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Jim Lane

Jim Lane
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% The Lost City of Z (2017) Gray never quite pulls us into Fawcett's obsession, but his respectful, respectable picture keeps us watching, interested if not deeply involved. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
26% Unforgettable (2017) Hitchcock himself couldn't have pulled this schlock off.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/5 83% Disneynature Born In China (2017) The footage really is fascinating, even mind-boggling, and at a swift, economical 76 minutes, the movie hardly has time to wear out its welcome. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The nonstop action is so blatantly implausible that there's not a second's worth of genuine excitement in the whole two hours and 16 minutes. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 48% The Promise (2017) It's engrossing, moving and appalling, carrying us with indelible stately sweep from the exotic elegance of upper-class Constantinople to the dusty horror of desert massacres. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/5 40% Wilson (2017) There's ... some cranky fun along the way, what with Harrelson's slovenly charm and Dern's attitude of bedraggled exasperation (both of them show a refreshing lack of movie-star vanity).‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
1/5 16% CHIPS (2017) Shepard seems set on giving it the Brady Bunch or 21 Jump Street spoof treatment, but he doesn't have the wit to pull it off.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 53% The Boss Baby (2017) There's fun to be had. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) It's cheesy but endearing; there are worse things for teenagers to spend their allowance on.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
1/5 49% The Belko Experiment (2017) This soulless bloodbath isn't badly made for what it is-but as always with trash like this (Saw, The Purge), what it is is the problem.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2/5 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) For all the talent in front of the camera, it's a dull affair, lifeless, inert and almost exquisitely boring; its supposed revelations don't add up to much, dramatically or psychologically.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2/5 33% The Last Word (2017) It's just too contrived, at its most banal when it thinks it's being profound, and it doesn't add up on any real level.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
22% Table 19 (2017) We squirm through some awkward moments but in the end we're glad we came.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2/5 19% The Shack (2017) This one nevertheless falls short, thanks to the plodding direction of Stuart Hazeldine, who also lets Worthington engage in the kind of mumbling whisper that some actors mistake for intensity.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/5 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Somehow it all works; there's the right blend of excitement and humor in the script (by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly and John Gatins) and Jordan Vogt-Roberts' lickety-split direction keeps us on the edge of our seats. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/5 66% Before I Fall (2017) If nothing else, the movie will be worth it if it finally makes a star of Deutch; she's overdue. J.L.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
1/5 39% Rock Dog (2017) An excruciating, unendurable stinker from first frame to last.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) Director Zhang Yimou, the darling of art-house cinemas the world over, tries his hand at a fantasy adventure epic and achieves only low camp, albeit with his customary eye for brilliant color and striking tableaux.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) There's nothing wrong with it, but it has a stolid predictability, moving from frustration to triumph with the clanking regularity of a well-built clock that nevertheless could do with a little oiling.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1/5 92% Logan (2017) The gloomiest and grisliest of the X-Men franchise is expertly crafted in detail but overlong, dreary and dispiriting as a whole.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) he result is more fun than Batman's been since Adam West hung up his purple tights. Somewhere, surely, Batman's late creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger are smiling.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) It's almost hypnotically beautiful and you can't look away, right up to the off-the-wall ending. Verbinski delivers the goods on that score.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
2/5 27% Fist Fight (2017) Ice Cube shows himself once again as one of the most underrated actors in movies -- but maybe that's because he keeps making movies like this.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
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 32% 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 88% 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 84% 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 18% 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 85% 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 34% 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 32% 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 17% 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 40% 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 71% 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 61% 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 96% 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