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Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7.2/10 97% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick can sometimes be awfully conventional, but among its key assets is its radiant view of its characters.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
4.2/10 20% All Eyez on Me (2017) All Eyez on Me risks little, and as a result it's not worthy of his complicated legacy.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
66% Cars 3 (2017) In "Cars 3," champion racer Lightning McQueen grapples with the possibility that his glory days are behind him -- an uncomfortably apt metaphor for a franchise that has run out of gas.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
5.2/10 16% The Mummy (2017) Cruise has made his name outrunning the bad guys. But for once, he's found a foe he can't elude -- the triumph of intellectual-property maintenance.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
8.7/10 69% Happy End (2017) "Happy End" isn't a movie full of forceful shocks -- rather, there's a slithering dread from the start, Haneke always hinting at evil deeds about to transpire.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
87% It Comes At Night (2017) The tension is beautifully modulated and powerfully deployed in It Comes At Night, the expert sophomore feature from Krisha writer-director Trey Edward Shults.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
40% The Summit (La cordillera) (2017) Although Ricardo Darín supplies the necessary world-weary gravitas as Argentina's untested leader, director Santiago Mitre fails to bring this ambitious endeavour to life.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
71% Filmworker (2017) An inability to crack the movie's central mystery -- why abandon your dreams to help facilitate someone else's? -- leaves the project feeling a bit like a missed opportunity.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
88% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) With The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), filmmaker Noah Baumbach writes a new, richly warm variation on a favourite theme: the maddening impossibility of family.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
29% Jupiter's Moon (Jupiter holdja) (2017) Unfortunately, Jupiter's Moon loses altitude once Mundruczó and screenwriter Kata Wéber start portentously laying out their themes.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
100% The Florida Project (2017) A remarkable study of poverty, family and personal responsibility, The Florida Project meticulously illustrates how life on the margins affects one impressionable six-year-old.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
20% Baywatch (2017) The listless, witless Baywatch belly-flops while trying to emulate the irreverent action-comedy template popularised by the 21 Jump Street films.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
8.5/10 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Not surprisingly, Haynes encourages his adolescent actors to give unfussy performances. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
9/10 89% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2017) One of Loveless' great strengths is how it cannily withholds clear emotional involvement with its characters-only to set us up for one blindsiding salvo at the end. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
5.7/10 59% Ismael's Ghosts (2017) Like the director at the center of his story, Desplechin allows self-indulgence to get in the way.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
90% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Abacus: Small Enough To Jail isn't as grand or engrossing a treatise as Hoop Dreams or The Interrupters, but in its intimate, well-observed way, the film is deeply moving and subtly shaming.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
35% Snatched (2017) Often amusing but rarely shifting into a higher comedic gear, "Snatched" features fun chemistry between Schumer and Hawn, some delightfully goofy moments of stray hilarity, yet not enough story or heart to keep this thin tale afloat.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Guy Ritchie trains his maniacally excessive eye on Camelot in this brawny, leaden action spectacle that's enlivened by the occasionally winning overabundance. But the story's mythic qualities have been stripped away in the name of crafting a blockbuster.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
8.2/10 97% Burden (2017) There's clear admiration for the artist in Burden, but it's not a hagiography. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
8.8/10 87% Hermia & Helena (2017) Hermia & Helena's breeziness is complemented by melancholy.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
15% The Circle (2017) The kind of spectacular failure that requires all participants to be on the same page, working together as one with fevered commitment toward making a disaster, "The Circle" couldn't be timelier or more exasperating.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
40% How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) Starting off as a strained farce before segueing into a sappy family film, "How to Be a Latin Lover" has its likeable, goofy moments, although it is consistently undercut by a main character who is very difficult to love.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) In the lively and unabashedly sentimental "Vol. 2," our space heroes battle for their lives. But the real stakes concern how these characters make peace with estranged fathers, dangerous siblings and feuding comrades-in-arms.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
67% Free Fire (2017) "Free Fire" is a greasy double bacon cheeseburger of a movie. It is slick, stylish nihilism without an ounce of socially redeeming value. Taking Godard's old proclamation to its furthest extreme, the film features a girl and an insane amount of guns.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
88% The Lost City of Z (2017) What begins as an old-fashioned adventure tale subtly, almost imperceptibly morphs into something far richer, more mysterious and cosmic. By the time you realize the transformation has occurred, the movie has you in its clutches, and it doesn't let go.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea is slight and uneven, but its quirky, handmade aesthetic nicely conveys its characters' adolescent vulnerability and restless spirit.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
No Score Yet Dog Lover's Symphony (2006) Early on, you start to feel enormous sympathy for the film's dog performers, who don't have any idea what an extraordinarily awful movie they're in. Their human counterparts have no such excuse.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
85% Disneynature Born In China (2017) This Disneynature documentary boasts an immersive, meditative tone which is undermined by aggressive adorableness that seeks to anthropomorphize its untamed creatures until they're as harmless as moppets.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
46% Going in Style (2017) A lazy heist comedy that asks little of its appealing leads, "Going in Style" goes down smoothly even if the only thing that really gets stolen is the audience's time‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
70% 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
45% 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
67% 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 16% 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
95% 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
60% 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
78% 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
45% 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
53% 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
80% Casting JonBenét (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
93% 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
10% 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
89% 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
95% 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
50% 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