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Phil Villarreal

Phil Villarreal
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 81% The Revenant (2015) It's art worthy of respect, and just as much fear. Technically, it could be better, and could have benefitted from tighter editing and a more cohesive yarn.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2016
2.5/4 93% Anomalisa (2015) It takes dedication and probably more patience than necessary to stay with the go-nowhere story and not, as Tom should ave done, just give up and check out.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2016
3/4 88% The Big Short (2015) Doesn't quite deliver on the bill of goods it promises. At least it's a worthy swindle.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
3/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The light saber is drawn, the battle stance is set, and the Force is most definitely strong with this one.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
3/4 33% Entourage (2015) To like Entrouage is to embrace its solipsistic bubbleworld, in which everyone is rich and fulfilled and their only problems are fleeting worries.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2015
3.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) Of all David Fincher's accomplishments as a director, he may pull off his most impressive feat of all in Gone Girl -- getting Tyler Perry nominated for an Oscar.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2014
2/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Has me Done with the Planet of the Apes.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
2/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) The only problem is, the doubts the characters jokingly express turn out to be all too valid.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2014
2/4 50% Maleficent (2014) There's nothing much here for those outside the PG Disney Princess-aimed target market to sink their horns into.‐
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
2/4 64% Filth (2014) There's nothing much here for those outside the PG Disney Princess-aimed target market to sink their horns into.‐
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
1/4 14% Blended (2014) The movie treats Africa as though it were a single resort town populated by white people who sit down at buffets while black people stay out of the way and entertain them. ‐
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
1.5/4 63% Million Dollar Arm (2014) Million Dollar Arm spoils the Disney sports movie hot streak with the vengeance that David Ortiz does no-hitters.‐
Read More | Posted May 16, 2014
1.5/4 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) There are also way too many cheap shock scares meant to make you giggle at yourself.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 19% Transcendence (2014) Pfister proves to be as clever a storyteller as he is a painter of moving pictures.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2014
1.5/4 60% Draft Day (2014) At least the movie absolutely nails the dysfunctional, pathetic execution of the Cleveland Browns' front office.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2014
2.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) It takes a Captain America - level super bladder to make it through the film. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2014
1.5/4 76% Noah (2014) You get the feeling that those rock monsters, which inevitably all perish before the flood finishes its punishment, got off easier than the survivors.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) Hopefully, Burger has the good sense to bail before he does any further damage.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2014
1/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) In Paul's glowering eyes you can sense a need for not only speed, but a better agent.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/4 43% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) The filmmakers copy the look and style of the original, but important elements such as plot or a coherent story get lost in translation. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
1/4 27% Pompeii (2014) If you find yourself sucked into a showing of Pompeii, take the sage wisdom of the band Pompeii and just close your eyes. Some ear plugs wouldn't hurt either.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
1.5/4 69% About Last Night (2014) The movie is bad enough to make David Mamet, who wrote the razor-sharp play that inspired the original movie, roll over in his piles of money.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2014
1/4 30% The Monuments Men (2014) But nothing in this movie clicks, and as a result the tired affair seems to take longer than World War II itself.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
1.5/4 23% That Awkward Moment (2014) They spend all their time obsessing and gabbing like giggly Babysitters Club girls about the opposite sex.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
1/4 3% I, Frankenstein (2014) I, Frankenstein? More like Oy, Frakenstein.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Most importantly, who the hell is Jack Ryan?‐
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
1/4 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) The strength they showed by managing to sit through this thing puts that of Herc to shame.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2014
2/4 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) This one pulls out that trick a few times too many, robbing it of its effect and making the few scares worth waiting for more funny than shocking. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2014
1.5/4 29% Grudge Match (2013) It's the promise of the final bout that lugs the deadweight story through the first 100-minute, sputtering tractor pull.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2013
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) The bra budget on this movie is exactly $0.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/4 78% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) It does skew far darker than I ever could have hoped for, and in that way ends up becoming something halfway profound.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2013
2.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) The movie isn't awful, is sure to please no-standard fanatics and won't bore haters like myself. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
3/4 52% The To Do List (2013) Painfully awkward encounters ensue, with Plaza handling it all with her deadpan elegance.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/4 11% Breaking The Girls (2013) Gratuitous sex, double-crosses and more gratuitous sex await in the silly but always-entertaining sexcapade.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013
4/4 84% JFK (1991) It's damn entertaining and thought-provoking.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
2/4 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) This is a sequel that, compared to the original, is unequal, with pointless, dull CGI battles in Thor's pointless, dull outer realms. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2013
3.5/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) Very much porn for video game addicts. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013
3.5/4 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) The film wants to hurt you, knows you are terrified of what it will show you, then shows you way more than you bargained for. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2013
3/4 35% The Counselor (2013) Take it all in and enjoy and worry about the counseling you'll need later.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2013
3/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) A relic the 80s, an action flick era well into its fourth decade.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2013
1.5/4 28% Machete Kills (2013) This movie skips the grindhouse era and goes straight for the meth house dynamic.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2013
3.5/4 96% Gravity (2013) It's a movie that's not afraid to go deep or stare blankly at you to see if it can get you to blink first. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/4 89% Rush (2013) If you really hate sex, fast driving, drinking and Norse gods smoothing chassis than you will absolutely despise Rush. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2013
1/4 29% The Family (2013) Remember the octopus that always picked the winners of soccer games? That's what Robert De Niro is, only his talent is always managing to choose horrible scripts. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/4 58% Riddick (2013) All hail Riddick, killer of everything that moves - poorly-drawn cartoon or not - sayer of smooth, t-shirt-worthy bravado and romancer of lesbian Starbuck. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2013
1/4 2% Getaway (2013) The real getaway here was the one the filmmakers pulled on the studio, having heisted giant paychecks for minimal work or thought. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2013
3/4 89% The World's End (2013) There's not much more you can ask from a movie like this. It's a rare drinking comedy that doesn't require you to be drunk to enjoy it.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2013
1.5/4 31% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) The sequel just brings back the survivors and has them look around with palms raised going 'now what?'‐
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/4 67% Elysium (2013) It all looks so darned real, you'd swear it was filmed on location of a 15-year-old's hyperactive, sci-fi-addled brain. ‐ OK! Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2013
3/4 25% Planes (2013) There is much to hate about this movie. Far more than there is to love, in fact. But I appreciate the dangerous turn so much that the glee overtook the Dane Cook-baked misery.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2013