One Guy's Opinion

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Rating Title/Year Author
C- Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Frank Swietek Little more than a musical afterschool special given the prestige treatment, a teen tearjerker that's unnerving for all the wrong reasons. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2021
B- Copshop (2021) Frank Swietek Trash, but well-executed trash, and should satisfy anybody looking for visceral excitement that requires no effort to think. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2021
D Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Frank Swietek A visually weird but boring and pretty much incomprehensible post-apocalypse samurai western, and Cage looks as bewildered by what's going on as viewers will be. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2021
B Cry Macho (2021) Frank Swietek Slight and sentimental it may be, but it effectively plays on the gruff, taciturn persona Eastwood has built over the years to make for an engaging journey. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2021
C+ Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021) Frank Swietek Colorful and good-natured but exceedingly predictable and formulaic, this fact-based parable of acceptance plays like something you remember having seen before. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
C+ Blue Bayou (2021) Frank Swietek Has the sense of urgency befitting its status as an activist statement, but its fevered melodramatics undercut the message rather than enhancing it. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
B The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) Frank Swietek A superficial but entertaining take on the roots of the sort of hucksterism that still characterizes the faith business on TV [and] it offers two standout performances. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2021
B Come From Away (2021) Frank Swietek Doesn't plumb the depths of the post-9/11 experience, but its blend of poignancy and feel-good uplift, appealing to both the heart and the funnybone, is, from a purely theatrical perspective, a winning formula. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2021
C- Malignant (2021) Frank Swietek A particularly sick joke dressed up in pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and lurid horror-movie conventions. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2021
B The Card Counter (2020) Frank Swietek A strange, slow-burning, quietly unsettling character study/thriller. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
C+ Worth (2020) Frank Swietek Hardly without value, but it leaves you with a nagging feeling that it should be much more emotionally wrenching than it is. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
B Wild Indian (2021) Frank Swietek Almost unbearably restrained and somber, but the tension beneath the surface gnaws at you throughout. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
C We Need to Do Something (2021) Frank Swietek A claustrophobic little thriller...that aims for shivers and shocks but is more likely to elicit nervous giggles and inadvertent yawns. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
D- Zone 414 (2021) Frank Swietek A bargain-basement, or really sub-bargain-basement, clone of 'Blade Runner, 'Zone 414' is visually tacky and almost infinitely dull. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
D Cinderella (2021) Frank Swietek With apologies to the Disney animated version of 1950, it might be described as Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Bad. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
B Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Frank Swietek One of the fresher, more engaging installments in the mostly exhausting onslaught of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
C The Last Matinee (2020) Frank Swietek As a homage to slasher movies of the sixties and seventies [it] works fairly well. But as a horror movie in the broader sense, it's a fairly tame, sluggish affair, despite a few moments whose ickiness will cause you to blanch. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
B+ The Lost Leonardo (2021) Frank Swietek An absorbing art documentary that plays like both a scholarly thriller and a muckraking critique of a cynical global business. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
C Vacation Friends (2021) Frank Swietek Director Clay Tarver tries to keep things moving along briskly in this raunchy, ribald comedy and mostly succeeds, but the high energy level isn't enough to sustain the sitcom-level screenplay. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
B- Candyman (2021) Frank Swietek While not everything works, the film remains a stylish resuscitation of an old horror franchise with something beyond scares on its mind. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
B- Paper Tiger (2020) Frank Swietek A somber film, but also a grimly compelling one. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
B- No Man of God (2021) Frank Swietek Might not be an essential addition to the ever-growing array of films about Ted Bundy, but it's one of the better ones. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
C+ Flag Day (2021) Frank Swietek A depressing but sporadically powerful drama of family dysfunction...that's effective only in fits and starts. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
C White as Snow (2019) Frank Swietek Always keeps the eye engaged. But when it comes to the brain or the heart, it's much less successful. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
C- The Protégé (2021) Frank Swietek Even in an era of dumb action movies, 'The Protégé' is a particularly empty exercise in mindless mayhem. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
C The Night House (2020) Frank Swietek Holds one's interest over most of its overlong running-time, but in the end comes across as murky and unsatisfying. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
D+ Reminiscence (2021) Frank Swietek A ponderous piece of retro storytelling gussied up with futuristic flourishes. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
B+ Escape From Mogadishu (2021) Frank Swietek Tense and exciting...a genuinely gripping fact-based thriller, told with flair. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2021
C+ Vivo (2021) Frank Swietek When a script goes down the wrong road, even the best craftsmanship isn't enough. 'Vivo' starts well but quickly loses its way and ultimately comes up short. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
C Respect (2021) Frank Swietek Though handsomely made, 'Respect' is thoroughly conventional... its fractured structure and limp direction make for a 'just one thing after another' feel. Aretha Franklin has still not gotten the biographical treatment she deserves. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021
C Free Guy (2021) Frank Swietek Shawn Levy's highly derivative action comedy is meant to make you feel good, and it succeeds, up to a point....But as you're enduring its boringly bombastic finale, you just might feel like escaping the theatre. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021
B CODA (2021) Frank Swietek A tearjerker, but one that's affecting rather than cloying. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021
C Notorious Nick (2021) Frank Swietek This real-life underdog sports movie, set in the world of mixed martial arts, is...riddled with clichés, but features some decent performances and well-staged fight scenes. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021
B Val (2021) Frank Swietek An uncommonly reflective actor's self-portrait...at once enlightening and self-indulgent, as defensive as it is apologetic. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2021
B- Swan Song (2021) Frank Swietek There's a sweet sincerity to Todd Stephens' tribute to a gay pioneer in his hometown of Sandusky, Ohio, and along with a graceful lead performance, that goes far to justify the rather meandering trip down memory lane. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
B- Annette (2021) Frank Swietek There's a bizarre grandeur to 'Annette' that makes one willing to forgive, if not overlook, its calculated eccentricity and undoubted overreach. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
C John and the Hole (2020) Frank Swietek More baffling than compelling...rather like a trip down a rabbit hole that leads more to befuddlement than wonder. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
C+ Nine Days (2020) Frank Swietek While the film is an effective exercise in style, in terms of content it actually offers less than meets the eye. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
B The Suicide Squad (2021) Frank Swietek Flamboyantly nasty, garishly gory trash-but an efficiently manufactured example of such stuff, which succeeds on its own admittedly sophomoric terms. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
B- Ride the Eagle (2021) Frank Swietek Doesn't soar to great comedic heights, but it's an easygoing dramedy about reconnecting that's especially timely in the era of COVID. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2021
C- The Exchange (2021) Frank Swietek A teen comedy in which the groans vie in number with the laughs...while [it] can be congratulated for not being mean-spirited or grossly crude, it doesn't manage to be very funny, either. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2021
C- Twist (2021) Frank Swietek There have been quite a few decent adaptations of 'Oliver Twist.' This isn't one of them. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
C Jungle Cruise (2021) Frank Swietek Even those addicted to this sort of theme-park-on-steroids-style mayhem may conclude that this 'Cruise' offers too much of it. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
B+ The Green Knight (2021) Frank Swietek A dark, visually mesmerizing fantasy that embellishes the poem's concise narrative with episodes that expand intelligently on its essential themes. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
B Stillwater (2021) Frank Swietek Doesn't plumb the emotional depths its makers might have been seeking, but it conveys a welcome sense of moral ambiguity, bolstered by McCarthy's admirable restraint and Damon's insightful performance. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
B The Boy Behind the Door (2020) Frank Swietek A taut, chilling kidnapping tale told with uncommon finesse. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
C+ The Boys in Red Hats (2021) Frank Swietek While the episode is intriguing, both for its intrinsic interest as a socio-political barometer and for what it says about news reporting and the power of social media, Schroder's film inevitably feels both incomplete and padded. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
C- Old (2021) Frank Swietek While the characters in the movie may age rapidly over the course of a single day, it's really Shyamalan's tricks that have gotten old over time. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
C- Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) Frank Swietek So pervasively silly that the degree of absurdity approaches the sublime, made all the more so by the utter seriousness with which the nonsense is presented...pretty bad, but taken in the right spirit it can be a hoot. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
C- Midnight in the Switchgrass (2021) Frank Swietek With a cumbersome title that will hardly attract many viewers, 'Midnight in the Switchgrass' proves a sensationalistic piece of serial-killer pulp marked by poor writing, clumsy direction and indifferent acting. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021