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Tim Grierson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon go through the motions expertly in this enjoyable but also stubbornly familiar sequel. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 26, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Lin and his cast's clear affection for the material helps temper the familiarity. The Enterprise's mission was to explore strange new worlds. This movie's is to give us a smooth ride. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jul 22, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) This remake is a consistently funny pleasure, never quite as sharp or inspired as the 1984 original, but radiating such good cheer that comparisons between the two films don't much matter. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 10, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Kore-eda's latest exudes the same sentimental, unhurried tone of "Still Walking" and "Like Father, Like Son," and to be sure it's a simple tale without many surprises. But in his hands, that slightness can feel elemental, timeless. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) This sporadically adorable, mostly forgettable family comedy exploits the fetching premise outlined in its title for the first five minutes. Then, it reminds you why Illumination Entertainment is no Pixar. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jul 6, 2016
35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Desperately striving for the raucous, R-rated irreverence of "Wedding Crashers," "Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates" expends a lot of energy trying to convince viewers of its edgy, outrageous impertinence. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 6, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) Bryan Cranston is appreciably grizzled, but this straightforward drama doesn't have much new to say about the madness of America's drug war or the moral quagmire that comes from living a double life. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 1, 2016
93% Life, Animated (2016) All of this is rather straightforward and polished, but some of the film's most affecting moments come through animations designed by artist Mac Guff. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 30, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) A muddle in the jungle, "The Legend Of Tarzan" transforms Edgar Rice Burroughs' iconic character into a cinematic superhero -- but certainly not a memorable one. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 30, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) More a technical triumph than a full-bodied emotional experience, this family film has plenty of whimsy and heart, even though it rarely matches the visual wonders and resonance of Spielberg's earlier work. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 28, 2016
92% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) The Hong trademarks are all there in "Right Now, Wrong Then," but so is a newfound optimism and romantic glow. Rarely has he been such a crowd-pleaser, while also being so bittersweet. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2016
78% The Shallows (2016) "The Shallows" sports plenty of B-movie gusto, but this thriller never fully rises above its predictable survival storyline. That said, there are pleasures to be had in watching Collet-Serra and Lively try to wring every scare out of this simple scenario. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 23, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) More history lesson than compelling narrative, "Free State of Jones" could be taught to future film students as an example of what can happen when honorable intentions outpace vision or execution. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 20, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Although never challenging the original's high standing within the Pixar pantheon, this sequel showcases everything the venerated animation company does so well, providing plentiful laughs, ace action sequences and a deep emotional wellspring. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 10, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) Sports are never just sports -- they're an extension of the race and class issues we experience daily. O.J. Simpson symbolized something powerful in our collective unconscious. And as this movie demonstrates, his fall from grace was partly ours. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) Masterpieces are difficult to pull off, but in their own way, absolute howlers are just as rare an achievement. Many talented people have come together to make "Warcraft," one of those perfect storms of terrible creative decisions and misjudged execution. ‐ Popular Mechanics
Posted Jun 8, 2016
80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Lacking some of the simplicity and elegance of the first installment, "The Conjuring 2" is nonetheless a smoothly efficient horror movie, building to a powerhouse finale rooted in our emotional connection to the film's well-drawn main characters.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 2, 2016
38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Moderately tasty junk food, "Out of the Shadows" is practically filet mignon in comparison to the indigestible 2014 reboot. Packed with better action and a smidgeon more emotional resonance, this sequel remains a rather clattering and crude affair.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 2, 2016
97% The Fits (2016) Neither cutesy nor needlessly bleak, the debut narrative film from writer-director Anna Rose Holmer possesses a refreshingly intimate, honest tone about adolescence. The modesty of this movie's design has its own sneaky power. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jun 1, 2016
34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) There can be significant pleasures in surrendering to the movie's endless rounds of "How did they do it?" misdirection. But the chronic trickiness inevitably succumbs to diminishing returns.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 1, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) A superbly silly send-up of the modern musical landscape, "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" is as thimble-deep as the throwaway hits it's satirizing, but also just as lively.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 1, 2016
67% Personal Shopper (2017) The pieces don't all fit in Personal Shopper, but that's much of the fun of writer-director Olivier Assayas's enigmatic tale. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 23, 2016
8.7/10 No Score Yet The Student ((M)uchenik) (2016) The jet-black satire The Student only slowly makes its intentions known, but the deliberateness is crucial to our understanding of what Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov is after. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 23, 2016
8.4/10 61% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) All of this is done masterfully, but I confess it was masterful in just the way I expected. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 20, 2016
9.5/10 78% American Honey (2016) Utterly absorbing and intensely moving, writer-director Andrea Arnold's American Honey is one of those big, bold, swing-for-the-fences societal portraits that few filmmakers dare attempt. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 19, 2016
7.9/10 94% Sieranevada (2016) Romanian writer-director Cristi Puiu makes films that are, in the best sense, endurance tests. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 17, 2016
5.8/10 67% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) Guiraudie wants to have a little sport with the irritation that comes with a creative block -- but he can't quite make art out of it. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 17, 2016
8.7/10 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Toni Erdmann detonates the typical father-daughter drama, Ade and her cast adventurously trying to put back the pieces into an exciting new whole. You'll see the imperfections in this mosaic, but it's still a wonder to look at. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 17, 2016
6.1/10 70% Café Society (2016) Although much of Café Society is familiar, Allen wrings enough bittersweet lessons out of this bauble that it feels just novel enough. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 12, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) This unpersuasive thriller wants to examine the poisonous allure of cable news, the obscenity of Wall Street corruption, and the widening gap between the haves and have-nots. But director Jodie Foster fails to bring anything incisive to the story.‐ Screen International
Posted May 12, 2016
90% The Lobster (2016) Imaginatively designed but also intellectually bracing, "The Lobster" boasts a nervous unease that pulses throughout the film, lending the story an endless tension and unpredictability. We never have any idea where Lanthimos is going next. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 11, 2016
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) A parade of gaudy CGI and strained whimsy, "Alice Through The Looking Glass" proves even more manic and grating than its 2010 predecessor. This fantastical film never takes flight.‐ Screen International
Posted May 10, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) The need for family, the struggle to accept oneself, the challenge of letting go of the past: These have always been the dominant themes of the X-Men franchise, but they've rarely resonated as deeply as they do in "X-Men: Apocalypse."‐ Screen International
Posted May 9, 2016
43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) As silly and disposable as the video game that inspired it -- but nowhere near as addictive -- "The Angry Birds Movie" is fitfully funny but tends towards a madcap mixture of comedy and action that never develops much forward momentum.‐ Screen International
Posted May 8, 2016
76% Keanu (2016) Stubbornly refusing to take flight, "Keanu" is a likable action-comedy that never figures out how to be hilarious. The difference between pulling off a deft sketch and delivering a satisfying feature-length film has rarely felt so enormous. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Apr 29, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) Slickly packaged but also consistently entertaining.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 25, 2016
80% Confirmation (2016) The case for Anita Hill -- and all the unknown Anita Hills -- is argued persuasively in "Confirmation," a dutiful, solidly entertaining drama that effectively stirs the viewer's righteous indignation. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 21, 2016
70% A Hologram for the King (2016) This modest saga of a struggling American businessman on a work trip to Saudi Arabia can't break free of the cliches that are inherent to such a story, offering done-to-death life lessons about second chances and the value of broadening one's perspective.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 20, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) A cheeky, forgettable comedy-drama, "Elvis & Nixon" features a disarmingly off-kilter performance from Michael Shannon, but the film is so superficial and cutesy that it proscribes greater emotional undercurrents.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 19, 2016
91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) In its own modest way, this quietly crushing drama is not just about how we judge a man -- by his work, by his ability to provide -- but also how men judge themselves using similar criteria. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) Good lord is it tense. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Apr 14, 2016
96% Sing Street (2016) The beguiling modesty of the film ends up being even more important than its music or incredibly likable characters. Like most of the bands it honors, "Sing Street" may be a bit disposable, but its electric emotions linger like a warm memory. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Apr 14, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) A gargantuan entertainment that finds room for a little emotional resonance underneath the sterling spectacle, "Captain America: Civil War" is a well-paced, thoroughly satisfying, completely overstuffed action-thriller.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 13, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) This remake's technical miracles are so impressive that, oddly enough, they end up being almost negligible, lost in a sea of confused decisions. ‐ Popular Mechanics
Posted Apr 13, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) Trying to balance her trademark bulldozer comedic style with a little more sweetness, Melissa McCarthy gets part of the way there with this sporadically funny film that has moments of real heart amidst a formulaic redemption story.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 6, 2016
8.1/10 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) Goosed along by Oscar-winner Alexandre Desplat's bold, otherworldly score, Tale of Tales is an elaborate, sometimes beautiful bedtime story that's most determinedly aimed at adults. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2016
49% Hardcore Henry (2016) Future film students may study "Hardcore Henry" to analyze its groundbreaking use of P.O.V. to add intensity and novelty to action movies. But hopefully they'll be able to say that better directors took the innovation and actually did something with it. ‐ Popular Mechanics
Posted Apr 4, 2016
82% Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) (2016) Good intentions take "Standing Tall" only so far, as one is left with the impression that the sincerity of the endeavor has outpaced its execution. Here's a movie that's so nobly conceived that you may feel guilty that you don't like it more. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Richard Linklater has crafted another of his poignant reveries -- not about how youth is squandered on the young but, rather, how youth is actually lived by the young. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Mar 29, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Filled with scenes of gloomy characters confronting their demons or wrestling with insipid moral quandaries, this joyless slog isn't a superhero film so much as it is an excruciating therapy session with huge explosions and guys in capes. ‐ The New Republic
Posted Mar 23, 2016