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Tim Grierson

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) "Scotty" is more than just a portrait of the man, also serving as a history lesson on how the film industry once tried to project a repressive, clean-cut image to satisfy moral watchdogs.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
50% Equalizer 2 (2018) No amount of Denzel Washington's weary authority is enough to distract from the fact that this overstuffed, ultimately unsatisfying potboiler merely dresses up its cliches in strained gravitas.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
96% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Ageless, riveting and seemingly unstoppable, Tom Cruise remains a force of nature. "Fallout" delivers a near-exhausting amount of stupendous action sequences paired with deft character drama and the requisite life-or-death stakes.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
50% Skyscraper (2018) Anyone expecting a shred of originality from "Skyscraper" will be disappointed, but Thurber tries his best to compensate by amping up the over-the-top spectacle, hoping sheer gusto will keep viewers from minding his film's shaky foundation.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
86% La familia (2017) Making his feature debut, writer-director Gustavo Rondón Córdova emphasizes an understated, realistic style and lets the silences speak volumes - an apt metaphor for how a lack of connection can bring down families and communities in equal measure.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
No Score Yet Murer: Anatomie eines Prozesses (2018) The character's enigmatic, unknowable nature seems entirely intentional, letting Murer's blustery, proud demeanour serve as his shield for whatever crimes he committed.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Improving on the lackluster 2015 original, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is winningly modest, no small feat for a film which is part of the gargantuan Marvel Cinematic Universe. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Like its violent antiheroes, "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" is ruthlessly efficient but also morally conflicted. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
55% Tag (2018) Boys will be boys, even when they're grownups: that's the lesson learned in "Tag," a draggy comedy that lazily leans on familiar themes of arrested adolescence and male bonding rituals. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
64% The Unicorn Store (2017) Both skewering and celebrating its adult protagonist's childlike wonder, "Unicorn Store" runs the risk of excessive whimsy at every turn. But Larson navigates through a cute story's clear limitations to deliver a film that's often quite funny.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Amidst a Hollywood landscape cluttered with superhero movies, Incredibles 2's greatest power may be its ability to re-establish its own witty, whiz-bang niche. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
6.4/10 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) "Ocean's 8" introduces us to a new team, and while other key components for a great heist movie are a little shaky, what holds this comedy-thriller together is the radiance of its ensemble. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
5/10 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The evil masterminds behind the creatures' abduction just want to make a buck, and so does everybody responsible for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Such financial expediency isn't going to go extinct anytime soon.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
72% Adrift (2018) Director Baltasar Kormakur makes good use of location filming on the open waters, giving this melodramatic tale a dose of realism, but "Adrift" is never as harrowing as the subject matter would suggest.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
7.5/10 48% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2018) Amidst a superb cast, Bardem and Cruz are both strong playing characters who haven't let go of the past -- a familiar affliction in Farhadi's films.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
61% Under the Silver Lake (2018) If the destination ultimately proves a little less satisfying than the trip, Mitchell and his collaborators fill us with so many moody reveries that we succumb to its warped logic and indelible vividness.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman... [has] a blunt power that's terribly, painfully persuasive.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
7/10 87% Tully (2018) Tully is at its best when it's simply moving intuitively from one negotiated respite to the next.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) In a cinematic world stuffed with big-budget movies, Infinity War is a genuine blockbuster.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
33% I Feel Pretty (2018) Like its appealing main character, "I Feel Pretty" is a smart, funny comedy that isn't always confident enough in its potential greatness.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
66% Come Sunday (2018) The burden, beauty and mystery of faith are explored movingly, if not always rivetingly. "Come Sunday" may play a little flatly, but its sincerity of purpose remains affecting throughout.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
92% Lean on Pete (2018) Lean on Pete flows with such gentle beauty that it may be hard to grasp precisely what it's about or where it's going. But the power of this sublime drama is that it can support myriad interpretations while remaining teasingly mysterious.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
7.7/10 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Fear can sharpen the senses. In "A Quiet Place," it also helps Krasinski fine-tune his filmmaking.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
80% Chappaquiddick (2018) Led by Jason Clarke's expertly shallow performance, this stodgy but effective character study is powered by its dispirited mood and dryly critical tone.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Here is a $150 million sequel in which bigness reigns supreme, and the characters are subservient to the tech. Watching this movie is to see a cinematic future in which the flesh and blood of human drama means very little.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
8/10 80% Unsane (2018) Shot on an iPhone 7 Plus and supplemented by drone cameras, this psychological thriller brandishes its slightly warped, fisheye-lensed aesthetic, plunging the viewer into a queasy, disorienting mindset from the start.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) No matter the gargantuan CGI obstacles thrown her way, Lara Croft reveals a steeliness tempered by the acknowledgement of the pain and terror she's feeling at every moment. It's the movie's sole concession to the limits of physics and the human body.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
40% Gringo (2018) David Oyelowo has fun playing against type as a hapless patsy trapped in an elaborate drug scheme in "Gringo," a snide crime comedy with a few mildly clever genre riffs surrounded by a lot of strained irreverence and posturing.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
40% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A story about the power of goodness that's bolstered by the sincerity of its optimism, "A Wrinkle in Time" is a fantasy to believe in.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
69% Newness (2017) "Newness" skillfully portrays modern courtship in all its buzzy, fleeting electricity, which helps mitigate the fact that filmmaker Drake Doremus is merely adding a fresh coat of paint to an old romantic dilemma.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Able to generate dread and awe with equal skill, "Annihilation" is an absorbing amalgam of genres and influences. This is a film of ambition and ideas, and part of the exhilaration comes from watching Garland and his cast risk so boldly.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) "Early Man" is a sly, unexpectedly emotional comedy with lots of goofy laughs and the occasionally inspired bit of business. But fair or not, it's hard not to compare this prehistoric laugher to Aardman's (and Park's) brilliant past.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) A mix of trashy and classy, "Red Sparrow" is a sleek, juiced-up espionage thriller that overdoes everything: its brutal violence, its dramatic flourishes, its hairpin plot twists, and most certainly its sexpot shamelessness.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The intriguing docudrama gimmick backfires -- not just because the participants aren't particularly dynamic, but also because Eastwood's potentially novel, counterintuitive narrative approach to the material proves enervating as opposed to engrossing.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Part spy thriller, part all-out battle and part social commentary, "Black Panther" is consistently propelled by tonal and thematic flourishes that break with the conventions that have defined the Marvel Cinematic Universe.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
59% Juliet, Naked (2018) But while each of the three leads is engaging, there's an unreality about Juliet, Naked that director Jesse Peretz never satisfyingly reconciles. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
95% Searching (2018) The movie's arresting visual conceit has enough flexibility to sustain interest, even if the story's twists and turns sometimes feel excessively fiendish.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
75% Damsel (2018) But Damsel's real standout is [Mia] Wasikowska, who displays a steeliness as Penelope that's initially surprising but then becomes one of the film's driving forces. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) First-time feature filmmaker Ari Aster works from familiar building blocks, but the film's emotional sophistication and Toni Collette's gutsy performance keep the proceedings feeling fresh and electric.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
83% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Natural, low-key performances from a cast led by Chloë Grace Moretz highlight a movie that eschews grandstanding - this modest story about self-discovery and community would rather celebrate the small victories against intolerance. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
98% The Tale (2018) Brilliantly constructed and heartrendingly performed, The Tale feels as cathartic and cleansing as a primal scream.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) It's a film that never overwhelms but it lingers, leaving its mark on the viewer.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
2/5 42% Ophelia (2018) Unfortunately, Ophilia fails to satisfy either curiosity, nether fleshing out the title character's backstory nor providing [Daisy] Ridley with a worthy vehicle for her talents. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
8.7/10 94% Private Life (2018) The specificity of both the circumstances and these characters' relationships fights off cliché or self-pity.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% Wildlife (2018) And although Jeanette acts out a few times in Wildlife, there's such precision in [Carey] Mulligan's portrayal that it eschews flashiness.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
92% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a superbly enigmatic performance. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
81% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) Drawing on her years as a cinematographer, [Reed Morano] effortlessly crafts a world in which there is no electricity, fashioning every gorgeous scene with hazy natural light and elegant shadows.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
91% Blindspotting (2018) But as led by Daveed Diggs' impassioned, tormented performance, Blindspotting is hard to shake, despite its on-the-nose plot points and melodramatic flourishes.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) A solid cast and some striking visuals aren't enough to fortify this run-of-the-mill war movie, which touts themes of valor and brotherhood in only the most familiar of ways.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) The fourth installment of the "Insidious" series has deft scares and some nifty twists, all of which don't entirely distract from how strangely inconsequential "The Last Key" ultimately feels.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018