Dan Mecca Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dan Mecca

Dan Mecca
Dan Mecca's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Film Stage

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) It's the upbeat energy from Sanders' direction that keeps the engine going. The Call of the Wild is a welcome adventure for a cold winter's night.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
C 85% Save Yourselves! (2020) The laughs fade about halfway through and the world-building never blossoms into something wholly engaging.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
C 78% Wander Darkly (2020) Miele's reach exceeds her grasp in trying to examine these elements, resulting in a muddled thriller that gets confusing before it becomes obvious.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
C+ 70% The Last Shift (2020) There's a lot to admire here, even it all of it doesn't work.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
B 79% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind is a respectable monument worthy of its subject.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
B- 90% The Evening Hour (2020) This is a drama full of effective performances, though Michael Trotter-who plays Reese, Cole's sometimes supplier-is the standout. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B 92% Tesla (2020) His films are a testament to the independent spirit. Limitations be damned! The messy creativity on display is something to admire.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B 91% The Assistant (2020) An easy criticism would be that The Assistant has nothing to add to the conversation. This is a reductive take.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B 73% The Glorias (2020) The Glorias offers a strange alchemy of straightforward biopic and style-driven inspiration. Overall, it's tame work from the filmmaker, clear-eyed in her love for her subject.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B- 73% Uncle Frank (2020) Uncle Frank the character is a bit more compelling than Uncle Frank the film.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B- 82% The Courier (2020) Ironbark plays out by the numbers, rarely offering a narrative arc that doesn't feel incredibly familiar. That said, there is much to mine from the performances, which elevate the material at every turn.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
C+ 65% Worth (2020) Watching Keaton and Tucci go at each other in a handful of scenes is worth the price of admission. Here are two of the best actors we have, doing subtle, solid work.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B 100% La Llorona (2019) An effective slow-burn that uses thriller tropes to explore the lingering scars of the Guatemalan Civil War.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B 72% Summertime (2020) It's a brazen second film from an exciting filmmaker, capitalizing off of a truly collaborative effort to create something that feels singular.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B+ 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) For all the "messages" this film might dig into throughout, it never preaches to its audience. Promising Young Woman is always entertaining and it will linger for a long, long time.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B+ 73% Scare Me (2020) During a Sundance year in which many films extrapolate on the sins of the entitled male, Scare Me emerges as a standout. This is a crisp slice of cleverness that demands a reaction.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B- 92% Miss Americana (2020) While most of this authenticity reads as manufactured and a bit focus-grouped, it's hard not to like this pop star.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
B 52% 21 Bridges (2019) Not surprisingly, this kind of mid-budget project barely exists on the big screen anymore. And what a shame.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
C+ 42% Midway (2019) Most will recall 2001's Pearl Harbormore than anything else. The CGI-laden dogfights are about as entertaining (a compliment in a way) and the wooden dialogue is a touch worse.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
B 46% Last Christmas (2019) It may well be that Last Christmas's most memorable decision is shifting the oft-criticized Male Gaze over to Female. Let's call it a Christmas miracle.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
B- 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) It's a film so determined to wring out emotion from the audience that it offers up a cancer storyline *and* a beloved-animal-reflecting-on-those-he-loves storyline.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
B 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Things get a bit long in the tooth as the finale drags, but there's enough goodwill to push past the finish line.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
B+ 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Belkin is clearly in awe of his subject, warts and all, and hopes we will be as well.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B 69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) Serves as a pertinent reminder of the dangers of a government embroiled in bullshit, misguidedly confident in its own presumed greatness.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
B 23% Men in Black International (2019) Hemsworth and Thompson mine some easy chemistry, though never nearing the perfect alchemy of Smith and Jones before them.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
D 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) There is such a clear disdain for the human element in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, one wonders if there wasn't a way to make this sequel with monsters alone.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B+ 95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) An essential watch for cinephiles and beyond, letBe Natural bethe first step in your discovery of a talented artist‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
B 87% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) If stories like this can continue to be told with the confidence of fresh filmmaking voices likeChiwetel Ejiofor, we will all be better for it.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
B 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Starring the great Jillian Bell and written and directed byPaul Downs Colaizzo, it's a fairly ambitious debut film that attempts to examine how self-doubt can hurt you and the ones you love while earning laughs all at once. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
B 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Where's My Roy Cohn? is a worthy documentary, though it's hard not to want more.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 94% The Mustang (2019) The prison drama is a well-worn sub-genre, ripe with predictive beats and expected narrative turns. Those behind this picture are determined to subvert those expectations, and the attempt-though not fully realized-is much appreciated.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Too much of what happens here rings false and forced. Despite all of the heart, there is not enough in the execution.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 87% We Are Little Zombies (2019) There's so much to respect in We Are Little Zombies, just not enough to hold on to.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 88% Hala (2019) Sundance has offered plenty of coming-of-age stories throughout the years. Few are as effective as this one.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- 98% The Farewell (2019) Bittersweet, touching and always funny, The Farewell is lived-in from top to toe.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) A beautiful score from Emile Mosseri and some memorable lensing from Adam Newport-Berra do quite a bit for a story that never really becomes a story.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 90% Paddleton (2019) In line with a fair amount of Duplass' output, this film is admirable in its simplicity.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 44% After the Wedding (2019) Never straying too far from the beats of the original piece (save some crucial gender shifts), these are great actors chewing the heck out of the screen.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Any lofty ambitions fall to the wayside in favor of a ludicrous (and ludicrously entertaining) performance fromGyllenhaal and some well-staged death scenes.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C 80% Late Night (2019) We're watching bits of a few different movies here. One wishes it all fit better together.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
C+ 20% Serenity (2019) One can respect what Knight is trying at, while never fully buying into it. Despite the talent and the brazen originality, Serenity's reach exceeds its grasp.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
B+ 82% Ben is Back (2018) There is a clear clarity to every performance from start to finish, from Roberts all the way down. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
B+ 95% Blaze (2018) This is an interesting, frustrating man to focus on, all the way up to his muddled end. That Hawke's film will introduce a new audience to his music and soulful tenure feels like its own victory.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
B+ 96% Dark Money (2018) Dark Money is a focused piece of work that wears its agenda proudly on its sleeve. That being said, the facts presented feel indisputable, as facts should be.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
B 60% Amateur (2018) We've gotten plenty of sports films over the years, but precious few that wade into the deep, dark machinery that fuel the underdog stories and inspirational tales we love to love.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
B+ 92% Set It Up (2018) Set It Up, from its title on down, is a fresh mixture of a reliable formula.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
B- 100% Salomé (2013) As a companion to the documentary, it is the fascinating result of what [Al] Pacino himself seems to consider a creative failure.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
B- 80% Wilde Salomé (2013) Wilde Salomé is an ambitious documentary that bites off more than it can chew, and quite knowingly. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
B 78% The Revival (2018) It's a true character piece about a character worth exploring.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
C+ 39% Nostalgia (2018) Ultimately, the whole is not as great as the sum of some very effective scenes.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018