Dan Mecca

Dan Mecca
Dan Mecca's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Film Stage
Publications: The Film Stage

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 50% 21 Bridges (2019) Not surprisingly, this kind of mid-budget project barely exists on the big screen anymore. And what a shame. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
C+ 43% Midway (2019) Most will recall 2001's Pearl Harbormore than anything else. The CGI-laden dogfights are about as entertaining (a compliment in a way) and the wooden dialogue is a touch worse. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
B 47% Last Christmas (2019) It may well be that Last Christmas's most memorable decision is shifting the oft-criticized Male Gaze over to Female. Let's call it a Christmas miracle. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
B- 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) It's a film so determined to wring out emotion from the audience that it offers up a cancer storyline *and* a beloved-animal-reflecting-on-those-he-loves storyline. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
B 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Things get a bit long in the tooth as the finale drags, but there's enough goodwill to push past the finish line. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
B+ 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Belkin is clearly in awe of his subject, warts and all, and hopes we will be as well. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B 69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) Serves as a pertinent reminder of the dangers of a government embroiled in bullshit, misguidedly confident in its own presumed greatness. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
B 23% Men in Black International (2019) Hemsworth and Thompson mine some easy chemistry, though never nearing the perfect alchemy of Smith and Jones before them. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
D 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) There is such a clear disdain for the human element in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, one wonders if there wasn't a way to make this sequel with monsters alone. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B+ 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) An essential watch for cinephiles and beyond, letBe Natural bethe first step in your discovery of a talented artist - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
B 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) If stories like this can continue to be told with the confidence of fresh filmmaking voices likeChiwetel Ejiofor, we will all be better for it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
B 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Starring the great Jillian Bell and written and directed byPaul Downs Colaizzo, it's a fairly ambitious debut film that attempts to examine how self-doubt can hurt you and the ones you love while earning laughs all at once. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
B 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Where's My Roy Cohn? is a worthy documentary, though it's hard not to want more. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 94% The Mustang (2019) The prison drama is a well-worn sub-genre, ripe with predictive beats and expected narrative turns. Those behind this picture are determined to subvert those expectations, and the attempt-though not fully realized-is much appreciated. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Too much of what happens here rings false and forced. Despite all of the heart, there is not enough in the execution. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 86% We Are Little Zombies (2019) There's so much to respect in We Are Little Zombies, just not enough to hold on to. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 90% Hala (2019) Sundance has offered plenty of coming-of-age stories throughout the years. Few are as effective as this one. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- 99% The Farewell (2019) Bittersweet, touching and always funny, The Farewell is lived-in from top to toe. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) A beautiful score from Emile Mosseri and some memorable lensing from Adam Newport-Berra do quite a bit for a story that never really becomes a story. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 90% Paddleton (2019) In line with a fair amount of Duplass' output, this film is admirable in its simplicity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 44% After the Wedding (2019) Never straying too far from the beats of the original piece (save some crucial gender shifts), these are great actors chewing the heck out of the screen. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Any lofty ambitions fall to the wayside in favor of a ludicrous (and ludicrously entertaining) performance fromGyllenhaal and some well-staged death scenes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C 80% Late Night (2019) We're watching bits of a few different movies here. One wishes it all fit better together. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
C+ 20% Serenity (2019) One can respect what Knight is trying at, while never fully buying into it. Despite the talent and the brazen originality, Serenity's reach exceeds its grasp. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
B+ 82% Ben is Back (2018) There is a clear clarity to every performance from start to finish, from Roberts all the way down. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
B+ 95% Blaze (2018) This is an interesting, frustrating man to focus on, all the way up to his muddled end. That Hawke's film will introduce a new audience to his music and soulful tenure feels like its own victory. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
B+ 95% Dark Money (2018) Dark Money is a focused piece of work that wears its agenda proudly on its sleeve. That being said, the facts presented feel indisputable, as facts should be. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
B 60% Amateur (2018) We've gotten plenty of sports films over the years, but precious few that wade into the deep, dark machinery that fuel the underdog stories and inspirational tales we love to love. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
B+ 92% Set It Up (2018) Set It Up, from its title on down, is a fresh mixture of a reliable formula. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
B- 100% Salomé (2013) As a companion to the documentary, it is the fascinating result of what [Al] Pacino himself seems to consider a creative failure. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
B- 80% Wilde Salomé (2013) Wilde Salomé is an ambitious documentary that bites off more than it can chew, and quite knowingly. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
B 78% The Revival (2018) It's a true character piece about a character worth exploring. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
C+ 40% Nostalgia (2018) Ultimately, the whole is not as great as the sum of some very effective scenes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
B 92% Searching (2018) As the style begins to wear out its welcome, the promise of a resolution and nifty twist keep things nimble. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
C 40% Arizona (2018) Despite its brief runtime, the film runs out of steam well before its climax. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
B- 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) The two leads have a pleasant chemistry that elevates each exchange and build out a meaningful-and meaningfully deep-relationship that's easy to engage with and root for. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
C+ 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as the titular teacher and is the perfect actress for something like this. She plays every moment starkly sincere, ultimately to a fault. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
B 54% Burden (2020) There's a lot to chew on here, and if Burden is ultimately buried by its muddled central character, it's as much a testament to the filmmaker's refusal to sugarcoat this story as it is a criticism of the final product. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
B+ 86% Nancy (2018) Rare is it that one gets to see a performance as strong as Andrea Riseborough's in NANCY. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B- 32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Lewin is clearly angling for a classical Hollywood studio picture aesthetic and he mostly succeeds, only sometimes betrayed by his budget. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) There is a quality to these performances and an earnestness to the filmmaking that's more than enough to recommend. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B- 74% Clara's Ghost (2018) Sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, always honest. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
C+ 73% The Long Dumb Road (2018) Aside from the goal of Los Angeles, there's not much else propelling us forward. Wherever it is we're going, we don't really get there. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B- 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) The Greatest Showman, despite its flaws, is a winning piece of work. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
D 7% The Snowman (2017) The biggest mystery within Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman concerns its own creation. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
B 86% American Made (2017) Well-crafted, if woefully familiar. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
C+ 33% Home Again (2017) Home Again succeeds in offering much of what its audience will want along with a handful of thoughtful observations they may not expect. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
C 43% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) It's built to be action-comedy comfort food, but it's a bit too comfortable for its own good. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
B 94% Gook (2017) [Justin] Chon has a vision and a voice and a good story to tell, full of social relevance and fiery emotion. Something this energetic and cared for is hard to criticize all that much. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
C+ 16% The Dark Tower (2017) A mostly entertaining piece of fantasy pulp that is a victim of trying to do too much and too little at the same time. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017