John Lekich

John Lekich
John Lekich's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Georgia Straight
Publications: Georgia Straight

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
53% Maleficent (2014) You may think you know what happens next. But the real thrill of Maleficent is that it keeps us guessing. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
55% Australia (2008) There's a lot that feels jarringly overdone here. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
46% Free State of Jones (2016) Ultimately, this is a noble effort that fizzles out long before it ends. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
71% Central Intelligence (2016) What does this one have going for it? In short: a pair of genuinely likable stars who employ a fair amount of charm to try and keep things less than predictable. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
90% Bridesmaids (2011) The result is a comedy on the competitive nature of female friendship that is aggressively uneven: sometimes smart, occasionally tender, and -- once or twice -- so self-consciously ballsy that I found myself chuckling out of sheer embarrassment. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) While extravagant, the CGI borders on the predictable, and the 3-D effects are less than memorable. Unlike, say, X-Men: First Class, this one doesn't have nearly enough charm to compensate for the bloated story line. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
87% Sleeping Giant (2015) Although there are fleeting moments of humour, loyalty, and tenderness in writer-director Andrew Cividino's debut, this is a film that draws its raw power from fearlessly exposing the ugly side of adolescence. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
53% Demolition (2016) Demolition says so much about love, loss, and rebirth that it's easy to forgive a few over-the-top moments. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Eye in the Sky provides an intimate look at the moral minefield that accompanies the employment of drone warfare. It's not the first movie to do so. But thanks to a deeply committed cast this one is well worth your time. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) What follows delivers little more than what we've experienced in previous installments. But then, there's another chapter right around the corner, if you can manage to care. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
26% London Has Fallen (2016) How many screenwriters does it take to space out a seemingly endless string of explosions? Well, according to London Has Fallen, no fewer than four. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
53% Risen (2016) Although the cast comes across as admirably restrained, we inevitably get bogged down in the usual Sunday-school clichés. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
96% Son of Saul (2015) The result makes it possible to watch the unwatchable. And for this alone, Son of Saul is a rare accomplishment. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
11% Dirty Grandpa (2016) This is one grubby little movie. But the shabbiest aspect of the whole enterprise is that the script can't even fully embrace its truly sordid nature. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
11% The Choice (2016) It makes for one insufferably soppy Valentine. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
31% Daddy's Home (2015) A twist on Ferrell's much funnier Step Brothers, it's content to be a pale reminder of the actor's more inspired work. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
65% Life (2015) There's not much to go on here. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2015
65% Quantum of Solace (2008) Despite one or two forgivable gaps in logic, this is a lean and mean make-over that works. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
49% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) If you need any more evidence that mainstream Hollywood is becoming a sinkhole for the greedy and creatively bankrupt, look no further than Olympus Has Fallen. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2013
87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Despite all the quality lavished on-screen, there's something missing. It's not just that the pace feels sluggish or the action sequences seem all too familiar. It's that the film feels hollow at the core. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2012
97% The Hurt Locker (2009) A riveting look at the day-to-day life of a U.S. army bomb-disposal unit stationed in Baghdad, this is the kind of emotionally charged drama that's traditionally released in the fall. Not that you won't be grateful to see it now. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Even at a running time of two hours and 18 minutes, it's all pretty thin stuff. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
5% Delta Farce (2007) If you've read this far and still want to see Delta Farce, just be warned. Things tend to get ugly, even when nothing blows up. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
90% District 9 (2009) Director and cowriter Neill Blomkamp manages to have fun with the concept while simultaneously serving up a Kafkaesque tale that doubles as a clever metaphor for South African apartheid. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
7% Furry Vengeance (2010) If the idea of an angry raccoon attacking a spiteful person's crotch leaves you helpless with mirth, this is the movie for you. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
7% License to Wed (2007) It's enough to make anybody squirm. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
9% Postal (2007) Although the best parts of Postal seem driven by a committed cast and a fearless sense of juvenile experimentation, there's little here that's consistently funny or original. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
39% Man on Fire (2004) Man on Fire is more cerebral than Rambo and more polished than Death Wish, but, despite an elegant patina, there's a nostalgic streak of vigilante justice bracing the spine of Brian Helgeland's talky screenplay. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2004