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Joe Leydon

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My All American (2015)

"For all its basis in real-world events, Pizzo's scenario - adapted from the book "Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story" by Jim Dent - plays like thoroughly predictable, by-the-numbers fiction." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2015

Palio (2015)

"As dramatically satisfying as the most crowd-pleasing scripted sports saga." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 6, 2015

The Price We Pay (2015)

"A concise, engrossing and occasionally infuriating overview of the ways multinationals avoid taxes by stashing profits in offshore havens." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 27, 2015

Woodlawn (2015)

"Until the balance tips rather too blatantly toward the latter during the final minutes, the overall narrative mix of history lesson, gridiron action and spiritual uplift is effectively and satisfyingly sustained." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 19, 2015
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Gridlocked (2015)

"Brutally and divertingly efficient as an old-school, high-body-count shoot-'em-up." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2015

The Girl In The Photographs (2016)

"A slasher movie filled with smug and self-absorbed characters who are not nearly as clever as they obviously assume they are." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 4, 2015

Guilty (Talvar) (2015)

"[Talvar] is bound to stir up controversy on its home turf with its dramatically potent depiction of police ineptitude, media excess, bureaucratic infighting and a possible miscarriage of justice." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 1, 2015

This Changes Everything (2015)

"An unsettling but ultimately encouraging documentary about global warming and grassroots activism." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 30, 2015

Labyrinth Of Lies (2015)

"An intelligent and arresting fact-based drama." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2015

Forsaken (2016)

"Refreshingly and unabashedly sincere in its embrace of Western conventions and archetypes." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2015

The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017)

"Osgood Perkins impresses - and scares - with his chilly debut feature about young women and dark forces." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2015

90 Minutes In Heaven (2015)

"This inspirational indie earns points by being more bluntly realistic than many other faith-based dramas in its depiction of an ordeal that likely would challenge the faith of even the most devout Christians." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2015

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"A rivetingly suspenseful drama that deftly intertwines elements of ticking-clock thriller and tragic farce." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2015

War Room (2015)

"By far the most slickly produced and insistently evangelical movie yet from the sibling team of Alex and Stephen Kendrick. " ‐Variety
Posted Aug 30, 2015

Mateo (2015)

"It's easy to see what drew filmmaker Aaron I. Naar to his eponymous subject in "Mateo," but it's almost impossible to share his enthusiasm." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 21, 2015

Assassination (2015)

"A sensationally entertaining mash-up of historical drama, "Dirty Dozen" style shoot-'em-up, spaghetti Western-flavored flamboyance, and extended action set pieces that suggest a dream-team collaboration of Sergio Leone, John Woo and Steven Spielberg." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 19, 2015

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015)

"A strictly members-only entertainment for a dedicated target audience, "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" will impress the uninitiated as very loud and very colorful, but not nearly fast-paced enough." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 12, 2015

Harbinger Down (2015)

"Ranks somewhere between self-consciously cheesy SyFy Channel fare and better-than-average direct-to-video product. " ‐Variety
Posted Aug 7, 2015

Tap World (2015)

"An infectiously spirited and pleasingly celebratory documentary about the globe-spanning appeal of American-style tap dance." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 6, 2015

Miracle Mile (1989)

"Deceptively simple and relentlessly gripping, it represents American independent moviemaking at its most exciting and accessible for mainstream audiences." The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jul 31, 2015

Paulo Coelho's Best Story (2015)

" A dramatically flat and tediously disjointed drama that comes across as a standard-issue, cliche-littered, struggling-writer-finds-fulfillment biopic that has been cut-and-pasted into borderline incoherence. " ‐Variety
Posted Jul 31, 2015

The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez (2012)

"Borgnine's robust performance keeps the pic grounded in a melancholy reality of frustrated dreams, bitter resentments and last-chance opportunities for redemption." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2015

Spy (2015)

"A satisfyingly amusing and sporadically hilarious throwback to the era when 007-spawned comedy-adventures were as ubiquitous as comic-book epics are today." The Moving Picture Show
Posted Jun 4, 2015

Deep Web (2015)

"This intriguing documentary about alleged Silk Road website founder Ross Ulbricht may lack balance, but compels interest nonetheless." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 1, 2015
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Drunk Wedding (2015)

"Imagine having to watch wedding videos of people you don't know, and would never want to know, and you'll be ready to endure "Drunk Wedding," an abysmally unfunny comedy that seems much, much longer than its 80-minute running time." ‐Variety
Posted May 29, 2015

I Believe in Unicorns (2015)

"First-time feature filmmaker Leah Meyerhoff spins a familiar but affecting coming-of-age tale in I Believe in Unicorns, a sensitively observed and arrestingly impressionistic drama that feels at once deeply personal and easily accessible." ‐Variety
Posted May 26, 2015

Where Hope Grows (2015)

"Like most if not all faith-based entertainments, "Where Hope Grows" embraces the idea that God works in mysterious ways. But it also insists that God helps only those who help themselves." ‐Variety
Posted May 14, 2015

All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015)

"A sentimental yet sharply observed documentary about the rise and demise of retail giant Tower Records." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015
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Bone in the Throat (2015)

"Although entertaining in fits and starts, the filmization too often has the flavor of a reheated leftover from the Guy Ritchie menu." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015

Wild Horses (2015)

"Tonally dissonant and narratively disjointed, "Wild Horses" plays like a patchwork quilt of scenes excerpted from a much longer movie, or maybe even a miniseries." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015

Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

"Sally Field shines in this dramedy about a sixtysomething office drone who falls for a younger co-worker." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015

Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

"Almost miraculously, the disparate elements add up to an improbably entertaining hybrid." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 20, 2015

Sneakerheadz (2015)

"Don't be surprised if respectful reviews and admiring word of mouth entice even older viewers who haven't worn the sort of footwear exalted here since they sweated out high-school P.E. classes." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2015
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Superfast (2015)

"Serial spoofers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer fall flat with a low-octane satire of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2015

Mavis! (2016)

"Living legend Mavis Staples is fondly celebrated in Jessica Edwards' spirited biographical documentary." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015

Sweet Talk (2013)

"Hopelessly stagebound, despite half-hearted efforts to open up what's basically a talky two-hander, and risibly pretentious in the manner of softcore porn that's no sexier than glossy ads for expensive perfume." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 24, 2015

Spring (2015)

"If Richard Linklater attempted a remake of Val Lewton's Cat People, the end result might resemble Spring." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 16, 2015

The Wrecking Crew (2015)

"The unsung heroes who played on stacks of wax during the '60s pop era are celebrated in a hugely entertaining documentary." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2015
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Big In Japan (2015)

"Much like most of the songs performed by the band whose misadventures drive its wispy plot, Big in Japan comes off as pleasantly diverting, vaguely familiar and instantly disposable." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2015

Ana Maria in Novela Land (2015)

"A lightly amusing comedy about an avid fan who trades places with the star of a popular telenova." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2015
3.5/4 81%

Urok (The Lesson) (2015)

"A spare, stripped-to-essentials drama about economic stress and mounting desperation that should resonate with a wide range of international audiences." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2015
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Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang (2015)

"A frequently hilarious but brutally observant documentary about the flamboyant former NBA star's misadventure in North Korea." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 25, 2015

Old Fashioned (2015)

"The leading man often seems more like a brooding menace in this handsomely produced but painfully slow faith-based romantic drama." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 17, 2015
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Female Pervert (2015)

"[A] self-indulgent trifle ..." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 5, 2015

The Loft (2015)

"Predictably, some items planted early in the film ... pop up in the third act with all the subtlety of a blast from Chekhov's gun." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2015

Best Of Enemies (2015)

"The on-camera clashes between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal are vividly and entertainingly recounted in this fascinating documentary." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2015

Spare Parts (2015)

"A surprisingly effective and affecting fact-based drama, despite its reliance on several recycled elements." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 16, 2015

Preservation (2015)

"Christopher Denham's suspenseful survival drama is an ingenious variation on 'The Most Dangerous Game.'" ‐Variety
Posted Jan 8, 2015

Red Knot (2014)

"Stage director Scott Cohen, here making his debut as a feature filmmaker, places far too much faith in the ability of his actors to elicit and sustain audience interest while improvising their way through the tissue-thin narrative he has provided them." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 5, 2014

Pioneer (2014)

"Although involving on a scene-to-scene basis, Erik Skjoldbjaerg's '80s-set Norwegian thriller is curiously muted in impact." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 1, 2014
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