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Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Tickling Giants (2017) Mostly, the movie makes you understand how every society - and ours more than ever - needs people like Bassem Youssef to demonstrate that laughter will always be one of the essential ways to keep power in check.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
20% CHiPs (2017) The movie is what it looks like when mindless slumming convinces itself that it's hip.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
46% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) The characters in "Power Rangers" have all the depth and idiosyncrasy of walking talking robo-teen action figures.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
No Score Yet Long Strange Trip (2017) At three hours and 58 minutes, it has the sprawl and generosity of a good Dead show, yet there's nothing indulgent about it - it's an ardent piece of documentary classicism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
No Score Yet Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (2016) The Israel Ben-Gurion talks about is more than a fading memory; it now seems a distant planet. Yet there are moments when he seems to look forward, with prophetic insight, at much of what has happened since.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
No Score Yet I Am Another You (2017) What begins as a celebration of reckless freedom, then turns into a revelation of a broken soul, becomes something deeper ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
29% The Boss Baby (2017) "The Boss Baby" still feels standard issue and a wee bit tiresome.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
100% Love & Taxes (2017) Watching "Love & Taxes," you feel as if you're witnessing a life presented without much filter. It's Kornbluth's willingness to revel in what a screw-up he is that carries you along.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) It's a lovingly crafted movie, and in many ways a good one, but before that it's an enraptured piece of old-is-new nostalgia.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The film is beautifully acted by Shahab Hosseini, who makes Emad a knight with a control freak inside, and Taraneh Alidootsi, who suggests a woeful Iranian version of Marion Cotillard. But the great performance here is that of Babak Karimi.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The surprise is that Skull Island isn't just ten times as good as Jurassic World; it's a rousing and smartly crafted primordial-beastie spectacular.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
21% The Shack (2017) A Hallmark-card therapy session, a kind of woodland weekend-retreat self-actualization seminar hosted by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
19% Table 19 (2017) The strangers-at-a-table concept turns out to be a thin excuse to cobble together what might have been the pilot episode for a glibly forgettable TV series.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
92% Logan (2017) The analog pace and elemental story work for it. Each time the violence explodes, it's slashingly satisfying, because it's earned, and also because Mangold knows just how to stage it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
50% Return to Montauk (2017) "Return to Montauk" is Volker Schlöndorff's tasteful, high-minded Euro-literate version of a Lifetime Movie - and I mean that (mostly) as a compliment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
80% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Tame, competent, mildly touching, and a little dull - except for Catherine Deneuve's fearless turn as a boozing, ailing wreck.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) "The Other Side of Hope" wants to take you back to a time when quirkiness in cinema felt not cute but bold. Apart from the songs, though, it just feels cute now. If that.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
No Score Yet Mr. Long (Ryu san) (2017) The maverick director Sabu has made a hitman fable that's like Charlie Chaplin meets Takeshi Miike. The weird thing is, it works.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2017) It's dutiful, but it's also superficial and polite, and it commits the genteel sin of the old biopics: It turns its hero into a plaster saint.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet Erase and Forget (2017) "Erase and Forget" is an inadequate documentary.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
71% Spoor (Pokot) (2017) The movie is murky and disjointed, held together not so much by what happens as by a vague atmosphere of obsession.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (2017) A scrappy testament to the true nature of the Vladimir Putin regime.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet Final Portrait (2017) In "Final Portrait," Stanley Tucci, directing his first film in 10 years, takes the biopic to an even more exquisitely homespun level of miniature close-up.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
45% The Dinner (2017) Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall make a riveting quartet in Oren Moverman's adaptation of the Herman Koch novel about a dark-hearted dinner gathering.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
100% Chasing Coral (2017) Did you ever think you'd shed a tear for dying coral?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Your average Pixar comedy thumbs its nose at a great many things, but "The Lego Batman Movie" is a helter-skelter lampoon in the daftly exhilarating spirit of Mad magazine and the "Naked Gun" films.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
100% Strong Island (2017) Ford's intent as a filmmaker isn't just to expose and protest the injustice of his brother's murder. It's to say: Behold what was lost. A life. A human being. A complex soul. A family's equilibrium. Feel what was lost.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
6% Rings (2017) It's now the file-share that kills. I don't know why that's less threatening, but it is, kind of like seeing your favorite album cover reduced to a digital postage stamp.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
100% The Force (2017) The strength, and fascination, of "The Force" is that the movie isn't on anyone's side.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
100% Roxanne Roxanne (2017) A skillful and ironically gripping coming-of-age movie: a hip-hop anti-biopic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
33% Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time (2017) A sharp, fun, disquieting, and fleetly edited chronicle of the entire campaign year, inside and outside the media bubble, with the focus held obsessively on Donald Trump's rise.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
70% Lemon (2017) It's a watchable curio, because beneath it all the director, the Panamanian-born Janicza Bravo, has a more conventional sensibility than she lets on.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
33% The Last Word (2017) MacLaine has something that shines through and elevates a film like this one. The movie is prefab indie whimsy, but she gives it an afterglow.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
78% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) A small-scale but elegantly deft squirmfest that features a luminous performance by Salma Hayek.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
100% 78/52 (2017) For a long time now, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" has been two movies, and the hypnotic film-geek documentary "78/52" is an ingenious and irreverent master class in both of them.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
80% The New Radical (2017) The great strength of "The New Radical" is that it's not on its subjects' side (or totally against them either). It's the rare documentary that lets you decide.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
60% Newness (2017) "Newness" explores the lures - and pitfalls - of an open relationship in the new culture of the digital meat market, but really, it's bringing some very old news.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
39% Wilson (2017) Harrelson brings his wide-awake edge to this performance, yet "Wilson" is a soft-headed comedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
82% Wind River (2017) Sheridan wants us to know these people, this terrain, to feel the bite of the cold and the lonely sting of their lives.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
31% The Yellow Birds (2017) In almost every crucial way, "The Yellow Birds" is a flat and listless piece of moviemaking, a monotonous indie dirge that will probably end up fighting hard to win even a tiny audience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
95% Oklahoma City (2017) You may wonder what a fresh look at the events could possibly add to our knowledge. The answer turns out to be a great deal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
75% Landline (2017) Robespierre still needs to fine-tune her skills as a storyteller, but scene for scene she has the right audacity - the honest kind - to explore that kind of experience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
72% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Winning and impassioned, stirring and proudly wonkish ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
57% Worlds Apart (Enas Allos Kosmos) (2017) It can't help but come off as a bit diagrammed. Yet the movie is onto something: what happens to a society when "ordinary" life begins to get stripped away.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
18% Sleepless (2017) "Sleepless" is a propulsive thin exercise, "energetic" but tedious, the kind of January movie that Jamie Foxx should have permanently graduated from.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Even when it seems to be making things up as it goes along, its slapdash hallucinatory quality is a token gesture toward placing you inside the characters' heads.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Should satisfy fans of the "Underworld" movies just enough to live up to the previous films' success ... and to guarantee that Beckinsale, if she so chooses, can ride out this saga some more.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) "Bright Lights" captures the essence of what they had together - not just a bond but a mother-daughter marriage. One that lasted two lifetimes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
83% Dangal (2016) Within that tight-lipped mask, [Khan] finds a hundred ways to communicate emotion. That's more than you can say for Dangal, a one-trick domestic sports drama that drags on for two hours and 40 minutes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
34% Live By Night (2017) It's like seeing the ghost of a terrific movie: All the pieces are in place, yet as you're watching it (or thinking back on it afterwards), there doesn't seem to be quite enough there there.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016