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Tyler Hanley

Tyler Hanley
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 50% White House Down (2013) While fun in a harmless, artificial sort of way -- like Pop Rocks or costume jewelry -- White House Down is little more than Die Hard at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Smaug ignites the excitement missing from Jackson's sluggish first Hobbit flick, and the stunning visuals -- cinematography, costuming, set design, effects -- set it apart as one of the most impressive fantasy films ever made. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/4 42% Homefront (2013) This unlikely teaming of Jason Statham and James Franco proves to be a clever blend of action and acting. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/4 71% Pacific Rim (2013) Guillermo del Toro infuses this monstrous undertaking with just what it needs -- a little heart. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Jul 15, 2013
3/4 55% Man of Steel (2013) DC still has much to learn from rival Marvel in the filmmaking realm, but Man of Steel at least offers hope. Hope, and a slight headache ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Jun 14, 2013
1/4 11% After Earth (2013) After Earth is the sort of picture the Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang would salivate over. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted May 31, 2013
3/4 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) Despite a somewhat slow start and occasional plot missteps, Iron Man 3 ultimately soars thanks to its charismatic leading man and director Shane Black's man-on-wire balancing act of humor and action. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted May 5, 2013
2/4 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Wonderstone is an enticing concept but lacks the laughs to back up its potential. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Mar 16, 2013
3/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Director Bryan Singer, of The Usual Suspects and X-Men fame, infuses the film with just the right balance of action, romance and goofy fun. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Mar 3, 2013
1.5/4 47% Bullet to the Head (2013) The title itself should deter viewers who favor smart cinema over mindless mayhem. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2013
3/4 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Fantasy fans hungry for a second breakfast of Tolkien-fueled fare can get their fill with this visually sumptuous feast. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Dec 14, 2012
3.5/4 96% Argo (2012) A goofy sci-fi film dubbed Argo never got made in 1980. Fortunately for moviegoers, a brilliant, Oscar-worthy drama/thriller of the same name did get made in 2012. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/4 80% Pitch Perfect (2012) Some films make you weep; others make you squirm. Then there are those that simply make you smile. Pitch Perfect falls into the third category thanks to its strong script, charming cast and catchy soundtrack. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3.5/4 93% Looper (2012) Looper is a thoughtful genre-bender that brings science-fiction, action and mystery together in one tight package. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2/4 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) Slogging through the first 75 minutes of Trouble with the Curve is akin to watching a scoreless baseball game that doesn't get exciting until the ninth inning. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Sep 21, 2012
2.5/4 64% The Campaign (2012) The strong cast and topical plot help make for a hilarious first hour. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3/4 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) One of Marvel Comics' popular titles in the 1980s was 'The Spectacular Spider-Man,' and that adjective describes this film. Both familiar and fresh, it's a spectacle with enough thrills and humor to satisfy most fans. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2012
3/4 54% People Like Us (2012) Solid writing and strong performances by leads Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks propel People Like Us from a maudlin drama to a memorable one. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Jun 29, 2012
3.5/4 78% Brave (2012) There is a surprising beauty to Brave that transcends its visual excellence. This one is worth the risk. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Jun 22, 2012
2/4 41% Rock of Ages (2012) Tom Cruise's magnetic performance almost makes the movie worth the price of admission. Almost. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2012
3/4 68% Men in Black III (2012) An eclectic cast and stellar visual effects coalesce to make Men in Black 3 a quintessential kernel of summer popcorn cinema. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted May 25, 2012
2/4 37% Dark Shadows (2012) Dark Shadows isn't an abomination, but it falls well short of the high expectations viewers anticipate from two of the industry's top talents. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted May 11, 2012
4/4 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) Adjectives used in some of Marvel Comics' iconic titles from the early 1960s through today -- amazing, fantastic, incredible -- also describe director Joss Whedon's superhero epic The Avengers. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted May 4, 2012
3/4 26% Wrath of the Titans (2012) While Wrath of the Titans may not be escapist fantasy entertainment at its finest, the film's strong cast and striking visuals make for a thrilling theatrical ride. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Mar 30, 2012
3/4 51% John Carter (2012) Fortunately for viewers, the film is directed by Pixar sensation Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E), and the visual effects are, literally, out of this world. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Mar 9, 2012
2.5/4 29% The Vow (2012) If the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore chuckler 50 First Dates had been recast as a romantic drama and produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network, The Vow might have been the result. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Feb 10, 2012
2.5/4 66% The Woman in Black (2012) The movie bombards viewers with a host of scare tactics, from barely startling to borderline terrifying. And therein lies the problem. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Feb 8, 2012
3.5/4 76% War Horse (2011) Expect War Horse, one of the year's best, to earn some accolades at the Academy Awards in February. Oscar always pays attention when Spielberg is in the saddle. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Dec 23, 2011
3.5/4 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Shadows is like the cinematic equivalent to a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats -- the adult in me likes the thought-provoking mystery, but the kid in me likes seeing Sherlock kick a thug in the sternum. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Dec 16, 2011
3.5/4 94% Hugo (2011) Director Martin Scorsese's well-documented affection for all things cinema has never been more evident than in the enchanting and imaginative Hugo. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Nov 29, 2011
2/4 43% J. Edgar (2011) Watching J. Edgar reminded this critic of sitting in a dimly lit history class after tossing back a tablespoon of NyQuil. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Nov 10, 2011
2.5/4 59% Real Steel (2011) Strong production values and another charismatic performance by triple-threat talent Hugh Jackman help keep this heavy-metal offspring of Rocky and Transformers out of the cinematic junk heap. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Oct 7, 2011
3.5/4 94% Moneyball (2011) The unlikely tandem of Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill helps drive what is arguably the most compelling and insightful baseball-themed film since Robert Redford launched a homerun into the stadium lights in The Natural. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3/4 84% Contagion (2011) Contagion offers a healthy dose of smart filmmaking while most of Hollywood is serving up cinematic placebos. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Sep 9, 2011
2.5/4 43% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford make a terrific, no-nonsense tandem, but there is a certain absurdity to the whole affair that makes the picture seem a bit small in scope. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2011
4/4 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 caps the series with visual panache and emotional punch. It's a fitting finale to an unparalleled cinematic accomplishment. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Jul 15, 2011
3/4 68% Horrible Bosses (2011) Horrible Bosses follows the precedent set by such earlier crime-gone-awry comedies as Ruthless People (1986), Throw Momma from the Train (1987) and Bottle Rocket (1996) with gut-busting gusto. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Jul 8, 2011
2.5/4 26% Green Lantern (2011) Green Lantern is reminiscent of 2008's The Incredible Hulk, another superhero flick that boasted a strong cast but went overboard on visual stimuli.‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2011
2.5/4 32% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Just when you thought a Disney theme-park ride couldn't possibly spawn four feature-length films, here we go again. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted May 20, 2011
3.5/4 90% Bridesmaids (2011) Think of it as a cinematic bouquet -- catch it. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted May 13, 2011
1.5/4 36% Prom (2011) Perhaps the biggest problem with Prom is that there is nothing special about it. Everything feels familiar and rehashed, like eating leftovers that have lingered in the fridge and been picked at for days. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Apr 29, 2011
1.5/4 26% Arthur (2011) The problem with Arthur is far more about concept than execution. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Apr 8, 2011
3.5/4 71% Paul (2011) Paul is aimed primarily at comic-book fans and cosmos-loving adults who aren't easily offended. But the phenomenal cast, funny script and solid pacing help make Paul a stellar cinematic excursion for even the most down-to-earth humans. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2011
1.5/4 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) The unfortunate combination of a hackneyed script and inexperienced acting makes the film feel like the big-budget version of a bad high-school play.‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3/4 34% Hall Pass (2011) Although the film's crude humor isn't ideal for a school assembly or church social, it is undeniably effective. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Feb 25, 2011
2/4 33% I Am Number Four (2011) Although I Am Number Four boasts some impressive visual effects and plenty of fast-paced action, the silly plot and teen-angst undertones make the film feel like "X-Files" for high-schoolers. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Feb 18, 2011
3/4 55% Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) Executive producer Elton John's indelible stamp is all over this colorful family film. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Feb 11, 2011
3/4 58% Taken (2009) In Taken viewers are introduced to a new side of Irish actor Liam Neeson, one that is relentless and likes to hit criminals in the throat -- a lot. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2011
2.5/4 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) Director Sam Raimi returns to his Evil Dead roots for this tongue-in-cheek gorefest -- one part spooky chiller, one part campy chuckler. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2011
3/4 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) The Hangover meets Back to the Future in this hilarious and unapologetically adult buddy chuckler. ‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2011