Wesley Lovell

Wesley Lovell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Biography:
Movies have always been a passion for me. Even when I was a child, I wanted to see movies that my grandparents wouldn't want me to see. Everything changed for me in 1990 when I sat down to watch the Academy Awards for the first time. I had a personal favorite going into the race and knew little to nothing about the awards themselves. Against odds that I was not aware of then, Driving Miss Daisy took home the trophy for Best Picture. I was ecstatic and it became my personal mission to study the Academy Awards and become a first rate prognosticator. In 1996, I founded The Oscar Guy, my personal website for the Academy Awards. Over time as I finished my studies in film, I began writing reviews in order to embellish my site. In 1997, I joined the Online Film Critics Society and have been a proud member ever since. In 2006, I was elected a governor of the Online Film Critics Society and am working on a number of projects that I feel will bring further prestige to the organization. I graduated from then Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in 1999 with a BS in Communications/Mass Media. Through my studies, my intense love of movies grew and I have used much of that training to increase my filmic vocabulary and continue to work to increase my knowledge of historical contexts.
Favorites:
There are many movies that I enjoy but among my most beloved are Sunrise, Schindler's List, Citizen Kane, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Publications:
Apollo Guide , Cinema Sight
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
883
Total QuickRatings:
16
Location:
Springfield, Missouri, USA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 883
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/4 97% Gravity (2013) " A modern science-fiction classic that follows a fractured mother struggling to find herself in the vastness of space." — Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 15, 2013
4/4 75% Out in the Dark (2013) " A brilliant exploration of the challenges facing homosexuals in other parts of the developed world." — Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 15, 2013
2.5/4 78% Metallica Through the Never (2013) " Two films wrangling for dominance and neither finding the purchase necessary to succeed." — Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 15, 2013
3.5/4 89% Rush (2013) " Ron Howard understands how to frame intense action sequences, but frequently lacks the emotional leverage to avoid cliché." — Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 15, 2013
2.5/4 33% Best Man Down (2013) " Finding much of value in this film is tough, but there's enough to keep it afloat." — Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 15, 2013
3/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " A slight improvement over its predecessor, but not much better." — Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 15, 2013
2/4 36% The ABCs of Death (2013) " Far too many bad chapters to be an effective whole." — Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 15, 2013
3.5/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " An engaging film that sugarcoats Disney history as only Disney itself can. Once you get past the historical fallacies, you can enjoy the artisanship on display." — Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 13, 2013
B 77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013) " This documentary explores the profiteering made by major American corporations as the Drug War continues unabated in spite of data that suggests a different approach might work better." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3.5/4 52% Promised Land (2013) " An engaging film about the dangers of fracking and the crass manipulation employed by its proponents." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Low-level Tarantino inspires exploration, but delivers little more than a blood bath." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3.5/4 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " A startlingly good exploration of good, evil and the perseverance of love." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
1.5/4 7% Tomorrow You're Gone (2013) " Stephen Dorff struggles to rise above the plainness of the film's premise." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3/4 88% Middle of Nowhere (2012) " An imperfect film about devotion and crumbling self-respect. Emayatzy Corinealdi is fantastic." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
1.5/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " A poorly written film with a vibrant palette that cannot hide the wickedness in its soul." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
4/4 81% The Impossible (2012) " A harrowing tale of perseverance and the search for safety amidst horrid destruction." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
4/4 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " The 3D doesn't add a lot to the narrative, but it's still an exciting adventure into the mesmerizing world of dinosaurs and humanity's godlike addiction to reviving the past." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2/4 14% K-11 (2013) " An interesting, if deeply flawed film about the backroom machinations of a gays-only ward at a local prison." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2/4 54% Oblivion (2013) " Paying lip service to sci-fi tropes, this hapless futuristic romp pilfers liberally without adding any depth." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3.5/4 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " A generous step up from its predecessor, the various twists aren't exactly as expected, but you'll still have fun getting there." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
4/4 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " It finds the gentle balance between traditional romantic comedy and artistic exploration of the laws of attraction." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2/4 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Either reinvent or stick to the source material, don't try to have your fun both ways. It doesn't work." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3.5/4 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " A stunning recreation of 1920's New York that sticks as close to its source material as it can while delivering an engaging adaptation." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3/4 50% Now You See Me (2013) " An intriguing premise wrapped in mystery that takes the audience into unexpected outcomes and pleases along the way." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
1.5/4 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " The possibilities are endless, but none of them are explored with any depth herein." — Cinema Sight
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3/4 73% The Happy Poet (2013) " If you can swallow the contrived ending, the main course is completely satisfying." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 29, 2013
3/4 78% Flight (2012) " Not the most compelling portrait of addiction, but it's a satisfactory one." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 29, 2013
3/4 36% Family Weekend (2013) " An appealing film about the rigors of parenting and misperception of what it takes to be a parent." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 29, 2013
3.5/4 78% Melancholia (2011) " A strong central performance from Kirsten Dunst, this is one of the best Lars von Trier films yet made." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
0.5/4 17% Shark Night 3D (2011) " Predictable. Disposable. Listless. Boring. This is not how you make great horror films." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 93% Looper (2012) " If it weren't for its gaping plot holes, this could be one of this century's best science fiction features." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
4/4 96% Argo (2012) " Ben Affleck is one of this generation's best directors and "Argo" is a tight, engaging thriller." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " A little too unfocused at times, there's something deeply involving about this time-spanning romantic thesis." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " An excellent, inventive, anti-bullying adventure that may be a little too technologically advanced for older audiences." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2.5/4 54% Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012) " It's heart is in the right place, but the execution isn't quite what it needs to be to excel." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) " Proof that even the young can mistakenly see the aged as elderly. Their bodies may have degraded, but their minds and spirits are no less sharp." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
4/4 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " It's a journey that any fan of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy should enjoy." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " Bouncing back and forth between belief and incredulity, the film weaves an engaging story about love, time travel and the importance of looking beyond the obvious." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 87% Arbitrage (2012) " Richard Gere is terrific and the supporting cast do superb jobs in this fascinating exploration of greed, justice and the law." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " A beautiful fantasy adventure that might change a few minds about the power and importance of these childhood fantasy characters." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/4 79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) " Fans of the original and its familial sequel will love this colorful, vibrant excursion through Europe." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
4/4 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " One of the absolute best films about surviving High School ever made." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/4 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " A cute, but meandering story of growing up alone and having to fend for oneself even when there's help to be received." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 87% ParaNorman (2012) " Movies that set themselves firmly against bullying are great, but ones that play to horror fans are even better." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) " The search for religion takes a back seat to the spectacular visual splendor of a boy floating alone on the ocean with a vicious tiger." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " A whirlwind affair composed of dazzling set pieces and a driving narrative." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
4/4 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " To date my favorite Wes Anderson and I don't characterize myself as an Anderson fan." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " One of the better bonds, but it isn't as good as Daniel Craig's first outing." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/4 94% The Sessions (2012) " Strong central performances and an endearing premise smooth over some of the more jagged edges of the script." — Cinema Sight
Posted Mar 21, 2013
4/4 70% Les Misérables (2012) " A sweeping, musical spectacle filled with wonderful performances and a keen political awareness." — Cinema Sight
Posted Dec 11, 2012
3.5/4 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " It would be easy to say that the film would be nothing without Tilda Swinton. It wouldn't, but the narrative is quite engaging and Swinton's isn't the only terrific performance." — Cinema Sight
Posted Sep 15, 2012
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