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Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 10% The Snowman (2017) A frigid Fassbender turns his head this way and that, as if he were posing for a bust, and boy, this movie is one for sure.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2.5/4 68% Wonderstruck (2017) It feels a little like a very expensive and ornate frame - without a picture in the middle.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2.5/4 59% The Foreigner (2017) A warning to Liam Neeson, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford and the rest. You want to keep trying to make your AARP action movies, you go right ahead. But the real grandmaster is back and ready to go.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/4 60% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Why would anyone want to watch a movie about these people?‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 84% Marshall (2017) It draws an impressive portrait of Thurgood Marshall as a strong and towering figure. If only it didn't do that by making everyone around him so weak and small.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/4 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) A solid and satisfying treat.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
3/4 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) In the end, it's a nice tribute not only to one of the comics' greatest characters (and this year's favorite movie hero) but the sort of truly unhindered, uncensored imagination that makes all fiction possible -- and all love real.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
3/4 95% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) In the end, "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" never really offers the closure that it is looking for so determinedly - but then, closure is kind of a myth, anyway.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3/4 42% The Mountain Between Us (2017) A cold-weather drama with just enough shocks to make you shiver, and just enough romance to warm you up.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Florida Project (2017) Shots are held just long enough for us to ponder all the details; strong closeups bring the characters' emotions uncomfortably near.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3.5/4 88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) In a world filled with cinema replicants - sturdy, shiny, carefully engineered jobs that almost duplicate the look and warmth of a real movie - "Blade Runner 2049" is that rarest of sequels: An original.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
3/4 97% Lucky (2017) If you're a Harry Dean Stanton fan, seeing him get a rare lead in "Lucky" is a kind of present and fond farewell. And if you're not a fan - yet - it's an essential introduction.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2/4 32% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Skip this film, and re-watch "All the President's Men" instead.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/4 87% American Made (2017) It gives Liman a chance to stage a few tense aerial sequences ... it gives Cruise the opportunity to re-establish his brand of aggressive good humor and carefree - make that careless - adventure. They know what they're doing.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
19% Woodshock (2017) Dunst has been a very good actress to a very long time, and she does what she can with the role - except there is no role. Lost on screen without a backstory or even much dialogue, she's left to stare out the windows, searching for a thought.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 68% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The two leads are superb. And the idea that two people -- separated by class, a creed, a continent and half a century - could still share such a perfect bond of innocent friendship seems like an awfully important one.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
2.5/4 96% Stronger (2017) It goes so overboard on humanizing Bauman, it actually diminishes him. With such a barely-there hero, we start looking around for other people to become interested in.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
1.5/4 50% 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 84% 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 72% 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 81% 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 69% 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
30% 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 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Hashtag great movie. Hashtag see it now.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
2/4 35% 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 89% 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 15% 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 76% 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 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 49% 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 91% 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