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Lou Lumenick

Lou Lumenick
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 95% Creed (2015) One of the year's warmest and most crowd-pleasing surprises. ‐ New York Post
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3.5/4 94% Carol (2015) Holds back a bit compared to its more melodramatic predecessor. But these are small complaints about a movie containing a trio of truly extraordinary and moving performances from Blanchett, Mara and Paulson that place it among the year's best. ‐ New York Post
Posted Nov 22, 2015
4/4 96% Back to the Future (1985) Zemeckis and Gale have cannily chosen the time periods, which are funny as much for their similarities (political and materalistic) as their contrasts (music, fashions, language). ‐ New York Post
Posted Oct 21, 2015
0/4 27% Pan (2015) This joyless, 10-megaton bomb fails in just about every imaginable way, as well as some you couldn't possibly imagine. ‐ New York Post
Posted Oct 8, 2015
4/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Spielberg's best since 'Saving Private Ryan' stars a flawless Tom Hanks in an engrossing old-school thriller. ‐ New York Post
Posted Oct 6, 2015
3/4 80% You're a Big Boy Now (1966) It's clear Coppola had storytelling talent to burn, and this whimsically sweet movie is certainly one of the best Manhattan time capsules from that era. ‐ New York Post
Posted Oct 3, 2015
3/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) I came away with the feeling that the filmmakers were practically implying that his early death at 56 was some kind of karmic payback. ‐ New York Post
Posted Oct 3, 2015
3/4 84% The Walk (2015) Zemeckis finally delivers the goods in abundance in the section that really counts: A vertigo-inducing digital re-creation of Petit's famous walk back and forth between the towers. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 29, 2015
1.5/4 10% Stonewall (2015) With thinly drawn characters, uneven performances and tin-eared dialogue, "Stonewall'' plays at best like a musical without the songs. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 74% Black Mass (2015) Welcome back to the real world, Mr. Depp. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3.5/4 73% Trumbo (2015) It's a cracking good story, and Cranston does a great job portraying a man who made great sacrifices for his principles. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 16, 2015
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) What the film gets brilliantly right is how journalists can get co-opted by the institutions they cover when their interests converge. And just how much courage it takes to pursue a story that may alienate many of your readers . ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 16, 2015
3.5/4 94% Room (2015) See it you must for the Oscar-caliber Larson and young Tremblay, whose remarkable mother-and-child bond is nothing sort of astonishing to watch. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 16, 2015
3/4 97% 45 Years (2015) Rampling has never received an Oscar nomination, but she deserves one for this performance. Courtenay, who has two Oscar nods under his belt, rates another one for helping Rampling reach this peak ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 16, 2015
3/4 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) Smith brilliantly re-creates her stage role in Alan Bennett's autobiographical play about Miss Shepherd, a dotty and stubborn former nun who says the Virgin Mary advised her to park her overstuffed van in the playwright's unused driveway in 1974. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 16, 2015
1.5/4 41% Love (2015) Glusman's failure to rise to the occasion (except in one sense) makes "Love'' a chore to sit through. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 16, 2015
2/4 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) The fact is that Hitchcock made some of the poorest movies of his career after "Hitchcock/Truffaut'' vaulted him to the top of the pantheon - but you wouldn't know it from this documentary, aimed at newcomers to Hitchcock's work. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 16, 2015
2.5/4 62% Truth (2015) Vanderbilt's - based on a self-serving memoir by Mapes - wilfully twists the truth to defend the piece that led to Rather and Mapes' joint fall from grace and greatly damaged the reputation of American journalists with the public. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 14, 2015
2.5/4 48% Freeheld (2015) Well-meaning but fairly predictable tear-jerker. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 14, 2015
2.5/4 61% Legend (2015) The most impressive thing about "Legend" is Hardy's ability to differentiate the twins and the camera tricks employed to put them together in scenes. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 13, 2015
3.5/4 69% The Danish Girl (2015) Eddie Redmayne has triumphed again with another remarkable performance as one of the world's first transsexuals ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 13, 2015
3/3 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Can Sandra Bullock in top form overcome longtime American audience resistance to comedies about politics and maybe even get another nomination in the process? ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 13, 2015
3.5/4 74% Youth (2015) Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel make beautiful music together in a witty, wise and swooningly beautiful dramatic comedy. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3.5/4 94% Sicario (2015) A well-deserved showcase for Emily Blunt. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/4 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) A feature-length infomercial for socialism with Moore the more playfully funny mode of his classic "Bowling for Columbine'' and "Roger & Me.'' ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 11, 2015
2.5/4 52% Demolition (2016) An impressively committed Gyllenhaal performance in a film not grounded even in stylized reality - with a mad rush of emotionally manipulative twists at the end to tie up the (many) loose ends. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) An awards-caliber performance by Saoirse Ronan, as a shy and awkward Irish immigrant who struggles to fit in when she arrives in the Borough of Churches in 1952. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3.5/4 92% The Martian (2015) The best thing that either Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott have done in years. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/4 69% Wolf Totem (2015) Worth seeing just for a spectacular sequence depicting the wolves chasing a herd of prize horses toward a frozen lake during a blinding snowstorm - which appears to have been shot with minimal computer-generated fakery. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 10, 2015
2/4 79% Time Out Of Mind (2015) While Gere is very good in "Time Out of Mind," he doesn't have the kind of character arc or bravura scene necessary to put over this very well-meaning drama - which is too often content to preach to the choir on an important social issue. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 8, 2015
0.5/4 28% Dirty Weekend (2015) Leads to a trip to a gay bar and a resolution that is as unsatisfying as it is unbelievable, not to mention pretty tame by LaBute standards. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 2, 2015
3/4 33% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015) Veteran star Chan, who plays it mostly straight, has great bromantic chemistry with Cusack, surprisingly convincing as an ancient Roman warrior trying to protect a child of noble birth. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 2, 2015
2/4 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "A Walk in the Woods" is broad as a barn door, with two stars who have minimal chemistry - and there's not much in the way of reflection about mortality. ‐ New York Post
Posted Sep 1, 2015
1.5/4 79% Z For Zachariah (2015) A ponderous snooze with more pregnant pauses than a season's worth of Harold Pinter revivals. ‐ New York Post
Posted Aug 26, 2015
1.5/4 40% She's Funny That Way (2015) A screwball farce that pulls off a pitifully low percentage of its gags, even with a star-crammed cast. ‐ New York Post
Posted Aug 19, 2015
3.5/4 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) One of the summer's most entertaining and provocative movies ... ‐ New York Post
Posted Aug 12, 2015
0/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) Much of Josh Trank's abysmal "Fantastic Four" is set in a barren place called Planet Zero - and you may feel stranded there yourself for all 100 minutes of this plodding, joyless and stillborn Marvel reboot. ‐ New York Post
Posted Aug 6, 2015
99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) "Shaun the Sheep Movie" may be less elaborate than Aardman masterpieces like "Curse of the Were-Rabbit", but there's still much to enjoy. It's not often you see a cartoon that references both "Night of the Hunter" and "Silence of the Lambs." ‐ New York Post
Posted Aug 3, 2015
0.5/4 26% Vacation (2015) That sound you hear is John Hughes and Harold Ramis, the writer and director of the original, rolling over in their graves. And not from laughter, which is in very short supply here. ‐ New York Post
Posted Jul 28, 2015
2/4 56% Paper Towns (2015) Deeply mediocre ... ‐ New York Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015) There are lots of archival clips, photos and interviews with celebrities who knew her, such as Tony Bennett and Barbara Walters. ‐ New York Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 88% Mr. Holmes (2015) Amply rewards McKellen and Holmes fans willing to go with its leisurely pace. ‐ New York Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
0/4 44% Irrational Man (2015) "Irrational Man" ... just may be the nadir of the 79-year-old director's career. ‐ New York Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
0/4 16% The Gallows (2015) Nonsensical and virtually scare-free ... ‐ New York Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Magic Mike XXL" has a plot skimpier than the jockstraps worn by its male strippers with hearts of gold. But not to worry. ‐ New York Post
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2/4 94% Gone With the Wind (1939) The film's subtle racism is insidious, going to great lengths to enshrine the myth that the Civil War wasn't fought over slavery - an institution the film unabashedly romanticizes. ‐ New York Post
Posted Jun 27, 2015
1.5/4 34% Max (2015) The Belgian malinoises who play Max way out-act the humans. ‐ New York Post
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2.5/4 77% Big Game (2015) "Big Game" is goofy fun, whether Jackson is rolling down a hill in a freezer, the kid is trying to stop a bazooka with an arrow, or we're witnessing other stunts that are just too preposterous to describe. ‐ New York Post
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2.5/4 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) Mark Ruffalo is so wonderful as a bipolar single dad who raises his two daughters in 1970s Boston that you can almost overlook that Maya Forbes' quasi-autobiographical film is the latest in a long line of dramedies romanticizing mental illness. ‐ New York Post
Posted Jun 17, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) It's a totally satisfying adventure with lot of surprising twists, and one of the best emotional payoffs in the Pixar canon. ‐ New York Post
Posted Jun 16, 2015