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Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 85%

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 80%

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 57%

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 97%

Moana (2016)

"Say aloha to "Moana."" ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/4 63%

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 70%

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 76%

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 97%

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 89%

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 93%

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 80%

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 44%

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 94%

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 91%

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 20%

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 19%

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 73%

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 96%

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 44%

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 81%

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 84%

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 63%

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
4/5 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Although the script is a little flat - just because the story is true doesn't mean it should feel so predictable - Nair gives the film tons of energy and joy." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Sep 21, 2016
2/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Instead of ever getting truly "Magnificent," these multicultural gunslingers remain largely a meh seven." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Sep 20, 2016
2.5/5 53%

The Dressmaker (2016)

""The Dressmaker" is only sew-sew." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Sep 20, 2016
3.5/4 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"As someone who's been a fan since 5, twisting away in my living room to their Ed Sullivan appearance, there isn't much I haven't seen. Or thought I hadn't. But Howard still digs up surprises ..." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 15, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"This is a light, charming romantic comedy, ably carried by two good sports and one appealing star." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 64%

Snowden (2016)

"Stone always gets good work out of his leads. They're interesting opposites too, here, in both part and performance: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, minimalist and withholding, as Snowden, and Shailene Woodley, jangling and emotional, as Lindsay." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/4 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"There's a sharp division between the chill of "I think I just saw something!" and the confusion of "I don't know what the hell I just saw!" and "Blair Witch" often falls on the wrong side." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 14, 2016
2.5/4 85%

Sully (2016)

"There's a good idea for a movie here. In fact, there are two. But the movie itself never quite takes off." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 7, 2016
1.5/4 33%

Max Rose (2016)

"Whatever you think of Jerry Lewis, he deserves better than this. And so do we." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 2, 2016

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"Halfway through, overloaded with baggage, the movie finally starts to sink - and takes its whole crew down with it." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Aug 31, 2016
0/4 20%

Yoga Hosers (2016)

"Depp and Smith want to put their kids in a big, expensive home movie? Fine. Do it. But show it at home." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 29, 2016
2/5 26%

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

"There's some pleasant globe-trotting - Brazil to Thailand to Australia to Bulgaria - and a lot of over-the-top fights. But don't be surprised if after a few rounds, you find yourself wishing for the bell." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Aug 26, 2016
2/4 45%

Hands of Stone (2016)

"Ultimately, "Hands of Stone" is like the palookas Duran used to so easily take apart. A lot of fancy footwork. A lot of bobbing and weaving and feinting. But, in the end, no real punch and - worse - no real heart." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 43%

The Hollars (2016)

"These people are flawed and human, short-tempered and sometimes silly. But they're good to each other. They're understanding of each other. They're decent. And so is this small, lovely movie." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 83%

Imperium (2016)

"The movie is very well-acted, and often ... uncomfortably gripping. Depressingly relevant, too, in this increasingly extreme and divided nation." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3.5/4 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"Much as the small fry will enjoy this, there's even more that you'll love." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2/4 25%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"Not only does this new version not stand out from the others, it can't stand on its own." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2.5/4 59%

War Dogs (2016)

"A movie that's mostly posing, and sometimes forgets how good its raw real-life material really is." ‐Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Aug 16, 2016
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