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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 98% Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) "The animation is spectacular, the songs are catchy, the dwarfs are delightful, and the movie is revolutionary in that it was the first full-length animated feature. But let's face it: Snow White has to be the most passive heroine in film history. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 6, 2016
3/4 75% Hawaii (1966) "The film features a towering performance by Max von Sydow ... although it's Jocelyne LaGarde who nabbed the most praise for her delightful turn. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 6, 2016
3.5/4 84% Bound for Glory (1976) "The role was earmarked for Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro (among others), but it's hard to imagine even these accomplished thespians matching the sly insouciance or devil-may-care charm which Carradine makes indispensable to the part. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 6, 2016
3/4 89% Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend) (1977) "Most Highsmith adaptations have turned out to be satisfying movies -- the earliest example being Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train and the most recent being Carol -- and this one's no exception. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 6, 2016
3/4 80% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "Whenever the Coens produce a breezy and straightforward comedy, many critics and fans grumble that they're simply coasting, they're making movies beneath them, and they're too valuable as filmmakers to simply offer nothing more than nyuks. Nonsense. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 6, 2016
3/4 91% The Wrong Man (1956) "Devoid of any Hitchcockian touches, the movie disappoints only in that it could have been made by any filmmaker experimenting in the faux-documentary style during this period (Jules Dassin comes to mind) -- otherwise, it's gripping material. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 30, 2016
3.5/4 96% Of Mice and Men (1992) "The 1939 interpretation starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Burgess Meredith remains the definitive version, but this 1992 take is a gem in its own right. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 30, 2016
3/4 93% The Last Detail (1973) "Jack Nicholson in one of his defining performances during a decade packed with 'em. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 30, 2016
3.5/4 82% Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) (1952) "A down and dirty picture with all the requisite blood, sweat and double-crosses. ... The biggest thrill is watching Jack Elam as the most nervous of the hoods. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 30, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Jack's Back (1988) "The plotting is too haphazard to completely overcome any deficiencies. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 30, 2016
2/4 9% The Ice Pirates (1984) "For a far superior mix of science fiction and satire, just watch Mel Brooks' Spaceballs again. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 30, 2016
3/4 20% The Happy Ending (1969) "Simmons is excellent -- she earned an Oscar nomination, as did the song "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?" -- while Bobby Darin amuses as an Italian slickster. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 30, 2016
2.5/4 30% From the Terrace (1960) "Satisfying in many regards, this handsome soaper is nevertheless undermined by a script (by Ernest Lehman, no less) that doesn't flow as much as stumble forward. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 30, 2016
2/4 58% The Finest Hours (2016) "The only element missing is a monstrous, Jules Verne-approved squid to drag various seamen to their watery graves some 20,000 leagues under the sea. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 30, 2016
2/4 13% The Guardian (1990) "As far as flying nannies go, Jenny Seagrove's isn't half as intimidating as Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 23, 2016
1/4 No Score Yet Ghosts Can't Do It (1990) "Donald Trump, America's favorite fascist, earned the Razzie Award for Best Supporting Actor, but he's hardly the worst this film has to offer. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 23, 2016
1/4 6% Bolero (1984) "I daresay even waterboarding is less punishing than watching this. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 23, 2016
3/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) "This may not match the acerbic brilliance of the Kaufman-scripted gems Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but it should prove to be right up the alley of anyone looking for something different in their moviegoing diet. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 23, 2016
1/4 9% Dirty Grandpa (2016) "To be sure, there's often nothing quite as liberating as a raunchy, foul-mouthed comedy, but the R-rated moments have to be woven into the storyline, not just sprayed onto the screen like a wayward money shot in a porn flick. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 23, 2016
3/4 81% 1984 (1984) "The visuals capture the oppressive atmosphere of the novel even if the script can't quite convey the sheer horror (and chilling wordplay) whipped up by Orwell. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 16, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Ghost Warrior (1986) "Hiroshi Fujioka inspires sympathy as the befuddled hero, but Janet Julian's emoting as his L.A. friend is torturous to behold. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 16, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet The House Where Evil Dwells (1982) "Director Kevin Connor initially establishes a flavorful mood, but it gets frittered away thanks to some increasingly silly sequences and the general doltishness of the lead characters. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 16, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet The Detective (1968) "Some of the content involving homosexuality now seems dated, but as a police procedural, it's a compelling watch. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 16, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Kings Go Forth (1958) "The wartime material is fairly standard (if well-executed), but the simmering theme of racism is honestly handled, and Sinatra is excellent. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 16, 2016
2/4 13% Ride Along 2 (2016) "The studio's strategy: Hire the same director, employ the services of a couple of the same writers, offer the same standard-issue plotting and similar comic riffs, and then kick back and practice saying, "Show me the money." " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 16, 2016
3/4 83% Mysterious Island (1961) "Allows Ray Harryhausen to showcase some superb stop-motion animation effects and the great Bernard Herrmann (Citizen Kane, Psycho, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) to add another smashing score to his resume. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 9, 2016
1.5/4 33% The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) "One of those so-bad-it's-good-to-experience-at-least-once-in-a-lifetime efforts, this grade-Z cheapie is pretty wretched yet deserves extra credit for being so brazenly bizarre. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 9, 2016
3.5/4 94% Born Free (1966) "Director James Hill tackles the material in a manner that relies more on naturalistic behavior than cheap theatrics (i.e. no scenes of Elsa covering her eyes with her paws after a human does something imbecilic). " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 9, 2016
2.5/4 82% The Revenant (2015) "In these respects, the movie has less in common with such accomplished frontier flicks as 1972's Jeremiah Johnson and 1992's The Last of the Mohicans and instead brings to mind Mel Gibson's garish snuff films The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 9, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet Zombie High (1987) "Actual zombies are nowhere to be found in Zombie High, which instead comes off as a poor hybrid of The Stepford Wives and a vampire flick. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 26, 2015
2/4 21% The Car (1977) "The film eventually grows tedious, and the climactic showdown is truly awful. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 26, 2015
2.5/4 61% Concussion (2015) "In most respects, this plays like a well-tailored TV movie of the week, the sort that hits every expected narrative beat just before the fadeout to commercial. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 26, 2015
2.5/4 73% Youth (2015) "Paolo Sorrentino clearly means for this to register as his version of Federico Fellini's 8-1/2, but the most it can muster is a 5-1/2. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 26, 2015
2.5/4 70% The Danish Girl (2015) "The Danish Girl might as well be called The Oscar Bait Movie ... but Alicia Vikander is the only person here who's worthy of award attention. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 26, 2015
3/4 60% Joy (2015) "Once the film settles down, and once the supporting players make more room for lead Jennifer Lawrence to strut her stuff, Joy -- both the movie and the character -- makes significant strides in its march toward success. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 26, 2015
3.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "Intelligent, entertaining and even informative, The Big Short plays like a funkier and funnier (oh, and superior) version of The Wolf of Wall Street. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 26, 2015
3/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "The Hateful Eight runs just over three hours in its limited roadshow edition, yet it feels far shorter than many of the 100-or-so-minute duds I've endured this year. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 26, 2015
3.5/4 93% Carol (2015) "A perfect bookend piece to director Todd Haynes' 2002 Far from Heaven, which was merely one of the great motion pictures of the 2000s. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 26, 2015
3.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "It's enough to make a grown fan cry. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 19, 2015
2.5/4 60% Sisters (2015) "Tina Fey and Amy Poehler do far more for this film than the film does for them. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 19, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Speedy (1928) "While not a masterpiece on the order of 1923's Safety Last! and 1925's The Freshman, Speedy still ranks as grade-A entertainment from the great Harold Lloyd. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 19, 2015
2/4 17% Queen of Blood (1966) "This dry endeavor picks up steam during its final half-hour, but by then, most viewers will have checked out. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 12, 2015
2.5/4 33% F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991) "The nifty 1986 sleeper hit F/X was followed by this ridiculous, implausible yet occasionally exciting yarn. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3/4 80% Downhill Racer (1969) "The sort of somber, minimalist drama that can only be found in the cinema of the late 1960s and early '70s. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 12, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet A Bullet for Joey (1955) "A hot-and-cold affair. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 12, 2015
2.5/4 55% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) "Although the template is finally running out of steam, there are still enough gags worth catching. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 12, 2015
3/4 59% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991) "It may not deliver as many sustained laughs as its predecessor, but the hit-to-miss ratio of its comic content is still high. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 12, 2015
1.5/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "This notion of an oceanic animal acting like an avenging angel places this picture in the same class with such landmarks of cinema as 1977's Orca and 1987's Jaws: The Revenge. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 12, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Voodoo Man (2009) "A nonsensical outing that benefits from a trio of horror vets in its cast and a good measure of camp in its script. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 5, 2015
1/4 6% Troll 2 (1990) "I've seen worse, but nevertheless, this is wretched, bottom-of-the-barrel stuff. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 5, 2015
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