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Rating Title/Year Author
Suburbicon (2017) Rain Jokinen Clooney goes against the instincts of the script, and makes the choice to play the majority of the movie straight ( ... ) so that when moments of comedy do come through, it feels completely wrong and tone-deaf. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2017
The Snowman (2017) Rain Jokinen The Snowman goes wrong in almost every way a movie can. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2017
Happy Death Day (2017) Rain Jokinen It's John Hughes with a side of stabbing. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2017
California Typewriter (2016) Rain Jokinen A love letter to the outdated, be it typewriters, thank you notes, mom and pop repair shops, or creativity that doesn't start with turning a computer on first. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2017
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Rain Jokinen "[W]omen's lib" wasn't (and isn't) about trying to prove women are better than men. It is about challenging assumptions that men are better than women simply because they're men. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2017
The Force (2017) Rain Jokinen No, the Oakland Police Department is not every PD in America. But every PD in America would do well to learn from their mistakes. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2017
It (2017) Rain Jokinen It ... is worth watching for its crackerjack opening and the strength of its young cast, but mainly because of its inherent promise of (possibly) better things to come. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2017
I Do... Until I Don't (2017) Rain Jokinen I Do...Until I Don't ... [is] a film that feels as halfhearted as its title. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2017
Patti Cake$ (2017) Rain Jokinen The story in Patti Cake$ may not be the freshest, but [Danielle} Macdonald's Patti most definitely is. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2017
Logan Lucky (2017) Rain Jokinen It's rare that you can enter a film with full confidence that everyone involved knows what they're doing, and they're going to be excellent doing it. And in that way, Logan Lucky is the ultimate caper. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2017
Ingrid Goes West (2017) Rain Jokinen It's not by accident that Ingrid is thrust at us with no real back story and no explanation for her behavior. Ingrid may be a blank slate, but aren't we all the minute we click that "Create a New Account" button on a social media app? EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2017
The Glass Castle (2017) Rain Jokinen A drunken father hoping for forgiveness as his life ends? It's an all too common story that, frankly, doesn't need another telling. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Good Time (2017) Rain Jokinen The film's intensity makes it feel like what we're watching is happening in real time, while the locations and settings drive home the authenticity. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2017
The Dark Tower (2017) Rain Jokinen Rushed, flat, devoid of any real excitement, filled with terrible dialog, and anchored by a truly awful performance at its center. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2017
Landline (2017) Rain Jokinen The real surprise is it managed to do something I never thought possible: make me feel nostalgic for the '90's. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Rain Jokinen It's a rare thing these days for a franchise to only get better as the series progresses. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2017
Despicable Me 3 (2017) Rain Jokinen Turns out the movie is a bit of a snooze when those yellow guys aren't on screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2017
Maudie (2016) Rain Jokinen The thing that saves Maudie from becoming a miserable viewing experience is Sally Hawkins. She's just a joy to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2017
Rough Night (2017) Rain Jokinen Not for one moment did I ever believe these women would have been friends in college, let alone ten years later. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2017
Cars 3 (2017) Rain Jokinen Happily, Cars 3 feels like a course correction, with Mater once again relegated to the role of comic relief and Lightning McQueen back in the lead. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2017
It Comes at Night (2017) Rain Jokinen Those expecting a horror movie that's filled with a lot of those gross and scary moments will likely be disappointed, while those who might appreciate the film's less horrific storytelling will probably be scared away by the marketing. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017) Rain Jokinen While it is not the best superhero movie I've ever seen, it's one I wish had been around when I was a young comic book nerd, and one I hope every girl, nerdy or not, gets to see. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2017
Baywatch (2017) Rain Jokinen More surreal stuff like [the opening], and you might have had something original. Instead, it's just dead in the water. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2017
Alien: Covenant (2017) Rain Jokinen Clearly, Scott read the room, and realized the route he originally wanted to take following Prometheus wasn't going to cut it, so Covenant is a direct bridge between it and a full on reboot of the franchise. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2017
Snatched (2017) Rain Jokinen I don't think Schumer, the writer, or the director are being intentionally racist at any point in Snatched. But they are being unpleasantly tone-deaf. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2017
Paris Can Wait (2016) Rain Jokinen If she's able to make another movie, I hope she's given the freedom to dig a little further into the art school roots that show up with that last shot; conventional movies can wait. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2017
The Dinner (2017) Rain Jokinen When the noblest person in a story turns out to be a congressman, you know you're dealing with some truly horrible people. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2016) Rain Jokinen Like any great meal, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent leaves you wanting more, not less. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2017
The Promise (2016) Rain Jokinen It's like writer/director Terry George (...) knew putting too much emphasis on the romance would be in bad taste, but the result is just tepid distraction. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2017
The Lost City of Z (2016) Rain Jokinen [James] Grey chose to shoot the film on film, no easy feat considering the Colombian jungle locations and the need for daily film development, but by doing so, he was able to capture the classic look and feel of those epic films gone by. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2017
The Assignment (2016) Rain Jokinen Hill has been mulling The Assignment's story since the 1970's, and that in itself may prove a cautionary tale: If it's taken you almost 50 years to finally get your story made into a movie, it probably wasn't that great of a story to begin with. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2017
For Here or to Go? (2015) Rain Jokinen Despite its clunkiness [it] is an occasionally amusing peek into a culture that makes a lot of contributions to the Bay Area and the country, and it also makes some salient points about ( ... ) the US's immigration and visa policies. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2017
Song to Song (2017) Rain Jokinen Malick hasn't had much interest in plot for years now, and of his last three movies, this one is the most obviously script-less, with scene after scene that feels like he brought his actors to a location and told them to do whatever they wanted. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2017
Get Out (2017) Rain Jokinen It will probably end up being the best horror movie of the year, and easily one of the best of the past five years. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
The Great Wall (2016) Rain Jokinen The Great Wall is not a groundbreaking film by any means, but at least it's fun EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
The Space Between Us (2017) Rain Jokinen [Director] Peter Chelsom ( ... ) keeps the movie firmly grounded in maudlin mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Gold (2016) Rain Jokinen It's a rare film that manages to close with a final scene much better than anything in the two hours of movie that preceded it. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Split (2016) Rain Jokinen Shyamalan doesn't do enough with the tired premise to make it truly memorable, not even bothering to give all three of the captive girls distinctive personalities of their own. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Live by Night (2016) Rain Jokinen And while the story is sprawling, covering a decade, and filled with beautiful settings, costumes, and stars, it just never comes together to be the kind of epic crime drama it's emulating EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Hidden Figures (2016) Rain Jokinen There's nothing wrong with Hidden Figures, and uncomplicated movies like it. It's certainly doing good by shedding light on some figures who shouldn't remain hidden in history. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Passengers (2016) Rain Jokinen Jennifer Lawrence and Christ Pratt are both extremely likable actors, and the situation they're in is actually a pretty interesting one. One that would have been just as interesting without the icky stalker scenario. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
La La Land (2016) Rain Jokinen There are so many moments that left me wanting to clap with joy, and the ending managed to both break my swelling heart and make it swell again. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Jackie (2016) Rain Jokinen As a whole, the movie is very cold. Director Pablo Larraín shoots much of it in a very controlled, almost Kubrickian way EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Rules Don't Apply (2016) Rain Jokinen Beatty seems unsure if he wants the story to be about Hughes or about the young lovers, so he never gives full focus to either. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Moana (2016) Rain Jokinen By giving us a heroine that acts the way heroes always have, perhaps Disney has finally given us a 'princess' movie that can cross that mythical gender divide. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Rain Jokinen Towards the end, the film gets a little too action-packed, with the city of New York (once again) on the verge of destruction. But there are enough moments of magic in the rest of the movie to make up for it. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Arrival (2016) Rain Jokinen Walks a delicate balance between science fiction spectacle and art house head trip. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Doctor Strange (2016) Rain Jokinen When Doctor Strange works, it's for the same reasons most of the Marvel movies do: They aren't afraid of humor, and they know what's funny. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Rain Jokinen Boring, drab, and completely lacking in any of the fun, silliness, and excitement inherent in a Mission: Impossible movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
The Accountant (2016) Rain Jokinen It leaves so many plot holes and loose ends flailing about I wonder if the hope is to turn this into a franchise? It definitely seems to set itself up for a sequel no one will want to see. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017