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Rebecca Cusey

Rebecca Cusey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% La La Land (2016) It's nostalgic in the same way a hipster combing through vinyl records in a record shop coffee house is nostalgic. It picks and chooses what it wants to remember about the past and puts a decidedly modern spin on the treasures it decides to keep. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Dec 12, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) The thing that sets this movie apart is the magic that happens between Gosling, Crowe, and Rice. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Dec 12, 2016
75% Last Days In The Desert (2016) The core of the film, the beauty of it, and the spirit of it are what I wish religious movies would be about. Scratch that. It's what I wish all movies would be about. ‐ The Federalist
Posted May 12, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Too competent to be universally panned, too disjointed to be universally praised, too anticipated to be a new revelation, too beloved in subject to be easily dismissed, the film will be one people either passionately love or passionately hate. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) "Deadpool" is not so much a movie as an extended inside joke with a movie wrapped around it, plus an abject apology for Green Lantern. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Feb 12, 2016
81% The Revenant (2015) This film is a testosterone flick, the opposite of a chick flick. That is not to say that no women will enjoy it, only that many will not. Its purpose is grit, gore, strength, and endurance. It is simple and elegant in its simplicity. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Jan 15, 2016
50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Whatever audiences expected from Michael Bay's examination of the Benghazi debacle, it wasn't this insightful war story about hubris on every level except the men who carry the guns. This film rivals greats like "Black Hawk Down" and "Zero Dark Thirty." ‐ The Federalist
Posted Jan 15, 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Delivers an effective mix of nostalgia and new storylines. Disney pulled off a modern-day Christmas miracle keeping the plot almost completely unknown to audiences. My advice is keep it that way. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Dec 16, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Although the plot remains, for the most part, the same, the tone is so different as to reverse the pacifism-at-all-costs message of the book, making a good series even better. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Nov 20, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) Ridley Scott's enjoyable space drama feels like a throwback to the days when American know-how and determination promised a brighter future ahead. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Oct 2, 2015
81% Ant-Man (2015) Like its predecessor, "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Ant-Man" plays with the Marvel universe without upending it. It manages to make fun of the superhero genre while still fully embracing the emotions that make the genre powerful. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Jul 21, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) The film makes the case for getting over yourself and growing the hell up. It's more than romantic comedy. It's profound, even as it makes you laugh again and again. Here's hoping that Apatow and Schumer are just getting started. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Jul 17, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) After you realize the central message, which has to do with Sadness herself, the film feels a little like an exercise you'd experience at a good therapist's office. Only Pixar could pull that off and make a good, not great, film out of it. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Jun 19, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "Jurassic World," like its predecessors, fills up the screen with roaring, slathering, earth-shaking dinosaurs, then fills in mere humans around the edges. It's a formula that works as well in 2015 as it did in 1993. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Jun 15, 2015
66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Anna Kendrick's charm saves this film from being entirely predictable and only half funny. ‐ The Federalist
Posted May 15, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) It makes sense a MAD MAX army goes into battle with a metal guitarist. This primal, epic film is the stuff of Homer in the key of Metallica. ‐ The Federalist
Posted May 15, 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) You can't escape the feeling that Whedon and the gang are having a good time making the film, and want to share that glee with the audience. It's a franchise that has hit its rhythm. ‐ The Federalist
Posted May 1, 2015
79% Furious 7 (2015) Soap opera with supercars and explosions. Pitch perfect tribute to Paul Walker. What's not to love? ‐ The Federalist
Posted Apr 3, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) A punk rock rebel of a movie. It follows no rules. It slaps you in the face while making you laugh. Completely entertaining, it also isn't afraid. In our environment of careful and slavish correctness to groupthink, that feels like a refreshing breeze. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2015
26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) I kind of had a tepidly good time in "Jupiter Ascending." It won me over in the same way that bag of tater tots in the freezer wins you over: it has its own freezer-burned charm. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2015
74% Inherent Vice (2015) For those who have never been high, the new film "Inherent Vice" will give you a pretty good sense of it. You'll have no idea what's going on. You'll wonder whether you're supposed to know. In the end, though, you won't be sure you care. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2015
99% Selma (2015) Do not believe anyone trying to make "Selma" a factional thing, a liberal or conservative, black, white, or hashtag movie. It transcends all that. It is a great American story, well told, and nothing less. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2015
72% American Sniper (2015) Primarily, it is a gritty and moving war story about the heroes who have answered America's call to arms. Secondarily, it is an unapologetic manifesto from Eastwood about what it means to be an American and a warrior today. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2015
51% Unbroken (2014) "Unbroken" is the film that will bring hope and inspiration not only to American audiences, but those suffering in war zones and under dictators the world over. That makes it a far more dangerous movie to oppressors than "The Interview" could ever be. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2015
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) The movie wastes its fine actors and, more importantly, its rich subject matter. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2015
90% Wild (2014) This secular pilgrimage has fine acting but wants to be more meaningful than it is. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2015
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Increasingly, in a world of ISIS, we know evil exists and is not going away. Maybe we need symbols to inspire us. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2015
35% The Giver (2014) Wrapped in an exciting movie with beautiful special effects, 'The Giver' makes the case for the beauty of grown-up freedom. ‐ The Federalist
Posted Mar 30, 2015
71% Interstellar (2014) If humanistic pop science is a religion, then Christopher Nolan is its high priest and Interstellar its rapture story. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 7, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) The material is well-trod, the story oft-told, and the characters familiar, but children don't mind in the same way that they don't mind hearing the same bedtime story every night. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 7, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) Is it really so hard, Hollywood? So hard to make a well-directed, well-acted flick that keeps audiences enthralled? In a year when movies have failed to live up to the hype, Gone Girl makes it look easy. ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 3, 2014
35% The Giver (2014) An ambitious film that addresses what it means to be human. It unabashedly appeals to our better natures. In a world addicted to irony, it is unapologetically sincere. Adults as well as children should go see this fantastic film. ‐ Patheos
Posted Aug 14, 2014
80% Get On Up (2014) 'Get On Up' makes you feel, rather than tells you about, the groove that ran through the life of James Brown. This is not a movie about The Black Man, it is a movie about a black man. ‐ Patheos
Posted Aug 1, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) This priest cuts through false motives, calls people on their baloney, talks to them straight, loves them despite themselves. Sort of like his Lord. No wonder they want to kill him. ‐ Patheos
Posted Jul 31, 2014
98% Boyhood (2014) The very things that others love, the meandering, unfocused essences of the movie, were the things that I disliked. Variety is the spice of life, right? ‐ Patheos
Posted Jul 18, 2014
44% Wish I Was Here (2014) No good roles for women in movies, you say? Hudson's Sarah consciously and joyfully embraces her midlife transition to matriarch of a family. She is up to the task. I wish there were more like her. ‐ Patheos
Posted Jul 18, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) A story about real peacemaking that manages to both instruct and delight in classic fashion. ‐ Patheos
Posted Jul 11, 2014
49% Earth to Echo (2014) The storyline of Earth to Echo may seem familiar, but don't let that stop your kids from enjoying this sweet, child-driven adventure. ‐ Patheos
Posted Jul 3, 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) A story about daring to love in the face of death, well, it's really all our stories if we are brave enough. ‐ Patheos
Posted Jun 6, 2014
50% Maleficent (2014) It lacks the irony of "Shrek" and "Wicked." And that's a good thing. ‐ Patheos
Posted May 29, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Everything you want in a time-traveling, mutant-filled, disco-styled, over-the-top, effects-filled extravaganza. ‐ Patheos
Posted May 23, 2014
95% Her (2013) 'Her' reduces love to a purely intellectual pursuit. The body is oddly irrelevant, the soul absent, reproduction abandoned. The result is dehumanizing. And yet fascinating. ‐ Patheos
Posted May 16, 2014
74% Godzilla (2014) This monster may not reflect terror and grief over nuclear war, but he sure is fun to watch. And you can bring the kids! ‐ Patheos
Posted May 16, 2014
91% Locke (2014) This film explores manhood in a way few do: The jaw-clenched man determined to do the right thing, the man set in his course who will not be swayed, the man who has taken his own measure and who cares only for that measure. ‐ Patheos
Posted May 2, 2014
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Mostly lightweight, but the most interesting part of the movie is Jamie Foxx as Electro. This villain embodies black rage, more Malcolm X than mutant. ‐ Patheos
Posted May 1, 2014
66% Bad Words (2014) Perhaps Jason Bateman serves his edgy audience by bringing them a redemption story in their own language. Perhaps he crosses lines that shouldn't be crossed. Perhaps both. ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 21, 2014
41% Divergent (2014) She's nothing like Bella, that vampire-girlfriend, and this romance is nothing like Twilight. ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 21, 2014
76% Noah (2014) It's the kind of movie that Christians, indeed everyone, should want Hollywood to make. ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 21, 2014
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) It works on all levels: as a fun, funny movie to enjoy with family, as a commentary on the conformity of society and its lack of creativity, as an ode to human connections, and even, if you squint just right, an exploration of the nature of God. ‐ Patheos
Posted Feb 7, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) A powerful telling of a true story that reminds us there is a qualitative difference between America and the evils we fight at such great cost. This devastating movie will make you proud. ‐ Patheos
Posted Jan 10, 2014