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Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 86% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) A film that looks at its characters with understanding and acceptance, it is anchored by two iconic actresses - the great Catherine Deneuve, lovely and luminous as Beatrice, and Catherine Frot, a contained, persevering survivor as Claire.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Let other directors play with toy soldiers and computer effects. This is big-time, old-school filmmaking. Dunkirk isn't overdone. It's simply done epically.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
1.5/4 54% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) It's one thing to make a movie with a childlike sense of wonder. But "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is simply childish.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
3/4 100% Swim Team (2017) This isn't "just" a film about special needs. It's about special kids - and the very special adults who advocate for them.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
2/4 89% A Ghost Story (2017) Tlthough the spirit here is willing, I'm sorry. This film is just weak.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/4 93% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) A funny, sunny superhero movie for the whole family.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3.5/4 85% Okja (2017) "Okja" is definitely a treat for fans of Bong's work, for admirers of carefully crafted cinema and for anyone with deeply held concerns about genetically modified organisms, factory farms or animal welfare.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
2.5/4 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) "Despicable Me 3" feels a bit like a rebuilding episode, introducing new characters and clearly setting us up for the inevitable "Despicable Me 4." But it's still low-pressure fun.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3.5/4 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) This is the kind of popcorn movie we deserve.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) All of this is great fun.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Big Sick (2017) There's ... a great deal of real life here, even beyond the initial situations. The jokes, many of them lifted from Nanjiani's own routines, are often edgy and politically engaged. The couple's tensions are honest.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
4/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) Kirsten Dunst is terrific as a slightly sad teacher with her own designs on the Yank. And Elle Fanning is a landmine in lace as the school flirt.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
1.5/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Make it stop. Make it stop. Make it stop. Make it stop.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/4 91% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) "Score" does leave you with a real respect for these people, and their tireless search for ways to turn emotion into sound. An honest appreciation for their literally invisible work. And a determination, I hope, to go out and buy some of it ...‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/4 90% Maudie (2017) There's something real and touching here. In Everett's thwarted struggles with his own, clumsy emotions. In Maudie's determination to find beauty in absolutely everything.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/4 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) A movie that's meant to fill this summer's smart-low-budget-thriller slot. Except it's not very smart and it's not very thrilling.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/4 48% Rough Night (2017) There are some good ideas here. But in the end "Rough Night" feels more like a rough draft - and proves only that rowdy girl comedies can be just as unfunny as rowdy boy comedies.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/4 67% Cars 3 (2017) You know those family movies Pixar really makes for smart adults, too? Movies like "Wall-E" and "Inside Out" and "Up!" that combine fun animation with touching, even bittersweet stories? "Cars 3" is not one of those movies.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
3/4 83% Megan Leavey (2017) "Megan Leavey" isn't a big, or particularly surprising picture; it sketches out a simple story and then, reliably delivers.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) Shults ... is a good filmmaker who knows how to get the most out of a limited budget and a stale situation.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
1.5/4 15% The Mummy (2017) Unlike the old movies that supposedly inspired it, "The Mummy" has no atmosphere, no menace, no romance.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Weisz nearly vibrates with tremulous emotion, and the British countryside - full of romping wolfhounds, droning vicars and ancient family retainers - feels like yet another old and welcome character in this old-fashioned yet modern Gothic.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
64% Dean (2017) While the direction is capable, the writing isn't nearly as sharp as it needs to be.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) It gives us the kind of hero a lot of us fell in love with back in those 12-cent days of truth, justice and the American way - and the kind of movie we haven't seen since Christopher Reeve first flew into our lives.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
2/4 19% Baywatch (2017) Even as it adds R-rated language and nudity, "Baywatch" remains as out of touch as an old Playboy party joke.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
2.5/4 54% War Machine (2017) This material seems better suited to moral satirists like the Coens, people who can simultaneously respect McMahon's ideals and rue his actions.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
2/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Better hoist a distress signal fast, maties. This ship's sinking fast -- and there's no safe harbor in sight.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
2/4 75% Wakefield (2017) It's to Cranston's great credit that he's able to keep us watching this shallow, self-deceiving egotist. It's the film's fatal failing that we're never sure why.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3.5/4 72% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) Dramatic contrasts and contradictions abound in "The Commune," but it finds room for quieter things, too.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/4 48% Everything, Everything (2017) The romance is sweet. The actors are charming. And judging by the whooping and hollering at a recent sneak preview, for a romance-starved movie audience, the love story was very, very welcome.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
1.5/5 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) The adults' acting is crude and clownish. The kid actors are insufferable. The gags are largely slapstick, with the three major joke groups - pee, poop and puke - all over-represented.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
2.5/4 35% Snatched (2017) Mostly, I began to think back on what a better job "Romancing the Stone" once did with similar material. And I began to wish I was at home instead, watching it.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
2/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Verily, this film's inspiration seems to be not so much "Le Morte d'Arthur" as the leavings of an old game of Dungeons & Dragons, recollected after many years and much mead.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
2.5/4 30% 3 Generations (2017) If you can look past the sitcom humor, that late-in-the-game melodrama and the usual cliche about the mature child in a family of immature adults, "3 Generations" does a few important things.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2.5/4 79% Chuck (2017) The film - directed by a Frenchman, and written by committee - either doesn't face the facts ... or gets them wrong.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2/4 15% The Circle (2017) Like the latest Apple product, it's all sleek surfaces; like the newest Facebook re-design, it's both busy and dead.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/4 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Apart from the pleasure in seeing old characters in new ways, there's also all the eye candy surrounding them. Marvel has never stinted on special effects, but this film is practically psychedelic.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
2.5/4 50% The Promise (2017) Despite its flaws, it's important that it was made.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/4 26% 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 89% 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 92% 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 46% 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 80% 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 60% 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 45% 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 46% 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 67% 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