Wesley Lovell

Wesley Lovell
Tomatometer-approved critic
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
Location: Springfield, Missouri, USA

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) The heart that beats beneath Coco is one of passion, care, and tradition. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/4 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) While the magic of the original film is dulled a bit with time, the new adventure still impresses. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The era of LGBT cinema has reached a zenith with this film. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) While it may be a Gen-Z era coming out story, it easily resonates for older generations. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
3.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Paul Rudd is always the affable hero and this film makes great use of tropes that have become stale elsewhere in the MCU. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) An engaging biopic with strong performances. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The best "Star Wars" film since the original trilogy. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) While maybe not the greatest show, it is one of the best musicals of the last decade. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Even without the franchise best production design, costumes, cinematography, and effects, "Black Panther" has a compelling story at its heart that makes both heroes and villains relatable. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
2/4 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) A passable, but disappointing finale to a series that started with promise and faded with each successive outing. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Actions don't have consequences, but that seems unimportant in this slice-of-real town USA drama. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 84% Game Night (2018) With so many different types of comedies, there is plenty of room for a slow boil riot like this one. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) Saoirse Ronan is not only finest working actor of her generation, but she elevates everything she's in. With all the things going for this movie, it makes it even better. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
2.5/4 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) A misstep that sets up an overly predictable follow-up where repercussions are inconsequential. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) Tailor made for Spielberg with an adventurous heart and an accessible screenplay. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
4/4 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldman anchors a fascinating look at the war room behind the scenes of the evacuation of Dunkirk. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) More fun than it has any right to be. Ehrenreich and Glover are terrific younger versions. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) A modest improvement over the original. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3/4 47% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Better than it has any right to be, this middle chapter doesn't answer nearly enough questions, but is entertaining nonetheless. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/4 27% Proud Mary (2018) There's a good movie buried within this unimpressive effort. Thank goodness for Taraji. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) A stellar group of short films with plenty of emotional heft to highlight where some of the best cinema is being made today. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) A delightful group of animated shorts with even the weakest being better than most films at the local cineplex. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Without Guillermo del Toro's flair for inventiveness, the creativity is light and oftentimes unimpressive. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 88% Annihilation (2018) A gripping sci-fi spectacular that's richly designed and filled with modest philosophical questions. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) A captivating ode to monster movies past with a passionately inclusive message that units a group of "others" in their fight against the oppressive majority. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) Unlike much of Christopher Nolan's oeuvre, "Dunkirk" is a fine successor to war films like "Saving Private Ryan," yet it tries hard in places not to bore its audience. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) A turgid film that thinks it's more important than it really is bringing together characters that haven't been given much in the way of individual support so far, making them feel tacked-on. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
4/4 98% Get Out (2017) Racism doesn't always have to be virulent, it can sometimes take benevolent and malicious forms as displayed in this haunting and topical film. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A fitting send-off to one of the best blockbuster trilogies in modern cinema. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/4 69% Cars 3 (2017) Pixar's sequels haven't always been up to their usual standard; however, "Cars 3" finally takes a step up after a thoroughly uncharacteristic predecessor. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) After a steady decline in quality for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok suggests the company might have found its niche in how it presents certain characters. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2.5/4 20% Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) A heavily moralizing comedy that wants to be a horror comedy, but is barely a horror film and only sometimes a comedy. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2.5/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The necessity of such a re-adaptation is directly proportional to the comparative talent involved. In this case, it's a significant step down from the first. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4/4 88% The Post (2018) A compelling look at how one newspaper defied a government in order to fulfill its role as an investigative voice for the people. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) A stylish Cold War thriller with killer visuals, striking performances, and a fond admiration for great moviemaking. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 56% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) While it has little of the wit and charm that made the two previous Lego entries so special, it still maintains the passion and life-affirming elements that have come to represent these pictures. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) A decided step down from the previous film, problematic elements infuse this diminished narrative. There are still some great visuals, but the story is lackluster and the action muted. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Stunning visuals and potent storytelling combine for one stirring sci-fi thriller. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) An exciting mixture of traditional car chase action and modern storytelling conventions. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/4 44% Rough Night (2017) Humorous in a lot of ways, but slipshod pacing makes for a rough go. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Too much Tony Stark, not enough Spidey universe. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) The series is sliding with fewer interesting characters and less compelling family dynamics. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2.5/4 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Explaining away your mythos takes away the mystery and thus the enjoyment. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Another one for Davy Jones' locker. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3.5/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Breathes life into a dying cinematic genre. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
3/4 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Certainly not without its problems, but the moral and ethical implications of the film are more than worth discussing. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
3.5/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) This may be the most thought-provoking Batman movie to date. If not, it's certainly the most vital look at the psychological makeup of the character. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
3.5/4 88% The Lobster (2016) Not just Colin Farrell's best performance, but a film that reminds us what a contrivance marriage and relationships can be when mandated by societal pressures. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
4/4 93% Logan (2017) Imagine a superhero film that feels more realistic than most war dramas. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
3.5/4 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) This is how you keep sequels fresh and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs to take especial notice. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017