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Glenn Lovell

Glenn Lovell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2:4 97% Knives Out (2019) At over two hours, this salute to Dame Agatha feels overlong, padded ... The denouement isn't reached so much as laboriously coughed up, like a fur-ball.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
4:4 89% 1917 (2020) Think Kubrick's 'Paths of Glory' crossed with Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan,' and you'll be in the grim yet somehow exhilarating vicinity of this inevitable Best Picture Oscar contender.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
1.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) This overlong, over-the-top continuation sniffs and scratches so desperately to establish its pedigree it could be a mutt cousin of Spielberg's original blockbuster. You feel less like criticizing the thing than putting it down ...‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 89% Hereditary (2018) ... an assured debut that folds in Shirley Jackson, Rosemary Woodhouse and, for its immersive creepiness, 'Seance on a Wet Afternoon' ... Collette fearlessly explores Annie's primal fears, at times contorting her face into hideous mask‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 70% Adrift (2018) ... the extreme long shots say it all: we are completely alone, mere specs on an endless expanse of shimmering gray ... best of its kind since J.C. Chandor's 'All Is Lost' ... required viewing for arm-chairs adventurers who live vicariously.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/4 57% The Bookshop (2018) ... standard PBS Masterpiece fare ... self-consciously arty and as studied as a John Constable pastoral come to life ... has small-town hypocrites in its sights but is too polite to pull the trigger ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
2.5/4 52% Papillon (2018) ...remake is overall more satisfying than original ... less movie start charismatic, Hunnam plays squire to McQueen's Cooler King ... 'Les Miz' meets 'Escape from Alcatraz'‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2/4 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) Who doesn't remember where he was when Leigh shed black bra and slip, unwrapped a bar of complimentary Bates Motel soap, and washed away her sins? ... Unfortunately doc's scholarship feels sketchy, arbitrary. ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
3.5/4 97% Lucky (2017) One of the year's true finds, a spare but amiable slice-of-lifer about an argumentative old coot and his equally eccentric friends ... Stanton, never better, deserves a posthumous Oscar nod.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 85% It (2017) Skarsgard's purring Pennywise is the stuff of indelible beddy-time nightmares, but this fusing of small-town Americana and childhood neuroses lags, feels cobbled together from other fright films ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/4 87% It Comes At Night (2017) Mines the same dour forebodings as Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' ... a grim little cautionary fable that relies on mood, character development and performance, not 'Walking Dead' gore effects. ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3.5/4 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Not only the most exhilarating e-ticket ride since 'Mad Max Fury Road,' it's almost as exciting as the RKO original, thanks to expertly orchestrated cliff-hangers and the scariest CG beasties since 'Jurassic Park' ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2017
2.5/4 40% The Last Word (2017) Despite the laudable direction and another feisty turn by MacLaine, this low-budget vehicle fairly buckles under mounting contrivances, used to facilitate shifts in tone, from bleak to heartfelt to silly ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
2.5/4 93% Logan (2017) Before it settles down as a cross between 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome' and 'Shane' it's a pretty joyless slog, one CG-enhanced battle after another ... Dafne Keen as Wolvie's ward goes full feral. ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
3/4 98% Get Out (2017) ... first really interesting film of the new year is an unnerving social satire that uses horror tropes to peel away the hypocrisy of white liberal America .. Peele is obviously a director to watch.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
2.5/4 77% Split (2017) Shyamalan has been biding his time in The Twilight Zone, mounting, if not a comeback, a tentative second beginning ... More ingenious than scary; it could have used a few more hardcore shocks.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
2.5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) ... inspirational but predictable celebration of sacrifice, can-do spirit of three exploited NASA workers ... feels pat, too self-aware ... may be overdoing things to redress past sins.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) ... a wry meditation on the nature of creativity ... Adam Driver is wonderful as the would-be poet searching for inspiration in all the wrong places ... Jarmusch's sweetest, most accessible film‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
4/4 92% Fences (2016) ... a powerhouse of a drama ... Washington is breathtakingly good as the embittered Troy, who's erecting a wall between himself and an unjust world. Viola Davis can prepare her Oscar speech‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
4/4 73% The Birth of a Nation (2016) ... an ambitious, multilayered epic - as important in its way as '12 Years a Slave' ... Parker's Nat Turner, no Sunday school martyr, thirsts as much for bloody retribution as freedom. ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
2.5/4 64% The Magnificent Seven (2016) In rust-brown appearance as well as offhand staging of the gunfights, Faqua's 'M7' is closer to operatic Leone than choreographed Sturges ... war-weary Hawke and rousing theme by late James Horner are pluses ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
3.5/4 91% La La Land (2016) One from the heart ... Chazelle doesn't for a moment wink at the viewer. He's guileless; he really believes in this trompe l'oeil world of violet sunsets, movie star murals, twinkly planetarium stars.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
2/4 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford's stutter-step distillation of the Austin Wright novel ... a blunted, mostly pretentious fusion of something by the Coens and, for the story-within-a-story, 'Hot Rods to Hell.'‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
3/4 94% Arrival (2016) ... probably best described as humanist sci-fi. Like 'CE3K' and 'Contact' with Jodie Foster, this new arrival appears to be looking upward to the heavens, but its real target is the human heart. ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
3/4 88% Don't Breathe (2016) ... take 'See No Evil' and its ilk, stand this horror sub-genre on its head, and you've got Fede Alvarez's 'Don't Breathe,' our pick for the best (read most unrelenting) chiller of the Halloween season ... lights-out scary!‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
1.5/4 86% Star Trek Beyond (2016) ... a place-holder installment ... Let this be a lesson to JJ Abrams and Paramount: wait until you have new terrain to plow, something to say, before you summon Kirk and gang from dry dock.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
3/4 89% Blood Father (2016) Mad Mel's return ... taut, tailor-made actioner that brings star's career full circle ... Our advice to Gibson: Continue along this path. Solid, no-frills vehicles like this will rally your original base. ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
3/4 97% Hell or High Water (2016) ... a forlorn modern-day Western ... Its garrulous style and tumbleweed authenticity will stay in mind long after the plot has faded from memory ... Bridges is essentially doing Tommy Lee Jones ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
3/4 76% Into The Forest (2016) ... a different kind of near-future drama, one that's by turns elegiac and comforting ... closer to 'Children of Men' than the unrelievedly downbeat 'The Road.'‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
2.5/4 50% Edge of Winter (2016) Kinnaman's weekend father is a return to form, a twitchy, deeply flawed character we can't help rooting for even as we fear the worst ... He reminded me of Nicholson in 'The Shining' ...‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
2.5/4 88% Sun Choke (2016) ... muted horror entry punctuated by explosions of graphic violence ... veers from Ingmar Bergman arty to De Palma trippy ... will be interesting to see which path Cresciman takes from here.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/4 79% The Phenom (2016) ... a minor triumph ... compact, impeccably performed ... Ethan Hawke's Great Santini-like father deserves a close look by Oscar ... the gutsy ending left us gasping.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
2/4 17% Careful What You Wish For (2016) In the mood for a teen twist on a James Cain mystery, with a soupcon of T&A? You could do worse than this slick variation on 'Double Indemnity.' ... The cinematic equivalent to beach reading.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
3/4 97% Weiner (2016) ... filmmakers hit pay dirt when they got Weiner to sit for them. He's an impassioned self-deceiver who's not afraid to infiltrate enemy territory ... Now if he could only keep his namesake in his pants.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
3/4 92% The Nice Guys (2016) ... a wonderfully loopy buddy comedy ... Black's thing remains shaggy-dog humor mixed with offhand bursts of violence. Crowe and Gosling channel the nitwit camaraderie of Abbott & Costello ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted May 29, 2016
3/4 77% 13 Cameras (2016) Be prepared to be royally creeped out ... an exceedingly rude comment on the current real estate scene ... Archembault's sicko landlord belongs in the same fright gallery as Dieter Laser.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2016
1.5/4 31% Criminal (2016) ... formulaic blend of espionage thriller and cut-rate sci-fi. The usually sympathetic Costner's image makeover is about as believable as his ratty toupees ... At once noisy and soporific.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
3/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Trachtenberg milks the simple 'What's outside?'/Twilight Zone premise for cascading cold-sweat thrills ... Goodman is perfect as the petulant, Cyclops-like captor ... ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2016
2/2 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) ... mix of scattershot humor, battlefield carnage and sentimentality makes us pine for a full-on satire of gonzo war correspondents. Think Joker in third act of Kubrick's 'Full Metal Jacket.'‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
3/4 37% Knock Knock (2015) Intriguing spin on home-invasion thriller ... Slickly produced, energetically played, especially by Reeves as the good husband who, when home alone, falls prey to kinky temptations. ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
2.5/4 87% 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2016) Our hope is that Oscar will redeem itself this year and reward complex emotional interplay rather than slapstick and pat sentimentality.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
4/4 90% The Witch (2016) Not to worry, the satanic entity found herein is not of the head-spinning, pea soup-spewing variety ... Eggers is too smart to recycle a Central Casting Lucifer.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
2:4 32% Camino (2016) ... a lean, rugged twist on the warrior princess subgenre ... Bell once again metes out swift, painful retribution to those who badly underestimate her capacity to crack spines ... ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2016
2.5/4 71% Rabid Dogs (Enragés) (2016) What this French redo of Mario Bava's 1974 heist thriller lacks in plot it more than makes up for in flashy camerawork, energy ... Hitchcock would have cued us to the surprise twist earlier. ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2016
2:4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) ... obviously meant as a homage to the great Preston Sturges, the Coens' latest disappoints; it's a flimsy, surprisingly dour succession of double entendres, in-jokes, backlot vignettes ... ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2016
2/4 94% Carol (2015) Despite year-end plaudits and the promising reunion of Haynes and cinematographer Lachman, this proves a fairly anemic forbidden-love melodrama ... Blanchett turns in a rare one-note performance.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
3.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino's latest exercise in comedic nihilism rates an A- for audacity. Full of signature tropes, this sanguinary oater owes equal debts to Leone, Agatha Christie ... Flawed, startlingly revelatory, another notch for the gunslinger-arrogant auteur. ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
4/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) If there is a more uplifting film making the rounds, I'm not aware of it ... Conditioned by so many misanthropic melodramas, we assume, cynically, that the worst will befall Ronan. When this doesn't happen, we're pleasantly surprised, touched. ‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
3/4 92% James White (2015) ... an intense, ultimately uplifting character study ... 'Sex in the City's' Nixon is so good as the title character's stricken mother she should be remembered come Oscar nomination time.‐ CinemaDope
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2015