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Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The big chase scenes and action-movie adventures are fine. But what delights here are the small details of what happens once we close the door - the standard poodle who throws a heavy-metal party, or the dachshund who gets massages.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/4 28% Fathers And Daughters (2016) Even as I knew I was being manipulated - and what art doesn't manipulate? - I was moved.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
2.5/4 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) For a movie about a wedding, it still feels like a rehearsal.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
4/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) Gorgeously photographed, and as loosey-goosey as its hero, "Captain Fantastic" takes some unexpected turns.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
2.5/4 94% Life, Animated (2016) Any parent who's ever worried about a child - which means, basically, any parent - will feel a sort of relief, and a bit of pride, watching Owen on a date, interviewing for a job, decorating his first apartment.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) Strip away Rylance's vocal performance and the expensive effects and you have little more than two hours of precocious children, silly adults and corny gags.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
2.5/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Effective as it all is - even with an over-reliance on jump scares - "The Purge: Election Year" is, like the rest of the films in a series, an ugly one, reliant on scenes of sadism and depravity.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
3.5/4 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) While it is set more than 70 years ago, its themes - of military atrocities, of violence against women, of misplaced guilt - feel depressingly modern.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
1.5/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) As Tarzan, Alexander Skarsgard has a torso that looks like it was sculpted out of marble; too bad his performance is just as stony, even when embracing Margot Robbie's Jane.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
2/4 22% The Duel (2016) Even when "The Duel" isn't very good, at least it's bad in surprising ways.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Frankly, I started the film with a feeling of dread; I left it feeling drained, just wanting to go home, draw the blinds, and hug my own pet.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
1/4 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) I didn't like "Independence Day: Resurgence." You probably won't either.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 78% The Shallows (2016) Lively can act, and she does a good job with a very difficult role here - holding our interest and sympathy for a feature-length movie with no one to talk to for most of it.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/4 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Refn has shown that he's a director who knows how to say things with energy and imagery and verve. Now if he could only find something worth saying.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
2.5/4 69% Central Intelligence (2016) A mostly dumb but often weirdly sweet action comedy about bullies, high-school friendships and grown men who still love John Hughes movies. Oh, and who happen to be spies.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
1.5/4 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Its actors deserve some sort of prize for bravery; perhaps a free week of career counselling? But half an hour in, you can't help but notice that something here smells very, very bad.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3.5/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) There's a new Pixar film in theaters, and it's a catch.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
1/4 28% Warcraft (2016) Jones still has an eye. But the movie is so overwhelmingly digitalized that most of it looks like a cartoon. Even when living, breathing actors are on screen, they feel computer generated.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
2.5/4 50% Genius (2016) The movie made Thomas Wolfe into a lovable child, and Max Perkins into a saint. It turned the '30s into a few men on souplines and forgot the wars and the politics and the feuds and the simple damn sense of possibility.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
2/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) "The Conjuring 2," it seems, is itself possessed - by the ghosts of other, better movies.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) Making a successful sequel is always a little bit like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. But the only magic trick here is how slowly they've made two hours of our lives disappear.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
2/4 58% Me Before You (2016) Keeping any reality out of this love story does audiences - and people with handicaps - no favors. After all, kisses do sometimes need to be flavored with a few tears.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
4/5 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) No, it's not a high-concept, big-budgeted summer blockbuster. But that's sort of the point - and surprisingly the delight.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
2/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Why is Bryan Singer even making this? Does he remember?‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
1/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Hugely expensive and extravagantly stupid, "Alice Through the Looking Glass" is just one more silly Hollywood mashup, an innocent fantasy morphed into a noisy would-be blockbuster.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
1.5/4 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) A few bits of great physical comedy remain, as when Rogen and Efron get locked in a garage. But they could have been taken from - or slipped into - any movie. They have nothing to do with their characters, or the plot.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
3/4 92% The Nice Guys (2016) No, it doesn't deliver anything new. But it does bring back something old and for 100 minutes or so, that's enough.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3.5/4 97% Weiner (2016) According to "Weiner," some politicians are pathological creatures, wrapped in their egos, secure in their narcissism and addicted to constant attention. Yeah, well, tell us something we don't know. Somehow, though, this new documentary manages to.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
1/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) "The Angry Birds Movie" is just fowl.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
4/5 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) They're people you roll your eyes at in real life. But somehow, Miller makes them and their flaws appealing.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
3/4 75% Last Days In The Desert (2016) Is it scripture? No. Is it flawed, struggling, human? Yes.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
3/5 89% The Lobster (2016) In its own, surreal way, it says something about modern society. Who hasn't felt pressured by parents to pair off? Or by single friends to stay unattached?‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
2/4 57% Money Monster (2016) The movie itself feels a little out of date, taking place in the present, but emotionally invoking a world of Enrons, Bernie Madoffs, tech bubbles and Wall Street meltdowns.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted May 12, 2016
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Luca Guadagnino makes movies you want to live in.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
2/5 24% Being Charlie (2016) Self-serving and self-obsessed, it's like the most clueless 12-step speech ever - "It's not my fault! I'm cool and sensitive and no one understands me. No one! No wonder I take drugs!"‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
2.5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Bragging just a bit - see how many franchise characters we've got, DC? - Marvel practically doubles the number of superheroes for this movie. And it's too much.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
1/5 7% Mother's Day (2016) Following the lazy formula the director laid down in "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve," Marshall and his writers line up a bunch of stars, set up some basic sitcom situations, then hope audiences are in the right holiday spirit.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
3.5/5 79% The Family Fang (2016) Kidman loses the frozen-face iciness that's stalled a lot of her recent roles. And Bateman - who has his own history as a manipulated teen performer - brings a palpable pain to his character.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
3/4 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) This film is surprisingly sweet.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 84% The Meddler (2016) Take a chance on it - and take your mom.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
2/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) The film borrows plenty, but it brings nothing new.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
1.5/5 3% Nina (2016) This Simone film hits all the wrong notes early. What is it trying to say about this enraged, iconic singer? Why does it want to say it?‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
3/4 90% Green Room (2016) Unlike other genre directors, Saulnier takes his time setting things up, so we get to know the characters first - particularly Alia Shawkat as Sam, and Anton Yelchin as Pat.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/5 30% Criminal (2016) It's like the movie was written in crayon, in the margins of a comic book.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
3/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Disney's latest take on "The Jungle Book" has the bare necessities, but not much more.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
4/5 96% Sing Street (2016) "Sing Street" is just like the old singles it idolizes - sharp, slick, snappy. And it leaves you with nothing more than an urge to sit through it all again.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
2.5/4 22% The Boss (2016) McCarthy is great - foul-mouthed, funny and fierce. And for those of us who suffered painfully (yet hopefully) through things like "Identity Thief," the movie feels like a healthy step forward.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) Paprika Steen makes this particular character her own. And makes us join her adoring on-screen audience as we watch her play out -- gorgeously, horrifyingly -- her own tragic scenes.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/4 42% Mr. Right (2016) Full of funny killers and clownish gangsters, ridiculous gunfights and fall-in-first-sight love, it's the kind of movie you write when all you've done is watch other movies. And not particularly good ones, either.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
0/5 49% Hardcore Henry (2016) You could go see "Hardcore Henry" - or you could gulp down a pint of vodka, load in "Grand Theft Auto," then strap the TV to your face and throw yourself down the stairs.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016