Kunis has a nice flair for comedy, but she gets shoved aside by McKinnon - who, like the movie at large, is obnoxious and funny in a roughly 60-to-40 ratio.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) If you've seen The Hunger Games, Divergent or The Maze Runner, there are no surprises in this low-rent X-Men knockoff.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 60% Dog Days (2018) The movie's heart is in the right place, and like a good doggie we forgive it if it doesn't always know what it's doing.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 90% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) There are some pretty clever turns along the way, the look is bright and shiny enough to keep toddlers from getting restless, and there are enough self-referential in-jokes to amuse their older siblings and parents. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 70% Christopher Robin (2018) Earnest acting, brilliant CGI and a few good lines can't conceal that the script is a half-hour's worth of stale whimsy dragged out to 104 minutes, directed at a plod by Marc Forster and murkily photographed by Matthias Koenigswieser.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Washington's implacable charisma and Fuqua's robust command of pace and style are desperately needed because writer Robert Wenk is back too, and he's flat out of ideas. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
2/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) Johnson's charisma lifts things a notch or two above the bottom of the barrel, but he's not a magician - and he can't really fly.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley is an original voice, and not as undisciplined as he seems; his movie begins in gritty, flippant realism, then pulls us along step by step until it becomes a paranoid fantasy so feverish that it plays almost as a parody of paranoid fantasies.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 88% Whitney (2018) Director Kevin Macdonald's documentary traces the life and career of Whitney Houston, a sad arc that could wring tears from a bronze statue... Macdonald traces her fall with sensitivity and compassion.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It's enjoyable enough, even for those who would rather eat broken glass than sit through another elephantine CGI-fest from the damned Marvel Comics Universe. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
1/5 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) There's nothing to do but endure it, pray for release, and cherish the respite until Hotel Transylvania 4 comes along in 2021.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2/5 62% Uncle Drew (2018) The message is undercut by the fact that they're all decades younger than the movie says they are, and under the amateurish old-age makeup, they aren't actors enough to make it work.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2/5 55% Tag (2018) Jeff Tomsic's flailing direction fails to smooth out the script's lurching changes in tone from jackass farce to buddy-buddy sentiment to group hug. The cast works hard, but they're in the hands of amateurs. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It's been 14 years since The Incredibles, and superhero movies are a lot thicker on the ground now, but writer-director Brad Bird has lost none of his wit and ingenuity; he can still show them how it's done.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/5 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) A wildly unpredictable ride sparked by edgy performances and a striking look.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Mechanical and formulaic, but the formula is amusing and it goes down smoothly enough to pass for something original.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 73% Adrift (2018) It's virtually a two-person show, and Woodley and Claflin are both excellent. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/5 53% Book Club (2018) It's great to see these four working together, good sports and consummate pros that they are, but the fact remains that they're shoveling crap, and it's insulting.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
1/5 17% Show Dogs (2018) This dreary time-and-talent waster seems to have been aimed at undemanding three-year-olds whose parents have more money and less sense than is good for them. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) The story is inconsistent from one scene to the next -sometimes from one shot to the next - with nearly every scene looking desperately improvised, falling flat, and left in for the sake of filling out the running time.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2/5 27% Breaking In (2018) Action hero may not be what [Gabrielle] Union does best, but her versatility stands her in good enough stead; here's hoping this potboiler makes enough money to bring her vehicles more worthy of her.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 86% Tully (2018) Theron is wonderful, sympathetic even when she's being unreasonable, and her joined-at-the-hip chemistry with Davis makes the movie's unsurprising surprises work.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
2/5 25% Overboard (2018) The movie is passably mediocre, and at least it's one remake that doesn't desecrate the original - which was hardly a classic in the first place.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/5 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) A slickly satisfying vehicle for Schumer's comic everywoman persona, and she rises to the occasion.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/5 53% Rampage (2018) This videogame-inspired folderol is just as insane as it sounds, but it's enjoyable in its mechanical, greedy-eyes-on-the-boxoffice way.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 70% Finding Your Feet (2018) A last-act plot turn is straight out of the Dictionary of Tearjerker Clichés (look under "C"), but by that time we're enjoying these people's company so much that we don't really mind.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
1/5 32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) The forgotten-but-not-gone "comedy" troupe Broken Lizard is back... and they're just as unfunny and talent-free as they were back then.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) The result is an old-fashioned horror movie, and a nerve-wrackingly effective one.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 50% The Miracle Season (2018) The story is inspiring enough to make up for a more or less routine telling. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2/5 83% Blockers (2018) Things aren't quite as crude as they might have been, for which we can all be grateful. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 93% Journey's End (2018) The movie is very strong stuff, offering proof that Sherriff's play is unjustly neglected. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) The docudrama comes off as neither a hatchet job nor a whitewash, while Curran's measured, unhurried direction infuses a feeling of authenticity. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) This turkey is a shoo-in to sweep the Razzie Awards.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/5 87% Thoroughbreds (2018) First-time writer-director Cory Finley has produced the kind of picture that film festival audiences and high-tone critics love to gush over, but which is in fact an artsy-fartsy crock.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) The movie is enjoyable enough, despite the callow gloss of a 1970s after-school TV special preaching to us about tolerance. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 17% Death Wish (2018) The result is a satisfying melodrama.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018