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Rating Title/Year Author
Joker (2019) Tim Stevens Truth is, this is not really a groundbreaking exercise in making us sympathize with the Devil. This is not a monster creator on a big screen, it's just familiar plot in grease makeup. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Tim Stevens From the opening until the inciting event there exists a sort of ramshackle charm to this old soldier facing down his twilight years until the moment Rambo flips back to killing machine. It feels like it has more energy when nothing much happens on-screen EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Abominable (2019) Tim Stevens ABOMINABLE is an [aesthetically] beautiful movie. A delightful fall surprise. Fun but not superficial, bittersweet but not suffocated by it. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Tim Stevens IT is not great, but it is good. The actors are strong, there are a couple of excellent Pennywise-child scenes that make the blood run cold. It is also irregularly paced and not every character gets their due. It is a mixed bag, but a recommended one. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Tim Stevens On a setting basis, THE KITCHEN excels. The environment, the world, feels authentic and alive. Alas, there is more to stories than buildings and streets. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Tim Stevens In the end, it is clear Richard Linklater, the writer-director, is far more interested in Bernadette as creator than Bernadette as character. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Tim Stevens It sounds syrupy, well intentioned but clueless, and riddled with potentially problematic characterization. Yet somehow FALCON largely dodges the entire minefield it seems barreling towards. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Killerman (2019) Tim Stevens As it stands, KILLERMAN is built on a pillar of clichés. Worse, it generally fails to utilize the talents of those involved. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Tim Stevens The trick of WEDDING though is that it lands it blows true. Your emotions get so expertly tweaked that you rarely, if ever, pause to consider just how much the movie has decided to throw at you at once. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
ECCO (2019) Tim Stevens There are some unfortunate tropes the film indulges in and, besides a twist, the plot is pretty typical. However, for two hours, the tone and images cast a spell. Enhancing the atmosphere is a deeply unnerving discordant score from Chris Morphitis. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Tim Stevens ANGEL HAS FALLEN is the very definition of assembly line mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Tim Stevens Much of it plays like IT, Junior Edition, and I do mean that as a compliment. It is definitely PG-13 horror, but it really puts its proverbial back into it. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Tim Stevens There's nothing here for me to love - excepting, maybe, the incomparable Michael Pena - but this isn't really a movie for 30-plus year-old adults. Kids get to have movies for themselves too. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Tim Stevens GOOD BOYS features far more encounters with party drugs, dodging traffic, and fighting frat boys than most 11-year olds manage. However, it never loses its obvious affection for its characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Tim Stevens Every now and again, the Fates deem to deliver onto us desperate moviegoers a delightful surprise. Folks, allow me to introduce you to READY OR NOT. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Tim Stevens It is the perfect kind of movie for the dog days of summer. It's a heap of glorious spectacle topped with a tureen of cheese. Could there be a better excuse to spend over two hours avoiding the sun and soaking up that sweet, sweet AC? EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Tim Stevens The note of sweet sadness the film closes on is, well, sort of beautiful. I am not scholar of late 60s Hollywood, but there is still something undeniably heart-aching about the universe QT creates. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Crawl (2019) Tim Stevens It is a creature feature that is a credit to its genre. The kind that delivers enough shrieks and thrills to send you home plenty pleased, bouncing on the adrenaline rush. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Stuber (2019) Tim Stevens STUBER has laughs and some violent thrills, but features a lot of missed opportunities. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Late Night (2019) Tim Stevens LATE NIGHT does suffer from being more oriented around the less interesting of the two leads. However, LATE NIGHT still draws in the viewer. It is smart, it feels honest, and the actors' interactions are too good to miss. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Shaft (2019) Tim Stevens If you know Shaft, you know that he is a portrait of radicalism. Of fighting the power. A figure of effortless cool. Well, this film posits, "What if he wasn't?" EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Tim Stevens As I have said elsewhere, this is a decent movie. However, it does feel a little empty at its core. See it at 1:15 on a hot Sunday afternoon or on a Tuesday night when they have the five-dollar tickets. There's no need to race out to see it right away. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Tim Stevens Secret Life of Pets 2 is cute and sweet with an appealingly surreal side. It is not an animation classic by any stretch - but then, not every animated feature needs to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Tim Stevens Imagine it like being at a restaurant where the waiter explains the menu in endless, intensive detail and then when it is time to eat, you are pushed out the door, the first bite still being chewed. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Tim Stevens TOLKIEN offers some strong performances and proves surprisingly affecting when it focuses on the human. Those looking for a peek inside the brain of Tolkien or his creative process, though, will likely go home unhappy. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Tim Stevens Seeing the fury of Godzilla unleashed should be a rush. Thrilling and scary all at once. If, instead, it feels repetitive and your pulse barely quickens? Something is off in the mix. In KING OF MONSTERS, sadly, something is definitely off in the mix. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Tim Stevens BOOKSMART is a strong directorial debut for Olivia Wilde and another entry in the ever-expanding canon of smart films about teens on the edge of evolving and growing up. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Tim Stevens Even judging the movie on its own merits, I confess I am among the disappointed. It feels like just when the movie became the most powerful version of what it wanted to be, it blinked and let us down easy. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Ma (2019) Tim Stevens MA is wild. Off the wall, skin crawling, "did she really do/say that?" wild. It pulses with attention-grabbing energy. It is not art but it is stomach-churning fun. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Breakthrough (2019) Tim Stevens Better directed and better acted than other examples of the genre I have taken in, it earns a closer look. However, what really hurts BREAKTHROUGH for me as a work of film, though, is its repeated handwaving at truly complex issues. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Tim Stevens Liz Hannah, (THE POST) and Dan Sterling, (THE INTERVIEW) do not seem like natural collaborators on paper. Nonetheless, they have combined on a rather smart and strongs cript. Of course, this being a romcom, chemistry is key. Theron and Rogen have it. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
Little (2019) Tim Stevens LITTLE is not bad. Martin is simply too damn good as teen Jordan Sanders for that to be the case. However, no one, save Martin, gets much by way of development to play. It is a mild, affair that should have, given the players involved, been so much more. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
The Kid (2019) Tim Stevens THE KID is the first movie in some time that I have seen that makes good use of DeHaan's odd unsettling charisma. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Us (2019) Tim Stevens I do not want to overstate things, but, eh, screw it. US is incredible. I adored it. If the theatre had offered to screen it again immediately after the credits finished, I gladly would have said yes. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Captive State (2019) Tim Stevens The interesting ideas and "trust no one" atmosphere, sadly, cannot save CAPTIVE STATE. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Greta (2018) Tim Stevens With his keen eye in place and the excellent triumvirate of performances from Huppert, Moretz, and Monroe, it feels good to enjoy a Jordan movie fully again. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Tim Stevens LEGO MOVIE 2 is not as a surprising breath of fresh air as its predecessor. Yet, it is still great and you should definitely see it. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Tim Stevens A much milder recommendation that the two previous HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Tim Stevens FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a very sweet movie with great performances top to bottom. However, you can feel how tightly managed this movie is. A cast this good deserved a movie that was not scared to throw a few more elbows. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Tim Stevens BATTLE ANGEL is pretty mediocre. It has great effects, a couple of good performances, and tremendous action sequences. Its characters are also flat, the script convoluted with little emotional payoff. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Tim Stevens After almost exactly 10 years since TAKEN's release, COLD PURSUIT's take on Liam Neeson-beats-up-a-bunch-of-people subgenre is a wonderful subversion of the formula. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Tim Stevens Such a loving sendup of the typical generic 90's romcom that sometimes it feels more like a meta-tribute. I can't be too negative about a film that finally found a way to channel Rebel Wilson's skillset to a multi-dimensional character. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Tim Stevens HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 U is a delight. Even a day later, I'm still high on how it made me feel. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
() Tim Stevens Rodriguez may well be an action star yet, but this is not the vehicle to get her there. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
What Men Want (2019) Tim Stevens Better than the original is damning this movie with faint praise, but faint praise is really all it deserves. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Tim Stevens The atmosphere escalates well throughout the movie and had been well-crafted from the start. Look closer, though, and you find nothing underneath. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Tim Stevens THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING proves a solid way for parents and kids, 12 and under, to wile away an afternoon. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Serenity (2019) Tim Stevens This movie seems to have a sense of boldness in its heart, but it is just an island mirage. I'm not mad at the spoilers, I'm mad how little they mean. The spoilers render it a mediocre noir ruined. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Glass (2019) Tim Stevens I obviously feel mixed on GLASS. It is, in many ways, an almost perfect representation of Shymalan's strengths and weaknesses as a filmmaker; his tools and excesses. What makes him great was all on-screen, right along what makes him so frustrating. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2019
Replicas (2018) Tim Stevens REPLICAS can't decide which note it wants to play, so it slams on them all in random order. REPLICAS exists as the kind of movie that raises lots of interesting - if oft-asked - questions and then immediately ditches them. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019