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Steve Biodrowski

Steve Biodrowski
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 37% The Purge (2013) By reconfiguring its old formula, Blumhouse Productions has crafted its best film in years, erasing memories of the terminally declining PARANORMAL ACTIVITY sequels and spin-offs. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet La noche de Walpurgis (The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman) (1971) It's the kind of film you enjoy late at night, especially after a few drinks, but you don't really respect it in the morning. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Jun 6, 2013
1/5 11% After Earth (2013) Jaden Smith (who was actually good in THE KARATE KID) winds up looking like a nervous child who, forced to play baseball by his father, strikes out with the bases loaded. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted May 31, 2013
1/5 No Score Yet King of the Lost World (2005) If you have never heard of KING OF THE LOST WORLD, you're lucky - or at least you were, until you started reading this review. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted May 30, 2013
1/5 No Score Yet The Contaminated Man (2000) You have to give Contaminated Man credit for laying its cards on the table: as you might have guessed from the title, it is indeed about a contaminated man. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted May 29, 2013
2/5 64% Epic (2013) ...the most beautiful boring movie ever made. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted May 24, 2013
4/5 86% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Though purists may disagree, Abrams' two Star Trek features rank atop their predecessors, eclipsing ... all but the best of the classic Star Trek films. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted May 17, 2013
2/5 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) You may not have paid for a ticket yet, but believe me, you have seen it all - in other, earlier - though not necessarily better - movies. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Mar 1, 2013
2/5 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) There's no magic in this beanstalk, and viewers foolish enough to spend money on tickets are likely to feel as cheated as Jack when told he's been swindled out of a horse and cart for a few worthless beans. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Mar 1, 2013
2/5 41% Dark Skies (2013) Blumhouse Productions has codified its horror template to the point that their films are the cinematic equivalent of blues ... you will hear the same 12-bar chord progression, hitting the same beats... ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Feb 24, 2013
2/5 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Instead of simply adapting Tolkien's novel, Jackson has opted to use the story as a jumping off point for a convoluted prequel that threatens to do for Middle Earth what George Lucas's Star Wars prequels did for a galaxy far, far away. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Dec 15, 2012
3/5 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 won't win any converts to either Team Edward or Team Jacob, but it has enough appeal to extend beyond the hardcore fans who attend ritualistically as a form of tribal identifier... ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Nov 17, 2012
3/5 93% Skyfall (2012) Skyfall may not be another Casino Royale, but it ranks higher than almost anything else the franchise has had to offer for over a decade. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Nov 9, 2012
1/5 12% Jack and Diane (2012) ...teasing glimpses of horror merely pose as manifestations of an inner psychological turmoil that is nowhere else evident ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Nov 8, 2012
2/5 53% Vamps (2012) In Amy Herckerling's film, being a vampire is ordinary rather than remarkable - which pretty much describes VAMPS. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Nov 5, 2012
2/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) The story pushes a heartfelt message, but the humorous antics are pitched at a strictly juvenile level that will have parents yawning while their children roar in approval. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Nov 2, 2012
4/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) So good that it can make you forgive Speed Racer, and that is really saying something. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Oct 26, 2012
1/5 24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) [A] daring formal experiment ... that seeks to answer the question: How far can we run this franchise into the ground before the rubes stop paying to be disappointed? ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Oct 20, 2012
63% Sinister (2012) If we define ["sinister"] as meaning, "ominous, forbidding, portending of doom," the film starts well enough, with suggestions of dark and sinister events to come; but soon other words creep into mind: stolid, sluggish, tedious. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Oct 17, 2012
5/5 96% The Innocents (1961) ...sends shivers down the backbone, playing the vertebrae like a skeletal hand tapping on a xylophone. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Feb 16, 2011
16% Skyline (2010) ...a special effects-filled mash-up of alien invasion films, one that again poses the age-old genre question that has been on the minds of characters since "Night of the Living Dead": "Should I stay, or should I go?" ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Nov 15, 2010
36% Hatchet II (2010) "Hatchet II" falls prey to a problem that typically plagues sequels: it's not just more of the same; it's WAY more of the same. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Oct 1, 2010
52% Devil (2010) DEVIL is actually superior to any of Shyamalan's recent directorial outings even as it recycles themes and ideas from his earlier works. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Sep 21, 2010
23% Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) It's seldom scary, and it's never very exciting, but it does achieves its goal of delivering a little mindless entertainment. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Sep 11, 2010
No Score Yet Despite the new scenes, "Avatar" remains much the film it was before: a blockbuster of magnificent proportions, lacking subtlety while proudly wearing its heart on its sleeve - when it's not blasting bad guys with all the enthusiasm of "The Expendables." ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Sep 6, 2010
No Score Yet Silent Star (1960) [I]t is tempting to dismiss "The Silent Star" as an ambitious failure...however, a glimmer of noble intent shines through... ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 30, 2010
72% The Last Exorcism (2010) Is "The Last Exorcism" this generation's version of "The Exorcist"? No, it comes across more like an unholy hybrid of "The Blair Witch Project" and "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 27, 2010
86% The Exorcist (1973) From the day of its first release in 1973, "The Exorcist: was the greatest horror film ever made, and it remains so to this day. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 27, 2010
No Score Yet Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' (2008) Even if the results do not quite live up to [Wallce and Gromit's] best work, "A Matter of Loaf and Death" is nevertheless another fine mess, loaded with droll dialogue and amusing sight gags. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 27, 2010
45% The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) "The film finds a way to justify its existence despite the inevitable comparisons to ["The Exorcist"], in whose shadow it will inevtiably stand..." ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 25, 2010
64% Predators (2010) This film deserves more praise than I ever expected to lavish on a "Predator" movie. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 25, 2010
72% Piranha (1978) [T]hat rarest of rarities: a rip-off that surpasses its inspiration. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 23, 2010
73% Piranha 3-D (2010) ...because "Piranha 3D" unabashedly embraces exploitation, I would like to cut it some slack... The problem is that it isn't even good exploitation. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 20, 2010
No Score Yet Tormented (1960) Bert I. Gordon is most well known for his low-budget 1950s sci-fi pics, but this little seen relic of 1960 is actually one of his better efforts. It is also one of the more entertaining installments of the always enjoyable Mystery Science Theater 3000. ‐ ESplatter
Posted Aug 19, 2010
4% Vampires Suck (2010) With a title like Vampires Suck, you don't buy your ticket expecting sophisticated satire, but is it really too much to ask for a few funny jokes? Sadly, the answer is yes. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 18, 2010
95% Best Worst Movie (2010) Fortunately, Best Worst Movie is not a revisionist attempt to rehabilitate Troll 2's dubious reputation. Instead, director Michael Stephenson, examines that 1990 film's unexpected rebirth as a midnight movie camp sensation. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 16, 2010
6% Troll 2 (1990) Even bad movies...usually stumble into a good moment or two or at least reveal a brief glimpse of the good intentions that led the filmmakers down the road to cinematic perfidy. Troll 2, however, is a disaster from start to finish. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 16, 2010
81% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) It is by turns zany, silly, and hilarious, and it features the best martial arts action ever seen in a non-Hong Kong film. Why, then, does the film so often fall flat? ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 14, 2010
85% Carnival of Souls (1962) There is a nightmare quality to its best scenes, but the film is essentially a great half-hour Twilight Zone padded out to feature length. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 14, 2010
92% The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Whether the film fully lives up to its reputation is another matter, but there is no doubt that The Little Shop of Horrors has earned its small place in cult movie history. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Aug 9, 2010
27% Charlie St. Cloud (2010) For all of its obvious calculations, Charlie St. CLoud is sincere and effective enough in its intentions to win over at least a few cynical hearts. ‐ ESplatter
Posted Aug 3, 2010
14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) Kids will probably get a kick out of the animal antics, but their parents will likely be bored, despite occasionally witty touches obviously added with adults in mind. ‐ ESplatter
Posted Aug 3, 2010
41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) This sorcerer's biggest trick will be making the audience disappear. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 16, 2010
77% The Time Machine (1960) Seen today, The Time Machine remains a reasonably elaborate affair, with impressive production values and fine special effects (even if these are somewhat dated, ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 15, 2010
81% Despicable Me (2010) Leaves the latest Shrek lying in the dirt like a beat-up has-been. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 14, 2010
6% The Last Airbender (2010) The conversion process truly needed here was not to add 3-D to the images, but to add depth to characters and a story that barely qualify as one-dimensional. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 3, 2010
49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) [T]he makers of the latest Twilight flick rest serene and calm - confident that their audience will take what it wants from the film, whether or not there is anything much up on the screen. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Jul 1, 2010
99% Toy Story 3 (2010) By the high standards of Pixar, the new Toy Story falls slightly short - which means it's still better than anything else in the computer-animated sweepstakes. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Jun 19, 2010
12% Jonah Hex (2010) At times it is as if JONAH HEX was shot twice, and the editors could not decide which pieces to use, so they intercut both of them. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Jun 18, 2010
74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) The latest surreal confectionary from supreme stylist Jean-Pierre Jeunet is occasionally poignant but not as wonderfully whimsical as intended. ‐ Cinefantastique
Posted Jun 11, 2010