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Luke Y. Thompson

Luke Y. Thompson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 89% Raw (Grave) (2017) ...it's atmospheric and full of nightmare visions, but you probably won't emerge saying, "Wow, what a great story I just got told!" ‐ Nerdist
Posted Jan 20, 2017
42% The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017) For the faithful, the reasonably breezy fish-out-of-water elements should sufficiently liven up the standard tropes...But in the end, BH Tilt is right: this is a targeted project, and isn't really for anybody else. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/5 60% Fraud (2016) Because the characters are fairly blank canvases beyond their specific deeds, one can easily project allegory upon them. Is it intended? Like almost everything else about this movie, I don't know and it doesn't matter. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Jan 19, 2017
82% The Founder (2017) ...an enormously entertaining film about two essential Americana ingredients: hamburgers and capitalism. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jan 18, 2017
90% Ma (2017) ...will probably have a longer life on film-school curricula than in any theater or home collection, but it's audacious enough to warrant attention now. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 15, 2017
24% The Bye Bye Man (2017) It may be that I'm assessing on a curve because it's January. But if you miss the slasher icons of old and have little patience for the reboot attempts they get periodically, it's nice to see at least a worthy attempt to add to that pantheon. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2017
56% The Legend of Ben Hall (2016) It's a serviceable Aussie Western set circa 1864, one that moves at a good clip despite being more than two hours long. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 6, 2017
No Score Yet Coin Heist (2017) I suspect that in short order, you'll realize the real theft is of the minutes you could have spent doing something more productive. ‐ Forbes
Posted Jan 6, 2017
85% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) ...you come to this movie looking for thrills and peril, and you get plenty of it, along with some terrifically gross prosthetics ‐ Forbes
Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/5 34% Live By Night (2017) ...while it may be unfair to compare Affleck to icons like Humphrey Bogart or James Cagney, he is at least aspiring to creative and industrial heights. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Dec 23, 2016
83% Silence (2017) I don't believe that I'll ever watch it again for fun, but I appreciate what Silence is trying to do. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Dec 22, 2016
20% Believe (2016) Faith-based filmmakers can still do better, but I've seen them do a whole lot worse. ‐ Forbes
Posted Dec 2, 2016
15% Incarnate (2016) That [Eckhart's] all-out capital-A acting nonetheless comes off as a misguided mess is vindicated by the fact that nothing about this movie is likely to be remembered long-term anyway. ‐ Forbes
Posted Dec 2, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Jackie is not a feel-good movie; if you have any empathy in you, you'll feel sad at best and terrible at worst. It's meant to upset, and maybe motivate ‐ Nerdist
Posted Dec 2, 2016
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) ...like a punk rocker giving the finger, or a secretly chugged cocktail at a contentious family holiday dinner: arguably a cliched act of rebellion, possibly unnecessary, but most certainly welcome at the time. ‐ Forbes
Posted Nov 23, 2016
No Score Yet Behind 'The Cove' (2016) Probably about a quarter of the film's runtime is screenshots of web browsers, which is apt, as this is essentially a Condescending Wonka meme taken to feature length. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 23, 2016
87% Lion (2016) ...it misses the mark on the duality-Saroo goes from forgetting his past completely to suddenly being all about it, and it's a lot more complicated than that ‐ Nerdist
Posted Nov 22, 2016
76% Split (2017) ...reminds you that suspense is his natural milieu, while also making clear that some of the aspects of his work that have been considered unintentional camp are in fact his deliberate, deadpan sense of humor in play. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Nov 17, 2016
0% My Dead Boyfriend (2016) To be fair, these actors are good at said talking, and they're not unappealing to watch, but the whole narrative seems rather pointless in the end. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 15, 2016
67% Buster's Mal Heart (2016) Doom and disorientation are omnipresent, but like Jonah/Buster, you'll want-nay, need-to press onward and discover the final revelation. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Nov 15, 2016
43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) If you think Nic Cage trying to angrily mansplain the rapidly spiraling chaos around him is hilarious so long as it stays in the realm of fiction, it is. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Nov 7, 2016
75% Trolls (2016) The only way to make a story this generic bearable is to go all-out crazy with the aesthetic, and that's precisely what director Mike Mitchell, codirector of the equally head-tripping The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, has done. ‐ Forbes
Posted Nov 4, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Like life itself, Loving breathes and makes mortals of its participants; it's bold within its conventionality. ‐ Forbes
Posted Nov 2, 2016
90% Into the Inferno (2016) ...any one of these volcanoes and the culture surrounding it could have sustained an entire solo feature. What we have here is a bit more of an appetizer sampler ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 28, 2016
73% You've Been Trumped Too (2016) What's going on? Trump's golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland is the greatest, just terrific, and who cares if a handful of local people in their ugly houses got their water cut off and never had it restored in five years? ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2016
25% I'm Not Ashamed (2016) ...a faith-based movie worthy of some praise, and based on the sobbing sniffles surrounding me in that mall theater, works like a charm with the audience it's meant for. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 22, 2016
78% The Master Cleanse (2015) When events briefly take a dark turn at the end, we're left with more questions that should have been better answered in the movie proper. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 21, 2016
21% Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) ...like so many Kevin Smith movies, this one is primarily about the dialogue, and in those it comes closest of all Perry's films to aping the Eddie Murphy Nutty Professor movies ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 21, 2016
67% Rats (2016) A classroom supplement this is not, but an alternative scare selection for people who want non-traditional Halloween fare? That it is. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/5 29% Fear, Inc. (2016) Director Vincent Masciale clearly scored one great location (the fancy house), and uses it to its maximum potential, which is the dream of all budding auteurs. Yet he fails to make it look all that interesting. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 21, 2016
67% Trash Fire (2016) ...his dialogue is fantastic throughout, and his actors deliver it perfectly ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 19, 2016
2.5/5 60% Desierto (2016) Sam is never scary; he's just a threat because he has a gun and nobody else does. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 14, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Few directors can so instantly draw your attention to the screen the way Park can. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 14, 2016
88% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) You want to see Tokyo get trashed good, and it does, more cinematically so than in most of the previous franchise installments. ‐ Forbes
Posted Oct 11, 2016
5/5 76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) ...not just the best documentary it can be, but probably the best it could ever be...short of Kim himself rising from the grave and granting the directors an audience ‐ Nerdist
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3.5/5 29% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête) (2016) ...it's rich in visual imagination. If only there were a little more faith in the visuals' ability to tell the story by themselves. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Sep 21, 2016
15% Mr. Church (2016) ...the story of how a perfect black servant solves a white girl's every problem without ever once being threatening or contrary ‐ Forbes
Posted Sep 15, 2016
50% Sadako Vs Kayako (2016) ...right up until this ended prematurely and irritatingly, I must admit I was with it all the way. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Sep 14, 2016
100% Silicon Cowboys (2016) These former-Texas Instruments-employees-made-good are a likable bunch, especially in their particularly Texan way of recalling every major milestone in terms of what they were eating or drinking at the time. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 14, 2016
100% For the Love of Spock (2016) But while it's not necessarily the definitive portrait, For the Love of Spock serves as a great primer for your non-geek friend who doesn't get it yet. ‐ Forbes
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/5 40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) I admire Aja for trying to stretch beyond his comfort zone, but that admiration does not extend to my telling you to buy a ticket. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Sep 3, 2016
50% 31 (2016) Deliberately or not, Rob Zombie has created a timely horror movie that riffs on many of the same factors which have given rise to Donald Trump's presidential candidacy. ‐ Forbes
Posted Sep 2, 2016
43% Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) This reboot smartly doesn't try to escalate the material to bigger and better status, keeping things small and scrappy and relying on the fighters to be the best special effects. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2016
62% Klown Forever (Klovn Forever) (2016) It leaves a bad taste - and isn't novel enough to recommend sampling. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) So while the movie is a visual feast, just as you'd expect, its story is nonetheless fairly predictable fantasy-quest fare ‐ Nerdist
Posted Aug 16, 2016
48% Edge of Winter (2016) Alas, the plot takes a sudden and sophomoric turn about halfway through that Kinnaman, with his decent thespian chops, can't quite pull off, though he tries mightily. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 10, 2016
1/5 93% The Little Prince (2016) The classic scenes redone gave me chills; the new stuff made me facepalm. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Aug 6, 2016
59% The Mind's Eye (2016) "...many practical gore effects should keep your eyes either riveted to or permanently averted from the screen (the former in my case, all the way)." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2016
86% Citizen Soldier (2016) For want of a better term, this gives you a "first-person shooter" look at actual war: It's Call of Duty with no cheats or respawns, and real-world consequences. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2.5/5 32% Abattoir (2016) Suffers from premature franchise blues. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Jul 17, 2016