Movie Reviews Only
|Rating||T-Meter||Title | Year||Review|
|3/5||47%||Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)||
The final act is a delirious sugar rush of city-smashing spectacle. It's generic but 'Uprising' kicks the metal ass of any of the 'Transformers' films.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
|2/5||43%||The Hurricane Heist (2018)||
This one's just blowing through theaters on its way to streaming services.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
|81%||Early Man (2018)||
Aardman's latest is another total charmer. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
|72%||Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018)||
It's fitting that while the coy glossiness of Fifty Shades Freed is bringing the mildest sizzle to theaters nationwide, an alternative is also becoming available with Double Lover (L'Amant Double), the latest from French provocateur Francois Ozon.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
|4/5||87%||The Road Movie (2018)||
A study of human nature under unusual circumstances, revealing the often stoic and nonchalant nature of the Russian character.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
|2/5||29%||Proud Mary (2018)||
They got the right star for sure, but they haven't given her a proper vehicle.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
|82%||Molly's Game (2018)||
Molly's Game continues Sorkin's fascination with delving into and elucidating the psyches of self-made successes...It also once more showcases his skills as a wordsmith, while revealing his debuting talent for putting those words on screen.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
|2/5||53%||Bullet Head (2017)||
With too little freshness for crime-drama devotees, too many furry corpses for animal lovers and a thoroughly predictable wrap-up, Bullet Head ultimately screws the pooch‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
|96%||Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)||
Dean's movie is not a tract. It's a straightforwardly told, A-to-B-to-C chronicle of Lamarr's history, given richness by the many points of view offered by an impressive lineup of talking heads.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
After spinning its wheels with Cars 3, Pixar is back in top form with Coco, a delightful and moving mix of fantasy and family concerns.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
|19%||Daddy's Home 2 (2017)||
Slightly better than the first, but still pretty awful.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
The Weinsteins' latest animation is a faux pas de deux.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
This thriller/black comedy/racial drama sadly misses the mark on all three levels.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
Despite its meticulously detailed gore, Jigsaw is rarely scary.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
|3/5||71%||Happy Death Day (2017)||
Director Christopher Landon and screenwriter and comics veteran Scott Lobdell maintain modest tension and humor as they deliver tried-and-true genre standbys like loud music jump-scares, an unnaturally deserted hospital and red-herring suspects.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
While it's a given that [Andy] Serkis can wrangle the digital side, it bodes well for his upcoming Jungle Book that he can prioritize the internal on occasion.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
Somebody get a defibrillator in here, stat.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
|92%||Good Time (2017)||
The Safdies and cinematographer Sean Price Williams immerse you in the pressurized scenario with a mix of tight close-ups, handheld camerawork and overhead shots suggesting the viewpoint of a scientist watching a rat traverse a maze.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
Kidnap may strain plausibility, but it's no more absurd than Taken, and it's a kick to watch Karla, a woman with no particular set of skills, become a capable warrior based on pure maternal ferocity.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
|2/5||16%||The Dark Tower (2017)||
Onscreen, The Dark Tower serves up a generic, half-baked scenario no different from a slew of better-known YA properties in which young, wide-eyed protagonists discover their connections to a hidden fantastical world.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
|77%||Atomic Blonde (2017)||
A sex-and-violence cocktail that wouldn't work as well as it does without an actress as commanding as Theron in the lead.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
|49%||Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)||
It's a shame this sugar rush has no nutritional value, which becomes increasingly clear the further Valerian proceeds into its slight narrative. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
|83%||My Friend Dahmer (2017)||
My Friend Dahmer feels very much authentic to its time and its protagonist, who is destined to be the worst kind of antagonist.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
|92%||Super Dark Times (2017)||
The kids aren't all right in an unsettling independent winner.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
|93%||War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)||
War for the Planet of the Apes is very much its own movie while accomplishing that trickiest of franchise gambits, bringing full and satisfying closure to the ongoing narrative while planting a couple of seeds for potential movies to come.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
|44%||Phoenix Forgotten (2017)||
Unfortunately, that title will likely prove prophetic.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
|68%||Free Fire (2017)||
It's all about the farcical side of flesh wounds.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
|20%||The Tenants Downstairs (Lou xia de fang ke) (2016)||
The Tenants Downstairs is wicked fun for those who enjoy the guiltily pleasurable kick of watching people squirm as they're victimized by their own worst impulses.‐ Rue Morgue Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
|4/5||35%||Blair Witch (2016)||
Emerges as satisfying in its own right and pretty damn scary.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
|3/5||53%||The Purge: Election Year (2016)||
The action is largely routine and the dialogue rarely more than functional, but DeMonaco, marshalling the franchise's best production values yet, shrewdly taps into the angry zeitgeist.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016