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Thelma Adams

Thelma Adams
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle succeeds as both a sumptuous story of humanity's potential for unity with nature and an example of the unique human capacity for understanding through art. ‐ New York Observer
Posted Jan 23, 2017
3/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) To watch Ramirez and DeNiro spar in the boxing biopic Hands of Stone -- the story of Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran and his aging American trainer Ray Arcel -- is to revel in two nimble performers striking with power and clarity. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Aug 23, 2016
2/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The material could have used a full-out comedic plot in the P. G. Wodehouse vein or something slyly sophisticated like Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Instead it gets lost in the shallows -- along with Streep's Oscar chances. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 97% Weiner (2016) "Weiner" emerges as the political film for this election cycle, the tragicomedy we deserve. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted May 6, 2016
2.5/4 30% Criminal (2016) Orange is the new black for Kevin Costner in Ariel Vroman's crazy sci-fi espionage actioner, a star vehicle that fast and furiously leaps from action set piece to action set piece in an obvious effort to avoid the giant plot holes imperiling the story. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/4 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Fey's female-driven comedy, written and directed by men, follows the tradition perfected by Evelyn Waugh in his 1938 novel Scoop. While his fish outta water story is hysterically funny and enduring; the forgettable WTF only delivers an occasional chuckle. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Mar 2, 2016
4/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Joyous chaos is what the Coen Brothers harness in their generous-spirited wet kiss to the industry they continue to master and remake. Bliss! ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Feb 5, 2016
4/4 94% Carol (2015) The notion that true love is a physical, emotional and spiritual bond between two individuals (whatever their sex) forms the powerful theme of a film that glistens from every pore, including those of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 74% The Keeping Room (2015) The home invasion thriller occasionally clashes with the period damsels drama-a bit more breathless, a little less breathy? And, yet, the feminist Civil War film remains a fascinating historical tale unfolding on fertile ground. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Sep 25, 2015
2/4 94% Sicario (2015) Denis Villeneuve's Sicario is a slick, simplistic view of the War on Drugs propelled by great perfs from Blunt, Del Toro and Brolin and balletic violent set pieces. I wanted "Traffic," I got movie crack. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3.5/4 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) Lithe and serious Alicia Vikander stars in the gossamer-and-gritty, female-driven WW1 period drama. Adding in "Game of Thrones" Kit Harrington gives this PBS-style drama added John Snow oomph. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Tomorrowland is "Spy Kids" in space. Which turns out not be a bad thing although it may come as a surprise to those who have watched George Clooney do the P.R. rounds, hefting his epic charm as if it were Thor's hammer. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted May 23, 2015
3.5/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Tom Hardy is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore. Well, OK, maybe one more time in George Miller's furious adrenaline pill that's true to the movie's kick-ass roots. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 73% Welcome to Me (2015) In the burnt-toast black Sundance comedy, Kristen Wiig goes dark and bipolar without losing her shield of likeability. It's a superpower to be marveled at, like the ability to carry on a long conversation without looking at one's mobile device. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Apr 27, 2015
3.5/4 54% Woman in Gold (2015) Helen Mirren has become like Meryl Streep: nearly every time she has a leading role a little alarm goes off that signals Oscar gold. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Apr 8, 2015
3/4 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) If there is such a thing as a warm-bath movie, The Second Best Marigold Hotel defines it. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy just get better with age in a mild comedy that celebrates life to the very end. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Mar 4, 2015
3.5/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) Darkly, edgily funny, the mockumentary about four nocturnal, bloodsucking flat-mates in Wellington, New Zealand reduced me to a quivering laugh zombie. It's MTV's Real World meets Hammer Horror with a nod to Christopher Guest. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Feb 27, 2015
1.5/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) The biggest disappointment for those non-readers of the book is the feeling of is-that-all-there-is? A bit of rope, some hanging around, six smacks - it's tame enough to make Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones smirk. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/4 89% Mommy (2015) Like the bastard child of John Cassavetes and Ingmar Bergman, prolific French Canadian film director Xavier Dolan has made an exhilarating, intimate family drama that digs deep and plays dirty. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Jan 28, 2015
1/4 34% Blackhat (2015) Even if you love Michael Mann, and lust for Chris Hemsworth, this deep January technothriller does not compute. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Jan 14, 2015
4/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) If you're concerned about the disappearance of ethics in the workplace, 'Two Days, One Night' is among the year's most important films. If you're unconcerned, wake up and absorb Marion Cotillard's powerful performance. One of 2014's top ten. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Dec 29, 2014
4/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, as directed by Rob Marshall, from James Lapine's screenplay, is movie musical bliss - better than Marshall's Oscar-winning Chicago and so much better than his miscast, misbegotten Nine. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Dec 26, 2014
3.5/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) Timothy Spall grunts, gurgles and sputters playing J. M. W. Turner in Mike Leigh's magnificent biopic. The round-faced British character actor continues to seize awards for his crass-yet-compelling portrait of an artist as a wheezy old lout. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Dec 20, 2014
3.5/4 86% Top Five (2014) Multi-hyphenate Chris Rock kills in the hilarious account of a stand-up comic turned movie star that wants to be taken seriously. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) This dark-and-dour installment suffers from saga sag, which is the effort of the Hollywood studios to stretch a stirring girl power series with a monster fan-base beyond reasonable limits for the sake of lucre. ‐ ZEALnyc
Posted Nov 20, 2014
4/4 81% The Homesman (2014) Director/Star Tommy Lee Jones confounds, making brilliant American cinema on the back of the blockbuster dime from Men in Black, the Fugitive -- and Ameriprise ads. Hilary Swank goes spare and true paired with Rodrigo Prieto's restrained camerawork. ‐
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3/4 67% Laggies (2014) In her finest movie to date, Lynn Sheltonhas hit her stride and reached out beyond her niche audience, with a breezy modern comedy hooked on a heroine that flirts with disaster and finds unexpected romance while lagging in her neighbor's backyard. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/4 91% Birdman (2014) While I love all the smoke and mirrors, and Keaton's herculean Oscar-bait comeback beside Norton's ripping supporting performance, by the third act, I lost traction. I began to wonder: what was the there there? ‐
Posted Oct 22, 2014
3/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) There hasn't been a soignée blonde so flat-out hate-able since Gwyneth bitched about the burdens of motherhood. Welcome to the A-list, Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike! ‐
Posted Sep 29, 2014
3.4 64% August: Osage County (2013) Nothing makes you feel better about your dysfunctional family at the holidays than watching a messed-up clan unravel on screen, only armed with better zingers and prettier faces. That describes this adaptation of Tracy Letts's star-studded drama. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/4 59% At Middleton (2014) The college visit is a day trip fraught with tension and expectations played out by parents and children across America. In Adam Rodgers' comedy "At Middleton," unexpected love blossoms between the parental units in a single day on a verdant campus. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 94% Whiplash (2014) When an ambitious young musician (Miles Teller) strives to be a Buddy Rich class drummer, he nearly dies trying in a charged battle of wills with his thorny professor (J. K. Simmons). The buzzy Sundance hit vibrates with life lived at fever pitch. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) In director Dan Gilroy's sleek crime-thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal has found a role in which he can act against his good looks and buff bod. He throws himself out there and falls - until something darker and deeper kicks in. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) Timothy Spall grunts, gurgles and sputters playing J. M. W. Turner in Mike Leigh's visually stunning biopic. The round-faced British character actor took Best Actor at Cannes for his crass-yet-compelling portrait of an artist as a wheezy old lout. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 41% Tusk (2014) A revolting, creepy, and enthralling metamorphosis movie that toys with the audience's ideas of horror and retribution, while presenting a stream of verbal and visual jokes with a great turn by Michael Parks. Kevin Smith is back! ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Naturalistic and probing, in Two Days, One Night, Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne tell an apparently simple, linear story with astonishing depth bolstered by another Oscar-worthy turn from Marion Cotillard. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/4 90% The Imitation Game (2014) Cumberbatch bristles with brilliance in this handsome biopics the British do so well about the fascinating, tragic story of mathematician Alan Turing. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Sep 12, 2014
60% The Equalizer (2014) For sheer balletic violence -- and a rousing, climactic High Noon-like face-off finale -- The Equalizer delivers on what Washington and Fuqua promise. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Sep 8, 2014
4/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Anderson has conquered scale and story, balancing humor and deep emotion. His antic period piece about a "liberally perfumed" concierge of a once-grand Eastern European resort (Ralph Fiennes), is charming, wondrous, nostalgic and dazzlingly original. ‐
Posted Feb 18, 2014
91% Nebraska (2013) In iconic black and white, the brilliant, empathetic Payne ("Sideways") delivers another fully realized road movie - and Oscar contender. ‐
Posted Dec 5, 2013
75% Lone Survivor (2014) Given the title, clearly this drama won't end well. Dir. Peter Berg showcases the talents of a bearded band of actors: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch & Ben Foster. No peacenik critique, "Survivor" could inspire grunted praise from John Wayne. ‐
Posted Nov 23, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) Dench and Coogan could easily do an odd couple comedy. That's one of the peculiar revelations of Stephen Frears' dry, amusing and deeply moving ripped-from-the-headlines road movie. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Nov 22, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Quality stuff, an entertaining package. For those that retained their skepticism last time, this may even appear to be a better film. But HG has become a victim of its own success, co-opted by Hollywood, a rebel not without a cause, a money minter. ‐
Posted Nov 17, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) While "Captain Phillips," to its credit, honors the pirates with more back-story, and they evolve as characters ...the end still lands squarely in a Hollywood space. ‐
Posted Nov 12, 2013
96% Gravity (2013) Can one smell bull**** in space? ‐
Posted Nov 12, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) Just when I thought I could never, would never weep at another Holocaust film, along comes the screen adaptation of "The Book Thief." Kleenex, stat! ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Nov 12, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) To criticize that the script doesn't go deep enough is to get the point: with all that swag out there for repeat-offenders like Lohan, why shouldn't a girl walk up to an empty house and liberate its contents for the sheer joy of material possession? ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Nov 2, 2013
84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) More familiar than fresh, but no less amusing. Whedon uses Shakespeare to remind audiences that the problems that existed in the seventeenth century remain relevant and embedded in the human heart. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Nov 2, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) Hawke and Delpy emerge multi-dimensional and riddled with flaws. In a long-term relationship, you may think you know what the other is thinking, but do you ever really know? ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Nov 2, 2013
93% Frances Ha (2013) Bolstered by a shrewd script and meticulous director, Gerwig shines. By turn screwball heroine and ungainly in character, she emerges as her generation's finest comic actress. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Posted Nov 2, 2013