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Kerry Lengel

Kerry Lengel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 25% Below her Mouth (2017) While "Below Her Mouth" is no doubt some classy-looking porn, it's a pretty lousy movie, because all that sex leaves precious little time to develop character, plot or thematic depth.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3.5/5 94% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) A quiet character study of a man in slow-motion crisis.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
4/5 85% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Naharin's dances, amply illustrated from decades' worth of film, are visceral, emotional and sometimes shocking.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/5 14% Man Down (2016) There are fine films that have emerged from the current chapter of America's history at war ... But "Man Down" isn't one of them.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 74% Trolls (2016) The characters are clichés and the plot is assembly-line predictable.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) If you dig Hart's stuff, you'll probably love the movie.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 87% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) It's a compelling portrait both of Bauer and of a fraught moment in German history.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4.5/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Mark it down: This stop-motion stunner from the Laika studio will be next year's Oscar winner for best animated feature.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/5 81% Equity (2016) It's a quieter, more nuanced peek behind the curtain of high finance.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/5 35% Equals (2016) The final resolution of the plot is actually rather intriguing, but the journey to it is so slow and predictable that most moviegoers will have long since lost interest.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
4/5 38% How He Fell in Love (2016) A courageously mundane character study that aims to show people as they really are, rather than the gauzy movie version that we all want our lives to be.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/5 28% Warcraft (2016) It aims to match the mythic gravitas of "The Lord of the Rings" - even throwing in a nod to the Book of Exodus for good measure - and the results fall paint-by-numbers flat.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) For me, while it's not quite "This Is Spinal Tap," it scores at least a 7 out of 11.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Screenwriter Jon Vitti and first-time directors Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis certainly give it a try, but their bag of tricks is mostly recycled and their sense of humor is aimed squarely at 12-year-old boys.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 24% Being Charlie (2016) In the end, "Being Charlie" feels like a first draft of a story that's still in progress.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
3/5 17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) It's cute and entertaining, in a Saturday morning cartoon kind of way, but this one is just for the kiddies, because anyone who has seen more than a 10-year-old's worth of movies already knows the "Ratchet & Clank" playbook.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 77% Keanu (2016) The comic momentum never quite grinds to a halt, and even if the occasional attempts at genuine pathos come up short, "Keanu" is still an entertaining extension of the "Key & Peele" aesthetic.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/5 90% The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016) For teens and tweens in the midst of their own coming-of-age stories, it has the potential to be a wondrous eye-opener.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 61% Rolling Papers (2016) There's never a sense the filmmakers are preaching the gospel of legalization, although they are certainly not preaching against it, either.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 31% Daddy's Home (2015) The denouement ... is actually quite charming and relatively hilarious, but the 90 minutes of buildup is a bit of a slog.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
3.5/5 30% Don Verdean (2015) It's an enjoyable ride, but probably not one you need to take twice.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/5 75% A Royal Night Out (2015) These imagined adventures are implausible, but they give the director an opportunity to paint an amusing slice of London life during a historic moment overflowing with both joy and sorrow.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 45% The 33 (2015) Massaging the facts to pump up the drama is a necessary evil in a film like this, but "The 33's" cinematic beats are so familiar that they undercut the sense of realism that would make it more compelling.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
3.5/5 75% Cut Snake (2015) Performances keep the tension building toward an incendiary climax.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/5 92% Prophet's Prey (2015) A chilling portrait of a megalomaniac.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
2.5/5 75% Once I Was A Beehive (2015) "Once I Was a Beehive" is not a movie that's apt to impress grumpy critics. But then they aren't the target audience.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 51% Boulevard (2015) This is certainly a believable story, but it's one we've seen before, and neither screenwriter Douglas Soesbe nor director Dito Montiel has found a way to elevate it into something that challenges or inspires.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) McQuarrie delivers a tense, eye-popping amusement-park ride that's almost as exciting as it is forgettable.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
2.5/5 56% Minions (2015) Despite the dizzying pace of carefully calibrated incongruities, "Minions" somehow never generates more than the occasional chuckle.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
4/5 95% Amy (2015) It's hard to watch. And even harder to look away.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) Genisys is more entertaining than the last two installments, although it's not nearly as good as the first two.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/5 52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) Taken on its own terms, this isn't a bad little movie.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "Insidious: Chapter 3" is almost more a spoof of a classic like "The Exorcist" than it is an homage. It's not scary horror, it's silly horror, and the audience is in on the joke.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
92% When Marnie Was There (2015) To those film lovers attuned to quiet moments and emotional nuance, this film has a shine all its own. The old-school hand-drawn animation celebrates sweeping landscapes and but also the telling detail, revealing character through spare gestures.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/5 52% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) The personalities and conflicts make for engrossing cinema, but final scenes are anticlimactic.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 100% Arlo and Julie (2015) This low-key effort from indie filmmaker Steve Mims is as wispy as dandelion fluff but still makes for an amusing 76-minute ride, thanks to its charmingly quirky cast.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
2/5 72% 5 to 7 (2015) For an R-rated romance about a young writer's affair with a sultry French siren, "5 to 7" generates all the heat of an Easy-Bake Oven. It aims to sizzle but quickly fizzles.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/5 9% The Cobbler (2015) "The Cobbler" definitely won't please the audience for Sandler's mainstream blockbusters, and it's unlikely to win him new fans among the indie intelligentsia, either.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 80% Deli Man (2015) In the food-film canon, it aims to the be "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" of Jewish cuisine, and if it doesn't quite reach those poetic heights, it's still an affably informative documentary.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/5 13% Seventh Son (2015) "Seventh Son" delivers exactly what it promises: Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore slumming in a laughably generic sword-and-sorcery almost-epic.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2015
3/5 27% Annie (2014) The feel-good story and sing-along production numbers are likely to please the movie's target audience of tween girls, but there's not a whole lot in "Annie" to win their parents over.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2014
3/5 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Tolkien's richly imagined novels served as the template for an entire genre of "epic fantasy," and the opportunity to spend a final 144 minutes inside that world ... is more than worth the price of a 3-D movie ticket.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2014
3.5/5 97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) Steadily a portrait emerges of a man who is an inspiration as much for his character as for his talent.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2014
2/5 67% Awake: The Life Of Yogananda (2014) Unfortunately, while the swami taught his disciples to explore the depths of their very souls, the film barely scratches the surface of his life and teachings.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2014
3/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) In short, the movie works, although probably not so well as the book does.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
4/5 88% The Blue Room (La chambre bleue) (2014) It is a quiet but intense and closely observed piece of work.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
4/5 93% Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) An evocative portrait of a time and a place and also a subtly rewarding character study of three ordinary people in search of that extraordinary dream, a taste of freedom.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/5 52% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) It used to be that Woody Allen's failures were more interesting than most filmmakers' successes, but his latest offering is depressing proof that this no longer the case.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 60% Hellion (2014) Not that inarticulate characters can't be compelling if they are written with subtlety, acted with insight and, most of all, framed by a directorial vision, but "Hellion," despite a promising debut from Wiggins, falls short in at least two of the above.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/5 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) You'd expect the sequel to be an improvement based on production values alone, and you would be right, but not by much.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014