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Joshua Starnes

Joshua Starnes
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6.5/10 67% Elysium (2013) If you can't ignore the ham-handedness of the message, which moves quickly from not far off-base to way, way over the top, it might be just too much for you. ‐
Posted Aug 16, 2013
5.5/10 27% Jobs (2013) Stern and company have managed the task of taking an actually interesting narrative and draining it like a vampire, with nothing to show for their results but a wasted two hours. That's some sort of feat, but it's not a good one. ‐
Posted Aug 16, 2013
7.5/10 65% Scenic Route (2013) When Scenic Route works it really works, and it's definitely a trip worth taking. ‐
Posted Jul 26, 2013
6/10 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) If it sounds like Men in Black with ghosts instead of aliens that's because that's exactly what it is, just with a bit less wit and slickness. ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2013
6/10 43% Red 2 (2013) It's like the first RED only less so. ‐
Posted Jul 19, 2013
7/10 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) It wouldn't work as well as it does if Hammer and Depp didn't play off one another as well as they do. But work it does, in a sort of shambling, Frankenstein manner that seems like it should fall apart at any moment but doesn't. ‐
Posted Jul 2, 2013
6.5/10 64% Epic (2013) Sure there's not much original here ... but it's well done, and that can't always be expected. Like a dandelion thistle, Epic is light and fluffy and quickly lost in the breeze. ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013
5/10 20% The Hangover Part III (2013) These movies are done. They are past done. Yes, The Hangover was a genuinely funny movie, but the warm feelings towards a well done piece of entertainment are not enough to make Part III anything more than rote. ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013
5/10 86% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Far from going where no one has gone before, this Star Trek is only interested in retreating along its old tracks. ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013
7/10 67% World War Z (2013) Even with the botched ending there's a lot to like about the film, but World War Z stinks with the rot of missed opportunity. ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013
5/10 50% White House Down (2013) Yes, there is some enjoyment to be had from White House Down if only from how inept it is. ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013
6/10 55% Man of Steel (2013) There is a lot to like about Man of Steel ... but it could be better. There is a lot of room to grow and hopefully the next try will be better yet. ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2013
5/10 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) Gatsby waivers and wanders, overblown and overdone and about twenty minutes too long. ‐
Posted May 9, 2013
8 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) Iron Man continues to set the bar for Marvel's solo superhero films through a combination of wit, charm and out and out entertainment. ‐
Posted May 1, 2013
7.5/10 7% The Big Wedding (2013) The Big Wedding is not a classic, or even really memorable, by any means, but considering the pit it starts at, it gets off light. And that's better than usual. ‐
Posted May 1, 2013
6/10 79% 42 (2013) 42 is enjoyable as hagiography goes, but for a genuinely important subject it has all the density of a soufflĂ©. ‐
Posted Apr 12, 2013
7/10 31% Gangster Squad (2013) Those looking for the depth and complexity of the best of the genre are in the wrong place, but take Gangster Squad for what it is and it's not a bad way to spend an evening. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
5/10 60% The Last Stand (2013) As action movies go, it's okay. There are some good ideas underneath and an attempt develop them, but only an attempt. And though time has moved on, Schwarzenegger himself hasn't. As a hero's triumphal return goes, it's more of a whimper. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
6/10 47% Bullet to the Head (2013) At its ridiculous best Bullet reminds us why we liked Stallone in the first place. But time has moved on, for him and for us and there's a point where looking back this way stops being entertaining and starts to become sad. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
4/10 12% Safe Haven (2013) It's typical comfort food filmmaking and that's exactly what Safe Haven is: a mouthful of cotton candy. Empty, overly sweet, and likely to kill you from diabetes. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
7.5/10 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) The only thing holding it back is the look of the effects. There's no way around it - Digital Domain's work on the Giants is substandard and all the scenery chewing of Bill Nighy (as the voice of the head giant) can't disguise the fact. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
7/10 72% Go For Sisters (2013) Go for Sisters is a showcase for the best and worst of Sayles' work taking a melodramatic plot and adding layers of character into it, using genre as platform to explore different cultures and the way they bounce off one another. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
8/10 98% Mud (2013) As fable like as Mud can be, with its good luck charms and wards against werewolves and demons and men who salvage using homemade diving bells, at its heart it is about real people going through real things. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
7.5/10 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) If it's not great V/H/S/2 is still a vast improvement over the first; brutal and efficient and immensely entertaining. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
7/10 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) As a modern version of Shakespeare goes Ado has a lot to recommend it and is worth seeing for Fillion's performance alone. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
9/10 98% Before Midnight (2013) A grown up, mature work in every sense of the phrase Before Midnight is that rare sequel among sequels - the one which continues to better that which has come before it. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
6/10 61% Evil Dead (2013) Beyond the basic plot and the return of a few of the most well-known sight gags from the first two Evil Dead films, it is generally its own animal. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2013
6/10 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Playing his film with a constant wink and nod Wirkola spends Hansel & Gretel's running time balanced on a knife's edge and juggling flaming chainsaws while doing it. He never falls although he does frequently stumble quite badly. ‐
Posted Jan 25, 2013
9/10 93% Amour (2012) Amour is not an easy film by any stretch of the imagination, but for those in search of art without pretension or affectation, this is the way it's done. ‐
Posted Dec 12, 2012
8/10 88% Django Unchained (2012) Tarantino definitely has a point to make about slavery, and it is there, but it is well hidden behind a stout curtain of fun, which is ultimately what you'll get from Django Unchained. ‐
Posted Dec 12, 2012
8/10 90% Lincoln (2012) One of the best acted films of the year. ‐
Posted Nov 2, 2012
7/10 34% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) If it's not quite as deep as it would like, Timothy Green does what it sets out to do better than most. ‐
Posted Oct 15, 2012
7/10 38% Here Comes the Boom (2012) It will help a lot if you like Kevin James, because you're going to be spending the entire film with him, but he's a likeable guy and Here Comes the Boom puts its best assets to work and only occasionally falls victim to its worst instincts. ‐
Posted Oct 15, 2012
5/10 80% Pitch Perfect (2012) Pitch Perfect isn't particularly bad. It isn't particularly anything. And that's what's most disappointing about it. That so many talented people could have worked so hard to produce something so... nothing. ‐
Posted Oct 15, 2012
7/10 85% End of Watch (2012) Not many character-oriented thrillers like this get made, however, so it's nice to be able embrace the ones that do, if you can handle the eccentricities. ‐
Posted Oct 15, 2012
6/10 56% The Bourne Legacy (2012) As mindless entertainment goes, Legacy is better than most with good dialogue and excellent character work from Renner. But it's incomplete and ultimately unable to carve out an identity of its own. ‐
Posted Aug 10, 2012
8/10 78% Killer Joe (2012) A little more time and a little more money might have turned Killer Joe into something truly great, or it might have ruined it, overwhelming the delicate chemistry with surface glitter. We'll never know. ‐
Posted Jul 19, 2012
9/10 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) What flaws The Dark Knight Rises has are few and far between, with most of it hitting just the right note as it prances between the darkest depths and the most hopeful highs like a cat on a hot tin roof. ‐
Posted Jul 19, 2012
8/10 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) I'm not convinced we actually needed a completely re-launch of the Spider-Man series just 10 years and three films after it started, but if we have to have one, The Amazing Spider-Man is a good one to have. ‐
Posted Jul 5, 2012
7.5/10 80% Magic Mike (2012) A good script, sure direction, and a star turn by Tatum may not be enough to make it 'the Citizen Kane of stripper movies' but you do get isn't half bad. ‐
Posted Jul 2, 2012
7/10 78% Brave (2012) On the surface, Brave does everything right. It is well thought out, well executed with a great deal of charm and humor... But for all that effort and skill, the end result is just... ehh. ‐
Posted Jun 25, 2012
8/10 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Kingdom benefits as well from a better designed story that does not weave restlessly the way his last did, but it's still not going to convince anyone who doesn't already like what Anderson does to follow along. ‐
Posted Jun 22, 2012
6.5/10 72% Prometheus (2012) For all the noise and thunder early on, Prometheus just runs out of steam, but what a ride until it does. ‐
Posted Jun 5, 2012
6.5/10 49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) After starting out strong and introducing a well-thought out group of pieces, the filmmakers suddenly seem to realize they have no idea what to do with them. ‐
Posted May 31, 2012
5.5/10 22% What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) This might sound obvious, but I don't think Hollywood thinks much of women. ‐
Posted May 18, 2012
4.5/10 57% The Dictator (2012) Cohen's mockumentary and social satire tastes may not be everyone's cup of tea, but there can be no doubt he knows what he's about in that milieu. The formula of The Dictator is unfortunately, painfully, not a good fit. ‐
Posted May 16, 2012
8.5/10 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) Marvel's The Avengers isn't the Second Coming, though it feels like it's been in the works almost as long as, but as far as big summer entertainment goes you'll rarely get much better. ‐
Posted Apr 30, 2012
5/10 53% Think Like a Man (2012) No amount of charm floating to the top can hide the bland, uninspired underpinnings. ‐
Posted Apr 20, 2012
6.5/10 26% Wrath of the Titans (2012) Liebesman and his small army of screenwriters can't quite hold onto the reins--there is too much of a desire to deliver the action beats to allow anything else to shine through--but they've tried where many wouldn't have bothered. ‐
Posted Mar 29, 2012
4/10 25% Act of Valor (2012) They tried this sort of thing once before in the '80s and ended up not getting much out of it but fodder for a Kevin Smith joke. Sometimes everything old does become new again. Sometimes, like Act of Valor it just stays old. And stale. ‐
Posted Mar 7, 2012