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Stephen Farber

Stephen Farber
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
16% The Gallows (2015) The Gallows is not going to win any prizes for originality. Any film that tries to revive this technique needs a clever story or unusual filmmaking ingenuity to stand out from the crowd. The Gallows has neither.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
74% Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong (2016) It's always entertaining to tag along with these attractive actors on their photogenic journey.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2015
19% Self/less (2015) The failings of Self/less reveal a good deal about what has gone wrong with American movies over the last 50 years.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2015
No Score Yet Tiger Orange (2014) [A] small but well-observed character drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2015
31% The Road Within (2015) Talented young performers can help to make a spotty story watchable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
94% Disneynature Monkey Kingdom (2015) The film should hit the sweet spot for family audiences.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
22% Little Boy (2015) The entire picture, though well-meaning and even thoughtful, is finally just a little too gooey.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2015
84% A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo atrás da Porta) (2015) The film does not take audiences on an easy ride, and it's an utterly compelling and indelible drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
54% Walter (2015) An outstanding cast goes a long way toward helping the movie to leap past its outlandish gimmick.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2015
85% Kung Fu Elliot (2015) Scott nevertheless emerges as an engagingly nerdy dreamer, and Lum makes a useful foil.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
80% McFarland USA (2015) While the beats of the story are often stock, the picture benefits from sensitive direction by New Zealander Niki Caro and from a most appealing performance by Kevin Costner.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
92% Queen of Earth (2015) Throughout the film Moss traverses an astonishing range of emotions, from bliss to complete mental disintegration. She is fascinating to watch even when the film turns into a frustrating head-scratcher.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
40% 3 Nights In The Desert (2015) The film features three gifted actors -- Wes Bentley, Amber Tamblyn and Vincent Piazza -- doing their best to animate a very stale script.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
88% Tangerines (2015) Although the subject of civil war within the former Soviet countries has been tackled in other movies, this retelling is one of the most concise and affecting.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
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
83% 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
84% 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
48% 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
50% Black Nativity (2013) A first-rate cast enlivens this ambitious but syrupy holiday musical.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2013
70% 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
42% 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