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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 80% 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 79% 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 43% 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 36% 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 45% 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 25% 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 16% 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 61% 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 41% 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 51% 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 96% 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 92% 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 (2017) 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 71% 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 47% 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
4.5/5 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) James Gray's latest, and best, film is a knockout - a visually woozy, thematically textured, narratively patient, emotionally powerful and expertly existential El Dorado story of a nigh-narcotic addiction to name-making, masculinity and legacy. ‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/5 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) At the exact moment "Beatriz at Dinner" is brought to a believable boil, the film fritters away its final moments on a fugue state. At a too-svelte 81 minutes, it's ultimately a very tasty appetizer masquerading as an entrée.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/5 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Rarely do jagged threads of side-alley stitch jobs show in a major release, riddled with shots of soft (or no) focus. Basically a test of how far a vehicle can run on fumes of familiar personae. It's about 88 minutes...or 30 minutes shorter than this.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) It's a comma of compassion in a larger Sisyphean story of war, with Christopher Nolan's contemporaneously unrivaled visual instincts - wedding Storm Thorgerson's surreal photography to David Lean's cinematic majesty.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The Statesmen are duds, it's often disjointed and distracted by the wrong things and nothing approaches the church scene. But it hits you that Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman have more or less made a sequel about crafting second acts in art and life.‐ Midwest Film Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 80% Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) Tackling the ravages of time with a rambunctious tone, "Blank" wraps emotional entropy and existential rumination into a clever, conceptual comedy that befits the '90s brethren like "Defending Your Life" or "Groundhog Day" alongside which it stands.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 78% Private Parts (1997) Straddles the line between hagiography and hogwash as expertly as possible. But in between the surplus of hilarity and hokum, it chips away at hard truths about why Howard Stern remains fascinating in an era where ribaldry is a clickable GIF away.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
4/5 59% Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) There is, amid the frat-basement scheme, a thesis statement: With every electronic leap forward, the wick on our attention span shortens, blackens, takes longer to spark. In other words, smart about being stupid and stuffed with substantial laughs.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
.5/4 26% Fist Fight (2017) Goes from harmlessly bad to a full embrace of the very aggro-bully mindset some have currently confused for a mandate. It's the cinematic equal to a certain someone's awkward, yanking handshake. Plant your feet firmly against it. Don't get pulled in.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4.5/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Drop the extra hour and it's little more than a concept comedy. Such an edit would also emphasize antics to the detriment of its surgically precise dissection of the maddening complications and contradictions of modern life, work and relationships.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Easily enjoyed as a film in which man-bunned mopes are mowed down - joyfully apolitical, free of social subtext. Yet it's tacky & distinguished, luxuriating in literary allusions & bodacious lacerations like someone chasing a 10-year scotch with PBR.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
5/5 91% Raising Arizona (1987) In their first masterpiece, the Coens first delight with sheer kinetics, then dazzle with colorful colloquialisms & verbal voodoo, and eventually disarm you with the grace and guile through which they examine modern foibles, failures and forgiveness.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
3/5 42% Gold (2017) McConaughey has again masterfully metamorphosed himself, here into a manic, messed-up noodge. The rest? A neither boring nor bold strain for party's-over socioeconomic satire of "The Wolf of Wall Street" or "The Big Short." Beside those, it's bronze.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
4.5/5 97% Safety Last! (1923) Refutes the idea that success and selfishness must be bedfellows, or that to be economically unburdened is to be emotionally uncaring. The idea to continually aspire and ascend propels both the brilliance of "Safety Last!" & Lloyd's enduring appeal.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
2/5 45% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Its titular disregard for superfluous words like "The" betrays an absurd number of unnecessary characters with which it's overstuffed and thus rendered a poor man's "Fast Five." Although the series' worst, its dorky optimism is difficult to begrudge.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 3% Arsenal (2017) Obviously and exclusively created for the masochistic community of Nicolas Cage completists, "Arsenal" is far too cut-rate to collect any sort of enduring campy legacy like "Deadfall." But for the often beleaguered actor, it's still good to be King.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Goes beyond calling out prejudice because "it's wrong" and into its willfully ignorant blindness to bigger pictures of potential or accomplishment. It sees how cultural perseverance factors into much larger equations & earns inspirational bona fides.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/5 55% Broken Arrow (1996) Everything in the Wooeuvre is here and John Travolta acts like a high-school junior getting to play bad for the first time. That's not a knock. For better or worse, "Broken Arrow" embodies everything we expected of American action movies in 1996.‐ The Film Yap
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017