Stephen Whitty Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 53% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) If this is the best the "Jurassic" series can manage, it's the real endangered species.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
1/5 0% Gotti (2018) Admittedly, Travolta, who produced, is sure having fun. What ham wouldn't? Chewing on the scenery like it was a meatball hero, he swaggers around in shiny suits and silver wigs, barking orders.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) This one still delights. But its satire on superheroes no longer seems quite so, well, incredible.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
75% Bernard and Huey (2018) Director Dan Mirvish can't seem to find a way to flesh [the script] out, emotionally or visually.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
89% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) In the midst of this already overheated summer movie season, it feels like a cool drink of water.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4.5/5 90% Hereditary (2018) "Hereditary" is that rare thing - a smart horror movie that doesn't outsmart itself by refusing to deliver. Its mood is dark and forbidding and just keeps building. Its scares are genuinely shocking. And the ending...‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
4/5 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) This caper's a keeper.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) The filmmakers have a good idea for a comedy here. They just don't have enough good comedy here.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) The perfect Avengers antidote.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) McCarthy and Falcone are clearly in love, and it's nice they like to do things together, but does it have to be movies?‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
21% Terminal (2018) A great calling card for TV commercials, or fashion layouts. It's just not much of a movie.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
29% Overboard (2018) Abandon ship.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
45% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) Unimaginatively shot and simplistically staged, Backstabbing for Beginners is so dutifully dull and carefully compromised it feels as if it came out of committee.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) A movie that mostly gets it right - and isn't afraid to go for truly dramatic moments, or remind us that even superheroes can be mortal.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/5 52% Rampage (2018) And at least George, who's based on motion-capture work, looks cool. The other special effects are clumsy CGI, though, and the wolf, a hybrid who's been crossed with a porcupine, looks ridiculous.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/5 77% Beirut (2018) Pike is terrific, and Hamm has a credibly bleary, weary look.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 80% Chappaquiddick (2018) It's up to us to decide Kennedy's guilt. But, also, to sympathize with his shame.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
95% Sweet Country (2018) [A] striking film-ugly and beautiful, hopeful and horrible.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) This may be a sci-fi fantasy about giant man-eating bugs, but it's grounded in human facts and folly. Little here is safe. Nothing is predictable.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Director John Krasinski makes his creature-feature debut, with a smart monster movie that plays out mostly in silence.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
88% Love After Love (2018) The three leads are particularly strong, with MacDowell getting a rare, meaty role.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) The movie is crammed with excitement and good humor, from a rampaging King Kong to an orc with an attitude to an elaborate dip into "The Shining."‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3.5/5 79% Unsane (2018) Looking for a good, weird little thriller? Go ahead, give "Unsane" a try. You'd be crazy not to.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
14% Dear Dictator (2018) A weirdly tone-deaf, oddly out-of-it comedy. Up against the wall, Dear Dictator. Your time has come-and passed.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
48% Tomb Raider (2018) Videogame heroine Lara Croft is back, but she's left the fun behind in a lazy updating of an outdated franchise.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
2/5 48% Tomb Raider (2018) This "origin story" feels like leftovers.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
55% The Forgiven (2018) This film's good intentions are too little, and too late.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2.5/5 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Director Ava DuVernay's version of the beloved children's classic has a big cast and the best of intentions. It's socially progressive, racially diverse and packed with positive messages. It's just not much fun.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2/5 18% Death Wish (2018) Roth knows how to stage violence. He just doesn't have anything to say about it. Or any reason to have made this.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) People who crave a movie about a secret agent with her own sexual agency - and a mission to give male predators exactly what they deserve - are going to want front-row seats. And a sequel.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
54% The Lodgers (2018) Ends up feeling only like a bland and bloodless Crimson Peak, somewhat slight and wholly unsatisfactory. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
83% Game Night (2018) It's not about to become a cult hit, but it should please couples looking for a safe date movie.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
81% The Party (2018) Undeniably fast and wickedly witty.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) A saga of sadomasochistic romance reaches its end, in a well-produced, poorly acted and thoroughly unnecessary installment.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1.5/5 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Tie me up, tie me down, make me watch bad films. Just no more "Fifty Shades," please.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) "Black Panther" matters.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
2.5/4 30% The Clapper (2018) Mostly it's a quiet salute to classic romantic comedy - and to a star who, frankly, is far nicer than the times he was born to work in.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
2.5/4 74% Mom and Dad (2018) "Mom and Dad" will do just fine as an impulsive, late-night, on-demand rent. Even if it's not quite worth two movie tickets and a baby sitter.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/4 54% 12 Strong (2018) Shannon and Hemsworth employ all their uncomplicated masculine charisma, and the war scenes are pumped with adrenaline.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
2/4 41% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Just when you think things are being wrapped up, they come unwrapped, and the picture goes on for another 40 minutes, prolonging your pain with a sadism that would make even the movie's sneering villain feel a bit guilty.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
2.5/4 57% The Commuter (2018) It's a completely forgettable movie, but it has some slam-bang moments, and it gets you where it's going.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
3/4 82% Blame (2018) It's a story where, perhaps, there's enough guilt to go around. But the credit for telling it goes completely to a bright young talent.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
2.5/4 79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) McGuigan - whose previous films include "Victor Frankenstein" and "Lucky Number Slevin" - seems like a bit of a hack, particularly when it comes to his on-the-nose music choices.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3.5/4 75% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) A solid, sober, moving story and one, that like so many of Akin's pictures, mines the same deep vein - our deep, and apparently inexhaustible reserves of pain and anger, loss and regret.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Daniel Day-Lewis remains our greatest actor. Even if just for one last film.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Aaron Sorkin is one of a kind. But in "Molly's Game," he and Jessica Chastain make a winning pair.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/4 51% Downsizing (2017) Payne deserves credit for trying something outside of usual, reality-based, Omaha-set comfort zone. But what he actually got onscreen don't match his huge ambitions.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
4/5 87% The Post (2018) It's a politician's nature to keep secrets. It's a journalist's job to expose them. And, as "The Post" reminds us, we're all better off when it's the journalist who gets the job done.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2.5/4 77% All the Money in the World (2017) It has style, and good people, and interesting locations around the world. Yet in the end it's a little like Getty himself. It's got everything that money can buy -- except for that one little, genuine spark of life it can't.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rian Johnson clearly remembers something that Lucas' most fervent followers sometimes forget: These are movies for the young, or at least the young at heart.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017