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Leah Greenblatt

Leah Greenblatt
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 76% Split (2017) Split's giddy nonsense ultimately dissolves in a scrum
of half-realized ideas, but maybe that's exactly Shyamalan's goal ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 19, 2017
C+ 81% The Founder (2017) Keaton does his best to make us care about a blank slate, as do the fine veteran actors around him. But it's hard to swallow the aftertaste of a product so terminally, dispiritingly short on sustenance. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 19, 2017
B+ 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Melfi tends to paint too much in the broad, amiable strokes of a triumph-of-the-week TV movie. But even his earthbound execution can't dim the sheer magnetic pull of an extraordinary story. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2017
B- 34% Live By Night (2017) Live by Night is clearly Affleck's love letter to classic pulp, and almost no noir touchstone goes unturned in its two-hour-plus run: sharp-suited mafiosi, hip-swinging vixens, bloody shoot-outs, double crosses. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 22, 2016
A- 90% 20th Century Women (2017) Plotwise, Women is a wisp; as a mood piece, though, it's almost irresistibly rich. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 83% Silence (2017) The film is lushly shot by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto and stocked with indelible supporting turns, including Yōsuke Kubozuka as a tragic Judas figure and Tadanobu Asano as a shrewd translator. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 20, 2016
C- 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) These actors are too good to be entirely sunk by the sheer silliness of the material (with the exception of Smith, who seems fully committed to playing the role of a human frown-face emoji). ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 14, 2016
B 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Office isn't nearly as nihilistic as its veneer; beneath all the criminal mischief and baby-Jesus jokes there's still heart of gold, or at least a big ball of tinsel. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 7, 2016
A- 89% Jackie (2016) Both wildly stylized and feverishly intimate, a surreal collision of private and public selves played out simultaneously in the exclusive back rooms of power and on the world's biggest stage. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 1, 2016
B 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain fully commits to her boss-bitch persona, even if we only obliquely learn why she might have chosen such a lonely, mercenary life. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 23, 2016
B 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) A small-scale, lovingly filmed study of the blossoming romance between two fictional show-business newbies ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 21, 2016
B+ 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Seventeen gets that being young can feel like The Hunger Games without the prizes; at least there's always hope - and graduation - on the other side. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 17, 2016
B+ 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) The movie's lofty narrative ambitions never quite catch up with its aesthetics, but it's still a fantastic beast of a film, intoxicating and strange. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 17, 2016
A- 94% Arrival (2016) An alien-invasion fantasy that operates within the genre at the same time as it subverts it - large-scale movie-star sci-fi filtered through the tricky, esoteric lens of art-house cinema. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Hacksaw never really delves into the moral grays; it's just black and white and red all over. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B+ 75% Trolls (2016) The movie's serotonin pumps like a fire hose. It's almost impossible not to surrender to the bliss. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 3, 2016
C- 23% American Pastoral (2016) A flat and clumsy paper-doll melodrama that even some gorgeous cinematography and a raft of gifted, great-looking actors can't save. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 19, 2016
B 86% Christine (2016) Both painfully intimate and strangely opaque on the subject of mental illness, taking us deep inside Christine's disintegration even as it never quite figures out what it wants to say about it. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 13, 2016
C+ 51% The Accountant (2016) The whole thing's ludicrous, down to the last loony twist, but it's also a lot more fun than Batman v Superman. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 12, 2016
B+ 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) A flawed but powerfully affecting film by a flawed but undeniably gifted filmmaker. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2016
A- 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) [Taylor] deftly translates the bleak, raw-boned menace and tricky time signatures of Train's intertwined plotlines, and draws remarkably vivid performances from his cast, particularly his two female leads. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 3, 2016
B- 81% Denial (2016) Tom Wilkinson is brilliant as always as the barrister who takes on the case, complicated by England's labyrinthine libel laws. But there's too little actual tension in the climactic courtroom drama. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 29, 2016
B+ 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) What works almost disturbingly well is the way Berg calibrates his delivery of the disaster while still holding on to the human scale of it. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 29, 2016
A- 79% American Honey (2016) For the most part it succeeds, gorgeously - though it will probably make anyone over 30 feel either mildly outraged or wildly irrelevant. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 29, 2016
B 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Silly, solid entertainment: multiplex fun by numbers. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2016
C 61% Snowden (2016) It somehow manages to make a fascinating, utterly contemporary narrative feel like old news. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 10, 2016
C- 77% London Road (2016) In the end, it all feels about as cohesive and compelling as having a bunch of strangers who sound like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins loudly hum the headlines from their local police blotter in your ear. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 8, 2016
B+ 82% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Even when the film fails to ask so many of the questions its narrative begs, Author is still a tricky, fascinating look at the strange nexus of art, artifice, and the intoxicating cult of celebrity. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 7, 2016
B+ 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The whole thing is feverishly earnest and more than a little manipulative, but it's also possibly the prettiest two hours of emotional masochism so far this year. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 31, 2016
B 91% Southside With You (2016) Southside doesn't hang on epiphanies; instead, it delivers something more modest: a tender, unrushed love story. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 25, 2016
B- 60% War Dogs (2016) Slickly, noisily entertaining in a cue-the-next-montage-and-bass-whomp way. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 17, 2016
A- 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) First-time director Travis Knight -- he served as lead animator on Laika's previous three films -- has given Kubo a gorgeously tactile look full of lavish depth and detail, and an engaging cast of characters. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 15, 2016
B 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) It's like riding a roller coaster fueled by Red Bull and grain alcohol: kind of gross but pretty fun, too. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 12, 2016
B 83% Sausage Party (2016) Literally bananas. And also nuts. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 11, 2016
B+ 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It would be easy to mine Jenkins' story for silly farce and 1940s set pieces and let it coast from there, but director Stephen Frears is too kind, and too nuanced, to do that. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 11, 2016
B+ 93% The Little Prince (2016) At its inventive best-like the creation of a little cloth fox who never speaks but steals almost every scene he's in-it does capture the odd, tender wonder of [Saint-Exupéry's] world. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 4, 2016
B+ 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Jason Bourne has already given us a hero who transcends two dimensions. We just need to know more about what he's fighting for. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 26, 2016
B 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) They're back, sweetie darlings-though it feels like they never left us. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 14, 2016
B- 33% Equals (2016) Gorgeously styled and impeccably shot, but the movie rarely transcends symbolism ... ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 14, 2016
B+ 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) The movie truly belongs to Mortensen; fierce and tender and tremendously flawed, he's fantastic. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 7, 2016
B- 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The whole thing feels almost endearingly old-fashioned in plot and execution, despite a few winky nods to more modern ideas. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 29, 2016
B+ 92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Eat That Question is a fitting title for a movie that never quite gets at the mystery of Zappa's contradictions, even as it stacks up intimate live clips and fierce monologues from a rich trove of vintage interviews. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 24, 2016
B 77% The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) Death, taxes, the enduring adorability of Paul Rudd: these things, at least, we know for certain. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 23, 2016
B 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) The film, while gorgeously shot, is schematic and wholly implausible. But Skarsgård saves it; wild and funny and ferociously alive, he's a crucial bolt of color in all that tasteful gray. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 23, 2016
B 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) Pay no attention to the plot behind the curtain, Now You See Me 2 says, because it barely registers and hardly matters. Just go with it and watch two hours-poof!-disappear. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 7, 2016
C 51% Genius (2016) The movie-dutifully shot in shades of old-timey sepia-does get better as its staginess falls away, but far too much drama stays on the page. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 7, 2016
B 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) If it's not exactly unforgettable, it's still pretty fun. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 2, 2016
B 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Its mildly subversive rom-com sensibilities are just sour-sweet enough to pull it off. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 20, 2016
B 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) The 3-D animated film delivers a mildly diverting mix of winky meta-jokes and moral lessons, cannily aimed at both the next generation of tiny consumers and their more sophisticated parents. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 18, 2016
C+ 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) You'll probably laugh hard more than once; Sorority Rising is still rich in bikinis and bong rips and boner jokes. It just doesn't have much heart. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 17, 2016