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Kerry Lengel

Kerry Lengel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 36% Glass (2019) The sequel to 'Unbreakable' and 'Split' adds another layer to the glass onion of self-conscious genre riffing.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 53% Escape Room (2019) It was inevitable that "Escape Room" would be a bad movie.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 52% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) OK, maybe they cut a couple seconds out of that scene where Deadpool gets ripped in half, but the movie's sardonically gruesome sensibility remains intact.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 98% Border (Gräns) (2018) "Border" brings to horror-fantasy the same Swedish sensibility that "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" brought to crime thrillers. Welcome to the land of eternal night.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) The full story has been sacrificed in the service of maintaining the balance between horror and fascination. And Ferro really has created a fascinating screen character.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 74% The Mercy (2018) An engrossing character study of an ordinary man whose extraordinary ambition proves his undoing.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) What makes the movie compelling, despite the subdued dramatic payoff, is that it is a heightened reflection of our experience - our love affair, really - with our gadgets, our apps and, yes, our brands.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) While it is a perfectly serviceable placeholder in the larger series, its contributions to the Potterverse are disappointingly minor.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coen brothers' greatest trick is balancing the ironic commentary on cinema and storytelling with the dramatic impact of compelling human stories well told. And it's a trick they pull off again and again.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Not quite an instant Christmas, or Disney, classic. But The Nutcracker and Four Realms, just like the Land of Sweets in the ballet, has many delightful diversions.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Bohemian Rhapsody" does deliver what any music biopic must: convincing characters and some kick-butt simulated concert experiences.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 77% Mid90s (2018) Hill isn't offering a sociological treatise. "Mid90s" is all about lived experience. It's about a place and a time and offers little inkling of its characters' futures.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 59% Face (2002) With no access to these women's inner selves, we are left wanting at least a fuller portrait of their outer lives, some way to infer the meaning that the film declines to provide.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 61% The Oath (2018) "The Oath" manages to raise the moral stakes along with the mortal ones, ultimately arriving at some pretty tough questions.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) More than anything, "The Sisters Brothers" is an exploration of how far you can take an anti-Western before it snaps out of the genre's orbit entirely.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) This brand of gonzo journalism was effective in Moore's 1989 debut about Flint and General Motors, "Roger & Me," but it has long since devolved into self-parody.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 60% White Boy Rick (2018) Purely from a standpoint of craft and storytelling, it's a good flick, although maybe not well attuned to the bombastic times.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 10% God Bless the Broken Road (2018) Like nine out of 10 faith-based films, it lets the message crowd out the other elements of good art: character development, thematic complexity, even basics such as a compelling conflict.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) The acting is great, but screenwriter Matthew Orton's attempts to give the film the philosophical heft that it deserves fall somewhat short.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 79% Alpha (2018) Hughes' efforts to bring emotional drama to the proceedings fall flat... relying on coming-of-age clichés that strip the story of any real surprise.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Even if "Darkest Minds" withers at the box office, Yuh deserves a mulligan. I mean, Rob Reiner hasn't made a good movie since 1996, and he's still working.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
1.5/5 30% Shock and Awe (2018) Are we supposed to take this as some sort of cautionary tale about what happens when governments and journalists fail in their duty to tell the truth? I'm afraid we're long past those particular warning lights, Mr. Reiner.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 47% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) If you love "Hedwig" - or "Rocky Horror" for that matter - it's worth streaming when it hits Netflix.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4/5 83% Blockers (2018) "Blockers" is the funniest teen sex comedy since "Superbad" and a feminist raunchfest to rival "Bridesmaids."‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
4/5 100% Keep the Change (2018) This gently humorous, fiercely honest indie film is a step forward in the quest for a move inclusive Hollywood, which seems to one of the themes of the cultural moment.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/5 80% Goldstone (2018) As a cinematic diatribe set in a stark moral universe, "Goldstone" comes in loud and clear.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It's Hollywood formula at its most generic.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Yes, there are life lessons aplenty, but that's perfectly appropriate in a celebration of one of the great moral fables of all time.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 87% Novitiate (2017) The film raises interesting questions, but the answers remain elusive, and whether that makes for a compelling cinematic experience is entirely in the eye of the beholder.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3.5/5 85% Loving Vincent (2017) The gorgeous animation alone makes "Loving Vincent" worth the price of admission. And the narrative, if a bit paint-by-numbers, is interesting enough.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/5 96% Step (2017) A straightforward, fly-on-the-wall portrait of real people struggling with real-life problems.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3.5/5 79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) No doubt you will be able to find articles explaining why seemingly clear proof of climate change isn't proof at all, but it looks pretty dramatic to me. But I'm just the movie reviewer. Please, spare me your emails.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 80% Risk (2017) It exists not to demystify Assange but to highlight the mystery, a fluorescent markup on a text you've already read.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/5 22% 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 96% 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 86% 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 15% 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 75% Trolls (2016) The characters are clichés and the plot is assembly-line predictable.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 75% 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 86% 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 83% 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 78% 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 44% 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 23% 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 19% 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 78% 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