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Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
28% The Bye Bye Man (2017) In "The Bye Bye Man," there is nothing to fear except fear itself -- literally. Unfortunately, this pro forma horror movie doesn't do much to capitalize on its vaguely clever premise. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 12, 2017
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Warmly funny and deeply delightful. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 29, 2016
33% Live By Night (2017) A gangster movie without a killer instinct, "Live by Night" looks resplendent in its period costumes and moody decor. But writer-director-star Ben Affleck never burrows into the genre's knotty moral complexity or honor-among-thieves worldview. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 21, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) This star-powered sci-fi romantic drama puts forth a compelling premise and its style consciously calls to mind past classics, invoking films like "2001," "Solaris," and "Wall-E." But "Passengers" is a pale imitation. ‐ Popular Mechanics
Posted Dec 19, 2016
17% Assassin's Creed (2016) A videogame movie fully confident in its gonzo, pseudo-existential tone, "Assassin's Creed" is an arresting cacophony that's never particularly good. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 19, 2016
82% Julieta (2016) The tale of a matriarch trying to explain to her long-lost daughter how she was conceived and why a chasm grew between them, "Julieta" weaves together sex, intrigue and regret with typical Almodovar-ian flair. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Star wars, indeed: The thrilling "Rogue One" brings a gritty combat-movie aesthetic to George Lucas's beloved space opera, but not at the expense of a thoughtful, emotional story about the foot soldiers who make sacrifices in the name of a movement. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 13, 2016
93% Hidden Figures (2017) Some sparkling performances and an inviting milieu can't completely overcome the bland trappings of a feel-good message movie. Everything in "Hidden Figures" is smoothly efficient but also a little anticlimactic and friction-less. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 11, 2016
84% Silence (2017) Uneven, sometimes repetitive but also powerfully moving and thought-provoking, "Silence" is an imperfect movie that's very hard to shake. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 10, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) "La La Land" is as delightful and magical as you've heard -- a big, joyful celebration of old-school Hollywood musicals -- but it's also smarter, tougher, and sadder than its moonstruck trailer might suggest. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Dec 8, 2016
65% Frank & Lola (2016) Bolstered significantly by Michael Shannon's quietly anxious performance... the feature debut of writer-director Matthew Ross has a twitchy, moody unpredictability that keeps the viewer intrigued as to where the story may go next. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 8, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Joseph Gordon-Levitt nails Snowden's meek exterior and cool intelligence, but Snowden leaves its main character unsatisfyingly opaque. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 8, 2016
95% Fences (2016) Denzel Washington's marvelous adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play provides the actor-director with one of his finest roles, and he gives a powerhouse performance as an aging patriarch undone by his pride, stupidity and bitterness. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 22, 2016
61% Allied (2016) If you fell in love with a spy, could you ever truly trust her? That question drives "Allied," a World War II romance-thriller that starts off smartly but sputters to an underwhelming finale. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 21, 2016
79% Patriots Day (2017) "Patriots Day" is a crackling action-thriller, but that technical facility has such a dismayingly anonymous precision to it that the film begins to feel like a soulless, mechanical exercise in pure kinetic showmanship. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 18, 2016
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) An agonizingly strained attempt at misanthropic comedy, "Bad Santa 2" is puerile when it should be shocking, calculating when it should be transgressive, and listless when it should be liberating. The desperate crassness of the whole endeavor galls. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 16, 2016
69% Miss Sloane (2016) Charting the journey of a ruthless lobbyist who develops a conscience, "Miss Sloane" is a shallow but lively thriller which becomes undermined by its makers' misplaced belief in the profundity of their topical tale. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 16, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) This romantic comedy-drama is, by turns, fizzy and melancholy, nostalgic and clear-eyed, but it never builds to anything especially substantial. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 16, 2016
27% The Comedian (2017) Robert De Niro gives one of his warmest performances in recent years in this mighty likeable, ultimately flimsy comedy-drama. Much like its star, the film coasts along on charm and audience goodwill. A little more edge might have helped. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 16, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Solidly extending the Harry Potter franchise to a different era with new characters, "Fantastic Beasts" starts slowly before finding its groove, delivering sufficient spectacle alongside a little emotion. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 16, 2016
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Ang Lee's film doesn't entirely work, but part of what's wrong with it is ultimately what makes it succeed. Lee's experiment in high-frame-rate cinema is arresting even when the film's story isn't. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Nov 10, 2016
95% Moana (2016) The perfectly pleasurable "Moana" boasts vivid animation, a handful of catchy songs and a sweetly sunny disposition -- all suitable compensation for a story which is not particularly inspired or original. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 7, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) There's power in Gibson's simplicity and hardheaded certainty, and there are moments so utterly absorbing that quibbles about the lack of character nuance feel beside the point. And yet, his brand of heroism ultimately feels too one-dimensional. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Nov 3, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) I can't say I liked "Inferno," but its shabbiness has its own bizarre pleasures that have little to do with the execution and are entirely dependent on one's tolerance for airport-novel pap. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Oct 27, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Entertaining in its grand flourishes but spottier when it comes to character work and thematic coherence, the film boasts a slightly darker and more mystical air than its peers, accentuated by some of the most arresting set pieces in the MCU canon. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 23, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" is always faintly diverting but never particularly engrossing, putting the venerable movie star through his paces without really asking much of him. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 19, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) Part character study and part airport-novel nonsense, "The Accountant" can't quite balance its B-movie instincts with its more artistic aspirations, ultimately hamstringing a potentially juicy, escapist shoot-'em-up. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 13, 2016
93% 20th Century Women (2017) Writer-director Mike Mills again demonstrates a sharp, sensitive eye for the ways that people learn to make peace with lives they didn't quite anticipate or want. The film is lit from within by its endless curiosity about its evolving characters. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 7, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) This may not be the most nuanced of films, but its blunt-force impact leaves one shaken. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 5, 2016
96% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) "I Am Not Your Negro" honors an influential 20th century writer by letting him speak for himself -- which he does beautifully and persuasively. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 3, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) This dopey thriller boasts plenty of potentially juicy plot points but is consistently undermined by an earnest execution that doesn't understand what a convoluted hoot it has on its hands. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 3, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Peculiarity has been a speciality of Tim Burton's films for a while now -- but so has an overly gimmicky, cutesy approach to his characters' fantastical worlds. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 26, 2016
93% Blue Jay (2016) Unfortunately, that conceit doesn't lead to many surprises, and its revelations are pretty easy to guess before they occur. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 19, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) There's sweetness and a smidge of wisdom to be found in The Edge Of Seventeen, a likeable coming-of-age comedy-drama that's too generic to recommend but enjoyable enough to make you curious what its writer-director and stars will do next. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 19, 2016
5.4/10 46% The Bad Batch (2016) The Bad Batch is a bracing vision of post-apocalyptic America that's also terribly stilted and sometimes downright silly. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2016
8.7/10 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) The film's power is its recognition that, no matter how hard life gets, though, it just keeps going. In fact, that's what makes existence oddly beautiful. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2016
92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Queen Of Katwe tells a potentially touching story in the stodgiest of ways, its recounting of the journey of a young Ugandan chess prodigy sensitively rendered but also far too formulaic. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2016
No Score Yet Maudie (2016) A romantic drama with a scruffy integrity, "Maudie" is, for better and for worse, an actorly exercise in presenting an audience with two willfully peculiar characters and then trying to find a way to make us fall in love with them. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 6, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) An indelible portrait of an imperilled life, "Moonlight" is a devastating depiction of masculinity, race and identity. Ambitious in scope but precise in its execution, this deceptively small-scale character piece reverberates with compassion and insight. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 4, 2016
85% Sully (2016) An unabashed salute to real-life heroism, Clint Eastwood's drama rivetingly recreates the Miracle on the Hudson. Though not always as confident outside of the cockpit, "Sully" mostly earns its crowd-pleasing, lump-in-your-throat sentiment. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 4, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The film's gentle, relentless air of potential heartache can be affecting. But much like Alexandre Desplat's decorous score, the stately, reserved tone ultimately becomes monotonous. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 30, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) "War Dogs" starts off longing to shock us with its incredible tale. It ends up presenting its story so generically that it loses the quirky irregularities of real life. We can't be outraged because we're never really challenged. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 19, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) An epic tale of revenge and forgiveness with a junk-food center, this remake offers robust spectacle and some decent performances. But the director of "Wanted" proves not the ideal filmmaker to capture this story's more nuanced emotional range. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 17, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Stephen Frears has made a likeable, affecting movie, but the film itself could benefit from a little of the tough love that Jenkins never received in her own life. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 12, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) The entire ensemble saves the best for last, joining in a finale that one might describe as orgasmic. Like the rest of "Sausage Party," it's absolutely filthy, which would be objectionable if it also weren't so funny. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 10, 2016
72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) This very uneven drama is an honorable, nervy attempt to get inside the head of a woman who really, really doesn't need her headache of a husband -- except, of course, she desperately does. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) "Suicide Squad" has its kinky pleasures and some amusing nastiness, but in the final analysis there's simply too much flexing of empty attitude -- and far too much self-congratulation for how edgy it thinks it is. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 2, 2016
59% Bad Moms (2016) A rowdy salute to the thankless sacrifices made by modern mothers, "Bad Moms" has lots of spirit and wonderful chemistry from its three leads. And yet, this so-so comedy can't shake a formulaic, uninspired construction. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 28, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) This "Pete's Dragon" boasts a gentle, subdued tone, and the filmmaker behind the atmospheric indie "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" has crafted a follow-up with the same folkloric quality. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 27, 2016
93% Under The Sun (2016) Daring and thought-provoking, director Vitaly Mansky's film uses one North Korean family to examine how everyone -- moviemakers, governments, even individuals -- contorts reality to fit specific purposes. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2016