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Stephen Schaefer

Stephen Schaefer
Stephen Schaefer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Herald

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 52% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) With The Lego Ninjago Movie, the third in the series, the novelty is gone. We're now familiar with seeing plastic cube characters animated in all their awkward but effective glory.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
B+ 89% First They Killed My Father (2017) While the English subtitles are splendid, Jolie's artful, gorgeously photographed study could be a silent-era epic, for it's the faces that tell this story, which, although set in a distant past, echoes what's happening today in Myanmar.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
B+ 95% Step (2017) Impossibly upbeat and as real as a movie can get, Step could not be more emotionally wrenching as it chronicles 19 inner-city Baltimore students' senior year.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
A 68% Annabelle: Creation (2017) In David Sandberg, cinema has a new titan who demonstrates with Annabelle: Creation, a mastery of classic horror motifs that never insults the viewer.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
B 35% Kidnap (2017) If Kidnap is Berry's tour de force, Chris McGinn, as the scariest and most merciless kidnapper, manages a few moments in the spotlight.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
B- 89% Girls Trip (2017) Newcomer Haddish takes Girls and, like Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids, puts it in her pocket as scene-stealing sexually aggressive Dina, who is unfiltered, unfettered and unapologetically wild.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B 18% Wish Upon (2017) If a bit too familiar with echoes of Final Destination and Carrie, Wish Upon delivers the gruesome goods.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
B+ 98% The Big Sick (2017) With director Michael Showalter's assured comic tone, The Big Sick rates as a fearless and fearlessly funny look at how cultural collisions can end happily.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) England's Edgar Wright, already a critical and cult favorite, casts a glorious summertime spell with Baby Driver, a speed- and music-propelled gangster saga that transforms into a coming-of-age character study.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
B 22% The Book of Henry (2017) Henry is both naturalistic and unabashedly fantastic.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
B+ 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) The underwater thriller 47 Meters Down works so well as a nail-biting example of nonstop tension for one reason: its matter-of-fact credibility.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
D 16% The Mummy (2017) This misbegotten, incoherent Mummy is a muddle of too much exposition, too many tired tropes from past Cruise movies and some of the worst plotting and dialogue this side of a creaky 1940s radio serial.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B+ 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Clever, sweet, smart and sassy, the animated Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is stuffed with many weird and funny elements.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
B+ 92% Wonder Woman (2017) It's impossible to imagine a better Diana Prince/Wonder Woman than Gal Gadot in Patty Jenkins' lively Wonder Woman.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
D 74% Wakefield (2017) Bryan Cranston might be among our great actors, but talent is hardly enough to make Wakefield anything other than a 106-minute endurance test with a creep.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B+ 44% Everything, Everything (2017) Everything, Everything sparkles with its interracial cast, but its focus is not race but relationships.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
B 50% The Dinner (2017) The way that people are disposable becomes a key issue in a drama that begins with a veneer of civility and rapidly descends into accusations, recriminations, regrets and threats.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
C 17% The Circle (2017) The Circle is a supposed thriller -- without thrills. It also lacks common sense, commanding performances or surprise.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
B 85% Disneynature Born In China (2017) Pandas don't have to do a thing to be utterly adorable.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
B 66% Tommy's Honour (2017) Shot on picturesque locations, admirably well paced and emotionally centered, Tommy's Honour rates as a delightful surprise.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
B- 15% Queen of the Desert (2017) Queen remains Kidman's show, and if still with a movie star-ish aura, she is a treat. Herzog, however, never attains real complexity or an understanding of Bell's interior life. But damn if the desert doesn't look splendid.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
B 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) As a personal tale of ordinary people taking extraordinary, life-threatening measures to help strangers, The Zookeeper's Wife astounds.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
B 44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) As Power Rangers ends, the feeling is definite: They'll soon be back.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B 15% CHIPS (2017) In a low-life kind of silly way, the real laughs come from oversized personality clashes, hysterically pitched fights and a general awakening between our two misfits that they like each other.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B+ 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Watching Danish writer-director Martin Zandvliet's debut feature is unnerving, shocking, depressing and scary.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
B 66% Before I Fall (2017) As she changes, Deutch lets us see Sam's capacity for self-realization, compassion and common sense. It's all beautifully done with a first-rate musical score.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
B 27% Fist Fight (2017) Fist Fight is a high-concept, intentionally outrageous comedy that somehow works.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
C- 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) This is a by-the-numbers sequel whose human dimension has disappeared amid the frantic, nonstop action and unimaginative plotting.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
83% The Founder (2017) Keaton makes it easy to understand Kroc's energetic empire builder whose self-created legend was that he, not the McDonalds, "founded" the Golden Arches empire.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
C 22% Sleepless (2017) A frenetic and increasingly mindless, all-out action drama.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
73% Sing (2016) The wise and all-around wonderful Sing is enchanting on every level.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
B 96% Moana (2016) Disney's digitally animated Moana, a Polynesian folk musical starring a plucky princess and a thousand-year-old demi-god, is beautiful to behold.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
A 89% Loving (2016) With extraordinary performances by its two lead actors and a quietly observational tone that tells us so much by saying very little, Loving scores as a mighty, nearly miraculous portrait of a love affair.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
B- 22% American Pastoral (2016) Pastoral, however, belongs to its two leading women. Connelly shows enormous range... Fanning hauntingly suggests a living ghost, a leper who only occasionally sees sunlight.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
B 83% Denial (2016) For a courtroom thriller about a seemingly open and shut case, Denial manages to be suspenseful, informative and surprisingly relevant.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
C- 35% Blair Witch (2016) [It's] directed and scored by Adam Wingard and scripted by Simon Barrett, the duo whose 2014 The Guest actually managed to be violent, creepy and scary.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
B- 40% Morgan (2016) As yet another riff on Frankenstein and those overreaching scientists who want to play God, Morgan offers dread, androgyny, gore and violence but no magic.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
B 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Giving a twist to the haunted house thriller, Don't Breathe earns its startling scares and deathly chills in a creepy, isolated Detroit home surrounded by abandoned buildings and empty streets.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
B 92% Southside With You (2016) Southside gives us the background and back stories of this bright, attractive, ambitious couple.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
B 81% Equity (2016) Director Meera Menon's Equity unfolds like a ghoulishly fascinating horror story, one that asks you to guess who will survive in this shark tank.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
C 78% The Shallows (2016) Beyond Lively's hard work, not much here makes sense.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
C 33% Now You See Me 2 (2016) There's little reason here for further misadventures.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
A 81% Crystal Fairy (2013) Low-key, naturalistic and original, Sebastian Silva's study of two Americans finding their way in Chile is an often funny, always compelling journey that rings true.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
B 93% Still Mine (2013) [A] warmly detailed, emotionally accurate portrait of enduring love.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
B- 57% Me Before You (2016) With the author as screenwriter and a couldn't-be-better teaming of its photogenic star-crossed pair, MB4U should be a bit more polished than it is.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
B 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Another animated movie based on a video game? Don't despair, these angry birds -- led by the choleric Red (Jason Sudeikis' voice) -- are great fun.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
C 17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) Young children might be transported to this galaxy, but parents will be wishing they were back in Zootopia.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
B 6% Mother's Day (2016) Aniston does the heavy lifting, carrying Mother's Day on her sturdy shoulders whether with slapstick, superbly paced comic repartee or anxiously dealing with the very real threat of another woman horning in on her relationship with her sons.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
B 30% Criminal (2016) Criminal is a thriller that offers a familiar relentless high-octane chase through scenic London with a decidedly unfamiliar sci-fi premise. So despite familiar tropes, Criminal manages to seem fresh.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
B- 89% Born To Be Blue (2016) As cliched as it sounds, sometimes an actor is born to play a role. That's certainly the case with Ethan Hawke as iconic jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.‐ Boston Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016