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
1.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Allen Adams It's not even that Dark Phoenix is bad - although it is, boring and meandering and occasionally incomprehensible - so much as that it is bad in the EXACT SAME WAYS that the last effort to tell this story was bad. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Allen Adams The Secret Life of Pets 2 isn't a great movie, but that's OK. No one expected greatness - at most, we're looking for good enough-ness. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Allen Adams Always Be My Maybe isn't a masterpiece, but it doesn't need to be. It is a well-made piece of romantic comedy...a movie for which it is absolutely worth pressing a few remote buttons. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 Rocketman (2019) Allen Adams Rocketman is a better movie than Bohemian Rhapsody and [Taron] Egerton's performance as Elton John is better than [Rami] Malek's as Freddie Mercury. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Allen Adams Godzilla: King of the Monsters ultimately collapses under its own weight, the result of trying to do too much all at once. It'll scratch your giant-monster-fighting itch, but don't expect much else. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Allen Adams Booksmart is a heartfelt and honest comedy...with a great script, great direction and a fantastic central pairing. Seriously - however good you think this movie is, it's almost certainly better. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 Brightburn (2019) Allen Adams Brightburn is an unapologetic deconstruction of the very notion of superheroes ... It is bloody and bleak and unrelenting, a savage look at the dark side of the superhero coin. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Allen Adams Aladdin is ... OK. Not terrible. Not great. Just OK. And that bland meh-ness is maybe the worst place it could have landed; we're left with a movie that is almost defined by how unnecessary it feels. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 () Allen Adams The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience genuinely feels as though it were made especially for me; it is a smart, hilarious piece of work by a remarkably talented trio. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Allen Adams In short, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum kicks ass in every way you expect ... and a few that you don't. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) Allen Adams A Dog's Journey exists solely to allow moviegoers to feel feelings about dogs for 108 minutes. It is saccharine and unrelentingly sentimental, gleefully pushing emotional buttons. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Allen Adams The highest compliment I can pay Pokémon Detective Pikachu is this - you legitimately don't have to know a thing about Pokémon to enjoy it. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/5 The Hustle (2019) Allen Adams The Hustle never rises to the level of the films that came before it. Essentially, it's OK - and certainly better than advertised - but nothing more. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 The Intruder (2019) Allen Adams Basically, if you could distill the desire to shout "Don't go in there!" at a movie screen and turn it into an actual movie, you'd pretty much have The Intruder. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
4.5/5 Long Shot (2019) Allen Adams Long Shot is smart in all the ways you want it to be smart and dumb in all the ways you want it to be dumb. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Allen Adams Avengers: Endgame is a beautifully-constructed piece of popcorn cinema ... anyone who has given their time to this world will find it to be a rewarding and effective payoff. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Allen Adams The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was itself a Quixotic effort, 25 years of trying to slay giants by tilting at windmills ... an uneven and unflinchingly weird movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 Penguins (2019) Allen Adams We're about to be overwhelmed by a sea of cartoons and CGI explosions for weeks on end - why not sit down and enjoy a quiet, well-made nature film that just happens to be stunningly beautiful and surprisingly funny? EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 Hellboy (2019) Allen Adams You would think that in the current climate of constant comic book content, this movie would be even more successful than the ones that came before. Instead, it is far less so, a blaring, boring slog that should have been better. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/5 Little (2019) Allen Adams Little simply doesn't get it done. Despite some quality performances and an interesting premise, the overall experience leaves something to be desired...All in all? Too little, too late. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/5 Shazam! (2019) Allen Adams It checks all the superhero boxes while also having a spirit that is undeniably its own. Action-packed, self-aware and legitimately funny, Shazam! is a high-flying delight. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Allen Adams This new Pet Sematary is scary in its way, with strong performances and an interesting look...All in all, it's pretty good, but not good enough to bump its predecessor off its pedestal. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Allen Adams Dumbo doesn't soar, but neither does it stumble. It could have been really good, but instead settles for good enough. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Allen Adams Hotel Mumbai is a bloody, violent look at a bloody, violent tragedy. Perhaps it pushes things a little too far in its viscerality, but it does so in service to the narrative. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
5/5 Us (2019) Allen Adams This is Us. And this is us. See it for yourself. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
1.5/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Allen Adams [Five Feet Apart] is so formulaic, so boilerplate, that it almost feels algorithmically-generated - a product of maudlin mathematics. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/5 Captive State (2019) Allen Adams [Captive State is] off-brand Blomkamp, a movie that is reminiscent of that director's work without quite rising to his level of execution...an adequate piece of sci-fi entertainment with occasional whispers of greater possibility. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Allen Adams Captain Marvel could have floundered under the storytelling load it was asked to shoulder, but instead manages to (mostly) soar...a worthy choice as Phase 3's penultimate offering. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/5 Greta (2018) Allen Adams At its best, Greta offers some pulpy B-movie fun delivered by A-list talent...worth seeing for those parts where the freak flag is really flying, but ultimately, it's just another stalker thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Allen Adams Fighting with My Family is about the journey rather than the destination, making an interesting parallel with professional wrestling, which is also about much more than predetermined match results. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Allen Adams Like its predecessors, the film offers up a surprisingly heartfelt message wrapped in high-flying dragon action and goofy slapstick. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 Conan the Barbarian (2011) Allen Adams What I got was an ultraviolent and bloody fantasy epic with an overwrought and underdeveloped back story, clumsy performances and gratuitous special effects, 3D and otherwise. In other words: perfect. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 Gone (2012) Allen Adams To put it bluntly, it's boring. Really boring. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Wanderlust (2012) Allen Adams Wanderlust isn't perfect. However, the cast is both immensely talented and clearly invested in making the movie. That combination goes a long way toward overcoming the relatively minor issues with regards to the script. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 Project X (2012) Allen Adams Hateful characters, a ridiculous story and mediocre direction - that's what Project X has to offer you. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 The Raven (2012) Allen Adams There's no reason to see The Raven. It's an unoriginal plot that you've seen a hundred times before. The performances are lackluster and the direction is uninspired. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/5 Battleship (2012) Allen Adams Just what did this movie have to do with the 'Battleship board game? Other than the title and a couple of bits that seemed forced at best and hokey at worst, there was no real correlation. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 Men in Black 3 (2012) Allen Adams Men in Black 3 is a surprisingly strong return to the game for Will Smith. There are plenty of laughs to be had, but the action side of things is solid as well. There are a few weak spots, but so what? Summer movies are supposed to be fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 That's My Boy (2012) Allen Adams Unless you're an Adam Sandler completist or a Vanilla Ice die-hard, feel free to skip this one. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 Step Up Revolution (2012) Allen Adams There are only so many times you can watch the plucky dance crew try and save the rec center. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/5 The Watch (2012) Allen Adams On paper, this movie looks pretty good. These are all dudes who know how to make with the funny. And yet it never quite clicks. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 Life of Pi (2012) Allen Adams Life of Pi is beautifully rendered with some fine performances. Unfortunately, this novel deemed by many to be 'unfilmable' ultimately proves to at least partially earn that distinction. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Allen Adams The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a very good two-hour film buried within a meandering 166 minutes. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 Les Misérables (2012) Allen Adams For those unfamiliar with the play, watching the movie will make for a decent introduction; it's a bit overlong, perhaps, but while there's a slight disconnect from the source material, there's also an undeniable passion and respect for it. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/5 Admission (2013) Allen Adams Admission has some funny moments and it has some poignant moments. Unfortunately, the film never seems quite able to determine what its focus should be. This results in a movie that never quite clicks. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
1/5 The Host (2013) Allen Adams This movie stole two hours of my life. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
2.5/5 The Great Gatsby (2013) Allen Adams The biggest problem with The Great Gatsby is that the filmmakers [Baz] Luhrmann in particular seem to have lost sight of much of what makes the novel an American classic. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 The Purge (2013) Allen Adams While it is entertaining enough, it never feels like the quasi-Orwellian allegory it was clearly meant to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) Allen Adams Bad Grandpa offers a whole lot of moments that will make you laugh, make you feel bad about laughing and then make you laugh again. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 Million Dollar Arm (2014) Allen Adams It may not hit a home run, but Million Dollar Arm definitely does not strike out. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019