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Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 57% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Just when you think it couldn't get any worse - it promises a sequel.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
4/5 79% Battle of the Sexes (2017) A film based on a true story should have three things - strong characters, fierce conflict and a fresh angle. "Battle of the Sexes" serves up all of them.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
2/4 71% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) Why, given unfettered access to such an inventive, imaginative, iconoclastic performer would you take such scant opportunity to actually show her performing, live?‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
3/4 82% Brad's Status (2017) Brad could be a difficult person to spend 101 minutes with, but White keeps the film tart, not bitter, by both staying inside Brad's head and letting us see how disordered his values are.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/4 68% mother! (2017) Unlike the mansion it's set in, it's a small, hammered-together thing, and it can't bear all this meaning and metaphor.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/4 76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) For those in the mood for a strong dose of ghastly-by-gaslight horror - and you know who you are, luv - "The Limehouse Golem" is good for what ails you.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
32% Home Again (2017) The story is told cleanly, the characters are engaging and a few sequences (a long introductory flashback, the sozzled night out) are cut together brightly.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3.5/4 85% It (2017) The new version of King's classic demonic clown story delivers two of the author's signature pleasures -- an emotional re-creation of those beleaguered years of childhood, when it was us-against-the-adults, and a truly visceral sense of horror.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2/4 31% Rebel in the Rye (2017) Don't ever go see movies about writers. All it ever makes you do is wonder why you're not home reading them.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
1.5/4 13% Temple (2017) The movie gets lost in a thicket of horror-movie cliches. Heroes wandering off at just the wrong moment to empty their bladders. Too-dark scenes, lit entirely by bouncing flashlights.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
2.5/4 30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) Bell remains a refreshingly original presence, a genuinely talented screenwriter, and a capable director; everyone should be eager to see what she does next. But no one should make any desperate plans to rush out and see this.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) A slick, surprising summer entertainment from a terrific director who's having a helluva time just keeping everyone laughing, and guessing.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/4 87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) [A] sharp, well-edited film ...‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
2.5/4 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) A predictable, plucky underdog story, it hits every note the sentimental genre demands, from gritty blue-collar background to feel-good empowerment message.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
1.5/5 10% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) The character design is ugly, and the story is tired, with corny song cues and easy stereotypes.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Hashtag great movie. Hashtag see it now.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
2/4 30% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) This isn't a picture, it's a pose, in a constant competition with itself to drop another literary reference ... But all it can do, like some over-eager freshman, is trot out a quote -- it doesn't understand what they really stood for.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
2.5/4 38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Action-flick stereotypes abound.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
2.5/4 49% The Glass Castle (2017) This is grim material, but well worth a movie. The problem is that this film seems reluctant to really confront it.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/4 88% Good Time (2017) If the film doesn't provide the polished power of its various '70s inspirations, in the end "Good Time" delivers exactly that.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/4 44% Brave New Jersey (2017) No wonder the Martians never came. There's no intelligent life here.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
1.5/4 32% Fun Mom Dinner (2017) A safely predictable, predictably safe movie about characters who never risk or question anything, and filmmakers who think poop jokes are the height of wit.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
1.5/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) This isn't "The Dark Tower." This is a small, sad pile of rubble - the foundation to a franchise you can only hope is never built.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/4 96% Menashe (2017) This is not a melodramatic movie - there's not so much as a fistfight, and the ending will be too quiet for some - yet at times its sadness is almost overwhelming.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3.5/4 82% Detroit (2017) Anthony Mackie is a standout as a careful Vietnam vet, a guy who's only moved from one battlefield to another. John Boyega is heartbreaking as a decent man who only wants to keep the peace - and finds himself abetting a war.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/5 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) It's easy to feel overwhelmed. But Gore keeps plugging away, and even finds signs of hope.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/5 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) To its credit, even the film realizes how ridiculous it is.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
3/4 85% 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 93% 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 50% 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 92% 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 92% 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 93% 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 93% Baby Driver (2017) All of this is great fun.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
3.5/4 98% 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 92% 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 89% 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 53% 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 46% 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 68% 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 84% 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 89% 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 16% 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 75% 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
63% 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