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Stephen Rebello

Stephen Rebello
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) It is Fassbender, in dual roles, who is the real focus of the movie, and he is the best he's been in years-perverse, haunted, magnetic, touching and unique.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/4 37% Snatched (2017) It ought to be a riot. Instead, the odd-couple comedy -- a surprisingly violent and unsurprisingly crass play on Romancing the Stone -- runs the gamut from mildly amusing to dismal.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/4 73% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) As a showcase for Smith's unique talent, original vision and deadpan humor-let alone as a study of a strange guy with a rich inner life-the movie is an art house-style fascinator.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/4 48% The Promise (2017) How did a film so loaded with good intentions and talent on both sides of the camera go so badly off the rails?‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Transcendently stupid, flat-out nuts and pretty damned irresistible, The Fate of the Furious is the eighth in the series of vroom-vroomers that started off as modest B-movie drag-race stuff ideal for triple-bills at old time drive-in theaters.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
79% Colossal (2017) Part daikaiju-on-the-loose rampage, part quirky romantic comedy-drama a la 28 Days, the risky and occasionally thrilling Colossal doesn't always deliver on its gonzo promise but, hey, it's still got plenty of charm.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3.5/4 89% Frantz (2017) It takes a brave, even foolhardy, director to attempt a remake of anything made first by a master director of the order of Ernst Lubitsch, but that's precisely what Ozon has done with this beautiful melodrama.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Style is substance in Ghost in the Shell, a super slick and utterly empty live-action gloss on the beloved manga.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2.5/4 68% Life (2017) No, Life isn't Alien or Gravity. It's more like a jumped-up It! The Terror From Beyond. Take it for what it is, though, and it might give you a good laugh and jolt now and then. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/4 100% Betting on Zero (2017) Betting On Zero... repeats itself too often... But... the tale it tells of the struggle between Haves and Have-Nots tale is powerful, necessary and persuasive.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2.5/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Unfortunately, the movie never comes close to touching the... 1933 original a flat-out masterpiece. But, hey, maybe that's too much to ask... at least Skull Island hits its marks hard and fast and paves the way for much better sequels.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/4 92% Logan (2017) For what it is, Logan is strong stuff, and a classy sendoff to Wolverine. Let's just hope that Marvel and Jackman let sleeping wolves lie.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 99% Get Out (2017) A weird and delicious surprise, Get Out subverts the tired clichés and freshens up the horror game in all kinds of surprising -- and surprisingly stinging -- ways.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall is a visual stunner... But this one's a bloated, special-effects-heavy, supremely silly groaner, a leaden thing that's almost wall-to-wall Lord of the Rings-influenced awful.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
3.5/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Although the second Lego movie doesn't deliver the surprisingly deep emotion or high-wire brilliance of the Phil Lord and Chris Miller-directed first -- let alone the relentless earworm "Everything Is Awesome" -- it will do very nicely.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/4 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Lean, intelligent and leaving you wanting more at 95 minutes, I Am Not Your Negro is a less a portrait of the the towering, fiery James Baldwin than it is a chronicle of the life of a troubled, deeply flawed nation as filtered through his piercing eyes.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) This is ambitious, well-made stuff -- a quiet, well acted if overly schematic film that's stronger on moral ambiguity and psychological nuance than on fast paced, cat-and-mouse thriller trappings.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 75% Split (2017) Nicely shot by Mike Gioulakis, Split keeps us riveted, laughing, jumping out of seats and guessing right to the end. It's a nasty little piece of work, Shyamalan's best in forever, and a juicy, macabre pleasure to watch. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 80% Patriots Day (2017) You leave the theater impressed, inspired and moved by the unique community spirit known as "Boston Strong."‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) If you've got a thing about being seen crying in public, you might want to take a pass on catching A Monster Calls in a theater. But that would be a big mistake.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2.5/4 34% Live By Night (2017) Affleck should be commended for shooting high, but in the end, Live By Night turns out to be just a glossy, pretty, maddeningly generic fedora fest.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
1/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Stay home and play the game instead. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/4 31% Passengers (2016) Passengers could have been big, shiny, quirky and heart tugging -- a cool holiday popcorn flick. Instead it's empty, anonymous and calculated. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The resonant and entertaining Rogue One is about the persistence of hope and faith in the darkest of hours. As we stagger to the end of this epically turbulent year, the movie is all but guaranteed to strike a chord.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) It isn't merely that Chazelle has made a film with eye-popping color and bold lighting, fantastical sets and characters showing their souls in movement and rhyme. He's made it feel revolutionary and brand new, even when it's as old as the hills.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
4/4 89% Jackie (2016) Although often gut-wrenching, the movie is supremely compassionate toward its subject. Yet Larrain and Oppenheim pull no punches when it comes to Jackie, who emerges as incredibly complex.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/4 60% Allied (2016) As a tribute to old-time Hollywood genre moviess, Allied is the goods -- stylish, suspenseful, utterly artificial.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) With Manchester by the Sea, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan has delivered a quietly devastating sucker punch of a film about the persistence of hope in the face of unfathomable loss.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/4 93% Arrival (2016) Through Adams and Renner's performances, we share dread, wonder, frustration, panic and transcendence as they begin to interact with the "Heptapod" aliens that evoke memories of the work of H.G. Wells and John Wyndham.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
72% Prometheus (2012) Prometheus is so visually ravishing with stunning special effects... But the characterizations are thin and one-note, leaving most of its talented cast members without much interesting to say or do before they get [killed].‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3.5/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange is Marvel's most visually splendiferous movie yet.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/4 19% Inferno (2016) Hanks can do lots of things beautifully, but even he stumbles over the script's eye-rolling contrivances, expositional dialogue and general dullness.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
1.5/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Look, a Jack Reacher movie doesn't have to be great, but it does have to be better than other vigilante flicks like, say, John Wick or Blood Father. This one isn't. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 52% The Accountant (2016) Entertaining and preposterous.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) At least Burton seems more in tune with the material than the director has in years. And when things get dull, there's Eva Green making it all worthwhile. When she's off screen, you're on your own.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 77% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) As a look into the vagaries of the filmmaking process, as a peek behind the veil of a deeply unknowable cultural landscape, as a gripping thriller, The Lovers and the Despot is well worth a shot.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) [Gordon-Levitt's] meticulously dialed Snowden voice sounds much less rangey and more matter-of-fact than his usual onscreen voice. You feel the painstaking weight of his efforts. It takes some getting used to -- but after a while, it works.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) Sully won't just please crowds and evoke tears but, in an angry, ugly time in our national history, it should also resonate deeply with many.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/4 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Even with all the good stuff, The Light Between Oceans too often shines dimly.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) It's a sharp and savvy thriller for an age in which more than half of Americans seem to feel less secure than ever -- a fear that politicians tend to stoke despite violent crime and violence being down significantly since the '90s.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
2.5/4 59% War Dogs (2016) The movie's not as lacerating or memorable as it has every right to be. Then again, it's a big studio-financed corporate thing, and it's still got a nice bite.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
3.5/4 97% Hell or High Water (2016) Although you can pretty much guess how things are going to play out in the finale, the ride is so satisfying, bleakly funny and well-acted, you almost wish the cat-and-mouse games would never end.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 98% Little Men (2016) Little Men needs no explosions, no CGI, no dramatic pyrotechnics. It just sneaks up and wallops you.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Jason Bourne delivers plenty of red meat, no question. Now if Damon and Greengrass can only bring back the heartbeat and complexity.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) You keep pulling for The Infiltrator to break on through to something special, but it's largely an imitation of other, better movies.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) There's nothing new in Star Trek Beyond, the latest installment in the venerable 13-film series, but its least inspired stretches still manage to play like a crowd-pleasing and exceptionally well-acted Star Trek clip show.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Feig spends an awful lot of time on an awfully scant plot, and the digital effects-bloated flick is awkwardly paced and clumsily edited and rarely generates big enough laughs, scares or interest in the characters.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/4 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) Wise and funny, it's got glorious photography by Stephane Fontaine and a tone shot-through with melancholy, loss and regret.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
2/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) All the sped-up and slo-mo footage in the world won't disguise the weird attempt to morph the Lord of the Apes into just another comic book superhero franchise.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) Finding Dory is charming, very funny, touching and more than a bit repetitive but never a bore.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016