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Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
69% The High Note (2020) The High Note is a breezy way to kill a few hours. Granted, it's more an opening act than a headliner, but that simply makes its digital, on-demand residency feel like the venue where the film rightfully belongs.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
91% Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) While there are some very funny bits, clever observations and yes, personal information strewn along the way, perhaps inevitably nothing lands with quite the raw intensity of her debut.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
73% AKA Jane Roe (2020) AKA Jane Roe doesn't necessarily ask the viewer to like McCorvey; rather, the goal, mostly accomplished, is to present a clearer sense of the unlikely personality at the center of this polarized debate.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
66% The Lovebirds (2020) This is, pretty transparently, one of those exercises wholly reliant on the stars to distinguish it, and they carry things well enough... Mostly, the film can be seen as the latest modest steppingstone for its stars.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
50% Scoob! (2020) Beyond the improved computer animation compared to the hand-drawn origins, sequences worthy of attention are too few and very far between.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
87% Spaceship Earth (2020) It's all made juicier by a cast of characters -- many of them interviewed for the film -- so eccentric that any screenwriter would be told to go back and tone them down.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) To her credit, Michelle Obama doesn't come across as complaining about her reality; rather, it's as if she's able to step outside herself and witness the strangeness of an existence where "the entire attention of everything is you" from a bird's-eye view.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
79% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) What Remains Behind does an admirable job of demonstrating what made Wood special, not just to her daughter, but generations of fans. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
100% A Secret Love (2020) A Secret Love stands out by being sweetly understated, at a time when that's especially welcome. It's a deeply felt testament to both the strength of this couple's bond, and the fragility and hard choices that often come at the end of a lifetime.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
93% Bad Education (2019) With Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney as a can't-miss combination, Bad Education joins a juicy true story somewhere in the middle, drags before getting into the meat of it, and then rallies solidly in the second half. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
68% Extraction (2020) Even without his hammer, Hemsworth still conjures a few sparks. But with apologies to his last collaboration with the Russos, Extraction feels like the short end of the stick.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
No Score Yet One World: Together at Home (2020) If the special could be seen in part as a shrewd means of reminding people that you can find all those movies on Disney+, the studio's streaming service, it nevertheless offered a warming note of reassurance at an unsettled time.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
70% Trolls World Tour (2020) It's too aimless and loud for grownups... and while there's a lot to look at and hear in a jukebox musical manner, it's hard to imagine many kids understanding jokes at the expense of smooth jazz and yodeling.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
100% Slay the Dragon (2020) Slay the Dragon does an extraordinarily good job of taking a complex issue and connecting the dots, which seems particularly appropriate for a documentary about gerrymandering. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
100% The Scheme (2020) A riveting, meticulously detailed guide to a system that seemingly invites rule breaking at every turn.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) Although the template possesses the trappings of what might be called a feel-good film, there's happily nothing saccharine about it.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
100% After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020) More performance art than news, their appearance is fodder for ridicule, but there's nothing funny about the larger implications of After Truth, and what that title denotes. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
31% Bloodshot (2020) While Bloodshot modestly delivers on the most rudimentary level, there's barely enough juice in that nanotechnology to bring such a paper-thin construct to life once, much less again.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
84% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Somewhat ironically, the main flaw with this earnest film built around a directionless character is its lack of a clear objective.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) A thinly sketched out, wildly violent satire, one that rather cynically uses the current backdrop of partisan tribalism as the hook for an old-time exploitation piece.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
77% The Banker (2020) Apple has delivered a credible, modestly entertaining entry into the world of prestige film -- but one that won't lose much if written off against the balance sheet of consumers' streaming-TV budgets.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
88% Onward (2020) Only a true cynic could wholly resist Onward's deeper themes, but they come in the service of a movie that has to be classified in the mid-level tier of the Pixar file.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
92% The Invisible Man (2020) Conjures lots of creepiness, thanks foremost to star Elisabeth Moss, but this is one of those movies that works better the less time one spends sweating the details.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
93% Superman: Red Son (2020) What Red Son does, in an effective and perhaps unexpectedly timely way, is consider the extent the flag to which one pledges allegiance defines and shapes the man.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
71% My Boy Jack (2007) The message nevertheless resonates powerfully throughout a movie that deserves to be seen beyond the customary "Masterpiece" contingent, Hogwarts and all.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
61% The Call of the Wild (2020) Falls somewhere in a no-man's -- or really, no-dog's -- land, often feeling more animated than live-action. The obvious artifice undercuts any tension, despite beautiful scenery and a musical score that works overtime to build excitement.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
37% Downhill (2020) All it does, really, is make one marvel at how a project that must have looked promising on paper can quickly careen downward -- like an avalanche, only here, in slow motion.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
8% Fantasy Island (2020) Granted, one person's fantasy can easily be another's nightmare, but in this case, the likely effect on an even moderately discriminating viewer will merely be a nagging headache. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic the Hedgehog might move like a bolt of lightning once his feet start flying, but even with the orthodontia done to correct his chompers, the movie bearing his name still goes nowhere, fast.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
No Score Yet In Memoriam (2020) Employing shaky phone-shot video, the filmmakers provide harrowing glimpses of the mayhem and chaos... The real wallop, however, comes courtesy of interviews with survivors and, perhaps most devastating, parents of those slain.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) In Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was the best part of a bad movie. That's true again with "Birds of Prey... The net result -- even with the abundant appeal of its star -- is a movie with feet of clay.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
91% The Assistant (2020) Ultimately, the film exists to evoke a mood and a mindset, one that strips away the glamor associated with "Hollywood" to expose a system that allows a monster to hide in plain sight.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
92% Miss Americana (2020) Wherever one stands in regard to Swift's politics, that portion of the movie is what distinguishes Miss Americana from a host of other projects designed to pull back the curtain on the lives of the rich and famous.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
28% The Rhythm Section (2020) The Rhythm Section can't quite get its act together. Featuring a solid performance by Blake Lively, it's not bad exactly, but plays like a malnourished Jason Bourne wannabe.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) Filled with crosses and double crosses, the plot is mostly irrelevant, but the outlandish flourishes make for a good deal of foul-mouthed fun.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
14% Dolittle (2020) Aside from a few broad bouts of animal humor, the whole exercise feels utterly lifeless, and a conspicuous waste of time and, given the special effects, what looks like a ridiculous amount of money.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) A pretty shoot-by-numbers affair, beyond the mild kick of acknowledging that the central duo are getting a bit old for this sort of thing.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
21% Like a Boss (2020) An R-rated gals-night-out comedy that, thanks to the talented cast, delivers a few genuinely amusing moments, but which falls a couple of glasses of chardonnay short of being a good time.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
91% Clemency (2019) It's a small movie, but one that provides considerable food for thought, while being elevated by a performance from Woodard that, often without uttering a word, betrays an inner conflict that cuts to her very core.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
83% Just Mercy (2020) "Just Mercy" has the feel of an old-fashioned studio throwback -- one where the underlying story is more compelling than the film.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) Yet the tale unfolds with considerable sensitivity, offering plenty of haunting images while capturing the chaos and fear of trench warfare -- especially through the eyes of MacKay, in a genuine breakout performance.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) The swings in time, admittedly, can be a tad disorienting at first, but they provide a narrative spine that brings additional resonance to a story that most people likely think they already know.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
91% Togo (2019) A simple movie, but one worthy, on its modest terms, of a "Well done" cheer all around.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
21% Cats (2019) If the goal was to provide a holiday musical event that's fun for the whole family, it's a good idea in theory, packaged in the wrong litter box.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Abrams has made a Star Wars movie aimed at the people who love it best. The Rise of Skywalker isn't perfect, but seen that way, it more than rises to the occasion.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) The story's unrelenting nature works against it, blunting the lure of seeing Adam Sandler in one of his occasional dramatic performances -- a showy role, yes, but in a movie that proves all that glitters is not gold.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
36% 6 Underground (2019) 6 Underground proves so uneven in its tone and unrelenting in its volume that it's hard to imagine a hole deep enough in which to bury its silliness.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) The film makes a sobering point about the danger of rushing to judgment and trial by media, but undermines that with its ham-handed approach to key parts of the story. In the balance, Richard Jewell remains worth seeing. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
No Score Yet Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching (2019) Viewers won't learn much from this window into their worlds, mostly because it so fastidiously lets its subjects call the plays.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The primary avatars -- Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black -- seem to be having an awfully good time with all this silliness, which is mildly infectious, even when the movie sags.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019