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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Aquaman (2018) Michael Dequina One indeed comes away from Aquaman interested in what further aquatic adventures may yet be in store, with or without any of his Justice League teammates by his side. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 Face (2002) Michael Dequina Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 Class Rank (2017) Michael Dequina The genuine heart behind the film from beginning to end earns the turn from the silly to sentimental, and elicits genuine feeling to go with all the fun. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
2/4 Paris Can Wait (2016) Michael Dequina Once the travelogue novelty of the posh locations and fine cuisine wears off--which is quickly, if not almost immediately--this slog feels like it is unfolding in real, interminable time. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2018
3/4 Where's Daddy? (2018) Michael Dequina An important and necessary look at a sensitive subject from an angle that too few care to pay attention to, let alone address. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2018
3/4 All Mistakes Buried (2015) Michael Dequina Sam Trammell is fascinating and fearless, stripped clean--or, more accurately, filthy--of anything approaching actorly vanity. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2016
3/4 White Rabbit (2013) Michael Dequina The emotional authenticity makes what could have easily been just another in a long line of similarly-minded dramas feel like a singular human story. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2015
2/4 Taken 3 (2014) Michael Dequina It is time for Mills to finally settle into a quiet retirement while Neeson moves on to better, heretofore untaken (in every sense) action showcases. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/4 Unbroken (2014) Michael Dequina Glossily polished to an old school Hollywood sheen in every respect, from the honey-golden cinematography to, unfortunately, a programmatic and ultimately unconvincing slathered-on sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2015
2/4 Cake (2014) Michael Dequina Aniston's solidly done departure probably would have organically received its due (and possibly even more credit) had it been a genuine discovery in a film released and sold as the modest, blip-on-the-radar non-event indie that it is. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2015
3/4 A Most Violent Year (2014) Michael Dequina Oscar Isaac does terrifically layered and involving work as Abel's armor of seemingly unflappable confidence is consistently, increasingly under attack. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2014
3/4 Second Coming (2014) Michael Dequina However willfully obscured the narrative may be, the emotional truth of every moment, in the moment is always piercingly clear and punishingly accessible. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2014
3.5/4 Selma (2014) Michael Dequina The true brilliance of David Oyelowo's work--and that of Ava DuVernay, for that matter--lies in the delicate balance between duly respecting King as a historical icon and incisively studying King as a man. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2014
2/4 God Help the Girl (2014) Michael Dequina Two hours whose every restless minute is felt, no matter how fetchingly and frequently the stunning Emily Browning croons directly to the camera. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2014
3.5/4 Top Five (2014) Michael Dequina Chris Rock has made an entertainment that is not only a wild and rich study of his lead character but the character of the filmmaker himself. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2014
3/4 A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Michael Dequina Liam Neeson reminds that he can be just as captivating to watch creating a complex character as he is beating bad guys up. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2014
3.5/4 PK (2014) Michael Dequina For once with an Aamir Khan vehicle, what is most memorable is not his predictably strong performance, but material and execution as fearless as he is. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/4 The Interview (2014) Michael Dequina In a less politically sensitive time, Randall Park's flat-out brilliant performance would be hailed as the breakout, star-making, even awards nomination-worthy, turn that it is. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2014
1/4 Around the Bend (2004) Michael Dequina When traveling the American Southwest, there are bound to be many KFC locations around the bend to feed you along the way. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2014
3.5/4 Comet (2014) Michael Dequina Such an admittedly, unabashedly small scale story feels so powerfully universal, as if to transcend the weight and boundaries of space and time. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2014
3.5/4 Time Is Illmatic (2014) Michael Dequina Paints a vivid portrait of all that Nas the artist and Nasir Jones the person are in a remarkably efficient 75-minute run time. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2014
4/4 Whiplash (2014) Michael Dequina Words fail to adequately describe just how everything down to the most minute detail converge into a climax that is at once exciting, scary, intense, joyous, heartbreaking, exhilarating, and altogether powerfully cathartic. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2014
3.5/4 The Book of Life (2014) Michael Dequina Makes one realize just how homogenized, and even lazy, mainstream animated features have become--and how genuinely exciting it is to witness an artist confidently shatter barriers and boldly break new ground. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2014
3.5/4 The Equalizer (2014) Michael Dequina It is in the seemingly undemanding action programmers where Washington truly proves the singular depths and scope of his talents and presence. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2014
3/4 CityLights (2014) Michael Dequina If some concessions to Indian cinema convention don't work, that's compensated by still-suspenseful and involving storyline and the committed performances by the actors. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2014
3/4 Mardaani (2014) Michael Dequina With the film's main USP being cinema sweetheart Mukerji kicking some major a**, to not have the film climax with anything other than some old-fashioned hand-to-hand brawling would be a letdown. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2014
4/4 Metro Manila (2012) Michael Dequina Satisfying as entertainment and remarkably cathartic as drama, this is a masterful achievement that deserves to find the audience that the marketplace seems determined to deny it. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2014
3/4 No Good Deed (2014) Michael Dequina One suspenseful, entertaining ride whose tense turns and thrills are further amplified when shared with an audience. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 Begin Again (2013) Michael Dequina Bonds born out of art, and specifically music, are nothing new in the movies, but Carney conveys the uniquely exhilarating romance of the creative process behind art like no other filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3/4 Deliver Us From Evil (2014) Michael Dequina Delivers the genuinely disturbing, if not exactly groundbreaking, head-spinning horror goods. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2.5/4 On the Other Side of the Tracks (2012) Michael Dequina Neither Omar Sy's bona fide movie star presence and charisma nor his rapport with co-star Laurent Lafitte can quite elevate the film beyond harmless formula fluff. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 The Immigrant (2013) Michael Dequina As terrific as Cotillard is, Gray's coldly cerebral style keeps Ewa's plight at too far a remove. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2014
3/4 Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Michael Dequina Doing what can best be described as a more extreme take on his characteristic screen persona of a colder, deadpan, oh-so-British type, Firth further amps up the condescension and arrogance to comically caustic levels. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 And So It Goes (2014) Michael Dequina These legendary stars don't disappoint in their first screen teaming, and Reiner should have trusted them more to completely take over the film a lot more quickly than he does. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2014
2/4 Yves Saint Laurent (2014) Michael Dequina Yves Saint Laurent as portrayed in the film comes off as no deeper than a symbol, much like that familiar brand logo that dominates the key poster art. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 Lucy (2014) Michael Dequina The weirdness Besson really has in mind is decidedly uncommercial at best, inscrutably indulgent at worst. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2014
3/4 The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Michael Dequina The proper Purge film that should have been made in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2014
2.5/4 Tammy (2014) Michael Dequina With the laughs being fairly sporadic, Falcone's generally slack pacing is laid bare and the movie as a whole feels all the more meandering, try though McCarthy might to enliven the proceedings. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
3/4 Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Michael Dequina It is frankly pointless to knock its quintessentially Bay aesthetic of massive mayhem and the equally shameless broad corniness of its humor, for all of that is clearly what the film was meant to be and dutifully delivers. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
3/4 A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Michael Dequina Theron's endearing rapport with MacFarlane the actor helps smooth over whenever MacFarlane the writer/director goes a little overboard with his penchant for toilet humor. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2014
2/4 Rio 2 (2014) Michael Dequina So much is going on here, yet nothing of consequence feels like it's *happening*. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2.5/4 Maleficent (2014) Michael Dequina How ironic--and disappointing--it is, then, that a film focused on one of the big bads for the ages is just about completely drained of menace or palpable danger. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2.5/4 Walk of Shame (2014) Michael Dequina Banks is one fierce talent more than able to carry a film all on her own, and here's hoping the next starring vehicle makes for a much smoother and consistent ride. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2014
3/4 The Other Woman (2014) Michael Dequina Mann is the one who practically makes the picture, winning most of the laughs with her expert timing, quirky delivery, and general go-for-broke abandon. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2014
2/4 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) Michael Dequina The cast is directed to often scream at each other at the top of their lungs, making the would-be comic material all bark with little-to-no bite. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2014
2/4 Words and Pictures (2013) Michael Dequina The remarkably unconvincing framework makes the expected rom-com bickering feel all the more artificial and forced, which is a shame when Binoche and Owen's chemistry is anything but. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2014
2/4 Blended (2014) Michael Dequina Doesn't feel so much blended than most crudely and sloppily thrown together with minimal exertion and even less thought. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2014
3/4 () Michael Dequina The virtues and achievement of Ashwin's sincere, go-for-broke ambition manifests in not easily discounted ways--not least of which is the ever-commanding presence and conviction of South Indian cinema's singular Superstar. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2014
3/4 Kochadaiyaan (2013) Michael Dequina The virtues and achievement of Ashwin's sincere, go-for-broke ambition manifests in not easily discounted ways--not least of which is the ever-commanding presence and conviction of South Indian cinema's singular Superstar. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2014
3.5/4 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Michael Dequina Captures the true essence of what has made and will make the X-Men's uncanny popularity survive and thrive in days of future and past. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2014