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John J. Puccio

John J. Puccio
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 No Score Yet Carry On... Follow That Camel (Carry on in the Legion) (1967) I can't say I had a great time with 'Follow That Camel,' but it's all clearly in good fun.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2012
5/10 80% Young Adult (2011) A cautionary tale? A slice of life? A demeaning of big-city shallowness or small-town complacency? Who knows. It's certainly a depressing black comedy.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2012
5/10 46% Happy Feet Two (2011) Not a bad film, just a disappointing one.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2012
7/10 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) If the movie reminds you of an animated Indiana Jones adventure, don't be surprised.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2012
4/10 12% Striptease (1996) The cynic in me leads me to suspect that Demi Moore only wanted to make the film to show off her newly buffed and enhanced body.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2012
7/10 59% Disclosure (1994) Little more than another Hollywood sizzler, a highly melodramatic and perhaps opportunistic look at a couple of topical themes; that said, it's also a lot of fun.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2012
8/10 94% Hugo (2011) ...not only pays tribute to the splendors of filmmaking by talking about them but by demonstrating them. It's a picture for film lovers of all ages.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2012
7/10 84% Puss in Boots (2011) Clever and witty enough for adults and colorful and zany enough for children. Moreover, it's adventurous enough for anyone to like, no matter what their age.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
5/10 43% J. Edgar (2011) Hoover may have been the sweetest, kindest, gentlest man in the world, or he may have been a ruthless bastard; we wouldn't know from Eastwood's cautious portrayal of him.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2012
6/10 83% Spellbound (1945) It may not be first-rank Hitchcock, but even second-tier Hitchcock is better than what most other directors produce.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2012
7/10 No Score Yet Carve Her Name with Pride (1958) Chronicling the real-life exploits of WWII British spy Violette Szabo, the film serves its purpose and presents its subject matter in a moving and dignified manner.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2012
5/10 68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) For me, this was the best 'Harold & Kumar' film yet. Unfortunately, the film still comes off as too juvenile in its humor to have pleased this adult for very long.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2012
8/10 100% Rebecca (1940) While the film offers no overt violence or thrills, it is a model of sustained mystery and eerie suspense.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2012
4/10 57% Love Story (1970) If you're going to make a serious tearjerker, somebody's got to die. It's in the handbook of romantic platitudes.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2012
6/10 95% Wings (1927) ...as big as they came in 1927, with a host of extras in the battle scenes and aerial footage that is often stunning.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2012
4/10 68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) For me, it was a matter of diminishing returns on a product that wasn't very good to begin with.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2012
6/10 No Score Yet Reach for the Sky (1957) Kenneth More's performance is at the heart of it all, a bigger-than-life realization that is hard to resist.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2012
6/10 84% Contagion (2011) A first-rate cast, excellent acting, and a reasonably taut pace help a somewhat lackluster and sometimes melodramatic story line over its more-predictable soft spots.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2011
3/10 No Score Yet Santa Claus (1959) I couldn't help feeling as I watched it that it must have a strong cult following somewhere simply because it's so...strange.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2011
7/10 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) If viewers go in expecting another Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett as a cerebral Holmes, star Robert Downey Jr.'s vigorous portrayal of the character will surely be unsettling.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2011
6/10 81% Dolphin Tale (2011) While some adults may get impatient with it, kids will undoubtedly find it appealing.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2011
6/10 62% Final Destination 5 (2011) It's a neat, tidy, tightly wound little horror picture with a single-minded intent to startle you out of your seat while causing you to laugh immoderately.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2011
5/10 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) The characters do a lot of chasing around, running, punching, and kicking, making the movie more exhausting than exciting.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2011
7/10 70% Mission: Impossible III (2006) The best of the first three for its nonstop action and sometimes pulse-pounding excitement.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2011
6/10 63% Mission: Impossible (1996) What used to be an IMF team effort turned into another star vehicle for Tom Cruise.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2011
3/10 33% The Hangover Part II (2011) ...almost the same gang of dimwits are up to the same shenanigans, with Thailand substituting for Vegas.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2011
7/10 No Score Yet The Silver Fleet (1943) A good, taut little WWII thriller that makes unique and worthwhile viewing.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2011
6/10 71% Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) It's best to watch it for its glorious cinematography and settings, and forget about Brando's participation.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2011
7/10 82% Super 8 (2011) While it's often tense and exciting, it's also more than a little exaggerated and corny at the end. You take what you get.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2011
8/10 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) It makes a fitting conclusion to a series that most of the film-going public has been following for over a decade.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2011
7/10 68% Scrooged (1988) It's got Bill Murray, and that's always a good thing.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2011
6/10 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) The characters and their predicaments rather grow on you. Silly? Yeah, a little. Touching? Yeah, a lot.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2011
3/10 No Score Yet Alien Outlaw (1976) Yes, of course, there is gratuitous nudity. What respectable pulp sci-fi B-movie would be without it.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2011
7/10 80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Because of its period atmosphere and its successful combination of characterization and action, it tops my list of best superhero films of the year.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2011
5/10 No Score Yet The Riddle of the Sands (1979) Perhaps director Tony Maylam was being too literal in adapting the novel to the screen, a novel that didn't translate well.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2011
5/10 68% Horrible Bosses (2011) While it may only be an average comedy, derivative of better things, these days it appears we have to be thankful for what's available.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2011
4/10 26% Green Lantern (2011) It drones on, needlessly complicating the story line with too many character relationships and too many dull stretches.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2011
5/10 68% The Bad Seed (1956) ...it's hard now to see what all the fuss was about.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2011
6/10 94% Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Typically Hughes: funny, zany, silly, a little bit dull and annoying, and, eventually, a whole lot sentimental.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2011
4/10 35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) ...it takes a certain talent to create as much action as Bay does without generating an ounce of excitement.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2011
6/10 No Score Yet The History of Mr. Polly (1949) Parts of the movie are engaging, parts lightly amusing, parts awkward, and parts a little dull.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2011
5/10 77% Thor (2011) ...although it looks good, it feels fragmented, the action never coming fully to life and the central character rather colorless.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2011
8/10 No Score Yet Genevieve (1953) ...a delightfully humorous frolic. Fun stuff, this.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2011
6/10 No Score Yet Campbell's Kingdom (1957) For what seems a pretty trite story, it develops some good dramatic action, romance, and interest in the main characters.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2011
5/10 15% Assassins (1995) The further into the action we get, the more ludicrous things become.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2011
6/10 No Score Yet Agent 8 3/4 (Hot Enough for June) (1965) ...enjoyably amusing. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2011
5/10 67% Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) If you were a child and saw it for the first time on television some four decades ago, it might have seemed pretty scary.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2011
4/10 4% The Specialist (1994) Nothing in it should surprise you, despite the twists the story attempts to take. Formula is formula.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2011
6/10 74% Sleepers (1996) ...it's more than a bit disconcerting to see how the narrative makes serious wrongdoers sympathetic. Therefore, a qualified success.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2011
7/10 No Score Yet Doctor in the House (1955) One can understand after watching it why the public wanted to see more of the characters and their misadventures.‐ Movie Metropolis
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2011