Portland Mercury

Portland Mercury is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrew Wright, Elinor Jones
Rating Title/Year Author
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Andrew Wright The Last Jedi delivers the all-too-rare thrill of a huge popcorn movie that respects the intelligence of its audience, while also serving up plenty of moments designed to make them lose their damn minds. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2017
The Dark Tower (2017) Andrew Wright Yes, it's unlikely a 95-minute movie could ever capture the gargantuan scope of the source material. But, jeez, couldn't it at least try? EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2017
13 Minutes (2014) Andrew Wright Although its depiction of courage under titanic pressure is both harrowing and heroic, it never really pinpoints the central character's defining moment. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2017
Rings (2017) Andrew Wright Even if there are few surprises for fans of the series, the first half of Rings does locate enough of that uneasy nexus between technology and the supernatural to warrant a matinee. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2017
Elle (2016) Andrew Wright A breathtakingly twisted piece of work ... that bridges some markedly taboo fault lines concerning power and sexuality. And somehow the damned thing is also funny, usually at the least opportune moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2016
Demon (2015) Andrew Wright Ultimately, what lingers most strongly in Wrona's impressive film is less the actual aberration, and more the examination of how people as a group react to it being in their midst. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2016
Morgan (2016) Andrew Wright If you're a sucker for movies where scientists tamper in God's domain, this should give you plenty to chew on. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2016
Don't Breathe (2016) Andrew Wright [Stephen Lang] delivers a Pantheon boogeyman here, conveying with every thought and gesture that this is absolutely not a man with whom to screw. This movie should be played loud. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2016
Ben-Hur (2016) Andrew Wright Suffers from both a curiously passive central character and the faith-based dramatic flattening that seems to be a hallmark of producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey ... The plot still has enough juice to work, but only just. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2016
Lights Out (2016) Andrew Wright Contains more than enough flickeringly lit yelps to justify its existence. How many variations can be successfully run on the same gag? Quite a few, as it turns out. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2016
The Infiltrator (2016) Andrew Wright A solid, mid-level walk on the seedy side ... when you factor in a terrific-even-for-him lead performance by Bryan Cranston, however, it zooms up the ranks into something well worth leaving the couch for. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2016
The Conjuring 2 (2016) Andrew Wright This is a movie where virtually every scene is designed expressly for the purpose of causing the viewer's colon to have an out-of-body experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2016
Money Monster (2016) Andrew Wright A satire about television that feels like it was made by the kind of people who claim they don't even watch TV. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2016
Ratchet & Clank (2016) Andrew Wright Keeps the basic charm of the source material, fitting snugly in the tier of movies for kids located somewhere just below Pixar. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2016
Green Room (2015) Andrew Wright Gathers up [Blue Ruin's] earlier promise and just goes sick with it, taking an intentionally stripped-down premise and jacking it up to ferocious speeds. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2016
Midnight Special (2016) Andrew Wright Nichols' built-for-speed tribute to Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter does his influences proud, while also suggesting he's still expanding his horizons. Right now, he's as good as we've got. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Andrew Wright Takes an instantly fraught premise and never stops stripping the screws. Within its narrow self-imposed parameters, it's just about perfect. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2016
London Has Fallen (2016) Andrew Wright Jingoistic enough to make the members of Team America stumble towards the woodchipper in disbelief. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2016
The Witch (2015) Andrew Wright By the final enigmatic scene, a sustained state of magic terror has been achieved that more than justifies the acres of hype. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2016
Deadpool (2016) Andrew Wright A terrifically faithful adaptation of some awfully obnoxious source material. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2016
Ip Man 3 (2015) Andrew Wright A bit pokey at times, with Yen struggling to keep the historical sereneness of his character interesting ... When the throwdowns do occur, though, Oh Holy Mother of God. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2016
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015) Andrew Wright While the talented cast occasionally gets a screwball, smiling-dagger rhythm going, the narrative's insistence on staying on point certainly could have benefited from some of Green's old what the hell wobbliness. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2015
Bridge of Spies (2015) Andrew Wright A deliberately old-fashioned hybrid of courtroom drama and Cold War skullduggery that's so expertly put together that you may not realize the beauty of its construction until after the fact. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2015
Black Mass (2015) Andrew Wright [Depp] festoons himself with bad teeth, an elfin nose, and malamute eyes with fascinatingly grotesque results. What's new, however, is that he doesn't seem content with just pleasing himself this time. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2015
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) Andrew Wright When your movie is about a guy who can take out an entire room of thugs without breaking stride, it sure would be nice to actually see it. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2015
Fantastic Four (2015) Andrew Wright This is a movie where a superhero famed for his amazing powers of elasticity can be choked out like a henchman in a Swayze flick. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2015
Tangerine (2015) Andrew Wright Conjures up a world where an illegal business transaction in a carwash can somehow come off as silly, raw, and touching all at once. After the credits roll, the dizzy crackle remains. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2015
Terminator Genisys (2015) Andrew Wright Comes off as serviceable at best and officially sanctioned fan wankery at worst. In trying to freshen up the ingredients for a new generation, it just clunks up the batter. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
Poltergeist (2015) Andrew Wright Offers enough tweaks to the source material to justify its existence. Besides, even if you already believe clown dolls should be expunged from the earth, a little more confirmation can't hurt. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2015
While We're Young (2014) Andrew Wright Makes for a fantastically entertaining character study, even if you'd flee from these characters on the street. Look at these hipsters. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2015
It Follows (2014) Andrew Wright One of those rare scary machines where everything just clicks together, with a ferociously single-minded rightness that keeps the nerves in a state of high, perpetual thrum. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2015
Run All Night (2015) Andrew Wright Deserves a healthy measure of respect for unearthing a rich, world-weary vein of noir fatalism. It'd punch you if it could. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2015
What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Andrew Wright Expertly paced, consistently inventive, and exceedingly good natured. Especially when the splatter is hitting the rafters. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2015
Tusk (2014) Andrew Wright An initially creepy slice of body horror that repeatedly fritters away its mounting bad vibes through shoe-horned flashbacks and lengthy improv digressions. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2014
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Andrew Wright Nails the mournful cynicism of the source material. If the sight of a man in a trenchcoat doggedly chasing down leads dings your particular pleasure centers, get to the theater as soon as you can. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2/5 Colombiana (2011) Jamie S. Rich A half-hearted backstory overburdens the pyrotechnics, putting the supporting cast in awkward situations they are ill equipped to handle. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3 Days to Kill (2014) Andrew Wright Takes Luc Besson's two favorite subjects and merrily glomps them together, along with, well, whatever may have passed by his window during the creative process. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2014
1/5 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Jamie S. Rich In its prior forms, Grinch is storytelling as pure perfection; as a Universal picture, it's storytelling as pure poop. To look at the names of its makers is to look on a list of naughtiness most heinous. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2013
2.5/5 J. Edgar (2011) Jamie S. Rich It took Hoover two years to arrest a suspect for kidnapping the Lindbergh baby, and at times, J. Edgar feels equally as drawn out. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2013
3.5/5 The Artist (2011) Jamie S. Rich Both Dujardin and Bejo are fetching, and Hazanavicius never demands they go too far with their imitation, avoiding caricature or parody. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2013
3/5 Le Havre (2011) Jamie S. Rich It's blandly enjoyable, but really, Le Havre is just old-school Hollywood cheese filtered through a semi-ironic lens. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2013
Pieta (2012) Andrew Wright Ki-duk's having his cake, and chewing it with his mouth open, too. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2013
3.5/5 Rampart (2011) Jamie S. Rich As loosely structured as Dave's damaged psyche, it's more than just another riff on Training Day-the emotional violence is more unsettling than the physical punch-ups. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2013
3/5 Friends With Kids (2011) Jamie S. Rich ...funny and crass and, at times, more than a little schmaltzy. Yet, there's something refreshing about seeing grownups talk about grown-up things in real ways. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2013
4/5 The Imposter (2012) Jamie S. Rich Frédéric's tale has enough salacious pulp that it remains interesting despite Layton's heavy-handed filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2013
4.5/5 The Deep Blue Sea (2011) Jamie S. Rich Weisz is breathtaking...relying neither on blame nor self-pity. She and the film walk a precarious line, but watching them work their way across is a powerful experience. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2013
4/5 Killer Joe (2011) Jamie S. Rich ...a scuzzball delight fueled by an uncomfortable morality and an unapologetic sense of its own depravity. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2013
3.5/5 Red Hook Summer (2012) Jamie S. Rich You might not buy what Lee's peddling, and it certainly has its clunky moments, but you're still likely to have your consciousness raised along with those skeptical eyebrows. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2013
1.5/5 A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) Jamie S. Rich There's a difference between "anything goes" and "all over the place," and this film ends up being the latter, never quite gelling and, worse, leaving its subject behind... EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2013
4/5 Oslo, August 31st (2011) Jamie S. Rich Trier assembles his story as a series of scattered moments, repeated exchanges, and overlapping experiences. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2013