Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 36% Untogether (2019) It's ultimately a movie made of half-formed ideas that struggles in figuring itself out. The cast is fantastic, but their talents are wasted on underdeveloped characters and a marginally thin and all over the place story. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
5/10 45% What Men Want (2019) What Men Want is well-intentioned, but lacks the care and thoughtfulness in the handling of its subject matter. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/10 21% Serenity (2019) The film is slow to pick up the pace and, besides Hathaway's performance, which is a highlight, Serenity lacks any thrill, entertainment value, and sense. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki's direction, paired with the outstanding and moving portrayals by Zain Al Rafeea and Yordanos Shiferaw...results in a gut-wrenching, intimate, and empathetic film. - Punch Drunk Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4.5/5 97% Brooklyn (2015) There are no real words to describe how moving and emotionally satisfying this story is. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
7/10 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is an underwater spectacle that wholeheartedly embraces its comic book roots, from the costumes to the cheesiness. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is dull, with messy plotting, halfway there character development, and the underdevelopment of everything that should flow better in a world that has already been established. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) Outlaw King struggles with commanding attention and doesn't leave much of a lasting impact after the credits begin to roll. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
2.5/5 62% The New Romantic (2018) It's trying to be a romcom without actually being a rom-com and this prevents it from fully developing any of its characters, the attempted romance between Blake and Jacob, and fleshing out what it's trying to say with more certainty. - Punch Drunk Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/10 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Despite the fantastic costumes and sets, the film lacks in every other aspect. In addition, there are several instances where the dialogue is intent on letting the audience in on what's going on, even while the event is unfolding before us. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Wildlife is an exploration of the destruction of the nuclear family through the eyes of a teenager whose wholesome views and ideas of his parents' marriage deteriorates as things begin to slowly fall apart. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 70% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Everybody Knows has a clear trajectory and it's not willing to wrap everything up in a neat bow, but rather lives off of the unsettling unknown. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 88% What They Had (2018) What They Had is haunting, emotional, and everything from the acting to the unfolding of the story is beautifully crafted. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased certainly strikes a chord and aims to make an impact on both of the issues it tackles in the film and it does manage to be a realistic portrayal. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/5 94% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite enjoys being whimsical and allows itself to run wild, but that's also part of its downfall. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/10 88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) The Kindergarten Teacher is painful to watch primarily because it uses exploitation as a means to further understand an overlooked woman trying to stand out among the world's population. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
5/10 81% Sadie (2018) An ultimately imbalanced, slow, and a coming-of-age tale that is deeply flawed - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
2.5/5 87% First Man (2018) First Man has trouble balancing the toll it takes on astronauts with everything else and where there should be emotion, a sense of urgency, and some sense of pride, there is an emptiness. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Venom won't be going on anyone's best lists for 2018, but if you intend to see it anyway, see it with the expectation that you won't be getting much out of it but a few laughs, a very lively performance from Hardy, and an incredibly forgettable story. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 87% All About Nina (2018) All About Nina is one of those films that sneaks up on you because you're not expecting it to be as good as it is. - Punch Drunk Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 61% The Oath (2018) The Oath plays well into the familial drama that can happen over opposing political views, but its insistence on becoming more of a thriller later only gives it so much momentum before quickly running out of fuel. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/10 13% Life Itself (2018) Even with an incredible cast, the film seeks to be more than what it is, is far more concerned with its ending, and neglects and uses all of the characters on its way there. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
5/10 66% Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) Its heart is in the right place and it really focuses on the insecurities women can face with regards to body image and the need to be seen as perfect, but its delivery leaves much to be desired. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/10 12% Peppermint (2018) With so many plot holes, a paper thin attempt at a story, and detrimental stereotypes, Peppermint is more frustrating than anything else and is an example of the ways in which Hollywood needs to shed its own biases. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 71% Remember (2016) The laser focus on remaining a mystery and choosing not to involve itself in the depths of the character's emotional journey or the aftermath leaves a vacant hole in the film's story. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 84% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "Hello, My Name is Doris" never quite strays into anything deeper than what it presents, and the film spends too long on the unrequited love between Doris and John, but it has a certain and distinct charm that's hard to escape. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) "Allegiant" combines nice set pieces and cool effects but the action is generally bland and the plot even more so. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "Eye in the Sky" builds up the tension and suspense to the point where it becomes unbearable. The film is littered with political commentary and is ambitious and works great as a thriller where no one is right in a tough situation. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) As a comic book fan myself, "Batman v Superman" has its moments, but is underwhelming as a film and lacks any fully realized characters. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 18% I Saw the Light (2016) With no emotional attachment to the characters and a plot that struggles to stay interesting, "I Saw the Light" is often dull and a hard sell. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/5 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) There are a couple of genuine chuckles here and there, but what the film ultimately lacks are the endearing qualities and surprisingly funny and heartwarming moments that made the first one such a hit. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 95% Marguerite (2016) Catherine Frot's performance as the titular title character is notable and layered, and the film provides a wonderful supporting cast. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 56% Lolo (2016) The film's intention is to be ludicrous and outrageous, taking from similar domestic comedies of the past, and it works just enough to keep you entertained, but by the end has you question "Lolo's" underdeveloped conclusion. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) There's something frustrating about the overall lack of detail that was needed to bring us just a bit closer to Alton and his journey. Regardless, Nichols' sci-fi mystery stands strong enough on its own merits. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 74% Louder Than Bombs (2016) "Louder Than Bombs" is a very intimate affair. The plot is as simple as they come, but it's how the perspectives and scenes shift from character to character and points in time that give strength to this film. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Don Cheadle's ambitions for his first directorial feature don't completely pan out in terms of story, but "Miles Ahead" at least stands out in its unique execution, if nothing else. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 22% The Boss (2016) "The Boss" forces all its characters on us and doesn't have a direction that justifies any of the events in the film. A disappointing comedy that struggles to keep its story afloat. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/5 52% Demolition (2016) In a movie about a man who tries to find a way back into the life he's emotionally left, there is no sense of gravitas or proper character development. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/5 80% Wedding Doll (Hatuna Meniyar) (2016) This lack of rise and fall causes the progress of the story to dwindle and remain mostly stagnant. All of these things unfortunately hinder an otherwise good central mother/daughter relationship. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Juliet, Naked is a simple story lovingly wrapped in genuine discussions about life. And it's these discussions that really fuel the film and round out its rougher edges. - Punch Drunk Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 95% Sing Street (2016) Carney nails the tone of the film and everything from the costumes, to the dialogue and music will have you leaving the theater feeling uplifted and tapping your feet. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3.5/5 90% Green Room (2016) "Green Room" is a fun horror thriller, with a disturbing group of bad guys preying upon punk rock kids who are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's bloody and not for the faint of heart, but definitely worth the watch. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) "The Jungle Book" has all the "bare necessities" and more with an outstanding cast...dazzling cinematography, strong themes, brilliant character interactions and edge-of-your-seat moments to relish. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/5 30% Criminal (2016) "Criminal" ultimately lacks finesse and the stakes don't feel powerful enough to bring the suspense to a head. Despite the multi-talented cast, the film is a thriller that is rather forgettable. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3.5/5 97% The Dark Horse (2016) Propped up by good storytelling and powerful performances, "The Dark Horse" is uplifting and moving without falling into the usual traps that occur with other films of its kind. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
1.5/5 8% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) (2016) "Rio, I Love You" is made up of segments that don't flow well. Overly long and boring, the film never truly captures the vibe and personality of its title city. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 20% Ratchet & Clank (2016) The film is what it sets itself up to be, which is a cute and fun adventurous outing. And if you're nostalgic for a Saturday morning cartoon kind of feel, then "Ratchet & Clank" is worth checking out. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3.5/5 78% Keanu (2016) Funny, smart, and full of action, "Keanu" is basically the best of Key and Peele, and if this is what we always have to look forward to in their films, then the future is bright. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
1/5 6% Mother's Day (2016) "Mother's Day's" attempts at being funny miss the target by a long shot and to be blunt, it is downright boring. Saying the film is an underwhelming catastrophe is an understatement. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3.5/5 100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) "Fireworks Wednesday" brings an organic, sympathetic, and humanistic take on themes that have long been explored. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018