Cinepinion

Cinepinion is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s):
Rating Title/Year Author
Lights Out (2016) Henry Stewart Horror isn't as easy as James Wan makes it look--David Sandberg is capable but not masterful, and LIGHTS OUT is scary but never terrifying. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2016
B+ The Conjuring 2 (2016) Henry Stewart The most horrifying horror around...also pretty stupid. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2016
Beasts of No Nation (2015) Henry Stewart This movie is too stylish for its subject...The content demands brutal honesty, cameras that can't and won't look away...Instead, Fukunaga presents it with the palatable outrage typical of Oscar nominees--and the movie got no nominations for the trouble. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2016
The Visit (2015) Henry Stewart This may be a necessary palette cleanser for a director who spent the last few years consumed doing the hackiest hack work in Hollywood...And I'd love to see Shyamalan return to form. But this isn't that film. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2016
Bone Tomahawk (2015) Henry Stewart Don't expect a movie that deals well, or at all really, with the problems of American history...Expect instead satisfying storytelling...terrifying. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2015
Queen of Earth (2015) Henry Stewart [It's] like intrinsically hipster cinema: it puts a modern spin on old tropes without quite changing them--that is, it looks a little different, but doesn't say anything too different. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2015
Straight Outta Compton (2015) Henry Stewart It isn't a movie about the social realities of growing up south of Los Angeles--it's about the commercial success of two guys and their friends, whose stuff you can buy on your way out of the theater. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2015
The Woman in Black (2012) Henry Stewart The pleasures are the astoundingly bleak setting and the moon- and candle-lighted creepery; but what makes it satisfying is the coherent psychology. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2012
The Devil Inside (2012) Henry Stewart The demon will possess, attack, shame, or kill [each character]; its function is to call out their sins, and punish them with death. Sounds a bit like the Catholic church! EDIT
Posted May 17, 2012
Silent House (2011) Henry Stewart [The heroine is] terrorized almost exclusively by sounds, shadows and blurs--by the elements of cinema itself. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2012
Haywire (2011) Henry Stewart Artful action par excellence. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2012
Pina (2011) Henry Stewart Pushes a philosophy that words are necessary but not sufficient. Like music or the image, dance transcends language, expressing the ineffable--compensating when words fail. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2012
Fright Night (2011) Henry Stewart Vampire stories are usually centered on women, serving as allegories for the alluring threat of sexual desire. But...this is a story about boys and men, about growing up and struggling with different models of masculinity. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2011
B+ The Tree of Life (2011) Henry Stewart [It's] not ultimately about God, the fall from grace, or Reaganism-it's just the personal tragedy of one man nostalgic for a youth he can't reclaim. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2011
C Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011) Henry Stewart Crams a psychedelic, transcendental happening into the confines of narrative-documentary cliche, translating the lyrical into the prosaic. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2011
B Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Henry Stewart Herzog is so fascinated by the past because he looks at it and sees himself. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2011
C- The Assault (2010) Henry Stewart Filtering actual terrorism through Hollywood cliches isn't just distasteful--it's f-ing immoral. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2011
Scream 4 (2011) Henry Stewart A cranky diatribe from genre pioneers...a Return of the Olds to show these kids what's what. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2011
B+ Putty Hill (2010) Henry Stewart Set in Baltimore, but looks an airplane's ride away from The Wire's innercity Bodymore--it looks like the rural South--yet it shares many of the same problems: drugs, crime, unemployment, ex-cons, ennui. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2011
A- Four Lions (2009) Henry Stewart A comedy about radical Muslim terrorists is one thing; one that makes us root for our own demise is quite another. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2011
A Cold Weather (2010) Henry Stewart [About] tossed-together detectives modeling themselves on detective fiction, both literature and television, feeding off the thrill of life imitating art. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2011
Zenith (2010) Henry Stewart [Its] most major problem among its many problems is its tiring triteness. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2011
Kaboom (2010) Henry Stewart Like a surreal and flamboyant neo-noir, written by Bret Easton Ellis and aired on the CW; it's part Buffy and part Brick; part Twin Peaks and part 90210. Am I making it sound better than it is? EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2011
Poetry (2010) Henry Stewart An attempt to reconcile the awful with the awesome. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2010
C+ It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) Henry Stewart The Brooklyn-based [directors] used to thrive off of subverting clichés...[but] It’s Kind of a Funny Story is packed full of [them]. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2010
A- Marwencol (2010) Henry Stewart Reveals something about the weird and possibly destructive ways in which we all simplify the narratives our own lives. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2010
A- Animal Kingdom (2010) Henry Stewart Is Australia the new Romania? EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2010
B+ Inception (2010) Henry Stewart Inception...is not a movie about dreams--if it were, it'd be as unbearably dumb as some have claimed it is. Rather, it's a movie about movies. (Still, relatively dumb.) EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2010
B- Centurion (2010) Henry Stewart [It] isn't anti-troop. But it's rabidly anti-war, and anti-authority, too. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2010
C+ The Human Centipede (2009) Henry Stewart The violence here might be more suggested than the literal bloodsoakings of the American franchises (and French standalones) it sends up...But at least those torture porners have potent political subtexts. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2010
C Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Henry Stewart Were it not for a few accusations of homosexuality, a skiing accident and some projectile vomit, it wouldn't qualify as a comedy at all. It's actually really sad. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2010
B+ Everyone Else (2009) Henry Stewart Is its totally-nailed portrait of a relationship the result of brilliant scripting? Or carefully edited improvisations? To whom do we deliver the accolades? EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2010
C- Alice in Wonderland (2010) Henry Stewart Burton comes off like something of a lonely child here, exiled from the schoolyard for punishing his playmates with torpid adaptations of their favorite adventurebooks. Is it movies like this that turn kids off to reading? EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2010
A- Lourdes (2009) Henry Stewart Theologically scathing in the questions it raises, but not in the way it raises them. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2010
A- Lorna's Silence (2008) Henry Stewart An unsettling picture of capitalistic impulses gone crazy...meticulously plotted and just as meticulously scrubbed of any evidence to prove it. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2010
B+ Shutter Island (2010) Henry Stewart Now that Scorsese finally [got his Oscar], he can get back to having fun--to making good movies, if not substantive ones. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2010
A The Brothers Bloom (2008) Henry Stewart Style (and substance) and flair burst out of every frame and speaker; Johnson--hell, everybody--is firing on all cylinders...[in this] romantic metafilm about the mendacity of storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2010
A- A Serious Man (2009) Henry Stewart The brothers cloak their bleak theology in the cover of a comedy, but the pain and injustice of a world in which God only takes but does not give--in which he punishes the seemingly unoffending--is clear and deep. So why that stupid opening? EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2009
A+ Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Henry Stewart Anderson's most radical suggestion--and this isn't from Dahl--might be that, between animal rights and workers rights, there's little distinction. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2009
A- The Headless Woman (2008) Henry Stewart It would almost be reminiscent of Carnival of Souls if it didn't evoke Antonioni so strongly. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2009
B+ The Hurt Locker (2008) Henry Stewart Bigelow is a merciless director. [But screenwriter] Boal, despite his war-reporter background, turns out to be a sucker for schmaltz. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2009
A Adventureland (2009) Henry Stewart The dramedy builds to conflict that's predictable as much as it's inevitable; and yet, because of the emotional honesty in which Mottola steeps the film, it's harrowing. The climactic reconciliation? Obvious. And @!$%-ing heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2009
B 35 Shots of Rum (2008) Henry Stewart A seemingly authentic portrait of the immigrant and children-of-immigrants experience in contemporary France that puts to shame Cederic Klapisch's recent Paris... EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2009
B Bright Star (2009) Henry Stewart Revolves around a love story stilted, pretentious and twee, essentially Garden State moved to London, ca. 1818. But the failings of the first quarter give way to a glorious middle... EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2009
C- Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (2009) Henry Stewart Maybe it would function better as a stage piece. Or, like, as a series of short stories, collected in some kind of book... EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2009
B Bronson (2008) Henry Stewart Refn avoids the pitfall of adapting a real life story--getting mired in conforming the complexities of a life into the blueprint of a familiar narrative--by artfully addressing a larger, compelling theme. Until he settles into the biopic's familiar rhythm EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2009
B- (500) Days of Summer (2009) Henry Stewart Director Webb is like our country's Christophe Honore, except his sensibilities are so Hollywood, masquerading as Indiewood... EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2009
A- Rec (2007) Henry Stewart Filmed in the rawness of firsthand experience with a handheld camera that is disorienting and imprisoning: it puts you at the mercy of the directors, who exploit their authoritarian position to maximum effect. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2009
C I Can See You (2008) Henry Stewart Some neat surrealism can't hide its underlying vacuity. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2009
B+ Pontypool (2008) Henry Stewart The filmmakers' target is Talk Radio, obviously of the kind that would (after the film was released) put together Tea Parties... EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2009