KXL-FM (Portland, OR)

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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Gary Wolcott People that fell in love with the franchise as kids are now in their 30s and 40s. The series has grown up with them. That's what's mostly wrong here. Toys ought not grow up. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 Shaft (2019) Gary Wolcott The third film to have the title Shaft. Other than the 1971 original this is the first one worth seeing. Samuel L. Jackson and the cast have a blast. So will you. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Gary Wolcott The dead may not die but this movie does. Considering the quality of the cast, this is the most disappointing movie so far this year. Had potential to be fun. Didn't happen. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Gary Wolcott The concept is just worn out. Sequels two and three proved that. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones skipped this one. Not even a cameo. What's that tell ya? EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Gary Wolcott There are reasons the X-Men were not included in the Avengers conclusion films. A boring concept is one. Logan is the original group's swan song. Maybe this is First Class's. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Gary Wolcott This isn't rocket science, it's formula animation. The key to whether it is fun or not is in the writing. This one is packed with laugh-out-loud sequences for kids & adults. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
1/5 The Souvenir (2019) Gary Wolcott A great example of me seeing movies so you don't have to. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Gary Wolcott CGI has made Godzilla and his monster friends and the carnage they create more realistic. What it hasn't done is improve the really dumb stories that surround him. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
5/5 Rocketman (2019) Gary Wolcott Not a fan of the genre and not a fan of Elton John but this movie takes old, stale songs and an old, stale rocker and makes both him and his music fresh again. I loved it. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Gary Wolcott The question most asked is how does Will Smith do as the genie? The simple answer? He's not Robin Williams. Plus, the original ran 90-minutes. This one is a bloated 2:08. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
1/5 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Gary Wolcott The sun may be a star but that same sun also sets very quickly on this one. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Gary Wolcott Only Pokemon fans will find this remotely interesting. Worse. You won't leave the theater regurgitating a bunch of great Ryan Reynolds lines. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
2/5 The Hustle (2019) Gary Wolcott A pathetic remake of equally pathetic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Rebel Wilson needs to stop attempts to make blathering comedy. Blathering is not funny. Neither is this movie. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
2/5 Red Joan (2018) Gary Wolcott Dench is wasted in an interesting plot concept about the USSR getting the bomb which - ironically - bombs itself. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Gary Wolcott Efron IS Ted Bundy but do we care? This is paint-by-numbers movie-making & looks & plays like the crappy TV movie of the weeks that we endured decades ago. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 UglyDolls (2019) Gary Wolcott Ugly dolls. Beautiful message. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Gary Wolcott Billed as a romcom, it's not all that funny & is short on humor. However, it is long on romance. The beauty & the beast thing works. Theron & Rogen have phenomenal chemistry EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 The Intruder (2019) Gary Wolcott It's good to see Dennis Quaid on the big screen again and not huckstering insurance on TV. Too bad his terrific villainy is wasted in this predictable mess. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Gary Wolcott So many characters and so much going on that I got worried Marvel would run out of characters and have to borrow a few from DC Comics. Fun flick, too long but fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
1/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Gary Wolcott A watch-watching 90-minute horror flick based on the Conjuring Universe formula. You've seen this a dozen times & done better. Not that any of them are all that well done. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
2/5 Penguins (2019) Gary Wolcott Beautifully shot & who doesn't love penguins? I love them but wrapping this in a so-so story & sticking uninspired narration by Ed Helms into the mix just didn't work for me. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
3/5 Breakthrough (2019) Gary Wolcott Barely fresh. Chrissy Metz rocks. Other than her performance, this is a faith-based flick that often falls through its own ice. Definitely one for the Hallmark TV movie of the week crowd. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
2/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Gary Wolcott Saoirse Ronan's acting is incredible but wasted in a tedious flick that runs from Mary's landing in Scotland to her beheading. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/5 Mortal Engines (2018) Gary Wolcott Based on the first of 8 sequel & prequel novels. This engine quickly runs out of gas. Please, please, please Peter Jackson, spare us & don't do the other 7 or 6 or.... EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Gary Wolcott Let the debate begin. The most popular super hero of them all may now be in the best super hero movie of them all. This is one of the most creative movies...ever. Fun stuff. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/5 Creed II (2018) Gary Wolcott This one is as bloated as an overweight boxer. The best reason to love anything from the Rocky series is Sylvester Stallone's Rocky & even Stallone isn't that likable here. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
2.5/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Gary Wolcott Why not the automatic alliteration Ralph Wrecks? At just shy of two-hours, many younger kids will end up as bored & restless as their parents & grandparents. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
2/5 The Front Runner (2018) Gary Wolcott A biopic about the failed presidential bid by Gary Hart in 1988 is - itself - a failure. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 Instant Family (2018) Gary Wolcott A predictable but surprisingly entertaining feel-good-flick that doesn't shy away from the reality of the foster care programs in this nation and how much they suck. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 Widows (2018) Gary Wolcott Barely fresh. The trailer makes it look much better than it is. Great acting, muddled and drawn out plot. Loved Daniel Kaluuya's bad guy. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Gary Wolcott Movie two in a five flick series. Really? Five before we get resolution? Oh, goodie. To this movie in particular, it is much better than the first. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Gary Wolcott A not so beautiful story about a parent dealing with the meth addiction of his son. Hard to watch. Steve Carell is amazing. So is Timothee Chalamet. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2018
5/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Gary Wolcott A so-so movie but a great last performance from one of the best ever. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2018
2/5 Halloween (2018) Gary Wolcott Such a burned out franchise. Jaime Leigh Curtis does one of these every 20-years. In another 20 she'll be 80, in a wheelchair & Myers will be chasing her around in a walker. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2018
2/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Gary Wolcott A Star is Re-Born? This is the 4th time this one has been made and it's still more a star is boring than A Star is Born. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/5 A Simple Favor (2018) Gary Wolcott Alfred Hitchcock would have loved it. Duplicitous characters caught up in a twisted plot. A superb performance from Blake Lively. Do yourself a simple favor & catch this one. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
5/5 The Wife (2017) Gary Wolcott The plot isn't the reason for the perfect rating. It is Glenn Close's perfect acting that gets my raves. She owns this movie and has never been better. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 The Little Stranger (2018) Gary Wolcott As Gothic as Gothic gets. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 Kin (2018) Gary Wolcott Billed as science-fiction, it's more about brother-bonding. Once the sci-fi gets there, it is sometimes in the way of a much better movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
5/5 Searching (2018) Gary Wolcott Done any other way and this is a very average story you'd usually find on one of those one-hour forensic detective shows. Done this way and it's brilliant. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 Papillon (2017) Gary Wolcott Rated it higher than this in my review. The more I think, the less I like the movie. Proof though that movie-makers are totally out of ideas. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.5/5 Mile 22 (2018) Gary Wolcott Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg are talking sequels. Lots of them. Please don't go the extra mile or two or 22. This is bad on an epic scale. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/5 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Gary Wolcott The same formula romance that has been churned out since the advent of movies. Not rich. Not crazy. Not funny when it's supposed to be and not all that dramatic. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 The Darkest Minds (2018) Gary Wolcott Fills the teen and young adult aimed dystopian movie series void. Predictable but fun enough to recommend. How good it really is will depend on sequels 2 and 3. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/5 The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Gary Wolcott Want a good spy movie? Go see the new Mission: Impossible. Though it's not a comedy it does have some comic moments that are light years funnier than what you'll find here. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 Christopher Robin (2018) Gary Wolcott Not my thing but I won't (pun intended) pooh-pooh this one either. Did like how it makes one wonder why we ever wanted to grow up? EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Gary Wolcott Beautifully written & brings us all - no matter what age - back to how hard it was to be 13. Kudos to Bo Burnham & to Elsie Fisher who gives us the best acting of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
5/5 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Gary Wolcott This one touched me where I live & where I used to live. Fantastic performances from Joaquin Phoenix & slimmed down Jonah Hill. The best Gus Van Sant has done in a long time. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/5 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Gary Wolcott Tuneless ABBA tunes sung in a combination prequel & sequel by ever smiling stars in predictable movie musical fashion. A better title: Mamma Mia: Why'd We Go Again? EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/5 The Equalizer 2 (2018) Gary Wolcott Pretty much the same style as the original but a little better. That's mostly due to Denzel's chemistry with the kid played by Ashton Sanders. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018