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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 14% My Science Project (1985) The inventive finale can't save a painfully slow film that feels like a cheap, hastily wrapped assembly-line product. Like "Back to the Future," it's instructive in the perils of rose-colored nostalgia, but only because it's worse than you remember. ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2015
4/5 73% Everest (2015) The grueling obstacles here bypass injury straight into a sort of Cronenberg on Ice body-horror show. You want mountain-climbing ecstasy? Go see "Meru." Harsh, humbling, haunting and exhausting, "Everest" chronicles the agony and skillfully so. ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/5 43% American Ultra (2015) Aided by martial arts training (footage of which would make the greatest Blu-ray extra ever), Jesse Eisenberg can only keep "American Ultra" moving for so long before it tops out at modest velocity squarely in the middle of the road. ‐
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) The first hour is electrifying in all the right ways. Its second half trades impact for incident, ultimately rendering "Straight Outta Compton" little more than a multimillion-dollar reenactment - albeit a persuasively acted and vividly rendered one. ‐
Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/5 93% The Gift (2015) It does little to reinvent how it riles you, but it doesn't have to. Co-star/writer/director Joel Edgerton delivers a confidently patient, psychologically potent and wonderfully acted (especially by Bateman) parable of victimization and vindication. ‐
Posted Aug 7, 2015
4/5 94% Re-Animator (1985) To call "Re-Animator" campy and leave it at that seems a knee-jerk reaction to discredit, or disregard, the clear skill behind an excellent American horror movie. Even at its most outrageous, it's controlled by a steady, confident hand with a plan. ‐
Posted Jul 31, 2015
4/5 81% Mute Witness (1995) It feels like Waller poured all the inspiration he ever had into one movie. But for a film forged through a favor and trial-by-fire moviemaking, it earns its place in the panoply of '90s psychological thrillers that throw you for a loop or six. ‐
Posted Jul 31, 2015
4.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) You expect this to raise a fist to the awesomeness of being The Guy, and it does with gusto. But what really keeps this fifth installment fresh is a look at how exhausting it must also feel to always be The Guy...whether it's Ethan Hunt or Tom Cruise. ‐
Posted Jul 31, 2015
2/5 19% Self/less (2015) "Self/less" stubbornly refuses to deliver even modest thrills no matter how hard its star kicks at it. This second-rate sci-fi thriller hastily and lazily slaps together ideas from "Seconds" and "Freejack" with wan One-Percenter finger wagging. ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) This isn't an annoyingly self-reflexive shredding of its forefather. It's very much its own smart, sleek endeavor with momentum, confidence ... and minor drawbacks. In all, it's pulpy summer fun with more on its mind than first glance may reveal. ‐
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 34% Max (2015) In trying to sharpen its edge where sincere empathy suits it fine, "Max" swerves its story in the worst possible direction. By the utterly preposterous third act, you'll wish the simple tale had stuck to its guns rather than draw them and fire away. ‐
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/5 58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) By twisting the gotcha-scare geometry just off-kilter enough to goose you, carefully considering the psychology of paranormal belief, and giving Lin Shaye room to play with a lead role, this prequel unexpectedly proves the best of this series' bunch. ‐
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/5 31% Poltergeist (2015) Its slight pleasures are more indicative of Gil Kenan's plea for time off from Movie Jail for good behavior than his directorial skills. However, he brings impish, effective efficiency to a remake that works modestly on its own single-serving terms. ‐
Posted May 23, 2015
5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) It marries unadulterated, uncompromised thematic weight to an onslaught of juggernaut action, creating a film to which all other blockbusters this summer might as well bow down in deference. This is like mainlining the reason why we go to the movies. ‐
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 81% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) If "Mad Max" embraced a geneticist's acumen and "The Road Warrior" a philosopher's spirit, "Thunderdome" is about cold, hard economics - not just in Bartertown's transactions but the market expectations that come with the receipt of studio funding. ‐
Posted May 8, 2015
1.5/5 7% Hot Pursuit (2015) You've got to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy it. Like desperate and trapped on a domestic flight with a dead iPad, no headphones and 87 minutes of cruising altitude to fill with something by watching it over someone's shoulder without sound. ‐
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) Via someone who's not Adaline, the film eventually addresses, with elegiacal eloquence, the nexus of never-was or the crossroads of coulda-been to which we can all achingly relate. Pity about the Nicholas Sparks playbook finale & damnable narration. ‐
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 33% The Last Dragon (1985) A remake could bring more cohesion to a film with an identity crisis. But it also might not strike the funky, daffy sweet spot in which "The Last Dragon" takes an inner-city poke at the hero's journey without ever taking the piss out of it. ‐
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/5 79% Furious 7 (2015) Paul Walker's action scenes excite without feeling exploitative and the finale saves it. The bummer is that "Furious Seven" needs saving, as too much of it feels more like joyless, obligatory and bereaved due diligence than a fist-pumping thrill. ‐
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/5 17% The Gunman (2015) An ill fit for Sean Penn on any front - too tight to let his action-hero experimentation breathe and too loose for his geopolitical ire to take hold. In the areas of art and altruism, it plays like something Penn probably loathes: voluntourism. ‐
Posted Mar 23, 2015
1.5/5 60% Run All Night (2015) Liam Neeson's most arthritic action movie yet isn't one with a number wedged in its title. It's difficult to not think about the fun and finesse "John Wick" brought to a similar scenario, and how joylessly obligatory all of this feels by comparison. ‐
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/5 32% Chappie (2015) Ultimately, "Chappie" is about someone whom you know to have better instincts that you hope win out in the end. After this, you'll feel the same about Blomkamp. It's the kind of bad from which he can bounce back ... but damn, does it hurt to watch. ‐
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 30% Stuart Saves His Family (1995) Wisely, "Stuart Saves His Family" attempts something tougher than the usual "SNL" movie, painting a fully fleshed-out portrait of seriocomic misery. In a subgenre littered with films worth forgetting, here is one that's good enough and smart enough. ‐
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4.5/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Cotillard shows us resignation, recommitment and rediscovery. But there's never resentment, which creates the film's thematic linchpin A social drama with real sting and a fascinating field study of life on the working class's financial fringe. ‐
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) The Platonic ideal of a sorta-welcome sequel no one needs. Like "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" or "Horrible Bosses 2" before it, "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" proves some bottles aren't built for much more than a single bolt of lightning. ‐
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/5 35% Project Almanac (2015) It's easy to imagine the folks behind "Looper," "Timecrimes" or "Predestination" chuckling over the paradoxical simplicities and deflated drama. But their time travelers never said "Whatever we did at Lollapalooza had some crazy ripple effects!" ‐
Posted Feb 1, 2015
3.5/5 40% Black or White (2015) For the first two acts, Mike Binder casts an honest look at these characters' pride and prejudices. Too bad its last act hinges more on incident and surprise than illumination or self-reflection. It mars an otherwise admirably tough-minded drama. ‐
Posted Feb 1, 2015
3/5 14% The Loft (2015) Smug, cynical, sleazy and reasonably entertaining. The sort of disposable, high-end junk that can only belong to January - a psychosexual-thriller spin on "The Hangover." When it comes to winking trash, there are crummier pads in which to crash. ‐
Posted Feb 1, 2015
3.5/5 84% The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) It's a watchable, likely accurate recitation of facts, with two outstanding performances. But in the case of the Falcon and the Snowman, the truth we don't see onscreen may be stranger, and stronger, than the historical fiction that has been created. ‐
Posted Jan 31, 2015
4.5/5 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) You've seen this New York crime story, but you've rarely seen it as expertly controlled, tightly coiled and perfectly constructed. A thoroughly engrossing, endlessly suitable heir to Sidney Lumet's throne, with meat on its bones and ice in its veins. ‐
Posted Jan 31, 2015
3/5 34% Blackhat (2015) "Blackhat" is a clunky Michael Mann movie and a classed-up Steven Seagal movie. To perceive either statement as an outright pan is to deny the surface pleasures in either. A lesser effort, but bleak, brooding and beautiful enough to skate by. ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/5 11% Taken 3 (2015) "Taken 2" refashioned Bryan Mills in the image of Brosnan instead of Bronson. "Taken 3" works in a similarly bland, proficient groove. "It ends here," says the poster. Let's hope so. We, and Neeson, have better things to do. ‐
Posted Jan 11, 2015
4.5/5 74% Inherent Vice (2015) Anderson's protagonists long for something different - prosperity, virility, respect, love. For Doc, it's a day when, as Jim Morrison said, "everything was simpler & more confused." His pursuit is witty, wise, ambitious & close to stoned immaculate. ‐
Posted Jan 11, 2015
5/5 89% Once Upon a Time in America (1984) A tale of haunting introspection, unremitting power and potent symbolism. "America" ruminates on the corrosive effects of greed, violence, objectification and pain, and forces us to face despicable acts of a stand-in for our nation's worst impulses. ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2015
4/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) Considered an awards contender by association with its leads' pedigrees, "Big Eyes" is many things - kooky, punchy, peppy, poignant, powerfully acted - but it's decidedly not that. Disabuse yourself of that idea and enjoy Burton's loose, limber work. ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2015
2.5/5 27% Annie (2014) It's not an utter disaster. How could it be given Quvenzhané Wallis's unfettered joy and easy rapport with Jamie Foxx and Rose Byrne? But she's the only thing in a reimagined "Annie" that treats rather than tricks as it strains to manufacture whimsy. ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2015
3.5/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) Nostalgic victory laps such as this ultimately come down to the pace their personnel can maintain. Although it's hardly a personal record for anyone involved, "Dumb and Dumber To" shows that sporadic and unsteady can still finish the race, too. ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2015
1/5 7% Supergirl (1984) With catastrophe rotting its marrow, "Supergirl" exemplifies the wisdom in waiting to ensure a great female superhero movie. Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will kick down very big doors. "Supergirl" knocks itself out by heedlessly running into one. ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2015
4.5/5 100% The Terminator (1984) Cameron maintains the heedless, non sequitur pace of a nightmare without resorting to cheap tactics. The frights of these nightmares, those cracked reflections of reality, hardly feel manufactured or inauthentic. And neither does "The Terminator." ‐
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4.5/5 71% Léon: The Professional (1994) Luc Besson's original cut feels more like a journey than just a joy-buzzer jolt of action, and the deeper, braver, darker story he set out to tell - a fractured and fractious fairy tale. When people rave about "The Professional," they mean "Léon." ‐
Posted Oct 24, 2014
4/5 85% John Wick (2014) It holds no candle to Keanu Reeves' holy trinity of "Point Break," "Speed" and "The Matrix." But this impish, insolent reminder of Reeves' instincts for adrenalized action should count as time off for good behavior from his stint in movie jail. ‐
Posted Oct 24, 2014
1.5/5 23% Dracula Untold (2014) The fleeting moments of wit, subtlety, inventiveness and visual flair only clear the low bar of making this slightly more tolerable than "I, Frankenstein" -which similarly defiled a classic character in the futile hope for a fertile franchise. ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2014
4/5 91% All of Me (1984) Timeless, indelible and irrefutable proof that Steve Martin is not just among the funniest men alive. He's one of the most thoughtfully funny men alive. Plus, Carl Reiner's devilishly deft touch makes this feel appropriately like 1984 by way of 1944. ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3.5/5 70% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984) There are fun fripperies to be found on the fringe of "Buckaroo's" free-for-all. But like the bells and whistles of a garish pinball game, they are but momentarily enjoyable distractions on a machine that was destined to tilt from the get-go. ‐
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/5 35% The Shadow (1994) Despite handsome production values and a crackerjack supporting cast, "The Shadow" remains a temperamental trinket that lacks the temerity to truly explore, as its titular hero would say, what evil truly lurks in the hearts of men. ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 86% Fear of a Black Hat (1994) It lampoons the luminaries, yes, but gives their authentic anger, which came from a real place, the benefit of gentler nudges. Its greatest fury lambastes losers who embraced a gangster rap ethos to build a bank account, not let loose a battle cry. ‐
Posted May 30, 2014
4.5/5 97% Stop Making Sense (2014) Like Talking Heads itself, Jonathan Demme's landmark 1984 film is accessible and arty. In less skilled hands, it would simply feel alien and cold, not vibrantly and enthrallingly alive. ‐
Posted May 8, 2014
2/5 20% Sabotage (2014) Early on, an irritated DEA agent asks who cut one in the back of their vehicle. The question fits a film that feels like its own unwelcome lingering fart - lively in its violence but not its story, and demanding far too much of Arnold Schwarzenegger. ‐
Posted Mar 29, 2014
3.5/5 37% The Chase (1994) What seems crudely jerry-rigged to be nothing more than a mindless car crash-up is instead an intelligent, incisive carving-up of media insanity and idiocy. Plus, throughout the movie, Charlie Sheen showcases stealthy comic chops. ‐
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3.5/5 17% Terminal Velocity (1994) A brisk, sleek wrong-man story that's easily the better of 1994's dueling skydiver movies and, had a darker Charlie Sheen from another universe not swapped places with our own, might have made the actor Kurt Russell's action-movie heir apparent. ‐
Posted Mar 28, 2014