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Lawrence Toppman

Lawrence Toppman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 97% All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015) "Hanks makes the rookie mistake of covering the same points too thoroughly - the film could be 10 to 15 minutes shorter - but you can see why he lets entertaining interviewees ramble a bit. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/4 94% Room (2015) "Not a word or a gesture seems false. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 12, 2015
1.5/5 65% Spectre (2015) "At the center of the film, like a man trying to pull a donkey out of a peat bog, stands Craig: inexpressive, uninflected and obviously tired. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 4, 2015
2.5/4 61% Truth (2015) "In this telling, the final "truth" rings hollow. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 29, 2015
1.5/4 34% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "Tim Orr's cinematography captures every mood beautifully, but his pictures don't compensate for a thousand ill-chosen words. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2.5/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Perhaps the strangest thing about the film is that Steve Jobs never seems capable of inspiring anyone: He's the smartest kid in the class and the biggest bully. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 92% Coming Home (2015) "Increasingly poignant, up to a powerful final scene. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/4 71% Crimson Peak (2015) "You could justly apply many adjectives to movies by director Guillermo Del Toro, but "conventional" wasn't one of them - until "Crimson Peak." " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 15, 2015
1.5/4 27% Pan (2015) "Writer Simon Fuchs begins with a reasonable idea -- we're all likely to be curious about the origins of Peter Pan -- and does unreasonable things ever after. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2.5/4 94% Sicario (2015) "Taylor Sheridan, an actor making his screenwriting debut, lets the film down in scene after scene. Whenever director Denis Villeneuve ("Prisoners") builds suspense, Sheridan dissipates it with another clunker. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3/4 92% The Martian (2015) "Good actors fill almost every role, from Jessica Chastain as the captain of Watney's ill-fated mission to Chiwetel Ejiofor as a NASA official with a troubled conscience. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3/4 92% Grandma (2015) "The temptation to soften Grandma, to sentimentalize her character or sweeten her encounters with people she has cast aside over a long life, must have been almost irresistible. Luckily, writer-director Paul Weitz resisted it. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3.5/4 85% Meet The Patels (2015) "This story of a guy looking for love in many of the wrong places turns out to be one of the happiest surprises of the movie year. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3.5/4 73% Everest (2015) "I knew no details and found myself caught up in the drama, even if parkas and goggles and wind-suppressed dialogue prevented me from understanding who was who at every turn. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/4 75% Black Mass (2015) "This parade of slaughter by someone who barely seems interested in his own fate grows monotonous. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 64% The Visit (2015) "While Shyamalan competently scares us from time to time and makes us laugh uncomfortably at the odd actions - aren't we snickering at mental illness? - he has nowhere interesting to take this simple tale. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 10, 2015
1.5/4 83% Mistress America (2015) "For the truest proof that love is blind, see "Mistress America." There's no other reason to do so. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/4 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "As we watch Minnie (extraordinary 22-year-old British actress Bel Powley) bouncing blithely and often comically toward disaster, she seems painfully real. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3/4 68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) "Neeson's gentle, sonorous voice perfectly underpins these visual extravaganzas. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3/4 45% No Escape (2015) "The actors do well, with Brosnan playing a kind of James Bond who has fallen into seediness and shady dealings. Bell carries her weight in the emotional scenes and the battles, and Wilson proves (that he can do more than be a laid-back comic foil. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3.5/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "Eisenberg is a natural for his role, which suggests others he has done. Segel, maligned for taking the part after many superficial comedies, gives a superb performance that suggests nobody else he has played. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 98% Phoenix (2015) "The three performances, especially the sadly tender one by Hoss, keep us connected. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3.5/4 96% The Look of Silence (2015) "Forget ghosts, aliens, slashers, zombies or any other deadly creatures you'll encounter through mass media this year. The most horrific beings will be elderly Indonesian chaps in "The Look of Silence" ... " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "I thought director Guy Ritchie, who wasn't born when the TV show debuted in 1964, cleverly captures the elements that made it a success ... " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 13, 2015
1.5/4 44% Irrational Man (2015) "Even Allen's remarkable knack for picking appropriate music has deserted him. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "I questioned nothing, enjoyed McQuarrie's ingenuity in construction, smiled occasionally at the jokes and admired Ferguson's performance as the most interesting femme fatale in the series. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 69% Sunset Edge (2015) "The first fiction feature by writer-director Daniel Peddle casts a slow, somber spell. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/4 56% Paper Towns (2015) "The clich├ęd "high school is hell, but we're sure gonna miss it" vibe has seldom seemed so phony. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 16% Pixels (2015) "A top contender for this year's title of Silly Satisfying Summer Cinema. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3.5/4 88% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Audiences who want Holmes to do more than pause thoughtfully and point with his cane may fidget. But those of us who've long awaited a performance true to the original character will find it here. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) "[A] feeling of oppressive sadness, of colossal waste on the battlefields of France and the Low Countries, lifts "Testament of Youth" above the ranks of generically touching war movies. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 16, 2015
B+ 95% Amy (2015) "The film could be used as a primer for anyone who wants to prove drugs and alcohol destroy you when used in excess. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 9, 2015
C+ 56% Minions (2015) "The new team thinks that if mayhem is funny, five times the mayhem will be five times as hilarious. That's not how movie math works, and too many scenes spin out of control. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 9, 2015
B 82% The Overnight (2015) "Brice stops his story just before it becomes redundant - most filmmakers these days can't say that - and although I didn't believe the outrageous next-to-last scene, he caps it with a laugh-out-loud joke. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 2, 2015
C- 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Except for Clarke, who walks an ambiguous line between heroism and sinister monomania, only Big Arnie leaves the slightest impression after the credits roll. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 30, 2015
D- 58% Saint Laurent (2015) "Before seeing "Saint Laurent," I had never spent 2 1/2 hours with a person and known or cared so little about him. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 25, 2015
A- 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "This sounds like an "After-School Special," but it's neither painfully earnest nor preachy. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 25, 2015
B- 46% Ted 2 (2015) "MacFarlane mines this lode for just enough gold to keep us interested one more time, and his holdings have now played out. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 24, 2015
A 98% Inside Out (2015) "Pixar has never made a better animated film. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 17, 2015
C 71% Jurassic World (2015) "The team of four writers supplies one surprise, and you'll wait 90 minutes to see it. Before and afterward, stereotypical genre characters get trotted out. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 10, 2015
B- 33% Entourage (2015) "A lazily entertaining (if unmemorable) movie about a novice director trying to succeed with his pals in the movie industry. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 4, 2015
C- 19% Aloha (2015) "What happened to Cameron Crowe? " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 28, 2015
D+ 48% San Andreas (2015) "On the positive side: impressive special effects. On the negative side: pretty much everything else. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 28, 2015
B- 52% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) "A woman whose casino is floundering financially and a daughter whose marriage has foundered both come to rely on the same attorney, one for advice and one for love. But what are his motives? " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 21, 2015
B 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "The movie leaves a bunch of questions unanswered but rockets ahead in such entertaining style that I scarcely minded. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 21, 2015
B+ 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Miller, whose 1979 picture of the same name was the first worldwide hit in the Australian film revival of the '70s, has topped himself with a version that has maybe half the emotion but twice the visual impact. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 14, 2015
B- 86% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "This cross between Danielle Steel and Masterpiece Theatre will find its audience (and should), yet something's missing. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 14, 2015
A- 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "Co-directors Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado have made a beautiful film about a beautiful man who took both beautiful and intentionally unbeautiful pictures. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted May 7, 2015
B+ 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "The movie's brain quickly catches up with its big body, and writer-director Joss Whedon tops his 2012 outing with a more emotional sequel. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 29, 2015
A- 93% Ex Machina (2015) "Alex Garland's directorial debut ranks among my favorite movies this year. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 24, 2015
B 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "Before the script by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios yields to a Hollywood-style ending that doesn't fit, it makes poignant points about the futility of combat (especially World War I, the most meaningless war of the last century). " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 24, 2015
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