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Rich Cline

Rich Cline
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 33% Live By Night (2017) It's beautifully assembled by a skilled cast and crew. Even so, the film never quite generates quite enough energy to engage properly with the audience. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan creates characters so vivid that they get deep under the skin, and he allows his actors to so fully inhabit them that they become unforgettable. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) The filmmakers were trying to please gamers more than moviegoers. Perhaps it's impossible do both. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) The continual chase sequences are wildly amusing as they include quite a lot of gravity defying driving and wanton destruction. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Jan 5, 2017
4.5/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) It's a darkly emotional journey taken by a young boy who is grappling with huge issues he doesn't quite understand. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Jan 5, 2017
2.5/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) It's a slickly made movie with a first-rate cast, but occasional glimpses of gritty honesty aren't quite enough to counteract sudsy philosophising that sounds profound but is actually rather shallow. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 29, 2016
4/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) Loach makes movies that are refreshingly honest in their approach and unflinching in their reaction to injustice. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) It's a whimsical story packed with wry humour, thoughtful emotion and some spicy details in both the people and places. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/5 40% Why Him? (2016) Audiences in search of escapism will find plenty to chuckle at as things spiral ludicrously out of control. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 23, 2016
3.5/5 31% Passengers (2016) Despite its hint of serious edge, this is ultimately little more than escapist fluff. At least it's solidly well made to help us escape the troubles of Earth for a couple of hours. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/5 96% Neruda (2016) It's funny and emotional, and visually stunning as it criss-crosses Chile from the ocean to the ice-capped Andean peaks. And its originality makes it simply stunning. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) One of the most gripping adventure stories put on film this year. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
4.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) A seriously rousing action film with a riveting cast of characters and a surprising willingness to embrace even the darkest elements of storytelling. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Some of the themes feel a little pushy, but the film has real power. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/5 61% Snowden (2016) Here's another remarkable biopic from Oliver Stone, who has used all-star casts and intensely pointed filmmaking to trace the lives of such people as JFK, Nixon, Jim Morrison and George W. Bush. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Yes, this is pretty much what you expect it will be: a clumsily written lark that strains for gross-out gags. But it also manages to keep the audience laughing, simply because the cast is up for it. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/5 95% Moana (2016) We never doubt for a second that Moana and Maui will complete their mission, but at least the story and animation have some lovely surprises in store along the way, especially in the spectacular climactic encounter. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) An unusually realistic teen movie, this drama gets deep under the skin of its characters, breathing new life into the genre. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) This is such a ripping true story that it can't help but grab hold of the audience, even if the film never quite breaks through the surface. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 61% Allied (2016) The larger themes still grab hold, asking the question of how well we can ever know someone, even if we love and trust them unconditionally. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Nov 29, 2016
2/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) The original is still a classic, and we can just pretend that this one never happened. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/5 89% A United Kingdom (2017) It's made properly engaging with central roles beautifully played by David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. So it's a shame that the screenplay is so simplistic. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ron and Laura Take Back America (2016) Broad and silly, it makes some very strong points on a variety of topics. So it's smart and important, even if it feels like a Saturday Night Live sketch that goes on for 90 minutes. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The film has enough lively humour to keep things entertaining, but the movie itself is thin and derivative, never quite engaging the audience with its magic. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 88% Elle (2016) There's a boldly comical tone to this outrageous thriller that can't help but unnerve audiences right the way through to a chilling climax. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Nov 10, 2016
2.5/5 41% 100 Streets (2017) This film is very nicely shot and acted, but the simplistic script makes it difficult to properly engage with. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) This sci-fi drama has an enjoyably brain-bending plot that leaves the audience almost stunned with the weight of its themes. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) No one will deny that it looks gorgeous, and that the cast performs with raw emotional intensity. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Nov 4, 2016
2.5/5 51% The Accountant (2016) While this slick dramatic thriller plays with some intriguing ideas and themes, it never actually breaks the surface, relying on silly plotting and simplistic moralising. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Nov 4, 2016
3.5/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Even if the action-mystery dominates the subtler scenes, the film remains a moving look at the impossibility of achieving happiness, love, success and redemption at the same time. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Nov 4, 2016
4.5/5 96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) This is one of the most breathless action thrillers in recent memory, propelling the audience through its story at the same breakneck speed as the bullet train on which it takes place. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/5 89% Burn Burn Burn (2015) An unusually intelligent black comedy, this British independent film takes the audience on a road trip that's packed with surprises. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Yes, Doctor Strange will change the tone of Marvel movies going forward, and that's a very good thing. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/5 75% Trolls (2016) Almost pathologically buoyant, this brightly colourful animated comedy is so cheeky that it's impossible to dislike. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 21, 2016
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) It's a compelling and resonant drama that gets way under the skin and stays there. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) It's unusually tight and gritty, the kind of movie that doesn't really need a massive Imax screen to convey its urgency. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) Gone are the clever, fake-academic revelations and rather wacky action antics, and in their place are clues that feel utterly irrelevant, accompanied by fights and chases that are incoherent. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 63% Storks (2016) It has the standard fast-paced snarky tone and too-frantic imagery, but the script is smarter than average, dropping deranged lines of hilarious dialogue into every scene. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/5 78% American Honey (2016) There's no real plot to speak of, and as the film unfolds over nearly three hours, it becomes naggingly clear that there isn't much of a point. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 13, 2016
4.5/5 98% Under The Shadow (2016) It's rare to find a movie that so adeptly frightens us while also giving us something to think about. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 89% Blood Father (2016) It's also so relentlessly grisly that it borders on cartoonish. But with such riveting actors at the centre and in side roles, it's easy to sit back and go with it. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3.5/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Taylor manages to bring out plenty of insinuating textures in the characters to keep the audience intrigued, but he never quite gets a grip on the Hitchcockian elements of this story about identity and life expectations. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 7, 2016
4/5 98% The Babadook (2014) For her first feature, Australian actress-turned-filmmaker Jennifer Kent creates a startlingly effective horror movie by combining serious scariness with some darkly evocative emotion. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) The film isn't as involving as it could be, but it's still a lot of fun. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Since its true story is still so timely after some 150 years, we can forgive this film for being somewhat dull in the way the events are recounted. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) So most of the action is genuinely thrilling. But it's sometimes impossible to work out what's happening to whom in the usual shaky-cam aesthetic. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) There may not be any surprises, and only a whiff of thematic interest in the corporate greed element, but the film is still rip-roaringly entertaining. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) It's engaging and sometimes exciting, but it never resonates in a meaningful way. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/5 83% Imperium (2016) Tthe film relies on underlying tension, strong thematic resonance and another committed performance from Daniel Radcliffe. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Sep 22, 2016
4/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The cast and crew could have easily just recycled the same old jokes, but they've skilfully pushed Bridget into a new stage of her life while keeping her as clumsily likeable as ever. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Posted Sep 16, 2016