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Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 57% 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 32% 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 74% 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 47% 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 17% 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 37% 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 78% 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 48% 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 87% 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 93% 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 88% 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 31% 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 79% 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 61% 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 42% 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 89% 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 79% 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 76% 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 24% 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 34% 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 42% 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 35% 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 29% 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