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Steve Persall

Steve Persall
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky is a hoot, a holler, a drag at times and doesn't know when to end but it's fun.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
C+ 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) There's a sadistic edge to The Hitman's Bodyguard that's unbecoming to its comedy.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
D 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Valerian and the Needlessly Long Title defies our instinct for something, anything to make sense. Besson's parade of soul melds and virtual realities is complexity camouflaging the fact that little happens... a hamster wheel, motion going nowhere.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
C 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Tinker, tailor, soldier, babes. Not a good look.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
A- 91% A Ghost Story (2017) ... a different sort of haunting, a quiet reverie of never letting go of people, places, anything. Some viewers may think it silly, others profound, but there's no other movie quite like it.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
B 84% Detroit (2017) Detroit eventually becomes more of an exercise in authoritative sadism than social commentary, less insightful about such evil than, whoa, do you believe they got away with this? ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
C 16% The Dark Tower (2017) ... shrink(s) a woolly mammoth plot to lapdog size, defying anyone considering King's literary opus unfilmable. Those people are right...‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
A 93% Dunkirk (2017) ... its timeless heroism and state-of-the-art execution makes me think they don't make 'em like Dunkirk anymore. In fact, they never have.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
A- 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes seals Caesar's place in the pantheon of movie messiahs and the trilogy's place among the finest ever.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
B+ 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming does the improbable, successfully rebooting a reboot of a trilogy that did the job well enough only a decade ago. It's a movie that could be unnecessary but isn't.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
B- 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Despicable Me 3 doubles down on Steve Carell's silly way with words, a smart idea after too much Minions gibberish spoiled part 2. They're still here, in smaller doses and somewhat funnier for it.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
B 79% The Beguiled (2017) Everyone in Coppola's The Beguiled is almost too pretty to believe. Yet it's interesting to see a male perspective movie about women like Siegel's reconsidered by a modern woman... another step forward for femme-centric cinema in a summer of several.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
A 94% Baby Driver (2017) Wright takes music video literalization to breathtaking heights. Baby Driver doesn't operate from its hero's point of view but rather his point of hearing, essentially the same thing. Wright's ingenious approach literally turns the genre on its ear.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
B+ 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Miguel Arteta's culture war comedy Beatriz at Dinner gets a lot off its chest in just 80 minutes. "Comedy" is a term loosely used since the laughs stick in your throat, using indelicate topics for sly purpose.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
C 78% The Hero (2017) Sam Elliott's low-key masculinity is showcased in The Hero, a dreary character study without much else to recommend it.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
C 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Lord Megatron help me, Michael Bay has finally pummeled this viewer into submission.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
B- 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reveals an inherent flaw in the Marvel universe-building blueprint. Getting to know these sleeper-hit misfits is much more fun than revisiting them.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
C 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Like the live action Beauty and the Beast, (Ghost in the Shell's) best impressions come from imitating the source, lifting visuals and dialogue to deja vu effect.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
A- 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Toni Erdmann finds comedy in the depths of despair and vice versa, never hinting what's coming next. The movie is as much of a put-on as its impractically joking hero.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
A 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Like its predecessor, T2 Trainspotting aggressively shocks and charms, a singular example of cinematic bravura now improbably duplicated.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
C 46% Going in Style (2017) Bad movies can reveal more about actors than great ones. Going in Style should confirm Caine, Freeman and Arkin as legends.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
C 51% The Boss Baby (2017) The Boss Baby is a bun needing more time in the oven, some rethinking of what sort of animated comedy it wishes to be.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
C+ 67% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire empties its creative chambers long before the gunfire ends. It's populated by unappealing characters in a hamster wheel display of violence. After a while you wish everyone had better aim.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
B 68% Cars 3 (2017) Cars 3 is a better time at the movies than Cars 2 led me to expect. Not exactly ringing praise but we take amusement from sequels where we can get it these days.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
C- 48% Rough Night (2017) Rough Night wouldn't be fresh or funny no matter what gender it's written about or for.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
A- 92% Wonder Woman (2017) As Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot cuts an iconic figure throughout, each purposeful stride a symbol in motion.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B 16% The Mummy (2017) While The Mummy isn't the big bang preferred to start the Dark Universe of classic monsters, it's a serviceable popcorn flick dangling hints of promising things to come.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B 83% Megan Leavey (2017) Megan Leavey does the feel-good job everyone intends, an interesting story straightforwardly told. Cowperthwaite and Mara won't get a fraction of Wonder Woman's audience yet deserve as much respect.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B+ 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Roger Michell's revival of My Cousin Rachel is a graceful note amid summer's movie din, adapting Daphne du Maurier's black widow mystery with class bordering on defiance.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
C 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Zombie sharks are jumped by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, our fifth and hopefully final ride through Disney's theme park franchise. You can cut in line ahead of me, if you like.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
B 79% Chuck (2017) Like Wepner's favorite movie, Chuck is a requiem for a heavyweight, a palooka with nothing left but pride.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
B 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) ... if the worst thing to say about the eighth movie in a 16-year franchise is that it's trying too hard, no problem.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
C 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) ... a myth in need of a makeover - but not this one. So little of Arthurian legend is preserved that this could be any blade swinger since Conan. No Guinevere, minimal Mordred and Merlin gets only a mention. Not a lotta Camelot.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
B- 35% Snatched (2017) Snatched amuses because of who's delivering the jokes rather than what the jokes are. It isn't a Trainwreck by any means.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
B 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) (Ridley Scott) adroitly balances lofty ideas rooted in Prometheus and what can be described as covers of alien kills. A mind scramble here, a gut punch there. It works.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
C 19% Baywatch (2017) Baywatch is a running gag in slow motion, a thong-in-cheek TV retread swapping wholesome jiggles for dirty giggles. There are places for such humor but beaches don't have gutters.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
C+ 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) ... a puzzling contradiction, musically dutiful to its source yet shunning the original's shimmering magic. This movie is drab, its setting somewhere in the vicinity of Transylvania, its narrow color scheme strangled by tinted 3-D glasses.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
C- 46% Wilson (2017) Harrelson and Dern's efforts aside, Wilson is indie ennui at its emptiest, a vessel of misshapen wit with a hole in the bottom.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
b- 67% Life (2017) Espinosa and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick earn their right to rip off better movies, not only imagery but tone with regard to Life's stunning finale. What we've seen before they make worth sitting through again.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
C+ 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island strips the beauty from a legendary beast, reducing a classic movie star to soulless monster mechanics. Kong smashes, but not much else. Whoever dies doesn't matter. Whoever lives has a sequel promised by the end credits.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
B- 23% Table 19 (2017) Thankfully Eloise is played by Anna Kendrick. Plucky hurt always looks good on her.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
A- 93% Logan (2017) Logan establishes a new beachhead in comic book cinema wars, somewhere between hectic Avengers spectacle and Deadpool irreverence, a somberness that Batman and Superman haven't mastered.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
B 99% Get Out (2017) ... an allegory of African-American strengths being siphoned for the benefit of white people, disguised as a run-of-the-kill horror flick. ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
B+ 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) When it comes to choreography, the spunky dreamers of La La Land have nothing on the death dances Reeves leads. This movie's balletic brutality and relentless pacing are breathtaking. Or maybe that's just a No. 2 pencil shoved in my throat.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
C 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Fifty Shades Darker is what you'd expect from encoring a regrettable one-night stand. Not a keeper, but nothing to gnaw off your arm about.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
D 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) ... a repellent curiosity, rich in atmosphere yet starved for dramatic morsels a sound plot might nourish.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
C 35% The Great Wall (2017) Yimou is a dazzler from way back in Asian cinema, but most Americans know him from all those drums and aerial dancers he directed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The Great Wall is pretty much the same thing with sharp fangs and less plot.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
B+ 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) McKay and his writers must deeply love Batman to shred him into such entertaining, mostly awesome pieces.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
C 43% Gold (2017) I'd prefer to see the movie Gaghan leads me to imagine, which a better movie wouldn't do.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
D 17% The Space Between Us (2017) The Space Between Us is romantic science fiction with zero gravity and less to recommend. Its space is between its ears, a YA fantasy cribbed from alien fish-out-of-water flicks by the guy who wrote Collateral Beauty. Yeah, him again.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017