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Lawrence Toppman

Lawrence Toppman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
3.5/4 89% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Laughter trumps logic here, and the laughs flow freely.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 60% 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
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
3/5 90% Green Room (2016) We can't ask for more from this genre, and we often get much less.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
1.5/5 86% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 20% I Saw the Light (2016) The best thing about this movie may be that it drives people to seek out the original.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/5 52% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
1/5 25% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/5 42% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/5 97% 45 Years (2015) Rampling carries the film, appearing in virtually every scene.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/4 93% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
3/5 83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 81% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
1.5/4 74% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Even if you don't get the references, you can enjoy the ripely robust acting -- especially Russell, Jackson and Leigh -- and Tarantino's storytelling skill.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/4 60% Concussion (2015) If Omalu seems impossibly naive in spots, Smith still conveys the right air of injured innocence: Why won't anyone listen?‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
4/4 88% The Big Short (2015) [The Big Short] jumps off the screen in every scene and pins an elusive subject firmly in place.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
2/4 60% Joy (2015) Jennifer Lawrence's performance as Miracle Mop inventor and QVC pitchwoman Joy Mangano glues the movie together, but it threatens to unravel at any time.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
3.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) If Hollywood's going to extend the most famous movie myth of the past 40 years, "The Force Awakens" seems a worthwhile way to do so.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
2/4 42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Director Ron Howard and writer Charles Leavitt (who adapted Nathaniel Philbrick's book) don't plumb the psychology of their characters ... After a brief preliminary on land, they sail into the Sea of Tedium and stay there.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/4 80% Chi-Raq (2015) Its full, sardonic title is Chi-Raq, Drillinois -- not a subtle way of putting things, like the film itself, but undeniably effective.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
3/4 38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) The fine acting and adept pacing by writer-director Billy Ray make this an entertaining experience.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
2/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Even Lawrence looks tired. She gives of her best in a few emotional scenes but slogs through the rest, as if completing a homework assignment she didn't want to do but had to finish to graduate from an obligatory class.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) McCarthy captures the flow of information around a major newsroom, back in the days when papers had the luxury to pay for year-long investigations by a four-person staff that worked on nothing else.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
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
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/4 94% Room (2015) Not a word or a gesture seems false.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
2.5/4 62% Truth (2015) In this telling, the final "truth" rings hollow.‐ Charlotte Observer
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
1.5/4 35% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015