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Wesley Lovell

Wesley Lovell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) What a marvelous foray into the world of J.K. Rowling. Its period setting helps set it as an astute parallel political commentary while the progressive undertones make for a more enjoyable experience. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/4 95% Moana (2016) A song score that's far weaker than the great animated musicals of the 1990s, this Disney princess film has all the charm one would expect from the Mouse House, without the feeling of urgency. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 31, 2016
2/4 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) If not for the performances, including a pair of engaging leads, the film would suffer from an overburdened reliance on dated tropes. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) It may be unnecessarily raunchy at times, but there are plenty of strong moments and the heavy-handed political commentary is potent if obvious. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) This is a Star Wars film for fans, not casual observers. It has plenty of nice touches that bring back fond memories of the original and may well be the best Star Wars films since the original trilogy. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3.5/4 93% La La Land (2016) A modern lover story with a healthy dose of homage. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 31, 2016
4/4 93% Hidden Figures (2017) A potent film with strong performances that will bolster your belief that change can still be made with the right level of conviction. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/4 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Aardman is at its best with visual thrills, but even its best efforts can't bolster a questionable script. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 60% Joy (2015) A rare misstep for director David O. Russell. There are good things about it, but not enough to make it worth your time. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) More of the same is not necessarily always a bad thing. It's just unfortunate that it can't be something new or structurally different. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) A slow-burning sci-fi drama that posits compelling questions while creating a fascinating way to tell its story. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Dependent's Day (2016) [It] wears its heart on its sleeve and puts every fraction of its considerable strengths to effective use. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) Simple, sublime perfection. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Standard issue Tim Burton. That's both a good and a bad thing, but mostly good. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) A cinematic masterpiece that stands among the greatest of the medium. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) A film that desperately needed a better screenplay. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) When sequels, even lateral ones, outdo their originals, it's a good thing. This is a good thing. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Aug 22, 2016
3/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) Strong, mid-tier Pixar. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2.5/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) It succeeds more than it fails. It's certainly entertaining and Smith is better than he has been in years with Robbie a star in the making, but the structural problems are almost fatal. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Putting funny women together with a strong comedic director works every time. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Aug 4, 2016
4/4 98% Zootopia (2016) A perfect embodiment of the kind of fable Aesop used to tell. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 20, 2016
3/4 28% Warcraft (2016) A film made by and for the fans and there's nothing wrong with that. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) A fine addition to the X-Universe, the film has a few minor issues, but stays true to the franchise and to the spirit of its characters. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 14, 2016
3/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) On par with the recent Avengers combo films, but quite inferior to the prior Captain America outing. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted May 17, 2016
3/4 84% Deadpool (2016) A crass, ornery heap of fun. It isn't close to perfect, but something of such high entertainment value doesn't have to be. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted May 6, 2016
3/4 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) While ill-advised in many, many ways, if you're already invested in the saga, there's still enough action and passion to sustain that interest, at least until the final chapter. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Apr 20, 2016
3.5/4 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) One of the most pleasing franchises in animation, Po and his stalwart companions mix Western and Eastern tropes together to create a pleasing amalgam with some of the industry's best animation, both traditional and modern. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) You take the good. You take the bad. You take them both and there you have a Zack Snyder film. It's par for the course for anyone who's followed his films. A little pleasantry and a little frustration mixed together. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/4 94% Carol (2015) A perfectly acted, perfectly sculpted, perfectly rounded exploration of love and strife in the not-so-perfect '50s. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet You're Killing Me (2015) The production values cause the film to struggle in the run-up to the resolution, a quaintly idiosyncratic horror-comedy that just barely fails to work entirely. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 31, 2016
1.5/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) Two distinctly different approaches to filmmaking are employed here and neither of them manages to eke out a victory over the other. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jan 1, 2016
2.5/4 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) There are a lot of great ideas struggling to find their way out of this misshapen hulk of a film. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jan 1, 2016
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Could there be a more surprisingly pleasing spy franchise than this action adventure series? It doesn't allow James Bond or Jason Bourne to take all the accolades. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jan 1, 2016
3/4 47% Home (2015) It doesn't have the richness or depth that Pixar frequently lays claim to, but it's still a pleasing endeavor. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jan 1, 2016
3/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) With significant performance and plotting issues, the film ends up being about as fun as you could expect and just a little bit more. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jan 1, 2016
4/4 73% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) One of the absolute best of Disney's animated legacy. It approaches the ideas of accepting others for who they are and not allowing antiquated notions of propriety destroy lives. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jan 1, 2016
2/4 64% The Nutty Professor (1996) It spends too much time trying to find laughter and not enough time speaking out against fat shaming and our weight-obsessed culture. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jan 1, 2016
4/4 93% Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Not just the best of the Next Generation movies, but one of the best of the entire franchise. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jan 1, 2016
4/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) A satisfying conclusion to a brilliant series of films that show us the dangers of the oligarchy. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jan 1, 2016
3/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) It's precisely what you expect. Nothing more. Nothing less. And there isn't anything wrong with that. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jan 1, 2016
2.5/4 56% Minions (2015) Without the clever plotting of the first, the presence of the bumbling brilliance of Gru, or a wall-to-wall array of ludicrous jokes, the film almost succumbs to its own ego. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/4 81% Ant-Man (2015) Pick a formula. Include a wonderful actor. Make everything work in spite of the unoriginality that's working against it. You get "Ant-Man." ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) Amy Schumer is everything that's right about this film. Judd Apatow is everything that's wrong with it. Strong perfs from non-comedians make up for some directorial issues. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/4 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) Not that the film doesn't have its problems, and there are a few of them, but surprisingly Schwarzeneggar isn't one of them. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Aug 12, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) The Pixar magic is back with a glorious look into the mind of a young girl. Gorgeous imagery, colorful situations and an emotional roller coaster reward any interested viewer. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) It's certainly exciting and entertaining, but there is now splendor or awe-inspiring inventiveness. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 22, 2015
3.5/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) An exciting look at the possibilities of the future and the necessity for determination, dedication and optimism to achieve it. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 15, 2015
3.5/4 94% Spy (2015) A fun feminist spy comedy with wonderfully outlandish events and fascinating examinations of the genre. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 15, 2015
4/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Everything you need to know about the situations and characters is vibrantly depicted on screen. This isn't a film for people who want everything revealed through dialogue. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted May 25, 2015
2.5/4 28% Insurgent (2015) A good premise is dumbed down and poorly executed by a director who doesn't seem to understand how to make his narratives genuinely interesting. ‐ Cinema Sight
Posted May 17, 2015