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Tim Appelo

Tim Appelo
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 20% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) It's good to have Bruce Willis back in a lead role as a wiseacre private eye, though this shambling shaggy-dog story about a kidnapped pooch is like a stoned student film with major stars, or a cross between Inherent Vice and The Big Lebowski.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
2/5 48% Churchill (2017) However bogus, Churchill is worth seeing for the actor's imaginative redemption of ham-fisted screenwriting.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
3/5 50% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Can't get to France this summer? Catch a cinematic ride from Cannes to the Seine in Paris Can Wait.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
2/5 15% The Mummy (2017) It's mildly entertaining, though its numerous famous screenwriters won't be bragging at parties about its originality.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
1/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Plenty of viewers of all ages will gobble it up and holler for more, but only fans of spectacle with no need of story, character development or wit won't feel that they've been robbed.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
3/5 81% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) The Exception doesn't need suspense. It's got Christopher Plummer, 87, a stage great who in this film gives a subtle, penetrating performance as Germany's last emperor, Wilhelm II.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
3/5 73% Wakefield (2017) It's a fascinating experimental film... and, thanks to Cranston, a tour de force of acting craft.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
59% Samba (2015) The editing errs on the side of longueurs, but likable people and the mise-en-scène draw you in. Somehow, even the artificiality feels heartwarming.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
0% United Passions (2015) One of those rare films so unfathomably ghastly you could write a better one while sitting through its interminable 110 minutes.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
18% Love the Coopers (2015) When it's all said and done, you might not exactly love the Coopers, but you'll probably slurp them down like eggnog and wind up with a pleasant, sleepy, bough-scented buzz.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
72% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) Is anybody better at playing a dotty, preoccupied genius than Tobey Maguire?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
81% Batkid Begins (2015) The editing is ruthlessly efficient, and some of the talking-heads scenes are dramatized via lively comic-book renditions that lend visual panache. All the characters grab you, not just the kid.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
95% The King's Speech (2010) Firth and Rush are geniuses who raise each other's game‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2010
68% Hard Candy (2006) Candy sets up the tense situation, builds it up patiently, masterfully, then has no idea where to go with it. At least Page's career has an obvious direction -- up.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2006
7/10 68% Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006) In the annals of no-sex-please Brit nudie revues, this Oscar hopeful falls between the The Full Monty's Rabelaisian stew and Calendar Girls' charming but thin broth.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2005
5/10 82% Keane (2005) A psycho-underworld tour de force like Irreversible or The Machinist, impressive as far as it goes (not far), single-minded but without enough on its mind, a gimmick flick.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2005
7/10 76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005) The kids are disastrous, except for Henley. Her irresistible crooked grin is a triumph over British dentistry. She makes Dakota Fanning look like a calculating android.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2005
7/10 No Score Yet Chronicling Narnia: The C.S Lewis Story (2005) A pale echo of the Tolkien trilogy, worse than Cuaron's third Harry Potter film, better than Chris Columbus' first two, and about on a par with Mike Newell's new one.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2005
8/10 85% Pride and Prejudice (2005) The 1940 version had its flaws, too--who wants to **** Mrs. Miniver? Knightley is a Lizzie for our profane time. ‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2005
7.5/10 46% Rent (2005) Rent works best as a centaur creation: half-movie, half-play, plunging into theater world in all its mindless, cheesy, sentimental splendor.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2005
7/10 89% Tony Takitani (2005) Impressively reduces Murakami's hard-boiled word world to a floating-picture world. But like Lish's edits of Ray Carver, it mutes a story that was nearly mute to begin with.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2005
4/10 28% Elizabethtown (2005) Much of it is not half bad. Some moments achieve the transcendence they ache to find. But it's like a concept album with no concept, Singles with fewer hit singles. ‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2005
9/10 95% Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Nick Park is Tim Burton's opposite: his storytelling is smooth, his visual technique jerky. Go for the guy who can tell a story, as Burton has failed to do for 11 years now.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2005
7/10 60% Oliver Twist (2005) Fails to topple Lean's untoppable version; still one of the best movies of 2005. Startlingly unemotional, but for the stormy torments behind Fagin's overhanging eyebrows.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2005
4/10 83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) It doesn't stink, but it's a mere technical advance that pales next to Nightmare. The maggot's a Jiminy Cricket manque. And it's just not very animated.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2005
2/10 62% Proof (2005) Catherine is an infinitely less convincing version of Arcadia's girl genius; the proof is just a MacGuffin; it runs out of plot and has not one idea in its head.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2005
2.5/10 32% Pretty Persuasion (2005) Wood's not an interesting psycho-just numb, mumbling, and dull. Pretty unpersuasive.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2005
8.6/10 85% The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) Even Keener transcends her famous ball-busting screen persona and registers real warmth.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2005
8/10 82% Hustle & Flow (2005) Djay is the Fezziwig of pimps. His hit tune, as catchy as "That Thing You Do," also wears out its welcome. But his quest for le mot juste and mo' bling is charming.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2005
8/10 69% The Edukators (2005) The surprise ending is gimmicky, but the character study is consistently enthralling. The Edukators is educational-not intellectually, but emotionally.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2005
1/10 13% Stealth (2005) For at least the first hour, Stealth is a SAEBCPSOS (Shockingly and Excruciatingly Boring Columbia Pictures Sack of S---).‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2005
7/10 85% De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (2005) Compared to Keitel, he's a fluttery lightweight, whether banging the ivories or his victims. His nature isn't divided. He's no hoodlum--not even Belmondo impersonating Bogart.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2005
3.5/10 59% The Talent Given Us (2004) The big problem with this verité film is that nothing in it is verified. Verily, a lot of it is just B.S.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2005
9.5/10 86% Junebug (2005) If the Academy has any brains, heart, and balls, at least one Oscar will go to the quietly brilliant Junebug.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2005
9/10 76% The Holy Girl (2005) Alche's crooked grin is as gleeful as the nose-wriggling enchantress in Bewitched. The elliptically implicit ending reminds me of Purple Noon minus the murder.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2005
8.5/10 84% Batman Begins (2005) Tim Burton's Batman could probably lick Nolan's Batman Begins. But in a fight between Nolan's Batman and Burton's, I know who'd kick whose cape-draped ***. ‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2005
3/10 31% The Longest Yard (2005) Sandler is trying to outrun his clownish boy-man past, but since everything about Yard is transparently fake, it loses him career yardage.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted May 25, 2005
5/10 63% Ladies in Lavender (2005) A rigorous test of cineaste sitzfleisch: to savor the Dames' deep acting, you have to endure a story that goes nowhere. You must suffer for this art.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted May 25, 2005
7.5/10 82% Control (Kontroll) (2005) A frivolous fable and a fabulous frivol, a lighthearted romp and a dark night of the existential soul-Slacker meets Metropolis.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted May 25, 2005
8.5/10 75% Crash (2004) Though it lacks Magnolia's messy greatness, you won't hear more fiendishly articulate dialogue on-screen any time soon.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted May 4, 2005
4/10 39% Kingdom of Heaven (2005) As a war hero, Orlando Bloom reminds me of the nickname Truman Capote's father gave him: Little Miss Mouse Fart.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted May 4, 2005
7/10 60% Winter Solstice (2005) Anthony LaPaglia does understated wonders...He could beat David Duchovny in an underacting contest. Few movies score so many true moments. And few add up to less. ‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2005
8/10 81% Voices in Wartime (2005) One of the most original war movies ever made. Men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2005
8/10 83% Lost Embrace (2005) Sweet but not too, a tangy, teasing valentine to dear hearts and gentle people who start to feel like family. Burman is like Woody Allen with a human face.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2005
5/10 47% The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) Rebecca Miller is no tragedian like her dad. She's a lyrical poet with an elliptical turn of mind...despite moments of beauty and mystery, ultimately it's a muddle.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2005
7/10 85% Gunner Palace (2005) A litmus test for an America scarcely less bitterly divided than Iraq. The risibly dishonest government radio broadcasts play like the satirical radio bits in M*A*S*H.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2005
2/10 16% Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) Helen's chaste swain wants intimacy, not sex. C'mon-even Baptists are interested in sex. They just don't do it standing up, because someone might think they were dancing.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2005
.5/10 15% Head in the Clouds (2004) Tyrone Power would have more chemistry courting Deanna Durbin in a deep coma. Theron destroys all her Monster acting cred. Cruz squeaks like a hamster huffing helium. ‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2005
2/5 55% Undertow (2004) Bad in the worst way, yet it trails clouds of glory and authentic stink from a Georgia pigsty. Pretty, a legitimate auteurist statement. And a flop.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2005
7/10 78% Videodrome (1983) Underbaked, but you can't argue with its otherworldly aura. One disappointment: we don't get to see the belly-slit sex organs Baker designed for the never-used orgy finale.‐ Seattle Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2005