Toledo Blade

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
1.5/5 The Meg (2018) Kirk Baird Still, for all the nods to Jaws he did include, Turteltaub resists including the obvious line about the shark being too big for the boat. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
3.5/5 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Kirk Baird Lee bludgeons us quite effectively. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
5/5 The Family Stone (2005) Christopher Borrelli The movie feels sentimental but never cheesy: Our allegiances shift throughout, until we decide everyone deserves our sympathy, everyone has reasons. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2018
2.5/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Kirk Baird Grows bolder and bigger, turning into a series of eye-rolling whoppers by the end. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
2.5/5 The Equalizer 2 (2018) Kirk Baird Everything that's wrong with the modern summer blockbuster: a meaningless franchise with only star power in its favor. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/5 Skyscraper (2018) Kirk Baird Yes, it's all preposterous, but Johnson as least makes it enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Kirk Baird Mostly improves upon everything the original film did. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Kirk Baird Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn't a sequel but a clone. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2018
2/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Kirk Baird Yes, these are all important moments in Han's formative years, but onscreen they are average and often pedestrian. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
.5/5 Life of the Party (2018) Kirk Baird If the summer film season is a monthslong shindig, then Life of the Party is the turd in the punchbowl. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Kirk Baird It's the sense that everything has been building to this moment and now, as the fun truly begins, there's nothing left to do but sit back and revel in the spectacle of it all. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018
Rampage (2018) Kirk Baird What Rampage really needs is that playful sense of fun that made the video game-turned franchise so popular. As any kid in a backyard sandbox will tell you, it's fun to be big and smash things. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 Ready Player One (2018) Kirk Baird The challenges are exciting, extensive, and surprising, and few if any directors are better at staging these kinds of action set pieces than Spielberg. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
2/5 A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Kirk Baird While the big-name cast in A Wrinkle in Time is great for marketing, there's a star problem in the film, and it's not Winfrey. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2018
2.5/5 Game Night (2018) Kirk Baird This outing doesn't go so well, with Game Night's inconsistent laughs and a plot that's too silly even for a comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018
4.5/5 Black Panther (2018) Kirk Baird Not since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises has a superhero film so openly expressed politics - not so much ideology but a cultural mood - and taken so many chances. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/5 Hostiles (2017) Kirk Baird The striking cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi, enhances Hostile's vivid contrast between what's beautiful and ugly in this world, and Cooper's screenplay ... is a challenging balance between extreme violence and thoughtful reflection. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2018
4.5/5 Call Me by Your Name (2017) Kirk Baird Most importantly, Call Me By Your Name is an honest story of hearts on fire, broken, and then healed, with wise affection for its characters and their struggles, and a message of tolerance and love for us all. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018