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Jim Lane
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 73% 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 58% 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 82% 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 28% 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 18% 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 13% 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
5/5 89% Only the Brave (2017) It's a harrowing story of heroism and dedication, and the movie does it full justice.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 46% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) Considering that this cutesy-pie drivel couldn't possibly interest anyone over the age of 7, letting it babble on for an hour and 39 minutes is sheer madness.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 5% Flatliners (2017) Nothing special, perhaps, but no disgrace either.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/5 34% American Assassin (2017) O'Brien has an acceptable (albeit modest) level of charisma, Keaton adds gritty gravitas, and Cuesta keeps it all clipping along.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) This sequel to 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service is even more enjoyable than the original-though like that fun-filled spy-fest, it could profit from trimming 15 or 20 minutes. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 31% Home Again (2017) The story moves with the predictable monotony of a Swiss clock that cuckoos every five minutes, and cheap jokes and wasted actors abound.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
1/5 15% Friend Request (2017) The cast and crew here are all hungry nobodies looking for their big break. They should keep looking.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 94% Stronger (2017) The movie's secret weapon is a possibly star-making performance by Tatiana Maslany as Bauman's girlfriend and later wife.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Cranked out by an unruly mob of three directors and nine writers, this third outing is of interest only to kids ages five to seven-and any parents with serious daddy issues.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 10% Tulip Fever (2017) Great look, great cast ... but everything just sits there like a tableful of delicious ingredients waiting for a master chef who never shows up.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 33% 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 86% 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 40% 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 80% 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 37% 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 9% 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 49% 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 38% 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 90% 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 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) The result is cold and unconvincing, by turns dull and repellent.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
9% 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 88% 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 49% 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 60% 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 45% 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 88% 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 68% 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 37% 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