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Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 27% The Boy (2016) The film's real star is the doll, whose sadly contemplative mien seems gently to be reproving everyone around him for engaging in this frivolous endeavor. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 29, 2016
9/10 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) The core of psychological believability is what lifts Duke out of the category of "pretty pastiche." ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jan 29, 2016
8/10 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Abrams plays it safe, but it's a good kind of safe, because, for the first time in ages, the Star Wars saga has personable leads. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 24, 2015
7/10 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) In the Heart of the Sea becomes a much better film when nobody is talking - or when everybody is yelling at once. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 24, 2015
5/10 65% Krampus (2015) It fails to make the liminal space between cute and nasty its own. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 12, 2015
8/10 97% Brooklyn (2015) It's a movie you can take Grandma to - and one that might induce Grandma to reminisce about the dark passages and tough choices of her youth. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 5, 2015
3/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Exodus is all over the place. Except on one point: Scott delivers the all-important spectacle. The well-staged, emotionally resonant Red Sea climax may send viewers out on a high - even as they wonder what exactly they got high on. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
4.5/5 99% Selma (2015) Most importantly, though, Selma reminds us where the violence started - with the insidious, everyday practice of denying African Americans their legal right to vote. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
2.5/5 34% Blackhat (2015) An intricate mystery and a handful of explosive action scenes don't make up for problems with casting, characterization and pacing, and the film's 133 minutes end up feeling like an epic eternity. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
4/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Two Days is far from a conventional hero's journey, but it's a compelling parable of the choices we make to survive and thrive at work. And it suggests that some of those choices, in their own small way, do change the world. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
3/5 56% Focus (2015) If the movie nonetheless leaves us feeling unsatisfied, that's because the characters, reduced to flies in the writers' tangled web, never quite give us a reason to care. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
3/5 83% Cinderella (2015) While it's as unchallenging as comfort food, this Cinderella is almost as hard to hate. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
3.5/5 79% Furious 7 (2015) Another factor that makes Furious 7 highly watchable is director James Wan's commitment to following the action from several characters' points of view within each set piece, and to making that action legible, if rarely plausible. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet D Train (2015) The D Train touches on ugly truths about the indignities people will suffer to move up a spot in a senseless social hierarchy, be that Hollywood or high school. Its greatest flaw is that it sees its characters as superficially as they see themselves. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
2.5/5 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Since it's a comedy about college a cappella, there's no lack of beats, literal or figurative. But they feel less fresh this time around. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
3.5/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) [Vinterberg] has created a painterly, Hardy-esque world that transcends stereotypes of bucolic beauty - and whose bewitching half-light clings to us as we leave the theater. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
3/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) In short, this film could have used a Rise of the Planet of the Apes treatment. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
4/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) There's a fun, inclusive quality to its shaggy-dog narrative, for those willing to suspend their disbelief and check their inhibitions at the door. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
3.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) No one should come to a Mission: Impossible movie for anything but those set pieces, and director Christopher McQuarrie delivers some rich ones this time around, with strong assistance from cinematographer Robert Elswit. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Dec 1, 2015
3/5 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) Ricki and the Flash is a quieter, better film than it initially appears, but it's uneven, never quite committed to its smarter inclinations. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 25, 2015
3.5/5 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) Infinitely Polar Bear is a vivid snapshot of one family surviving in a state of chaotic, affectionate imperfection - and of a time when kids "raising themselves" was seen not as neglect but as normal. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 25, 2015
4/5 98% Phoenix (2015) Unlike last spring's Woman in Gold, Phoenix doesn't offer its protagonist even a symbolic victory over history's horrors. But it does suggest that refusing to ignore the ghosts is a small victory of its own. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 25, 2015
4/5 89% Meru (2015) Watching these three men fight for every foot of altitude is far more exhausting than seeing a superhero defy gravity - and far more inspiring. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 25, 2015
4/5 92% Grandma (2015) Tomlin gets full mileage out of her curmudgeonly lines, and she and Garner have such great comic chemistry that it's easy to overlook the thinness of Sage's character. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 25, 2015
4/5 71% Crimson Peak (2015) Crimson Peak is the perfect film for that small subgroup of moviegoers that doesn't see shivers and manic giggling as incompatible. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 25, 2015
5/5 96% The Look of Silence (2015) Unlike many documentaries on unpleasant subjects, Silence isn't an ordeal you undergo for the information value. It's no upbeat experience, but it is always absorbing, and it is sometimes disturbingly beautiful. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 25, 2015
3/5 73% Suffragette (2015) While the scenes of street violence and prison life are kinetic and harrowing, a strong narrative arc is lacking, and the characters remain underdeveloped. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 25, 2015
3.5/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Mockingjay is a lengthy demonstration packed with more grief and soul searching than fun, to some readers' dismay... Yet it's hard not to admire the chutzpah of a heroic epic that debunks everything about heroes and epics. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 25, 2015
4/10 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) It leaves an unpleasant taste - not unlike that of a campaign commercial that surrounds a candidate with real-world ugliness, then bathes her alone in beatific light. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Nov 8, 2015
9/10 94% Sicario (2015) The perspective is limited by design - to make us feel as if we, too, are creeping through that tunnel toward a reveal for which we may not have the stomach. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/10 27% Pan (2015) The film offers as many random curiosities as a carnival midway, yet it's about as fun as listening to a prerecorded barker's spiel. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Oct 8, 2015
7/10 73% Everest (2015) Everest splits the difference between documentary reenactment and hyped-up Hollywood drama. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Sep 30, 2015
4/10 15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) For each deliriously silly action sequence, Refueled offers long scenes of tired genre conventions played straight. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Sep 12, 2015
9/10 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) The film doesn't glamorize the misadventures of its heroine any more than it condemns them, and the result is fresh in every sense. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Sep 4, 2015
6/10 56% Paper Towns (2015) The route to the climax - or anticlimax - needs more roadside attractions. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jul 31, 2015
7/10 85% Trainwreck (2015) If Trainwreck never exactly goes off the rails, that could be because there are no rails anymore. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/10 56% Minions (2015) The script barely acknowledges the apparent contradiction between their adorable innocence and their vocation of evil sycophancy, much less milk it for satire. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/5 86% Inception (2010) Nolan is so eager to make the movie work as an action blockbuster that he sacrifices storytelling to set pieces. Still, what set pieces. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jul 20, 2015
5/10 34% Max (2015) From time to time, hints of a smarter and more complex film peek through. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jul 3, 2015
9/10 98% Inside Out (2015) The filmmakers have found madcap, nonpreachy ways to encourage viewers of all ages to talk more openly about their feelings. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/10 58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Those images lack emotional impact when they're used to deck out a plot of dinner-theater flimsiness. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 94% Iron Man (2008) Despite the crisis-of-conscience theme, all of this could have been pretty standard fare. But Favreau had the sense to cast Downey, who does for this potential franchise what Johnny Depp did for Pirates of the Caribbean. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 9, 2015
3/10 48% San Andreas (2015) It's a snooze enlivened by regular orgies of heavy stuff falling on people. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Jun 5, 2015
4/10 48% The D Train (2015) Its greatest flaw is that it sees its characters as superficially as they see themselves. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 13, 2015
6/10 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) For the semi-initiated viewer, it's like experiencing a hurricane of story beats and Spandex. ‐ Seven Days
Posted May 13, 2015
8/10 93% Ex Machina (2015) While we may tire of Caleb and Nathan's boilerplate debates about AI, the film's ominous undercurrents keep us awake and attentive. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 30, 2015
5/10 44% True Story (2015) Finkel comes off as a generic viewer surrogate, which is a problem when the viewer is ahead of him. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 22, 2015
5/10 54% Woman in Gold (2015) In their eagerness to make this into a feel-good story, Curtis and Campbell have turned their characters from multifaceted human beings into symbols who utter soundbites. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 22, 2015
8/10 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) This duo knows that comedy comes not just from mocking tropes but from mocking the scruffy human pretensions that give birth to them. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 1, 2015
9/10 97% It Follows (2015) The perfect viewer for It Follows is one who wants to see the unsettling things that happen when genres and their expectations collide. ‐ Seven Days
Posted Apr 1, 2015