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Mike Ward
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 35% Big Stone Gap (2015) Sure, the script can be simpler than a diner menu. And at times the nostalgia seems manufactured like the goodies at a Cracker Barrel gift shop, but...Big Stone Gap proves to be...a nice change of pace from the summer popcorn-movie season.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2015
4/5 74% Godzilla (2014) Godzilla has run the gamut from campy action star hissing at throngs with poorly dubbed English to an even bigger joke - cough, hack, the 1998 monstrosity - to this sweet reinvention. Size doesn't matter. Acting matters. Writing matters. Cranston matters.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted May 16, 2014
3/5 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Despite layers of borrowed source material, retread inspiration and Tobey Mcguire's red and blue voodoo doll, The Amazing Spiderman 2 manages to deliver a mostly fresh and enjoyable - if not quickly forgettable - superhero flick.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted May 2, 2014
1/5 20% Transcendence (2014) The Lawnmower Man, Max Headroom and Johnny Depp walk into a bar. They get drunk and decide to make a movie.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) It wants to be serious, funny, jingoistic, independent-minded, poignant and a CGI fireworks show all at once in every scene. Even Michael Bay has a headache.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 76% Noah (2014) "Noah" is a religious movie in the same way that "2012" was a documentary on Mayan culture. We might as well call it "Russell Crowe's Big Floating Petting Zoo."‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2014
4/4 95% The Guard (2011) The Guard is raw, modest and charming - maybe the only movie possessing all three characteristics. ‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2011
2.5/4 81% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) For 90 minutes, it could be a super-sized Hallmark Channel flick. The ape revolution teased in the trailer, all 30 minutes of it, is an afterthought. There are scrap-booking conventions with more action.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2011
3/4 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Steve Carell already played a modern day Noah in titanically bad "Evan Almighty." In "Crazy, Stupid, Love" he redeems himself in his second Old Testament challenge: Job of the RomCom.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2011
3.5/4 80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Hating on Captain America just isn't American. Go ahead and move to Canada; I'm sure they have some magical Mountie who's thwarting evil loggers.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2011
3/4 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) It's a bucket of maraschino cherries and whipped cream after no supper. It's a two-plus hour climax without an ounce of foreplay. A fireworks grand finale without a single sparkler cooling off in Uncle Joe's Pabst can.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2011
1.5/4 35% Larry Crowne (2011) It wants to be a subtle, inspirational message to those undergoing tough times. Even his name - half schmucky, half regal-ish - shows that second chances really happen! (Just ask Lonnie Millionbucks and Jerry Diamonde). The upshot? Meh.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2011
0/4 35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Michael Bay's third "Transformers" installment in four years is a rambling mess of bastardized news reel footage, over-stylized CGI talking toy jousts, and light-hearted scenes with the comedic timing of Dick Cheney's pacemaker.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2011
1/4 84% The Tree of Life (2011) I admire The Tree of Life - in the same way I admire the white-haired lady in the Guinness Book of World Records with 28-foot fingernails. By the way, after "The Tree of Life," you'll probably have to cut your nails, just saying.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2011
4/4 82% Super 8 (2011) E.T. texted a homey, Spielberg paid the earth-bound ticket, and now we have Super 8.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2011
2/4 33% The Hangover Part II (2011) It isn't so much a sequel as it is a translation, a translation for those who prefer to drink up their humor garnished with a groin kick and a mid-coitis choke instead of a wink and a nod. Bottoms up. ‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2011
1.5/4 32% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Captain Jack's roots aren't the only thing that's gone nappy; the 137 minutes of so-so swashbuckling and tired Tarzan-eque rope swinging packs the punch of Tylenol PM and coconut rum.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted May 22, 2011
3/4 90% Bridesmaids (2011) Bridesmaids busts through the party movie glass ceiling with a steel-toed stiletto and a tepid magnum of Yellow Tail.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2011
3/4 77% Thor (2011) If the rest of the popcorn movie entries exceed expectations on this level, then the forthcoming shirtless hero worship season might give me washboard abs - "Conan," "Captain America" and "Sinbad" are yet to come. ‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted May 7, 2011
3/4 77% In A Better World (2011) I haven't seen two tougher hours tackling bullying since Meredith Vieira's five-part series on mixing Four Loco and passive-aggressive tween texting on "The Today Show."‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted May 1, 2011
2.5/4 59% Scream 4 (2011) You know a movie franchise has lost its pop culture clout when it goes from creating the most popular Halloween accessory to successfully tracing the arc of Courteney Cox and David Arquette's failed marriage.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2011
2/4 27% Your Highness (2011) As far as stoner comedies go, Your Highness might as well be smoking schwag with the Hooters bus boy you just bought it from.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2011
2.5/4 91% Source Code (2011) They might as well have set Source Code at Gobbler's Knob and queued up I Got You Babe every 10 minutes.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2011
2.5/4 92% Of Gods and Men (2011) When you think of monks, you might think of martyrdom, fresh baked bread, 24/7 hoodies, unrelenting devotion or Tony Shaloub. Well, what about balls and bravery?‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2011
2.5/4 23% Sucker Punch (2011) It's kinda like a poor-man's Inception, with much more cleavage and plot holes.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2011
1.5/4 38% Casino Jack (2010) Hollywood is getting obsessed with the growing financial porn genre, where white-collar criminals get fluffed by accounting firms and the slow-motion perp walk is the new money shot. They're exploitative, best watched alone, and let's admit it...hot.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2011
3.5/4 80% Barney's Version (2011) Barney's candor, free spirit and giant heart - which may actually be bigger than his liver - are eventually intoxicating.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2011
1/4 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) Alien invasion flick "Battle: Los Angeles" is basically a $100,000,000 recruitment video for the Marines that will help the Corps fill its ranks with gawky gamers who like laughably bad movies. Semper sigh.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/4 71% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) When Facebook friends, credit histories and text message logs expose our every - and dictate 99 percent of our decision-making- "The Adjustment Bureau" has a point. Now you have a better excuse for losing your car keys than early-onset Alzheimer's.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2011
4/4 86% Cedar Rapids (2011) No mere fish out of water tale - more akin to scraping oceanic plankton off the back of a humpback whale and slapping it on the glittered midriffs of Chuck Sheen's poolside bevy of goddesses.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2011
1.5/4 55% Unknown (2011) It's all so damn exhausting - countless chase scenes sucked dry of suspense by repetition and the fact that clues are deposited less frequently Scott Baio's Charles in Charge residuals.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2011
2/4 67% The Company Men (2011) It's the kind of movie that rich, disconnected Hollywood filmmakers make about the recession, thinking they're committing some altruistic act of empathy for a nation struggling to pay the mortgage on its second home in Nantucket.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2011
2.5/4 18% Just Go with It (2011) There are fewer kicks to the groin (there are still a lot) and the potty humor is kept to a minimum, relatively speaking, of course. Metaphorically speaking, someone lit a match in Adam Sandler's bathroom.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2011
2/4 30% Sanctum (2011) The strong 3D visuals create a suffocating sense claustrophobia that makes you feel like you're locked in a closet at the DMV. But the characters are cardboard creations and the writing is less engrossing than faded cave drawings. ‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2011
3/4 92% Another Year (2010) Another Year is two-plus hours of heavy dialogue and heavier uncomfortable silences. But if you can muddle through the tense moments, the pay-off is seeing one of the best written movies of the year. ‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2011
3/4 87% Blue Valentine (2010) Rom-com haters finally got what they wanted: a brutally honest big-screen relationship on the rocks garnished with hickeys, regret, ripped panties, bruised chins and bruised egos.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2011
2/4 49% No Strings Attached (2011) No Strings Attached is a better movie than its title, trailer and Kutcherness suggest.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2011
3/4 80% Made in Dagenham (2010) I am woman, hear me roar! And by "roar," I mean drive the Ford Motor Company to such a slowdown that it just got passed in the left lane by Mr. Magoo on an exercise bike.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2011
3/4 43% The Green Hornet (2011) The Green Hornet smoked crack with Superman and met CraigsList chicks with Wolverine. He's a bad influence and a good time. And he's much more entertaining on screen, too.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2011
2/4 9% Season of the Witch (2011) It will probably be the worst reviewed movie of the year, it may break up couples mid-date night, and fraternities are sure to use it in tandem with contraband beverage Four Loko for Hell Week hazing. But come on, it's not that bad.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2011
1/4 9% Little Fockers (2010) I'm guessing there will be a fourth and a fifth "Meet the Parents" sequel: "Stepfockers," and "Tween Fockers" or maybe even "As Long as She's Your Second Cousin, You Can Still Focker." Who knows, or cares.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2010
3.5/4 95% The King's Speech (2010) In a 24-hour news cycle, it's hard to believe a man with the elocution of a Pet Rock could be crowned King of the World. But at a time when the phonograph was high-tech and British figureheads weren't doing karaoke with Elton John, it could happen.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2010
3/4 87% Black Swan (2010) Black Swan isn't the feel good movie of the year. Heck, you may need to pop three Zolofts afterward and go to a happy place. But at least your personal potential rock bottom will plummet several hundred feet afterward.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2010
2.5/4 32% How Do You Know (2010) Sometimes it's more jock than jocular. Occasionally, the camera lens lingers on Owen Wilson's crooked schnoz or Reese Witherspoon's prudish grimaces a bit too long. But it's is never too cute, except in omitting the question mark from its title.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2010
2.5/4 20% The Tourist (2010) Depp can't sell the "tourist" look. At the very worst, he looks like he could be working as a coffee kiosk barista at the Alitalia terminal in Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci Fiumicino Airport.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2010
0/4 28% The Warrior's Way (2010) Your first clue that you're about to see the worst flick of 2010 is the TWO Nicholas Cage trailers you endure before the movie even starts. ‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2010
3.5/4 93% 127 Hours (2010) Someone please chop down Tony Robbins' beanstalk. Then sic a shark to "hug" Dr. Phil. And spill a scalding bowl of Chicken Soup for the Soul in the stupid chef's lap. Finally, America has a real deal, down-to-earth motivational icon.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2010
3/4 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) We get to see the characters raw and frayed - almost junkie-like - without the saccharine pill coating that usually helps us swallow the bad stuff happening in Harry Potter Land.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2010
3/4 98% Inside Job (2010) I want to prank call Alan Greespan. I want to hire a barista to cold cock a former Lehman Brothers exec who retired at 42. Put down your plastic forks. Pick up your pitchforks. And follow me! We're marching on Washington, errrr, Wall Street. Same thing...‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2010
2.5/4 56% Morning Glory (2010) A movie about a morning news shows starring Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford? The actors are dinosaurs and the format is about to go extinct. Forget reviewing the movie, maybe I should be carbon dating it.‐ Richmond.com
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2010