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Rating Title/Year Author
Stuber (2019) Tim Stevens STUBER has laughs and some violent thrills, but features a lot of missed opportunities. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Late Night (2019) Tim Stevens LATE NIGHT does suffer from being more oriented around the less interesting of the two leads. However, LATE NIGHT still draws in the viewer. It is smart, it feels honest, and the actors' interactions are too good to miss. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Shaft (2019) Tim Stevens If you know Shaft, you know that he is a portrait of radicalism. Of fighting the power. A figure of effortless cool. Well, this film posits, "What if he wasn't?" EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Tim Stevens As I have said elsewhere, this is a decent movie. However, it does feel a little empty at its core. See it at 1:15 on a hot Sunday afternoon or on a Tuesday night when they have the five-dollar tickets. There's no need to race out to see it right away. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Tim Stevens Secret Life of Pets 2 is cute and sweet with an appealingly surreal side. It is not an animation classic by any stretch - but then, not every animated feature needs to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Tim Stevens Imagine it like being at a restaurant where the waiter explains the menu in endless, intensive detail and then when it is time to eat, you are pushed out the door, the first bite still being chewed. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Tim Stevens TOLKIEN offers some strong performances and proves surprisingly affecting when it focuses on the human. Those looking for a peek inside the brain of Tolkien or his creative process, though, will likely go home unhappy. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Tim Stevens Seeing the fury of Godzilla unleashed should be a rush. Thrilling and scary all at once. If, instead, it feels repetitive and your pulse barely quickens? Something is off in the mix. In KING OF MONSTERS, sadly, something is definitely off in the mix. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Tim Stevens BOOKSMART is a strong directorial debut for Olivia Wilde and another entry in the ever-expanding canon of smart films about teens on the edge of evolving and growing up. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Tim Stevens Even judging the movie on its own merits, I confess I am among the disappointed. It feels like just when the movie became the most powerful version of what it wanted to be, it blinked and let us down easy. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Ma (2019) Tim Stevens MA is wild. Off the wall, skin crawling, "did she really do/say that?" wild. It pulses with attention-grabbing energy. It is not art but it is stomach-churning fun. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Breakthrough (2019) Tim Stevens Better directed and better acted than other examples of the genre I have taken in, it earns a closer look. However, what really hurts BREAKTHROUGH for me as a work of film, though, is its repeated handwaving at truly complex issues. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Tim Stevens Liz Hannah, (THE POST) and Dan Sterling, (THE INTERVIEW) do not seem like natural collaborators on paper. Nonetheless, they have combined on a rather smart and strongs cript. Of course, this being a romcom, chemistry is key. Theron and Rogen have it. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
Little (2019) Tim Stevens LITTLE is not bad. Martin is simply too damn good as teen Jordan Sanders for that to be the case. However, no one, save Martin, gets much by way of development to play. It is a mild, affair that should have, given the players involved, been so much more. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
The Kid (2019) Tim Stevens THE KID is the first movie in some time that I have seen that makes good use of DeHaan's odd unsettling charisma. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Us (2019) Tim Stevens I do not want to overstate things, but, eh, screw it. US is incredible. I adored it. If the theatre had offered to screen it again immediately after the credits finished, I gladly would have said yes. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Captive State (2019) Tim Stevens The interesting ideas and "trust no one" atmosphere, sadly, cannot save CAPTIVE STATE. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Greta (2018) Tim Stevens With his keen eye in place and the excellent triumvirate of performances from Huppert, Moretz, and Monroe, it feels good to enjoy a Jordan movie fully again. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Tim Stevens LEGO MOVIE 2 is not as a surprising breath of fresh air as its predecessor. Yet, it is still great and you should definitely see it. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Tim Stevens A much milder recommendation that the two previous HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Tim Stevens FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a very sweet movie with great performances top to bottom. However, you can feel how tightly managed this movie is. A cast this good deserved a movie that was not scared to throw a few more elbows. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Tim Stevens BATTLE ANGEL is pretty mediocre. It has great effects, a couple of good performances, and tremendous action sequences. Its characters are also flat, the script convoluted with little emotional payoff. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Tim Stevens After almost exactly 10 years since TAKEN's release, COLD PURSUIT's take on Liam Neeson-beats-up-a-bunch-of-people subgenre is a wonderful subversion of the formula. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Tim Stevens Such a loving sendup of the typical generic 90's romcom that sometimes it feels more like a meta-tribute. I can't be too negative about a film that finally found a way to channel Rebel Wilson's skillset to a multi-dimensional character. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Tim Stevens HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 U is a delight. Even a day later, I'm still high on how it made me feel. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Tim Stevens Rodriguez may well be an action star yet, but this is not the vehicle to get her there. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
What Men Want (2019) Tim Stevens Better than the original is damning this movie with faint praise, but faint praise is really all it deserves. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Tim Stevens The atmosphere escalates well throughout the movie and had been well-crafted from the start. Look closer, though, and you find nothing underneath. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Tim Stevens THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING proves a solid way for parents and kids, 12 and under, to wile away an afternoon. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
() Tim Stevens This movie seems to have a sense of boldness in its heart, but it is just an island mirage. I'm not mad at the spoilers, I'm mad how little they mean. The spoilers render it a mediocre noir ruined. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Glass (2019) Tim Stevens I obviously feel mixed on GLASS. It is, in many ways, an almost perfect representation of Shymalan's strengths and weaknesses as a filmmaker; his tools and excesses. What makes him great was all on-screen, right along what makes him so frustrating. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2019
Replicas (2018) Tim Stevens REPLICAS can't decide which note it wants to play, so it slams on them all in random order. REPLICAS exists as the kind of movie that raises lots of interesting - if oft-asked - questions and then immediately ditches them. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Tim Stevens THE FAVOURITE is a wonderfully nasty treat. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Vox Lux (2018) Tim Stevens Honestly, in writing the review, I came to like the film more. That said, I do still feel it is deeply flawed. The two excellent performances at its center often feel like they are competing for the spotlight with the movie's shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Vice (2018) Tim Stevens The compelling human moments, like those involving Cheney's protection of Mary and his eventual retraction of that, are often overshadowed by the overly busy choice McKay keeps making. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Escape Room (2019) Tim Stevens A decently clever movie that loses confidence in itself the moment it most needs it. As a result, it knocks down the house of cards it had, heretofore, adequately stacked. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Annihilation (2018) Tim Stevens No film this year burrowed deeper into my consciousness this year than ANNIHILATION. Top that truly mindbender of a plot with excellent acting, beautiful visuals, and an awesome score and you have film at the height of its power. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
Support the Girls (2018) Tim Stevens There was perhaps no other movie this year that better lived up to Roger Ebert's assertion that one of the powers of cinema lay in its ability to be an "empathy machine". EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Tim Stevens No movie [this year] delivered spectacle better or more consistently for its running time. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Tim Stevens From a narrative standpoint, the Ryan Coogler-directed film is head and shoulders above its predecessors. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Tim Stevens A triumph on a visual, sound, music, and storytelling level. It might just be the closest we have ever come to a perfect comic book adaptation on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Tim Stevens Obviously, there are some negatives here. Still, AQUAMAN is a hard movie not to recommend. It is often funny, has a good heart, and its star proves incredibly endearing. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
Widows (2018) Tim Stevens On issues of race, politics, gentrification, gender roles, and relationships, it seems to have plenty to say. More often than not, it says it smartly and without bashing you over the head with its ideas. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Robin Hood (2018) Tim Stevens The combined charismas of Taron Egerton and Jaime Foxx are not enough to ignite the heart of this movie. If you know either or both of those actors, you know how deadly that means the script was. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Overlord (2018) Tim Stevens OVERLORD is a goopy, oozy delight. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Tim Stevens The whole deal with the Grinch is he is supposed to be, if you'll forgive me, a seemingly irredeemable bastard. He literally lacks the capacity for any kind of love. If he's just kind of a crabby neighbor everything is less impressive in juxtaposition. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Tim Stevens It is odd how out of date Lisbeth Salander already feels. THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER's WEB seems so much older and stodgier than Fincher's 2011 effort or the Swedish adaptation of the entire original trilogy. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
The Front Runner (2018) Tim Stevens The women of the movie fare better. In smaller parts, Vera Farmiga as Hart's wife Lee, Molly Ephraim as campaign worker (and composite character) Irene Kelly, and Ari Graynor as Washington Post reporter Ann Devroy do so much more with less. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Tim Stevens CRIMES is the kind of film where good performances end up getting swept up and away by the swirling maelstrom of the plot. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Instant Family (2018) Tim Stevens I don't know how this happened, but...INSTANT FAMILY is good. It's honest, it's funny, and it resists the temptation to drown the proceedings in sentimentality. Look, I'm as stunned as you. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018