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Joe Leydon

Joe Leydon
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Posted Jan 20, 2017
33% Detour (2017) This surprisingly satisfying neo-noir thriller borrows a few pages from "Sliding Doors." ‐ Variety
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 29, 2016
0% Life on the Line (2016) John Travolta dodges downed power lines, but can't escape the clichés. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 18, 2016
3% Shut In (2016) It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, scads of cliches appeared on the horizon. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 11, 2016
60% Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) Wink-wink references to other Bollywood features add spice to this lukewarm masala. ‐ Variety
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
Posted Oct 14, 2016
No Score Yet Priceless (2016) A surprisingly involving faith-based drama about human trafficking. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 14, 2016
56% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) A youth-skewing comedy-fantasy with possible cross-generational appeal. ‐ Variety
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
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
Posted Sep 29, 2016
12% I.T. (2016) Pierce Brosnan provides a welcome low-tech touch to John Moore's high-tech thriller. ‐ Variety
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Sep 8, 2016
93% Starving The Beast (2016) A polished and provocative documentary about debates over funding -- or defunding -- state colleges and universities. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2016
100% Silicon Cowboys (2016) A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computing. ‐ Variety
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Jul 8, 2016
100% Chicken People (2016) An illuminating and amusingly entertaining look at the thriving subculture of competitive poultry breeders. ‐ Variety
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
Posted Jun 20, 2016
No Score Yet The Seer (2007) Should be of interest to passionate devotees of the film's subject. ‐ Variety
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
Posted Jun 13, 2016
35% Puerto Ricans In Paris (2016) It's difficult to see how the film itself could be any less substantial without evaporating on screen. ‐ Variety
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
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
Posted May 6, 2016
100% Truman (2015) 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
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
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
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
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
Posted Apr 3, 2016
No Score Yet The Bandit (2016) An entertaining inside view of the making of 'Smokey and the Bandit,' emphasizing the relationship between Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) A raunchy and witty animated comedy that definitely isn't kids' stuff. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 15, 2016
94% Slash (2016) An engaging comedy-drama about adolescent outsiders who dabble in fan-fiction while inventing themselves. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2016
No Score Yet Wuss (2013) By repeatedly upending expectations and shifting tones, writer-director Clay Liford keeps his audience keenly fascinated and anxious throughout "Wuss." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2016
7% Misconduct (2016) A derivative but diverting thriller featuring relatively subdued turns by Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2016
39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) The Weinstein Company may have unloaded this embattled Western without fanfare, but it should still appeal to genre fans. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2016
No Score Yet For Grace (2016) You need know little about haute cuisine to savor the human drama of "For Grace." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2016
27% The Boy (2016) Despite game efforts by the cast, this tepid horror opus is never scary enough to overcome its silly premise. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2016