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Frank Swietek

Frank Swietek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 91% The Trip to Greece (2020) Another amusing exhibition of its stars' skill at improvisation and willingness to indulge in self-deprecation, with mournful undertones about aging and mortality.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
C- 24% Inheritance (2020) A skeletons-in-the-closet dynastic thriller in which the major skeleton literally still has meat on its bones, Vaughn Stein's sophomore feature is equal parts pretension and absurdity.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
B- No Score Yet Torpedo: U-235 (2020) For the most part it works on the level of a juvenile action-adventure studded with melodramatic turns and comic touches.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
C+ 70% Villain (2020) Almost defiantly old-school, like its protagonist-which is both a virtue and a weakness: it's solid, but also a mite stolid.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
C+ 75% Military Wives (2020) So long as you don't mind that the tale told here is basically a bit of cinematic hokum constructed out of a screenwriter's handbook, you might enjoy its mixture of laughter, tears, and upbeat music.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
B- No Score Yet The Delicacy (2020) Despite a few stumbles...a tasty documentary that will engage not just devotees of the Food Channel but anyone who enjoys a night out at a fine restaurant (when they reopen, that is).‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
C- No Score Yet Lancaster Skies (2019) Ambition and achievement are two entirely different things, and in this case the makers' reach has definitely exceeded their grasp.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
C 64% Castle in the Ground (2019) Klein certainly doesn't sugarcoat the sad reality of opioid addiction, but neither does he dramatize it in a consistently compelling way, despite the strenuous efforts of his leads.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
B 88% Spaceship Earth (2020) Helps to reclaim a venture that many consigned to the status of a Barnumesque folly, portraying those who supported John Allen's vision as perhaps misguided idealists rather than a bunch of eccentrics-without overlooking the oddities in the enterprise.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
C- 42% Blood and Money (2020) Proves to be a rather anemic thriller that, apart from the setting, is a terribly familiar cat-and-mouse chase.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
B 94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) The film is essentially an illustrated lecture, and though the accompanying visuals are well-chosen and smoothly presented, the important thing is that what's said is compelling.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
C 86% CRSHD (2019) Offers a hackneyed premise in packaging as glitzy as its modest budget will allow.... Whether that's enough to make it worth watching is another question.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
C+ 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Despite all Giedroyc's cinematic flamboyance and Feldstein's undoubted commitment, the picture is let down by its unsympathetic central character.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
B- 48% Arkansas (2020) The characters are interesting if sketchy, the cast good and the plot turns clever enough, but the overall effect is a mite flaccid and drab - a mixed bag you might nonetheless want to check out.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
C 84% Inside the Rain (2020) While Fisher's film is intriguing as a reflection of his self-understanding, its contrivances obscure its value as autobiographical revelation.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
B 73% The Wretched (2020) Doesn't reinvent the horror-movie wheel; it just proves that the old devices, if skillfully deployed, can still work their magic.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
C+ 90% Bull (2020) While one can admire the understated quality Silverstein brings to 'Bull,' the film achieves less of an emotional impact than one might expect of such a coming-of-age tale.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
B- 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Nothing more than a smirking, sardonically grisly game, but on that admittedly low level, it works.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
B 93% Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time Volume 1: Midnight Madness (2020) Sets no new standards for inventiveness from a technical standpoint, but the material will be so engaging for fans that it hardly matters.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
C 58% The Lost Husband (2020) A thoroughly ephemeral crowd-pleaser, but for those addicted to this sort of cable-TV-quality romantic hokum, it will probably be an acceptable, if totally forgettable, time-waster.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
C+ 82% 1BR (2020) A consistently intriguing but oddly limp would-be thriller.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
B 89% Selah and the Spades (2020) Visually striking and strongly acted if somewhat weak in a purely narrative sense.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
B- 78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Mixes fact with fiction - but presents both with undeniable stylistic flair.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
C- 41% Endings, Beginnings (2020) A character study of a confused young woman that in the end proves much less revelatory than one might hope.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
C- 39% The Quarry (2020) A dreary, dull slog through territory that wants to be Dostoevskian but misses the mark by a substantial margin.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
C- 60% Same Boat (2020) As much as one might admire the chutzpah behind its making, this shipboard romance hardly proves an affair to remember.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
B 100% Waldo On Weed (2019) Whatever your feelings about legalizing marijuana, 'Waldo on Weed' is an irresistible story of a mother and father who will do whatever they think necessary to save their child.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
B- 84% Big Time Adolescence (2020) The trajectory of Orley's story is far from surprising, but he and his cast handle it with enough cheekiness to make the movie a pleasant, if weightless, diversion.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
B- 89% Swallow (2020) Carries undeniable power, even if watching it will probably make you feel a bit queasy.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
D 67% We Summon the Darkness (2020) Aims to be edgy as well as scary and funny, but it misses all three targets...all Meyers manages to summon is an exasperated yawn.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
B No Score Yet Valiant (2019) A crowd-pleasing sports story, of course, but more importantly an uplifting tale of how a city can strive to overcome a time of unimaginable loss and pain; and it's well-told.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
C+ 85% Sea Fever (2020) A fairly low-grade 'Fever' [that] barely manages to nudge a viewer's temperature a smidgen, let alone set one's heart racing.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
B 100% A Thread of Deceit: The Hart Family Tragedy (2020) Analyzes the tragedy in a sensitive and balanced fashion, employing a wide array of archival material and extensive interviews.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
B 96% Human Nature (2020) Capably elucidates, in quite accessible terms, one of the most important threads in contemporary microbiology while explaining both the promise and the danger it poses.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
B 100% Slay the Dragon (2020) Goodman and Durrance offer a formidable, if one-sided critique of what they see as a dangerous perversion of American democracy.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
C 72% The Other Lamb (2020) Impressive as a visual exercise, but as a fable of female empowerment it's a disappointment, at once familiar and pretentious.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
B+ 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Uncommonly incisive and realistic... bound to be provocative, but it's descriptive rather than hectoring, and its direct, honest approach pays rich dividends in dramatic terms.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
B- 91% Banana Split (2020) A reasonably tasty confection, but in the end its nutritional value is low.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
C 72% Vivarium (2020) Might have worked nicely at an hour or so, but at feature length merely encourages you to observe that ultimately the movie doesn't go much of anywhere, and does so too slowly.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
C+ 56% Resistance (2020) Jakubowicz clearly aims to honor Marceau's wartime heroism, but while the subject certainly deserves recognition, his film fails to do it full justice.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
99% Blow the Man Down (2020) A clever, atmospheric modern film noir that makes good use of an expert cast and unusual locations.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
67% Human Capital (2020) While it might hold one's attention, the slow-moving multi-family soap opera is disappointing in the end.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
C- 48% Greed (2020) Plays like a checklist of grievances to be aired, not the cutting-edge satire it apparently aspires to be.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
B+ 83% The Whistlers (2020) Doesn't have the depth of 'Police, Adjective' even though it shares many of its themes. It's more of a noir lark, and an enjoyable one that movie buffs in particular should find a treat.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
C+ 70% Tuscaloosa (2020) There's so much that's good about Tuscaloosa that it's a pity it doesn't quite work as a whole.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
C 38% Wendy (2020) [R]etell[s] J.M. Barrie's tale of the lad who never grows up in a hallucinatory way that many will find rather baffling and off-putting.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
C- 51% I Still Believe (2020) A deeply manipulative but earnest faith-based tearjerker that will find its audience, no matter what critics might say.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
D+ 30% Bloodshot (2020) [A] bombastic action movie...big, loud, and extraordinarily silly.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
B 56% The Hunt (2020) Though the movie will hardly win awards as a subtle satire of today's mores, in genre terms it's cunningly crafted and pretty funny to boot.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
B- 79% The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020) What Bozek's film establishes quite decisively is not only that Bill Cunningham was a nice man, but that however he might describe it, his talent certainly had an artistic component.‐ One Guy's Opinion
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020