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Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 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 58% 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
83% 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
36% 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
27% 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 No Score Yet 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
42% 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
86% 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
84% 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
64% 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
95% 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
68% 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
61% 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
47% 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
52% 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
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
48% 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 66% 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
24% 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