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Jonathan Lack
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
10/10 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Vintage Scorsese through and through - which includes his penchant for artistic evolution - The Wolf of Wall Street provides some of the most vibrant, energetic, and culturally impactful filmmaking of 2013. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 20, 2013
9/10 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Simultaneously honoring the spirit of the original while finding its own comic energy and satirical edge, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" is a triumph, the rare comedy sequel that really, truly works, and easily one of the funniest films this year. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 17, 2013
8/10 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) While the film's needlessly abrupt ending prevents it from working on its own terms, "The Desolation of Smaug" is quite nearly a great Hobbit film, filled with wondrous invention, genuine pathos, and many great performances. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 9, 2013
10/10 88% The Wind Rises (2014) A dense, gorgeous, and impossibly rich masterwork, Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises captures the air of an artist who has said all that he wishes to say. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 2, 2013
10/10 96% Gravity (2013) Gravity, for all its many accomplishments, is at its core a wondrous narrative, beautifully executed with an eye for innovation that matches its emotional and intellectual content. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Oct 3, 2013
7/10 27% Jobs (2013) Jobs is a wildly imperfect movie, but it presents, defends, and decently executes a clear and insightful interpretation of its subject, and for that, I respect the film. I even daresay I enjoyed it. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Aug 15, 2013
5/10 31% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Kick-Ass 2 is not without its occasional pleasures, but viewed as either its own movie or a follow up to its predecessor, the sequel is a pretty severe disappointment, and a rough cinematic experience to boot. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Aug 14, 2013
9/10 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) With absolutely dynamite work from Cate Blanchett and the rest of a large, deep ensemble, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine is a tremendous character study, and an effectively topical one to boot. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Aug 9, 2013
4/10 53% Lovelace (2013) Lovelace is one of the fluffiest, least substantive biopics I've ever seen, and I am baffled the film made it through the scripting and production phases without anyone ever once bothering to ask "for what exact purpose are we making this movie?" ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Aug 8, 2013
6/10 67% Elysium (2013) Elysium is entirely too heavy-handed and insubstantial to leave an impact. The effort may be extremely noble and respectable, but the finished product falls severely short ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Aug 7, 2013
8/10 69% The Wolverine (2013) In The Wolverine, James Mangold and Hugh Jackman have not only delivered the definitive take on one of modern pop culture's most enduring protagonists, but proved that there is life left indeed in the X-Men on film. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jul 24, 2013
10/10 71% Pacific Rim (2013) Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" is as clear and celebratory an expression of what film at its most creative, earnest, and exuberant can achieve as any in recent memory, and one of the very best films of 2013. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jul 9, 2013
4/10 73% Despicable Me 2 (2013) Despicable Me 2 is not a bad film, but it is a frustratingly lazy and hollow one, and at this point, nothing makes me more depressed about the state of Hollywood than cash-grab animated sequels like these. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jul 1, 2013
5/10 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) The Lone Ranger may feature excellent direction from Gore Verbinski, but it is a tonally disastrous mess as a whole, and features perhaps the single worst performance of Johnny Depp's career. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jul 1, 2013
6/10 50% White House Down (2013) The film has its obvious strengths and failings, with a nice sense of spectacle and disappointing character work, but overall, I find it hard to deny that the sheer mental deficiency of "White House Down" is practically intoxicating. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jun 26, 2013
8/10 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) Much Ado About Nothing is a small-scale but immensely satisfying treat, and one of the most infectiously enjoyable Shakespeare films in living memory. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jun 20, 2013
8/10 78% Monsters University (2013) Even during those stretches when the film is a bit too mired in convention, Monsters University boasts terrific characters, gorgeous and clever visuals, truly intelligent and surprising humor, and a wildly poignant emotional undercurrent. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jun 19, 2013
9/10 60% The Bling Ring (2013) The Bling Ring is a gloriously repugnant fever dream of reckless excess, rampant insensitivity, and spiritual isolation, one that is absolutely effective in getting its desired visceral reaction from the audience. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jun 13, 2013
5/10 74% The East (2013) The East is a wooden and unappealing chore, treading familiar ground for the filmmakers with an additional layer of clunky, drama-killing political soap-boxing. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jun 12, 2013
10/10 55% Man of Steel (2013) At once vaster in scope than any superhero movie yet produced, and as intimately, crushingly emotional as any other entry in the genre, Man of Steel lands with the precise, explosive weight of a true historical milestone. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jun 11, 2013
8/10 83% This Is the End (2013) This is the End is a surprising and audacious pleasure, big on certifiably insane laughs but fueled by genuine intelligence and heart. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jun 6, 2013
9/10 69% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) As wildly fun and accomplished a summer blockbuster as there is likely to be all year, Fast & Furious 6 masters the unmistakable speed and ferocity of an endlessly enjoyable action classic. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted May 22, 2013
7/10 20% The Hangover Part III (2013) The Hangover Part III is not necessarily a great or hugely memorable comedy, but it is certainly a very, very fun one, of a piece with its predecessors while wrapping the series up in clever, satisfying ways. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted May 22, 2013
8/10 86% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) The qualitative gap between narrative mechanics and character work is about as stark as it could be, but the latter is so effective, and the cast so tremendously effective in their roles, that Star Trek Into Darkness works well, all things considered. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted May 16, 2013
6/10 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby flirts with inspiration, but ultimately just goes to prove my longstanding point that slavish accuracy to source material never makes for wholly compelling cinema. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted May 9, 2013
8/10 49% Pain & Gain (2013) Michael Bay remains a flawed filmmaker but with this increasingly out-of-control comedy about the absurdity of the 'American Dream,' he has miraculously made the best film of his career. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Apr 24, 2013
8/10 53% Oblivion (2013) "Oblivion" is not revelatory science-fiction, but that does not stop it from being top-notch science fiction. Originality matters little when the experience is this rich and rewarding. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Apr 17, 2013
5/10 79% 42 (2013) 42 is pleasant experience at times, but is a disappointment on the whole, even with great performances from Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Apr 11, 2013
10/10 93% Jurassic Park (1993) Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D may sound good on paper, but it is even better in actuality, a ridiculously fun re-release of one of American cinema's most wildly entertaining films. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Apr 4, 2013
7/10 38% Dead Man Down (2013) Dead Man Down is unexpectedly good, smart and compelling even through its rougher patches ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Mar 7, 2013
6/10 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great and Powerful" has its moments, and enough of them to earn a very mild recommendation, but it is tremendously flawed and often frustrating work on the whole. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/10 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) A Good Day To Die Hard is an ugly, crass and uncomfortably mean-spirited sequel that bears no resemblance to its predecessors. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Feb 13, 2013
2/10 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) This crass, empty studio calculation is easily one of the worst films I have ever watched for review. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Feb 13, 2013
8/10 83% Side Effects (2013) An intense, zany, manipulative, gorgeously executed mess of a movie, Side Effects is entirely designed to play one big, cruel prank on its audience, a punch Soderbergh delivers with vigorously precise gusto. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Feb 7, 2013
4/10 37% Stand Up Guys (2013) I will continue to hold out hope for a good Pacino/Walken team-up in the future, but with writing this rote and unremarkable, Stand Up Guys is just as flaccid as its main character's penis. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jan 30, 2013
2.5/10 31% Gangster Squad (2013) Gangster Squad is never bad, and only rarely is it uninvolving, but the slight entertainment it provides comes coupled with a fair amount of tedium ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Jan 10, 2013
5/10 51% Promised Land (2013) The film wants to be meaningful, wants to have topical significance and emotional heft, but it arrives mostly empty, and in a year filled with great and memorable films, Promised Land is not worth anyone's attention. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 29, 2012
10/10 70% Not Fade Away (2012) Many films purport to be about music, but few understand music as thoroughly and enthusiastically as Not Fade Away. On every level, this is smart, confident, authentic, and thoroughly satisfying filmmaking, and one of the best films of 2012. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 20, 2012
10/10 51% This is 40 (2012) This Is 40 exhibits none of the pacing problems that held back Apatow's previous features, and builds to its simple, moving conclusion with extraordinary precision and clarity. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 19, 2012
10/10 88% Django Unchained (2012) There has simply been no film this year that awakened, excited, and satisfied my cinematic senses as much as Django Unchained, no film that succeeded better at its own ambitions or, with one or two possible exceptions, set it sights quite so high. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 19, 2012
5/10 37% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) As it stands, Hyde Park on Hudson is hobbled as a whole by poor focus and inconsistent tone and characterization. This is not a disaster by any means, but given the talent involved, it is certainly a disappointment. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 12, 2012
8/10 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Does An Unexpected Journey do a satisfactory job bringing audiences back to Middle Earth? The answer is 'yes' - if not as resolutely as I may have hoped - and the film is absolutely worth seeing for this quality alone ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 12, 2012
8.5 69% Les Misérables (2012) Les Miserables is a beautiful work, but a highly flawed one, and despite many moments of sheer transcendence, the film as a whole falls short of greatness. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 10, 2012
9.5/10 92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Zero Dark Thirty is as smart and well crafted a drama as any made this year, a stark and harrowing peek behind the modern intelligence curtain that is both exhilarating and refreshing in its focus, clarity, and execution. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Dec 7, 2012
4.5/10 74% Killing Them Softly (2012) Killing Them Softly is well made, written, and acted, but the allegorical story and repulsive characters are too one-note and unpleasant to enjoy or recommend. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Nov 29, 2012
8.5/10 73% Rise of the Guardians (2012) Rise of the Guardians is an unexpected treat, a clever and heartfelt love letter to the wonder of childhood that should delight audiences of all ages this Thanksgiving. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Nov 20, 2012
8/10 87% Life of Pi (2012) Life of Pi doesn't live up to its own external or diegetic hype, but it offers a pleasant and thought-provoking fable about the nature of faith, brought to life by some truly amazing visuals. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Nov 20, 2012
4.5/10 78% A Late Quartet (2012) A Late Quartet features good performers and good dramatic intentions, but is too joyless, unpleasant, and inauthentic in its presentation and discussions of music to make any sort of impact. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Nov 15, 2012
9.5/10 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Silver Linings Playbook is an infectiously rousing crowd-pleaser about psychological damage and emotional healing, which would seem oxymoronic if not for the authentic, insightful atmosphere and marvelous performances. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Nov 15, 2012
5/10 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is easily the best film in the series, thanks to stylish direction, a good sense of tone, and decent acting. It also has an infuriating ending that reinforces the worst of this series. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Nov 15, 2012