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Steven Boone

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 91% Dear White People (2014) There are no easy heroes or foils in this briskly cross-cutting ensemble piece, only blossoming adults and beleagured elders ...‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/4 68% Visitors (2014) "Visitors" is the first Reggio feature that feels more inert and random than purposeful and propulsive. Yet it's refreshing for having mostly avoided the soapbox in order to concentrate on ambiguous imagery.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) "The Passion of the Christ" for U.S. servicemen: a bloody historic episode recounted mainly in images of hardy young men being ripped apart, at screeching volume.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2013
4/4 87% The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013) "The New Rijksmuseum" proves that films can describe nuances of character and situation as finely as the finest novel or creative non-fiction.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2013
4/4 91% Paradise: Hope (2013) Seidl's camera always stands back to let the women's environments and their orientation within them tell their stories in a way that can inspire compassionate recognition.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2013
2.5/4 42% Homefront (2013) Fleder, who is a pretty standard button-masher as an action director, actually shows infectious relish and nuance in depicting Statham's slow return to his violent ways.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2013
4/4 89% Narco Cultura (2013) The people in this documentary are beautiful, funny, flawed, desperate, intelligent, deluded... In other words, it never forgets that these are questions for all of us.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
1.5/4 67% Detroit Unleaded (2013) The filmmaker's cart is tugging frantically at a lazy horse.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
2/4 65% Great Expectations (2013) As the pages turn faster, focusing on the hows and whys of a major crime central to the plot, this concision and velocity make the film feel like a modern thriller. Booo.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/4 6% I'm In Love With A Church Girl (2013) For myself and most folks expecting a movie, it is too transparent an infomercial for the church to move the mountain.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2013
1.5/4 51% Escape Plan (2013) Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are relentlessly likeable, even when serving up plot and dialogue that would have been trampled on the writer's room floor of "Knight Rider" circa 1985.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2013
1.5/4 10% Cassadaga (2013) Anthony DiBlasi's "Cassadaga" is the state of the art in horror movie storytelling, and the state of the art is horrendous.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2013
2/4 46% All Is Bright (2013) I wish I could give four stars to Giamatti's big, sad eyes and outrageous Civil War beard.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
3/4 78% The Grandmaster (2013) A glorified trailer by Wong Kar Wai is still something to see.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2013
3/4 71% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Daniels directs in about five styles at once, like a Bollywood maestro. No, it's not a musical, but it makes plenty of visual music. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2013
2/4 53% Lovelace (2013) Scattered moments of heat and light just don't add up to a forceful or vital movie about a subject that deserves one.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2013
3/4 70% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) "The Artist and the Model" is a simple, straightforward film about the wonder and awe that the natural world inspires in us.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2013
2.5/4 11% Breaking The Girls (2013) Babbitt loves her actors and gives them fun stuff to do. If she works with similar themes in the future, I hope she gives her performers and her clearly fertile imagination more room to play.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2013
1/4 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) Images of Jeff Bridges enjoying himself are almost enough to make a movie work. "R.I.P.D." does its best to stop him dead in his tracks.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2013
1/4 6% Evidence (2013) [A] combination of chaotic phony found footage and whimpering models.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2013
4/4 96% The Act Of Killing (2013) I have watched hundreds of hours of war crimes, genocides and miscarriages of justice carried out by unremarkable men with dimly lit souls. "The Act of Killing" bids to outdo them all.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2013
4/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) "Fruitvale Station" is about what we can imagine when we cast our gaze across the longstanding divides in this persistently, cancerously segregated American society.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2013
1.5/4 69% V/H/S/2 (2013) The horror movie equivalent of a wimp who relies on steroids to lend him a fearsome appearance while his eyes still tell the truth.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2013
3.5/4 65% Byzantium (2013) [An] exquisite, lovely film, in which contemporary characters struggle to suspend their disbelief in vampire lore while Jordan's eye for formal beauty and truthful performances suspends ours.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/4 84% Dirty Wars (2013) "Dirty Wars" becomes hard to swat away, no matter how much its style conveys a sense of unconscious insecurity about its assertions.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2013
2.5/4 66% Starbuck (2013) "Starbuck" is one of those high-concept yet formulaic, sitcom-like comedies that gets by on charm and speed.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Angels' Share (2013) Loach's realism always carries a distinct sense of humor, volatility and, most alarmingly in this hypercapitalist new century, a socialist passion for The People.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 90% Beyond The Hills (2013) "Beyond the Hills" is an arthouse film from Romania, yet, in its slow, lurching progress toward a tragic exorcism, it is a stylistic nephew of America's "The Exorcist."‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2013
4/4 94% Lore (2013) We know where this is going pretty early on, but that doesn't prevent "Lore" from being riveting stuff, start to finish.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2013
3.5/4 82% Like Someone in Love (2013) Kiarostami presents indefinite people with indefinite motivations and desires.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2013
3.5/4 87% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) What Herzog gleans from Yaskyuov's exhaustive material is a simple observation: The men of the Taiga are heroes of rugged individualism.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2013
2/4 47% My Blueberry Nights (2007) Jones displays some acting chops, but the character she creates with Wong has all the personality of a museum tour guide.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Apr 4, 2008
93% Enchanted (2007) The results look something like an overscaled Muppet movie (which ain't such a bad thing in itself).‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 21, 2007
20% Fred Claus (2007) The satire on globalism and downsizing is also as old as the Clinton administration, but that doesn't stop director David Dobkin from selling it like fresh goods.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 9, 2007
33% Martian Child (2007) There is something disingenuous and calculating about the work of his director and composer.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Nov 2, 2007
25% Slipstream (2007) Slipstream ultimately winds up an avant-garde film that just ain't all that avant.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 26, 2007
51% 30 Days of Night (2007) Whatever power the original comic had, this film adaptation lost it in translation.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Oct 19, 2007
13% Mr. Woodcock (2007) Mr. Woodcock is often as juvenile and predictable as its title suggests. Yet, this dark comedy about a self-help author plotting revenge on his sadistic former gym coach gets honest laughs because of performances that ring universally true.‐ Newark Star-Ledger
Posted Sep 14, 2007
50% Life (1999) Hilarious!‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% The Prince of Egypt (1998) The story has been so abbreviated and riddled with songs that there's no sense of climax.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
52% Angela's Ashes (1999) The young actors playing Frank at various ages (Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens, Michael Legge) are all excellent.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
71% The Cider House Rules (1999) Warm, thoughtful entertainment.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
11% Chill Factor (1999) Ulrich and Gooding just don't click as comic antagonists / buddies.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
33% The Love Letter (1999) Charming as it is, the film is too thin to justify carfare and ticket money.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
29% The Other Sister (1999) The surprises are interesting, but not enough to save the film from itself.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
51% The World Is Not Enough (1999) At over two hours, it's too much junk food for one sitting.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Rear Window (1954) Sunlight, light bulbs, lenses and shadows are more than suspense window-dressing in this one -- in many instances, they are the suspense.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
87% Liberty Heights (1999) A pretty brave and ambitious feat.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
3% Down to You (2000) Down to You has cute boys, cute girls and little else.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) It's Kubrick telling a tediously elaborate joke at a party, using his eccentric genius and charisma to keep you captivated against all odds.‐ Citysearch
Posted Jan 1, 2000