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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) This could be Moore's best effort yet. His passionately presented message that democracy won't save us, we must save democracy, might even resonate across the aisle.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) A slow and sappy slog through every emotionally manipulative device known to filmkind.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
34% The Predator (2018) Instead of a franchise reboot, it's more of a rebirth, with quippy, quirky characters, cartoon/video game violence and a Swiss cheese plot that doesn't grate because the film is actually (dare I say it?) kind of fun.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
84% A Simple Favor (2018) ...a bubbly blend of noir, humor, style and suspense.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
11% Peppermint (2018) It's refreshing to see a butt kicking boot on the other foot for a change. Jennifer Garner's got glorious and gritty game.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
66% The Little Stranger (2018) The only suspense you'll find in this very British ghost story lies in waiting for something to happen.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
81% Juliet, Naked (2018) Although this is but a small, humble rom com, its appeal is huge, and its performances, especially from Byrne and Hawke, are tremendous.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
76% The House of Tomorrow (2018) If ever a film were made for someone like me, whose passions involve movies/architecture/design/real estate, The House of Tomorrow is it. It's a thoughtful coming-of-age tale.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) The entire palate of the film was cool and gray, which doesn't do much to incite passion. and I don't think we should blame the actors.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
58% Maggie (2015) [It] feels like a very long film. It drags and lapses into tedium.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's outrageous, but it's also uproariously funny. You'll be stunned by the movie's gross and grungy depths, but even more shocked that you're laughing at them.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
56% The Age of Adaline (2015) Director Lee Toland Krieger has achieved a rich and warm palette, with fascinating inside looks at rarely seen historic San Francisco sites. Really, there is so much to love about this film.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) the film is highly entertaining, and I don't want to acid rain on anyone's parade. If you like Mavel's Avengers, you'll love Age of Ultron. It's an extra large helping of more of the same, with a radioactive cherry on top.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
49% Tomorrowland (2015) The film begins at the Worlds Fair in Queens in the early 60's, and is actually quite engaging until it fast forwards to now. That's where things get uninteresting.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
56% Minions (2015) [It's] a film that both adults and children can enjoy together, and clever editing wraps everything up in 91 minutes-the perfect timing for a family film.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
85% Trainwreck (2015) Trainwreck is basically a one-note comedy, without any nuance, subtly or plot.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
18% Pixels (2015) Pixels is intended as a film for younger kids to watch with the parents who played the old school video games in their youth, and it's good, clean fun for both demos.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
56% Paper Towns (2015) It's actually quite harmless, and, at the end of a very long, slow, uneventful journey, it has an excellent message. I just wish the point could have been made with a little more panache.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) The thinkers and the appreciators of subtlety and irony will be best served making their way towards this savvy little window of American history and humor.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
6% Mother's Day (2016) [The characters are] all put in such preposterous situations with such confusing timelines that the suspension of disbelief rapidly becomes too much work.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
73% A Hologram for the King (2016) I'd advise skipping the novel and going straight to the theater. The film will take up far less time, and will be a much more enjoyable experience.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
59% High-Rise (2016) High Rise is not for the feint of heart, nor is contemplation of life in America under certain elitist regimes... those who are really angry with the way things are going in this country today just might find themselves identifying with it.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
78% Keanu (2016) Does Keanu live up to the hype and expectations? I'm delighted and surprised to tell you that it exceeds them!‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
97% Love & Friendship (2016) Love and Friendship has to be one of the best adaptations of [Jane Austen's] work yet, and is perhaps Stillman's best film up to to his point as well.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) This is one for the whole family, and even worth the extra investment to see it in IMAX 3D... And while you might find some of the scenes a bit stretched out (the film is almost two-and-a-half-hours long), you'll certainly get your money's worth.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
57% Money Monster (2016) All play well together under the direction of Jodie Foster, who keeps a tight rain on the production and doesn't self indulge by drawing everything out - the film is a crisp hour and a half.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) This fabulous cast is a little more than director Bryan Singer really knows what to do with. And that's the problem with X-Men: Apocalypse. It's just too much. The plot is overstuffed, the CGI is relentless, and the action is overwhelming.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
92% The Nice Guys (2016) Even if you didn't grow up in the '70's, you'll love this retro cop comedy... The music, the clothes, the cars, the hair, the banter... [will] make you want to grab your hair pick and head to the disco.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) I found Depp's Mad Hatter to be creepy and puerile rather than compelling and sympathetic. The whole plot, for that matter, is quite juvenile, void of much interest for adults.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
57% Me Before You (2016) A film adaptation of a much loved book always comes with great expectations, and Shakespearean director Thea Sharrock did not let us down. This is an excellent maiden effort.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
35% Now You See Me 2 (2016) This is not going to be the hit of the summer, but the spectacle, energetic score and totally invested cast make it a worthwhile watch.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
70% Central Intelligence (2016) Slap my face and call me puerile, the new buddy comedy from Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson had me giggling and guffawing throughout... it's just plain silly fun.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
94% Finding Dory (2016) The simplicity of the plot makes it easy for the wee ones to follow, but adults will enjoy the multi-level fact that Nemo and his dad are not the only ones trying to find Dory -- she's trying to find herself. ‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
77% Into The Forest (2016) It's well-acted, well-shot, and the score is outstanding.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
57% The Neon Demon (2016) You'll find lots of blood and fashion here, but no characters who are even remotely likable or relatable... I can't imagine how this film ever got funded.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
74% Wiener-Dog (2016) You'll wish you'd never sat through bleak filmmaker Todd Solondz's funeral procession of exceedingly depressed characters, even if they are played by fine actors.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
46% Free State of Jones (2016) It's a powerful, moving story, but that doesn't mean it moves quickly. [It's a] very serious and often grim film.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) I was not prepared for the tedious artistic choices, which made the movie glum and dreary for me.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
75% The BFG (2016) The delightful payoff of seeing a giant meeting the Queen of England may not be a wild and titillating surprise, but it's just the right mix of delightful and endearing. Not all movies can or should be action packed thrillers.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
70% Christopher Robin (2018) Just the sweet and simple dollop of honey that's needed in these complicated and overwhelming digital days.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
70% The Infiltrator (2016) I generally despise films that end in a wedding -- too lazy a finish for dippy rom coms. But this wedding's pathos and suspense are unlike anything we've seen since The Godfather. The Infiltrator is a cinematic offer you can't refuse.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Even the plot is lackluster. Couldn't writer/director Christopher McQuarrie have come up with something a little more original than the tired old stolen plutonium schtick? ‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Yes, it's a frothy, glittery rom com, but it's also a joyful, flashy, feel-good pic that takes you on a fabulous field trip you'll be gushing over for weeks.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
87% Pete's Dragon (2016) This is a painfully tired theme as well: adults, big business, modern science, what have you, try to capture the remarkable creature, while the kids try to deliver it from evil.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
74% Ghostbusters (2016) Ghostbusters is definitely night out worthy.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Pacing is extremely uneven, which perhaps was intentional because it works so well with the long established schtick. If it feels like a strand of sloppy skits, it's supposed to, my dear -- that's part of its charm.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
58% Bad Moms (2016) The best part happens during the final credits, when the actresses take the couch with their real moms and discuss their parenting and daughtering skills. Those few moments are oh-so-touching, and worth the price of admission.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
54% Jason Bourne (2016) [The] handheld shaky cam makes me seasick, and the incessant two second cuts give me an eye strain headache. I am a fan of character development and dialogue, however, both of which Greengrass's Bourne films gleefully eschew.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
60% War Dogs (2016) It's not funny to see how armed forces were expected to protect and serve with inferior weapons sold to them by smarmy scam artists. This is no joke.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
28% Suicide Squad (2016) In essence, Suicide Squad has everything a summer blockbuster should, without taking itself too seriously. It is the very essence of wildly entertaining.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018