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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 30% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) Marc Webb's direction is crisp and knowing, drawing fine performances all around - including from Kiersey Clemons as Turner's best friend and Cynthia Nixon as his doting mother. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) The upbeat ending rings false because (1) it feels tacked-on, and (2) the movie hasn't shown us someone who deserves it.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 93% All Saints (2017) Acting at the top saves the day-by Corbett, old pro Barry Corbin as the town curmudgeon, and (especially) Nelson Lee as the leader of the refugees. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/5 38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Tom O'Connor's script doesn't know when to quit (half an hour earlier would have been smart); Jake Roberts' editing is sloppy; and director Patrick Hughes seems just along for the ride. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/5 78% Brigsby Bear (2017) The movie's rewards are many, and its unforced sweetness disarms all misgivings.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
1/5 35% Leap! (2017) The result is a sort of Flashdance for the Teletubbies set, not as obnoxiously atrocious as The Nut Job 2 (let's hope that record stands for a while), but really no better. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
1/5 10% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) It has all the traits that made The Nut Job so completely pointless-complicated non-story, dull characters, lame sight gags, lamer puns-then ups the ante with an in-your-face nastiness, stomping and bellowing at the top of its obnoxious voice.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 48% The Glass Castle (2017) It's an unusual story unusually well-told, and performances are first-rate.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 34% Kidnap (2017) It's efficient but unsubtle; Lee and Prieto don't know the difference between real suspense and mere tension. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) At 95 minutes it's just a messy sci-fi-horror-fantasy salad; King's "elements" become mere clichés. The actors and special effects crew do their best. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
5/5 92% A Ghost Story (2017) The movie is an utterly unique masterpiece, freighted with inchoate meaning and glimpses of eternity.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/5 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) The result is cold and unconvincing, by turns dull and repellent.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
10% The Emoji Movie (2017) The animation is candy-colorful, the pop-music soundtrack is catchy and the dopey puns almost pass for wit. On the whole, there are worse ways to waste 86 minutes.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/5 89% Maudie (2017) Hawkins is the best reason to see this sluggish, pinched, claustrophobic little biopic; whenever it threatens to grow dreary, which it does often, the spunky light in her eyes draws us back.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4/5 50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The story is slight but sufficient, and the fun keeps coming.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Marvel's latest reboot of this troubled franchise offers some new-toy fun for fans dead-set on a good time.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
1/5 17% The House (2017) The movie takes an idea with a slender thread of promise and does absolutely nothing with it, dissolving instead into unrelieved stupidity.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/5 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) The story is all over the place-to the point where there's really no story at all.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Wright glosses over some plot points in the interest of getting on with things, but the car chases are the point, and they're terrific.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) Whether Lightning's midlife crisis will resonate with the movie's kiddie audience remains to be seen, but Fee and company get points for bringing it up at all. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
1/4 46% Rough Night (2017) McKinnon sports the worst Australian accent in the history of the acting profession, but it's still one of the best things about this no-class female version of Weekend at Bernie's Meets The Hangover. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
2/4 18% All Eyez on Me (2017) It's strictly Amateur Night at the Biopic Factory.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 84% Megan Leavey (2017) The movie is pretty good, but it's hard to escape the feeling that there's a much better movie in Megan Leavey's true story, one that never got off the drawing board.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) There are too many villains, none of them dramatically strong enough to be much of a threat, and the most interesting characters get killed off too soon.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 89% It Comes At Night (2017) It's grim, bleak, uncomfortable and certainly no fun -- but performances are excellent and Shults' atmosphere of soul-corroding terror is hard to dismiss.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 70% Alien: Covenant (2017) It's stylish enough, and Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup and various others give it their best efforts, but if you don't see it -- well, unlike most of the characters, you'll survive.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/5 36% Snatched (2017) Schumer and Hawn make a great team, their comic chops meshing nicely (a sequel looks all but assured).‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/5 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Jokes are lame, David Bowers' direction is tired and the handful of stick-figure animation scenes are cleverer than the live-action.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
86% 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 85% 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 50% 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 48% 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 15% 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 52% The Boss Baby (2017) There's fun to be had. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 44% 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 54% 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 74% 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 37% 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
24% 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 20% 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 76% 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 65% 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 44% 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 93% 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 91% 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 42% 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