MovieMaker Magazine

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Rating Title/Year Author
I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Stephen Saito Peck refreshes these images in other ways, choosing to colorize the majority of civil rights movement footage to ensure audiences see them freed of the monochrome trappings of the past. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 The Way, Way Back (2013) Dan Lybarger Because there are a lot of memorable characters like Betty in 'The Way, Way Back,' Duncan's suffering and eventual triumph become a viewer's delight. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2013
1.5/5 The Smurfs 2 (2013) Dan Lybarger Audiences who want something more than lazy puns and the word "Smurf " used every few seconds as though some weird contractual obligation existed should look elsewhere for entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2013
3/5 Promised Land (2012) Dan Lybarger In attempting to make 'Promised Land' more than a simple diatribe about the evils of fracking, director Gus Van Sant ('Good Will Hunting,' 'Milk') oddly makes the story seem less authentic. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
1/5 Hit & Run (2012) Dan Lybarger Mark Twain once lamented, 'The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in heaven.' Nor is there any humor to speak of in the new comedy 'Hit & Run.' EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2012
4/5 Brave (2012) Dan Lybarger The folks at Pixar are skilled enough to make a medieval Scottish royal named Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire) seem sympathetic instead of spoiled. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2012
4/5 Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Dan Lybarger 'Safety Not Guaranteed' is a little comedy that makes the world safe for personal ads. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2012
4/5 Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Dan Lybarger Anderson's movies work best if they're about kids or cartoon animals. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2012
1/5 Battleship (2012) Dan Lybarger Dear Hasbro: I'd like to thank you for ruining fond memories from my childhood. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2012
2/5 Think Like a Man (2012) Dan Lybarger 'Think Like a Man' is a unique achievement in cinema. It is possibly the first two-hour big screen informercial. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2012
2/5 American Reunion (2012) Dan Lybarger Like all tasty confections, there's a sell through date for 'American Pie,' and it's long passed. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2012
4/5 Natural Selection (2011) Dan Lybarger Pickering has made a movie that mercilessly pokes fun at religious pretensions but still looks on his characters with warmth. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2012
70/100 John Carter (2012) Dan Lybarger It's too bad that Burroughs' ideas don't seem quite as fresh now that others have outraced Carter to the big screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2012
4.5/5 The Descendants (2011) Dan Lybarger Payne manages to keep the delicate balance between these antics and the somber nature of what's happening in Matt's life. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2011
4/5 The Muppets (2011) Dan Lybarger There's still an endearing sweetness that permeates The Muppets. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2011
3/5 Happy Feet Two (2011) Dan Lybarger While the singing and dancing are still a lot of fun, Miller seems to have spent more time thinking of set pieces than storylines. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2011
3/5 Footloose (2011) Dan Lybarger The makers of 'Footloose 2.0' can be faulted for actually sticking too closely to the original. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2011
4/5 The Way (2010) Dan Lybarger 'The Way' is a rare movie in that it deals with religion and family issues without playing like a sermon or a satire. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2011
4/5 Earthwork (2009) Dan Lybarger It's a rare film that makes viewers love a fellow who takes needless chances. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2011
7.0 Just Like Us (2010) Elliot V. Kotek Just Like Us certainly provides the right look at a region undergoing change. The hope is that Ahmed's laughter tour breeds some levity in a location in which reality is often a little too 'real.' EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2011
9.8/10 Hunger (2008) Elliot V. Kotek The film's beauty and brutality appoints McQueen and his leading charge to all must-watch lists. The most deserved work of 2008, it simply must be experienced by any for whom the cinema is a purveyor of discourse. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2011
3.8/10 Dorian Gray (2009) Elliot V. Kotek Dorian Gray doesn't move the audience to empathize with any of its characters and, therefore, lacks the emotional investment necessary to engage. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
7/10 Balibo (2009) Elliot V. Kotek The immediate impact the film has had on a case that's been languishing beneath bureaucracy since the mid 1970s is nothing short of a miracle. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
9.8 Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) Elliot V. Kotek This poignant commentary reveals much about Basquiat's persona that hasn't before been witnessed. By landing us in the times his life was led, Davis has crafted a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
6.8/10 Shake Hands With the Devil (2007) Elliot V. Kotek The film has an ability to step back from the mess and investigate the characters' mores by deftly cutting between the story and a room in which their consciences are caged. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2011
2.5/5 Due Date (2010) Dan Lybarger What was abundant before but is now missing in Philips' latest outing is a small but essential element that helped leaven the vulgarity: surprise. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2010
4.5/5 Nowhere Boy (2009) Dan Lybarger Nowhere Boy proves the flesh-and-blood Lennon is infinitely more fascinating than the saint. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2010
3.5 Babies (2010) Dan Lybarger Because of the inherent adorability of the four stars of this French documentary, it's easy to forgive it for not delivering as much as it should. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2010
2/5 Alpha and Omega (2010) Dan Lybarger 'Alpha and Omega' enters the crowded marketplace with little to say for itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2010
5/5 The Social Network (2010) Dan Lybarger Nonetheless, having made the occupants of the White House seem believably human in The American President and in The West Wing, Sorkin knows it's better to focus on his characters' hearts, no matter how black, than their coding fingers EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2010
4/5 Cairo Time (2009) Dan Lybarger Flirtation is often sexier than consummation. There's a constant 'should I or shouldn't I' tension that gives a tale some spine. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2010
2.5/5 Going the Distance (2010) Dan Lybarger 'Going the Distance' is an occasionally diverting look at long-distance relationships that takes a few too many shortcuts. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2010
4/5 Machete (2010) Dan Lybarger With 'Machete,' Robert Rodriguez demolishes subtlety with the same force that Rome unleashed on Carthage. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2010
3.5/5 Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2009) Dan Lybarger They're working with a classic novella with The Duel, so they treat it with the same reverence and protectiveness that one might devote to a first child. In the process, they almost smother their well-intended creation to death. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2010
4/5 Farewell (2009) Dan Lybarger The stakes seem credible because French director Christian Carion ('Joyeux Noël' ) is working from a fascinating chapter of history that's only come to light recently. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2010
2/5 Takers (2010) Dan Lybarger Luessenhop has obviously seen Michael Mann's 'Heat' and liberally borrows from that film's structure (featuring both police and heist procedurals) and over-the-top action. He lacks Manns's sense of pacing or striking visuals. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2010
2.5/5 Lottery Ticket (2010) Dan Lybarger For a movie like "Lottery Ticket" to work, viewers have to feel as if they themselves have come out ahead. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2010
4/5 The Army of Crime (2009) Dan Lybarger By presenting his heroes warts and all and by consistently adopting a matter-of-fact tone, the film feels appropriately tense because the stakes are believable. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2010
3.5/5 Triage (2009) Dan Lybarger It's the 88-year-old Christopher Lee's juiciest role in ages, and watching him play off with Farrell is easily worth enduring the shortcomings in 'Triage.' EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2010
3/5 Step Up 3 (2010) Dan Lybarger "Step Up 3D" has pedestrian acting, weak dialog and a storyline that might as well have been generated by an iPhone ap. It's a good thing that nobody is buying tickets to see this movie for its dramaturgy. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2010
3.5/5 The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009) Dan Lybarger The Swedish-made 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' was such an engrossing thriller that any attempt to replicate its blend of chills and kinky delights would seem futile. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2010
4.5/5 The Kids Are All Right (2010) Dan Lybarger 'The Kids Are All Right' is a warm film about flawed people. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2010
Pariah (1998) Kathleen McInnis As hard as it is to watch, Director/Writer Randolph Kret's film does exactly what it's supposed to do... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2006