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Joe Leydon

Joe Leydon
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Great & the Small (2017) Writer-director Dusty Bias offers an engaging dramedy about lives of quiet and not-so-quiet desperation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
89% From Nowhere (2017) Credible and creditable performances by a fine cast of promising newcomers and familiar veterans enhance the emotional impact of this low-key but compelling indie‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
40% Fall (2014) Throughout the entirety of "Fall," Murphy unassumingly serves notice that proficient character actors we often take for granted really shouldn't be.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
56% Wheeler (2017) This faux documentary about a country music singer-songwriter plays like a long-distance ego trip.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
80% The Grace of Jake (2017) Writer-director Chris Hicky makes a promising debut as feature filmmaker with this low-key drama of redemption.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
100% Kedi (2017) Kedi will make you a believer.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Yes, the movie is called "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," but don't let that get your hopes up.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
No Score Yet Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) A few episodes are less satisfying than others, but only because they spotlight intriguing yet obscure figures that audiences likely would want to learn about in greater detail.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
42% The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017) The end result merits a paraphrase of the memorable appraisal by Miss Jean Brodie: For those who like that sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they probably will like.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
42% Detour (2017) This surprisingly satisfying neo-noir thriller borrows a few pages from "Sliding Doors."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
5% Arsenal (2017) "You could argue that, at this point, [Nicolas Cage] is to 21st-century VOD fare what Wings Hauser was to '80s direct-to-video quickies."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
31% The Hollow Point (2016) An over-the-top Ian McShane is the chief selling point for this formulaic neo-noir drama, which also stars Patrick Wilson.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
No Score Yet Hollow Point (1995) The humor is often strained but the actors are always game in "Hollow Point," a modestly entertaining opus that tries to inject a "Moonlighting" style of levity into a routine action-adventure plot. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
50% Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016) Ringo Lam returns to his roots with a rehash of elements from '80s Hong Kong action cinema.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
15% Incarnate (2016) Offers a relatively fresh take on standard-issue exorcism-melodrama tropes, along with a performance by Aaron Eckhart that is more than persuasive enough to encourage the investment of a rooting interest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
20% Believe (2016) Schmaltzy faith-based drama isn't quite a lump of coal, but it's not a Christmas present, either.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
0% Life on the Line (2016) John Travolta dodges downed power lines, but can't escape the clichés.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3% Shut In (2016) It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, scads of cliches appeared on the horizon.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
60% Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) Wink-wink references to other Bollywood features add spice to this lukewarm masala.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
0% Max Steel (2016) A half-baked, time-wasting curtain-raiser for a superhero franchise that is never, ever going to happen.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
No Score Yet Priceless (2016) A surprisingly involving faith-based drama about human trafficking.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
57% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) A youth-skewing comedy-fantasy with possible cross-generational appeal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
50% Phantasm: Ravager (2016) It's kinda-sorta like an Alain Resnais movie, only with zombie dwarfs. And four-barrel shotguns. And, of course, floating, blade-bedecked silver spheres.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
88% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) The Original Gangsta Lizard gets a largely satisfying reboot in "Shin Godzilla," a surprisingly clever monster mash best described as the "Batman Begins" of Zilla Thrillers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
10% I.T. (2016) Pierce Brosnan provides a welcome low-tech touch to John Moore's high-tech thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
No Score Yet Werewolf (2016) The familiarity and predictability of its scenario about co-dependency in the lower depths make the relatively short Canadian indie seem longer than it is.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
67% Finding Altamira (Altamira) (2016) Antonio Banderas' admirable performance fails to energize Hugh Hudson's handsome but ponderous period drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
0% Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (2016) To call this feeble comedy a misfire would be to give it more credit than it's due.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
0% The Disappointments Room (2016) Despite Kate Beckinsale's game efforts, D.J. Caruso's thriller proves altogether worthy of its title.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
12% When the Bough Breaks (2016) "When the Bough Breaks" comes across as a Lifetime cable movie that got lucky and won a lottery offering theatrical release as first prize.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
13% Ithaca (2016) "Ithaca" is the sort of frustrating movie that's just good enough to make you wish it were a lot better. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
94% Starving The Beast (2016) A polished and provocative documentary about debates over funding -- or defunding -- state colleges and universities.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
100% Silicon Cowboys (2016) A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
92% Demon (2016) Ambiguity is a worthy artistic goal, of course. But when Demon ends, the audience is left to sort through a thicket of dangling plot threads.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
83% Rezeta (2012) Suffused with an air of freewheeling improvisation, Rezeta is a light and sprightly doodle of a romantic dramedy, at once effortlessly engaging and unabashedly inconsequential‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
40% The Fight Within (2016) "The Fight Within" is clunky and didactic, and the movie as a whole has appreciably less mainstream appeal than several other recent, and much better, faith-based dramas.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
No Score Yet Beta Test (2016) A real-world first-person shooter causes mayhem in this preposterous sci-fi action-thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
No Score Yet Dhanak (2015) A slick and engaging Hindi comedy-drama that is equal parts road movie and fairy tale.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
100% Chicken People (2016) An illuminating and amusingly entertaining look at the thriving subculture of competitive poultry breeders.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
No Score Yet Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2016) Unfortunately, the filmmaker is hard-pressed to find a new perspective for this all-too-familiar story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
No Score Yet The Seer (2007) Should be of interest to passionate devotees of the film's subject. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
40% Traded (2016) A retrograde horse opera in which the pacing is closer to a leisurely trot than a full gallop.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
33% Puerto Ricans In Paris (2016) It's difficult to see how the film itself could be any less substantial without evaporating on screen.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
100% Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016) Helmer Cheang and action director Li Chung Chi offer an impressive array of rock-'em-sock-'em setpieces, and the performances... are thoroughly attuned to the movie's overall tone of fever-pitched martial-arts noir melodrama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
45% Phantom of the Theatre (2016) A spooky and stylish thriller that sustains interest even after it veers from the flamboyantly fantastical to the relatively realistic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
100% Truman (2017) Cesc Gay's wise, wistful and well-observed film about two friends enjoying a final reunion in the shadow of impending death, is by turns amusing and affecting - and quite often both at once.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
10% Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016) "Papa" never transcends the tropes of a formulaic biopic that views its famous subject through the eyes of a worshipful young devotee.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
No Score Yet A Song for You: The Austin City Limits story (2016) With few exceptions - such as a sequence that focuses on a drug-fueled performance by the late Van Zandt - there is little here other than scads of happy memories and samplings of great music. But that's more than enough.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke (2016) An entertaining celebration of an Austin mecca for boot-scooters and two-steppers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
33% Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016) Slickly produced but scientifically dubious hodgepodge of free-floating paranoia, heart-rending imagery - lots of shots of cute infants who reportedly were damaged by vaccines - and anti-Big Pharma conspiracy mongering. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016