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Justin Lowe

Justin Lowe
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
24% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Often involving, although not quite entirely satisfying. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 12, 2017
83% Tommy's Honour (2017) An engrossing and accessible celebration of the game's modern origins, enhanced by striking locations and a standout cast, led by Scottish actors Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 12, 2017
100% The Bad Kids (2016) An insightful, affecting film that casts sympathetic light on a neglected educational sector. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 20, 2016
No Score Yet Virtual Revolution (2016) Although the intent is clearly to create a somewhat disorienting visual experience, it's the consistently derivative plotline that's really at issue. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 17, 2016
83% I Am Bolt (2016) Almost as engaging as the man himself. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 21, 2016
No Score Yet Live Cargo (2016) Nicely observed, but misses the mark. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 21, 2016
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) For those who've endured the long gap between Bad Santa movies like kids eagerly anticipating Christmas, this sequel brings it on like Saint Nick's overstuffed bag of goodies, with plenty to entertain (and offend) everyone. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 16, 2016
78% The Monster (2016) A fully realized depiction of elemental fear and desperation, The Monster's modest scale should attract discerning genre fans while establishing a firm basis for potential cult status. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 12, 2016
87% The Lure (2017) The filmmakers' enthusiasm for their characters and the vanished period setting is palpable, asserting a certain fatalistic charm of its own. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2016
67% Brother Nature (2016) Killam, who recently departed SNL after six seasons, shows a great grasp of his character's escalating bewilderment and frustration. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2016
82% Author The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Rather than a conventional inquiry into the circumstances and personalities that contributed to Albert's deception, Feuerzeig allows her to tell her own story, eschewing most other sources involved in her professional debut. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2016
64% Antibirth (2016) Often narratively cryptic and stylistically uneven. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 30, 2016
100% Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (2016) Draper's thorough research process yields fascinating details on the lives and careers of the athletes, particularly their early histories as amateur competitors. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 8, 2016
45% Angry Indian Goddesses (2015) An emphasis on the women's reactions to a variety of discriminatory situations starts to resemble a checklist approach, ticking off situations that cover career challenges, marriage dilemmas and personal relationships. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 5, 2016
71% Sleight (2017) Magic tricks become shorthand for the power of personal transformation in JD Dillard's modestly scaled thriller that's equally an accessible domestic drama. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 4, 2016
66% Nerve (2016) With its attractive young cast and a multiplatform media campaign, Nerve won't need to rely on going viral to find its audience, but it's unlikely to be trending for long once viewers digest its simplistically cautionary message. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 26, 2016
75% Brahman Naman (2016) The 1980s in southern India receive affectionate reimagining in Brahman Naman, a coming-of-age-comedy about sex-obsessed college students and their quest to lose their virginity. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 8, 2016
75% Buddymoon (2016) Alex Simmons' debut feature is a fleet, consistently amusing 80-minute jaunt through the woods. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 6, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) While some fairly unconvincing theories are tossed out in frequent debates concerning the underlying purpose of the Purge, they mostly remain within the limits of the film's fundamental themes of exploitation and disenfranchisement. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 29, 2016
76% Lights Out (2016) A surprisingly maternal horror movie that relies as much on fraying emotional bonds as supernatural suspense to create tension. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 23, 2016
100% Breaking A Monster (2016) Not many DIY preteen bands can inspire a massive YouTube following, but the trio of young African-American musicians comprising Brooklyn-based heavy metal group Unlocking the Truth is exceptional in many respects. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 20, 2016
100% T-Rex (2016) A scrappy doc profiling boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields' unlikely ascension to Olympic competitor. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 13, 2016
94% Parched (2016) Leena Yadav's third feature is a contemporary morality tale that critiques the often harsh treatment of women in the absence of egalitarian social norms. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2016
No Score Yet Ratter (2016) The risks inherent in our Internet-connected lives are brought into sharp focus by Ratter, a bracingly effective low-budget suspenser. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2016
86% Echo Park (2016) An unimaginative drama that never quite gains momentum. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 19, 2016
75% Mammal (2015) Daly has crafted a carefully calibrated portrait of emotional loss in its various manifestations. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 11, 2016
33% Ktown Cowboys (2016) This ensemble comedic drama maintains a light touch while surveying the challenges of accepting adult responsibilities. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 21, 2016
No Score Yet SOMM: Into the Bottle (2016) For anyone curious about the inner workings of the wine trade and the heritage of outstanding world wineries, Jason Wise's follow-up to his 2012 documentary Somm will help decipher many of these sometimes obscure topics. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 17, 2016
89% Thank You For Playing (2016) By turns touching, funny and sometimes strangely existential. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 15, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Although some may miss the immediacy of a rampaging kaiju destroying everything in its path, this is an entirely different breed of movie that's potentially even more effective for its shift in style and tone. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 8, 2016
39% The Other Side of the Door (2016) Along with writing partner Ernest Riera, Roberts pilfers odds and ends of Hindu religious practices and folklore to construct a middling ghost story that traces a vaguely Gothic outline, only to follow a wearyingly derivative trajectory. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 29, 2016
80% The Last Survivors (The Well) (2014) Hammock's carefully composed widescreen shots of the parched landscape contribute to crafting the film's stripped-down, distinctly menacing visual aesthetic and emphasize the isolation of the inhabitants, forced to compete for water and survival. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 12, 2016
67% Trash Fire (2016) With two low-budget cult films among his credits, Richard Bates, Jr. shifts a bit closer to the mainstream with Trash Fire, a relatively reserved horror-comedy that delves into darkly dysfunctional family secrets. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 1, 2016
91% The Girl in the Book (2015) Cohn displays deep sympathy with her protagonist's intersecting emotional crises, scripting a narrative that's intensely perceptive without becoming mired in mawkishness. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 4, 2015
71% Applesauce (2015) Multi-hyphenate Onur Tukel returns to the Tribeca fest with his seventh feature, a comedy so dark that only minimal humor alleviates the film's dour perspective. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 23, 2015
13% Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) Even at this late stage in the evolution of the franchise, logical lapses in filmmaking technique undercut the integrity of the found-footage format, but continuity was never one of the series' strong points, a shortcoming easily forgiven by fans. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 23, 2015
55% Hyena Road (2016) Gross' script realistically depicts the uncertain and frequently shifting alliances that characterized the Afghan conflict's security situation. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 7, 2015
No Score Yet Astraea (2015) Kristjan Thor's sophomore feature is a contemplative post-apocalyptic drama grounded by an accessible futuristic scenario and fine ensemble performances. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 28, 2015
94% East Side Sushi (2015) Endearing performances, accomplished low-budget filmmaking and a distinctive urban setting all add up to an appetizing offering. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 21, 2015
71% The Final Girls (2015) Genre enthusiasts will get a kick out of Todd Strauss-Schulson's creative homage to classic slasher movies, which respects familiar horror conventions while introducing a sly contemporary perspective. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2015
48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Lacks a ... sense of originality and urgency, undercut by overly familiar characterizations and dilatory pacing. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2015
13% Sinister 2 (2015) Sinister 2 comes up a bit short on creative resources, although director Ciaran Foy probably gets enough right to entice those partial to the original. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 19, 2015
26% The Runner (2015) Stark repeatedly squanders the decent supporting cast, revealing scant backstory that would enhance the often vague character motivation on display. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 7, 2015
100% Twinsters (2015) Futerman makes a momentous discovery that she adeptly shapes into an affecting emotional journey as well as a telling example of how the fortuitous intervention of social media continues to reshape lives in unexpected ways. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 30, 2015
56% The Young Kieslowski (2015) Kerem Sanga's The Young Kieslowski is a teen pregnancy comedy that suggests the nimble dialogue and plotting of Juno from a male perspective, minus the excessive self-regard. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 20, 2015
62% Felt (2015) With predominantly improvised dialogue and performances, Felt gains scant narrative complexity from an over-reliance on a no-frills documentary style. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 23, 2015
81% Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World (2015) [A] humorous and touching new documentary. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 17, 2015
83% Runoff (2015) [Levin] has an instinctive affinity for the Kentucky countryside setting and distinct empathy for the travails facing farming communities. Aside from a few scattered scenes however, the threats faced in Runoff feel generic. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 10, 2015
58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Insidious: Chapter 3 offers a relatable young protagonist and several key supporting players from the prior films in a nimble setup to the series. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 3, 2015
22% Barely Lethal (2015) A fun-enough teen action comedy. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 1, 2015