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Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
61% Snowden (2016) Stone's exile in the desert of overheated irrelevance has now ended. "Snowden" isn't just the director's most exciting work since "Nixon" (1995) - it's the most important and galvanizing political drama by an American filmmaker in years. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2016
87% Amanda Knox (2016) The film captures how the unreality of tabloid journalism has slid through digital portals into the mainstream, becoming part of the toxic air of misinformation that we all now breathe. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2016
13% Planetarium (2016) A meandering mess. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2016
57% The Journey (2016) It's a movie that follows every trope in the book, and does so with pleasing fireworks and finesse. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2016
62% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Making a film that has the contemporary aspect of a planetarium show is, in its way, a deeply cool and populist thing to do, and "Voyage of Time" is likely to connect with audiences ... ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2016
100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) If it is sometimes a rambling and indulgent experience, it's also a beautiful one. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 5, 2016
45% Brimstone (2016) For all of Martin Koolhoven's talent, a hifalutin exploitation picture like "Brimstone" has too much - and not enough - on its mind. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It immerses you in the violent madness of war - and, at the same time, it roots its drama in the impeccable valor of a man who, by his own grace, refuses to have anything to do with war. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2016
No Score Yet In Dubious Battle (2016) Franco's first watchable dramatic feature. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford's first film since 'A Single Man' is another winner, an ambitious high-wire noir thriller with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in an explosive tale of love, violence, and revenge. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) The most audacious big-screen musical in a long time, and - irony of ironies - that's because it's the most traditional. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 31, 2016
60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) "The Light Between Oceans" winds up taking one too many self-serious twists and turns. The film earns its darkness, but it might have been even more affecting if it didn't shrink from the light. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 30, 2016
40% Morgan (2016) Instead of developing its themes, it uses them as grist for an overload of "commercial" action. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 30, 2016
28% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) "Mechanic: Resurrection" is the movie "The Mechanic" should have been - a bite-sized Bond film, or maybe a grittier homicidal knockoff of the "Mission: Impossible" series, with a lone-wolf renegade as the entire team. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2016
38% Kampai! For the Love of Sake (2016) You wish this portrait of Japan's rice-wine elixir were half as intoxicating as its subject. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) "Ben-Hur" is an oddly lackluster affair: sludgy and plodding, photographed in nondescript medium close-up, an epic that feels like a mini-series served up in bits and pieces. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) With the 'Hangover' trilogy behind him, director Todd Phillips has made his first terrific movie for grown-ups, starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a true-life tale of hip-geek arms dealers. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2016
61% The Lost Arcade (2016) "The Lost Arcade" is an engaging minor movie, but it touches on something that's being lost in the age of technology that's much bigger than video-game arcades: the feeling that there's a reason - driving and inescapable and romantic - to leave home. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 12, 2016
100% Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (2016) Draper paints affecting thumbnail portraits of athletes like Ralph Metcalfe, a slightly older sprinter who became a role model for Owens, and Howell King, a boxer who... was forced, for no good reason, to do his qualifying bout a second time. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 8, 2016
11% Nine Lives (2016) Spacey, who is known in showbiz circles for his wicked improvisations, could probably have made up wittier dialogue in his sleep. He's hamstrung by this glum paycheck dud, and so is everyone else. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 5, 2016
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) A documentary portrait of the director of 'Boyhood' and 'Dazed and Confused' is full of revealing offscreen footage as well as a pinpoint feeling for the filmmaker's visionary humanism. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2016
59% Bad Moms (2016) The laughter this movie offers could provide cathartic medicine for the middle-class mom blues. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 28, 2016
53% Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (Jheronimus Bosch, Touched By The Devil) (2016) The film offers a true immersion in his artistry. But it's also a little slipshod - an off-kilter window into the politics of the art world. It's like a fascinating magazine feature with some missing pieces. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 27, 2016
66% Nerve (2016) "Nerve," let's be clear, isn't a movie to take seriously, yet its fast lunge at topicality - the way it uses the contest at its center as a lightning-rod metaphor for how young adults interact in the digital age - is part of what's fun about it. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 26, 2016
96% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) A whistleblowing documentary made with fearless guerrilla cunning ... ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2016
50% CS Blues (Cocksucker Blues) (1972) Frank, a wildly impressionistic filmmaker, shows a flair for taking the most lackadaisical of encounters and crafting them into something pungent and revealing. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 21, 2016
50% Lazy Eye (2016) Tim Kirkman's drama about two men who reunite after 15 years is so well-written and acted you feel like you're eavesdropping. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 17, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) "Star Trek Beyond" is a somewhat diverting place holder, but one hopes that the next "Star Trek" movie will have what it takes to boldly go where no "Star Trek" movie has gone before. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 15, 2016
4% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) A piece of ahistorical liberal-bashing that slides from propaganda to paranoia. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 15, 2016
9% Cell (2016) What makes this movie about a zombie attack different from any other movie about a zombie attack? Nothing but its ineptitude. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 8, 2016
22% The Dog Lover (2016) Rescue-dog purists may not approve of the line "The Dog Lover" takes, yet to this dog lover it comes off as compassionate and realistic: a plea for a place where good care can become common sense. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2016
25% Marauders (2016) It's a bank-robbery thriller and a "political" exposé all at once: No wonder this overly elaborate potboiler turns into a muddle. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2016
35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Zac Efron and Aubrey Plaza lead a game cast in a gently nutty comedy that has a bit of cleverness to go with the raunch. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 5, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) Bryan Cranston gets a film role worthy of his ability to break bad in a tensely exciting true-life drama of undercover drug agents. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 1, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) "The Purge: Election Year" is a scurrilously effective pop rabble-rouser - a movie that's been built to get you riled, and does. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 29, 2016
18% Intruder (2016) A scarily routine stalker thriller proves that just because you show a movie at midnight doesn't make it a midnight movie. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 26, 2016
90% Art Bastard (2016) The madly teeming pop-cartoon paintings of Robert Cenedella anchor a lively look at a self-styled superstar of outsider art. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 23, 2016
78% The Phenom (2016) It's not necessary, of course, for "The Phenom" to be an all-out sports drama, but writer-director Noah Buschel sets up the rare opportunity to explore what makes a jock tick, then doesn't follow through. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 23, 2016
24% The Duel (2016) It's like "Straw Dogs" as a mediocre TV-movie, and the tension slowly dissipates. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 22, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) "Free State of Jones" is one of those historical dramas with a script that's big on crowning lines of moral fervor and not so big on nuts-and-bolts detail. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2016
15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) The long-running series returns to form with an infectious chatterbox comedy about the end of the world as we know it. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2016
0% The Last Heist (2016) Henry Rollins' performance as a philosophical L.A. serial killer is the only reason to see this slipshod indie bank-hostage thriller. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 17, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) It delivers - on some basic, giddy, turn-off-your-frontal-lobes level. It's an action-comedy utensil, like "Rush Hour" crossed with an old Arnold Schwarzenegger shoot-'em-up, with a few goofy added sprinkles of "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 16, 2016
65% Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) (2016) An undead count seeks out the assistance of Sigmund Freud in a nudge-nudge Austrian monster comedy that's all anemic kitsch. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 10, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, the co-directors of "Finding Dory," have made a beautiful, rambunctious, and fully felt sequel - a movie totally worth its salt water. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 10, 2016
86% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) "The Music of Strangers" is an aural celebration that's about using the past to break free of boundaries. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 9, 2016
71% The Final Master (2016) Xu Haofeng's historical martial-arts thriller is a bit choppy, but its deadly Wing Chun fight scenes have passion and zing. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 3, 2016
86% Time To Choose (2016) A film that shapes and alters your perceptions. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 3, 2016
80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Wan has a gift that most slam-bang horror directors today do not: a sense of the audience - of their rhythm and pulse, of how to manipulate a moment so that he's practically controlling your breathing. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 2, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) It has a few amusing moments, but it's really a predigested one-joke comedy. It's less an honest satire than an overscaled satirical package. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 1, 2016