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Keith Staskiewicz

Keith Staskiewicz
Keith Staskiewicz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) I would have loved to see more from the filmmakers, daring to fail while staking out some new terror incognita instead of just going through the motions of an experiment for which we already have the results. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 27, 2015
A 96% Blue Ruin (2014) With the same brand of realist irony the Coens used to cool down Blood Simple, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier slows the genre's heartbeat to gripping effect. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A 98% Mr. Turner (2014) To use a word often associated with Turner and his art, it's sublime. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 31, 2014
B 68% Me and You (2014) The movie is slight but observant and not nearly as maestro-batory as some of Bertolucci's other work. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2014
B 75% Happy Christmas (2014) Swanberg's naturalistic, improvised style lets the conflict come about organically, repeatedly putting the characters in situations to which they could react with clichés but instead go with something more empathetic and nuanced. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 2, 2014
B+ 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) At times, Big Hero 6 gets a little too noisy for its own good, but that never manages to drown out its many quieter charms. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 7, 2014
B 51% The Zero Theorem (2014) Gilliam's penchant for overstimulation can numb your visual cortex, but Theorem is still the best thing he's pulled out of that bag in a while. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 12, 2014
B+ 90% The Guest (2014) The coat of irony helps when the film takes a major pivot in tone, and Stevens is unnervingly placid as the corn-fed terminator. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 12, 2014
B+ 80% A Letter to Momo (2014) Thankfully, the supernatural elements never overshadow the human story occurring in the foreground. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 11, 2014
C+ 62% L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014) After a while, all that frivolity starts to collapse under its own weight like a fallen soufflé. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2014
B+ 83% Dormant Beauty (2014) It's well acted and gorgeously and tenebrously shot. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B- 50% Maleficent (2014) Maleficent feels classical in nature. The characters are boiled down to their essentials, the humor is timelessly broad, and Jolie's at her best when she's curling her claws and elongating her vowels like a black-sabbath Tallulah Bankhead. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 28, 2014
C 37% God's Pocket (2014) [Philip Seymour Hoffman,] John Turturro, Richard Jenkins, and Christina Hendricks round out a formidable cast that isn't given much to work with. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 8, 2014
B 35% Stage Fright (2014) This singing-and-dancing genre mash-up actually has some good, bloody fun. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 7, 2014
C 23% Need For Speed (2014) Need for Speed is just another pileup in Hollywood's long accident report of taking games from the couch to the theater seat. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 12, 2014
A- 88% The Wind Rises (2014) As gorgeously animated as any of his previous movies, Wind has Miyazaki trading in his more fantastical impulses for contemplative, old-fashioned drama and period detail. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 6, 2013
B 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) The animation is inventive and elastic, the dialogue zippy and shamelessly punny, and the tone lighthearted and fun, even if on a whole it's not quite a full meal. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 14, 2013
A- 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) The film is impassioned and powerful but not frenzied, riling the viewers' emotions without giving in to them itself. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 4, 2013
A 99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) In truth, any opportunity to see the film on the big screen is welcome. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2013
D+ 6% Battle of the Year (2013) The actual dancing scenes are occasionally electrifying, if far too sparse, but other than that and the welcome sight of co-star Chris Brown getting clocked in the face, the film barely gets off the ground, much less sticks the landing. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2013
C+ 58% Riddick (2013) Twohy succeeds in staging moments both tense and funny, but they're fewer and farther between than one would hope, and the dialogue is served up with a heaping helping of cheese, especially when delivered in Diesel's low-frequency growl. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 4, 2013
C+ 70% The Croods (2013) A handful of adrenalizing sequences of animated anarchy can't save this story from feeling overly primitive. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 20, 2013
C- 33% Escape From Planet Earth (2013) An animated film that goes lamely where many have gone before. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 18, 2013
C- 56% Snitch (2013) The film tries to paint in shades of gray with vague criticisms of the war on drugs, but the absurdity of its he-man Everyman plot ends up turning its moral palette a muddy brown. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 28, 2013
C- 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) The movie has been sitting on the shelf for a while, and like, say, a house of candy you might find in the woods, it's gotten a bit stale. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 25, 2013
B+ 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) It doesn't quite carry the heft of Toy Story, but there's a lot of heart packed into these zeroes and ones. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 31, 2012
D+ 5% Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) An ugly, assaultive collection of jump-scares. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 26, 2012
C- 16% Stolen (2012) The deep-rooted silliness makes it hard to take anything in the film seriously. But at least it has the decency never to ask us to. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 14, 2012
C+ 41% The Possession (2012) There may be need for an exorcist, but the power of Christ isn't going to compel the Jewish demon wreaking havoc in this competent but shopworn horror film. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 5, 2012
D- 3% The Apparition (2012) Might give you a restless night, but only because you fell asleep in the theater. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 26, 2012
A 93% Being John Malkovich (1999) Quote not available. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 12, 2012
C 31% Man on a Ledge (2012) For a film with such a straightforward title, Man on a Ledge turns out to be remarkably convoluted. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 25, 2012
D+ 12% The Darkest Hour (2011) It's clear from early on that these characters are as indistinct and lazily rendered as the floating blobs chasing them. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 28, 2011
B+ 92% Arthur Christmas (2011) Like most of Aardman's work ... [it's] more clever than outright funny, but it's also genuinely sweet, and the complicated relations among Santa's clan are surprisingly believable ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 22, 2011
C 24% The Three Musketeers (2011) Quote not available. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 29, 2011
C 30% Courageous (2011) Devolves into over-the-top drama and a suffocating heavy-handedness. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 2, 2011
B- 84% Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011) At its heart, it's really just a one-idea premise stretched out to feature length, but the lovable duo of Tudyk and Labine and an endearing layer of sweetness under all the blood make it a fully enjoyable comedy of (t)errors. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 30, 2011
B- 81% Dolphin Tale (2011) While the plot occasionally feels like Free Willy without the drama, it's a cute story if you don't mind temporarily trading in your cynicism for a bag of popcorn. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 21, 2011
D 0% Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011) With his pageboy haircut, ''Gee, golly'' Midwestern accent, and two protruding Chiclets for front teeth, Bucky Larson is a one-note joke played over and over and over. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 9, 2011
D+ 24% Apollo 18 (2011) Apollo 18 fails to stay with you because, like the cratered satellite on which it's set, it has no atmosphere. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 2, 2011
C 27% Colombiana (2011) It turns into the same silly stuff we've seen before, a dish of revenge served not so much cold as reheated. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 26, 2011
C 22% Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) Would have been better titled Spy Kids: All the Time Puns in the World. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 22, 2011
B 72% Fright Night (2011) Colin Farrell's performance as Jerry is the pulsing, stakeable heart of the movie. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 19, 2011
B No Score Yet Dexter Gordon and McCoy Tyner: Cool Summer (2002) Quote not available. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 11, 2011
B+ 90% Attack the Block (2011) There could be a few more scares and laughs, but it's a blast to be drawn into this urban ecosystem that is, to us Yanks, itself a bit alien. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2011
D+ 22% The Smurfs (2011) The Smurfs may be blue, but their movie is decidedly green, recycling discarded bits from other celluloid Happy Meals like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield, and Hop into something half animated, half live action, and all careful studio calculation. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2011
B- 41% A Little Help (2011) Fischer's performance is sweet and subtle, but the film can be so understated in tone and plot that it's hard to tell if it's actually saying anything. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 20, 2011
D+ 21% Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011) Sadly, rather than melding the best of two worlds, the film only takes the worst of their soap operas. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 13, 2011
C+ 38% Monte Carlo (2011) It's all very silly and contrived, but it's also airy and agreeably laid-back, not unlike a decent vacation. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 30, 2011
D 4% The Roommate (2011) With few scares and minimal characterization, The Roommate is really just a far-below-par thriller that desperately wishes it were a different movie -- a longing it shares with the audience. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 4, 2011