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Steve Crum

Steve Crum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D+ 65% The Heat (2013) The f-bomb isn't just used, it is part of McCarthy's character's breathing process. Frankly, after the 38th f-you, it had gone beyond boring.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2013
B- 66% World War Z (2013) (Pitt's) character could use some Kevin McCarthy/'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' frantic demeanor.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2013
C- 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) It is all about style: ultra colorful, superb costuming, knock-out set design, and all in 3-D. That last ingredient pops the imagery past one's eyes and deep into the brain cells. Way past my comfort zone.‐
Read More | Posted May 10, 2013
A 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) Prepare to be hoodwinked, thanks to screenwriters Drew Pearce and Shane Black. Black also directs this terrific 'Iron Man' installment, which both exhilarates and exhausts.‐
Read More | Posted May 3, 2013
C- 52% Oblivion (2013) It looks good, particularly on an IMAX screen, but the flick is ultimately style over substance. Involving it is not.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2013
A- 37% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) There is a great deal more than magic and also says a hatful of bunnies about audiences and the pervasive, decadent state of entertainment in our society. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2013
A- 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) What a stunner it is. Presumptuously speaking, this new take (a prequel) is/will be a modern classic.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2013
D 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) It is not (Bruce Willis') fault he has grown more than a tad too old to play John McClane (for the 5th time since 1988), but he can be blamed for signing on to such a script-shallow, decibel-deafening blast-fest.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2013
B 80% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2013
B 62% Hitchcock (2012) Despite the Ed Gein and love story MacGuffins, 'Hitchcock' makes for a 'good evening.'‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted May 6, 2012
B+ 85% 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. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
B- 51% The Iron Lady (2012) The screenplay itself is problematic, but Streep dazzles. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2011
B 67% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2011
B+ 44% 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted May 7, 2011
A- 91% 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. ‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2011
B- 55% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2011
D 43% The Green Hornet (2011) What should have been, could have been. It sure isn't this Green Slacker.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2010
A- 96% The Social Network (2010) ...A fascinating, absorbing film well worth friending. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2010
B- 93% The Town (2010) You just cannot take your eyes off of Renner in any scene. He is a charismatic, dynamite performer.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.'‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted May 15, 2010
A- 73% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2010
B 35% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2010