Philadelphia Daily News

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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Five Feet Apart (2019) Gary Thompson The two leads here make the premise plausible and resonant. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/4 Climax (2018) Gary Thompson It becomes hard to watch. No, I mean physically hard to watch, with your eyeballs. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Gary Thompson Years from now, chances are that when people sit around and talk enthusiastically about that movie with Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, the subject is most likely to be Kong: Skull Island. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/4 Triple Frontier (2019) Gary Thompson Though it's been many years in development, it remains a timely look at the dangers of our increasingly outsourced, privatized military-intelligence network. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/4 Apollo 11 (2019) Gary Thompson The enlivened, archival images and sound give us the sense that we are there too. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 Greta (2018) Gary Thompson Huppert... seems to know what kind of movie she's in and, subsequently, has fun with it. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 Fighting With My Family (2019) Gary Thompson Fighting With My Family has the familiar structure of a fish-out-of-water comedy. But it has real feeling as well, built around a platonic love story centered, unusually, on brother and sister. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
2.5/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Gary Thompson Hidden World is for the most part judiciously edited, and DeBlois brings the series to a close with efficiency, if not a surplus of emotion. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/4 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Gary Thompson If you want to see a funny, effective love story featuring a plus sized character, try Stan & Ollie. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Gary Thompson They represent the best in class from around the world and are selected on the basis of merit, but there are some uncannily unifying themes in evidence. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) Gary Thompson They represent the best in class from around the world and are selected on the basis of merit, but there are some uncannily unifying themes in evidence. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/4 Cold Pursuit (2019) Gary Thompson A darkly comic tundra noir that exists tonally somewhere between Fargo and Elmore Leonard. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Gary Thompson LEGO 2 - though bouncy and propulsive - feels cribbed from other, better films, including the ingenious LEGO Movie original. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3'4 Philadelphia (1993) Gary Thompson Hanks and Washington (in a role that's unexpectedly comic) have rarely been better and use their considerable star power to obscure some of the movie's flaws. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 Capernaum (2018) Gary Thompson Labaki's use of color is effective and subtle, with blues and reds carefully deployed, along with a welcome and valuable sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
1.5/4 Serenity (2019) Gary Thompson This is pre-Oscar Matthew, circa Failure to Launch. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
2.5/4 The Upside (2018) Gary Thompson Even if you haven't seen The Intouchables, you have a pretty good idea where the drama is headed. Still, The Upside nonetheless does an amiable job of taking you there, thanks to hard work by the two leads. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 Destroyer (2018) Gary Thompson The story circles cleverly back on itself, putting an original spin on the familiar tale of the burned-out investigator reckoning with the defining event in a checkered career. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
2.5/4 Vice (2018) Gary Thompson It's covering ground that's been covered and covered, offering little that is revelatory. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Gary Thompson Jenkins, borrowing the novel's template, has structural story issues to deal with here. What starts as a romance becomes scattered in a half dozen narrative directions. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Gary Thompson Real change takes time, and who would know that better than Basis director Leder. also a pioneer. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 Ben Is Back (2018) Gary Thompson If Charles Dickens had written a story about the opioid crisis, he might have come up with something like Ben is Back. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/4 Aquaman (2018) Gary Thompson Halfway through the waterlogged kookiness that is Aquaman, I half expected the title character to announce that he lived in a pineapple under the sea. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Gary Thompson The movie works best when it falls back on plain old acting. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Gary Thompson Though it achieves a Poppins-like level of hyper-competence, it lacks the most elusive attribute we associate with Mary - magic. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 Roma (2018) Gary Thompson Sometimes this feels like artifice, but the emotions are real enough, and Cuaron's tribute to Cleo, and to women like her, is heartfelt. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Gary Thompson There is one narrative thread that pushes credibility to its limit, but there is more in Shoplifters that resonates and rings true. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Gary Thompson Divide and Conquer has the feel of a documentary on the outside, looking in. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Gary Thompson The more-is-more approach to superhero movies is usually a deadly mistake, but it works nicely in the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 Mortal Engines (2018) Gary Thompson A movie desperately short on emotion (despite a bombastic score designed to cue them). EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Gary Thompson Ronan is good (as usual) as the spirited and rather haughty Mary, making the most of what, to be fair, is the plum role. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Gary Thompson Bathtubs quietly describes a bygone age of prosperity and priorities, when corporations were less ruthlessly efficient, and spent lavishly to entertain and inspire their employees. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 Instant Family (2018) Gary Thompson Instant Family has more heart than laughs, but enough of the former to squeak by. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/4 Widows (2018) Gary Thompson The premise is a borderline gimmick, but director Steve McQueen invests the movie with enough grit... to draw us in. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 Green Book (2018) Gary Thompson It's a funny inversion of Driving Miss Daisy, and beautifully played by both actors. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Gary Thompson Death emerges as a theme - first as a punchline, then as a chilling presence. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/4 Outlaw King (2018) Gary Thompson Pine, up to his chain mail in mud, just looks tired. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 Boy Erased (2018) Gary Thompson The structure is lucid and effective. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
A Private War (2018) Gary Thompson Pike plays Colvin as selfless, but also a woman who would have pitched a drink in your face for calling her that. The movie takes Colvin's cue. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 Wildlife (2018) Gary Thompson It's a bold and borderline eccentric performance by Mulligan. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/4 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Gary Thompson Fact-based and funny... EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 In Search of Greatness (2018) Gary Thompson Polsky... consults with experts including Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, and Pele, all of whom are vexed at the current state of things and advocate for a less-structured system that promotes initiative and creativity. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 Suspiria (2018) Gary Thompson In the end, there's nothing as chilling as the scene featuring Timothee Chalamet and the apricot in Call Me By Your Name. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 The Price of Everything (2018) Gary Thompson The uneasy relationship between art and money... is explored with wit and verve... EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
2.5/4 Mid90s (2018) Gary Thompson It plays like a sort of updated Our Gang, if Spanky and the lads had used obscene and forbidden language. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/4 Beautiful Boy (2018) Gary Thompson A chronicle of emotional exhaustion that offers more exhaustion than emotion. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/4 The Happy Prince (2018) Gary Thompson There is the feeling of period detail and atmosphere in search of emotion, and repetitive scenes of Wilde and Bosie blowing what little money they have on champagne start to grow tiresome. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 The Oath (2018) Gary Thompson I also liked the willingness of The Oath to stick its nose into the ongoing civility/rage debate... EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 Halloween (2018) Nick Vadala It also essentially recycles the first film's structure, and serves mostly as a love letter to Carpenter's landmark film - but with way more gore. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 First Man (2018) Gary Thompson The movie quotes JFK as saying the United States chooses to go to the moon not because it is easy, but because it is hard - First Man show us just how hard. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018