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Neil Pond

Neil Pond
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 78% Split (2017) Shyamalan weaves a devilishly demented web of clues, and you never know where he's going until he gets there. And when he does, hang on. It gets wild, in more ways than one. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/5 83% Silence (2017) Even the film's horrors have a savage, artful beauty, like modern-day movie paintings of Christian martyrs rendered on the big screen. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2017
3.5/5 78% Patriots Day (2017) An uplifting depiction of a town and its citizens united, tough and determined to not let the bad guys win. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Like the tree that becomes the monster every night, there's a lot going on both above the surface and beneath it in this beautiful-looking film of great depth, heart and soul. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Henson, Spencer and Monáe all bring spunk, sass and heart to a story that oozes inspiration and rings with righteous pride. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/5 95% Fences (2016) Washington makes his character both sympathetic and pathetic, a tragic character of almost Shakespearian proportions grappling with fate, family responsibilities, work, racial injustice and carnal desires. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) There's a genuinely creepy, unnerving nugget of a tale here, but it mostly gets lost in the sweet, sci-fi mush--and rush--of its intergalactic romance. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/5 93% La La Land (2016) The (Hollywood) Hills are alive again with the sound of (new) music, and it's impossible to not be swept up and away in the sweet sunshine of its movie magic. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Of space dust, Joni Mitchell and the Force: a visually splendid, dramatically stirring journey spanning both yesteryear and tomorrow. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Arty and grotesquely gorgeous, but hardly an uplifting tale. Think 'No Country For Old Men' meets 'CSI: West Texas,' by way of 'Twin Peaks.' ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) It's not a conventional biography, or even a historical drama. It's deeper and darker than that, and Portman bores down to the complex, most challenging parts of its core. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Like Hughes' Spruce Goose, Beatty's movie is a big, cumbersome, well-intentioned project that just gets off the ground but never really soars. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It has moments of humor, whimsy and fun, but its overall tone is dark, casting its fantasy adventure against a very serious backdrop of dread, paranoia and oppression. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) A whip-smart sci-fi movie that powers through strongly and confidently on character, an emotional human story and a performance, instead of special effects. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3.5/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Eyeball-popping, jaw-dropping, kaleidoscopic, head-tripping---a rollicking adventure with crisp wit, strong characters and visually impressive razzle-dazzle. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) It all feels like a ridiculously expensive, high-stakes reality-show scavenger hunt, with a preposterously contrived plot twist. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) If you're looking for some straight-up, mainline Halloween haunted-house "gotchas," this date-night ride has a slow start, but builds to a wild, crazy, screaming finish. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Starts out with a familiar cops-and-crooks, espionage-movie feel but quickly corkscrews into something with more twists, turns and puzzle pieces. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) In so many ways, the timing for Nate Parker's film about Nat Turner and an event 175 years ago feels so right, and so right now. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Blunt, already an accomplished actress, has now landed a role that will get her even more serious mainstream attention. For her, especially, this Train is just the ticket. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Outsiders, outcasts and oddballs everywhere, of all ages, let your freak flag fly--courtesy of Miss Peregrine, and Tim Burton! ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Brings the cowboy past into focus with the Hollywood present. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) The gotchas aren't novel, particularly frightful or ghastly, or anything you haven't seen before; they just come via new gadgetry. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2016
3.5/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The romantic triangle sets up the sturdy structure of the movie's comedy, and there are plenty of laughs as Bridget's personal life begins to intrude--once again-on her career. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/5 85% Sully (2016) A man doing his job, a guy flying a plane, a pilot controlling the stick. 'Sully' shows just how important one "ordinary" person can be, when ordinary circumstances suddenly, unprecedentedly, become extraordinary. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/5 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The movie suggests that, like the waters of the great oceans that cover the Earth, all things are connected-past, present and future; grief and happiness; war and peace; life and death. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Puts the line between right and wrong underneath a scorching, unforgiving Texas sun then stretches it out on a lonesome, steaming highway, toward a blurred horizon, with no clear end in sight. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Director Stephen Frears brings Jenkins' quirky story to the screen with humor as well as heart, never crossing over into camp or parody in a tale that certainly could've gone there. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) A hot mess--but a loud, star-packed, proudly trashy one. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Gunmen on rooftops, bombs, civilians dying in the fray, government corruption, a mopey Matt Damon---there ain't no escapist sunshine here, folks. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 59% Bad Moms (2016) A raunchy, righteously rollicking yarn about the conflicted yin and yang of motherhood. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 76% Lights Out (2016) First-time feature director-writer David F. Samberg makes an impressive debut, proving you don't need mega bucks to get maxi scares. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Confronts its critics head-on with freewheeling 2016 girl power. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3.5/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Great, clever, whimsical fun, with a heartwarming, cuddly overlay of friendship and "family." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2016
2.5/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) A sumptuous, sprawling epic that blends backstory with a rollicking new tale of adventure, romance and enough eye candy to attract audiences of all sorts. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 75% The BFG (2016) Spielberg's signature touches fit perfectly into Dahl's narrative, which combines lightness and whimsy with whirls of darkness and spikes of danger. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) There may be tears. But remember what Dory says: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/5 69% Central Intelligence (2016) They may not be anywhere near the same size, but these two very funny actors are in perfect alignment for this hilarious spy-spoof assignment. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/5 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) A retro terror trip to re-live another harrowing, real-life event from the annals of America's original ghost busters. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2016
2/5 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Once again, Depp is all tics, weird hair and crazy quirks-and Sacha Baron Cohen glides right in and steals the show. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 26, 2016
3/5 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Look through the haze of weed and the raunchy jokes and you'll see a movie that's grown up with its audience, its subject matter and its subjects--and gotten even funnier in the process. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 20, 2016
3.5/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) A juicy, slam-bang action-comedy cocktail punched up, pimped out and powered down with rowdy, new-fangled film-noir fun. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 19, 2016
3.5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) A big, sprawling superhero mega-movie, with more spandex to the gallon than any flick that's come down the pike in a long time. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 6, 2016
1/5 7% Mother's Day (2016) The large, talented cast has little to do but go with the flow of the overly sweetened, sentimental twists and turns, but the sap eventually sucks all of them under. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3.5/5 90% Green Room (2016) The real treat is watching the classically trained Stewart, whose harrowing performance gives this raw, edgy, awesomely impressive, little hard-hitting punk-rock movie even more of a visceral kick. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) A drab, disjointed stab by a first-time feature director who, bless his heart, can't seem to find his target in all the icy, FX-laden glop. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) With this outstanding upgrade to yet another childhood classic, Kipling still gets a writing credit, but Disney--as it usually does--again gets the final word. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/5 22% The Boss (2016) A flopping mess, a hammy hodgepodge of crude jokes, awkward slapstick gags and sometimes mean-spirited, vulgar humor that just isn't funny. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2.5/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Often steers into think-tank territory--about gods and demons, politics and paranoia--and pumps up the religious allegory and symbolism that have always been part of the Superman mythos. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2.5/5 43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) The movie dwells for a l-o-o-o-n-g time on Annabel's suffering--it sometimes feels like a bit of a preteen Passion Play--and you have to wait for what feels like an eternity for the Big Event. ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2016