San Diego Union-Tribune

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Baghdad ER (2006) Robert P. Laurence You need to see it. When it's over, you'll not only have a clearer picture of the price of war, you'll also admire both the men and women who are fighting in Iraq and the doctors and nurses of Baghdad's 86th Combat Support Hospital. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2018
3/4 Suburban Madness (2004) Robert P. Laurence Still the most persistent and industrious producer of TV movies in an era when other broadcast networks have almost abandoned the whole idea, CBS knows a movie-worthy scandal when it sees one, and the Harrises fill the bill admirably. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2018
3.5/4 Reefer Madness (2005) Robert P. Laurence Somehow, all the parts fit together, and Reefer Madness, the musical, has turned out to be a lot more fun than its original source. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2018
3/5 Redemption (2004) Robert P. Laurence Easily worthy of an Emmy nomination, it establishes Foxx as a serious actor to reckon with. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2018
2/4 The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story (2004) Robert P. Laurence Obviously produced on a shoestring, the film has an improvised, cheesy look. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2018
Star Wars (1977) James Meade Star Wars is, indeed, a movie that dares to be different, not only in setting, but in theme at a time when imagination has surrendered to realism in motion pictures. If you don't enjoy Star Wars, you are not as young at heart as you think you are. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
2.5/4 Deepwater Horizon (2016) Anders Wright It's certainly worthwhile to tell the story of these people, but you can't help but feel that there's something missing from the narrative. Because there is. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2.5/4 The Magnificent Seven (2016) Anders Wright No, this "Magnificent Seven" doesn't reinvent the wagon wheel, but it's not supposed to. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2.5/4 Operation Avalanche (2016) Anders Wright There's something about "Operation Avalanche" that feels somewhat unsatisfying when all is said and done. The idea is a good one, but the ending feels more standard than the beginning. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3.5/4 Little Men (2016) Anders Wright This is an utterly human movie, the sort of character-driven project that's harder and harder to find these days. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/4 Sully (2016) Anders Wright It's a movie with problems, but it also leaves you feeling somewhat inspired, and reminds you that sometimes, still, people can come together and make the world a slightly better place. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/4 The Light Between Oceans (2016) Anders Wright It's far too easy to become overwrought and syrupy, and while the new movie has a lot going for it, it does eventually succumb to those watery depths. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 Complete Unknown (2016) Anders Wright Ambiguity in cinema is a rarity nowadays, and "Complete Unknown" squanders its commodity when all is said and done. But it's unique and different ... EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 Hands of Stone (2016) Anders Wright Make no mistake, this is no "Raging Bull." But it's a perfectly serviceable biopic and boxing movie whose cast says something about the social changes afoot in this nation. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2016
3/4 Southside With You (2016) Anders Wright It's charming, sweet and smart, and it isn't loaded with destiny. Tanne, in his first feature, has found a way to make his point by barely making it at all. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 War Dogs (2016) Anders Wright Rather than being satirical, it's actually a movie that takes itself fairly seriously. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/4 Hell or High Water (2016) Anders Wright "Hell or High Water" is one of the most original, entertaining and intriguing films of 2016. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/4 Anthropoid (2016) Anders Wright As is often the case with period pieces like this, the story itself is better than the execution. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/4 Equity (2016) Anders Wright All of the men in the movie are fairly one-dimensional. Which you could say is a bit of payback, since this is a movie about and by women. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2016
2/4 Suicide Squad (2016) Anders Wright The plotting, which initially seems intriguing, eventually collapses onto its own narrative petard, and the entire affair devolves into a rain-drenched slow-motion climax. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/4 Indignation (2016) Anders Wright The movie has a nice, exquisite feel to it, as though you're watching something that is smart but delicate at the same time. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 Jason Bourne (2016) Anders Wright Make no mistake, "Jason Bourne" is entertaining, but it's also fairly unmemorable, because the story it tells doesn't necessarily need to be told. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2016
Phantom Boy (2015) Anders Wright Its story might be all too familiar, and on the whole it doesn't carry a great deal of weight, but "Phantom Boy" has a real humanity to it that is often hard to find in today's cinematic offerings. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2016
Ghostbusters (2016) Anders Wright It's an imperfect movie, as most are, but "Ghostbusters" is undeniably entertaining. And there's something at the heart of Feig's movie that feels almost profound. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2016
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Anders Wright A charming coming-of-age film set in the New Zealand bush, complete with a company of quirky, mismatched characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/4 Zero Days (2016) Anders Wright Though Stuxnet was introduced to the world in 2010, in many ways "Zero Days" could not be more timely ... EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2016
2.5/4 The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Anders Wright Yes, it's often very funny and frequently entertaining. However, "The Secret Life of Pets" doesn't have a great deal to say. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 Swiss Army Man (2016) Anders Wright It will come across as absurd and ridiculous to some, and deep and meaningful to others. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 The BFG (2016) Anders Wright It's the sort of movie that assists children in experiencing new emotions and reminds adults what it was like to feel them. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 The Neon Demon (2016) Anders Wright It would be easy to look at "The Neon Demon" and think that it is little more than style over substance, and there may be some validity to that notion. But even if it's the case, the style of the movie is extraordinary. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 Three (2016) Anders Wright It's a slow burn that can only end in the sort of shockingly violent set piece To stages as well, if not better, than anyone else. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 De Palma (2015) Anders Wright For those who have an interest in film as an art and cinema as a culture, "De Palma" is fairly riveting, a master class in filmmaking tied into a history of contemporary cinema, with an unexpectedly personal look into the life of De Palma himself. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 Genius (2016) Anders Wright Despite the characters and the subject matter, the film is underwhelming, though Firth's acting is a masterwork of understatement. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 Puerto Ricans in Paris (2015) Anders Wright The entire film feels like it could have been made for TV back in the '80s. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2016
2.5/4 Race to World First (2013) Anders Wright While it is visually very impressive, it doesn't soar as emotionally as Jones intended, which is necessary to be truly epic. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3/4 Dheepan (2015) Anders Wright It puts a face on people around the world who will do anything for a better life. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3/4 Weiner (2016) Anders Wright It's actually an eye-opening film, not because of Weiner's misdeeds but because anyone who watches it comes away with a degree of shame. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2016
2.5/4 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Anders Wright "Popstar" is frequently ingenious, and even though some of the humor is broad, profane and ridiculous, it also has a number of moments and lines of dialogue that are unexpectedly sublime. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/4 Elstree 1976 (2015) Anders Wright How many movies would inspire a documentary about its bit players, almost 40 years after its initial release? Very few, but "Star Wars" is certainly one of them. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/4 X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Anders Wright A disappointing, mediocre movie. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2016
3.5/4 The Lobster (2015) Anders Wright The sort of movie that makes you consider what the filmmaker is saying, as well as what the movie is actually about. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 Maggie's Plan (2015) Anders Wright Life in "Maggie's Plan" is terrifyingly unpredictable. Just like everyone's, which is what makes it so charming. Plan to see it. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2016
3.5/4 Love & Friendship (2016) Anders Wright It's a movie that is not just an achievement in its own right, but the sort that makes one reconsider all of Stillman's previous films. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2016
2/4 The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Anders Wright "The Angry Birds Movie" is about as filling as the game itself, and has little to say other than friendship is good, pigs are bad, and angry payback is best of all. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2016
The Nice Guys (2016) Anders Wright It nicely captures the seediness of L.A. in the '70s , but, despite a very encouraging first act, it loses steam and gets bogged down in its own narrative. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2016
2/4 Money Monster (2016) Anders Wright Try as it might to tap into such previous populist films as "Network" or perhaps more appropriately, "Dog Day Afternoon," it undercuts its own potential importance by being overly simplistic. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2016
3/4 The Family Fang (2015) Anders Wright Subtle, smart and successful ... EDIT
Posted May 12, 2016
3/4 High-Rise (2015) Anders Wright Though it's set in the past, the future is bleak for the residents of the "High-Rise." As oddly prescient as the source material is, let's just hope our own is brighter. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2016
3/4 Captain America: Civil War (2016) Anders Wright The biggest of all the Avengers films, and perhaps the most satisfying. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2016
2/4 The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) Anders Wright For a movie about a mathematician who always thought outside the box, "The Man Who Knew Infinity" is quite staid and traditional. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2016