Philadelphia Weekly

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Rating Title/Year Author
B Meet Joe Black (1998) Zaki Hasan Meet Joe Black marks the latest in a succession of strong turns by Anthony Hopkins. More than even [Brad] Pitt, the film serves as a showcase for the versatile and talented Oscar winner. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Cold in July (2014) Genevieve Valentine [Cold in July is] an absorbing take on the modern family noir, a movie that knows the devil's in the details. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2016
Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Craig D. Lindsey We shouldn't forget this is McConaughey's world. He remains a magnetic presence, his soft-spoken Southern drawl and slithery charm keeping you from fully despising this guy Woodroof. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2015
Capital (2012) Craig D. Lindsey Costa-Gavras certainly found an intriguing leading man in Elmaleh, with his ice-cold stare that may remind audiences of Steve McQueen at his most penetrating. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2015
C+ Dare (2009) Matt Prigge I've rarely seen a more rabidly inconsistent film -- astute one moment, stupid the next. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2015
Steve Jobs (2015) Zaki Hasan Steve Jobs is a filmmaking achievement of the highest order and one of the best movies of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2015
Pan (2015) Zaki Hasan Upon walking out of Pan, all I could muster was, "Well, it's better than Hook." That's not high praise. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2015
The Martian (2015) Zaki Hasan While it boasts plenty of amazing effects and wide open vistas to justify its apportionment of IMAX screens, the film -- featuring a droll Matt Damon in the title role -- is a celebration of science, selflessness and good old-fashioned smarts. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2015
Everest (2015) Zaki Hasan It's an engrossing, exhilarating, terrifying film that should be experienced on an IMAX screen in 3D -- and for far more reasons than just "because it's there." EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2015
The Visit (2015) Zaki Hasan The very best thing about The Visit is that it's a brief one. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2015
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Zaki Hasan Though The Man From U.N.C.L.E. lacks the wit of Kingsman and the spectacle of M:I-Rogue Nation, it nonetheless sits comfortably alongside its spy movie siblings. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2015
Fantastic Four (2015) Zaki Hasan It's hard to figure out where to even start when deconstructing this thing. It doesn't work as an adaptation of a beloved property, nor does it work as a completely new interpretation. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2015
C+ The Simpsons Movie (2007) Matt Prigge Why do I still feel a bit jilted? Because the premise is actually kind of promising. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2015
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Zaki Hasan Nearly two decades out, Ethan Hunt has become [Cruise's] signature role, and at 53, the indefatigable action hero hasn't lost a step as he runs, jumps, rides and drives from eye-popping set piece to the next with both will and skill. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2015
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Al Hoff You will chuckle frequently, but packing a hankie is still a good idea. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2015
Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World (2014) Genevieve Valentine Those hoping for insight from the man himself will be disappointed by Dark Star's polite reserve. But for those hungry for archival footage or a look inside the citadel of his mind, this is a film that's fond of being unsettled. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2015
Iris (2014) Genevieve Valentine Iris Apfel champions the idea that fashion doesn't have to define you even if you live it, and she's a walking reminder of how much fun it can be just to have a little style. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2015
Promised Land (2012) Sean Burns The road to movie hell is paved with good intentions. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Jack Reacher (2012) Sean Burns Plain, cleanly directed meat-and-potatoes action filmmaking that aspires to competence and simplicity. A nice change of pace. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
This Is 40 (2012) Sean Burns There's a shrillness that is admirable in theory but rather off-putting in practice. It's just not very funny. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
The Guilt Trip (2012) Sean Burns It just cruises along in second gear, being genial. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Sean Burns A bloated, entirely unnecessary cash-grab prequel suffering from a fatal case of elephantitis. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Playing for Keeps (2012) Sean Burns Someone maybe should've told this guy if you want to rekindle a romance with a woman, you probably shouldn't start by sleeping with all her friends. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Hitchcock (2012) Sean Burns Wallows in fat jokes and wink-wink nudge-nudge references that anybody with even a passing knowledge of cinema history will find eye-rollingly obvious. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Rise of the Guardians (2012) Sean Burns The film has a square-jawed elegance that occasionally hits a note of grandeur when it's not just being silly. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Holy Motors (2012) Sean Burns Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend for the digital era. Both exuberant and melancholy, it's a film about an allegedly dying art form that is thrillingly alive. Cinema is dead. Long live cinema. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) Sean Burns Winking, self-aware camp that eventually explodes into a craptacular of the highest order. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Outback (1971) Sean Burns This movie gets under your skin. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Sean Burns Wouldn't it be great if mental illness really was as adorable as it is in the movies? EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Skyfall (2012) Sean Burns Director Sam Mendes can't decide if he's shooting a chilly noir or a Roger Moore camp classic. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) Sean Burns All that matters here are cockamamie anachronistic music cues, low-rent filmmaking and one spectacularly hammy turn from Russell Crowe. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
The Sessions (2012) Sean Burns It's all so plodding and beige, yet giving this movie a bad review is like kicking a kitten. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
The Details (2011) Sean Burns Everything here is intentionally grotesque to service the filmmaker's cheap shots. Women and black people are just plain crazy. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Cloud Atlas (2012) Sean Burns Even at its most risible, this oddball picture has a groovy, inclusive spirit that feels downright revolutionary in our sterile, blockbuster age. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Alex Cross (2012) Sean Burns The usual over-familiar mélange of forensic evidence and titillating torture porn that reminds me why I don't watch network television procedurals. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 (2012) Sean Burns A greedy billionaire's most feverish nightmare realized with all the amateurish panache of a daytime soap opera. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Sinister (2012) Sean Burns Even the daytime scenes are shrouded in such deep shadows, you're mainly left wondering why nobody ever just turns on the damn lights. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Seven Psychopaths (2012) Sean Burns I'm not sure it all hangs together in the end, but McDonagh's grasping at something interesting. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Middle of Nowhere (2012) Sean Burns I should love this movie, but something about it kept me at arm's length. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Frankenweenie (2012) Sean Burns Very much the work of an older man revisiting the obsessions of his youth, struggling at times to reconnect with them. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Pitch Perfect (2012) Sean Burns A slovenly lark, but a spirited one. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Won't Back Down (2012) Sean Burns Funded by conservative Christian billionaire Phil Anschutz and released by rightwing overlord Rupert Murdoch, it attempts to fashion a feel-good family-friendly triumph of union busting and privatization. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Looper (2012) Sean Burns Rian Johnson is a very clever man, if sometimes a bit too clever for his own good. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Hotel Transylvania (2012) Sean Burns It's isn't awful. Just terribly pleasant, that's all. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Trouble With the Curve (2012) Sean Burns Doesn't just remind you what a great screen presence Clint Eastwood is; it makes you appreciate him even more as a director because Lorenz does such a terrible job. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Dredd (2012) Sean Burns It's a good deal wittier than expected from a movie that consists mostly of people getting shot in the face. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
End of Watch (2012) Sean Burns I'm still wondering who we're supposed to assume was holding the camera during Gyllenhaal and Anna Kendrick's sex scene. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
Sleepwalk With Me (2012) Sean Burns This is a great radio bit. Problem is that somebody decided this was a movie, and it is certainly not. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
The Cold Light of Day (2012) Sean Burns One of those lousy multinational productions usually cobbled together from some Israeli dry-cleaner's fun-money hoping for a quick buck on the direct-to-video circuit. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015
For a Good Time, Call ... (2012) Sean Burns Constantly ducks away from any semblance of adult sexuality, indulging in garish colors and giggle fits. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2015