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Joshua Starnes

Joshua Starnes
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 92% The Nice Guys (2016) The Nice Guys makes up for weak characters by consistently subverting the cliches of action movie filmmaking.‐
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
7/10 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It repeats a lot of what has come before, but solid thrills make it more fun than old, for now.‐
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
8.5/10 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) A joyous tour-de-force of superhero action with real ideas and strong emotions at heart.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
4/10 7% Mother's Day (2016) This idea was a shallow well when it first started; three trips to it has basically emptied all the water out.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
4/10 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Hemsworth remains an excellent Huntsman, but Winter's War is a confused, directionless mess.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
4/10 30% Criminal (2016) Criminal recalls the kinds of action movies made in the '90s, and not in a good way.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
6.5/10 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Strong performances and timely subject matter largely cover up TV movie production quality.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
6.5/10 83% Sausage Party (2016) Sausage Party is quintessential Rogen, offering no more and no less than we have come to expect.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
7/10 50% Hardcore Henry (2016) A paean to video games and what they do well, and a grand experiment in what action films can do but haven't been.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016
6.5/10 84% Midnight Special (2016) For whatever weaknesses Midnight Special has, what attention it does pay to character and mood raises it above much of its kindred.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
5.5/10 77% Keanu (2016) The fact that the minds behind it have shown themselves repeatedly to be capable of so much more, the response to Keanu can't be any more than disappointment.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
8/10 87% Don't Breathe (2016) The first two-thirds are as solid a piece of thriller filmmaking as Hollywood has produced in a while.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2016
6/10 46% Knight of Cups (2016) Beautiful and dreamlike but sometimes feels like a parody of Malick's other, better work.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
7.5/10 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) It's not up to the level of a M.A.S.H. or Catch-22 but has several moments of sustained brilliance.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
7/10 53% Triple 9 (2016) A taut, character-fueled crime film undone by its own ambitions.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
5/10 61% Race (2016) James and Sudeikis are strong and it has its heart in the right place, but Race is too easily distracted to stick the landing.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
7/10 51% Risen (2016) Joseph Fiennes leads a strong cast in a surprisingly thoughtful retelling of the Passion of the Christ.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
7.5/10 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) When it embraces its absurdity it is fantastic; when it tries for more it falls apart.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
4/10 10% The Forest (2016) The Forest aims for ambiguity and suspense but just gets lost in the woods.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2016
8.5/10 88% The Big Short (2015) Adam McKay's funny, intelligent and depressing examination of the financial crisis is must-see entertainment.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
7/10 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) A fun if uneven return to a galaxy far, far away.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
9/10 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino's typical solid hand with actors is on full view.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
7/10 60% Concussion (2015) Will Smith is excellent as Omalu, portraying him as a man who has studied life more than lived it.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2015
6/10 42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Left without a heart of its own, this Sea flounders.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
4/10 60% Joy (2015) Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are still fun to watch, but the film does little to live up to its title or aspirations.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
5/10 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) When it goes wrong you get something like... well, you get something like Victor Frankenstein,/i>.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
5/10 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) [T]he basic skeleton of the story is at obvious odds with itself and not all of the charismatic actors in the world will keep the outcome from feeling like it lasts forever.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
6/10 27% Pan (2015) Though the film's story technically meets the definition of 'new,' little in it will offer up the feeling that word evokes.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
6.5/10 84% The Walk (2015) For all its visual brilliance, The Walk never manages to explain exactly what its goal is - or more specifically why anyone should care - because it's not a film about Philippe at all but only about what he walked on.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
6.5/10 64% The Visit (2015) There's too much good in it to call it a failure, but in many ways The Visit is less than the sum of its parts. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
4.5/10 15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) An endless NASCAR race trapped in a neverending circle, going round and round and round for eternity with no beginning and no end.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
5/10 43% American Ultra (2015) Less genre mash up and more head on collision.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2015
8.5/10 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Straight Outta Compton does not reinvent the musical biopic as a genre; merely hone it to a razor's edge, transcending a rote repetition of NWA's history to make a statement about the world that made them possible and how it must change.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
7.5/10 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation continues the series resurgence with moody suspense tied neatly to exciting set pieces centered on a stable of IMF agents that has finally gelled after several films worth of experimenting.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
5/10 17% Pixels (2015) Sandler's own films, if they continue their pattern, seem destined for a similar fate as Brenner's old video games - buried in the past with those who accidentally come across them in the future wondering how anyone enjoyed them in the first place.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
7/10 94% Spy (2015) McCarthy has honed her particular brand of comedy to a fine edge and proven she has a considerable arsenal to draw from; but she's also reached the point where she's drawing from what she feels comfortable doing as opposed to reaching for new levels.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
8/10 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) A rare sequel where audience investment is not entirely predicated on familiar faces going through familiar motions, and a rare series that seems intent on going out on a high note.‐
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
6.5/10 32% Chappie (2015) Featuring a lot of what we have come to expect from Blomkamp in both style and substance, the District 9 director's latest epic is high on heart but low on brains, forgetting that we actually need both to make life happen.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
6.5/10 80% McFarland USA (2015) McFarland, USA is a refreshingly optimistic look at how Latino-American and classic WASP culture can come to a rapprochement ... it is also hamstrung by the great curse of the inspirational sports film, prioritizing its message above its story‐
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/10 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Bland and dull, except for the rare moments when it is unintentionally hilarious, all Fifty Shades has to teach the curious is that it doesn't matter how many shades of grey you use, you will just end up with a drab, colorless blob. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/10 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) The Boy Next Door doesn't exactly aspire to a 'so bad it's good' level but it's so ridiculous that if you insist on suffering through it, while you won't get any of the promised thrills, you might get a good laugh.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2015
5/10 34% Blackhat (2015) It's as if Mann has simply run out of things to say about the crime story, but doesn't know what else to talk about anymore.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2015
6.5/10 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) The Wachowskis have seldom disappointed but frequently bewildered with their varied choices and willingness to experiment within the Hollywood big budget formula, which makes Jupiter their strangest concoction yet - a purely conventional one.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2015
7/10 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Battle of the Five Armies can be summed up with a phrase we can apply to the entire trilogy: good enough.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2014
6/10 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Exodus: Gods and Kings - for all its pedigree and bravery - remains firmly in the shadow of its famous ancestors.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2014
7/10 72% American Sniper (2015) For all its easy humanity, the end result is off-putting and suggests that for all the care Eastwood and company take with Kyle's legacy, the man himself and the world he lived in is still a mystery to them and to us.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2014
3.5/10 2% Left Behind (2014) I am now relatively certain there is a Hell and it is a darkened theater with no doors showing Left Behind on a loop for eternity. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
6.5/10 85% John Wick (2014) Wick is as you would expect, all style and no substance, not even a hint. What it does, it does well, but its ambitions are incredibly limited.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
7/10 77% Fury (2014) Fury cannot quite rise to the level of the modern war films it aspires to, but in its own way it is a worthy addition to the genre.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
7/10 60% The Equalizer (2014) Entertaining but uninspired, The Equalizer proves if nothing else why Washington remains one of our better, if underused, movie stars.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2014