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Erik Childress

Erik Childress
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 89% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant has the feel of an evergreen film that conveys the stark intensity of the voiceless in our world and our silent screams to finally hear what they have to tell us‐
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
1.5/4 53% Falling (2020) There were no positive vibes to balance what is nothing more than a pretty miserable trip down memory lane as we await the world to be rid of one more old bastard.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/4 92% Miss Americana (2020) Wilson's film wants to sell us on her goodness rather than allowing it to shine through naturally which is a shame since it ultimately makes her seem even more like a product.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/4 50% Windy City Heat (2006) Leave it to the minds behind Comedy Central's Crank Yankers to pull this off. What's unbelievable is that they have reportedly been pulling pranks on poor Perry for many, many years.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
C+ 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Given that the film gives us ample time to catch our breath in-between the punching, kicking and shooting it will be easier to wish that it had all been condensed into an accessible YouTube video of just the action bits. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
B+ 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) It's James Franco's best performance since his Oscar-nominated turn in "127 Hours" and as a director it is nice to finally seem him embrace the comfort zone of comedy with enough cameos to rival Robert Altman's "The Player."‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
B+ 93% Baby Driver (2017) A Fast and Furious Fantasia that stands apart from the pack.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
3/4 100% Operator (2016) Begins as a very funny comedy, but its two lead performances (including the best work of Whitman's career) carry the film to uncommon insight into how we relate, emote and will always need the spontaneity of the human experience. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
4/4 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) An Episode IV for a new generation is only as good as the reminder to the old of why they fell in love with these movies to begin with.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
3.5/4 82% Batkid Begins (2015) Though it's easy to contrast "Batkid Begins" with "Dear Zachary" - tears of heartache replaced with tears of joy - both are about coming out of tragedy with a positive outlook for the future & rewarding the often thankless task of being a great parent.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
2/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) An effort so beholden to the iconic bits of the original that it never breaks free to become its own film. It is unfair to saddle Trevorrow with the historical gravitas that this was to be his Jaws. Instead it turns out to be his Jaws II.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2015
2.5/4 20% Aloha (2015) There are quintessential bits of Crowe in a film that just cannot commit to the payload it wants to deliver.‐
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
3/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Despite all its flaws, this grown up still comes away from Tomorrowland wishing there was more of it to see and would gladly take that trip.‐
Read More | Posted May 19, 2015
4/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Miller has crafted the kind of visionary action epic that makes peers and contemporaries envious while holding audiences in rapture waiting for that first bit of silence when they can finally relinquish their breath.‐
Read More | Posted May 13, 2015
3.5/5 93% Love Is Strange (2014) These two actors are right at home, even if their characters continue to live in a place that doesn't feel that way.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 4, 2015
1.5/4 89% Happy Valley (2014) In what could be the biggest miscarriage of justice yet, Bar-Lev has disgracefully played right into the hands of people he once exposed as the enemies, burying the lede to a sickening degree.‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 19, 2014
1.5/4 19% Very Good Girls (2014) Nothing rises above the level of an after school special, though, making this a disappointment in about every conceivable way.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jun 24, 2014
0.5/4 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Deserves placement amongst some of the worst comic book films to date (Marvel, DC or otherwise) and is the kind of travesty that should draw the wrath of its most fervent fans and kill the prospects for further entries into the franchise.‐
Read More | Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 76% Noah (2014) Succeed or fail Aronofsky was going to try to provide some greater depth to a story that would fit nicely into a filmography that has been rich with the search for a higher power, whether it be science, drugs, fame or forgiveness.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/4 21% Sabotage (2014) This is a screenplay so convoluted - and poorly-acted to boot - that the vicious blood bursts are more an awkward standout than some reminder that this is a gritty, realistic look at the DEA's war vs. drug cartels. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 98% The Babadook (2014) Throw in a few fresh images, great performances and enough creepy audio to have you fearing those dark corners again, and you have one entertaining and frightening experience in store.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2014
3/4 90% Obvious Child (2014) This film deserves to be seen as a major breakthrough for Jenny Slate who commands the kind of humor and honesty that stars possess.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2014
3.5/4 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) Braff's heart is very much 'in it' as Natalie Portman's Sam would say, and while his character fantasizes about science fiction role-playing, the complete storyteller is looking for the reality in our everyday fictions and how it applies to all of us.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/4 50% Now You See Me (2013) Characters acting falsely just to fool some imaginary 3rd party who may be looking on like The Purple Rose of Cairo is as bad as a living room magician from pre-school telling their spectators to close their eyes while they hide the ball. Only not as cute‐
Read More | Posted May 31, 2013
2.5/4 70% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Justin Lin has upped the level of in-the-moment set pieces over the past two films to somewhat forgive a few of its many notable flaws. But enough crazy ideas does not exactly add up to a successful film if the execution remains inconsistent.‐
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
3/4 78% You're Next (2013) Where Agatha Christie's fiction took you towards many of the very same solutions, You're Next ups the stakes to having its protagonists fight back and that only adds to the level of insane pleasure. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2013
3/4 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) The wraparound hour may not be very good, but those middle 40 minutes are a lot of fun.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2013
3/4 67% Spring Breakers (2013) Most shocking of all is that while Spring Breakers takes some time to find its bearings, this may be the most confident and artistically-grounded film of Korine's career.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2013
3/4 91% The Punk Singer (2013) Over two decades of Hanna's life in just 80 minutes has us wanting more, not to mention the opportunity to share her story as a way to show that feminism is not an ugly word, nor are the hearts of the proud women behind it.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2013
3.5/4 97% Mud (2013) Mud is a beautiful, humorous, tension-filled and sad tale with more great work from McConaughey about learning the hard way that love and mud can be a synonymous mixture that we will always have trouble running away from.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2013
4/4 98% Before Midnight (2013) When the lists of the greatest trilogies are made, Linklater, Hawke & Delpy's deserves to rank alongside LOTR, Christopher Nolan's Batman and the original Star Wars as one of the most epic of all. Because it is about all of us, the world and everything. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2013
4/4 94% Stories We Tell (2013) Polley points the camera at members of her own family and not only informs on where her directorial efforts stem from but confirm her as one of the best and most interesting filmmakers working today.‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
2/4 39% Touchy Feely (2013) The twosome and threesome of Shelton's past becomes six individuals, each dealing with an aversion to emotional and physical contact to such an extent that, by the end, it may be hard for the viewer to feel much of anything.‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
0.5/4 26% Ass Backwards (2013) A below-90-minute running time is not even a silver lining to a film that lives up to its name in more ways than one.‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
3/4 75% The Kings of Summer (2013) Toy's House is what Moonrise Kingdom might have been like if the director's played-out style and monotone quirkiness had not interfered with its similar tale.‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
3/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) A viewer may have a heavy heart in wondering precisely just what was fact and what was fiction but there is little doubt at how emotionally effective Coogler's version of the story actually is.‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
2/4 92% In a World... (2013) Bell's film wants to tell the tale of Hollywood and its vocally-gifted minions picking up the mantle for a new era, but shockingly buries its own lead until it practically becomes an ironic parody of itself.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2013
2/4 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) It winds up being one of the biggest tonal messes - comically, dramatically and morally - that is ultimately like trying to watch a Judd Apatow production of Shame.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2013
0.5/4 31% Hell Baby (2013) Marlon Wayans' A Haunted House no longer can own the title of the worst horror spoof of 2013. ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2013
1.5/4 54% The Look of Love (2013) he Look of Love forgets all the other senses when it comes to getting what makes Paul Raymond so fascinating, desensitizing us to caring even less about him than the 60th breast that flashes across the screen.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2013
2/4 91% The Spectacular Now (2013) The Spectacular Now does not come close to earning that certain kind of isolation that teenagers feel, certainly never coming close to equaling the year in Charlie's 'Wallflower' existence.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2013
1/5 23% Ready to Rumble (2000) Quote not available.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/4 47% In Our Nature (2012) Like Carnage it gets off to a rocky start in keeping all its protagonists from leaving the movie. But if you can make it past that - and John Slattery helps a bunch - Brian Savelson's film settles into a nicely mature story about airing grievances.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2012
1.5/4 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) If the name Nicholas Sparks was within fifty feet of it, it would be laughed out of the theater sight nearly unseen.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2012
3/4 89% Starlet (2012) Both Hemingway and Johnson give solid, believable performances and one could guess that even if Baker & Bergoch's script didn't feel as natural as it does, we would still feel OK spending time with the pair portraying their protagonists.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012
3.5/4 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) David O. Russell delivers wonderfully left-of-center entertainment time and time again and this is no exception. But this is a film that ultimately belongs to Jennifer Lawrence, thus solidifying her as one of the best actresses of any age working today.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012
3.5/4 81% The Impossible (2012) With a decidedly Spielbergian flair, the theme of altruism takes on great meaning through the other side of this tragedy and the characters bring emotional closure to more than just their own triumphs.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012
3.5/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) Hopefully we will be able to outlive the debate of its existence between those who feel it to be a bloated mess and others like me who view it as potentially a very important and lasting piece of work.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/4 37% The ABCs of Death (2013) Overall, maybe 13 or 14 of the 26 segments are worth a look. In school that would result in a failing grade, but for anthology films it's a pretty decent B-‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/4 85% End of Watch (2012) A serviceable cop flick with two solid central performances. Two men riding around in a car is to David Ayer what hands-on-wheat is to Terrence Malick.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2012