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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The scenes where Vanellope inserts herself into the world of Disney Princesses (many of them voiced by the original stars) is worth the price of admission alone.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The film's greatest strength is the character development... everyone has a cunningly explained motive, and the tenuous relationships are constantly threatening to unravel. ‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Any efforts at deep understanding will leave you in a trance that even Dumbledore can't break.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It has a certain bleak beauty, and although the film is relentlessly glum, there's a stark yet scintillating consistency to it, as well as an edgy female empowerment message.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The double directing team of Lasse Halstrom and Joe Johnston just couldn't seem to mesh. No surprises, no spice, all predictable sweetness from start to finish. ‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film is so much fun yet so moving it doesn't matter if the story is not 100% accurate and doesn't truly and completely document the band's meteoric rise to fame. It rocks!‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Who would have believed a film about an acerbic misanthrope, played by an actress known for her raucous comedies, could be so moving, intimate and ultimately sublime?‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
88% First Man (2018) I'm a great admirer of the work and efforts of everyone involved in this film. I just don't think this is their finest moment-or 138 overly drawn out moments, to be exact.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Stellar performances have difficulty breaking through the excruciatingly glum cycle of addiction, recovery and relapse.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's a film that skates on the surface of brilliance, but doesn't quite take the plunge into its bracing depths.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) I'm usually the first to ask, "Do we really need another reboot?" But in the case of this spectacular cinematic event, the answer is a passionate "Yes! Yes! Oh YES!"‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Robert Redford goes out in a blaze of story.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
81% 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
33% 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
85% A Simple Favor (2018) ...a bubbly blend of noir, humor, style and suspense.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
10% 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
65% 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
82% 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
75% 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
59% Maggie (2015) [It] feels like a very long film. It drags and lapses into tedium.‐ AtHomeInHollywood.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
23% 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
50% 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
17% 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
57% 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
58% 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
78% 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
75% 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