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Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/5 26% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon is bad. It's bad in a way that you wonder after how anyone let it get this bad.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/5 70% Happy Death Day (2017) I expect Jessica Rothe just stenciled her name alongside Amy Adams, Hilary Swank, and other big-time screen actresses who got an early break in a forgettable horror movie, but went on to bigger and better things.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
5/5 95% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is eye-opening, unconventional, sweet, scary, odd and heartbreaking. It's a fantastic movie, one I haven't stopped thinking about since I saw it.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4.5/5 96% Stronger (2017) An unforgettable portrayal of strength and perseverance in the aftermath of a national tragedy, Stronger is one of the best movies of the year.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/5 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Battle of the Sexes is, at best, a light volley of banter and debate over important topics, rather than a hard-hitting expose with contemporary ties to ongoing gender discussions (which it easily could have been). ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
4.5/5 90% Good Time (2017) If the opening scene grabs you the way that it did me, you'll plug into this gross cesspool of crime, drugs, manipulation and horrible decisions, and you'll roller-coaster ride it to its bitter end. This one is a home run.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
4.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming gets it right. It is my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/5 37% Snatched (2017) The tonal shifts derail Snatched, and make me wonder if this premise ever had a chance to get off the ground, no matter who starred in it.‐
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Technically proficient but in desperate need of some personality.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3.5/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) When Beauty and the Beast hits its rhythms, it really soars. However, when Beauty and the Beast missteps, the weight of the expectations created by the movie's spectacular predecessors can be felt.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
5/5 93% Logan (2017) By grounding the film's action, and painting on a relatively small-scale canvas, 'Logan' raises the bar on the types of stories you can tell with superheroes -- thereby redefining what the term Superhero Movie even means in the year 2017.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
1.5/5 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) There's still no real passion on screen, and no heat between the actors as they go through their perfunctory sex scenes. Dornan and Johnson conduct their lurid interactions with the carnal intensity of tax accountants diving into a stack of W2s. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The Lego Batman Movie is screamingly hilarious, ladling pop-culture references and comic-book punchlines with blistering speed and pinpoint accuracy. One joke, involving a pivotal scene from Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire, made me cackle until I cried.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
3.5/5 74% Split (2017) The main reason anyone should check out Split is to marvel at McAvoy's breathtaking performance. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1/5 23% 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 85% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
5/5 92% La La Land (2016) A spectacular, breathtaking, pulse-racing work of pop art.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 38% 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
87% A Monster Calls (2017) J.A. Bayona's A Monster Calls is a masterpiece. Full stop.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 63% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/5 59% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
1.5/5 30% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
1.5/5 46% Free State of Jones (2016) A noble, quiet, solemn and slow historical drama -- polite words for saying it's duller than dirt. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/5 33% 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? ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
2/5 6% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/5 53% Demolition (2016) Jake Gyllenhaal is the best thing about Demolition. But this time, the movie around him can't support his performance.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
1/5 11% 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
1.5/5 10% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2015
3.5/5 59% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2015
4/5 80% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
2/5 77% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/5 46% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
2.5/5 34% 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
3/5 60% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
4/5 73% Black Mass (2015) I believe Scott Cooper's Black Mass can run with Scorsese's mob trilogy of Goodfellas, Casino and The Departed.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 93% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015