Michael Dequina

Michael Dequina
Tomatometer-approved critic
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Southern California (the LBC)
Official Websites: http://themoviereport.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) One indeed comes away from Aquaman interested in what further aquatic adventures may yet be in store, with or without any of his Justice League teammates by his side. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/4 86% Class Rank (2018) The genuine heart behind the film from beginning to end earns the turn from the silly to sentimental, and elicits genuine feeling to go with all the fun. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2/4 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Once the travelogue novelty of the posh locations and fine cuisine wears off--which is quickly, if not almost immediately--this slog feels like it is unfolding in real, interminable time. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
3/4 100% Where's Daddy? (2018) An important and necessary look at a sensitive subject from an angle that too few care to pay attention to, let alone address. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
3/4 67% All Mistakes Buried (2016) Sam Trammell is fascinating and fearless, stripped clean--or, more accurately, filthy--of anything approaching actorly vanity. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
3/4 21% White Rabbit (2015) The emotional authenticity makes what could have easily been just another in a long line of similarly-minded dramas feel like a singular human story. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2015
2/4 12% Taken 3 (2015) It is time for Mills to finally settle into a quiet retirement while Neeson moves on to better, heretofore untaken (in every sense) action showcases. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) Glossily polished to an old school Hollywood sheen in every respect, from the honey-golden cinematography to, unfortunately, a programmatic and ultimately unconvincing slathered-on sentimentality. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
2/4 49% Cake (2015) Aniston's solidly done departure probably would have organically received its due (and possibly even more credit) had it been a genuine discovery in a film released and sold as the modest, blip-on-the-radar non-event indie that it is. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2015
3/4 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) Oscar Isaac does terrifically layered and involving work as Abel's armor of seemingly unflappable confidence is consistently, increasingly under attack. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2014
3/4 76% Second Coming (2014) However willfully obscured the narrative may be, the emotional truth of every moment, in the moment is always piercingly clear and punishingly accessible. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2014
3.5/4 99% Selma (2015) The true brilliance of David Oyelowo's work--and that of Ava DuVernay, for that matter--lies in the delicate balance between duly respecting King as a historical icon and incisively studying King as a man. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2014
2/4 68% God Help the Girl (2014) Two hours whose every restless minute is felt, no matter how fetchingly and frequently the stunning Emily Browning croons directly to the camera. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2014
3.5/4 86% Top Five (2014) Chris Rock has made an entertainment that is not only a wild and rich study of his lead character but the character of the filmmaker himself. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2014
3/4 67% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Liam Neeson reminds that he can be just as captivating to watch creating a complex character as he is beating bad guys up. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2014
3.5/4 76% PK (2014) For once with an Aamir Khan vehicle, what is most memorable is not his predictably strong performance, but material and execution as fearless as he is. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/4 51% The Interview (2014) In a less politically sensitive time, Randall Park's flat-out brilliant performance would be hailed as the breakout, star-making, even awards nomination-worthy, turn that it is. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2014
1/4 29% Around the Bend (2004) When traveling the American Southwest, there are bound to be many KFC locations around the bend to feed you along the way. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2014
3.5/4 42% Comet (2014) Such an admittedly, unabashedly small scale story feels so powerfully universal, as if to transcend the weight and boundaries of space and time. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2014
3.5/4 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) Paints a vivid portrait of all that Nas the artist and Nasir Jones the person are in a remarkably efficient 75-minute run time. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2014
4/4 93% Whiplash (2014) Words fail to adequately describe just how everything down to the most minute detail converge into a climax that is at once exciting, scary, intense, joyous, heartbreaking, exhilarating, and altogether powerfully cathartic. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2014
3.5/4 81% The Book of Life (2014) Makes one realize just how homogenized, and even lazy, mainstream animated features have become--and how genuinely exciting it is to witness an artist confidently shatter barriers and boldly break new ground. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014
3.5/4 60% The Equalizer (2014) It is in the seemingly undemanding action programmers where Washington truly proves the singular depths and scope of his talents and presence. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet City Lights (CityLights) (2014) If some concessions to Indian cinema convention don't work, that's compensated by still-suspenseful and involving storyline and the committed performances by the actors. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
3/4 67% Mardaani (2014) With the film's main USP being cinema sweetheart Mukerji kicking some major a**, to not have the film climax with anything other than some old-fashioned hand-to-hand brawling would be a letdown. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
4/4 94% Metro Manila (2014) Satisfying as entertainment and remarkably cathartic as drama, this is a masterful achievement that deserves to find the audience that the marketplace seems determined to deny it. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
3/4 11% No Good Deed (2014) One suspenseful, entertaining ride whose tense turns and thrills are further amplified when shared with an audience. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 82% Begin Again (2014) Bonds born out of art, and specifically music, are nothing new in the movies, but Carney conveys the uniquely exhilarating romance of the creative process behind art like no other filmmaker. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2014
3/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) Delivers the genuinely disturbing, if not exactly groundbreaking, head-spinning horror goods. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet On the Other Side of the Tracks (2014) Neither Omar Sy's bona fide movie star presence and charisma nor his rapport with co-star Laurent Lafitte can quite elevate the film beyond harmless formula fluff. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 85% The Immigrant (2014) As terrific as Cotillard is, Gray's coldly cerebral style keeps Ewa's plight at too far a remove. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2014
3/4 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Doing what can best be described as a more extreme take on his characteristic screen persona of a colder, deadpan, oh-so-British type, Firth further amps up the condescension and arrogance to comically caustic levels. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) These legendary stars don't disappoint in their first screen teaming, and Reiner should have trusted them more to completely take over the film a lot more quickly than he does. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2014
2/4 44% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) Yves Saint Laurent as portrayed in the film comes off as no deeper than a symbol, much like that familiar brand logo that dominates the key poster art. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 67% Lucy (2014) The weirdness Besson really has in mind is decidedly uncommercial at best, inscrutably indulgent at worst. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2014
3/4 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) The proper Purge film that should have been made in the first place. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2014
2.5/4 24% Tammy (2014) With the laughs being fairly sporadic, Falcone's generally slack pacing is laid bare and the movie as a whole feels all the more meandering, try though McCarthy might to enliven the proceedings. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2014
3/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) It is frankly pointless to knock its quintessentially Bay aesthetic of massive mayhem and the equally shameless broad corniness of its humor, for all of that is clearly what the film was meant to be and dutifully delivers. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2014
3/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Theron's endearing rapport with MacFarlane the actor helps smooth over whenever MacFarlane the writer/director goes a little overboard with his penchant for toilet humor. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2014
2/4 47% Rio 2 (2014) So much is going on here, yet nothing of consequence feels like it's *happening*. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
2.5/4 54% Maleficent (2014) How ironic--and disappointing--it is, then, that a film focused on one of the big bads for the ages is just about completely drained of menace or palpable danger. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
2.5/4 12% Walk Of Shame (2014) Banks is one fierce talent more than able to carry a film all on her own, and here's hoping the next starring vehicle makes for a much smoother and consistent ride. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2014
3/4 26% The Other Woman (2014) Mann is the one who practically makes the picture, winning most of the laughs with her expert timing, quirky delivery, and general go-for-broke abandon. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2014
2/4 10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) The cast is directed to often scream at each other at the top of their lungs, making the would-be comic material all bark with little-to-no bite. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2014
2/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) The remarkably unconvincing framework makes the expected rom-com bickering feel all the more artificial and forced, which is a shame when Binoche and Owen's chemistry is anything but. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2014
2/4 14% Blended (2014) Doesn't feel so much blended than most crudely and sloppily thrown together with minimal exertion and even less thought. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Kochadaiiyaan 3D (2014) The virtues and achievement of Ashwin's sincere, go-for-broke ambition manifests in not easily discounted ways--not least of which is the ever-commanding presence and conviction of South Indian cinema's singular Superstar. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Kochadaiyaan (2013) The virtues and achievement of Ashwin's sincere, go-for-broke ambition manifests in not easily discounted ways--not least of which is the ever-commanding presence and conviction of South Indian cinema's singular Superstar. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2014
3.5/4 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Captures the true essence of what has made and will make the X-Men's uncanny popularity survive and thrive in days of future and past. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
3/4 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) The audience's attachment to and investment in these people lend powerful intimacy to the large scale epic trappings. - TheMovieReport.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014