Sameen Amer

Sameen Amer
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Despite its missteps, Detective Pikachu still manages to take viewers on an entertaining, amusing journey. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) It's an intriguing premise, and while the storyline isn't quite as intricate or inventive as one would have hoped, the plot - and a standout performance by Banks - still manages to keep you invested... - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The Secret Life of Pets 2 lazily puts together a handful of uninspired subplots and tries to pass them off as a feature film. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
2.5/5 46% Murder Mystery (2019) While it may be competently - if unexceptionally - made, the project basically struggles with being inventive. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) The film had a tough predecessor to live up to, and it simply isn't as vibrant or joyous as its 1992 counterpart, nor does it do anything creative enough to justify its existence. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3.5/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) It isn't as dynamic or memorable as it could have been, but The Highwaymen still builds a compelling drama using a fascinating chapter from history combined with some solid acting and impressive camera work. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 94% Us (2019) This intense thriller benefits from its interesting ideas, fascinating visuals, and the remarkable acting of its fantastic cast. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Pretty much everything about the project is too generic to really make an impression. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 67% Wine Country (2019) Wine Country lacks the vibrant energy, zany antics, touching warmth, and sharp wit that you are likely to associate with names like Poehler and Fey. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Still, while it may be a tad uneven, Triple Frontier manages to maintain the audience's interest for its two hour running time. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
2/5 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Wilson is charming in the lead role, but overall, the unexceptional cast can't elevate the mediocre material they're working with. The attempts at humour mostly fall flat. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
2.5/5 64% Unicorn Store (2019) Unicorn Store does get points for being unique, but this slow, twee fantasy doesn't have enough interesting ideas to offset its many dull moments. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3.5/5 91% Shazam! (2019) An entertaining fantasy adventure that never loses its spirit of fun even when it otherwise falters. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
2/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) What could have been a fun movie is instead a joyless, chaotic mess. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Amusing, engrossing, exhilarating, visually spectacular, fast paced, and fairly breezy for a movie that is three hours in length... - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
1.5/5 26% The Silence (2019) The Silence doesn't manage to captivate its audience like it should, and it certainly doesn't bring anything new to its genre. Ultimately, the greatest thing it achieves is that it makes the viewer appreciate A Quiet Place even more. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) The film will make you marvel at Beyoncé's vocal skills and physical stamina - just watching her fierce performance will leave you exhausted, while empowering you with inspiration to strive to achieve your dreams. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The thoroughly enjoyable return of Marvel Cinematic Universe's most wacky collective. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
83% Avicii: True Stories (2017) A touching, affecting documentary... - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This animated adventure (almost unexpectedly) manages to be fun, exciting, amusing, and affecting. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) A pleasant revisit to the fantastical world that was originally conceived by writer P. L. Travers. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2.5/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) It could have been a good movie if it wasn't so heavily and obviously inspired by better films. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) After wallowing in darkness for far too long, DC embraces some relatively lighter fun in its latest superhero adventure, Aquaman. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) The very engaging and thought-provoking Three Identical Strangers does justice to its extraordinary real-life tale and effortlessly proves that reality sure can be stranger - and perhaps even more disturbing - than fiction. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Even those who weren't lucky enough to experience Fred Rogers's charm when they were children will still find the documentary engrossing... - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/5 27% Night School (2018) The premise, though promising, isn't very original, and director Malcolm D. Lee's execution isn't very inventive. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 81% Instant Family (2018) For the most part, Anders does a fairly good job tugging at the heartstrings while trying to navigate a complicated topic... - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) Ben Is Back successfully skirts cliches and subverts addiction drama conventions, but it eventually veers into quasi-thriller territory built around the search for a stolen dog... - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The inspired moments in Buster Scruggs and the thought provoking arcs in the proceedings are testament to the Coen brothers' filmmaking talent. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A sweet, engaging instalment that rather charmingly delivers the message of self-belief, love, and letting go, but the movie doesn't quite possess the excitement or inventiveness that could have made it exceptional. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Second Part attempts to recapture the 2014 adventure's joyful silliness and witty magic but struggles to match the inventiveness that made the original so enjoyable. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The film serves as a wonderful showcase for her [McCarthy] dramatic talent and reveals how good the actress can be when she is working with an interesting story and well-written script. - The News International (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/5 66% Storks (2016) On the whole, Storks is an uneven, at times even lacklustre film. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 51% The Accountant (2016) The movie could have been a lot more entertaining had the filmmakers focused on fewer threads and settled on a more consistent tone. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 18% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) A spy adventure that despite being powered by an impressive, talented cast, is disappointingly dull and devoid of any significant laughs. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 60% Allied (2016) The plot has potential, but Allied is never given the chance to develop into a riveting thriller because of its dull script and uneven execution. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 30% Passengers (2016) The movie doesn't have the guts to delve into the intensity and heartache that the setup demands and instead settles for absurdity and clichés. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 35% Live By Night (2017) It is quite disappointing that [Affleck's] latest project, Live by Night, fails to deliver anything interesting, compelling, or original. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) On the whole, The Lego Batman Movie may not be as wildly creative as the film it follows, but it makes terrific use of its superhero source material and delivers a thoroughly enjoyable adventure. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 36% The Great Wall (2017) If only the filmmakers had focused a little less on CGI-driven action and more on character development and a better script, they might have been able to come up with something that was actually enjoyable. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1/5 21% Collide (2017) If you're in the mood for some mindless action built around a threadbare plot, then Collide fits the bill. Otherwise, you're very likely to find this film downright disappointing. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) Director John Madden has crafted a stylish drama but hasn't imbued it with the depth that could have made the film more intriguing. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 67% Life (2017) Life keeps revisiting familiar territories, but Daniel Espinosa's space adventure does offer some suspense and manages to avoid several clichés along the way. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) It will keep younger viewers occupied with its colourful animation and silly fun for 90 odd minutes while giving their parents the occasional chuckle on its way to its predictable conclusion. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 42% Ghost in the Shell (2017) While the film may not have the depth you'd wish for, it does have an interesting premise at its core and offers some impressive action sequences and beautiful visuals. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Legend of the Sword is still a watchable - albeit ultimately forgettable - adventure that will keep you (somewhat) engaged as you while away a lazy summer evening. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming plays like a coming of age tale in an action-packed superhero setting, and gives us what is perhaps the best portrayal of its titular character. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 69% Cars 3 (2017) There are plenty of cute moments and spectacular visuals and lots more merchandising opportunities, but there are also parts that aren't quite convincing. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
1/5 7% The Emoji Movie (2017) The story is downright nonsensical. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.75/5 47% Going in Style (2017) Some films try to bring out the best in their cast...Other movies just want to coast on the charisma of their stars without bothering to make an effort in any other department. Going in Style falls firmly in the latter category. - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019