Philadelphia Inquirer

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Rating Title/Year Author
Cloud 9 (2014) David Hiltbrand The slow-motion action scenes are exciting... Add to that the snowy chalet's wonderfully cinematic setting, and Cloud 9 is quite winning - even if your daddy doesn't own the mountain. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013) David Hiltbrand He's a lively and engaging performer. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
() Ellen Gray Come for the familiar, somewhat older faces, and a generally satisfying story that continues to have its way with history. Stay for Milch's dialogue, composed of a rough poetry that, profanity and all, is like nothing else on television. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 Escape Room (2019) Drew Lazor While it fancies itself a stylish hybrid of Saw and The Game, Escape Room is much more evocative of the 1997 low-budget cult hit Cube, a much gorier and far less stylish variation on the same theme. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Creed II (2018) Gary Thompson The rift is part of the rather transparent and predictable structure of Creed II, which feels more like an indifferent Rocky sequel than a movie with the reinvented dynamism of Creed. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 The Front Runner (2018) Gary Thompson The movie is better at showing Rice (Sara Paxton) as a woman trampled by the press stampede - ditto Hart's wife Lee, played elegantly by Farmiga. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/4 Mile 22 (2018) Gary Thompson Wahlberg's frenetic line readings don't sound like some genius' rat-a-tat stream of consciousness. They sound hysterical, high-pitched, and silly. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 Damsel (2018) Gary Thompson Damsel is designed to be a deliberately out-of-joint comedy about a woman forced to endure an exasperating ordeal. After two hours, I could relate. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/4 Uncle Drew (2018) Gary Thompson [Longino's] script is good-natured, more genial than funny, though director Charles Stone III does get some good work from star Irving, who proves surprisingly adept at playing low-key comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Gary Thompson Soldado bludgeons its way into touchy border politics, and maybe lucks its way into a story focused on the moral imperative of protecting a single child. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/4 Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Elizabeth Wellington It's amazing to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/4 Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017) Dan DeLuca The movie clocks in at just under two hours and feels considerably longer. As it ticks on, it achieves an unlikely and perhaps not entirely unintentional feat: It makes Grace Jones kind of boring. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 Downsizing (2017) Gary Thompson Although the sci-fi trappings of Downsizing make it seem like a big departure from Payne's previous work - The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt - it is the same in important ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Gary Thompson Jumanji reboot Welcome to the Jungle a happy surprise - a movie that turns out to be good (almost clean) fun, and is much more interested in character and comedy than special effects. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2017
3/4 Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Thompson Churchill, by way of Darkest Hour, hands the actor some of the best speeches of his career, and Oldman brings them vividly to life. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
3/4 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Gary Thompson The Johnson and Abrams movies live dutifully in the universe of the original George Lucas trilogy - after the Phantom Menace trilogy debacle, it's what fans claim they wanted. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
1.5/4 Wonder Wheel (2017) Gary Thompson Otherwise, the move shows evidence of Allen's late-career bad habits: The script plays like an unedited rough draft, or the work of someone who no longer has anyone to tell him he needs to try harder. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 The Disaster Artist (2017) Gary Thompson Funny and alarmingly factual. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Gary Thompson In fact, we think we know Mildred as a classic American movie type - a deeply wronged person on a relentless quest for justice. Because she is righteous, and because she is Frances McDormand, we are reflexively with her in this. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Gary Thompson Heavy borrowing, massive spending, and large amounts of food. Maybe he did invent Christmas. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Gary Thompson An uneven movie elevated by Denzel Washington's distinctive performance. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/4 Coco (2017) Gary Thompson In general Coco is the kind of first-rate technical production you expect from Pixar. On the other hand, it often feels more frantic than exciting, and it counts on moments of humor that often do not materialize. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 Last Flag Flying (2017) Gary Thompson Last Flag Flying lacks the casual, lived-in realism you usually find in a Linklater film. You don't buy the men as long-separated pals, and so you don't really buy the premise the connection that caused Doc to seek out these men is not visible on screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/4 Justice League (2017) Gary Thompson Now it's time for another dour Zack Snyder DC Universe movie, so bring your long face. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/4 Gilbert (2017) Nick Vadala But while Gilbert may not break ground with its angle, its contemplative take on what separates Gottfried as a performer from Gottfried as a person is interesting enough to drive the film, even if you may not particularly like his stand-up. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2017
2.5/4 Novitiate (2017) Gary Thompson There are times when Novitiate tests the viewer's endurance - it's a beautifully shot movie, but it runs more than two hours, and lingering compositions of silent nuns and novitiates start to feel unsupported by the story. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Gary Thompson Murder on the Orient Express is a buffet, occasionally tasty, supplied by actors offering unlimited servings of ham. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Gary Thompson Thor has always been the most laughable of the Avengers, and Waititi's approach means we don't have to pretend to take seriously the insane mythology about outer-space Vikings ruling over nine galactic realms. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Gary Thompson The characters don't register as real. Stephen's dilemma - he must choose to sacrifice someone he loves - carries no real emotional weight. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/4 Mugen no jûnin (2017) Gary Thompson Blade of the Immortal is flat-out gorgeous. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2017
2/5 A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Gary Thompson Fans can best enjoy the movie the way the bad moms make the best of the holiday: lots of alcohol, lots of forgiveness. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2017
2.5/4 Wonderstruck (2017) Gary Thompson Wonderstruck, for all of it's child-in-danger plotting, has a warmth that points (along with the title) to a safe and sentimental conclusion. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 Thank You for Your Service (2017) Gary Thompson It's a good, quiet performance by [Miles] Teller, and also by [Haley] Bennett - her Saskia is welcoming but wary. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2017
1.5/4 All I See Is You (2016) Gary Thompson [Marc] Forster does some interesting visual work here to suggest the perspective of a person who is (legally) blind, but in general, when your thriller requires the heroic intervention of an ophthalmologist, you're in trouble. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2017
3.5/4 Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) Dan DeLuca [Sam] Pollard tell Davis' tale with sympathy and performance clips that convey the breadth of his talent. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2017
1.5/4 Suburbicon (2017) Gary Thompson If there is a way to join these elements together, Clooney has failed to find it. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 The Florida Project (2017) Gary Thompson The Florida Project, though, dances deftly around kitchen-sink realism and instead looks at this pastel world through the eyes of characters too young to know, or care, that they aren't rich. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
1/4 The Snowman (2017) Gary Thompson The Snowman registers both as a bad thriller and a kind of anti-tourism ad that makes you never want to go to Oslo. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 Only the Brave (2017) Gary Thompson It's rare to see such imaginative energy expended to tell the stories of 'ordinary' men. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Gary Thompson And poor little Tilston, who plays Billy, is stranded on screen for far too long, left to dazzle us with his range of exactly two facial expression - frozen happiness, frozen disappointment. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 Marshall (2017) Gary Thompson I don't know if Chadwick Boseman can leap tall buildings in a single bound, but the superman of biopics certainly has a knack for towering figures. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/4 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Gary Thompson The move works reasonably well as a thriller, but falls apart in other areas. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2017
2.5/4 Battle of the Sexes (2017) Gary Thompson Battle of the Sexes is almost by definition predictable - the outcome of its title tennis match is well known - but there was one scene that made my jaw drop. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 American Made (2017) Gary Thompson It's all punctuated with the famous [Tom] Cruise grin, which hasn't changed since Risky Business EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/4 Victoria & Abdul (2017) Gary Thompson Victoria & Abdul is Dench's show. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty (2017) David Patrick Stearns With great visual polish, documentarian H. Paul Moon brings together an extremely impressive array of documents, archival footage, interviews with Barber experts, and taped oral histories. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2017
2/4 The Last Days on Mars (2013) Tirdad Derakhshani A sci-fi-horror yarn stocked with a winning cast but hobbled by a lamebrained script and dull set pieces. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2017
3/4 Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016) Gary Thompson In the context of today's stymied political trench wars, there is inspiration to be found in Jacobs' example of local activism, original thinking, and rational argument blossoming into useful change. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2017
Sand Castle (2017) Tirdad Derakhshani An engaging, gripping fact-based drama starring Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) as a young machine gunner in the U.S. Marines whose platoon is put in the impossible position of saving an Iraqi village. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 In Search of Israeli Cuisine (2016) Craig LaBan The film is at its best when tackling the often uncomfortable discussion of what Israelis have learned, borrowed, and absorbed from the Arab cuisines that existed there before creation of the state. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2017