Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Rating Title/Year Author
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Christopher Lawrence The overstuffed adventure makes for a reasonably satisfying conclusion to this trilogy, if not the nine-movie opus begun in 1977. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Cats (2019) Christopher Lawrence [Cats] manages to unearth an extra layer of awfulness and heap it upon the source material for a nightmarish affair that could do for felines what Jaws did for sharks. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston (2019) Christopher Lawrence In the end, Pariah insinuates, it wasn't so much a matter of who would want the former heavyweight champion dead as it was a case of who didn't. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
The Banana Splits Movie (2019) Christopher Lawrence Syfy strikes out with Banana Splits... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Christopher Lawrence ...the result is an engrossing, unsettling, thoroughly messy film... EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Christopher Lawrence The stand-alone movie doesn't amount to much in the way of plot, but it does - finally, after all these many years - serve as a fitting conclusion to one of TV's all-time great series. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Step Brothers (2008) Carol Cling That ranks as a major disappointment, considering the two goofballs portraying the title Step Brothers -- Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly -- are usually good for at least a few laughs. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Brexit (2019) Christopher Lawrence Cumberbatch is engaging as always, but there's nothing in "Brexit" that's half as clever as the titular cheery little moniker given to Britain's exit that in no way hinted that ramifications could be felt years or even decades later. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
B+ Kin (2018) Christopher Lawrence Kin isn't a great movie. The narrative gets a bit too wonky at the end. But it's a refreshing change of pace from super-budgeted sci-fi. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
B Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Christopher Lawrence While not nearly as scarce as an Asian-led Hollywood movie, a well-made romantic comedy is becoming very rare indeed. "Crazy Rich Asians" just may lead to a surge in both. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
A- BlacKkKlansman (2018) Christopher Lawrence BlacKkKlansman is an incendiary return to form for Lee, who not only pulls no punches, he adds plenty of haymakers into the mix. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
B- Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Lawrence It's a movie every bit as messy as its "hunny"-craving bear, though only somewhat as lovable. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018) Christopher Lawrence It's a lovably shaggy ode to anyone who's ever tried to fit in, failed miserably, and then brushed herself off and slouched back out there again. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
B Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Christopher Lawrence While the stakes certainly are high, "Fallout" turns up the fun with references to the increasingly implausible lengths to which Ethan and his team will go to save the world. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
C- Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Christopher Lawrence Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is simply forced, listless and borderline excruciating. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
C- Skyscraper (2018) Christopher Lawrence Fittingly, considering all the shoutouts to duct tape, most of the movie feels as though it were patched together with the sticky stuff. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Christopher Lawrence Being reminded of those random outbursts of genius and that laugh - dear lord, that laugh - feels like having a Band-Aid ripped off your soul. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
C Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Christopher Lawrence But, like Ant-Man, who gets woozy when he stretches too tall, the movie gets into trouble whenever it tries to go big. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2018
B- Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Christopher Lawrence What is a taut, tense thriller such as "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" doing in the middle of summer, when it's clearly more of a sophisticated September release for grown folks? EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2018
C Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Christopher Lawrence The best entries in the franchise elicit a genuine sense of wonder. The only wonder on display here is wondering how things turned out so terribly dull. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
C+ Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Christopher Lawrence Considering everything Han Solo has been through, the new movie isn't as bad as, say, being frozen in carbonite or that long-awaited reunion with his son. But it isn't far behind. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
B- Ocean's 8 (2018) Christopher Lawrence Although this "Ocean's" may not make many waves, it offers a relatively cool break from the summer heat. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
C- Adrift (2018) Christopher Lawrence When was the last time you saw a movie where someone got on a boat and something good happened? EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2018
B+ Deadpool 2 (2018) Christopher Lawrence Director David Leitch, replacing the original's Tim Miller, ups the action quotient while the script delivers a stronger story and even some occasional poignancy. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
D+ Show Dogs (2018) Christopher Lawrence "With jokes like that," Phillipe warns, "you will not make many friends." With jokes like that, neither will "Show Dogs." EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
C- Life of the Party (2018) Christopher Lawrence I've gone from marveling at Melissa McCarthy's comedic sensibilities to walking into her movies with the sort of dread usually reserved for IRS audits and colonoscopies. Her latest, Life of the Party, is only slightly more pleasant than either. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2018
B Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Christopher Lawrence There's a lot going on in Infinity War, including actual suffering, sacrifice and real emotions, most of which won't sink in until the end credits roll. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018
I Feel Pretty (2018) Christopher Lawrence Despite a final-act empowerment statement, I Feel Pretty is a meandering comedy with a troubling message that's all about hating who you are unless you're gorgeous. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2018
Paterno (2018) Christopher Lawrence Through Aaron and Ganim's "Spotlight"-style reporting, Paterno finally puts a human face on the Sandusky atrocities. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
A- Isle of Dogs (2018) Christopher Lawrence It's a precious, whimsical, giddy burst of storytelling, overflowing with love and longing. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
B+ Ready Player One (2018) Christopher Lawrence Just like Halliday's contest, Ready Player One is designed to reward the nerdiest among us. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
C- Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Christopher Lawrence The one positive takeaway from Uprising is that Boyega has definite leading man potential outside the Star Wars universe...but there's just far too much running in place. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2018
C Tomb Raider (2018) Christopher Lawrence Aside from Goggins and Vikander, who makes for a plucky underdog Lara and classes up the joint considerably, everyone involved seems to be just going through the motions. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2018
C+ A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Christopher Lawrence As failures go, this one is very nearly devastating. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2018
B Red Sparrow (2018) Christopher Lawrence That level of sophistication, and the need to really pay attention, make Red Sparrow feel far more like a grown-up September release than one hitting theaters in early March. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
C Game Night (2018) Christopher Lawrence Game Night suffers from wild tonal shifts, a half-dozen or more plot developments that defy not only logic but often physics, and a cast of characters who behave in ways no human should - or would. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2018
B Black Panther (2018) Christopher Lawrence Black Panther is an important movie that doesn't feel like being forced to eat kale, thanks to car chases, shootouts and subtle bursts of humor. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2018
Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Christopher Lawrence I'm not certain if Fifty Shades Freed is marginally better than its predecessors, or if I've just grown accustomed to the awfulness of the franchise. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2018
Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978) Christopher Lawrence The whole thing is so comically inept, I'm looking forward to James Franco making a movie about its production. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
A Gravity (2013) Christopher Lawrence This certain best-picture nominee sounds almost as good as it looks. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
B Hostiles (2017) Christopher Lawrence While Hostiles may not be the Western we deserve, it's at least within a couple of hours' ride of the Western we need. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2018
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018) Christopher Lawrence It serves as a useful explainer to viewers who aren't comedy nerds as to why the most sought after job by Harvard grads, after doctor or lawyer, is a writing gig on "The Simpsons." EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
C 12 Strong (2018) Christopher Lawrence It feels like a half dozen or more recent war movies, EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
B Call Me by Your Name (2017) Christopher Lawrence I long to be as free as Hammer is in the scene in which Oliver dances, wildly and gracelessly, to The Psychedelic Furs' "Love My Way." EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
B The Post (2017) Christopher Lawrence You wouldn't expect a movie that relies on pay phones, typewriters and Linotyp to be the timeliest entry of the awards season. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2018
B All the Money in the World (2017) Christopher Lawrence I haven't seen Spacey's take on the character, and probably never will, but Plummer's addition was worth every penny. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
B Molly's Game (2017) Christopher Lawrence Chastain and Elba share only about seven scenes, but their chemistry is delightful, and neither is afraid of going all-in. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
A The Shape of Water (2017) Christopher Lawrence Employing some good, old-fashioned movie magic, del Toro has crafted a film that borders on sensory overload. It's wondrous, odd and visually arresting from the opening seconds. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017
B- Downsizing (2017) Christopher Lawrence It's hard not to at least appreciate the effort of a movie that wears its environmental message, along with its enormous heart, on its little, Ken Doll-sized sleeve. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017
B Darkest Hour (2017) Christopher Lawrence Darkest Hour demonstrates how, considering that everything and most everyone were working against Churchill, it's fairly extraordinary that there's still an England. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017