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Neil Pond
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 31% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) After sailing around for nearly 15 years, the franchise feels overstuffed and waterlogged, all a-swirl with bustle, swill and bilge.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2.5/5 19% Baywatch (2017) Bawdy, brawny, spicy, sexy and fun--sun, sand, surf, a little bit of action, a load of laughs and some totally rockin' beach bods.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
2.5/5 47% Everything, Everything (2017) Stenberg and Robinson are adorably cute; but there's preposterousness to the whole setup, and the film presents it with even more of a fairy-tale gloss.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) A dark, lumbering fantasy that smashes and crashes into themes, events and characters that have been popularized in literature, lore, legend and popular culture for centuries.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Fast-paced, bonkers, high-spirited fun: a far-out space-rocket ride with a cast of endearing characters that have definitely found their movie niche and intend to hang onto it.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/5 65% Gifted (2017) What good is immortality as a math megamind if you can't snuggle with your one-eyed cat--or frolic on the playground--with your friends today?‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Heaping helpings of heavy metal thunder, brawny brawls and ridiculously over-the-top vehicular mayhem, all wrapped around themes of brotherhood, loyalty and "family."‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2.5/5 46% Going in Style (2017) Everything about it is geared for comedy, but it's impossible to miss the timely message about greedy institutions that don't care about their customers or employees-or old people.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2.5/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) If its themes seem familiar, it's because we've seen them--now-- many times before. And just recently, even HBO's Westworld beat this remake, and a lot of its ideas, to the draw.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3.5/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Encouraging signs that Disney continues to change with the times--and for the House of Mouse, Josh Gad's Lefou is a Mickey milestone. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3.5/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) A jolt of super juiced-up, monster-movie energy restores some of the raw edges of wild, wooly excitement to the Kong saga while giving it a fresh new, retro-rollicking spin.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/5 99% Get Out (2017) Peele draws a draws a subtle, scathing line that connects American imperialism all the way back to its colonial roots, when white men essentially took whatever--and whomever--they wanted.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2.5/5 27% Fist Fight (2017) Cast of familiar faces gives old-school Hollywood idea a fresh shine(r).‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) It's hard to be subjective, but I rate it four snapped necks, three pencils in the head, two slashed forearm arteries in a big Roman thermae and one dagger to the aorta, if that helps.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) A geyser of fast-paced inside jokes, meta commentary and rapid-fire satire--the Lego bat is where its at.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/5 17% The Space Between Us (2017) Like something Nicholas Sparks might have strung together on a sugar rush after eating too much freeze-dried astronaut ice cream and washing it down with gulps of lukewarm Tang.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 42% Gold (2017) Shades of Scorsese ('The Wolf of Wall Street') and David O. Russell ('American Hustle'), with a dash of 'Boiler Room' and even a distant echo of 'The Sting.' ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/5 75% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/5 85% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
3.5/5 80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/5 93% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/5 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/5 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 55% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/5 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 83% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 52% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 44% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Brings the cowboy past into focus with the Hollywood present.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/5 35% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/5 59% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 97% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/5 25% Suicide Squad (2016) A hot mess--but a loud, star-packed, proudly trashy one. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 58% Bad Moms (2016) A raunchy, righteously rollicking yarn about the conflicted yin and yang of motherhood. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 75% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Confronts its critics head-on with freewheeling 2016 girl power.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016