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Brandy McDonnell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% 1917 (2020) Even more importantly, it serves as a mighty reminder of the inglorious, ruinous cost of war more than 100 years after the so-called "War to End All Wars" proved a sadly inaccurate nickname...‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/4 82% A Hidden Life (2019) The film runs almost three hours and could certainly be shorter, but at the same time, it's hard to argue it doesn't earn such an epic run time.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet Red Dog (2019) It's a surprisingly poignant tale of a motley crew of bouncers, bartenders and strippers who became the first family for a toddler and his single mother.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/4 95% Little Women (2019) Although the leaps between timelines can cause moments of confusion, the rich development of characters and themes proves more than worth the extra attentiveness the approach demands from the viewer.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3.5/4 97% The Kingmaker (2019) The Kingmaker is less a historical biography than a timely cautionary tale.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/4 67% Bombshell (2019) Margot Robbie gives arguably the most powerful performance as Kayla Pospisil.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach deserves kudos for highlighting the adversarial nature of divorce court...but his odd storytelling decisions too often undercut the human dynamics he's trying to explore.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out is an enticing addition to Johnson's filmography and a welcome appetizer before he goes back into orbit for more Star Wars adventures.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Captivating performances by Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith... help to keep the powerful, poetic drama driving forward.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Irishman (2019) A magnetic mob epic.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/4 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II boasts a convoluted story with a few plot holes, but returning co-writers and directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee deserve credit for crafting a sequel that seeks to answer the most compelling questions left by Frozen.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
2.5/4 24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Although it doesn't quite have the sweep you want from a historical epic, the battle scenes are exciting, the colorful depictions of Indian culture are gorgeous, and the heroine is worth rooting for. ‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2.5/4 82% The Report (2019) Jones spent five years compiling his 6,700-page report, and unfortunately, the movie feels at least this long, with the paper shuffling and screen scrolling occasionally broken up by flashbacks to the CIA black ops sites where the torture is happening.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) One of the best films of the year, Jojo Rabbit nimbly zips through the full gamut of emotions: It's by turns uproarious, warm, heart-rending, horrifying, silly, surreal, scary and joyous.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 43% Midway (2019) It was a job only for the bold and brave, and there are worse ways to spend the lead-up to Veterans Day than remembering the men who risked and sacrificed their lives doing that job.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Banderas earns his best actor prize from Frances' Cannes Film Festival -- and seems to be a shoo-in for an Oscar nod -- with his magnetic turn as Salvador Mallo, celebrated filmmaker plagued with a cavalcade of physical maladies.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Disney fans weary of copycat live-action remakes of beloved animated film can enter a visually stunning fantasy realm with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Though not as groundbreaking as its subject, the expansive documentary showcases the jazz icon's innovative, ever-changing musical style while at least acknowledging the damage his personal demons wrought...‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 88% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) [Moonlight Sonata] accomplishes a fundamental goal of art by allowing us to experience other people's lives, struggles and triumphs, hopefully furthering our understanding of what it means to be deaf in a world wired for sound.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/4 69% Joker (2019) Joker is overly long, thematically murky and narratively uneven, with an unnecessary ending that, like a bad greasepaint job, ruthlessly highlights the film's flaws rather than concealing them.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/4 83% Judy (2019) An empathetic and engrossing portrait of the latter days of Judy Garland, Judy powers past narrative pitfalls on the sheer might of Renee Zellweger's fearless embodiment of the ill-fated icon.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) It's not necessary to know anything about surrealism, Buñuel's influential work or 20th-century Spanish politics to appreciate the underlying coming-of-age story of a privileged young man learning to value the human lives around him.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Listening to one of the most successful pop stars of the 1970s blast through many of her hits... with the warmth and might of a sunbeam for 95 minutes proves a beguiling pleasure worth soaking in.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/4 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) [It] practically qualifies as a modern moviemaking miracle.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/4 87% The Nightingale (2019) A twisty, slow-burning thriller, The Nightingale is both shockingly violent and profoundly poignant as it unflinchingly counts the costs of cruelty, retribution and colonialism.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 98% Maiden (2019) Like a rising tide, thrilling archival footage and still-timely female-empowerment themes lift the compelling documentary Maiden beyond the timeworn tropes of the underdog sports drama.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) Unfortunately, it is a brutal disappointment, with a delicious premise that turns out to be a bland, gore-soaked mess rather than the macabre satirical feast I expected.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/4 80% Good Boys (2019) Both the thin story and the bawdy jokes wear out before the credits roll, but the filmmakers pack a lot of genuine laughs into the short and surprisingly sweet 90-minute caper.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/4 98% The Farewell (2019) Writer-director Lula Wang's autobiographical drama The Farewell delves into complex realities like family dynamics, cultural differences and terminal illness with elegant simplicity.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 92% Echo In the Canyon (2019) For a music guy, Slater keeps his rock doc visually captivating with rare photographs, vintage TV performances and clips... the true stars of Echo in the Canyon are the timeless songs...‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
No Score Yet George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano (2009) For those who don't speak Spanish, a few quips and asides may be lost in translation. But Lopez usually makes his intent clear as he effectively mines America's culture wars for plenty of chuckles.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) After more than two hours of smashing, crashing and bashing, the adrenaline wears off, the eye rolls can't be stopped and the latest Fast & Furious film feels slow and boring.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
No Score Yet Fathers of Football (2018) The Austin, Texas-based [director Bradley Beesley] scores a touchdown under the blazing "Friday night lights" with his feature-length sports documentary Fathers of Football.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 90% The Third Wife (2019) Writer-director Ash Mayfair makes a hauntingly beautiful feature film debut with The Third Wife, a quietly devastating period drama based on her own family history.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) With a combo of dark, dry satire and sudden, shocking violence, Stearns' The Art of Self-Defense lands some canny punches as he fights absurd notions of modern masculinity, misogyny and isolation.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) With this caliber of technology, talent and story, The Lion King remake should be more than a flashy copycat.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday will send you home singing and smiling, thinking and imagining, and to me, that's the kind of movie we need today.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story is now a quartet of great movies, with a fantastic new installment to make audiences laugh, gasp and, yes, cry - again.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/4 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) It just feels like a movie with this much talent shouldn't be so lifeless, zombies notwithstanding. ‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) It's a thrill to see a movie that not only boasts multiple dynamic, complex, lifelike female characters and but also allows all the characters to evolve in a realistic, satisfying way.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Although Herzog's interviews occasionally yield some interesting tidbits, it feels like the juiciest morsels that could have been plucked from these meetings are left on the vine.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Taking on the impossible task of filling in for the late Robin Williams, Smith does a fine job of making the part of the mighty, wise and uproarious Genie uniquely his.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Depending on the raw footage means accepting certain flaws, from unfocused shots to wandering crew members, but they only add to the considerable charm of feeling like you're right there.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 51% Tolkien (2019) Although it boasts a love of beauty and art, Tolkien leaves too much of the magic inherent in its subject untapped.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Although it has its unnerving moments, it's a shame it doesn't get more scares out of such a promising setup.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
2.5/4 89% Missing Link (2019) Even with the brief 95-minute runtime, the story bogs down in the middle, and one thing a movie about a bookish Sasquatch named Susan should probably never get is a little boring.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 81% The Wind (2019) Although the nonlinear narrative gets muddled and repetitive, The Wind remains incessantly scary, with haunting moments that linger after the credits have rolled.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 27% The Aftermath (2019) Despite the promising premise, interesting characters and the leads' sparking chemistry, the results are unsatisfying for the post-World War II drama The Aftermath.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam is an uproarious showcase for the charming Levi, with an entertaining and heartwarming final act.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo seems to coast on its familiar fairytale concept rather than fully taking flight.‐ The Oklahoman
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019