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Steve Crum

Steve Crum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 79% Quartet (2013) While 'Quartet' seems to be part of a double feature with 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' it does lack 'Exotic's' breadth of characterizations and humor. ‐
Posted Jan 25, 2013
B 62% Hitchcock (2012) Despite the Ed Gein and love story MacGuffins, 'Hitchcock' makes for a 'good evening.' ‐
Posted Dec 8, 2012
A 90% Lincoln (2012) Figuratively, at its visual core, 'Lincoln' is a collection of Mathew Brady photos come to life. Daniel Day-Lewis dominates. His Oscar worthy performance encompasses greatness...(He) IS Lincoln. ‐
Posted Nov 17, 2012
A 93% Skyfall (2012) The franchise has refashioned itself by never once forgetting its glorious history, including a certain 'Goldfinger' car. ‐
Posted Nov 9, 2012
A 78% Flight (2012) No doubt whatsoever that Denzel Washington will be Oscar nominated, and likely win, for 'Flight.' His performance is a stunner. ‐
Posted Nov 2, 2012
A- 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) This is the kind of film requiring vigilant attention. Do not leave to get snacks. You will be 'Cloud Atlas' lost forever. ...A complex and must see film. ‐
Posted Oct 26, 2012
A 96% Argo (2012) The plaudits have to go to Ben Affleck, whose producing/directing/acting trifecta makes 'Argo' one of the top films of the year, and a natural for the Oscar. ‐
Posted Oct 13, 2012
C 56% The Bourne Legacy (2012) I did see and greatly enjoy the previous 'Bournes,' but was dizzied at what the heck was going on in this new take. No doubt this is the end of the franchise. ‐
Posted Aug 10, 2012
B+ 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Once Batman finally gets back to action, with the audience's dander by that time primed to the max, the film explodes in scene after dazzling scene of air to street attacks and counter attacks. ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2012
A- 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) The trick with 'The Avengers' is to satisfy each superhero's fan base while simultaneously divvying out each hero's scenes in equal portions. Director-screenwriter Joss Whedon has pulled it off with muscle flexing aplomb. ‐
Posted May 6, 2012
B+ 84% Bully (2012) At last a proactive campaign of awareness and action to defeat bullying is afoot. This documentary has already been lauded as a step toward that goal. ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2012
B+ 51% The Three Stooges (2012) An imitation Three Stooges flick cannot possibly get any funnier than 'The Three Stooges: The Movie.' I laughed, and my surprise. ‐
Posted Apr 13, 2012
B- 51% The Iron Lady (2012) The screenplay itself is problematic, but Streep dazzles. ‐
Posted Jan 14, 2012
A 76% War Horse (2011) The story is reminiscent of 'Courage of Lassie' (1946) since it involves a beloved pet, of sorts, that is thrust into a world war, and whose survival, let alone return to its home base, is fraught with impossibility upon impossibility. ‐
Posted Dec 26, 2011
A- 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Director David Fincher has crafted a disturbing dazzler of a thriller, embellished by sharp acting. ‐
Posted Dec 21, 2011
B 68% Tower Heist (2011) The production overall is breezy and fun, with a nonstop pace after the first half hour. That is when the action really kicks in. The on location filming, particularly Trump Tower and the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, is superb. ‐
Posted Nov 4, 2011
B- 59% Real Steel (2011) After all the 'Transformers' exposure over the last few years, who would have guessed more battling bots would hook our interest? Maybe it is because 'Real Steel's' bots need humans to think for them. ‐
Posted Oct 8, 2011
B+ 43% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) (The leads) have the necessary chemistry to carry 'Cowboys & Aliens' for its rip-roaring two hours. True, Daniel Craig handles all the rough and tough physicality, while the elder Harrison Ford is, appropriately, much more reserved. ‐
Posted Jul 30, 2011
A 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) (Director David) Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves have lovingly transported (Rowling's) vision to the most satisfying finale, truly grand, in film history. ‐
Posted Jul 15, 2011
F 44% Bad Teacher (2011) Once again, the Judd Apatow-influenced school of witless comedy reinforces that we should bust a gut laughing at virtually the lowest of low humor. This is funny? No. ‐
Posted Jun 24, 2011
B 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) Sure, the revisionist history, plot device is troublesome, but the film's digital effects provide enough spectacular action and levitation eye candy to soothe any blue Beast. ‐
Posted Jun 5, 2011
B- 77% Thor (2011) ...Above average movie eye candy. Branagh's direction as well as the writing, which includes an abundance of intelligent dialogue sequences (for a comic book), are a plus--as is the acting overall. ‐
Posted May 7, 2011
A- 92% Source Code (2011) ...An unconventional think piece, impressively helmed by Duncan Jones. Intellectual sci-fi fans will love it. The 'Transformers' and 'Battle: Los Angeles' visualists will get headaches from thinking too much. ‐
Posted Apr 2, 2011
B- 83% The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Maybe this flick could actually spawn a movie franchise. At the very least, it could work on TV. The gimmickry is in place, reminiscent of 'Burke's Law' and the chauffeur driven Rolls. ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2011
B- 56% Unknown (2011) 'Unknown' is a nail-biter, an edge-of-seater, and a fast couple of hours. It is just as well that its action moves faster than logic. ‐
Posted Feb 19, 2011
D 43% The Green Hornet (2011) What should have been, could have been. It sure isn't this Green Slacker. ‐
Posted Jan 15, 2011
C- 51% Tron Legacy (2010) Stars Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund play second or third fiddle to the glitz, so place your movie ticket bet on vibrant reds and blues that reach out of the screen to be the main attraction here. It's all in the eye candy. ‐
Posted Dec 20, 2010
A- 87% Black Swan (2010) Ballet is an art which explores love and death through the symbolism of music and dance. Mix in a ballerina with extreme self esteem issues, and you get a fascinating, edgy film. ‐
Posted Dec 17, 2010
B 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) Spectacular and increasingly brooding as ever...the most foreboding and shocking of them all. ‐
Posted Nov 19, 2010
A 46% Hereafter (2010) Factoring in the on location filming in Paris and London, low key dialogue-speak, the multiple plot structure, and long takes, 'Hereafter' has a foreign film look and feel. ‐
Posted Oct 24, 2010
A- 96% The Social Network (2010) ...A fascinating, absorbing film well worth friending. ‐
Posted Oct 1, 2010
B- 94% The Town (2010) You just cannot take your eyes off of Renner in any scene. He is a charismatic, dynamite performer. ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2010
C 78% The Other Guys (2010) It has been said before that Will Ferrell movies would be funnier if trimmed and refined to a half hour max. 'The Other Guys' sure qualifies. ‐
Posted Aug 7, 2010
B+ 86% Inception (2010) This seems to be the year of taking visuals in movies up a notch. Cameron did it with 'Avatar,' Nolan does it with 'Inception.' ‐
Posted Jul 16, 2010
B+ 80% Solitary Man (2010) Thanks particularly to smart dialogue and an Oscar worthy performance by Douglas, 'Solitary Man' is a charismatic 90 minutes of drama as we observe a man determined to self destruct. ‐
Posted Jun 26, 2010
C- 43% Robin Hood (2010) Metaphorically, Scott's 'Robin Hood' misses the bulls-eye, but at least hits the edge of the target. ‐
Posted May 15, 2010
A- 72% Iron Man 2 (2010) Once you get past accepting comedian Garry Shandling as U.S. Senator Stern (hey, he's a comic in a comic book movie), 'Iron Man 2' kicks in, turbos upward and fuses on into one spectacular action tale. ‐
Posted May 7, 2010
D+ 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) My suggestion after the fact would have been to re-release 1981's 'Clash of the Titans,' reprocessed in 3D, and forget about any remake. Forget this remake, for sure. ‐
Posted Apr 2, 2010
B- 52% Alice in Wonderland (2010) Visually, which is where this 'Alice' really radiates, there are many riches. Ken Ralston's visual effects are stunning and surreal; Colleen Atwood's costumes are dazzling; and Dariusz Wolski's photography is spot on. ‐
Posted Mar 6, 2010
B 34% The Wolfman (2010) ...A worthy romp through full moon nights. The original, 1941 version is still preferred, but 'The Wolfman's' director Joe Johnston pays grand homage while playing to the 2010 crowd. ‐
Posted Feb 12, 2010
C+ 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) Among the guns, fisticuffs and kicks, Gibson plays Craven as both vulnerable and lethal. Mel Gibson plus lethal. That is an original concept. ‐
Posted Feb 1, 2010
A- 91% Crazy Heart (2009) It is Bad Blake's tortured complexity that sells 'Crazy Heart,' and Jeff Bridges captures Blake body and soul. ‐
Posted Jan 25, 2010
D 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) The obvious millions pumped into the film's CGI effects, set design and star salaries are smothered by its piercingly loud music and sound effects, choppy, confusing editing, and heavy handed use of both slow and fast motion. ‐
Posted Dec 26, 2009
A- 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) 'Precious' is an important film, a social document, driven by its gritty style. ‐
Posted Nov 22, 2009
C- 28% The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Those who can't get enough of either Stephenie Meyers' 'Twilight' novels or the first movie will no doubt be in hormone heaven over 'New Moon.' For the rest of us, 'New Moon' is 2 hours of cheesy, adolescent lust wrapped in werewolves' clothing. ‐
Posted Nov 20, 2009
C 39% 2012 (2009) Despite gasp worthy special effects, '2012' clunks along with yakety, cliched speeches and a familiar aka cliched plot that taps into virtually every disaster flick ever produced. ‐
Posted Nov 13, 2009
A- 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) Most of us know the beginning, middle, and uplifting end. However, the hook this time is a trifecta: 3-D, digital imagery, and Jim Carrey. That hook makes this 'Christmas Carol' worth seeing. ‐
Posted Nov 6, 2009
B- 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) Despite the gore, which is marginally justified to drive the revenge aspect, the film is worth seeing for the clever plot turn finale as well as above average performances by leads Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2009
B+ 89% Zombieland (2009) To be honest, I had to drag myself to Zombieland. And, horrors upon hilarity, I laughed throughout it. Chalk it up to the comedy's rapid pacing, graphics, makeup, actors, and clever writing. ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2009
B 79% The Informant! (2009) A beautiful tip-off to the film's truth versus reality element is Whitacre's subtle yanking back his toupee (we kind of suspected he was wearing such) while talking to his FBI pals. Damon pulls the scene off, and his hair back, superbly. ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2009