Allen Adams

Allen Adams
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Allen Adams is the editor and lead culture critic for The Maine Edge, an arts/entertainment weekly based in Bangor, Maine. He has been reviewing movies for that publication for the past decade. For the past seven years, he has also done a weekly segment - called Pass the Popcorn - on the drive-time radio show Downtown with Rich Kimball. He's an actor and an improviser ... and he has been a contestant on Jeopardy!
Publications: The Maine Edge

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 72% Harriet (2019) Harriet can't quite ascend to the top of the pedestal on which it has placed its subject - and really, how could it? - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Terminator: Dark Fate isn't a great movie, but it's a heck of a lot better than the last couple of films in the franchise... Sometimes, it's better to reload the canon rather than continuing to fire. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
0/5 24% Countdown (2019) We can only hope that this is the final Countdown. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
2/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) Black and Blue isn't a bad movie. It just can't say everything that it's trying to say or be everything that it's trying to be...The effort is worth applauding, but in this case, the reach far exceeds the grasp. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/5 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) A comeback story like [The Current War: Director's Cut] might surprise you, but considering the players involved, the end result shouldn't come as a shock. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
4/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) No one's going to make the case that this is a NECESSARY movie, but it's undeniably a fun one...As far as decade-late sequels go, [Zombieland: Double Tap] is pretty damned good. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
1/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is...an uninteresting slog, a mishmash of garish CGI, disengaged nonsense and thin narrative...The real evil is whatever corporate edict that led to this thing getting greenlit. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
1.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man is too serious to be silly and too silly to be serious, and no amount of Will Smith (and there's a lot) or fancy camera tech (and there's a lot) can fix it. As far as this film's success is concerned, two Wills make a Won't. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) There's nothing particularly groundbreaking or exciting about the film itself, but Zellweger's performance alone is well worth the price of admission. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4.5/5 69% Joker (2019) [Joker] is aggressive in its unpleasantness, doubling and tripling down on its unreliability as it forces us to follow along on a journey where the line between reality and delusion is indelibly blurred. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 37% In the Tall Grass (2019) If you're a horror fan, you probably won't regret spending 100 minutes on this one. If you're not, you might be better off using that time to mow the lawn. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 60% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) In the Shadow of the Moon is a fundamentally flawed film...Maybe someone could travel back from the future and fix this mess ... or prevent it from ever happening in the first place. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3.5/5 82% Abominable (2019) Simple rather than sophisticated, Abominable is a sweet and inoffensive time at the movies - not great, but good enough. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) At its core, Ad Astra is a film about coming to terms with who we are, about understanding our choices and the motivations behind them. It's about finding ways to let go of the past while holding onto the lessons we learned from it. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) For all intents and purposes, [Downton Abbey] is The Force Awakens for the NPR set, and it's a fantastic thing. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
1/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) At this point, all we can do is hope that Rambo: Last Blood is true to its title, because no one needs any more of this. Time for Stallone to let Rambo bleed out. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) At its heart, [Hustlers] is a heist movie, only with a buddy comedy sensibility, all of it powered by the pop culture dynamo that is J-Lo. So yeah - hit the club and make it rain. You'll be glad you did. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) What we have in The Goldfinch is essentially an echo of a prestige film, an offering that bears many of the outer indicators of Oscar bait, but is largely devoid of substance once you move beyond those surface trappings. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
4/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Brittany Runs a Marathon is a funny, surprisingly tender character study about what happens when you want to be better than you are ... and what that even means. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
4.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Where the first film showed the raw power of those childhood ties that bind, [It Chapter Two] found ways to show the way that those ties might fade and fray, but never break. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon might not be a perfect movie, but it is certainly a worthwhile one ... a film driven by humor and heart. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) [In] Ready or Not, you get a brutal and darkly funny twist on horror movie tropes. You'll laugh, you'll cringe ... and you'll probably do both at the same time. All in all, you'd do well to seek this one out. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) [T]here's something admirable in the willingness of the filmmakers to unapologetically embrace every formulaic flourish at which they could aim a camera. It's so lazy that it's almost inspired. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 79% Good Boys (2019) If you're like me, someone who still remembers what it was like to be a confused 12-year-old idiot driven by hormones and peer approval, you're going to see a lot of yourself on the screen. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Being part of the world when you're not sure how you fit is tremendously difficult; that feeling pours forth from every scene in this film. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) There's a dog with an inner monologue who has thoughts and feelings and engages with the thoughts and feelings of people, so what am I supposed to do? I'm not made of stone. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
1.5/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) It honestly doesn't matter if you can stand the heat or not - you'll want to get out of The Kitchen. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw is big and dumb, yes, but it is also undeniably entertaining...even if you're not quite sure why any of this is even happening. And really, is there a more apt representation of the summer blockbuster? - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1/5 26% Otherhood (2019) The reality is that you simply don't care about any of these people - they're all kind of awful, really - and without empathetic engagement ... what's the point? - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood] is a fairy tale, with all that that term implies. It is weird and sprawling, filled with sharp edges and gentle curves. Just like Hollywood. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King is fine, an inoffensive family-friendly cinematic experience. It's the same thing that you've seen before. And in the end, that's probably OK ... just nothing more than that. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3.5/5 82% Crawl (2019) If you want a throwback good time, a movie where the flaws are fun and the fundamental stupidity is a feature, not a bug, then God help you - you want Crawl. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/5 42% Stuber (2019) Honestly, you're probably better off calling a Lyft. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is one of the weirder wide releases that we've gotten in quite some time, a bizarre and occasionally gruesome puzzle box of a movie rendered all the darker by the fact that it never actually gets dark. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) [A] delightful standalone film...a quippy, flippy movie packed with web-slinging action and some first-rate comic beats. Even far from home, Spider-Man remains close to our hearts. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday has a few issues, but they're minor ones in the grand scheme of things...In terms of a pure good time, you'll be hard pressed to find a better time at the movies this summer. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Honestly, it's just about the best possible follow-up to a movie that seemingly needed no follow-up...I didn't want Toy Story 4 - but I sure am glad I got it. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 63% Child's Play (2019) [Child's Play] brings together the sensibility of 1980s vintage horror with the Big Brother concerns of today, resulting in something that, while flawed, is undeniably entertaining. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) [Y]ou won't even need a neuralyzer to forget this one - the memories will be mostly gone by the time you get home. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
1.5/5 32% Shaft (2019) All told, this Shaft is one bad mother - and not in the way we'd hoped. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
5/5 80% Late Night (2019) [A] clever comedy with something to say, a movie that will leave you laughing while also giving you some food for thought...Fearless and funny, Late Night is worth staying up for. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
1.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's not even that Dark Phoenix is bad - although it is, boring and meandering and occasionally incomprehensible - so much as that it is bad in the EXACT SAME WAYS that the last effort to tell this story was bad. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The Secret Life of Pets 2 isn't a great movie, but that's OK. No one expected greatness - at most, we're looking for good enough-ness. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Always Be My Maybe isn't a masterpiece, but it doesn't need to be. It is a well-made piece of romantic comedy...a movie for which it is absolutely worth pressing a few remote buttons. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is a better movie than Bohemian Rhapsody and [Taron] Egerton's performance as Elton John is better than [Rami] Malek's as Freddie Mercury. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King of the Monsters ultimately collapses under its own weight, the result of trying to do too much all at once. It'll scratch your giant-monster-fighting itch, but don't expect much else. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is a heartfelt and honest comedy...with a great script, great direction and a fantastic central pairing. Seriously - however good you think this movie is, it's almost certainly better. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn is an unapologetic deconstruction of the very notion of superheroes ... It is bloody and bleak and unrelenting, a savage look at the dark side of the superhero coin. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin is ... OK. Not terrible. Not great. Just OK. And that bland meh-ness is maybe the worst place it could have landed; we're left with a movie that is almost defined by how unnecessary it feels. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 100% The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019) The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience genuinely feels as though it were made especially for me; it is a smart, hilarious piece of work by a remarkably talented trio. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019