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Todd McCarthy

Todd McCarthy
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) All the requisite elements are served up here in ideal proportion, and the time just flies by, which can rarely be said for films of this nature.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) The only possible cure for A Cure for Wellness would have been for the horror film maestro Val Lewton to have been summoned from the grave to chop it down to no more than 79 minutes. And maybe not even then....‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
67% Golden Exits (2017) Given its lack of incident and mostly grumpy and/or off-putting characters, this will not be the film that expands Perry's small audience. But it is something close to superb.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
84% Burning Sands (2017) A workmanlike but unavoidably predictable yarn about the perils of college fraternity hazing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
56% L.A. Times (2017) Reasonably well constructed as far as it goes, but there's nothing new here and the conceit of Hollywood scenesters as being uniformly vapid and creatively void is frankly rather tired at this point.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
70% Lemon (2017) A comedy of embarrassment, discomfort and anxiety that just keeps getting funnier as it goes along, Lemon is a one-of-a-kind treat that, by ending almost too soon, follows the old showbiz principle of leaving 'em wanting more.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
100% 78/52 (2017) A resourceful, if rather hyperbolic documentary that devotes 90 minutes to analyzing one of the most famous scenes in film history.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
64% Patti Cake$ (2017) Jasper's dynamic debut crackles with energy and grass roots authenticity. But it wouldn't have worked at all without the right leading lady, which it found in Danielle Macdonald ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
100% City of Ghosts (2017) Heineman offers up a double portrait of devastation, of a truly destroyed city and of partially decimated survivors, leaving the viewer with an empathetic sense of deep sorrow.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
82% Wind River (2017) A strong directorial debut.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
31% The Yellow Birds (2017) An excellent novel about the Iraq War and its homefront fallout has been turned into a rather flat and disappointing film in The Yellow Birds.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
67% The Discovery (2017) Intriguing but unsatisfying.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
94% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) She's got a lot to offer, the door's been opened, and now we'll see what she does with it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
100% Icarus (2017) While Icarus technically doesn't break any news, it certainly scores many points by showing a diabolical wizard so surprisingly laying his secrets on the table.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
70% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Julian Barnes' short, penetrating novel about how we self-protectively edit our memories receives an intelligent, low-key, necessarily diluted big-screen treatment in The Sense of an Ending.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Loaded with more battle action than any of its seven predecessors, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story plays like a set-up for the events in the 1977 original and, for the most part, does so quite entertainingly.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
85% Silence (2017) has flirted with and danced around the subject in many of his other films... but of his explicitly religious dramas, specifically including Kundun and The Last Temptation of Christ, this is, by a considerable distance, the most eloquent and coherent.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
93% Fences (2016) Offers enough dramatic meat, boisterous humor and lived-in performances to hook audiences of all stripes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
71% Miss Sloane (2016) Smart and solid, with a smashing Chastain.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) A fitfully funny quasi-farce that takes off promisingly, loses its way mid-flight and comes in for a bumpy but safe landing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) An engaging, smartly cast and sporadically eye-popping addition to the studio's bulging portfolio.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) By-the-numbers plotting, seen-it-all-before action moves, banal locations and a largely anonymous cast alongside the star give this a low-rent feel.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
86% The Lost City of Z (2017) A rare piece of contemporary classical cinema; its virtues of methodical storytelling, traditional style and obsessive theme are ones that would have been recognized and embraced anytime from the 1930s through the 1970s.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) By the time push comes to kill, the ingenuity - or perhaps it's just cleverness - of the central concept has been reduced and abandoned for the sake of generic action moves.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
44% The Girl on the Train (2016) The puzzle of how the various personal and narrative pieces will eventually fit together exerts a smidgen of interest, but the characters are so dour and un-dimensional as to invite no curiosity about them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
96% 13th (2016) DuVernay and Averick never stray far from the itinerary they clearly set for themselves, which was to illuminate the distance the country still remains from its ideal of equality for all.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
94% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) The lead performances have power, whereas pictorially the film is pretty rough and ordinary.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) The heightened, fantastical elements of the story, coupled with the British wartime setting, put one in mind of Michel Powell, and one knows that, with him, the focus would have remained intently on the young lovers to the end.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
0% London Fields (2015) So comprehensively does the film fail to represent the labyrinthian literary wonders of Amis' book that it scarcely seems worthwhile to detail its universal shortcomings.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) All that counts here is that the film serve up a realistic, non-phony-looking, action-packed rendition of the worst oil spill in American history, and that it certainly does.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
21% The Assignment (2017) For longtime fans of the filmmaker, this Canadian-made low-budget revenge yarn will be embraced as Hill's most entertaining and, on the terms it sets for itself, accomplished film in some time. It's an instant cult item.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
No Score Yet The Rolling Stones: Olé Olé Olé! - A Trip Across Latin America (2016) A concert film with something extra.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
80% Barry (2016) The second good Obama movie of the year.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
23% American Pastoral (2016) The filmmaking is prosaic when it should crackle with tension and disruptive undercurrents ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Taut and vivid.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Nothing particularly original or fresh has been injected into this competently made, violent but uningratiating remake of the star-studded John Sturges Western, which itself was a redo of Akira Kurosawa's imperishable 1954 classic, Seven Samurai.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
80% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2016) Always inventive and occasionally hilarious ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
No Score Yet Finding Oscar (2017) An absorbing documentary about an unlikely survival story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
100% Wakefield (2016) It would have been asking a lot from any actor to carry this film, and Cranston has done the heavy lifting and more.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
71% Bleed For This (2016) This welcome return by Boiler Room writer-director Ben Younger can't help but hit some familiar boxing picture notes but still rates as a vibrant addition to the genre.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) For Chazelle to be able to pull this off the way he has is something close to remarkable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) What were they thinking?‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) Fun enough, as late-summer studio comedies go.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
12% The Sea of Trees (2016) Woefully sentimental and maudlin.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) Perhaps the all-time strangest, most outlandish true-life story connected to the cinema and its practitioners is recounted in engrossing, if incomplete, fashion in The Lovers and the Despot.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
25% Suicide Squad (2016) A puzzlingly confused undertaking that never becomes as cool as it thinks it is, Suicide Squad assembles an all-star team of supervillains and then doesn't know what to do with them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Technically and logistically, Greengrass delivers everything you expect from him; there's no one better when it comes to staging complex, chaotic action amid the real life of big cities.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) A wrenching family tragedy is dramatized with the depth of a high-quality American stage piece in Manchester by the Sea.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Szymanski, on his debut feature, desperately tries to keep a few laughs coming while navigating toward a resolution without getting too pat or sappy. A thankless task it was.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) This is certainly the best live-action Tarzan film in many a decade (which, admittedly, isn't saying much) and offers a well-judged balance of vigorous action and engaging-enough drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016