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Lawrence Toppman

Lawrence Toppman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 86% Don't Breathe (2016) "Lang, snorting and enormous and bestial, seems like the Minotaur stalking intruders in his deadly labyrinth. For the first hour, the psychological cruelty far outweighs the physical. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 44% Hands of Stone (2016) "In less than two hours, you feel you know Durán in all his pride, cunning, self-indulgence and ring savagery. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 92% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) "By the end, a Zen-like calm that might be mistaken for stasis settles over the story. But these lives move forward slowly, inexorably, and they move us, too. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 40% Operation Chromite (2016) "A refreshing change of pace. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 40% The Fight Within (2016) "Director Michael William Gordon and writer Jim Davis give us a hopeful feeling about Logan without insisting on solving all his problems - or insisting that God will solve them for him. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) ""Pete's Dragon" takes us back not to the 1977 film that loosely inspired it but to the generation before that, when movies for kids were really for kids ... " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) "If you don't confuse this with history - or with the French film "Marguerite," a fictional piece loosely based on FFJ - you'll come away touched. That's mostly because of Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 91% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) "When son Dweezil was born, Zappa filled in the spot for "religion" on the birth certificate with "musician." "Eat That Question" shows how true that was. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) "Ayer has often been a careless writer, and so he is here. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3.5/4 79% Captain Fantastic (2016) "Mortensen has been ideally cast. He's at his best playing fanatics, obsessives, people beyond the norm who can't find their place in a quiet world. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 28, 2016
1.5/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) "This stale, redundant story goes round in the same tight circles, revealing one piddling new secret and containing one unconvincing change of character. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "Yes, the final 20 minutes descend into big-budget overkill. (That happened in the original, as I recall.) But until then, this good-humored bonding story emphasizes the actresses' gifts, rather than their gender. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/4 66% The Infiltrator (2016) "[Cranston's] craggy face and mellow baritone voice don't show signs of tiring audiences yet, and he has one quality few actors achieve at any age: He's eloquent in stillness and silence. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/4 45% Free State of Jones (2016) "As the divide between economic classes widens today, "Free State of Jones" remains as relevant as ever. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3.5/4 97% Dark Horse (2016) ""Dark Horse" has all the elements of a great sports movie biography: A rise from obscurity, achievement against all expectations, a comeback from a potentially fatal injury, an irresistible "little guy vs. big guys" vibe. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) "The movie has plenty of heart and a message which, if not always subtle, remains worth hearing: All of us have strengths and weaknesses, while qualities that disable us in one way might enable us in another. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2.5/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) "Wan knows how to sustain tension through terror, though he could have abbreviated the flabby middle of the movie. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3.5/4 90% The Lobster (2016) "I was caught up almost immediately in "The Lobster," a movie as prickly and difficult to approach as the title character. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2.5/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "Yet another summer superhero movie - admittedly, with fine special effects - where powerful characters misguidedly battle each other, until they realize they have to defeat a common enemy. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 26, 2016
1.5/4 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "Special effects and ingenious production design cannot conceal a spectacular hollowness at the core of a ruined childhood legend. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 84% The Meddler (2016) "We know where we're going, but the Oscar-winning actors take us there with ease and charm. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 91% The Nice Guys (2016) "Laughter trumps logic here, and the laughs flow freely. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 19, 2016
2/5 57% Money Monster (2016) "I couldn't tell whether the film was intended to be a comedy; as it became more and more improbable, both predictable and ludicrous at once, I heard audience members chortle again and again. Were they laughing with "Money Monster" or at it? " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) ""Captain America: Civil War" appeals to me more strongly than any superhero movie of the last decade. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 59% Dough (2016) "I cannot think of a single sentence, plot development or performance in Dough that made me do a double-take, and I usually count predictability as one of the Seven Cardinal Sins of filmmaking. So I'm surprised how much I enjoyed [it]. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 4, 2016
3/5 91% Green Room (2016) "We can't ask for more from this genre, and we often get much less. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/5 76% Keanu (2016) "The real surprise is not that the high-strung Key and grounded Peele have rapport - their sketches demonstrate that - but that it can be used to anchor a full-length comedy. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 28, 2016
1.5/5 87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "If this project is some kind of huge in-joke, I'm willing to admit I didn't get it. But if I did get it (and I'm afraid I did), it's a huge disappointment. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "Johnson keeps us in the right period in the usual ways - hairstyles, music, clothes, cars - but also captures the anxiety that hovered over America during the Civil Rights Era. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) "This story is a new look at a narrative that was already ancient when Kipling wrote 12 decades ago. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 21% I Saw the Light (2016) "The best thing about this movie may be that it drives people to seek out the original. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/5 53% Demolition (2016) "This story could potentially move us deeply, if only the filmmakers didn't shatter the illusion of reality every five minutes. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 7, 2016
4/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "Nobody has made a "how-we-chase-'em" story this gripping since "Zero Dark Thirty." " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "The story, like the testicles of a weightlifter on steroids, dwindles away to nothing. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 23, 2016
3/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "Abrams has tried to produce a film that stands on its own yet ties into a universe that has yet to fully reveal itself. "10 Cloverfield Lane" manages to do both - yet in retrospect, the first would have been enough. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 10, 2016
1/5 26% London Has Fallen (2016) "No characterization. A plot you could write on a single sheet of toilet paper. Sadistic violence we're meant to cheer. A surprise that wouldn't fool anyone who left the theater after the opening credits and came back for the last 10 minutes. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/5 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "Egerton ... understands his role perfectly. He wears a look of stubborn worry tempered with unquenchable optimism, because he's dead sure that finishing dead last would be a triumph. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/5 43% Forsaken (2016) "True, we have seen almost all the elements in "Forsaken" in a hundred Westerns of the past. But they're assembled with such care that there's room for version 101. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Providence (2016) "As you get into the flow of the narrative, and the strangeness of hearing no dialogue recedes, the movie becomes a rewarding experience. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 91% The Witch (2016) "The film works as a grim historical document, but it might also be a metaphor for our own society: Instead of banding together to solve problems and protect each other, we disintegrate into unfounded accusations and blame-passing. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) "Hungarian writer-director László Nemes makes an extraordinary feature-length debut with this film, which requires us to put together bits of information and leaves us guessing at a few missing pieces. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3.5/5 84% Deadpool (2016) ""Deadpool" gives the superhero genre a kick in its pearly white teeth - and, for good measure, every other square inch of its pumped-up body. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2/5 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) ""Hail, Caesar!" Hail? No. Maybe a faint nod of mild approval, but that's all. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 4, 2016
5/5 63% The Finest Hours (2016) "From the first gentle meeting of its hero and heroine to the last line of dialogue, "The Finest Hours" executes all the traditional moves beautifully. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/5 97% 45 Years (2015) "Rampling carries the film, appearing in virtually every scene. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) "Stone's just a self-centered, unaware bore. He doesn't merit attention from the kindly, cheerful, anxious Lisa - or from us. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 21, 2016
3/5 84% Lamb (2016) "Ross Partridge directed, wrote the screenplay (from a novel by Bonnie Nadzam) and delivers the strong central performance. He keeps us on edge in all three capacities ... " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3.5/5 98% Mustang (2015) "Ergüven and Winocour hold education up as the solution; only when girls get schooling can they figure out how to change male-dominated behavior, at least as far as their society will allow. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 82% The Revenant (2015) "A 156-minute western with 30 minutes of plot, a gorgeous and well-acted series of grueling battles between man and man or man and nature that amount emotionally to nothing at all. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 7, 2016
1.5/4 73% Youth (2015) "Weisz's heartfelt anger and pain suddenly show us what the movie might have been, before she and everyone else slip back into a doze. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Dec 22, 2015
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