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Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 45% The Promise (2017) Despite its flaws, it's important that it was made.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/4 25% Unforgettable (2017) Nicely photographed, speedily paced, "Unforgettable" is a completely average movie. But there's a wonderful bad movie inside it, struggling to get out.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/4 86% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) The result is a rewarding study of a man trying desperately to escape his own insignificance, and a beautiful, nuanced piece of acting by Richard Gere.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3.5/4 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) Some filmmakers direct in prose - strong declarations, decisive actions, emphatic characters. Terence Davies directs in poetry.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) It's Gray's careful choices as a director that truly star here, from the classically infused score by frequent collaborator Christopher Spelman to the inspiring shots of remote Colombia captured by his frequent director of photography, Darius Khondji.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) What once was billed as fast and furious has become increasingly loud and senseless.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2.5/4 45% Going in Style (2017) After a solid beginning, the movie begins to droop, filled with characters - sassy waitress, sour cop, distant dad - who feel more like placeholders than people.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
1.5/4 30% The Assignment (2017) It plays like Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In," but rewritten by someone who really, really loved "Sin City." That is not an endorsement.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2.5/4 78% Colossal (2017) Its symbolism never goes beyond its own symbols - just as its moments of comedy have everything except jokes.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
3/4 58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) It's held together by the fierce-as-always Jessica Chastain, who - burrowing deep into a slight Slavic acccent - brings Antontina to trembling, big-hearted life.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2.5/4 46% Ghost in the Shell (2017) It's a gorgeous copy of an original, but a safe copy all the same -- a careful, calculated Bland Runner. But every so often, like the glitches in a computer program, something real, or surreal, breaks through.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/4 40% Wilson (2017) You'll want to spend time with "Wilson." Even if nobody else does.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2/4 68% Life (2017) Director Daniel Espinosa has all the architectural understanding of a cockroach caught in the bathroom light.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/4 88% Frantz (2017) Even if you know the twist - revealed halfway through the movie - there are enough feints here to make you wonder if the story is headed in a different direction.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2.5/4 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The first film was revolutionary. The second is evolutionary. And therein lies the difference, and the line between great and good.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 45% Song to Song (2017) Malick's story is simple, for once, and his themes clearer than ever.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2/4 37% Brimstone (2017) There's an odor that lingers long after "Brimstone"'s final fade-out. And it's not sulfur.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) "Personal Shopper" allows Stewart an even wider range of emotions than most of her recent movies. She shows fear, yes. But also stammering nervousness, nagging grief, resignation. It's a full portrait and an often fascinating one.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3.5/4 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Of course, monster fans of a certain age will miss the handmade charms of old-fashioned stop-motion animation - the laborious, artisanal process that brought the first Kong to trembling life. But the effects here are terrific ...‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
4/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Ready to proclaim Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" this year's best new old musical? Be our guest.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2.5/4 21% Table 19 (2017) In the end "Table 19" feels a little like the kind of wedding toast made by a not-very-good friend - long on time-filling cliches, short on specifics, and still going on long after you've started checking your watch.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/4 100% The Last Laugh (2017) There are a lot of fascinating flashes.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2/5 33% The Last Word (2017) MacLaine clearly likes to work. Obviously she grabs whatever she can get - she even signed on as co-producer of this one. But the sad result is she's been making awful movies for an awfully long time.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) A movie that not only functions as a solid scarefest but a razor-sharp satire.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/4 92% Logan (2017) Well done, Mr. Jackman, and Godspeed Wolverine. We're sorry to say goodbye to our bare-knuckled friend - but you've both earned the rest.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) There are lots of shots of creatures swarming up walls, like carnivorous cockroaches. There's not a lot of conflict or character.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/4 83% A United Kingdom (2017) It's a film that's carried by its stars.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
1.5/4 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) What do these two people even see in each other? What ties them together? For a movie about bondage, the stars seem strangely disconnected.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1.5/4 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Pretty soon you realize this isn't an icily existential horror movie. It just something from someone who's seen a lot of icily existential horror movies. Better ones.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Maybe Warner Bros. should make all their DC movies with Legos?‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
2/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) As the token adults, Carla Gugino looks concerned, which is understandable, and Gary Oldman shouts a lot, possibly to keep himself awake.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 25% The Comedian (2017) If this is the king of comedy, it's time for a coup.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Every moment holds a revelation. Characters are quickly stripped so bare, emotionally, audiences may feel they need to look away.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
2/5 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) True, the movie's intense, and Jovovich is certainly in fighting shape. But after 15 years of this franchise, it's getting hard to tell Alice from the things she's fighting. It's all squint and grunt, slash and groan.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
1.5/4 42% Gold (2017) It's a movie built solely around its star. Except its star can't hold it together.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2.5/4 32% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A schmaltzy, manipulative movie that, nonetheless, managed to manipulate a dog-lover like me right into a sodden mess.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2.5/4 75% Split (2017) It's a mystery that falls apart at the first touch.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Super-secret agents, satellites falling out of the sky, Vin Diesel in a big fur coat - seriously, what is "XXX: The Return of Xander Cage" even about?‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/5 84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
1.5/4 23% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 93% I, Daniel Blake (2017) "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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
34% Live By Night (2017) "Live by Night" may be about rum, but the pacing is like molasses.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 83% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/4 80% Patriots Day (2017) [A] heartfelt tribute to guys who get the job done. Even when the job is almost unimaginable.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/5 88% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016