Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki
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T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two offers a fascinating perspective on fear, memory, the shifting dynamics of power over your childhood trauma and what it means to make someone feel small. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
8/10 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Despite some of its heavier themes, Blinded by the Light maintains a lighthearted tone throughout, cognizant of its heartwarming nature that rests at its core. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
10/10 99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is a gift, a stunning, emotional, and nuanced piece of storytelling that will indeed make you want to call your grandmother afterward. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
8/10 98% Maiden (2019) Maiden captures the spirit of what it was like for these women to compete in a race that had been dominated by men. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
9/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is a joyous addition to this beloved Pixar franchise. It has so much heart and lets the characters drive the story, their growth a natural progression in their journeys. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
6/10 57% Aladdin (2019) Considering that expectations were on the floor, Aladdin manages to be equal parts entertaining, enjoyable, and charming. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
8/10 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) As a romance film, it's extremely soft and endearing, delicately executed and boasted by its lead performances and thoughtful directing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 66% Wine Country (2019) Wine Country had a lot of potential to be a wonderful film about friendship and facing hardships together but it's largely uninteresting and ultimately disappointing for a film boasting so much talent. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
7/10 14% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle may not be memorable long term and should be discussed within the scope of modern remakes, the film is elevated by its leads, the razzle dazzle of it all, and its surprising charm. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Packed In A Trunk: The Lost Art Of Edith Lake Wilkinson (2015) Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson is intriguing, touching, sad, and hopeful all at once. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 83% Ant-Man (2015) Ant-Man is entertaining for what it is, but is average on the scale of all the Marvel films so far. Its action is fantastic, Ant-Man's abilities pretty cool, and the setup for future films solid enough. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 25% Jenny's Wedding (2015) A film that isn't afraid of making its plot realistic and sympathetic, it thankfully shies away from having stereotypical characters. A strong drama that you won't be disappointed in seeing. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 55% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) Imagination will overflow as soon as you see it and you'll be surprised to find that it is an eccentric look at the Lego company that informs, is as layered as its bricks, and entertaining without ever becoming boring. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 84% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) While it sometimes drags on in certain places and becomes repetitive in its showing of the actions taken by the guards, the film still stands well enough and is able to explore the ugly side of humanity that is very revealing. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) The performances are really what keep the film from falling apart and the character dynamic makes up for any sluggishness that befalls the film around the midway point before it picks up again. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1.5/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) It's an extremely rough film where there are a lot of edges that needed to be smoothed over. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 24% The Runner (2015) The Runner is a semi-return to form for Cage, but not quite good enough. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) The combination of fantastic music, good performances, and the slightly dark undertones covered up by a feel-goodness the movie has in the end, makes for a fun watch regardless of any issues it might have. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 92% The Gift (2015) The Gift is like finding a gem in a summer of mostly mediocre films. It's character-driven, well-developed, smartly written and finely acted. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) A highly stylized and entertaining spy film worth seeing. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 27% Amnesiac (2015) I suppose Amnesiac is intriguing in its own way, captivating only in a way that works when you're not laser-focused on some of the imbalance between its plot and side plot. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 18% Big Sky (2015) The plot is entirely too underdeveloped and all the characters suffer from its neglect. A hard movie to sit through. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) The performances, however, drive the story and make for intriguing conversations even if the end feels like it's pulled together quickly in order to spur a resolution. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 69% 6 Years (2015) Fidell's tone and direction keep the film steady and the characters relatable. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 82% Mistress America (2015) Filled with heart-warming moments, combined with a witty script, and a great cast, the film is one of Baumbach's more light-hearted outings and he and Gerwig make it work. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 42% American Ultra (2015) Excessively violent and gory without needing to be, American Ultra never quite realizes which path it wants to take and leaves you ultimately unsatisfied. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Park Bench (2015) LeSchander shows a lot of strength in her debut feature, but because of the unchanging setting, The Park Bench could have perhaps been better if it had been situated on a stage rather than onscreen. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 46% No Escape (2015) Perhaps Dowdle and his brother Drew didn't want to make the story too convoluted and complicated, but one can't help but think that this politically-charged thriller has a gaping missing piece. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 40% Unsullied (2015) While the film does have a lot to offer, it isn't able to carry that momentum all the way through to the end. Regardless of some of the film's issues, however, Simeon Rice has a lot of potential in his future as a filmmaker. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 94% Rosenwald (2015) Rosenwald does well in balancing both stories as well as taking care to note the importance of the work behind it and its significance. On occasion emotionally stirring, importantly informative, and as humble as Julius Rosenwald was. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 91% Grandma (2015) Grandma is an unabashed look at different generational and matrilineal relationships and owning up to your actions. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 78% Z For Zachariah (2015) Z for Zachariah is beautifully made, has wonderful storytelling, is subtle without being unclear, and has a lot of food for thought. A film that works in many ways and is a must watch. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 38% We Are Your Friends (2015) We Are Your Friends won't make you want to be any of these characters' friends. Even the saddening event that happens later on, and serves as the turning point for Efron's character, lands no impact. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 20% Zipper (2015) It's well-acted, dramatic, has several thematic elements that are solid, even if it doesn't always peel back the curtains to reveal the reasons why or make use of the consequences of the protagonist's choices. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 30% Addicted To Fresno (2015) Often ridiculous, the film has a lot of ingredients but lacks the right recipe. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 77% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) An honest film about the life of Jobs. Using archive footage and interviewing the people who were closest to him, the film removes the rose-colored glasses to bring us the real man behind the technology that we are so very fond of today. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/5 65% Learning To Drive (2015) While there are a few genuinely funny moments, Learning to Drive isn't the feel-good comedy it's meant to be. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 27% Before We Go (2015) Before We Go is mediocre at best and ultimately a forgettable film. Still, it's also somehow decently entertaining despite its shortcomings and occasionally drawn-out melodrama. A film best seen from the comfort of your own home. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 27% Dirty Weekend (2015) This makes for an intriguing, but unfortunately still very tame and more mainstream kind of film, which is unlike LaBute. Mediocre but leaves more to be desired. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) 'Avengers: Endgame' is a well executed story that centers its characters and their journeys, while providing some of the best action sequences the MCU has ever had. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 81% Fast Color (2019) The characters drive the story instead of the other way around and it's bolstered by a tremendous cast and an authenticity that makes for a moving viewing experience. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
6/10 47% Little (2019) Little is ultimately just an okay film. The cast is fantastic, but the story is neither extremely funny or truly sincere. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/5 67% The Visit (2015) The Visit is solidly entertaining without overdoing anything. At least it's not a negative mark on Shyamalan's record, which is in and of itself a reason to be happy. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 87% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) Morgan Matthews infuses the film with enough emotion, good conversation, and an effective ending that will pull on your heartstrings a bit. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2015) While it eventually gets to the point, the direction is all over the place and isn't grounded in anything solid. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 86% Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh, Ich seh) (2015) Goodnight Mommy is increasingly unnerving and meant to completely throw off even the most die-hard horror fan, but the film is less horror than it is a psychological trip through clues, truths, lies, fantasy and reality. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 64% Sleeping with Other People (2015) Although not everything in the film works, it's likable overall and far better than most other romantic comedies the last couple of years. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2.5/5 73% Black Mass (2015) Entertaining but underwhelming for a movie of its kind. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 73% Everest (2015) Although you can appreciate the fact that the events of the film stay relatively true to what actually happened and the technical aspects of the film are fantastic, it's still disappointing that the characters aren't given enough attention. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 87% Meet The Patels (2015) Well-balanced and intimate without being invasive, Meet the Patels is one of the best documentaries you'll see this year and without a doubt is a film for everyone, no matter who you are. - Movies with Mae EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019