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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Shadow (2018) Bob Chipman Essentially a palace-intrigue melodrama stirred together with a feudal spy-thriller and a gothic romance complete with secret passages and lurid identity-swap twists. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
4/4 Shazam! (2019) Bob Chipman This a fun, funny, exciting, action-packed, thrilling, big-hearted, sincerely-felt family adventure movie that rates with the best of the superhero genre. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
1.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Bob Chipman "Probably the worst of the live-action Disney remakes so far." EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 Fighting With My Family (2019) Bob Chipman It's a hard movie to dislike, and I suspect it'll find more than a few fans who never thought they'd like a 'wrestling movie.' EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 Captive State (2019) Bob Chipman A dark, somber, low(ish)-budget, science-fiction political allegory that dares to ask the question "What if 'District 9' and 'They Live' were the same movie - and both took themselves much too seriously?" EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
3.5/4 The Wandering Earth (2019) Bob Chipman Think Pacific Rim's heart in When Worlds Collide's body, wearing Armageddon's clothes; hinged on what's easily the most *ridiculous* not-outright-fantasy sci-fi conceit anyone has attempted to put to live action in (probably?) my lifetime. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Bob Chipman It's hard to imagine that the final coda won't tug hard at the heartstrings of truly devoted fans who feel they've "grown up" alongside Hiccup and Toothless. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/4 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Bob Chipman A classically-structured 'You Shouldn't Have Opened The Scary Box, Dummy!' campfire story that just happens to be set among exactly the sort of pretentious windbag characters who's very state of being is looking too hard at simple, obvious things.' EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/4 Miss Bala (2019) Bob Chipman I almost feel bad hoping [a franchise] eludes her for at least this one more attempt. It's nothing personal, I just can't imagine sitting through 'Miss Bala Returns' in two years. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3/4 Serenity (2019) Bob Chipman Such an audacious, big, showy, bold swing of an idea I can't not respect that they took a shot at it. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 Destroyer (2018) Bob Chipman [Kidman delivers] a tour-de-force performance that's all the more impressive considering she can be seen beating up fish-people in ridiculous-looking plastic armor in 'Aquaman' with equally sincere commitment elsewhere at the multiplex. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
1.5/4 Vice (2018) Bob Chipman "...aims to go both go big and go home with the definitive docu-come-dramedy takedown of the major political scandals of three whole Spider-Man reboots ago." EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Bob Chipman There's a few beats early where they cut to medium-closeup for the 'mischevious smile just for the audience' bit" that hit more like: 'OH! Wow, okay. There she is.' that I'm not sure I was suitably prepared for. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
3/4 Aquaman (2018) Bob Chipman Either the best bad movie or the worst good movie of 2018. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5 Happy Death Day (2017) Bob Chipman As fixes for reviving the slasher genre apart from "make them good again" go, this is actually a pretty ingenious one. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Bob Chipman The best animated movie of the year and the first good Spider-Man movie in fourteen years. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
1.5 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Bob Chipman All dropped into a thoroughly ordinary-looking jungle environment with the palette of a dreary network drama and all the stylistic flourish of a sedan commercial; like bare fluorescent bulbs humming at full brightness in an otherwise bare beige room. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
1 Robin Hood (2018) Bob Chipman The kind of bad movie people end up talking about for years after, that fails because someone thought they had a big idea that nobody told them was a terrible idea until it was too late." EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
3.5 Creed II (2018) Bob Chipman The actors are all on point, the storytelling through action is brutal, crisp and satisfying and whichever of the two credited screenwriters came up with Adonis' ring-entrance gimmick should get a special Oscar just for that note. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
0.5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Bob Chipman I'm not going to say it's the worst movie I've ever seen; but it's very possibly the worst prequel - the new low-point for expository, minutiae-obsessed, continuity-porn, anti-narrative in the "Cinematic Universe" era of blockbuster film making. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
3.5 Overlord (2018) Bob Chipman I won't lie and say that the current state of the world hasn't made good, old-fashioned Nazi-blasting even more entertaining than it used to be; but the bottom line is that Overlord is [as good as] movies like this get. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
3 Doctor Strange (2016) Bob Chipman Like looking at a black light poster on uppers: It's visually lovely, and you're having a good time, but there's also a small nagging sense that somebody might have brought the wrong drugs to the party. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 Ghostbusters (2016) Bob Chipman A great team deserved a greater story. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5 Star Trek Beyond (2016) Bob Chipman Probably the best overall movie in the franchise since The Voyage Home. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
1 Jason Bourne (2016) Bob Chipman I have always been completely baffled by what's supposed to be so fascinating about the Bourne movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
1.5 Suicide Squad (2016) Bob Chipman [Feels] all at once like an irritating wallow in the paint-huffing waste-of-skin teenage version of anarchic excess and the infuriatingly fake, phony, mass-market corporate co-opting of the paint-huffing waste-of-skin teenage version of anarchic excess. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5 Sausage Party (2016) Bob Chipman It is, simply stated, piss-your-pants funny - both in that I laughed almost hard enough to do that and in that it's the sort of humor where "pissing your pants" would be an actual punchline. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 Pete's Dragon (2016) Bob Chipman Anyone even a year or two older than Pete himself will be able to guess where this is going, but the magic is in getting there and Pete's Dragon is one of the most gentle, deliberate versions of this particular story to come along in a long time. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5 Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Bob Chipman The point here is to savor the intricately animated action sequences and to drink in the potent mood of the piece, which brings a kinetic edge to Laika's signature detail-heavy, slightly melancholy production design EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 Sully (2016) Bob Chipman a welcome return to form for Eastwood after the depressing misfire that was American Sniper. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 Blair Witch (2016) Bob Chipman A cover set of The Blair Witch's Greatest Hits: Unreliable map, time-displacement, scary noises, stickmen, rockpiles, face in the camera, spooky house, stand in the corner, was-that-or-wasn't-that-a-witch, goodnight Cleveland there will be no encore. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5 The Magnificent Seven (2016) Bob Chipman The main comparative takeaway I can give is that neither one is precisely as good as Seven Samurai, but you already knew that. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Bob Chipman Eva Green doing the stern-yet-nurturing British headmistress routine? To borrow a quote from Patton Oswalt: Which gods did I please!? EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5 The Birth of a Nation (2016) Bob Chipman A frustratingly incomplete half-measure overall, however understandable the sense that it might've been something more must have felt back in Park City. That final shot, though... damn, that really is something. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
2 The Accountant (2016) Bob Chipman I can honestly barely be bothered to remember what the point of the present-day part of the story even was. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
1 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Bob Chipman Instead of becoming a syndicated TV vehicle for whoever the present-day equivalent of Kevin Sorbo or Lorenzo Llamas is, somebody decided that this needed to be a movie franchise for Tom Cruise. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Bob Chipman An obscenely violent gore-porn cartoon conjured forth by a spectacularly disturbed, deeply unwell mind [and] as sincere an expression of faith as cinematic narrative as you're ever likely to see. So, in other words, a new Mel Gibson film. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 Arrival (2016) Bob Chipman I can't help but feel like the film is eventually a bit too clever for its own good EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
1.5 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Bob Chipman The closest thing to the grotesque incestuous f***pile that defines the deeper recesses of modern "fanfic" culture ever to grace a movie screen: a Doctor Who meets Pokemon mash-up rewritten into a tangential Harry Potter prequel. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 Moana (2016) Bob Chipman I wasn't blown away by Moana, but I liked it a lot. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 Allied (2016) Bob Chipman About as good as "grown up" movies get this time of year EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
2 Nocturnal Animals (2016) Bob Chipman By now all of the "I'd pay to watch Amy Adams read ____" jokes have been made, but suffice it to say that in practice it's... not exactly a riveting spectacle, let's put it that way. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Bob Chipman When Rogue One is following the "cool and different" edict, that's when it's awesome EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 Sing (2016) Bob Chipman Understands the unironic way the premise of talent contest reality shows sincerely connects with people, and why this particular arrangement of tunes and character stock-types works even though (indeed because) they've become "cheezy" and overly familiar. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
0.5 Assassin's Creed (2016) Bob Chipman The action is barely passable, the look of everything is hopelessly generic, the story is stripped bare and totally uninvolving, there isn't a single memorable or remotely interesting thing going on in it. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
4 Hidden Figures (2016) Bob Chipman Here's a compliment you don't get to give often: This movie is really good, and it didn't even need to be! EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
2 Silence (2016) Bob Chipman If nothing else, you've got to hand it to Martin Scorsese on this one just for having the fortitude, commitment to vision and sheer conviction to forge ahead and make a movie that (at least on paper) basically nobody is going to want to watch, EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
1.5 A Monster Calls (2016) Bob Chipman The absolute worst? When a film is trying really hard with only the best of intentions and all the right influences to say something very welcome and worth saying... and still, sucks. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
2 Live by Night (2016) Bob Chipman gradually realizing that not only isn't it good but that it's never going to become good feels like a small-scale slow-motion tragedy EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 Split (2016) Bob Chipman The Shyamalanaissance is real! EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018