Mara Reinstein

Mara Reinstein
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T-Meter Title | Year
57% The Prom (2020) It's a wondrously entertaining and big-hearted musical comedy guaranteed to crowd-please. That is, if crowds were still a thing. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
2.5/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) The film is so fizzy that by the time the hijinks are over, you're left to look down and realize that there's not much there there. At least Bill Murray and Rashida Jones keep the spirits flowing. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2.5/4 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Happy yet hapless, the comedy is sort of like a high school reunion: Good times in theory, but anticlimactic and disappointing once you actually show up. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/4 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) Pete Davidson may as well be waving his heavily inked arm and saying to his fans, "Sorry, kids, there's nothing to see here." - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond are literally front and center in what amounts to be part comedy special, part motivational TED talk and part open-mic Moth storySLAM. They excel at all the above. - Billboard EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
2.5/4 83% The Way Back (2020) Ben Affleck is still portraying a version of the Tortured Good Guy with a Past, but he exposes his vulnerabilities in ways that audiences have rarely seen. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
1.5/4 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Sticking a gun in the backside of an Islamic radical terrorist and sneering, "Where's the detonator?!" in a British accent just does not play to Blake Lively's skillset. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2.5/4 20% Cats (2019) I realize "It's not that bad!" won't be used in the Cats advertising campaign, but it is worth noting that the peculiar musical does indeed have merit. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
69% Bombshell (2019) Ace casting shouldn't distract from the main issue: Unlikely, and in some cases, unlikeable women can change the game. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Tom Hanks' effortless ability to step into Rogers' shoes - er, comfy pair of sneakers - is the big reason this enchanting film will make even ice-veined cynics develop a sudden case of the sniffles. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) Is it as spectacular as the original? No, but let it go. It's still a beautifully designed, sharply written and toe-tapping piece of family entertainment. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
47% Last Christmas (2019) Turns out that crafting an ultra-charming, multi-threaded, pop music-stuffed, holiday-themed romantic comedy is harder than it looks, actually. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/4 95% The Irishman (2019) Instead of flash and brash, Martin Scorsese delivers an effectively moving portrait that focuses on the emotional toll of being atop the mob underworld. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
2.5/4 83% Ad Astra (2019) The big payoff is the cinematic equivalent of a black hole. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
68% Joker (2019) This predictable brand of cold-hearted cynicism is not worth your time. Seriously. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) Breaking the rules has never seemed so fun . . . or so necessary. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) Pennywise's evils have a numbing effect. He's capable of blood-curling murder and yet lacks a truly scary bogeyman appeal. You've seen one shape-shifting scam, you've seen them all. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) A marriage can't be defined by a single emotion. It's an all-consuming force that can lead to euphoric rushes and eat away at your insides, sometimes within moments of each other. Marriage Story perfectly encapsulates these feelings. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
82% Judy (2019) It's a revelatory biopic with brains, heart and courage. - Billboard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Springsteen devotees will lap it up, as will anyone who's ever inserted a pair of ear buds and pressed play during a private moment of despair. - Billboard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) If you told me the screenwriters settled on this plot after playing a drunken game of Scattergories, I'd believe you. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Forget the Oscar talk and just enjoy the movie for what it is: A breezy late-summer entry with a story that could only be written by a native Angelino-turned-maverick-filmmaker. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) For all the remake's technological majesty, that special mystique unique to the 1994 original lies far beyond where the light touches. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) It's a difficult but poignant ode to a man fading out and not at all pleased about it. - Billboard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) In an impressively entertaining sequel, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man saves the world -and rescues a summer movie season in the doldrums. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
38% The Dirt (2019) Vince Neil may have wailed to take me into his heart in "Home Sweet Home," but after watching this poorly acted, laughably juvenile adaptation of his band's tell-all chronicle of the same name, I'm ready to run in the other direction. - Billboard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) The Men in Black agents zap, but they have no zip. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) A wildly entertaining (if a bit unwieldy) story of how Elton John went from neglected kid to outrageous, hit-making rock star. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) This is a savvy entry in the rom-com genre, as the two leads take the time to circle each other in the ring and punch high. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Forget physics. These teens need to work on their chemistry. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) It's a bright, big-hearted pop confection, serving as an amusing walk down memory lane (er, make that Penny Lane) while still conveying deep passion for its iconic subject. - Billboard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
2.5/4 54% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) The film is not so much an insightful examination about how a college-educated man turns into a psychopath as much as it's a peculiar relationship tale between a skilled liar and his too-trusting single mom girlfriend. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have somehow crafted a coherent and exhilarating epic that incorporates all your favorite superheroes (and many of their loved ones) in one emotionally resonant package. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
82% Someone Great (2019) It's not quite as charming or winning as other Netflix rom-com originals, but it does have a more meaningful message: Find yourself, then find the guy. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) The best, most complete entry yet in the new DC Comic Universe. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
93% Us (2019) Unnerving in tone and brazenly terrifying in story, Us is the kind of movie you watch with your fingers splayed over your face. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
2.5/4 79% Captain Marvel (2019) It succeeds more as an amusing fill-in-the-blanks Marvel backstory provider than a confident, stand-alone tale of a woman discovering her fierceness. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Both an offbeat comedy and classically rousing underdog tale, this indie film's heart somehow exceeds the size of Dwayne Johnson's bulging biceps. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/4 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) In skewering all the genre's cliches, the rom-com still fails to include a relatable and well-earned journey to happily-ever-after. Big mistake. Huge. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 84% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Everything is not awesome, but it's still pretty good. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) The outlandish story doesn't add up - and, more appallingly, it's not even supposed to! - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
37% Glass (2019) I see disappointed people. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
43% The Upside (2019) All the hijinks and bonding go down like warm honey as long as you don't consider this film as any sort of authentic present-day statement on American racial dynamics. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The formulaic film doesn't carry enough heft for consideration as a must-see Oscar contender. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
34% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Gooey dreck that attempts to be a quirky comedy, an earnest drama and a warm-hearted fantasy about the Nazis - and fails mightily at all the above. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
91% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee works because it dares to tap into a new dimension in this franchise: Legitimate emotional reactions. We humans like to refer to them as feelings! - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
65% Vice (2018) It's a blistering biographical portrait that, one way or another, will provoke a passionate audience reaction. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt proves herself a sparkling successor to Julie Andrews -with a lovely singing voice to match. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Take away Momoa's steady presence, and you're looking at an overstuffed mess that provides entertainment purely in an OMG-this-is-a-disaster kind of way. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) There is wildly brutal and graphic imagery corresponding with the rising fame of Portman's pop star character. What an insufferable allegory. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018