Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine
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T-Meter Title | Year
B- 53% The Cable Guy (1996) Those who like enjoy seeing performers open up their ids in the name of comedy might get a kick out of Carrey's spooky malevolence. Others, however, enter at their own risk. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
B 82% Tumbleweeds (1999) Given its obviousness, Tumbleweeds is still worthy of attention thanks principally to the queenly Janet McTeer. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
C- 53% Mars Attacks! (1996) Mars is a fireball of failure, a B-movie crammed full of A-list actors, an exercise in tacky self-indulgence that will numb you with its labored eccentricities. What's more, it would take a greater detective than I to find a single funny line. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
B+ 85% Breaking the Waves (1996) Emily Watson gives this musty spiritualism a flesh and-blood sympathetic center. Her purity of emotion, be it bliss, fear or sorrow, are convincingly unactorly and the camera -- even Von Trier's handheld pseudo-documentary one -- loves her face. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
B 83% Jerry Maguire (1996) It's an easy charmer that manages to avoid the paint-by-numbers traps most romantic comedies fall into. Cruise should make more movies like this and Cameron Crowe should make more movies, period. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
97% Schindler's List (1993) With its black-and-white bleakness and its fiercely insistent realism, Schindler's List is a hallucinogenic experience. It is one of the most finely calibrated, most overtly mournful, most nakedly authentic films ever made. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
72% Forrest Gump (1994) Fifty years from now, Forrest Gump will probably seem hopelessly quaint, cryptic, even ridiculous. Today, however, Gump, the much talked about summer fable starring Tom Hanks, is a tonic for an age of cancerous cynicism. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
75% The Whistleblower (2011) Credit director Kondracki with shooting her action scenes with just the right amount of heart-quickening pace, stopping short of the kind of over-the-top sensationalism that allows the action movie genre to print money. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2011
A- 77% The Cooler (2003) Makes some daring artistic risks and largely succeeds. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2004
38% Psycho (1998) The most hyped karoake act in history. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
54% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) This time, the Force wasn't with him. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
A- 80% He Got Game (1998) Spike Lee's respect -- nay, worship -- of basketball is contagious and his audacious metaphors give shape to a powerful story of a father's efforts to save his son. And we all know a thing or two about that story. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
89% One True Thing (1998) A convincing but restrained melodrama, at times attaining true emotional power. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
51% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) A howling good time! - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
80% Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) Coarsely funny and surprisingly touching. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) This picture attempts to bring about a fuller understanding of sacrifice on the battlefield and in that respect it is a moving and dignified salute to the fallen. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% The Truman Show (1998) A surreal and immensely likable fable that straddles the line between comedy and drama. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
74% The Horse Whisperer (1998) The long lead-in eventually comes to a powerful emotional payoff, particularly for anyone who has experienced a bond with an animal. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% Touch of Evil (1958) Orson Welles gives screenwriters an example to follow: write everything -- yes, everything -- down and leave it in a prominent place where someone will find it 20 years after your death when presumably your genius will finally be recognized. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000