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Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
41% Justice League (2017) A lumbering blockbuster that dilutes what's so stirring about these fabled fictional champions.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
17% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Unfortunately, that zeitgeist-y notion is largely squandered, along with any sense of character, wit or inspiration, in this deeply lazy sequel.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
86% Wonder (2017) Although thoughtfully rendered, this unashamedly sappy drama about a 10-year-old boy with facial differences eventually succumbs to its worst touchy-feely tendencies.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
8.2/10 94% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) This is a very funny movie, but its final moments give off a chilly unease.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) While "Murder" involves master detective Hercule Poirot tackling his most challenging case, Branagh doesn't prove comparably formidable, delivering a finely manicured but decidedly uninvolving adaptation of Agatha Christie's celebrated whodunit.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
74% Last Flag Flying (2017) "Last Flag Flying" isn't great -- a concept like greatness is too highfalutin for a film so bone-dry modest -- but its scruffy integrity digs at you, won't let you quite dismiss it.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
27% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) The broad, sitcom-y material has inherent limitations that no amount of shameless, gleeful silliness can overcome.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet Stranger In Paradise (2017) ... a willful provocation in which the less you know going in, the better.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
No Score Yet Railway Sleepers (Mon Rot Fai) (2017) Trains are one of cinema's most romantic visual motifs-add Railway Sleepers to the canon.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
No Score Yet Communion (Komunia) (2017) ... Communion is a triumph of small, intimate moments... ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
71% The Graduation (Le concours) (2016) Anyone familiar with competition shows recognizes the format, but The Graduation hints at troubling questions concerning precisely how we determine what makes great art.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
81% Casting JonBenét (2017) This movie is fascinated by our psychological need to judge other people's lives, but it's also deeply mournful, even respectful, of the very human reasons why we do so.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
No Score Yet Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 (2017) Lindy Lou evokes everything from the Maysles' Salesman to the Dardennes' Two Days, One Night, movies (whether fictional or not) that drew their drama from the unpredictable reactions of others to our main character's singular purpose.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
98% Dina (2017) ... the tableau-style presentation succeeds in embedding us with the film's subjects, letting viewers see the bond between Dina and Scott that, although sometimes brittle, stubbornly endures.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
No Score Yet Safari (2016) Subtly, Safari reminds us that we're all complicit in the slaughter of animals, even if most of us never want to mount an elk head on our wall as a trophy.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
100% The War Show (2016) In a sense, the rambling nature of the documentary matches the subjects' desperate attempt at attaining some sense of routine-they've come to rely on each other to stay sane, only to lose those closest to them for the most senseless of reasons.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
100% Miss Kiet's Children (2017) ... Miss Kiet's Children is a sneakily empathetic look at some kids who have experienced troubling childhoods-and how the normalcy of a classroom can restore some of childhood's ebullience.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) ... deceptively straightforward new film from Hoop Dreams director Steve James.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
83% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017) Though sometimes terribly overwrought... the performance is captivating... ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
100% Strong Island (2017) t's a slightly unfocused work... but its rawness is part of its strength.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
92% The Force (2017) ... we see why it's so hard for minorities to feel like they can trust those assigned to protect them. Two communities pull in opposite directions, perhaps permanently.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
100% Quest (2017) ... a quietly moving story of resilience.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
83% Brimstone & Glory (2017) More a sensory experience than a structured portrait, Brimstone & Glory contains more primal, enrapturing images than any documentary since Leviathan.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Muted in its anger but resonant in its grief, the film may cover familiar subject matter, but Hall imbues it with specificity and no-nonsense drama that make the plight of physically and emotionally wounded soldiers sting all over again.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
5/10 27% Suburbicon (2017) Clooney is far too self-congratulatory in his commentary-he either wants credit for how enlightened he is or wants to applaud us for being hip enough to catch what's superficially subversive about this exercise. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
54% LBJ (2017) In a similar vein to "Lincoln," "LBJ" is as much a portrait of a president as it is a tutorial in how the business of government works. But the film ultimately feels like a safe history lesson rather than an inquiry or a revelation.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
96% Coco (2017) With a fetching soundtrack and an array of visual delights in search of a comparably imaginative narrative, "Coco" is sweet and sentimental without being particularly engaging. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) A grinningly goofy comic-book movie that reverberates with boyish delight.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) This may be his most visually and technically ambitious work, but it lacks the killer narrative hook that can tie all of the filmmaker's disparate ideas together. His new movie is clever without ever quite deciding precisely what it's about.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
5/10 83% Marshall (2017) Failing to be incisive or moving, "Marshall" is content to be genial and unthreatening -- two adjectives that have never been used to describe the long, hard, ongoing fight for equality.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
89% Only the Brave (2017) A true-life drama with a sure sense of character and milieu, "Only the Brave" is a thoughtful, well-observed look at community, heroism and addiction.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
42% The Mountain Between Us (2017) The chemistry between Winslet and Elba certainly helps sell this tearjerker, but even so the film feels oddly distant and muted, only really coming to life in a denouement that suggests the tasteful passion buried at the story's core.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
98% Dina (2017) It's impossible not to care deeply about these anxious lovebirds, especially as we begin to understand the obstacles threatening their relationship.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) A ravishing visual colossus, "Blade Runner 2049" more than lives up to its predecessor's legacy as a groundbreaking mixture of sound, images and mood. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
7.2/10 87% American Made (2017) Cruise buoys the film's flop-sweat intensity. He seems to understand his character's desperate, ingratiating whirligig restlessness from the inside. This is that rare time that one of his slick charmers lets you see behind the curtain.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
80% Where Is Kyra? (2017) A shattering portrait of a luckless woman unable to pull out of the tailspin that is her life, "Where Is Kyra?" is a powerfully moody character study anchored by a remarkable performance from Michelle Pfeiffer.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) A meditation on mortality and a love letter to its star, "Lucky" has a pleasingly laid-back atmosphere and some sublime moments. But this quirky, craggy character study frustrates as much as it illuminates.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
96% Stronger (2017) Although director David Gordon Green commendably opts for a realistic, unfussy depiction of Jeff Bauman and his on-again/off-again girlfriend (played with welcome grit by Tatiana Maslany), "Stronger" feels more perfunctory than lived-in.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
53% Bobbi Jene (2017) A treatise on art, ambition, long-distance relationships and the struggles to find one's own voice, "Bobbi Jene" unfolds with uncommon grace.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) In most sports films, we always know who we're supposed to be rooting for. For all its feel-good, formulaic biopic tendencies, "Battle of the Sexes" is notable for rethinking this narrative trope.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) It's telling that this tiresome spectacle's most memorable performance comes from Elton John in a delightfully super-bitchy cameo.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
33% Marrowbone (2017) Powerfully frustrating, undone by an ornate storytelling style in which twists only beget more twists, all in service of some fairly obvious observations about guilt, self-deception and devotion.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
55% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Denzel Washington gives a terrifically off-kilter performance in this fascinating and flawed character study that frustratingly can't meld all its ambitions into a coherent and satisfying whole.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
97% The Death of Stalin (2017) Master satirist Armando Iannucci's new film is ostensibly a comedy, but the laughs don't come easy and the jokes are often laced with malice and paranoia.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
81% Brad's Status (2017) This film's humane, sharply observant tone is strengthened by a supporting cast that navigates tricky emotional terrain. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
63% Papillon (2017) ... this brutal, bruising film never quite connects with its deeper themes, resulting in a story full of suffering but not enough transcendence.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
85% It (2017) The film compellingly articulates the universal anxieties associated with adolescence. Consistently, persuasively unnerving, "It" turns the coming-of-age drama into a nightmare.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) Nicholas Hoult makes for a striking Salinger, but like the movie, he doesn't dig deep enough into the man's genius or complexity.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
95% First Reformed (2017) Thoughtful, moving, overreaching and uncompromising, "First Reformed" is a tremendously tormented work. Ethan Hawke delivers a performance full of grace and sorrow in this powerful portrait of existential and spiritual despair.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
10% Tulip Fever (2017) This handsomely mounted and dully executed film boasts no shortage of Oscar favorites in the cast. It's as pretty as a flower, but it needs some air to bloom.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017