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Justin Lowe

Justin Lowe
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 (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
48% San Andreas (2015) Together with cinematographer Steve Yedlin and VFX supervisor Colin Strause, director Brad Peyton achieves a persuasive blending of practical shots and superior CG techniques for the most complex sequences. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 27, 2015
83% The Midnight Swim (2015) The three actresses display a realistic camaraderie, but their characters are insufficiently actualized to achieve adequate differentiation. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 22, 2015
31% Poltergeist (2015) Leaving behind the youth-skewing perspectives of Monster House and City of Ember, director Gil Kenan not only delivers on the promise of Hooper's Poltergeist, but significantly raises the stakes for similar PG-13 fare. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2015
84% Noble (2015) [Writer-director Bradley] understands the inherent drama in Noble's life story, as well as the necessity of varying the narrative's chronological progression by alternating time periods in the film in order to maintain ongoing interest. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 6, 2015
8% Growing Up and Other Lies (2015) Intermittently amusing but rarely as funny as it wants to be. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 18, 2015
88% Backcountry (2015) Knowing that the situations depicted in actor and filmmaker Adam MacDonald's Backcountry are based on "true events" only makes them more harrowing to watch unfold onscreen. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 18, 2015
50% Like Sunday, Like Rain (2015) A playful tone and passable performances can't overcome an unremarkable premise and predictable plotting. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 3, 2015
No Score Yet A Year In Champagne (2015) It's A Year in Champagne's dedication to sharing the winemakers' own experiences, along with their anecdotes about this most quintessential of wines, that makes the film so enticing. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 3, 2015
79% Seoul Searching (2016) Lee's most accessible film yet looks poised to capitalize on enduring 80s nostalgia and a refreshingly appealing premise that could see the film crossing over from niche bookings to much broader appeal. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2015
64% The Foxy Merkins (2014) Merkins gets by on its considerable wit and a few genuinely hilarious moments for the first hour, then tries to play catch-up in the final 30 minutes by attempting to capitalize on marginal subplots. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2015
90% The Guest (2014) A slow-burn approach seems to pose a challenging change-up for the filmmakers, who struggle to build tension as the second acts stretches well past the point when the level of menace should be escalating. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 5, 2015
21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) The material feels stale from nearly the first scene featuring the threatening old manse. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 1, 2015
89% Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (2014) Six travelers traverse hundreds of miles along Spain's famed Camino de Santiago by foot in Lydia B. Smith's genial documentary, which gradually reveals itself as part travelogue and part spiritual quest. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 19, 2014
93% Little Hope Was Arson (2014) The film is attractively and professionally packaged however, with accomplished camerawork and editing supporting a narrative that eventually seems to reveal more smoke than fire. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 17, 2014
46% The Sleepwalker (2014) None of the characters is particularly likable or admirable, leaving little opportunity for sympathy or curiosity to penetrate the constantly heightened air of psychodrama. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 17, 2014
34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) The jokes start growing stale well before the film's midpoint. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 12, 2014
26% Jessabelle (2014) The too-infrequent scare techniques ... are mostly by the book, rarely developing sufficient dread to heighten the film's rather unremarkable climax. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 3, 2014
85% John Wick (2014) After a marked absence from the genre, Reeves resoundingly returns with an effortless, kinetic style that positions the film extremely well for any potential follow-ups. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 22, 2014
91% Dear White People (2014) An edgy premise and memorable cast make for a potent first impression. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 13, 2014
65% The Maze Runner (2014) Consistently engaging, although never outright challenging. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2014
6% The Identical (2014) The Identical gets the job done adequately enough. This passably palatable film never hits any real high notes, however. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2014
11% The Longest Week (2014) As either romantic comedy or late-life coming-of-age material, the film's arc falls short of the transformative experiences typical of these genres ... ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 1, 2014
69% Ragnarok (2014) An action-adventure yarn wrapped around a monster-movie core, Ragnarok elevates familiar B-movie material with well-matched cultural specificity and realistic family dynamics. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 18, 2014
32% The Expendables 3 (2014) The law of diminishing returns is inexorably setting in with the third iteration. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 4, 2014
22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Liebesman relies on his genre-film resume to keep events moving at a brisk clip and the motion-capture process employed to facilitate live-action integration with cutting-edge VFX looks superior onscreen ... ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 4, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Despite occasional disregard for the laws of physics, much of the imagery displayed onscreen is so realistic and thrill-inducing that sometimes even the plot becomes almost secondary during the more intensely visual sequences. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 24, 2014
75% Happy Christmas (2014) A dedicated focus on character development pays off with ample humor. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 21, 2014
100% A Picture of You (2014) This disarmingly low-key genre-hybrid delivers both dramatically and comedically. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 11, 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) Turning the screenwriting over to adaptation experts Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber has preserved the distinctly literate tone of the book, even if they do occasionally deliver scenes that feel overwrought. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 3, 2014
No Score Yet The Odd Way Home (2014) The actors manage as best they can with the material, but it's an uphill struggle. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 2, 2014
8% A Haunted House 2 (2014) Wayans' performance again relies primarily on mugging it up and outrageous attempts at self-indulgent humor to elicit laughs, topped with copious doses of raunchy sexual innuendo and activity. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 18, 2014
61% Hank And Asha (2014) As if it were necessary, here's a film that proves that placing two characters in completely separate locations marks a shaky premise. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 7, 2014
46% Rio 2 (2014) There's plenty here to attract both kids and adults alike in Saldanha's colorful imagining of the Amazonian rainforest's avian communities. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 27, 2014
92% The Retrieval (2014) A skillfully wrought feature with appreciable emotional and historical resonance. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 4, 2014
72% Memphis (2014) A film of quiet intensity and poetic imagery. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
No Score Yet This May Be The Last Time (2014) The ethnographic material at the heart of the film ... warrants further exploration that's perhaps not best-suited to what's essentially an extended personal documentary. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
58% Ping Pong Summer (2014) Rose-tinted as the film's perspective may be, Ping Pong Summer is still a lingering, entertaining glance back at an era that Americans just can't seem to get enough of, whether in music or movies. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2014
19% Ride Along (2014) Since the film's largely schematic subplot about Serbian gunrunners can't manage much in the way of originality, it's fortunate that Story knows his way around a comedy. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) A shift in focus helps revive the low-budget horror series, despite the near-absence of returning cast members. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 3, 2014
70% V/H/S/2 (2013) Less is not necessarily more in this slimmed-down collection. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 31, 2013
78% Breakfast With Curtis (2013) This low-budget feature is more a series of anecdotes than a fully-formed narrative. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 6, 2013
88% Narco Cultura (2013) This issue-based journalism piece yields diminishing returns the deeper it digs. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 6, 2013
29% House In The Alley (2013) Lacking both originality and thrills makes a weak formula for a suspenser. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 30, 2013
85% Spinning Plates (2013) Episodic doc could use more focus on food preparation, but vividly captures the human element involved. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 28, 2013
28% Machete Kills (2013) Machete may kill, but on the second time around his repetitious, deadpan brand of humor really doesn't so much. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2013