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Stephen Farber

Stephen Farber
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) No movie with such a limp ending can be fully satisfying, and the beginning also falters. But the long middle section is a rousing good show.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2014
57% The Poker House (2008) While the film has strong moments and performances, it illustrates the dangers of overly personal filmmaking.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2014
99% Selma (2015) Intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited, sharply acted, the film represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2014
0% Days and Nights (2014) One can certainly give this movie A for effort, but the achievement falls far short of the lofty intentions.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2014
93% Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) The actors help to bring this engaging tale to life.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2014
39% Two Night Stand (2014) A likeable but forgettable trifle.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2014
100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) Hawke's film is very well crafted, tightly edited and elegantly photographed. The acute musical selections only add to our appreciation of Seymour's selfless devotion to his art.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2014
73% Honeymoon (2014) Honeymoon is a microbudgeted horror movie that achieves some genuinely shivery moments.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2014
No Score Yet Le temps des aveux (The Gate) (2014) The profound issues that it raises means that it will not be easily forgotten.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) There isn't a tremendous amount of new information in this generally well-crafted documentary. But it makes a potent, urgent case against the merchants of doubt who play games with the planet's future.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
90% Wild (2014) Vallee has crafted a vivid wilderness adventure film that is also a powerful story of family anguish and survival.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
93% Copenhagen (2014) Two excellent performances bolster a thoughtful script, and the result is that the discomfort we feel seems perfectly controlled by the filmmakers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2014
21% Into The Storm (2014) This film exploits horrendous, real-world suffering for the sake of a mindless thrill ride, and no matter how well executed the havoc may be, that leaves a sour aftertaste.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2014
67% The Almost Man (2014) While the movie's theme is familiar, even a little stale, the vivid details help to freshen the story, and the actors sock the movie home. Rafaelsen gives a marvelously subtle performance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2014
60% Hercules (2014) There's just enough plot to keep the movie lurching forward, and there are plenty of battle scenes to delight connoisseurs of carnage.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
19% And So It Goes (2014) Despite the utter predictability of the plot, the picture wins you over. It starts off clumsily but grows more engaging as it continues.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2014
89% Test (2014) The film is an appealing variation on a popular genre, and if it's a little too low-key to attract a mainstream audience, it marks a promising step forward for the writer-director, Chris Mason Johnson.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2014
82% Redwood Highway (2014) While this road movie may not have great originality or huge box-office potential, it's a low-key charmer with a large-souled performance at its center.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2014
47% Heaven Is for Real (2014) Unlikely to convert any skeptics, but if they wander into the multiplex, they'll find that that the prettily photographed sermon goes down easily.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2014
24% Goodbye World (2014) Think The Big Chill crossed with World War Z, an odd combo that never jells successfully.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2014
15% God's Not Dead (2014) The film is slickly produced, with a competent cast, and although it sometimes stacks the deck shamelessly in defense of its credo, it does allow a few dissenting voices to slip into the debate.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2014
59% At Middleton (2014) Modern-day Brief Encounter benefits from sparkling dialogue and splendid acting.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2014
49% Black Nativity (2013) A first-rate cast enlivens this ambitious but syrupy holiday musical.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2013
69% The Best Man Holiday (2013) All in all, this long-delayed sequel is a very mixed bag, with just enough laughter and tears to squeak by as holiday entertainment.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) There is much to admire in Percival's film version, but you may come away more impressed by the intentions than by the achievements.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2013
36% Salinger (2013) The cult of J.D. Salinger will be burnished by this lively but superficial doc.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2013
50% Parkland (2013) The film is otherwise engrossing, quietly revelatory, and often profoundly moving as it retells a story we only thought we knew.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2013
81% Prisoners (2013) Viewers who see the movie will find it absolutely riveting, and this is a tribute to the filmmaker's skill and to the excellent cast that brings the story to life.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2013
43% Closed Circuit (2013) Well-acted British courtroom drama never really delivers the necessary thrills.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2013
69% The Happy Sad (2013) Evans directs energetically, and the personable actors help to keep us involved, but the picture skims stubbornly along the surface.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2013
6% Paranoia (2013) Slick but muddled thriller about corporate espionage never gets our pulse pounding.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2013
80% Europa Report (2013) Some viewers might have preferred a stronger finale, but the movie manages to raise provocative scientific questions about our place in the universe while also delivering some neat, understated thrills.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2013
35% The Internship (2013) A good premise and a good cast flounder in search of a wittier script.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2013
20% The Hangover Part III (2013) Young viewers looking for unbridled raunch will be sadly disappointed, and so will other moviegoers expecting more than a few wan chuckles.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
57% The Power Of Few (2013) The picture... can't be said to break any new ground in the gritty, mean-streets genre. But it has a better-than-average cast and a few clever plot twists, and it ends up being an occasionally amusing time-killer.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
41% Midnight's Children (2013) The film is ambitious and often sumptuous to watch but not always dramatically satisfying.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2013
71% Bless Me, Ultima (2013) An offbeat slice of Americana will intrigue thoughtful moviegoers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2013
33% Escape From Planet Earth (2013) Passable animated entertainment is stronger on humor than adventure.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2013
12% Safe Haven (2013) Routine romantic thriller lacks acting and directing flair.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2013
15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Lots of anachronisms and tongue-in-cheek dialogue establish the spoofy nature of this violent venture. All that's missing is a genuine sense of wit.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2013
3% Playing for Keeps (2012) Attractive actors can't redeem a sodden script.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2012
No Score Yet Me and Me Dad (2012) A director's daughter probes her family's turbulent history in this elegant doc.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2012
25% 2016: Obama's America (2012) No one doubts that the country faces major challenges in the next four years, but there is one safe bet: The future is unlikely to be affected by this simplistic documentary.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2012
97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) Canada's foreign-language submission is a searing classroom drama about grief that should be an Oscar front-runner.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
93% Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2011) A fast-paced, hard-hitting Brazilian police thriller.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2011
88% Margin Call (2011) Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2011
71% Dzi Croquettes (2009) Although the film recounts an intriguing slice of social history, it is too haphazard and repetitive to be truly memorable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2011
89% Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012) Dori Berinstein's tender but sharp portrait finds a lot of depths in the woman whom many see as a camp figure.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2011
95% Weekend (2011) The two leading actors give deft, expressive performances that have us rooting for both of them. Cullen has a broodingly sensual presence, while the impish New makes a charmingly prickly foil.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2011
64% Unraveled (2012) The fascinating human portrait that emerges should draw appreciative if limited audiences.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2011