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Jim Lane

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 57% 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 25% 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 87% 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 28% 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 52% 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 47% 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 92% 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 79% 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
39% 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 86% 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
3/5 63% Every Day (2018) The cast is generally good, but Rice's appealing sweetness is the movie's main attraction.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
82% Game Night (2018) McAdams and Bateman are the movie's only real assets; they're slumming, but they're having fun, and it's contagious.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/5 97% Black Panther (2018) That novel strain of black empowerment, and a powerhouse supporting cast ... are enough to compensate for all the usual cliches and paint-by-number action scenes.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/5 81% Early Man (2018) Not that the movie doesn't have its charms even for non-soccer-fans-though they may want to duck out for popcorn during the big game. Those who love the game can nudge the rating up a notch or two.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
25% Samson (2018) The story of the biblical strong man from the Book of Judges is drably retold without a trace of style or showmanship, making Cecil B. DeMille's 1949 Samson and Delilah (which was pretty good already) look like a masterpiece of great art by comparison. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The young men do quite well, and Eastwood delivers a polished product with a tightly staged climax.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3/5 54% 12 Strong (2018) The movie avoids ruminating on America's Afghan policy, and ends before things get complicated, making it an upbeat movie about a downbeat war.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
2/5 21% Forever My Girl (2018) Roe tries for tortured angst, but his character comes off as an unlikeable lump, while young Fortson is saddled with college-age dialogue and the kind of twee precocity that moviemakers seem to think is so cute. And the music isn't all that hot either. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 28% Proud Mary (2018) Director Babak Najafi gives a reasonable facsimile of the gritty atmosphere of the so-called "blaxploitation" pictures of the 1970s.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) It's just suspenseful enough to keep us wondering how it'll all turn out. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) The result is the kind of irresistible family-friendly fantasy that could wind up giving "sweetness and light" a good name. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) A miscast and unappealing Rebecca Ferguson as soprano Jenny Lind sinks the movie even further.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
1/5 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) This franchise ran out of steam halfway through the credit crawl on the first movie, and there's been nothing but garbage-in-garbage-out since then.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4/5 19% Father Figures (2017) Lawrence Sher's direction may be no more than workmanlike, but at least he stays out of everyone's way.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Where Abrams left us eager for more, Johnson leaves us sated and willing to wait a couple of years for the next episode. Still, there's plenty of fun to be had, and the series faithful won't be disappointed.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1/5 5% Just Getting Started (2017) The movie is a ghastly, ramshackle mess, lurching from gag to clunking gag and exacerbated by Barry Peterson's harsh cinematography, making everyone look considerably older than they are.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) The kicks keep coming and the stars have a lot of fun channeling their teenage alter egos.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Ronan, well on her way to being one of the greatest film actresses of the 21st century, is the movie's second-biggest asset after Gerwig herself, followed closely by Metcalf in perhaps the role of her career.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3/5 85% Wonder (2017) The movie's pro-tolerance, anti-bullying message is more than a little ham-handed, but it's redeemed by [Stephen] Chbosky's delicate direction and the honest performances he draws from everybody. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) The impression, despite Paki Smith's sumptuous Victorian production design, is one of constant, cheesy falsehood and wasted opportunity.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2/5 45% The Star (2017) It's harmless enough, but nowhere near as inspiring as it aims to be.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
5/5 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) Linklater juggles the movie's shifting moods expertly and draws moving, finely textured performances from his stars.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh lards Haris Zambarloukos' cinematography with gratuitous CGI until it looks like Murder on the Polar Express.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/5 84% Loving Vincent (2017) The result is breathtakingly original, a reminder of both van Gogh's unique vision and the tactile pleasure of hand-drawn animation.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/5 29% Suburbicon (2017) The movie is a limp example of an unhappy genre: bland satire. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It's a knowing self-spoof that doesn't take itself too seriously. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/5 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Co-fathers Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are back in one of those we-made-too-much-money-not-to-make-a-sequel-but-we-don't-have-any-good-ideas movies. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
1/5 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) [The stars], having soiled themselves with last year's loathsome Bad Moms, wade into more of the same, this time dragging Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon ... down into the muck with them. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Young Tiltson all but steals the show from his elders.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/5 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Rothe is the closest thing to a saving grace here; she has presence and wit and looks. If she can manage to drag herself clear of having to do junk like this, she may even have a future.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
1/5 12% Geostorm (2017) The script by Paul Guyot and first-time director Dean Devlin putters around with leftover parts from disaster movies that were badly written in the first place, stranding a decent cast.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017