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Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 76% Split (2017) The main reason anyone should check out Split is to marvel at McAvoy's breathtaking performance. ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2017
1/5 24% The Bye Bye Man (2017) No matter how many films continue to screen in movie theaters this year, The Bye Bye Man will be remembered amongst the worst films of 2017. ‐
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures is exactly the type of movie that you think that it is. Only, it's better at being that type of movie than you probably expected. ‐
Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 87% Lion (2016) Lion literally earns every heartstring tug with its impossible story of rediscovering ones childhood with the help of cutting-edge technology and good, old-fashioned resolve. ‐
Posted Dec 23, 2016
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) A spectacular, breathtaking, pulse-racing work of pop art. ‐
Posted Dec 11, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival deserves our attention for being one of the best-paced, expertly shot and awe-inspiring sci-fi dramas to arrive in theaters in quite some time. ‐
Posted Nov 8, 2016
3/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge tells a story that's worth telling. That's important to emphasize, because the way that Gibson and his collaborators tell their story isn't always worthy. ‐
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Formulaic, predictable and lazy, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is exactly the type of clichéd genre movie the first Jack Reacher rebelled against. ‐
Posted Oct 19, 2016
87% A Monster Calls (2017) J.A. Bayona's A Monster Calls is a masterpiece. Full stop. ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) The pace of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is methodical and slow, though there's plenty of unusual visual treats to linger on as Burton sets up this irregular world. ‐
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) With Snowden, Gordon Levitt delivers his second feature that -- while notable on numerous levels -- is deflated because it follows in the footsteps of a superior documentary that covers the same ground. ‐
Posted Sep 16, 2016
2.5/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Magnificent? Not quite, but a more accurate title -- say, The Perfectly Average Seven -- doesn't pack the marketing punch needed to sell the latest retelling of a very familiar story. ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/5 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Cianfrance is far more concerned with mood than he is with logic, and his movies -- to me, anyway -- continue to suffer because of his choices. ‐
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) I went into Ben-Hur thinking we didn't need another interpretation of this story, but I left satisfied by the new one that we received. ‐
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) A romantic, exotic, dramatic, bold and exciting revitalization of the Tarzan story, steeped heavily in the lore created by novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs. ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2016
1.5/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) A massive endeavor that's Michael Bay-esque in its bloated generic-ness, populated by stiff cardboard cutouts who race through bland digital chaos. ‐
Posted Jun 23, 2016
1.5/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) A noble, quiet, solemn and slow historical drama -- polite words for saying it's duller than dirt. ‐
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) A goofy, flashy, silly and fun sequel to a goofy, flashy, silly and fun thriller constructed around the world of magic and illusions. Did I mention that the movie is a lot of fun? ‐
Posted Jun 10, 2016
2/5 7% Mother's Day (2016) A better movie than it's like-minded comedies, yet still a bad movie in its own right. Do with that information what you will. ‐
Posted Apr 28, 2016
1.5/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) This peculiar, hybrid prequel/sequel commits the same mistakes as its predecessor, and ends up being as shapeless, nondescript and unimaginative as Snow White was. ‐
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/5 52% Demolition (2016) Jake Gyllenhaal is the best thing about Demolition. But this time, the movie around him can't support his performance. ‐
Posted Apr 8, 2016
3.5/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) An improvement over Man of Steel, and a much better Batman movie than it is a Superman film. The highlights far outweigh the issues, and DC now has a base on which it can build its empire. ‐
Posted Mar 22, 2016
2.5/5 43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) Miracles From Heaven won't be mistaken for pure-bred popcorn fare, but it's far more mainstream than like-minded members of its cinematic congregation. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2/5 25% London Has Fallen (2016) About as right-wing and uber-patriotic as a mainstream film can be, so much so that I expected there to be a mid-credits scene where Banning endorses Donald Trump's presidential campaign. ‐
Posted Mar 4, 2016
1/5 10% Dirty Grandpa (2016) Isn't De Niro at all concerned with his legacy? At all? Did he lose a bet? Was he challenging himself to find a new low after Little Fockers? We may never know the true answer. ‐
Posted Jan 22, 2016
1.5/5 9% Point Break (2015) Takes the outline of the original and translates it for an audience that has chugged 15 Monster Energy drinks and stayed up for a week mainlining Dude Perfect videos. ‐
Posted Dec 26, 2015
3.5/5 60% Joy (2015) We mainly stay invested in Joy because Russell's current muse, the flat-out brilliant Jennifer Lawrence, delivers another multi-faceted performance as a forceful, injured, unflappable and surprisingly relatable female lead in an unfocused Russell comedy. ‐
Posted Dec 8, 2015
4/5 81% The Revenant (2015) Punishing, visceral, masculine, grisly and utterly captivating for its run time. Not for everyone, but it's a powerful trip, if your mind and spirit can endure it. ‐
Posted Dec 4, 2015
2/5 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) The animation in The Good Dinosaur is stunningly beautiful. Photo-realistic, even. And yet, the story is so basic, so immature, and so disjointed that the visuals are in service of a dud of a plot. ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2015
3/5 95% Creed (2015) Creed is an echo. It's a call back to every other Rocky movie, and while it's good, it can't create separation from the powerful legacy of the Rocky series. ‐
Posted Nov 24, 2015
2/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Mockingjay goes out with a series of bangs (literally), but an ultimate whimper, as the payoffs promised in the previous three features arrive with a fizzle. ‐
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/5 45% The 33 (2015) It is so hard to make a compelling human-drama film out of any story when you know the ending going in. ‐
Posted Nov 13, 2015
2.5/5 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) From the team behind Argo, though it's closer in line to The Men Who Stare At Goats. Do with that what you will. ‐
Posted Oct 29, 2015
5/5 92% The Martian (2015) A celebration of ingenuity, of intelligent problem-solving in the face of life-altering deadlines, and of the stubborn, never-quit attitudes that should be spotlighted in the human spirit. ‐
Posted Sep 28, 2015
3/5 62% The Intern (2015) A charming, overly sweet and conventional comedy that has two bona-fide Movie Stars (capitalized for emphasis) doing plenty of heavy lifting to infuse soul into the formula. ‐
Posted Sep 22, 2015
4/5 74% Black Mass (2015) I believe Scott Cooper's Black Mass can run with Scorsese's mob trilogy of Goodfellas, Casino and The Departed. ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 94% Sicario (2015) Sicario's protagonist problems wind up being significant, retroactively casting a negative shade on the movie -- which is a shame, because it takes what could be great and instead makes it good. ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2015
69% The Danish Girl (2015) Whenever Danish Girl punctures through, it's because of the first-rate performances by Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. ‐
Posted Sep 15, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) Virtually everything that needs to click into place does so with refined precision. ‐
Posted Sep 14, 2015
2/5 43% American Ultra (2015) A movie that could have gleefully gone over the edge, but lacks the confidence in its own premise to truly get as weird or as funky as the concept demands that it goes. ‐
Posted Aug 23, 2015
2.5/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) Fantastic Four is an appetizer, teasing a meal that doesn't actually come. But it's also a palate cleanser, and one that establishes a darker F.F. universe I'm hopeful we can continue to explore. ‐
Posted Aug 5, 2015
4.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Rogue Nation solidifies the fact that Tom Cruise is the quintessential action star, carrying the quintessential action franchise. With all due respect to 007, at the moment, nobody does it better. ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) Succeeds for large chunks of time (mostly during its first hour), until it succumbs to the weaknesses of director Judd Apatow. ‐
Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) If you only see one movie this summer about male strippers bonding over unfulfilled dreams while they titillate female clientele, make sure it's this one. Because it's great. ‐
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3.5/5 77% Big Game (2015) Slick action-pop that's ludicrous, but never dumb. The screenplay has a dark, wicked sense of humor that compliments the impressive action sequences. Big fun. ‐
Posted Jun 26, 2015
2/5 34% Max (2015) The mildly entertaining dog story, with its handful of heroic scenes, may work better on a particular (read: younger) audience than it did on me. ‐
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 82% The Overnight (2015) A shocking, provocative and memorable trip. I wish the movie was about something deeper than physical attraction, and our general insecurities. It's not, so the stakes stay low. But it's intriguing. ‐
Posted Jun 21, 2015
4/5 91% Love & Mercy (2015) An audio trip, and the way that you listen to this movie needs to be part of the overall experience. ‐
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3.5/5 94% Spy (2015) Paul Feig never pretends he isn't making a straight-up comedy, and laughs intentionally trump thrills in every single scene. As they should. ‐
Posted Jun 4, 2015
1.5/5 19% Aloha (2015) Aloha is the film that finally convinced me that Cameron Crowe has nothing interesting left to say. And that hurts. ‐
Posted May 28, 2015