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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
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
Posted Mar 12, 2012
5/10 46% Happy Feet Two (2011) Not a bad film, just a disappointing one. ‐ Movie Metropolis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Jan 24, 2012
6/10 95% Wings (1927) big as they came in 1927, with a host of extras in the battle scenes and aerial footage that is often stunning. ‐ Movie Metropolis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 6, 2011
7/10 68% Scrooged (1988) It's got Bill Murray, and that's always a good thing. ‐ Movie Metropolis
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Oct 4, 2011
5/10 68% The Bad Seed (1956)'s hard now to see what all the fuss was about. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Oct 1, 2011
6/10 92% Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Typically Hughes: funny, zany, silly, a little bit dull and annoying, and, eventually, a whole lot sentimental. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Sep 28, 2011
4/10 35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) takes a certain talent to create as much action as Bay does without generating an ounce of excitement. ‐ Movie Metropolis
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
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
Posted Sep 9, 2011
8/10 No Score Yet Genevieve (1953) ...a delightfully humorous frolic. Fun stuff, this. ‐ Movie Metropolis
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
Posted Aug 29, 2011
5/10 15% Assassins (1995) The further into the action we get, the more ludicrous things become. ‐ Movie Metropolis
Posted Aug 26, 2011
6/10 No Score Yet Agent 8 3/4 (Hot Enough for June) (1965) ...enjoyably amusing. ‐ Movie Metropolis
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
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
Posted Aug 21, 2011
6/10 74% Sleepers (1996)'s more than a bit disconcerting to see how the narrative makes serious wrongdoers sympathetic. Therefore, a qualified success. ‐ Movie Metropolis
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
Posted Aug 13, 2011