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Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) With a great cast, fascinating story and old-school studio vibe, Ford v. Ferrari nearly clicks on all cylinders.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
82% The Report (2019) The Report tackles a serious topic and turns it into a rather heavy-handed movie, one that nearly buckles under the weight of its own self-importance. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
64% The Good Liar (2019) Even these two knighted performers -- in a rare star vehicle for a pair of senior citizens -- can't elevate this adaptation of Nicholas Searle's book, which clearly wants to be twisty and Hitchcockian but never quite gets there.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
60% Charlie's Angels (2019) Yet if the goal was to breathe life into Charlie's Angels for a new generation, to borrow a line from its old TV era, sorry, Charlie.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% Man Made (2018) Focusing on competitors at different stages, facing a variety of issues, offers a complex, nuanced view, in a way that does a lot of heavy lifting for a small film.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
63% Lady and the Tramp (2019) It's a modest addition to the genre that passes, barely, the "Who's a good family movie?" test.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) When a film with so much going for it -- from the first-rate cast to the meaty premise -- basically unravels and loses steam, it's a reminder that the challenge of wrestling one of King's epic books into a genuinely satisfying movie can be, well, redrum.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
97% Marriage Story (2019) It's hardly new territory, but Baumbach tackles the material with a mix of humor, anguish and absurdity that sustains interest, emphasizing how unpleasant and frustrating much of this can be.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
48% Last Christmas (2019) Clarke is charming and easy to root for, even saddled with elf shoes and slim material, and Yeoh and Thompson enliven a movie that frequently feels as if it's drifting between interludes.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
63% American Dharma (2019) A rather florid, disjointed conversation, one where Morris' attempts to challenge and confront Bannon feels mostly cathartic for the filmmaker, ultimately, without yielding much additional insight to understanding Bannon that hasn't already been said.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
50% American Son (2019) American Son possesses considerable power in its premise, while wrestling with the claustrophobic aspects of transferring a stage play to the screen. Ultimately, the subject matter wins out, yielding a flawed but brisk 90-minute Netflix presentation.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) Harriet is an overdue, mostly worthwhile tribute -- one whose main flaw involves dressing up her story more than its real-life heroism requires.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) No, the movie didn't need to be this long... If the portions are too big, though, at least it's a gourmet meal.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
59% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) As constructed by director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the scenes are so short and choppy as to undermine the performances, making the high-wattage actors looking little more than the players in dramatic reenactments.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
93% Western Stars (2019) It is, clearly, a valentine for hardcore "Bruuuuuce" fans, but one that does an effective job of both showcasing the material and connecting the songs in a thematic way.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
72% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) "Terminator: Dark Fate" represents a welcome return to the its origins, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprising their roles, adding nostalgia and mythological heft that separates it from everything that has followed "Judgment Day."‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) As is so often the case, Maleficent didn't exactly cry out for another chapter, but if forced to do one with a sharp spindle pointed at your head (or finger), this is about as good as one could have hoped.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Not that there was a pressing need for a return engagement, but just being able to reassemble the old gang -- this once -- was reason enough for Zombielan to rise again.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) An awkward, uneven film, with writer-director Taika Waititi conjuring some touching moments, but unable to pull off the magic act this "Rabbit" trick requires.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
71% The College Admissions Scandal (2019) Obviously, this is a bit of a hasty cut-and-paste job. Yet at its best, the movie effectively illustrates the cynical calculus that these parents made, as well as the rationalizations employed to justify their actions. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
90% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) The initial rush from seeing Aaron Paul back in the role -- coupled with an assortment of clever callbacks -- don't fully warrant cooking up this sequel.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) A movie that emphasizes its experiential and 3D qualities but lacks depth on every other front.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
37% In the Tall Grass (2019) Despite an uneven track record, In the Tall Grass gives the lamest King adaptations a run for their money, as writer-director Vincenzo Natali labors to stretch out the story, which takes a wrong turn in more ways than one.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
73% Prayers for Bobby (2009) In Weaver "Prayers for Bobby" has a leading lady whose prayers for a part worthy of her talents have been forcefully answered.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) There's an underdog charm to the bones of the story, and a lot of nifty touches about the era... Still, "Dolemite" bogs down during the making of the film, in a way that even the closing credits can't wholly redeem. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
69% Joker (2019) It's not too much to ask -- and more than just being a scold -- for justification of an exercise that places such a villain front and center, especially when there is so little light or goodness to balance the darkness.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) It's entirely possible to share the movie's political concerns and even outrage over the practices on display and still resent being beaten over the head with the message. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
81% Abominable (2019) The simplicity of the premise puts more pressure on the animation, which is crisp and occasionally beautiful, but not especially imaginative in its design. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Somehow, Zellweger manages to be Judy for a full two hours, delivering an over-the-rainbow performance in a movie that otherwise, on balance, is a bit more Kansas than Oz.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) A warm if somewhat flat trip back in time that approximates the feel of the show's Christmas specials, only over-sized, and as cozy as a seat by the manor's fire.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
77% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) The movie's conceit is hit-miss, but when it works -- yielding deadpan insults and pained expressions -- there are enough laughs to make digging up "Ferns" look like a fine idea.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Those who have studied Cohn likely won't learn a whole lot new from the film, but that doesn't make its lessons any less significant, or the narrative as a whole any less enlightening as a road map to Trump's public-relations philosophy.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) It's a well-made, provocative movie. And in a great big universe searching for intelligent content, one would hope there's still room for that.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Teen Beach 2 (2013) [Teen Beach Movie] is a pretty thin excuse to reunite the gang to dance and sing again.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) The movie represents a transparent bid to bring the book's prestige to the screen, but it's another case of literary underpinnings being lost in translation.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) A solid caper movie rooted in the challenges associated with running any criminal enterprise -- a more modest version of Goodfellas, with less blood, and more skin.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
45% Camp Rock (2008) Camp Rock is the kind of confection that requires copious brushing and flossing immediately afterward, but given Disney's track record, that won't dissuade four out of five girls with Jonas Brothers fever from sinking their teeth right in.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
90% Descendants (2015) The movie boasts a stronger, more assured story than most of the recent youth-oriented live-action musicals Disney has offered, with plenty of brightly colored bells and whistles as well as songs that range from Broadway to rap.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
67% Descendants 2 (2017) [W]hile the first exhibited flashes of inspiration, the second feels entirely phoned in, as if it could skate by on the title alone.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
70% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) Compared to the original, both the message and the messenger look more flawed. But stripped to its core, Super Size Me 2 answers those questions in a manner that still manages to leave you feeling shaken and, if not crispy, a little steamed.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Like its subject, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice hits all the right notes.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two is in many ways a victim of its own success, a sequel virtually assured a vast audience that proceeds to undermine its virtues by conspicuously overplaying them and overstaying its welcome.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
84% Untouchable (2019) Untouchable doesn't provide all the answers, but it frames this still-unfolding story -- and the entertainment industry's awakening to it -- in stark, thoughtful and unsettling detail.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) It is, in essence, a scholarly, almost sociological treatment of the material, in a way that broadly speaks to the plight of these blue-collar workers, with an empathy that's personal but not partisan.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) "Blinded by the Light" represents such a sweet, easy-to-relate-to story that it deserves to be seen, at the least, by anyone who has shown a little faith that there's magic in the arts -- either in music, or a darkened theater.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" might have lost something in the translation from page to screen, but taken on its terms the movie is satisfying...‐
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a sort of welcome throwback, a horror movie cleverly designed to be more spooky than truly grisly. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Even with the occasional dollop of dog-related humor, The Art of Racing in the Rain feels as ponderous as its title. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) Although there are some solid moments, the resulting concoction is a bit of a mess, the kind that makes one wish these very busy, in-demand performers were a bit more selective.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
No Score Yet Rosie O'Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up (2015) A Heartfelt Stand Up blunts its impact, feeling like more of the same from a comedienne who has done quite well, admittedly, by consistently wearing her heart on her sleeve.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019