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Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% 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
57% 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
86% 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
50% 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
No Score Yet 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
56% 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
95% 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
82% 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
84% 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
30% 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
94% 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
7% 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
43% Bushwick (2017) Early on, it becomes obvious that "Bushwick" is hiding invisible cuts in these long takes, but it's not nearly as seamlessly executed as it was in "Birdman." As a result, it becomes too easy to focus on where those cuts are awkwardly occurring.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
5/10 37% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) A lot of these shortcomings could be forgiven if Reynolds and Jackson's chemistry was sufficiently entertaining. It isn't. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
9/10 89% Good Time (2017) Following their star's lead, the filmmakers deliver a jet-fueled variation on their usual intricate exploration of New York's marginalized citizens.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
30% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) Straining to exude a literary air of urbane sophistication, "The Only Living Boy in New York" becomes instead a rather undistinguished coming-of-age tale with a provocative premise it can't quite execute.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
36% Kidnap (2017) Delightful pulp without a hint of subtlety or shame, "Kidnap" takes a cultural truism -- that a mother would do anything to protect her child -- and makes it the grist for a rollicking action-thriller that's as as concise as it is ludicrous.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) This ungainly mixture of Western, fantasy, sci-fi, action, horror and fish-out-of-water comedy never finds its rhythm, delivering perfunctory blockbuster spectacle with dull competency and a smattering of familiar thematic and narrative tropes.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
46% Person to Person (2017) Some indies are tiny little gems. And then there are films like "Person to Person," pleasant miniatures that, as charmingly slight as they might be, never quite expand into anything more significant.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
10% The Emoji Movie (2017) A film as mindless and disposable as most smartphone apps (and nowhere near as addictive), "The Emoji Movie" is a calamity that inadvertently shows how difficult it is to pull off the witty, imaginative world-building that Pixar makes seem so breezy. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Playing a superspy sent into Berlin at the end of the Cold War, Charlize Theron exudes all the icy cool one could want, helping to sell a film that tries too hard to convince us of its badass credentials.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) This blue-collar "Ocean's Eleven" is a smooth-running, pleasantly familiar crime caper. In a movie full of cons, the greatest may be how deceptively easy Steven Soderbergh makes the whole enterprise seem.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Reportedly the most expensive European production ever mounted, the visually extravagant "Valerian" throws every Euro of its budget up on the screen, but there's little buoyancy to its spirit and not enough thrill in its action-adventure. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) A cauldron of anger, fear and chaos, "Detroit" is guided by the unbridled emotions of its imperiled characters, resulting in a drama which is at times inelegant in its rage but nonetheless produces a grim wallop‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
100% Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey (2017) Midnight Return is much more invested in the film's long shadow, exploring how the storyline was parodied and referenced for decades, leaving a damaging lasting impression of Turkey as a scary, barbaric society.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
7.5/10 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) What we're left with in War for the Planet of the Apes is an absorbing, intelligent finale. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
17% The House (2017) Running less than 90 minutes, "The House" is excruciatingly flat and goes on forever. There are many funny people in this film. By the time it's over, you may forget that they ever made you smile.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The sixth Spider-Man movie in 15 years proves to be a fun, likable coming-of-age tale, albeit one weighed down by its air of familiarity and need to adhere to the overarching narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
46% Rough Night (2017) Like many would-be debaucherous evenings, "Rough Night" starts off with great promise, only to devolve into a series of poor decisions, regretful moments and a general sense of disappointment. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
22% The Book of Henry (2017) A nervy, willfully preposterous study of motherhood and loss, "The Book of Henry" recklessly shifts between tones and genres, never predictably but rarely satisfyingly. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) It's a fun genre mashup that's also rather disposable, offering quick surges of pleasure akin to the cavalcade of tasty pop, rock and R&B songs that litter the soundtrack and provide the film's heartbeat.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 27, 2017
61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Whether it's the tiresome use of 1980s pop songs on the soundtrack or the endless gibberish of the Minions, this sequel makes a lot of noise without delivering much heart or humor.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) If Errol Morris' new film is a relatively minor work by his standards, then its bittersweet, faintly lilting tone is here to remind viewers of the big heart that's always been there in his oeuvre. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) The end of the world can't come soon enough in Transformers: The Last Knight.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
7.2/10 98% 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 17% 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
68% 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 62% 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
89% 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
45% 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
97% 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
18% 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 73% Wonderstruck (2017) Not surprisingly, Haynes encourages his adolescent actors to give unfussy performances. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
9/10 90% 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 61% 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