The Maine Edge

The Maine Edge is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Allen Adams
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 1917 (2019) Allen Adams [A] movie for the ages. I've never seen anything quite like 1917 - and neither have you. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.5/5 Underwater (2020) Allen Adams Underwater could have been nothing more than an oceanic Alien, a poor replica purchased off a blanket spread out on a sidewalk. But thanks to the presence of Stewart, the proceedings are elevated just enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Allen Adams With an engaging and occasionally surprising visual style and a career-best performance from Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems is truly precious...a gut-punch of a movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
5/5 Little Women (2019) Allen Adams [N]ot only is Little Women a good film, it is a GREAT film...Charming and clever, it's simultaneously timeless and modern in a most exquisite way. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1/5 The Grudge (2020) Allen Adams Ultimately, the biggest issue with The Grudge is that it isn't scary. Or fun. Or remotely interesting. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1/5 Cats (2019) Allen Adams Cats is a tortured fever dream of a film...the unholy offspring of a coked-up studio executive notes session and a dark ritual intended to summon forth the Elder Gods. We are all cursed. We are all damned. We are all Cats. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Allen Adams Even with its flaws, The Rise of Skywalker gave me a precious gift - the chance to say goodbye...May the Force be with you. Always. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3.5/5 Bombshell (2019) Allen Adams [Bombshell] goes off with neither a bang nor a whimper, but something in-between. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Allen Adams Jumanji: The Next Level is...an enjoyable and entertaining popcorn romp that never pretends to be anything other than what it is - a fast-paced and funny film that's a fine way to kill a couple of hours. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/5 6 Underground (2019) Allen Adams 6 Underground...is a loud, smug, barely comprehensible wad of action movie; the vibe is as though the entire thing was conceptualized on a cocktail napkin at whatever place exists on the spectrum between a Hooters and a strip club. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Allen Adams Richard Jewell recounts a true story, but it doesn't necessarily tell the whole story - ironic, since the difference between the two is a fundamental theme of the film. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Allen Adams Marriage Story is unrelenting and discomfiting - and one of the year's best films. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4.5/5 Dark Waters (2019) Allen Adams Dark Waters isn't the most exciting movie. These sorts of legal dramas rarely are. It's not big or broad or sexy. None of that changes how good it is, though. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
5/5 Knives Out (2019) Allen Adams Knives Out is a film both familiar and completely unique, an old-school whodunnit from a new-school filmmaker. It's a razor-sharp mystery - one that cuts deep. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Allen Adams The Irishman is one of the best films of the year...a meditation on morality and mortality, a look at what it means to live a good life and what it means to feel that life slipping away. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
5/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Allen Adams A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...opens a window onto the one singular truth about Mr. Rogers that is both unbelievable and utterly expected - that he is precisely the man he appears to be. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
4.5/5 Frozen II (2019) Allen Adams Frozen II isn't the achievement that its predecessor was, it's still pretty darned good. Better than it had to be, really...this new installment will likely prove just as beloved as the first. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
2.5/5 21 Bridges (2019) Allen Adams 21 Bridges is a movie that will almost immediately disappear, falling through the cracks as prestige pictures and holiday blockbusters fill up local screens...this is a bridge that likely won't be crossed again. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
5/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Allen Adams Just like the race cars produced by its namesakes, Ford v. Ferrari is sleek and fast; a powerful and expensive machine. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 The Good Liar (2019) Allen Adams It's not a perfect movie ... but its relatively minor issues are more than overcome by McKellan and Mirren, who are cinematic treasures and are clearly enjoying themselves immensely. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Allen Adams Am I going to sit here and call this the Citizen Kane of Charlie's Angels movies? Reader, you know I am. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Allen Adams Being all things to all people rarely works, yet here we are - a film that is true to both the spirit of the book being adapted and of the film being remembered. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 Midway (2019) Allen Adams It's not that [Midway is bad, per se - it's just a bit heavy-handed, both in terms of the CGI battle scenes and the interpersonal relationships. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/5 Playing With Fire (2019) Allen Adams [Playing with Fire] isn't going to win any awards and you'll likely more or less forget about it by the time you get home, but for a piece of family-friendly entertainment, you could do a lot worse. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 Harriet (2019) Allen Adams Harriet can't quite ascend to the top of the pedestal on which it has placed its subject - and really, how could it? EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Allen Adams Terminator: Dark Fate isn't a great movie, but it's a heck of a lot better than the last couple of films in the franchise... Sometimes, it's better to reload the canon rather than continuing to fire. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
0/5 Countdown (2019) Allen Adams We can only hope that this is the final Countdown. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
2/5 Black and Blue (2019) Allen Adams Black and Blue isn't a bad movie. It just can't say everything that it's trying to say or be everything that it's trying to be...The effort is worth applauding, but in this case, the reach far exceeds the grasp. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/5 The Current War (2017) Allen Adams A comeback story like [The Current War: Director's Cut] might surprise you, but considering the players involved, the end result shouldn't come as a shock. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
4/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Allen Adams No one's going to make the case that this is a NECESSARY movie, but it's undeniably a fun one...As far as decade-late sequels go, [Zombieland: Double Tap] is pretty damned good. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
1/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Allen Adams Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is...an uninteresting slog, a mishmash of garish CGI, disengaged nonsense and thin narrative...The real evil is whatever corporate edict that led to this thing getting greenlit. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
1.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) Allen Adams Gemini Man is too serious to be silly and too silly to be serious, and no amount of Will Smith (and there's a lot) or fancy camera tech (and there's a lot) can fix it. As far as this film's success is concerned, two Wills make a Won't. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Allen Adams There's nothing particularly groundbreaking or exciting about the film itself, but Zellweger's performance alone is well worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4.5/5 Joker (2019) Allen Adams [Joker] is aggressive in its unpleasantness, doubling and tripling down on its unreliability as it forces us to follow along on a journey where the line between reality and delusion is indelibly blurred. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 In the Tall Grass (2019) Allen Adams If you're a horror fan, you probably won't regret spending 100 minutes on this one. If you're not, you might be better off using that time to mow the lawn. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Allen Adams In the Shadow of the Moon is a fundamentally flawed film...Maybe someone could travel back from the future and fix this mess ... or prevent it from ever happening in the first place. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3.5/5 Abominable (2019) Allen Adams Simple rather than sophisticated, Abominable is a sweet and inoffensive time at the movies - not great, but good enough. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Allen Adams At its core, Ad Astra is a film about coming to terms with who we are, about understanding our choices and the motivations behind them. It's about finding ways to let go of the past while holding onto the lessons we learned from it. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Allen Adams For all intents and purposes, [Downton Abbey] is The Force Awakens for the NPR set, and it's a fantastic thing. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
1/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Allen Adams At this point, all we can do is hope that Rambo: Last Blood is true to its title, because no one needs any more of this. Time for Stallone to let Rambo bleed out. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
5/5 Hustlers (2019) Allen Adams At its heart, [Hustlers] is a heist movie, only with a buddy comedy sensibility, all of it powered by the pop culture dynamo that is J-Lo. So yeah - hit the club and make it rain. You'll be glad you did. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Allen Adams What we have in The Goldfinch is essentially an echo of a prestige film, an offering that bears many of the outer indicators of Oscar bait, but is largely devoid of substance once you move beyond those surface trappings. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
4/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Allen Adams Brittany Runs a Marathon is a funny, surprisingly tender character study about what happens when you want to be better than you are ... and what that even means. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
4.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Allen Adams Where the first film showed the raw power of those childhood ties that bind, [It Chapter Two] found ways to show the way that those ties might fade and fray, but never break. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Allen Adams The Peanut Butter Falcon might not be a perfect movie, but it is certainly a worthwhile one ... a film driven by humor and heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Allen Adams [In] Ready or Not, you get a brutal and darkly funny twist on horror movie tropes. You'll laugh, you'll cringe ... and you'll probably do both at the same time. All in all, you'd do well to seek this one out. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
2/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Allen Adams [T]here's something admirable in the willingness of the filmmakers to unapologetically embrace every formulaic flourish at which they could aim a camera. It's so lazy that it's almost inspired. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Good Boys (2019) Allen Adams If you're like me, someone who still remembers what it was like to be a confused 12-year-old idiot driven by hormones and peer approval, you're going to see a lot of yourself on the screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Allen Adams Being part of the world when you're not sure how you fit is tremendously difficult; that feeling pours forth from every scene in this film. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Allen Adams There's a dog with an inner monologue who has thoughts and feelings and engages with the thoughts and feelings of people, so what am I supposed to do? I'm not made of stone. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019