Stephen Whitty Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% The Party (2018) Undeniably fast and wickedly witty.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
11% 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 11% 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 72% 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 43% 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 58% 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 80% 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 78% 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 72% 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 88% 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
4/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) It sounds depressing. But the movie - and its stars - tell the story with biting humor and big performances.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) "The Shape of Water" is such a gorgeous, deeply felt movie I wish that del Toro didn't still have some of his schoolboy urge to gross us out.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3.5/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) A perfect recreation of Wiseau's very imperfect creation, and a celebration of anybody who ever made art - no matter how egregious.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Winslet is terrific, with a big, emotional, awards-bait scene at the end. Allen, meanwhile, does an expert job of recreating the old, long-gone Coney, the real New York locations helped along by some digital trickery.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3/4 97% Coco (2017) Its backgrounds ... have a vibrancy, and its atmosphere carries a warmth. And even after it's done, both linger, just a bit -- like a perfectly struck guitar chord.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman ... seizes upon the role of Winston Churchill the way an old bulldog takes hold of a lamb bone. He gets his teeth into it. He shakes it about. And he will absolutely not let go until he's gotten every bit of marrow out of it.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) There is no sin, it insists. There is just joy - and whether you find that in a cold glass of apricot juice or the warm embrace of a village beauty should matter to no one but you.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) The story's unclear and the characters seem to contradict themselves.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/4 96% Mudbound (2017) It's a film about being brutalized, about being diminished, about small sobbing cries in the night. But also, the small desperate hope that somewhere, someone, will hear.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) There's a lot of loud action. There are a lot of flashy visuals. Everything goes by quickly. It's just that, like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it's not a hell of a lot of fun.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2/4 85% Wonder (2017) It wants desperately to tug at your heartstrings. But all it seriously did was rub my nerves raw.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
2/4 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The picture simply goes on too long, and is far too in love with Branagh's performance.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) A movie that starts strong and just builds, always pushing forward yet still finding time for interesting detours.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 75% Last Flag Flying (2017) This isn't one of Linklater's storytelling experiments. This is a hang-out movie and - what's more - a deeply heartfelt, American one.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) A small, gentle charmer about what life's like for a teenager who knows she's far more interesting than the town she lives in.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/5 54% LBJ (2017) Harrelson embodies the Texan's endless drive, his careful craftiness - and his surprising, never-satisfied need for love.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" takes strange and unexpected turns along the way, and some of them are brutal, and a few of them are shocking. But that surprise is a good deal of its power.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 87% Novitiate (2017) It's a faith-based film that's about the actual search for faith - and about how often that journey leads us where it will, rather than where we want to go.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) A well-intentioned, but merely decent movie.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) Really, all in all, Clooney's made a good movie. But he could have made a great one -- if he'd been willing to settle for one movie.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Like the antic entertainer at a children's party, director Taiki Waititi keeps us distracted with sudden noises, bright objects and silly jokes. It's not a bad plan.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2/5 28% All I See Is You (2017) For a film about vision and visions, all it had me looking at was my watch.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
1.5/4 7% 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 69% 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 62% 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 64% 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 83% 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 92% 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 96% 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 41% 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 96% 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