Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki
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T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 33% Come Away (2020) Ultimately, the movie misses the mark and it's hard to feel anything but empty after watching. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
7/10 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The Trial of the Chicago 7 is ultimately entertaining and timely, boasted by an incredible ensemble cast (including the talented Mark Rylance). - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
5/10 64% I Am Woman (2020) Ultimately, Reddy's life is laid out like a bullet-point list instead of an intricate character study and that surface-level storytelling leaves a lot to be desired. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
4/10 74% Mulan (2020) Disney keeps making these shot-for-shot remakes and expecting everyone not to care or notice that the magic, themes, and character development that made the animated Mulan iconic are completely missing here... - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
7/10 81% The Old Guard (2020) [R]egardless of a few shortcomings, Prince-Bythewood breathes new life into the genre, tactfully and thoughtfully exposing each characters' motivations and headspace, all while providing some of the best fight sequences in an action film in some time. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
7/10 59% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, despite being a film about one of prophet Muhammad's most trusted companions, carries themes that are just as relevant today as they were back then. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
8/10 88% Selah and the Spades (2020) Poe infuses the film with so much style and eloquence, conveying Selah's every emotion and thought process with nearly intrusive close-ups that offer a brief window into her soul. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
74% The Photograph (2020) The chemistry between Rae and Stanfield is ultimately lost amid the choices to embellish in aesthetic than to dive into the true heart of the story. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
6/10 47% Last Christmas (2019) Despite some of the film's hiccups, though, Last Christmas is a very enjoyable holiday film with just the right amount of humor, sap, and the fantastical elements that make Christmas films so damn charming. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
7/10 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) With an overall ambitious vision and a storyline that echoes across the decades, Edward Norton puts his all into Motherless Brooklyn and it shows even when it falters. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
8/10 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name is perhaps one of the most entertaining films of the year, understated in its humor, elevated by its sense of joy, and boasting spectacular performances by Murphy, who has honestly never been better, and the entire supporting cast. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two offers a fascinating perspective on fear, memory, the shifting dynamics of power over your childhood trauma and what it means to make someone feel small. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
8/10 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Despite some of its heavier themes, Blinded by the Light maintains a lighthearted tone throughout, cognizant of its heartwarming nature that rests at its core. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
10/10 98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is a gift, a stunning, emotional, and nuanced piece of storytelling that will indeed make you want to call your grandmother afterward. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
8/10 98% Maiden (2019) Maiden captures the spirit of what it was like for these women to compete in a race that had been dominated by men. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
9/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is a joyous addition to this beloved Pixar franchise. It has so much heart and lets the characters drive the story, their growth a natural progression in their journeys. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
6/10 57% Aladdin (2019) Considering that expectations were on the floor, Aladdin manages to be equal parts entertaining, enjoyable, and charming. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
8/10 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) As a romance film, it's extremely soft and endearing, delicately executed and boasted by its lead performances and thoughtful directing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 65% Wine Country (2019) Wine Country had a lot of potential to be a wonderful film about friendship and facing hardships together but it's largely uninteresting and ultimately disappointing for a film boasting so much talent. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
7/10 13% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle may not be memorable long term and should be discussed within the scope of modern remakes, the film is elevated by its leads, the razzle dazzle of it all, and its surprising charm. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Packed In A Trunk: The Lost Art Of Edith Lake Wilkinson (2015) Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson is intriguing, touching, sad, and hopeful all at once. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 83% Ant-Man (2015) Ant-Man is entertaining for what it is, but is average on the scale of all the Marvel films so far. Its action is fantastic, Ant-Man's abilities pretty cool, and the setup for future films solid enough. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 25% Jenny's Wedding (2015) A film that isn't afraid of making its plot realistic and sympathetic, it thankfully shies away from having stereotypical characters. A strong drama that you won't be disappointed in seeing. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 55% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) Imagination will overflow as soon as you see it and you'll be surprised to find that it is an eccentric look at the Lego company that informs, is as layered as its bricks, and entertaining without ever becoming boring. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 84% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) While it sometimes drags on in certain places and becomes repetitive in its showing of the actions taken by the guards, the film still stands well enough and is able to explore the ugly side of humanity that is very revealing. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) The performances are really what keep the film from falling apart and the character dynamic makes up for any sluggishness that befalls the film around the midway point before it picks up again. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1.5/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) It's an extremely rough film where there are a lot of edges that needed to be smoothed over. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 24% The Runner (2015) The Runner is a semi-return to form for Cage, but not quite good enough. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 65% Ricki And The Flash (2015) The combination of fantastic music, good performances, and the slightly dark undertones covered up by a feel-goodness the movie has in the end, makes for a fun watch regardless of any issues it might have. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 91% The Gift (2015) The Gift is like finding a gem in a summer of mostly mediocre films. It's character-driven, well-developed, smartly written and finely acted. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) A highly stylized and entertaining spy film worth seeing. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 27% Amnesiac (2015) I suppose Amnesiac is intriguing in its own way, captivating only in a way that works when you're not laser-focused on some of the imbalance between its plot and side plot. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 18% Big Sky (2015) The plot is entirely too underdeveloped and all the characters suffer from its neglect. A hard movie to sit through. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 95% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) The performances, however, drive the story and make for intriguing conversations even if the end feels like it's pulled together quickly in order to spur a resolution. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 69% 6 Years (2015) Fidell's tone and direction keep the film steady and the characters relatable. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 81% Mistress America (2015) Filled with heart-warming moments, combined with a witty script, and a great cast, the film is one of Baumbach's more light-hearted outings and he and Gerwig make it work. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 43% American Ultra (2015) Excessively violent and gory without needing to be, American Ultra never quite realizes which path it wants to take and leaves you ultimately unsatisfied. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Park Bench (2015) LeSchander shows a lot of strength in her debut feature, but because of the unchanging setting, The Park Bench could have perhaps been better if it had been situated on a stage rather than onscreen. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 47% No Escape (2015) Perhaps Dowdle and his brother Drew didn't want to make the story too convoluted and complicated, but one can't help but think that this politically-charged thriller has a gaping missing piece. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 57% Unsullied (2015) While the film does have a lot to offer, it isn't able to carry that momentum all the way through to the end. Regardless of some of the film's issues, however, Simeon Rice has a lot of potential in his future as a filmmaker. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 94% Rosenwald (2015) Rosenwald does well in balancing both stories as well as taking care to note the importance of the work behind it and its significance. On occasion emotionally stirring, importantly informative, and as humble as Julius Rosenwald was. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 91% Grandma (2015) Grandma is an unabashed look at different generational and matrilineal relationships and owning up to your actions. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 79% Z For Zachariah (2015) Z for Zachariah is beautifully made, has wonderful storytelling, is subtle without being unclear, and has a lot of food for thought. A film that works in many ways and is a must watch. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 38% We Are Your Friends (2015) We Are Your Friends won't make you want to be any of these characters' friends. Even the saddening event that happens later on, and serves as the turning point for Efron's character, lands no impact. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 20% Zipper (2015) It's well-acted, dramatic, has several thematic elements that are solid, even if it doesn't always peel back the curtains to reveal the reasons why or make use of the consequences of the protagonist's choices. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 30% Addicted To Fresno (2015) Often ridiculous, the film has a lot of ingredients but lacks the right recipe. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) An honest film about the life of Jobs. Using archive footage and interviewing the people who were closest to him, the film removes the rose-colored glasses to bring us the real man behind the technology that we are so very fond of today. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 65% Learning To Drive (2015) While there are a few genuinely funny moments, Learning to Drive isn't the feel-good comedy it's meant to be. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 27% Before We Go (2015) Before We Go is mediocre at best and ultimately a forgettable film. Still, it's also somehow decently entertaining despite its shortcomings and occasionally drawn-out melodrama. A film best seen from the comfort of your own home. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 27% Dirty Weekend (2015) This makes for an intriguing, but unfortunately still very tame and more mainstream kind of film, which is unlike LaBute. Mediocre but leaves more to be desired. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019