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John Wenzel

John Wenzel
John Wenzel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Denver Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 96% Black Panther (2018) It's uniquely satisfying popcorn entertainment, a triumphant trifecta of subject matter, talent and timing.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) When everything pulls in the same direction, as it does consistently in "The Last Jedi," it's like watching a mind-boggling clockwork click into a deft ballet.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The script contains enough core truths and grand philosophical concepts that no spoiler could touch them, such as the co-dependence of slavery and freedom, or the paradoxical way the future echoes and restates the past.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/4 87% Wind River (2017) Sheridan has professed admiration for Clint Eastwood's towering anti-Western "Unforgiven" and dark-night-of-the-soul dramas from Michael Mann. Both are reference points for his adept mix of masculine posturing and wounded soul-searching.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
2.5/4 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Here's hoping the inevitable Vol. 3 rebuilds some of the first film's heart, because Vol. 2 feels like hollow spectacle, however gorgeously rendered.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/4 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Improbably, the film vaults over most pitfalls of long-threatened sequels while evolving the delicately crafted world in the original. It's a more sober, mature film, but no less entertaining or provocative.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/4 80% Patriots Day (2017) It's not exploitative or overtly political, and the violence is both sickening and sad. That's what makes it effective, but also impressive as a still-fresh take on a recent tragedy, messy as it is.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
1.5/4 30% Passengers (2016) At best, Passengers is glib and cutesy in the face of otherwise serious themes. At worst, it's an argument that men can do whatever they want with the knowledge that things will always work out for them.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) As things build toward the long, bloody and by-the-numbers (if ably staged) showdown, it's hard not to mourn for the film this could have been, considering the assemblage of talent.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/4 97% Hell or High Water (2016) This neo-Western works splendidly as a self-contained tale of loyalty, loss and redemption, with polished turns from a smoldering Chris Pine and spunky Ben Foster.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
2.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One is better than [the prequels] by a long shot, but after the high bar set by last year's Episode VII - The Force Awakens, simply being better than the prequels isn't good enough anymore.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) Like Tarantino's best work, the film forces you to see and feel something on its own terms -- in this case, loyalty and identity unraveling under extremes.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
3.5/4 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) From the iconic opening crawl through the wordless last frames of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams steers pop-culture's most beloved sci-fi saga in an exhilarating new direction.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
3/4 95% Creed (2015) Creed stirs emotions with a strong yet artful hand.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
2.5/4 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) It's a big, bold, schizophrenic pageant that still manages to work on a surprising number of levels -- creative liberties and indulgences be damned.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2014
3/4 93% Indie Game: The Movie (2012) Like punk rock or alternative comedy, it's a DIY pursuit that pits go-it-alone types against an industry machine, often breeding exciting but intensely idiosyncratic art in the process.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2012
2/4 22% The Raven (2012) The subject matter screams out for cleverness and depth, the sort of mind-bending twists and satisfying darkness that Poe himself would love. It finds them only in small doses.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2012
3/4 87% Control (2007) The film nails both the malaise and creative vigor of Curtis' short, bruised and chillingly relatable life.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2007