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Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Gifted (2017) The film's increasingly manipulative treatment of provocative subject matter cheapens the drama of its premise. Webb hasn't allowed much nuance to enter into the equation.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
59% Ghost in the Shell (2017) It's inevitable that this remake, like the Major herself, will be spooked by echoes of the past. But perhaps it's appropriate for a film about the fluidity of identity that this "Ghost in the Shell" is a very satisfying simulation of the original.‐ Popular Mechanics
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Kore-eda aims for the sentimental, but not without acknowledging the real pain and wretchedness in the world -- especially when it's exhibited by those closest to us.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
66% Life (2017) No one need celebrate "Life" too loudly, but it goes about its grubby business with a bracing clarity and ruthlessness. In that way, this sci-fi thriller is well-matched with its rampaging extra-terrestrial.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2.5/4 19% CHIPS (2017) A grab bag of vulgarities, sex jokes, slapstick, nudity and chase scenes, "CHIPS" is far better than expected. But the intermittent hilarity is merely a distraction from how disposable and uninspired the rest of the film is.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
96% I Called Him Morgan (2017) "Morgan" will be heaven for jazz aficionados, but those who don't know the difference between bebop and hard bop won't feel lost. Collin understands that his film is about people, not art, but his deft storytelling flexes its own nimbleness and beauty.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
54% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Honoring the bravery of a Polish couple who safeguarded nearly 300 Jews during World War II, this considered, muted drama can't escape a fussy tastefulness -- not to mention inevitable comparisons to more crackling treatments of similar subject matter.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
46% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) A teen group therapy session disguised as a superhero movie, "Power Rangers" is numbingly predictable and cynically made, recycling myriad blockbuster tropes but draining their adolescent pleasures in the process.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
77% T2 Trainspotting (2017) "T2" questions its own existence, proving just satisfying enough by being as unromantic as its predecessor. The first "Trainspotting" was about the horror of heroin, while "T2" argues that nostalgia is just as addictive a proposition -- and just as toxic.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
48% Song to Song (2017) Best appreciated as a sensory experience whose deeper meanings aren't nearly as profound as the filmmaker and cast believe, "Song to Song" demonstrates that Malick remains a singular artist -- albeit one in a palpable rut.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
45% The Belko Experiment (2017) The film's down-and-dirty nastiness does have its merits, but the bloodshed isn't nearly as interesting when the characters are as exciting as a spreadsheet.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
79% Personal Shopper (2017) At any point in "Personal Shopper," you may be watching a ghost story, a psychological thriller, a stalker drama, or a twisted love story. Assayas insists they can coexist, and likewise Stewart refuses to define exactly who Maureen is.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
100% Casting JonBenet (2017) A riveting and unexpectedly moving documentary that grapples with the legacy of JonBenet Ramsey's 1996 murder and, more importantly, people's insatiable need to discuss and dissect other people's lives.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
92% Logan (2017) "Logan" self-consciously aspires to retire the steel-clawed hero with epic grandeur, and the results are often rousingly bleak. And yet, the risks taken only make the formulaic redemption story and cliched emotional underpinnings increasingly frustrating.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) In an era in which Hollywood-China co-productions are going to become a more common occurrence, what's so dispiriting about "The Great Wall" is that this dull oddity may just be a sign of things to come.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Dakota Johnson brings a little spark and Jamie Dornan remains pretty to look at, but overall "Darker" becomes an exercise in the limits of vanilla kinkiness. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) "Chapter 2" is state-of-the-art action that's sacrificed some of the charm and heart that were the first film's secret weapon. It's about the only armament not deployed in this sequel.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
94% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) The Incredible Jessica James may be a slight romantic comedy, but there's abundant pleasure in watching comedienne Jessica Williams in this star-making performance.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) "The Lego Batman Movie" overdoes everything -- its action sequences, its three-jokes-a-minute comedic approach, its sneaky sentimentality. But it boasts enough giddy good humor and manic rambunctiousness to bludgeon the viewer into submission.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
31% The Promise (2017) The Promise finds Oscar Isaac lending his soulful, heartthrob magnetism to material that fails to achieve the timeless, old-fashioned feel to which it aspires. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
5.8/10 67% Before I Fall (2017) Before I Fall doesn't entirely transcend its genre limitations, but the film's clear highlight is relative newcomer Zoey Deutch, who continues to demonstrate what a promising star she could become.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
31% The Yellow Birds (2017) Moors doesn't approach these conventional war-film narrative threads from a straightforward perspective. Instead, he subverts our expectations.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
75% Split (2017) Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's low-budget treat savors its midnight-movie creepiness, and yet its gripping finale turns out to be more emotional than one might expect.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
23% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Warmly funny and deeply delightful.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
34% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
85% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
66% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
71% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
55% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
25% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016