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Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 80% The Founder (2017) Kroc wasn't just a colorful character. He was the symbol of a national shift - from Main Street modesty to Wall Street arrogance. That's worth talking about in depth, and "The Founder" won't. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 17, 2017
32% Monster Trucks (2017) CGI creatures have more personality than the humans. Characters and logic are sacrificed for images and gags. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 13, 2017
1.5/4 27% The Bye Bye Man (2017) "Don't think it," warn the ads. "Don't say it. Don't think it. Don't say it. Don't think it. Don't say it." Here's another one: Don't see it. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 96% Paterson (2016) This is a movie about forgiveness - forgiving other people for what they do to us, forgiving ourselves for not always measuring up to some ideal. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) A nice new comedy, with plenty of smiles and a few genuine belly laughs. And, at the same time, a painfully honest family drama, made for anyone who's ever been an embarrassed teen. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 23, 2016
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Young Lewis MacDougall is very good as Conor as is Felicity Jones as his mother, while Sigourney Weaver invests the difficult part of the grandmother with a tightly wound intensity. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) "I, Daniel Blake" speaks to anyone who's ever had to deal with our horrible modern world, made up of equal parts Kafka and Orwell ... ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 22, 2016
33% Live By Night (2017) "Live by Night" may be about rum, but the pacing is like molasses. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 82% Julieta (2016) It's one thing for the director to want to try something new. But this feels as if he isn't trying, period. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/4 79% Patriots Day (2017) [A] heartfelt tribute to guys who get the job done. Even when the job is almost unimaginable. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/5 31% Passengers (2016) It ends up as nearly as cold and creepy as the space it takes us through. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/5 93% 20th Century Women (2017) Mills - who last gave the semi-autobiographical treatment to his dad in "Beginners" - draws on strong memories and a rich imagination to recreate Santa Barbara circa 1979 and its denizens. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 13, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) In a series of by-the-bible films, this is the iconoclastic one. And that's its charm. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 13, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Will Smith should be looking for better movies. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 13, 2016
4/5 95% Fences (2016) It's not a movie, not really. It's a filmed play. But what a play. What a story. And what a pair of stars. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 13, 2016
5/5 84% Silence (2017) "Silence" is a slowly unfolding, deeply thoughtful film about questioning yourself. About questioning authority. About taking stock of where you've failed as a human being, and wondering how you can make amends - to yourself, to others, and to God. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 11, 2016
42% Office Christmas Party (2016) The supporting characters are the people who are funny. They're the people we care about. And every time the movie cuts from their mad antics ... the whole film starts to deflate a little, like a Mylar balloon from the discount party store. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 9, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) There's more to a Hollywood musical than the musical. There's fantasy. There's magic. There's a genre which isn't afraid to recreate what romance actually feels like. And that's where "La La Land" soars. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Dec 7, 2016
4/5 88% Jackie (2016) Portman's been a committed, in-the-moment actress since she was a skinny kid running after "Leon: The Professional" but "Jackie" is an accomplishment on the Oscar-winning order of "Black Swan." ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 29, 2016
2/4 88% Lion (2016) The trite tropes are thick but Saroo's drama remains undramatized and we remain mostly unmoved. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 25, 2016
2.5/4 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) The central problem with "Rules Don't Apply," unfortunately, is the central romance. The characters don't appeal - the starlet has no particular spark, while the driver is a pushy go-getter. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/4 95% Moana (2016) Say aloha to "Moana." ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/4 69% Miss Sloane (2016) The whole thing feels a little like a season of "Scandal" cut down to two hours - but with all the double-dealing and triple-crosses left intact. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 21, 2016
2.5/4 71% Bleed For This (2016) "Bleed for This" is not a very good movie, but it's an occasionally entertaining one. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It sounds a little too clever, but it's not. It's just clever enough. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Harry and Hermione and Ron may have gone on to other things. But some of their most powerful magic is back. And I don't think we could have waited another minute. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 14, 2016
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Full of loss and grief and the grey skies of a wintry Massachusetts, "Manchester by the Sea" can sound like a pretty dreary two hours at the movies. It's not. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 14, 2016
2.5/4 88% Elle (2016) Huppert is brilliant. She's long combined a roiling emotional reservoir with careful technique; feelings play across her delicate, almost translucent face like clouds reflected in a windowpane. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 94% Arrival (2016) How many sci-fi movies actually give you ideas to argue about anymore? How many sci-fi movies give you ideas at all? ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 78% The Monster (2016) As in his first shocker, the sadistic home-invasion film "The Strangers," director Bryan Bertino shows he knows all the usual tricks, without proving he knows how to push beyond them. Yet there's something else at work here. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 9, 2016
2/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" goes nowhere. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 7, 2016
2/4 43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) A movie that seemed to be ultimately interested in yelling at the audience, and talking to itself. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 4, 2016
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Full of Gibson's oldest, but best obsessions - about the power of faith, the strength of selflessness, the stubbornness of courage. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 2, 2016
2.5/4 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) As a movie, "The Eagle Huntress" would have made a great National Geographic article. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/5 89% Loving (2016) You can't put the heart in prison. "Loving" is about a time they tried. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 1, 2016
3/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) It's fun to have new version of an old Marvel favorite, and a storyline which adds some genuine mysticism to this ever-expanding franchise. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 31, 2016
1.5/4 19% Inferno (2016) Sometimes Howard cuts to images of pained souls writhing in unending anguish. Sometimes Hanks can't remember anything that happened. I understood them. I envied him. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 26, 2016
2.5/4 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) You wait, hoping for a good, classic horror film. It begins to deliver, big. Then it disappoints a little. Then it comes back again, strong. Then it fails you again. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) "American Pastoral" is a pale imitation of the real thing - pastrami without mustard, briskets without onions, life without guilt. It's so busy trying to provide answers it forgets the questions are the most important thing of all. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) "Moonlight" glows. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 14, 2016
1.5/4 57% Ordinary World (2016) Unless you're trying to recreate some sort of updated, role-swapped kid show - a sitcom without a sensibility, but a guaranteed group-hug at the end - "Ordinary World" is a pretty extraordinary failure. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 14, 2016
1.5/4 51% The Accountant (2016) Not surprisingly, in a shoot-em-up with a huge body count, nothing escapes unmarked -- even the actors' reputations. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/5 90% Certain Women (2016) Director Kelly Reichardt, who made the great "Wendy and Lucy," likes stories that unfold slowly and simply. Sometimes she'll just let the camera run, making us watch the awkwardness of people who can't connect. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 10, 2016
4/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Whether it's Hollywood's classic "Spartacus" or TV's "Uprising," about the Warsaw Ghetto, few things are more thrilling than seeing a people stand up to an injustice. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 4, 2016
4/5 97% 13th (2016) Directed with calm passion and controlled outrage, the movie - named after the amendment which outlawed slavery, but left a significant loophole when it came to criminal convictions - is a study in profits. And power. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 4, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) It clearly aspires to the gourmet delicacies of the recent "Gone Girl," its married angst interrupted by bursts of violence. But a slightly convoluted script, a few flat casting choices and some uninspired direction leave it short.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 3, 2016
2.5/4 78% American Honey (2016) Even if a character doesn't know where she's headed, the artist should. Otherwise the story remains just as aimless as she -- and we remain just as lost. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3.5/5 81% Denial (2016) There are people today who will claim that all opinions are equal; that facts are boring; that there is no such thing as objective truth. "Denial" reminds us of what the verdict should be. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 28, 2016
4/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Peter Berg has a serious case of hero worship. Luckily "Deepwater Horizon" provides some heroes worthy of it. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 26, 2016
2/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) The script feels like it's been rewritten too many times (or perhaps not enough -- it never can make a central time-travel angle really work). And the direction is hit-or-miss. ‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 25, 2016