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John J. Puccio

John J. Puccio
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) For what it is, it no doubt succeeds. It's just that Eastwood usually strives for something more. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Dec 6, 2012
7/10 96% Catch Me If You Can (2002) I don't think anyone would argue that 'Catch Me If You Can' is one of Spielberg's best films. However, it is good enough and passes a pleasant couple of hours. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Nov 28, 2012
7/10 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) There's plenty of action, intrigue, special effects, and high-tech gadgets to maintain our attention at least in spurts. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3/10 3% The Apparition (2012) I like a good ghost story, but 'The Apparition' is nothing like a good ghost story. It's more like a Syfy Channel show where they try to scare people in a darkened room. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Nov 17, 2012
6/10 No Score Yet Captain's Table (1960) The viewer will find a few hearty chuckles and a number of smaller giggles involved, the movie creating an amiable atmosphere and general good cheer. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Nov 1, 2012
6/10 64% The Campaign (2012) If it's sophistication you're looking for, forget it. This one's strictly for low laughs, at which it succeeds nicely. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 25, 2012
7/10 79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) It has a little something for everyone, from kids to adults, probably too much slapstick and chasing around, but a mature element as well that makes it worth watching. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 13, 2012
6/10 100% The Most Dangerous Game (1932) The movie is melodramatic, the acting stiff, and the music overwrought; yet I'm sure that's exactly why audiences liked the movie in the first place and why we find it so much fun today. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 10, 2012
3/10 18% Chernobyl Diaries (2012) There's nothing interesting, creative, innovative, exciting, suspenseful, or scary about it. We just sit there and wait for it to be over. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 6, 2012
4/10 41% Rock of Ages (2012) If you grew up with the music of the 1980's and want to relive it, you may enjoy the film. For me, I could easily have skipped both the music and the movie. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 2, 2012
5/10 37% Dark Shadows (2012) It's just sort of a star vehicle for Johnny Depp, with everyone and everything else a secondary consideration at best. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 23, 2012
4/10 46% Pet Sematary (1989) of the most witless horror movies I've sat through, essentially a zombie ghost story that's wholly predictable throughout. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 20, 2012
7/10 94% Dave (1993) affable, good-natured comedy, thanks to its stars and director, who never push it too far beyond gentle political and social satire and light romance. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 17, 2012
7/10 88% Titanic (1997) While I admit the film does not impress me as much as it does most other people, there is no questioning its passion and excitement. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 5, 2012
4/10 20% The Lucky One (2012) The movie follows the Sparks formula so precisely, you could write out every detail of the plot just from watching the trailer. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 24, 2012
7/10 92% School of Rock (2003) It's great fun. It's like one of those inspirational sports movies where you want to stand up and cheer at the end. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 21, 2012
5/10 57% The Dictator (2012) This is Cohen in a lightweight mood, taking very few chances, instead relying on only mildly irreverant humor. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 18, 2012
5/10 40% The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) The story and characters in "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" seem like a good fit for a fifteen or twenty-minute short feature. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 15, 2012
6/10 No Score Yet The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1940) The movie has more than a few good qualities, most notably the presence of Leslie Banks as the wonderfully droll police inspector. He pretty much makes the show. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 10, 2012
5/10 No Score Yet Fanny by Gaslight (Man of Evil) (1945) If it's Victorian melodrama you're after, the movie does its best to fulfil your needs. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 3, 2012
7/10 100% The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion) (1945) Carol Reed directed this 1944 war film from a script by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 26, 2012
7/10 No Score Yet The Naked Truth (1957) While the ending gets fairly manic, you'd expect that of what is essentially a screwball British comedy. ...funny stuff. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 22, 2012
7/10 79% Coma (1978) ...a genuinely suspenseful mystery thriller, with a conspiracy angle unfolding in due course without a lot of fuss and bother. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 19, 2012
6/10 86% Altered States (1980) Think of it as an extravagant and exhilarating, if over-the-top, piece of filmmaking that's silly, to be sure, but engrossing at the same time. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 15, 2012
6/10 58% Outland (1981) ...not a great movie but a reliable one, with another solid performance from Sean Connery, who always makes a staunch, stalwart protagonist of truly heroic proportions. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 10, 2012
4/10 18% Spawn (1997) As a movie, 'Spawn' can't make up its mind what it wants to be any more than its protagonist knows who he is or what he wants to be. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 8, 2012
6/10 86% The Whisperer In Darkness (2011) The atmospherics are in place, and the filmmakers catch the essence of Lovecraft's expansive horror with efficiency. The film is entertaining without attaining greatness. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 5, 2012
7/10 No Score Yet North West Frontier (1960) It may not be another 'Lawrence of Arabia,' yet it has an excellent cast of characters and plenty of rousing excitement and stirring melodrama. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jul 2, 2012
5/10 73% Barbarella (1968) Without Jane Fonda, there isn't much to talk about. Yet with her, the film is enjoyable to watch, not only because she is so appealing to look at but because she has such a flair for the role. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 27, 2012
4/10 0% A Thousand Words (2012) You've got one of the funniest verbal actors in the business in Eddie Murphy, and you put him in a movie where he can't talk. It's already a recipe for disaster. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 22, 2012
5/10 26% Wrath of the Titans (2012) ...all spectacle and little plot, all show and little characterization, all CGI and little story. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 19, 2012
6/10 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) ...sweet, warmhearted, meandering, slow, and most often humorous. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 17, 2012
3/10 28% Project X (2012) It's kind of like reality TV. You get what you pay for. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 13, 2012
5/10 No Score Yet Love Story (1944) Just as audiences split in their reaction to the 1970 movie, viewers will probably either love or hate the 1944 film. There isn't much of an in-between. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 11, 2012
7/10 81% A Perfect World (1993) It will not please everyone because it presents things in shades of gray and takes few easy outs. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 8, 2012
5/10 27% U.S. Marshals (1997) 'U.S. Marshals' is not a bad film; it's just a very derivative one, with not enough of its own voice to persuade us it's anything more than a copycat. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Jun 5, 2012
5/10 52% Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) With 'Lethal Weapon 4' we find the silliest and most sentimental of the bunch. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted May 24, 2012
5/10 43% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) ...a family adventure aimed squarely at children. For kids, it's fine; they'll probably enjoy all the color, action, and preposterous goings-on. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted May 22, 2012
7/10 86% Hondo (1953) intelligent yet thrilling film, long on talk but with sufficient derring-do to satisfy most fans of the Western genre. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted May 19, 2012
7/10 No Score Yet The One That Got Away (2012) ...a top-notch suspense thriller, with fine acting from everyone involved but especially from Hardy Kruger, who holds it all together splendidly. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted May 5, 2012
4/10 33% Joyful Noise (2012) ...painfully clichéd, its humor almost nonexistent, its sentimental 'ahhh' moments forced. Its music is the only thing to keep it afloat, and I didn't find it enough. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Apr 29, 2012
4/10 7% New Year's Eve (2011) Your appreciation for the film may depend on your tolerance for sugar. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Apr 26, 2012
6/10 No Score Yet Thor at the Bus Stop (2009) ...a sweet, humorous, poignant little film. For a first-time, low-budget, feature-length effort, it's not bad. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Apr 20, 2012
7/10 81% Clueless (1995) 'Clueless' is a sweet, comical, satiric, knowing film, and it's anything but clueless. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Apr 16, 2012
7/10 50% Camelot (1967) ...a sentimental, idealistic piece of romance and adventure, fluff to be sure, but fluff I continue to enjoy. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Apr 13, 2012
7/10 No Score Yet Marcelino Pan Y Vino (The Miracle of Marcelino) (2010) Miracles surpass all human power to understand them; that's why we call them miracles. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Apr 9, 2012
7/10 98% Born To Be Wild (2011) It's entertaining, poignant, educational (at least for kids), inspirational, and certainly beautiful to look at. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Apr 4, 2012
8/10 94% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) of the best action adventures of the year if you're willing to suspend your disbelief for most of the picture. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Mar 30, 2012
9/10 98% Chinatown (1974) Intrigue and suspense are the order of the day, and nothing is as it appears. Inscrutable, to be sure, and a wonderfully entertaining motion picture. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Mar 24, 2012
5/10 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) When it was finally over, I found myself not just disappointed, but a little annoyed. Frankly, it seems more than a little like a cheat. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Mar 22, 2012