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Stephen Rebello

Stephen Rebello
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski keeps the action crisp and popping...A Quiet Place is a good old nerve-racking time at the movies.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/4 74% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is the jazzy, flashy, tripped-out, super-caffeinated kid version of the director many of us grew up loving, and many subsequent directors grew up aping.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) On all counts, Pacific Rim Uprising fails the challenge.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/4 49% Tomb Raider (2018) This is a movie that tries to emulate much better stuff...without bothering to come up with anything new, and all leading to a single destination: the setup for a sequel.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A socially progressive viewpoint, diverse casting and crew members, positive role models and hopeful upbeat messages are one thing, but a good time at the movies is another thing entirely. The movie isn't scary, suspenseful, gripping in the least.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow may not be as funny, grabby, tense or intelligent as it could have been...Still, it's a slick, well-appointed and surprisingly nasty piece of work for most of its 139-minute running time.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2.5/4 82% Game Night (2018) Game Night turns out to be a cool, clever surprise. The cast crackles-Bateman and McAdams are fast, easy and terrifically enjoyable together-and there's bright, sharp supporting work.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/4 87% Annihilation (2018) Unlike most simplistic, tidy, instantly disposable Hollywood sci-fi fare, this one doesn't spoon-feed. It Kubricks us.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/4 96% Black Panther (2018) Looking, sounding and feeling the way it does-wearing its anti-corporate, anti-fascist, anti-racist heart on its sleeve-it's a movie that, for sure, knows what's up. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) This heroine has guts, a spine, a stoic presence that commands respect and empathy. As played charismatically, unsentimentally and exquisitely by Vega, it's impossible to write her off.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/4 73% Hostiles (2018) Cooper's reach may exceed his grasp with Hostiles, which is never as incisive or as profound as it often wants to be. But he's made a movie that says America can never come to terms with its divisive hate-filled present unless it finally faces its past.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2.5/4 54% 12 Strong (2018) It's January, and that means the pickings at the local multiplex are among the leanest and least ambitious of the year. Enter-loud, blustery, rousing, paper-thin-12 Strong.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2/4 57% The Commuter (2018) Even for mid-January-traditionally the dog days of cinema releases-The Commuter rattles along like an unreliable train to nowhere.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Time will tell, of course, but right now, Phantom Thread feels like a masterwork. Imagine Anderson crossed with du Maurier crossed with Hitchcock crossed with Ibsen and Strindberg. It's that rich and strange.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/4 78% All the Money in the World (2017) Scott proves that he can still make us sweat and grab the armrests till our knuckles turn white.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3.5/4 88% The Post (2018) Serving as a mirror image of 2017, The Post is absolutely, punishingly timely, even when it too often tells us what's on its noble mind instead of making us feel it.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Even with the warts, Star Wars: The Last Jedi feels like a big, dazzling holiday present most Star Wars fans should be able to tear into and enjoy.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2.5/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) Robbie may not be perfect casting as the rough and ready Harding, but her fierce and generous performance gives Harding a measure of sympathy and grace, even when the movie around her doesn't seem to want to.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) It's a professional and personal triumph for the reinvigorated Franco. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call Me by Your Name is one of the great movies of the year.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 40% Justice League (2017) When Justice League mocks and kids itself, and the whole genre, it's way more effective than when it reaches for grandiosity and pathos. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is easily one of the year's best ways to spend your time and money at the movies. It bounces by at 93 minutes and maintains a shoulder-shrugging tone that makes its truths land all the more powerfully.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDonagh's movie is a four-course meal, with writing so sharp and performances so bold and sly that it's tough to leave the theater unmoved.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok might rub some humorless Marvel purists the wrong way, but for the less obsessive among us, it's every bit as silly and mocking as it ought to be.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The performances are uniformly first rate, with Kidman a standout in riding the line between the ridiculous and the sublime.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 8% The Snowman (2017) The brain freeze that is The Snowman should destroy any hopes of a franchise and that, considering how good the Nesbø series is, ranks as a damn shame.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
2.5/4 83% Marshall (2017) You may also find yourself wanting Marshall (but not Marshall) to keep going, but preferably in a much more incisive, truthful and dangerous movie than this one.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) As melancholy and bleak as Blade Runner 2049 is, when it ends, you want to see it over again, just to ease back into that mood pocket and savor its dark delicacies.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3.5/4 69% mother! (2017) Bravo, Mr. Aronofsky and bravo everyone who helped birth something as insane and personal as Mother! into our cookie-cutter world.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/4 85% It (2017) The movie earns its R-rating less by bloodletting than by long, slow buildups, creepy shadows and half-glimpsed things that go bump in the night in sewers and derelict old houses. That's a good thing.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/4 9% Tulip Fever (2017) These tulips may be photogenic, but they are doomed by root rot. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/4 100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) It's well worth a trip to your local cinema to check out Terminator 2: Judgment Day, again or for the very first time.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
2.5/4 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde wobbles when it piles on layer upon layer of thorny, labyrinthine John Le Carre-style plotting. The rest of the movie doesn't pack the weight or the multidimensional characters necessary to justify it.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) With Logan Lucky, Soderbergh, one of our most inventive and unpredictable directors, just wants to have fun and bring the audience in on it. That's going to be all right with a lot of us.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 81% The Trip to Spain (2017) The Trip to Spain hits the spot very nicely, thanks.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Those who haven't read the Dark Tower books may wonder what all the fuss was about in the first place... those who have read the books are left to ponder how such a resonant literary work turned up on screen so undernourished and easily dismissed. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) Watching Dunkirk, the word "masterpiece" comes to mind -- often and effortlessly.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) This one's sweet, entertaining, consistently funny, humane, optimistic and eager to please.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
2/4 18% The House (2017) The House isn't built on the strongest foundation but, for most of its 88 minutes, its terrific cast helps gloss over some of the glaring fissures.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3.5/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Here is entertainment and social commentary done big, bold and razor sharp. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3.5/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) You don't just leave this 112-minute movie smiling; you leaved so pumped and energized, you may just want to turn around, strap in and take the sweet ride all over again.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
1/4 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Transformers: The Last Knight clocks in at 149 minutes, most of them every bit as painful, childish, 'roid-raged and pointlessly bombastic as the last four movies would lead you to expect.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled is fun, yes, and we're all for nuance. But for what is essentially a Southern horror movie, it's too hermetically sealed, wispy and careful to grab you by the throat the way it should.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/4 16% The Mummy (2017) If you're that hungry for a dark monster-o-rama universe... then, for the love of James Whale, Boris Karloff and Ernest Thesiger, go back and binge-watch the originals, then chase it with two seasons of Penny Dreadful. ‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) So when are Jenkins and Gadot teaming up for the next installment? We can't wait.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales isn't just standard issue bad; it's mind-numbingly boring. Abandon ship, gang. Seriously.‐ Playboy Online
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
3/4 67% 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 36% 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 71% 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 50% 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