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Dan Fienberg

Dan Fienberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) El Camino is a high-quality piece of suspense and action filmmaking carried by Paul's still-tremendous performance as Jesse Pinkman.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
93% Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' (2019) The pacing of the Jeffersons episode was far better than that of All in the Family, or maybe it's just that I appreciated how well Foxx and Sykes were working off each other. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) I don't think Deadwood: The Movie is a great movie in its own right or even a great episode of Deadwood, but it's satisfying, and given what was required, that's enough.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
92% The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019) As Kunkel structures the doc, it's like "Here's this guy who nobody completely understands, now let's go back in time and ... nobody understood him then, either." I prefer that to cheap and specious psychoanalyzing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
95% Gaza (2019) By the end, Keane and McConnell are tugging so hard at heartstrings that most viewers will be unable to resist, even the ones who can see the puppeteers in constant motion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
96% Jawline (2019) It's an engaging, amusing and occasionally jaw-dropping portrait of a world that could hardly be more foreign to most documentary fans.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) I'd never accuse anybody in this cast of consciously holding back. But dress rehearsals are dress rehearsals; even if you're giving everything you have, the adrenaline is different.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskj√∂ld (2019) A funny, gripping, crazed take on the mystery investigation drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
87% The Great Hack (2019) An instigation for provocative ideas about data crime and what is ultimately a really, really, really conflicted look at when it's terrifying having corporations learning things about our online habits and when it's cool.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) The film is too earnest and well-intentioned to fall prey to racism, but there's a vein of xenophobia baked into its premise that lingers and leaves more of a bad taste than it should.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ably and reasonably positions Dr. Ruth Westheimer to be something like the Ruth Bader Ginsburg of sex.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) Much of the footage in Apollo 11 is, by virtue of both access and proper preservation, utterly breathtaking.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
89% King Lear (2018) Just because nobody could or should feel this is a definitive King Lear detracts only somewhat from the undeniable joy that comes from even two hours of watching Anthony Hopkins gnash his teeth, wail and go gloriously mad. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
No Score Yet The Bad Seed (2018) Call it The Bad Seed and you tap into a surface-glaze legitimacy that's probably unwarranted, because the movie, notable as co-star Rob Lowe's directing debut, achieves only a baseline amount of trashy fun, nothing more or less.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
92% Set It Up (2018) Directed by Claire Scanlon, whose background as a comedy editor is felt in every frame of this breathlessly paced feature, Set It Up is...fine. Heck, I'll even say it's good!‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) You can believe this was a show that existed only in this moment and you feel elevated from being a part of it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
95% Andre the Giant (2018) Perhaps predictably, it leans still too heavily on the myth at the expense of the real man. But it's still incredibly entertaining, if not always as insightful as one might crave.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
70% Paterno (2018) A different perspective, one less wedded to the Nonjudgmental Portraits of Notorious Middle-Aged Men genre probably would have been more enlightening, if less likely to earn Pacino an Emmy nomination.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding the Gap starts out as one story, suggests one set of character arcs, and then flows in unexpected directions and underlines new sets of themes, without ever feeling haphazard or ill-considered.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
77% 306 Hollywood (2018) 306 Hollywood feels simultaneously like the sort of heartfelt little film that often slips through the cracks without finding an audience and like one of the more universal and relatable films you're ever likely to see.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
64% Believer (2018) As a movie it's OK, with very little worth raving about. As a story and message, though, it feels important and worth getting out there ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
100% Seeing Allred (2018) Leaves a lot of questions unasked and tiptoes around plenty of other relevant conversations, but in its presentation of a career-in-full, it advocates persuasively for this advocate.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
90% The Sentence (2018) The Sentence is so committed to its concentration on emotion and heart that it's difficult not to get carried away and it feels almost churlish to quibble with the intellectual responses it barely aspires to.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) It's hard for me to judge Won't You Be My Neighbor? on artistic grounds because mostly it's a documentary you want to hug.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
80% The Price of Free (2018) An interesting advantage of this snapshot approach, though, is that it prevents closure, which sounds like a weird thing to be pleased with, but I truly appreciated that Kailash doesn't always have answers or happy endings or pat resolutions.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
46% Generation Wealth (2018) Easily the most ambitious film of Greenfield's career, but also the most infuriating for all of the sociological and psychological points that it tries to make in ways that are too often unearned or poorly defended.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
89% The Problem with Apu (2017) Kondabolu and friends wonder what can be done about Apu now and there's nobody around to make it into a real conversation. Still, there's great virtue in getting that conversation started and, in under an hour, The Problem with Apu does that well.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
67% Flint (2017) Easy to pigeon-hole as a true-life women-in-peril drama, Flint is entirely non-exploitative and honorable in its intentions and largely average in its execution, elevated mostly by a splendid ensemble of actresses.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
89% Tour De Pharmacy (2017) Tour de Pharmacy is smart, silly and often hilarious, and a worthy follow-up to creators Andy Samberg and Murray Miller's 2015 tennis lark 7 Days in Hell.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
19% Dirty Dancing (2017) I think Breslin is perfectly engaged with a different take on the character, it just happens that nobody else in this new Dirty Dancing has been told to change the story around her.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
74% The Wizard of Lies (2017) Robert De Niro gives a quietly intense performance in HBO's Bernie Madoff telefilm, which could be retitled "Sympathy for the Devil's Family."‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
90% Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016) Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing has many rewards, disjointed though they may be.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
28% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) TRHPS: LDTTWA suffers from suffocating staging and an utter lack of reflection on the source material -- but also from the source material itself, as what little energy it possesses is gone by a second half that turns into a real slog.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
88% All the Way (2016) Transferred from the stage, Cranston's performance remains outsized, but probably proportionate to Johnson himself.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
83% Confirmation (2016) Confirmation goes for something more dispassionate and even with the fine acting and a great built-in story, delivers something less enlightening and less enjoyable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
92% Grease: Live! (2016) It took less than five minutes into Fox's Grease: Live for director Thomas Kail to throw down the gauntlet, kick it out the door and slam the door shut on just about any future live musicals when it comes to sheer technical dexterity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
B+ 97% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) Montage of Heck is about the representation and self-representation of Kurt Cobain, a fascinating process for any figure whose entire fame was based on modes of self-representation.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
A- 98% Finders Keepers (2015) Finders Keepers has the sort of plot that no screenwriter in his or her right mind would ever dream up.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
70% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) A Very Murray Christmas is a boozy, snarky, melancholic gathering spiked with welcome whimsy, quirky celebrity cameos and effective doses of Yuletide earnestness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) The most important elements in the success of The Wiz Live! come from Leon and Robinson and their accumulation of a rather remarkable assortment of talent to populate the stages at Grumman Studios.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
D+ 93% Prophet's Prey (2015) This isn't a one-person problem or a two-person problem. But rather than condemning and deconstructing the institution, Berg puts almost all of the focus on a couple awful men. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
C- 47% A Walk In The Woods (2015) With no physical progress and almost no stakes other than the increasing redness of Nick Nolte's face, it's impossible for A Walk in the Woods to gain any momentum.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2015
B 76% People Places Things (2015) People, Places, Things has cuteness and comic timing in abundance.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2015
B+ 88% A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015) Even though The Amina Profile works as a cyber-thriller of sorts, I think it's much more wide-reaching than that, a story about online identity, but also about the danger of media-constructed narratives.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
A- 86% The Wolfpack (2015) It's partially a story of the role cinema can play in helping connect viewers to the world, of helping people get find and hold hope, but it's also a capturing and catalyst for developing hope.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2015
93% Frost/Nixon (2008) Many viewers will just go along with Frost/Nixon because of how great Sheen and Langella absolutely are. ‐ HitFix
Posted Oct 28, 2014
B- 59% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) "Sharknado" was far from the most amateurish of the Syfy originals, but it had a "Let's put on a show" roughness. "Sharknado 2" at times threatens to look like a real movie.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
B 80% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) Every subject in the doc has a stake in the case and they each yell their truth to the sky, with the certitude of somebody whose next meal depends on being heard the loudest.‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014) "Bastards" works because it has two storytellers with a personal desire to tell a story that nobody else seems to have wanted to tell. So what if it's a glorified home movie?‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 26, 2014
C- 14% Blended (2014) "Blended" is far from the worst movie to come out of a studio-subsidized Adam Sandler vacation. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014