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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 79% Apostle (2018) Gareth Evans' pivot from martial arts understands cult fervor has its own fighting stance and frantic energy. Action bursts here feel both like concession and inevitability, their pleasures plenty but perhaps less immediate in their initial burst.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
2.5/5 72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A pretentious piece of pulp that simply tries to ponder too much, a crime story full of motive and means but short on opportunity, and what it would look like if you tried to smush together "Forrest Gump" and "Pulp Fiction" into 141 unwieldy minutes.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
1.5/5 41% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) A scene mimicking the original's meta momentum also illustrates overconfidence with which vendors flood markets with stuff that's glanced at, passed up and eventually priced to move - true in costume aisles on Halloween night and now your multiplex.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Songs age, too, into eulogies for euphoria or suicide notes for security. They die. They're reborn. Over and over. That sense of decay and renewal boldly rests deep in the bones, performances and storytelling of one of the year's best films.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
1.5/5 41% Hell Fest (2018) What do you call six writers thrown together to create a horror movie? Here's the groaner of a punchline, whose use of "Pop Goes the Weasel" as a leitmotif lays bare that its scare tactics are akin to watching a jack-in the-box for 87 minutes.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
1/5 10% Peppermint (2018) It's somehow hilarious and depressing that one patron vocally thought it was not rated R. Then again, the violence is not entirely the quibble here. It's the substantially quantitative body count just adding up to a big, fat qualitative goose egg.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/5 30% Kin (2018) If the best films from which to steal boast a recognizable vibrancy, consider "Kin" the lifeless dolt sleeping it off in a back alley. It won't wake up in the event that future filmmakers riffle its pockets, but they'll find only a frayed, worn hole.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 93% Searching (2018) Stumbles through explanatory zigzags and switchbacks, and definitely overexerts itself for a sense of justice rarely, if ever, found online. At least it's more interested in an introspective interrogation of identity rather than fingering suspects.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
4.5/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) A kind-hearted drama whose consistent quiet and composure leaves you all the more floored by its low-volume, high-stakes conclusion, "Leave No Trace" continues 2018's welcome trend of confident, compassionate stories about those on society's margins.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 63% Uncle Drew (2018) It's fair that so many characters don throwback jerseys. The entire endeavor celebrates the old school - from its conceit of senior citizens schooling young'uns to the congenial, casual and chummy '90s sports comedy vibe it so effortlessly conjures.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
2/5 54% The First Purge (2018) Maybe the upcoming "Purge" TV series advertised in an end-credits interruption will return to the franchise's exploration of how our analogous anxieties continue to evolve. But "The First Purge" disappointingly settles for pure economic expedience.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
1.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Perhaps this franchise is simply at the stage of breeding where the pedigree starts to fade, you know the pets are going to get debilitating hip dysplasia after a few years, and yet you just press on anyway because you simply cannot do anything else.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
2.5/5 49% Superfly (2018) Always tryin' to get over. Never quite does.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
1.5/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) A so-so idea and a good cast squandered on an eight-figure scramble of the movies and books of which writer-director Drew Pearce is fond. It's depressing to see so little of Jodie Foster anymore. Why does she keep making dunderheaded dystopian duds?‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
0/5 14% Action Point (2018) There is just one laugh, from an alcoholic bear tipping back a can of Schlitz in its snout. This happens in the first two minutes. Johnny Knoxville and company know it's funny, too, because they repeat it 75,283 times -one time for each minute left.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2.5/5 71% Adrift (2018) A more emotionally engaging bit of misery business next to the cheeky exploitation of "47 Meters Down" or "The Shallows." But its bombast weighs down a buoyant romance and its structure increasingly intrudes on any momentum the performers build.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2.5/5 86% Upgrade (2018) Seems headed toward glory days of David Cronenberg or Paul Verhoeven before settling for intermittently amusing ways to separate heads from bodies. When it comes to separating money from wallets, there has been better, and worse, sci-fi goofiness.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The first act is glacial, the extended universe connections weak and the entire concept and execution of L3 abysmal. But Ron Howard's cliffhanger confidence in the action and the smoky, alluring cinematography from Bradford Young carry it through.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
3/5 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) Often stump-dumb. Its own title doesn't make much sense. More interesting than good, as you'll see if you stumble onto it on a streaming service in a few months. After all, it's not always about the image you're seeing, but the light behind it.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
4.5/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Only now could the MCU arrive at a place where bluffs can be irrefutably called and gauntlets, real or metaphorical, can be thrown down. With audacity and thoughtfulness, "Infinity War" upends the comparative breeziness of all that came before it.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A tension machine with a tender mien. If all you care about is creature design, imagine all of your sharp-edged anxieties given teeth, pincers and an abnormal sense for finding you no matter how well you hide. Scary enough for you? It should be.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 83% Blockers (2018) A raucously funny, thoughtfully reflective sex comedy that demystifies teen intercourse, pokes holes in gender-based double standards of lost virginity, and encourages kindness and empathy among everyone at the story's center.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
5/5 81% Seven (Se7en) (1995) It's about magnitudes of corruptibility and fallibility, how we all fall prey to them and yet, so we hope, press on. Watching as a teenager in 1995, I felt the fear of what could test me. Today, I watch and fear that I've not yet really been tested.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
3.5/5 80% Unsane (2018) Steven Soderbergh again splits a difference between genre mess-around and meaningfully mining modern anxieties. And while he's hardly the first to make a film on an iPhone, his visuals feel dangerous -familiar yet foreign, like smuggled contraband.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
1/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) An odd subtitle for a movie with all the insurgent energy of a senior dog splayed in the sun. Yet another fiscally and creatively timid sequel returning only the affordable actors and pandering to China by casting its national stars in nothing roles.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 38% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Director Johannes Roberts employs a brutal smash-and-grab burgling of comfort - percussive, not concussive. He leans into a John Carpenter aesthetic and leans on synthesizers and fog machines. The film leaves scars without merely scorching the earth.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
3.5/5 44% The Hurricane Heist (2018) The most persuasive movie jail parole hearing in years, Rob Cohen's latest is genially goofy action reliant on both strong stunt work and cheerily second-rate visual effects. Whatever pun title you throw its way ("Dante's Leak"?) is out of affection.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
4/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) At every turn, "A Fantastic Woman" chooses a bolder path of realization over revelation and intimacy over inclusion - one on which Marina learns that her journey is, at least for right now, one in which any comforts found must be solitary.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
1/5 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Here is Eastwood's latest warm-milk paean to embattled American heroism, hanging a hat on God-and-guns homilies rather than challenging truths about human violence, military service, religious fervor or moral quandary that he mined just 12 years ago.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1/5 18% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) It feints at a parable for paranoia in an age of weaponized information. Instead, it's a reminder that what we love can be quickly ripped from us. After all, who knew when they woke up Sunday that the Cloverfield franchise would be dead hours later?‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
2.5/5 64% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) However fitting that a film about a man at existential odds with himself is itself at odds with its essential components, "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" could still have benefited from a bit more punch-up.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3/4 87% The Aviator (2004) Solidly entertaining and visually lush, but this is uncharacteristically safe territory for a filmmaker who relishes risk and grittiness.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
1/5 40% Den of Thieves (2018) Enduring the 140 immediately and unswervingly painful minutes inexplicably afforded to "Den of Thieves" is like watching a thrill-seeking liquor-store robber get a "Born to Lose" chest tattoo in real time.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
1/5 57% The Commuter (2018) The Neesploitation genre shifts from arthritic debilitation to senile incontinence with an action film so dumb it mainly gets you thinking about how many mysteries set on a train are preferable. The answer? All of them.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
1/5 28% Proud Mary (2018) Indeed, the only thing swifter than vengeance here is the revelation of how rotten it is. At least you'll never lose one minute of sleeping worrying about the way things might have been. But you may wish to test-drive a Maserati after it's over.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
4.5/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) Traces a line from mid-'90s scandal to the scum-encrusted sociopolitical hellscape in which we find ourselves. With head-butt aggression, "I, Tonya" addresses insidious issues of class, gender and willful delusion that curdle contemporary culture.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
4/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Yet another wildly effective Aaron Sorkin script, as illuminating as it is informative about shocking legal wiggle room in play here while it splashes around in semantic delights. And for the most part, his first-time direction matches the momentum.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
1.5/5 50% Downsizing (2017) By the end, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor have essentially abandoned altogether the idea of a world where shrinking is commonplace - unimaginatively, and at punitive length, decimating their visionary idea into "Honey, I Shrunk the Midlife Crisis." ‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) A game cast labors to blow the dust off what's more "recognizable IP" than "beloved classic." But its pulmonary powers peter out at an updated premise. The jokes are obvious, the messaging bland and the computer-abetted nonsense not at all thrilling.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) A thing of beauty and work of art about which the loudest grumblers likely expected the most conventional developments - lost in Reddit rabbit holes and clickbait in which creatives graciously fielded insistent questions about parents or provenances.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3.5/5 97% Mudbound (2017) A solid Southern story deserving of a far more epic canvas. Its oddly truncated shortcuts do not rob its memorable complexity and strong performances- suggesting seeds of positive change and productive compassion sometimes take root only fleetingly.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/5 90% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Vince Vaughn raucously and radically inverts a motormouth comic persona as a man of persuasive silent intimidation. S. Craig Zahler's schlock satire imagines him as a Frankenstein's monster fashioned from an equally futile source of modern male rage.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
1/5 8% The Snowman (2017) Do you want a thrill-less "Snowmaaaaaan"? This movie seems to last all dayyyyy. Rare are mainstream screw-ups like this anymore. Profoundly poor. What's this story trying to sayyyyy? An odious, offensive objet d'art with a depressing Val Kilmer turn.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
2/5 80% True Conviction (2017) So eager to carve out a piece of the profitable true-crime pie that it slides a serving fork under the crust altogether - all topping, no foundation. It too often buries human foibles and social commentary under forced storytelling artifice.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 100% Liyana (2018) Two films in one, each unfolding with subtlety, sensitivity and strength. A wondrous accomplishment perched between the click of the light and the start of the dream, "Liyana" is one of 2017's best documentaries.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/5 79% American Folk (2018) If only the beautifully photographed mountain majesty were the only thing purple about this mightily meandering movie that feels like a gentle gathering of quirkiness rather than a cohesive, compelling story about the immediate post-9/11 mood.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/5 70% Happy Death Day (2017) "Who's Bill Murray?" is the most honest line in "Happy Death Day." Its heroine, Tree, and young girls plunking down babysitting cash to watch may not know about Murray or "Groundhog Day" but the movie does little to live up to the gaffled idea.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/5 86% American Made (2017) What could've been a dark-universe inversion of "Top Gun" - wherein Tom Cruise feels a need for greed -is instead the star's attempt to tailor an off-the-rack knockoff of "Goodfellas" and other party's-over parables into a turgid, toothless bore. ‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 80% Breakdown (1997) Sometimes a tightly wound watch - with a little bit of filigree and flourish to set it apart - is all you need. The sort of low-and-slow simmer that Blumhouse might now push into 1,000 theaters at best.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/5 45% Dragnet (1987) At one time, maybe Dan Aykroyd's accelerated, authoritative jibber-jabber caroming off Tom Hanks' loud wailing was enough. But today, "Dragnet" feels pokey next to the peers of based-on-TV-series sorta-parodies it helped inspire.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017