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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) David Blaustein The LEGO Batman Movie is pure joy, gut-busting and delightful. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2017
1/5 Fifty Shades Darker (2017) David Blaustein Oh, why am I even bothering? After watching those first 10 minutes, here's what watching the rest of Fifty Shades Darker is like: watching paint dry. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2017
2/5 A Dog's Purpose (2017) David Blaustein The only reason I stayed to watch A Dog's Purpose is because it's my job and, from past experience, I know a movie can get better. A Dog's Purpose does get better -- but never to a point where it could be considered a good movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 The Space Between Us (2017) David Blaustein Thematically, The Space Between Us may speak to teens who feel disenfranchised and misunderstood. Ultimately, though, it's a case study of a great concept diminished by a half-hearted effort. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2017
4/5 Patriots Day (2016) David Blaustein Patriots Day is a profound and moving film about a city, ripped apart by hate, that quickly comes together to heal through love, heroism and patriotism. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2017
4/5 A Monster Calls (2016) David Blaustein A Monster Calls is cathartic and thrilling to witness all at the same time. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/5 Passengers (2016) David Blaustein Pratt, Lawrence and the superficial aspects of the story, along with the gorgeous aesthetic, are compelling enough to make Passengers at the very least interesting, and not a waste of your time. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2016
2/5 Sing (2016) David Blaustein Sing lacks the emotional impact or storytelling power of the two other animated offerings out now, Moana and Trolls. But as intended, kids will like the singing animals and the music. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2016
1.5/5 Assassin's Creed (2016) David Blaustein Assassin's Creed is easily the worst movie Fassbender and Cotillard have ever participated in. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/5 Collateral Beauty (2016) David Blaustein Collateral Beauty isn't exactly a good movie. As noted, it's overly manipulative, and it also has several glaring continuity problems. At the same time, this tragic tale truly does offer catharsis and hope. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2016
2/5 Office Christmas Party (2016) David Blaustein Office Christmas Party is the equivalent of a major league baseball team that has an all-star at every position -- but finishes in last place. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2016
4/5 Jackie (2016) David Blaustein It's a stunning historical snapshot and nifty piece of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4.5/5 Allied (2016) David Blaustein Allied is a throwback, not only because it harkens back to some of the great espionage thrillers of decades past, but because with Pitt and Cotillard, you feel like you're watching true movie stars, the kind you'd see on [a] black-and-white newsreel. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2016
2.5/5 Rules Don't Apply (2016) David Blaustein Stylish, though innocuous and intermittently feckless. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/5 Bleed for This (2016) David Blaustein This is an unconventional boxing story that sells out a bit by playing with history, but it gives us enough gritty realism from the cast and camera work to make Bleed For This a solid boxing flick. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2016
4/5 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) David Blaustein Rowling gives us new characters and creatures to fall in love with, and Newt and company will keep you coming back for more. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 Trolls (2016) David Blaustein Trolls is simply a joyful movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 Hacksaw Ridge (2016) David Blaustein No matter how you may personally feel about Mel Gibson, he knows how to stir our emotions and make us think. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2016
2/5 Inferno (2016) David Blaustein Despite the terrific cast, and even with two of our best storytellers in Hanks and Ron Howard, nothing in Inferno is believable or compelling enough to make us care about it. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2/5 Keeping Up With the Joneses (2016) David Blaustein Galifianakis is one of the funniest people on the planet. To put him in a movie and have him recite unfunny lines is like driving a Porsche in the slow lane and never shifting out of first gear. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2016
1.5/5 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) David Blaustein I'm a fan of Tom Cruise. I liked the first Jack Reacher movie. But this one has to be, in my opinion, one of Cruise's worst movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/5 The Accountant (2016) David Blaustein The Accountant should dispel any notion that Affleck isn't a solid actor. To deny that is just pure hating. Don't hate. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3.5/5 The Birth of a Nation (2016) David Blaustein The Birth of a Nation is, at its very worst, a heavy-handed allegory about a great country's vile past. At its very best, it's a thoughtful, sobering and graphic reminder of the cruelty forced upon the ancestors of so many of our fellow Americans. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3.5/5 The Girl on the Train (2016) David Blaustein Blunt's performance makes The Girl on the Train worth your while. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2016
4/5 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) David Blaustein The movie fan in me loves Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The movie critic in me found a few flaws, but forgivable ones. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2.5/5 Storks (2016) David Blaustein Perhaps I'm a bit out of touch, but does anyone really tell their kids anymore that the stork brings babies? EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
4/5 The Magnificent Seven (2016) David Blaustein The Magnificent Seven is a thoroughly satisfying, well-executed modern-day Western. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3.5/5 Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) David Blaustein We'll go along with it because Zellweger and friends are charming and, well, human. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/5 Snowden (2016) David Blaustein Oliver Stone is, unquestionably, one of our greatest auteurs. That doesn't, however, mean all of his films are great. His latest offering, Snowden, is exhibit A. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2016
4.5/5 Sully (2016) David Blaustein This truly is a film for the ages. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 Don't Breathe (2016) David Blaustein Issues aside, Don't Breathe is sure to become a horror classic. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2016
3/5 Hands of Stone (2016) David Blaustein Roberto Duran, hands down, was one of the greatest boxers of all time. Suffice it to say, a great boxer deserves a great biopic. Hands of Stone is not that, but it's not bad, either. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2016
3.5/5 Sausage Party (2016) Jason Nathanson The premise may get a little old, but expect big laughs from this raunchy romp. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2016
1.5/5 Ben-Hur (2016) David Blaustein The message is imparted with the subtlety of a Kanye West tweet. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2016
4/5 War Dogs (2016) David Blaustein It's rare to get a quality film this time of year that's both smart and funny. Enter War Dogs. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2016
4.5/5 Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Jason Nathanson Meryl Streep is fantastically good at being incredibly bad. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/5 Suicide Squad (2016) David Blaustein Suicide Squad is fine summer entertainment and the closest DC has come so far to keeping up with Marvel. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2016
2.5/5 Bad Moms (2016) David Blaustein Based on the concept and cast, this is a movie you root for -- and then you walk away disappointed. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2016
2.5/5 Jason Bourne (2016) David Blaustein Damon's previous Bourne efforts have been terrific. This film, though, proves we do not need Bourne again. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3.5/5 The Secret Life of Pets (2016) David Blaustein I have children, and yes, I will be taking them to see The Secret Life of Pets, because it's still solid family fun with plenty of cute and intelligent jokes, as well as a few scary moments that aren't too scary. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2016
2.5/5 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) David Blaustein [It's] filthy and, on occasion, hilarious, with a lot of funny people executing some terrific physical humor and a few inspired, shocking jokes. Then there are the shocking jokes that simply don't land, coupled with incredibly shoddy production values. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2016
2/5 The Legend of Tarzan (2016) David Blaustein The Legend of Tarzan needs to be a much better movie, considering there was virtually no one asking to see another film about a character that, popular as he once was, hasn't been part of our cultural conversation for decades. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/5 Central Intelligence (2016) David Blaustein Thanks to its stars, it doesn't need to have a good story or a particularly good script to be entertaining. Which is fortunate, because this by no means is a good piece of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) David Blaustein While not fully satisfying, Emmerich's talent for disaster porn is unrivaled here, and the aliens are fantastic and a lot of fun to look at. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2016
4/5 The Shallows (2016) David Blaustein It's good old-fashioned suspense featuring a career-defining performance, terrific cinematography and excellent sound and color. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/5 The Transporter Refueled (2015) David Blaustein The Transporter Refueled isn't bad. Though it's still unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/5 Trainwreck (2015) David Blaustein What distinguishes Trainwreck from those that've come before is Schumer's loud, original, versatile voice. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2016
4/5 Me Before You (2016) David Blaustein Clarke will break your heart and help you recognize Daenerys Targaryen is just the beginning for a brilliant actress who's going to have a very long and distinguished career. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/5 Zoolander No. 2 (2016) David Blaustein The strength of Zoolander 2 is when a joke hits, it hits hard. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2016
2.5/5 Money Monster (2016) David Blaustein There's a spray of clever dialogue here and there but for a movie that wants to impart insight into a "rigged" system, Money Monster is awfully simplistic. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2016