Toledo Blade

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 The Cockettes (2002) Christopher Borrelli The effect is to actually bring to life the idealistic spirit of the times, to provide a context more resonant than simply the fashions and the music. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Go Tigers! (2001) Christopher Borrelli It's all true, even though the details are both as chilling as the premise of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and as uplifting as the plots of a half-dozen recent sports movies. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
2.5/5 Irresistible (2020) Kirk Baird ...its vicious comedic blow - what Stewart would passionately deliver most nights The Daily Show at the end of a rant - never comes. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
2.5/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Kirk Baird The King of Staten Island is a long journey to spend with someone you want to like and should like, but never do. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
The Vast of Night (2019) Kirk Baird Once the pair get going with their big, creepy adventure, The Vast of Night begins to drag. It's a character-driven story, but it offers its characters little to do but rote detective work. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
2/5 The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) Christopher Borrelli Here, we get a Bizarro Europe where the modest pleasures of the cable series are skipped to make room for a plot every American kiddie flick takes when it heads overseas. It aspires to nothing more than smiling imitation. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Kirk Baird Boyle does have two fun leads in Patel and James, though, and a wonderful musical accompaniment, even if those songs are performed by Jack and not the Fab Four. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kirk Baird Spider-Man: Far From Home isn't perfect, but it does rise to the occasion. And as the opening film in this new chapter of the MCU, it sets the stage for the bigger and better to come. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Kirk Baird McGregor is certainly skilled enough to make Dan compelling, even if the journey and its twists aren't always embraceable. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3.5/5 Frozen II (2019) Kirk Baird Arguably the true stars of Frozen were the Lopez husband-and-wife songwriting team. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Joker (2019) Kirk Baird Joker is dark enough that you'll appreciate stepping out of the theater and into the light. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Kirk Baird Given the effort by Eastwood and Ray to set history right in how we remember Jewell, their misrepresentation of Scruggs is an incongruous, and from a plot perspective, lazy misstep that mars an otherwise worthy endeavor. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Kirk Baird Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood is the work of a middle-aged director, one who looks back by looking forward, and who eschews the familiar for the new. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Kirk Baird The director creates a fascinating and frightening world with its own heroes and villains and the rules that govern them both - rules that are exceedingly complex, unlike the fictional black-and-white and occasionally grey domain of superheroes. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Kirk Baird Toy Story 4 is the first film in the series to introduce the concept that a toy can love another toy, and their developing relationship will pull at your heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4.5/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Kirk Baird The comic actor is funny, smart, suave, and engaging, and director Craig Brewer is content to stay out of his way...while Dolemite may be the name, this is about Eddie Murphy being Eddie Murphy. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Kirk Baird If anything, the story is like a two-hour-plus highlight reel, loaded with action-packed space battles, laser sword duels, and the return of the ultimate Star Wars villain, Emperor Palpatine. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Love Actually (2003) Christopher Borrelli It is not only the best romantic comedy in quite a long time, it is every romantic comedy in quite a long time, baked into a melange and made gargantuan. I left smiling like a huge imbecile. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
5/5 Marie Antoinette (2006) Christopher Borrelli The sneakers, post-punk soundtrack, and winking acknowledgement aside, working from a biography by Antonia Fraser, Coppola is surprisingly true to historical fact, and somewhat warmly admiring of the infamous teen queen. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
I, Robot (2004) Christopher Borrelli I have seen the future and it s an episode of Frasier gone very wrong. The worst episode, actually. Not that I, Robot is a bad film; quite the contrary, it s a shamelessly entertaining video game of a narrative, directed with style and energy. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) Christopher Borrelli For the first time Anderson is distancing us as much as he's charming us. What's charming, though, ensures Life Aquatic is no failure. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/4 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Christopher Borrelli It made me want to book a trip to Japan then do doughnuts in a subdivision. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
Reign of Fire (2002) Christopher Borrelli It's the kind of earnest, no-nonsense monster movie Hollywood used to toss out in the 1950s, and it works for one reason only: The ability of a handful of good actors, and monster movie-loving filmmakers, to keep a straight face. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
3/5 Step Brothers (2008) Ryan E. Smith The film doesn't aspire to much. It's happy to milk laughs from creative swearing, goofy, childish behavior, and a hilarious digression that explains exactly why you should never wake a sleepwalker. It does all of this well. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Kirk Baird But Captain Marvel succeeds where it is most needed. It injects a truly badass superheroine played by an overjoyed Larson into the MCU. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
The Artist (2011) Kirk Baird This joyful celebration of Hollywood's early days is vibrant and alive in a way that cinema has been lacking, and the passion that went into making The Artist is contagious. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Chicago (2002) Christopher Borrelli If this production from first-time director Rob Marshall doesn't single-handedly revive the musical as a viable genre in Hollywood, then the musical deserves to stay dead. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
A Beautiful Mind (2001) Christopher Borrelli A Beautiful Mind isn't really interested in Nash's thoughts, let alone anyone else's. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
5/5 Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) Nanciann Cherry Though the subject matter is serious, Good Night, and Good Luck bristles with humor and intelligence. You want "Must See TV"? Here it is. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Kirk Baird The survival tactics in these horrific worlds may be original, but the themes of these films certainly aren't. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Roma (2018) Kirk Baird There is no cloying dialogue, or artificial moments and characters. Every moment is real. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
Vice (2018) Kirk Baird It is brutally funny, painfully true (from a certain point of view), and likely to fill you with a small degree of regret for enjoying it all. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Kirk Baird As brain-dead fun, this movie is smarter than you think. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Across the Universe (2007) Christopher Borrelli The songs are jumbled here, and this may sound like nitpicking, but you can t explain the chaos of "Helter Skelter" or the sad melancholy of "Let It Be" without first touching on the hopefulness of "All You Need is Love" and patience of "Dear Prudence." EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Kirk Baird The film sets a brilliant standard for feature-length animation. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Kirk Baird Ralph Breaks the Internet, a more complete film with a bigger and more evolved story to share, doesn't need parlor tricks to keep viewer interest. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Kirk Baird This animated big-screen version is three times too long and 10 times as unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Kirk Baird Generally, the film feels like it is authentic. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
The Babadook (2014) Joe Landsberger Silly name; very smart movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Paranormal Activity (2007) Brian Dugger The "found-footage" format and the slowly ratcheting up of the haunting only added to the terror. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Exorcist (1973) Geoff Burns One scary movie that still terrifies me to this day... EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Shannon Kolkedy Hopkins as Lecter is chilling throughout, and he delivers one of the best final lines in movie history. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Thing (1982) Kirk Baird With its groundbreaking visual effects, terrific ensemble, and haunted-house atmosphere, is now rightfully regarded as an all-time horror classic. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Alien (1979) Mike Pearson Even now, Alien packs a visceral punch... EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Halloween (2018) Kirk Baird [The] curse is lifted with 2018's Halloween, a worthy sequel that honors Carpenter's original... EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Kirk Baird Redford's swan-song performance is far more interesting and soulful than the splashy headline version of the bank robber sold to the public in the 1980s. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
4.5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Kirk Baird A Star is Born defines Lady Gaga as a film actress, and Cooper as a filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Kirk Baird Bad Times at the El Royale's set-up, "seven desperate strangers with secrets and dark pasts intersect at a dying motel near Lake Tahoe," is really just a long journey to nowhere special. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 The Predator (2018) Kirk Baird Black adds a few twists to the mix of his own, including a familial aspect to the plot, which is unexpected given his often machismo style in the action film genre. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Kirk Baird Once the comedic novelty of naughty puppets dissipates - and it does - The Happytime Murders struggles for laughs. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018